The Works of John Witherspoon; Containing Essays, Sermons, &. and Many Other Valuable Pieces Volume 1

The Works of John Witherspoon; Containing Essays, Sermons, &. and Many Other Valuable Pieces Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1804 edition. Excerpt: ...natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned," 1 Cor. ii. 14. The truth is, we ought not to be surprised to sind it so, for in this the sin of man originally consisted, and in this the nature of all sin, as such, doth still consist, viz. withdrawing the allegiance due to Gocl, and refusing subjection to his will. The language of every unrenewed heart, and the language of every sinner's practice is, "Our lips are our own, who is lord over us?" But he that is renewed and born again, hath seen his own entire dependence upon God, hath seen his Maker's right of dominion, and the obligation upon all his creatures to be, in every respect, subservient to his glory, and, without reserve, submissive to his will. He hath seen this to be most sit and reasonable, because of the absolute persection and insinite excellence of the divine nature. He is convinced, that all preferring of our will to that of God, is a criminal usurpation by the creature, of the unalienable rights of the great Creator and sovereign Proprietor of all. Regeneration, then, is communicating' this new principle, and giving it such force as that it may obtain and preserve the ascendency, and habitually govern the will. Every one may easily see the disferent operation and esfects of this principle and its opposite, by the disferent carriage and behaviour of men in the world. The unrenewed man seeks his own happiness immediately and ultimately; it is to please himself that he constantly aims. This is the cause, the uniform cause, of his preserring one action to another. This determines his choice of employment, enjoyments, companions. His religious actions are not...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236592433
  • 9781236592439