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The Life oJG.QD

and original, having God for its author,

and being wrought in the' fouls of n1en

by

the

power of his Holy Spirit; but alfo in

regard of

its

nature, religion being a re–

femblance of the divine p.erfecrions,

the

i1nage of the Almighty fhining in the foul

ofman: nay it

is a

real participation of his

nature; it is a beam of the eternal light,

a drop of that infinite ocean of goodnefs,

and they who are endued

with

it, may

be

faid to have

God

dwelli1zg

in

their

fouls,

and

Chrifl

.(on11ed

within them.

Before

I

dcfcend to a more particular

confiderat~on

of the divine life wherein

true religion cloth confifr, it will perhaps

- be fit to fpeak a little of that

What thena-

1

·

·Il'f'

I · h

turallife is.

natura or antma

1

e w 11c pre-

_,..

vails

in-

thofe who are frrangers

to the other. And by this

I

underfland

nothing elfe, but our inclination and pro–

penfion towards thofe things which are

pleafing and acceptable to nature; or [elf–

love ifiuing forth and fpreading itfelf into

as n1any branches as men have feveral ap–

petites and inclinations.

The root and

foundation of the animal life

I

reckon to

be

fenje,

taking it largely, as it is oppofed

unto faith, and importeth our . perception

and fenfation

of

things that are either grate–

ful or troublefome

to

us.

Now, thefe

a-

nimal .