|Author:||Shaw, Samuel, 1635-1696.|
|Title:||The great commandment. A discourse upon Psal. 73. 25. shewing that God is all things to a religious soul. Being a further explication of a short discourse called, The angelical life, formerly written by the same author S.S.|
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The great commandment. A discourse upon Psal. 73. 25. shewing that God is all things to a religious soul. Being a further explication of a short discourse called, The angelical life, formerly written by the same author S.S.
Shaw, Samuel, 1635-1696.
London: printed by R.W. for H. Mortlock, at the White-Hart in Westminster-Hall, and at the Phœnix in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1678.
|Alternate titles:||Spiritual man in a carnal fit.|
S.S. = Samuel Shaw.
With an imprimatur statement on A2v dated May 17. 1678.
"The spiritual man in a carnal fit .. printed by M. White" (p. 117) has separate title page dated 1678; pagination and register are continuous.
Reproduction of the original in the Sion College Library, London.
Bible. -- O.T. -- Psalms LXXIII, 25 -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800.
Bible. -- O.T. -- Psalms LV, 6 -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800.
To the Right Honourable and most Accomplish'd Lady, the Lady Mary, Daughter to the Right Honourable the Countess Dowager of Huntingdon, and Consort to Mr. William Jolliff of London.
TO THE READER.
PSAL. 73. 25. Whom have I in Heaven but Thee; and there is none upon Earth that I desire besides Thee.
CHAP. I. The Introduction, guessing at the Au∣thor of the Psalm, and shewing the occasion of it, viz. the ob∣servation of the prosperity of wicked men, and the afflicted con∣dition of good men in the World:Wherein also a brief account is given of the misapprehensions of men about that matter. A brief Explication of the Connexion of the Psalm. The words resolved into this Conclusion, That God is the good man's All.
CHAP. II. A general Description of the Apo∣state condition of Souls. The Do∣ctrine of Evangelical Redempti∣on and true Liberty asserted and explained.
CHAP. III. The natural understanding is sunk into matter, and the imaginati∣ons of carnal men are gross. Unregenerate men neglect God, and ascribe Events to Fate or Chance, or humane Wit and In∣dustry: But the understandings and apprehensions of Regenerate Souls are refin'd and spiritua∣liz'd. They apprehend the per∣fections of God in all things. It is of great importance to have right and proper notions of things, especially of God and of the relation in which the world stands to him.
CHAP. IV. God is all things to the godly man in his Affections. The Desires of Unregenerate men run out only after Creature good. The Objection of wicked men having good desires, answered: Where∣in is shewed that all desires of good are not good desires, and an account given of it. Men may be carnal in their desiring of spiritual good. James 4. 3. explained, wherein is shewed how many waies men seek their own lusts instead of God, and the carnality which may be found in Prayers that seem spiritual. God is All to the godly man in his desires of thingstemporal, and in his hopes of Heaven.
CHAP. V. God is All to the godly man in his de∣light and pleasure. The plea∣sures of wicked men are sensual. There are degrees of sensuality amongst carnal men. The delight that an unregenerate man takes in spiritual things is carnal. The godly soul feeds upon God in every thing: He loves and admires his own soul in God. Grace does not overthrow the judgement of sense, but it regulates the senses as to their actings, and enables the soul to delight in things sensual, in a super sensual manner.
CHAP. VI. God is All to the godly man in his Trust and Confidence. The crea∣ture-confidence of carnal men is Blasphemy. Good men are afraid of distrust: How great reckoning they have alwaies made of their Faith. The only fear of carnal men is the violation of self in∣terest. God is All in the fears of good men. They fear him only, though they are not afraid of him. God is All to the godly man in his grief and sorrow explained.
CHAP. VII. The unsanctified man performs all his natural, civil and sacred Actions in, to, and for him∣self, though there may be some difference in the external gross∣ness. To a godly man, God is the spring and end of all his actions. The notion of design∣ing all things for God and di∣recting them to his glory ex∣plained, and how a man may be Religious in the very natu∣ral and civil actions of his life. The Sacrilegious selfishness of carnal men in their sacred acti∣onsdiscovered. The contrary temper of the regenerate soul.
CHAP. VIII. God is all to the godly man in his Sufferings. An account of Self-sufferers, Papists and others. God is All to the godly man in the Efficient, the Material and Final cause of his sufferings, ex∣plained. God is all to the godly man in his manner of fearing Afflictions and Persecutions.
CHAP. IX. God is all to the godly man in his Enjoyments. What are the En∣joyments of Mind, of Body, of Estate. The unregenerate mind enjoyes all these in a sensual or selfish manner: But the godly man tastes a Divine sweetness in every thing that he enjoies; though there be different degrees of refinement in Souls that are refined. God is All to the godly Soul in his Endowments. The unregenerate mind, gross in ad∣miring his own and other mens excellencies. The godly soul en∣titles God to all that is good in himself or others. God is the All of a good man's life, and yethe is not satisfied with what he enjoies of him here, but perpe∣tually thirsts for more. The Doctrine to be understood with three cautions, that are briefly laid down
CHAP. X. The improvement of the Doctrine laid down by way of examinati∣on. A general direction what Queries men are to put to them∣selves, as to the finding out of this matter. Certain instances of a Self-emptied and God-ex∣alting mind. The first instance, When we are concerned in all the wickedness committed in the World as truly as if it were committed by our selves. The second, when we are more af∣fected with the iniquity of an action, than the injury that is done to our selves thereby.
CHAP. XI. Three more Instances of a God exalt∣ing mind. When in the afflicti∣ons that befal us we can over-look all creature comforts and delight in the Will of God. When we repent of sin and hate it for its own sake, and esteem nothing worse than it is. When we take pleasure in the gifts and graces of God shining forth in others as well as in our selves. Joshua and Jo∣nah taxed. This temper proved to be Angelical.
CHAP. XII. The sixth Instance an Universal Love. The notion of the love of the Brethren examined. Who is our Brother according to the Apostle James. No man can be truly said to love God, who does not love the Image of God. The spirit of some men, even in their pre∣tences to the love of God, is ra∣ther Devilish than Divine. To be content that men should go to Hell, implies a contentment that men should be wicked, which is against the Honour of God. The seventh Instance, an holy unsatis∣fiedness with all the Attainments of this Life. It is an Argument of a mercenary and penurious spi∣ritto be only desirous to know the lowest degree of saving Grace. To take up our rest in Evidences destroies the nature of those Evi∣dences. The Conclusion is an Ex∣hortation to men to endeavour to make God All to themselves, to which they are briefly moved and directed.
PSAL. 55. 6. And I said, O that I had wings like a Dove! for then would I flee away and be at rest.
CHAP. I. The meaning of the Words: The division of the Verse into its parts, with a gloss upon each. The Proposition contained in the Words. That the hearts of good men are sometimes surprized with fear∣fulness, impatience of troubles,and eager desires of rest from Adversity. This proved by Ex∣amples, but most largely by the Example of David in this place, wherein the Emphasis of the se∣veral words in the Text are ob∣served.
CHAP. II. An enquiry into the causes of the foresaid distemper in the minds of men. The first cause as∣signed, viz. A misapprehension of the Nature of God, and a misinterpretation of his Provi∣dences. A correction of these misapprehensions, and a prescri∣ption of a cure in reference to this cause of the distemper.
CHAP. III. A Second Cause assigned, viz. A misunderstanding of our true interest. This Explain∣ed; Where the true interest of Souls is Stated, and the Cure prescribed in reference to this Cause of the Distemper. A third Cause assigned, viz. The want of a right discern∣ing of Good and Evil. Where the nature of Good and Evil is Explained, and Direction given how to discern them by way of Cure.
CHAP. IV. The Fourth and last Cause assigned, viz. Selfishness. Self-love brief∣ly touch'd upon. Self-will more largely described, with an earn∣est advice to bend all our powers against this rebellious Giant.
CHAP. V. The Improvement, by way of Con∣cession, that there is an averse∣ness in the humane nature from Afflictions which is purely na∣tural: How it becomes sinful. Secondly, It is a greater distem∣per when unlawful means are used for deliverance out of Adver∣sity. Thirdly, An Exhortation to beware of this Disease, and to labour after a contrary tem∣per. Which temper recommend∣ed in three things. First, Pa∣tience under the troubles ofthis life. This pressed with two or three weighty considera∣tions. Secondly, Weariness of the Imperfections of life. Third∣ly, Eager desires of Eternal rest. How to turn David's Rhetorick into Divinity.