A treatise of original sin ... proving that it is, by pregnant texts of Scripture vindicated from false glosses
Burgess, Anthony, d. 1664.
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NInthly, The Nature of a thing, if compounded, and not simple, is the [ 9] complex of the whole. The nature of a man is not his hands, or his eyes only, but his soul, and his whole body. Thus the nature of original Righteous∣ness was not the perfection of one single faculty, the understanding only, the will only, but it was the complete harmonical rectitude of the whole man, cal∣led therefore the Image of God; Now as the Image of a man is not one limb or member, but the pourtraiture of the whole: So neither was the Image of God in Adam; one grace, or some few graces, but the perfection of every part; Light in the mind, holiness in the will, order and regularity in the affections: Thus it is on the contrary with original sinne, it's called, The old man, and it's said to have mmbers, by which is implied, that it's not any single sinne, or a defect and pollution in one faculty of the soul, but it's universal over all. Hence our Saviour saith, John 3. Whatsoever is born of the flesh is flesh, it is wholly cor∣rupted, it is all over sinful; So then, when we say, it's natural, this implieth, That it is a Leprosie all over us, as farre as our physical being extends: Thus also in a moral sense doth our sinful Being inlarge it self: Therefore our natural estate is not compared only to a blind man, or a deaf man, what wants the use of some faculties, but unto death it self, that depriveth of the use of all. The natu∣rality then of this sinne doth denote both the inward inheston, as also the univer∣sal diffusion of it, nothing within a man being free from this contagion.