The Ends for which God made Man, lost by the losse of Original Righteousnesse.
FIrst, The losse of this righteousness doth deprive us of the end for which God made us: So that whereas before sinne God looked on Adam, and saw he was ex∣ceeding good, after his fall he seeth him to be exceeding evil, and full of sinne: Let us instance in some choice ends for which God made man in his own Image thus with righteousness and holiness. As
1. Therefore was he made thus holy, To have communion with, and enjoyment of so holy a God. When God had made all the creatures, yet he saith, There was not a meet help and comfort for him, one in his own Image and likeness; therefore he makes a woman of the same nature with him; yet still among all creatures, though we adde Angels to them, there was not an adequate and sufficient object to fill his heart with delight, therefore God was his utmost end: So that although he had Paradise, a place of delight to live in; Though his state was not capable of any misery or fear from the creature, yet that which was Adam's happiness was to enjoy God in these: Now who can bewail our loss in this respect? We are now propense to the contrary end of our Creation; we wholly descend downwards, who were made to ascend upwards; Adam found the favour of God in all the creatures: It was not this or that comfort, but God in and by them that did draw out his heart: But oh the misery and captivity we are in to self-love, to the love of the creature! Neither are we able by nature to lift up the heart above them to God in them, no more than the worm can flie like an Eagle towards Heaven: Oh groan under this, and say, My heart was not once such a lump of earth, such an heavy stone, as now I find it: There was not then any such com∣plaints heard; Lord, I can love Paradise, I can love my wife, but I cannot love thee, but the clean contrary! I love them, because I love thee, and I could not love them, but because I love thee! This Captivity and bondage our souls are in to the creature, should make us mourn more grievously than ever the Israelites did under the Egyptians oppression: What a shame is it to have a body that look∣eth upward to Heaven, and a soul that looketh downward to earth? How doth the constitution of thy body agree with the condition of thy soul? Thy face is up∣ward,
2. Another end in Adam's Creation after the Image of God, was to be is the glory and praise of Gods Name: For as the Angels, who also were made after Gods Image, their constant work was to praise and glorifie God: Thus Adam being made like another Angel, was made full of holiness, that upon the Earth, he might, as the Angels do in Heaven, sing holy, holy, holy unto the Lord: As some great Kings of the Earth, when they have built some great City or Town, they cause their Image or Picture to be set up in some eminent place, for the monument of themselves, who were such great Benefactors: Thus God, when he had made this great and glorious world, he puts man into it as his Image, that thereby his praise and goodness should be constantly declared; but since Adam his fall, all mankind is now a reproach and dishonour to God; Their thoughts, their affe∣ctions, their lives, are so many dishonourable and reproachfull passages against him; God doth not look upon us now as his workmanship, but as the devils; he feeth not his Image, but the Devils in us: Moses saith, that when God saw how all men had corrupted themselves, it repented him that be made man, and it grieved him at his heart, Gen. 6. 6. What a wonderfull expression is this? God cannot repent or grieve at any thing properly, but the Scripture speaketh thus after the manner of men, to shew how exceedingly displeasing and offensive mans fall was, that it had been better he had never been created, than prove such an Apostate. It is true, God knew how to work a greater good out of sinne, than sinne could be an evil, but this no thank to Adam's sin and disobedience; The good wrought thereby cometh wholly from the gracious power of God; so that Adam's sinne of it self, did disanull the end of his Creation, and brought all things into confu∣sion. Take every man by nature, what a beast and devil is he, what an enemy to God, what an adversary to every thing of God; so that whereas he was made to glorifie and honour God, all his whole work and life is now to dishonour him, and reproach his holy Name: Herein then lieth the misery of this losse of the Image of God, that we are fallen from our end, we are of our selves salt that hath lost its favourinesse, we are fit for nothing but eternal torments.