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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CHAP. XXXII.

Ninthly, Sin is a greater Evil to man than Affliction, because it breaks the Ʋnion between God and the Soul.

NInthly, Sin is a greater evil than Affliction in this, In that it is the very thing that breaks the Ʋnion between God and the Soul: It is that doth it, and no Affliction doth it. Now Brethren, this I confess might seem to be less than that of Hatred, and might have come be∣fore it; but now I bring it in here, That it breaks the Union between God and the Soul, Isa. 59. 2. Your Sins have separated between you and your God! We are to know, The Souls of men are capable of a very near and high Union between God and them; the more spiritual any thing is, the more power hath it to Unite, and the more neer the Union: As thus, The beams of the Sun because they be very spiritual, they can Unite a thou∣sand of them into one Point as it were; but grosser things cannot so Unite themselves toge∣ther. So Brethren, God being a Spirit, and our Souls being Spirits, they come to be capable of a most neer Communion one with another. And the Souls of men are neerer a glorious Union with God, in this regard more neer than any Creature but the Angels. Because the Object of Page  283 mans Understanding is not any particular truth, but Veritas, truth in general, truth it self in the whole latitude is the Object of mans Understan∣ding. So the Object of mans Will, Is not this good, or that good in particular; but Bonitas, good in general, in the full latitude of it. It is not so with other Creatures, they have their Objects in some particular thing, in such a limit and compass, and they can work no further, nor higher. But it is otherwise with mans Soul, God hath made man in such a kind, that the Object of his Soul should be Truth and Goodness in the full latitude, in the infinitness of it, take it in the utmost extent that can be, yet still it is the Object of the Soul of man. Now hence it is that the Soul of man is of such a wonderful larg extent, even capable of God himself, of enjoy∣ment of Union and Communion with God him∣self, which otherwise could not be. No other Creature hath to do with infiniteness, nor can have to do with it but men and Angels, and upon that ground, because God hath made them of such a nature so large that their Faculties should be of so large a nature. Now hence it is that man being capable of the enjoyment of God in such a glorious manner: We have these Expressions in Scripture, He that is joyned to the Lord, is one Spirit: 1 Cor. 6. 17. Made one Spirit with God. A most strange expression that the soul of a poor Creature should be made one Spirit with God, and yet so it is. And so John 17. 21. we have two or three notable expressions, That they may be all one, as thou Father art in me, and I in Page  284 thee, and that they may be one in us. Christ prayes that the Saints may be one in him, and in the Fa∣ther, as the Father is in him, and he in the Fa∣ther: so they may be one with them. And Vers. 22. And the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them: that they may be one, even as we are one. Christ hath given the Saints the same glory God the Father gave him. And to what end? what was the effect of that glory Christ gave to the Saints? It was that they may be one with the Father and one with the Son. So that you see mankind is capable of a wonderful neer Union with God; Oh consider this to raise your spirits. You that look after such low things and think there is no higher good than to eat, and drink, and to have your pleasures in the Flesh: know that the mea∣nest and poorest in the Congregation, are ca∣pable to receive that glory God gave his Son Christ; that you may be one with God the Fa∣ther and the Son, as God the Father and the Son are one; not every way: but know there is a likeness, Christ himself hath exprest it. There∣fore you that have your hearts so low, that mind nothing but these things below, know that you have more noble things to mind if your hearts consider it. But here is the evil of Sin; Sin breaks the union between God and the soul; it separates between God and the Soul, it keeps off God that infinite, eternal, glorious fountain of all good; it keeps him off from you; it makes you lose God, and all the good in God: By Sin you depart from God, which is the Curse of the Damned at the day of Judgment, Depart Page  285 from me you Cursed: you here, for the present, in every sin, do begin to have that dreadful Sen∣tence executed on you: Depart from me ye Cursed. You do it your selves while you live in sinful waies, there is a real actual departing from God, and executing of that dreadful Sentence, Depart you Cursed. You think there is little evil in sin; but if you knew that God is an infinite Good, and then knew the Union you are capa∣ble of with God, and then see sin break this Uni∣on; this would make you see sin the greatest e∣vil in the world.