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14

OF

SPIRITUAL MINDENESS.

containing

a

double

antithesis, the

one in

their

sub

-

jects,

the other

in

their predicates.

And

this

opposi-

tion

is

the highest

and

greatest, that

is,

between eter-

nal blessedness,

and

eternal

ruin.

The

opposite subjects, are the minding of the

flesh,

and

the minding of the

spirit;

or

the

being carnally

minded,

and

spiritually

minded. And

these

two

do

constitute

two

states

of mankind, unto the

one

of which

every

individual

person

in

the world doth belong.

And it

is

of

the highest concernment

unto the souls of

men,

to know unto

which of them

they

appertain.

As unto

the

qualities expressed

by

the

flesh and

the

spirit,

there

may

be a

mixture of them

in

the

same

per-

sons at

the

same

time

;

there

is

so in all

that

are re-

generate. For

in

them the

flesh

lusteth against

the

spirit,

and

the

spirit

lusteth

against

the

flesh,

and

these

are contrary.

Gal.

v.

17.

Thus

different con-

trary

actings

in

the

same

subject

constitute

not

distinct

states. But

where

either

of

them

is

predominant,

or

hath

a

prevalent rule

in

the

soul,

there

it makes

a

dif-

ferent state. This distinction

of

states,

the

apostle

expresseth,

v.

9.

c

But ye

are

not

in

the

flesh,

but

in

the

spirit.'

Some are in

the

flesh, and

cannot

please God,

v.

8.

They

are

after

the

flesh

v.

5.

they

walk

after

the

flesh,

v.

1.

they

live

after the

flesh

v. 13.

This

is

one

state. Others are

in the

spirit,

v.

9.

after the spirit,

v.

5.

walk after

the

spirit,

v.

1.

This

is

the other state.

The

first

sort are carnally

minded,

the

other

are spirit-

ually

minded. Unto

one

of these, doth every living

mansbelong

;

he

is

under

the ruling conduct

of

the

flesh,

or

of the

spirit;

there

is

no middle

state;

though

there

are

different

degress

in

each of these

as

to good

and

evil.

The

difference

between

these

two

states

is

great,