The Body when sanctified is become no less glorious then the Temple of the holy Ghost.
FIfthly, Even the very body of a man, when sanctified, it become no lesse glori∣ous then to be the Temple of the holy Ghost, which doth demonstrate, that till a man be regenerated it is not such a Temple, but a dunghill or stie, wherein swinish lusts, yea and the Devils themselves do reside, as in their proper habitation. It is necessary to take notice of several things relating to the body, which the Apo∣stle mentioneth, 1 Cor. 6. 13, 15, 19. For having there spoken briefly to the di∣sputes that were then very prevalent about meats, the using or not using of our liberty therein, he giveth this remarkable reason against too much servency in debate thereof, because God shall destroy both belly and meats; These were corruptible things, and were but for a temporary use, and therefore their hearts should be more attentive to those things which are of eternal consequence, A necessary truth to moderate our spirits in disputes of that nature. Having done this, being to aggravate the sinne of fornication, which was then generally thought either no sinne, or very venial, he bringeth in some arguments that be∣ing general make against any sinfulness of the body as well as uncleanness; As 1. The body is for the Lord (that is Christ) and the Lord for the body; our body is intentionally not for any sinne, but the Lord Christ, and he demands it as a body dedicated to him; How powerfull should this reason be to make us watch against any bodily pollution whatsoever? 2. He argueth, Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Know ye not? He supposeth that this ought to be; If it were an undoubted received truth, That our bodies when regenerated do become members to Christ their Head; and if so, Shall I take the members of Christ and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid; He apprehendeth matter of trembling and abomination at such a thing, and this holds of every bodily sinne, Shall I take the eye of Christ, the ear of Christ, the tongue of Christ, and imploy it in any lusts or passions? God forbid. And at the 19th verse he goeth yet higher, with a Know ye not again, that your bodies are the temple of the holy Ghost, which is in you, and which ye have of God? This doth denote an holy dedication of the body to God; So that every sinne committed in the body hath a sacriledge in it, with what purity, reverence and sobriety should we use our bodies, thus it ought to be; but take a man in his na∣tural condition, there is his whole body set apart to the Devils work, all the parts Page 386 thereof are to fulfill the lusts of the flesh; but when a man is regenerated there doth become an intimate and unspeakable conjunction, not only of our souls, but our bodies also with Christs body; so that he doth say, We are bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh, but the body naturally is farre from any such mystical conjunction with Christ.
Lastly, The pollution of the body from the womb is seen, in regard of the senses of the body, which are the most noble parts thereof. They are the windows or gates to let in all wickedness; The greatest part of our impiety entereth into the heart by the bodily senses; The subordinate end of the senses were to be a preservation to the body, and to maintain the natural life thereof; but the principal and chief end was to be instrumental to the salvation of the soul: God gave us eyes and ears chiefly thereby to glorifie him, and to help forward the salvation of our selves; but how greatly are the bodily sences fallen from this principal end, Rev. 2. 7. and in many other places we have that expression, He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear; no man hath an ear to hear till God open it; and by that phrase is denoted, that the ear is principally for this use, to hearken to what God saith, and therefore Rom. 10. Faith is said to come by hearing; Thy ear is not given thee to hear stories and merry jests, chiefly for commerce with men, but to hearken what God out of his Word saith to thee; And so for the eyes, they are not to behold wanton objects, or to take delight in sights, but to behold the creatures, that thereby God may be glorified; Therefore our eyes, our ears need Gods grace to sanctifie them and prepare them for any heavenly duty, Prov. 20. 12. The hearing ear and seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.
Let the Use be even to amaze and astonish thee with the thoughts of this uni∣versal pollution upon thee, the soul in all the parts thereof, the body in all the members thereof; Nothing clean and pure, but all over leprous and ulcerous, How canst thou any longer delight and put confidence in thy self? Why doest thou not with Job sit abhorring of thy self, and his indeed were ulcers of the body only, and they were a disease, but not sinne, whereas thou art all over in soul and body thus defiled, and that in a proper sinfull way? Oh that the Spirit of God would convince all of this sinne! The Prophet Isaiah was to cry, All flesh is grasse, and the flo•rer thereof fadeth away to prepare for Christ, but in that was chiefly comprehended, All flesh is sinne, and the fruit thereof damnation: What though this be harsh and unpleasing to flesh and bloud? What though many erroneous spirits deny it, or extenuate it, yet seeing the Scripture is so clear and evident, with which every man that hath experience of his own heart, doth also willingly concurre? Believe it seriously and humble your selves deeply, think not transient and superficial thoughts will prevail, as the weighnness of the matter doth require; If ever thy heart can be broken and softned, let it be discovered here, rise with the thoughts of it, walk with the thoughts of it, and leave it not, till thou find the belief thereof drive thee out of thy self with fear and trembling, finding no rest till thou art interessed in Christ.