Reynolds - BX5133.R42 S4 1831

152 FOURTH SERMON over the whole man. Ignorance, pride, carnal prin- ciples, corrupt judgment, diseases of the head ; hard- ness, stubbornness, atheism, rebellion, diseases of the heart ; lust, a dart in the liver ; corrupt communica- tion, the effect of putrefied lungs ; gluttony and drunkenness, the swellings and dropsy of the belly ; despair and horror, the grief of the bowels ; apostacy, a relapse into all: an ear that cannot hear God speak, Jer. vi. 10. an eye quite daubed up that can- not see him strike, Isa. xxvi. 11. a palate out of taste, that cannot savour nor relish heavenly things, Rom. viii. 5. lips poisoned, Rom. iii. 13. a tongue set on fire, Jam. iii. 6. flesh consumed ; bones stick- ing out, sore vexed and broken to pieces, Job xxxiii. 21. Psa. vi. 2. li. 8. Some diseases are dull, others acute ; some stupifying, others tormenting: sin is all ; a stupifying palsy that takes away feeling, Eph. iv. 19. a plague in the heart which sets all on fire, 1 Kings viii. 38. Hos. vii. 4. Let us consider a little the proper passions and effects of most diseases, and see how they suit to sin. 1. Pain and distemper. This, first or last, is in all sin ; for it begets in wicked and impenitent men the pain of guilt, horror, trembling of heart, anguish of conscience, fear of wrath, expectation of judgment and fiery indignation, as in Cain, Pharaoh, Ahab, Felix, and divers others, Gen. iv. 13, 14. Exod. ix. 27, 28. 1 Kings xxi. 27. Acts xxiv. 25. Isa. xxxiii. 14. Heb. 15. Rom. viii. 15. Heb. x. 27. And in penitent men it begets the pain of shame and sorrow, and in- quietude of spirit, a wound in the spirit, a prick in the very heart, Rom. vi. 21. Ezek. xvi. 61. 2 Cor. vii. 10. Prov. xviii. 14. Acts ii. 37. Penitence and pain are words of one derivation, and are very near of kin unto