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WilfHlin,penitenCJ

· , ··

~

· not one defire,

n~t

one good inclination :

and

therefore the Scripture ·caBs

it

nevv Creati–

on: vvhofoever

i~

in

Chrift

i.J

11

new trreatswe

,2

Cor.

5.

1

7.that is,created anevv.And,therefore

there

vyas

nothing prxixflent , no not one

· , ·

'thought , all the thoughts of men

~re

only e•

vil , and that co-ntinually. So there

is

the fame

difficulty that

vvas in

the creation

of

Heaven

and

earth: and then

'

·S.ec.ondly ·' there

is

another

difficulty

more ·

than there vvas in the creation : for as there

vvas nothing prreixifient .to help,.fo there vvas

nothing

to

refifi.But here is fomething torefift,

the Wil1

it

reGiteth: now the cannot does not

refiD:. No·, ,the bellowing of the new powers is

, BO

more than

anoth~r·

creation.}3ut the <hang·

ing of the

will

is more than another Creation,

for the

w.il·

it

reftfreth,vea

and

it

fets

all the foul

arefifiing. Carnal reafonrefifi:eth ·, carnal

de~

fi res

they

refifi,

all the

foul

it

refif.l:eth :

and

the greatefi reGilance of all

is

the refifiance of

the will

:

for

the

will

is

th~

utmoO: ftrength

of

the foul. And therefore here lies the infinite

difficulty

of

the converfion'

of

a

finner,name-.

ly

in the

turning of

tpe

will : it

r.equireth

more power, than was required to the treati–

.on

of

Heave~

an.d

Earth~ ~God pu~

·himfelf

forth

more

when

he

convertE!th

a

finner,

tllen:when

he

created

a

World;

andiher~fore the Scripture calls the day

of

converfion

' cfmens.wils,the. day of his power.Thy peQpl(

fual

be

'Wilting in

theftlay

of th] power,

Pfal.i

10.

In

the

day

of

thy

power, .mark,

4ts

cal~

.)~q ~

day

of

thy

ppwer,

WSen~e ~On-:

·

verteth ·

·

'

\o,..

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....

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