The eighth book of Mr Jeremiah Burroughs. Being a treatise of the evil of evils, or the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Wherein is shewed, 1 There is more evil in the least sin, than there is in the greatest affliction. 2 Sin is most opposite to God. 3 Sin is most opposite to mans good. 4 Sin is opposite to all good in general. 5 Sin is the poyson, or evil of all other evils. 6 Sin hath a kind of infiniteness in it. 7 Sin makes a man conformable to the Devil. All these several heads are branched out into very many particulars.
Burroughs, Jeremiah, 1599-1646., Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680.
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THE EVIL of EVILS: OR, The Exceeding Sinfulness OF SIN.*. [Reader, •…is Trea∣ise was first Prea∣ched at Stepney, neer Lon∣don, on the Lordsday mornings t was be∣gun Nov. 29. 1641 and fini∣shed Feb. 27 1641. It is thought good o give the Reader Notice hereof, in espect to ome Ex∣pressions •…d in 〈◊〉 Trea∣•…e.]


The Second Corollarie.] The Necessity of our Mediators being God and Man.

SEcondly, Hence appeareth, The Necessity that our Mediator between God and us, must be God as well as Man: great is the mysterie of godliness that God is manifest in the flesh. Well, but what is the reason of this Mysterie of godliness? How comes it to pass that there is a necessity of such a mysterie of godliness for saving of poor Souls? That God must be manifested in the flesh? That God must be Man? That all the Angels in Heaven, and men in the World, could not be a Mediator between God and us, but our Mediator must be truly and verily God as wel as man? What is the reason of this? That that I have been speaking of gives a full reason of it, our sins have so wronged God, hath been so much against God, that it is only God can make up the wrong, onlie such a Mediator as Christ that is both God and Man, that can make it up. Page  83 I suppose most of you know so far in your Cate∣chism, That Christ is God and Man; but sup∣pose I should put this Question to you, you say Christ is God and Man; but give me a sound Reason, Why it is necessary that Christ must be God and Man? Why cannot man be saved by any Savior but such a one as must be verily and truly God and man? I suppose you will give a sound substantial Reason, and say, God Appoin∣ted and hath Ordained it should be so: but though it be Gods will, and God hath ordained it, yet there is another Reason, and this it is; You may say (when you hear Christ was God and Man that mighty Savior) here is the Reason of all that, Because sin doth so wrong and strike at God, and oppose God, that of necessity who∣soever comes to be a Mediator between God and us, must be God as well as man. Therefore the Scripture saith of Christ, his Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God. Isa. 9. 6. Christ is the mighty God, and the mighty God in the work of Reconciliation, in reconciling God and us together, then he shews himself mighty. Be∣cause if all the world had undertaken to medi∣tate between God and us, such is the breach be∣tween God and us, that all the men in the world could have done no more than if so be you had gone and put a picec of paper to a mighty flame, as if one had a mighty flame coming upon him, and he puts a piece of paper to keep it off; we know that will quickly burn it; he must put some Brass or Iron. So that wrong is done to God by the sin of man, That if all the men in Page  84 world, all the Created Powers in Heaven and Earth, had come to have stood between God and us, to have satisfied God for that wrong sin did to him, it had been but just like a piece of brown paper against a mighty flame. But who∣soever comes to stand between God and us, must be one infinite, as well as that Person is infinite against whom we have offended, and that is Christ the Mediator, the mighty God, God and Man. Oh know the Mediator by which you must be saved must be very God; and the Rea∣son is, Because sin hath done such infinite wrong to God.