|Author:||Hurst, Henry, 1629-1690.|
|Title:||Agnoia tou psychikou anthråopou, or, The inability of the highest improved naturall man to attaine a sufficient and right knowledge of indwelling sinne discovered in three sermons, preached at St. Marie's in Oxford / by Henry Hurst ...|
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Agnoia tou psychikou anthråopou, or, The inability of the highest improved naturall man to attaine a sufficient and right knowledge of indwelling sinne discovered in three sermons, preached at St. Marie's in Oxford / by Henry Hurst ...
Hurst, Henry, 1629-1690.
Oxford: Printed by Henry Hall ... for Richard Davis, 1659.
Reproduction of original in Cambridge University Library.
Sin -- Sermons.
Sermons, English -- 17th century.
TO THE REVEREND AND Learned my Honoured Father Mr HENRY HURST, Minister of the Gospel at Mickleton in Glouc:shire.
AN EPISTLE TO THE READER.
1. This is the Doctrine of the Text and other Scriptures.
2 Generall proposed, Best im∣proved Na∣turall men are mista∣ken in this knowledge.
1. Heathens mistake the knowledge.
2 Pelagians mistake this knowledge.
3 Semi-Pe∣lagians mis∣take in this knowledg.
4. School∣men mistake in this knowledg.
5. Some plead an ex∣emption of the Virgin Mary from Originall Sin.
6. The best parts and Learning of Papists are ignorant in this par∣ticular.
7. Where the word is plainly prea∣ched a∣mongst us many are ignorant of this truth.
8. The expe∣rience of Saints is witnesse to this.
3 Generall pro∣posed.
1 The impro∣ved naturall man cannot discover the exceeding great sinfulnesse of the habituall frame of his na∣turell heart.
2. The best Im∣proved naturall man cannot discover the sinfulnesse of the first, secret, unpublished, and unformed tions of this corrupt nature.
3 Best im∣proved na∣turall parts cannot dis∣cover the guile of this sin.
4. Naturall parts can never dis∣cover the strength and power of this sin.
5. The best improved naturallman can never discover the first rise O∣riginall and spring of Lust.
6. The best improved naturall men could never discover the finfull frame of beart in its deserts.
4 Generalls propound∣ed, viz. a Rational account of this truth.
Reas. 1. Be∣cause a Na∣turall man makes use of a crooked Rule.
2. Reason, because there is much spi∣rituall wic∣ednesse in this sin.
3 Demon∣stration. The best improved naturall man can make no further dis∣covery then the light of his received maximes reach.
The early springing of corruption occasion of the naturall mans igno∣rance of this sin.
2. Graduall increase of this sins strength is occasiō of na∣turall mans ignorance of this sin.
3. Universall extent oc∣casion of the naturall mans igno∣rance and error.
4. Uniformity of its acting in all occa∣sion of this ignorance and errour.
5. Unweaied and perpe¦tual delight in this sin, and it's a∣ctings occa∣sion of this ignorance.
4. Reason. Because is unwilling to appeare otherwise then as he may beast, and glory in himselfe.
5 Reason. The best improved naturall man cannot reflect upon his soule ac∣cording to the Law of God.
5th Gene∣rall propo∣posed. The diffe∣rence be∣tween a learned re∣generate▪ and a lear∣ned unre∣generate mans know∣ledge &c.
1. The know∣ledge of a Regenerate soule is a spirituall knowledge.
2. An un∣regeueraie mans know∣ledgeis a logicall con∣clusion from soeculative principles: The rege∣nerates is from pra∣cticall pre∣mises.
Differ. 3. A regene∣rate man seeth this sin inter∣mixt in his duties: An unregene∣rate man doth not.
4. Differ. The regene∣rates know∣ledg is a soule a base∣ing know∣ledg so is not that of the unrege∣nerate.
5. Differ. A regene∣rate man opposeth sin vigorously so doth not an unrege∣nerate man.
6th. Diffe∣rence. A Rege∣nerate man hateth the sinfull frame of heart, so doth not an unregene∣rate man.
7th. Diffe∣rence. A regene∣rate man loves the law, which discovers, forbids, and condemnes lust, so doth not the un∣regenerate.
8. Differ. There is a difference in the certainty evidence & assurance of their know∣ledge.
Use. 1. Insorma∣tion.
Sin of very dangerous consequence to all but specially to Scholars on account that it blinds their under standing.
2. Inform. The natu∣rall man's inevitable ruine and misery, be∣cause he cānot know his danger and disease.
1. A naturall man obno∣xious to wrath, but knows it not.
2. Natu∣rall man ig∣norant of this sin, adds sin to sin, runs far∣ther into debt, and ruines him∣selfe.
3. Impro∣ved parts miserable, because they sin more pertinaci∣ously and soberly.
Inform. 3. Highest im∣proved parts cannot dispose themselves to seek and prize Christ.
Inform. 4. highest im∣parts cannot puri∣fy, and make themselves really holy.
Use. 2. For Cauti∣on.
1. Caut. 1. Attemp∣ting to dis∣cover or concluding you havedis∣covered it by meere naturall light.
2. Caution. Against re∣lying on the opinion of men in their assertions contrary to the experi¦ence of Saint, and witnesse of Scripture.
3. Caution. Learned men's slighting grace be a stumbling block to us.
Use 3. of Tryall. Try then what your knowledge of this sin is.
1. Greater pronesse to mistake.
2. Greater danger to themselves in mistake∣ing.
3. Greater endange∣ring of o∣thers.
4. Expected eminence before o¦thers in ho∣lynesse.
5. Mistaken knowledge cannot lye still and do no harme: it will mis∣chiefe us by
1. Note of Tryill. Right knowledge of this advan∣ceth grace.
2 Note. Right knowledge relyes on powerfull grace to op∣pose lust.
3. Note. True right knowledge directs to the right method of subduing it.
4. Note Right knowledge aggravates particular fins by this.
Use 4. A fourth Ʋse of Direction.
Direction 1. Directi: Study tho∣roughly, and and affect thy heart with, the na∣ture and ex∣tent of Gods Law.
2. Be dilgent in compa∣ring thy heart, its frame and inclinations with the Law so known.
3. Direction Keep thy heart tender and easily affected with sin as it is contra∣ry to God and his Law
Direct. 4. Oppose sin, especially begin the oposition a∣gainst first stirrings of it.
4. Direct. View it with a wee∣ping eye, & mourning heart.
6. Directi∣on. Joyne lear ning and experience together, study it joyntly in thy heart, & other men's books.
A Catalogue of Bookes printed for, and to be sold by Richard Davis at his shop neer Oriell Colledge in Oxford.