Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.4

jo Men tempted to Evil by their own Lulls. S ER M. planted in the human foul, whereby it is II. determined with promptnefs and pleafure to ferve the neceffary purpofes of the prefent life. Hence arifeth a diverfity of interefis in the fame perfon. The fuperior powers and affections of his nature muft be duly exercifed and their proper objects purfued, otherwife the principal ends of his being are not attained, nor his higheft happinefs : At the fame time the body demandeth force part of his cares. It is very evident, that the wife Author of our frame intended a har- mony in it, which appeareth to be defigned in all his works, and in order to this, a fubordination of the body and its concerns to thofe of the mind. But man being a free agent, it is in his power to violate the order of nature, by giving a greater at- tention than is fit to his lower interefls, and by neglecting to cultivate his fuperior capacities and determinations, and to purfue their true ends. This leadeth us to a true notion of what the apoftle calleth tuft ; it fignifieth the whole of thofe affections and pafiïons which take their rife from the body and the animal part of our nature, and which terminate in the enjoyments and con - veniencies of our prefent Efate, as diftinguiíh- ed from the moral powers and pleafures of the