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ing his natural deGres—from doing that to which he is inclined, and hath power to do.

By this means he is prevented from giving full latitude to his corruptions ; yea, he is sometimes influenced to do good. Herod was a vile character ; but “ he feared John, knowing that he was a juft man, and an holy, and observed him ; and when he heard him he did many things, and heard him gladly."* Many similar instances might be adduced. There is not a finner who doth not feel the natural bias, and the power of reason and conscience, friving and contending within him ; and sometimes the one prevails to influence his conduct, and sometimes the other.

Neither is the Chriftian free from similar struggles. Reason and conscience have naturally the fame power in him which they have in others. The corrupt bias, is also weakened in renovation ; yea receives a deadly wound. But it is not immedi. ately destroyed. Still its influence is felt, and its effects observed. Sometimes it evinceth so much power, that its deadly wound seems to be healed. Reason and conscience, strengthened by renewing grace, ordinarily prevail over indwelling depravi. ty ; but not without a struggle, as every Christian can testify--neither do the better principles always conquer. Sometimes the opposing principles, or powers, prevail, and lead to error and wickedness. Thus “ the flesh lufteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh-so that ye cannot do the things that would."

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Neither the regenerate, nor the unregenerate, are free to do all that to which the generally govern. ing principle inclines. The difference between the renewed, and the unrenewed, is not that the former is free from temptation, the latter overcome by it, at every attack. Neither is the case. Both meet with temptation, and often that which is severe. Each sometimes overcomes ; at other times is overcome by it. But the renewed formed to the habit of attention and watchfulness, and looking to God for help, and acting, in the main, uprightly before God, is usually a conqueror ; while the unrenewed, habitually careless, and neg. ligent of watchfulness and prayer, is more often conquered, and hurried into error and wickedness. The renewed are chiefly restrained by love to God and duty; the unrenewed by fear of punishment; Though fear hath a degree of influence on the former; and other considerations, beside fear, are not wholly devaid of influence on the latter.

How far a Christian may be influenced by remaining corruption, and carried away by the prev. alence of tenptation ; or how far a finner may be restrained by the influence of those principles and considerations, which withstand him in his course, we are unable to determine. That both feel and are influenced by those opposing principles, is not matter of doubt. We experience it in ourselves, whatever our characters may be ; and we observe it in others. None are so moulded into the divine image, as to become perfect-nei. ther doth depravity attain so complete an ascend.

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The aggravated Guilt of him who delivered

Christ to Pilate.

JOHN xix. 10, 11. Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me?

Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power against me, except it were given thee from above: Therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. JUDEA was conquered by the Romans, and reduced to a province of their empire, before Christ suffered for the sins of men. When the Jews con. spired his death, Pilate was governor of that provin ce. The power of life and death was in his hands. Though said to have been devoid of princip le, he was unwilling to give sentence against Jesus. Free from Jewish prejudices, he was convinced of Christ's innocence ; that he had committed no offence, either against his own nation, or against the Romans; but that for envy he had

arraigned, condemned, and delivered up as a

been malefactor.

are following Christ ? Whether the spirit of Chrift dwelleth in us? If we have not his spirit, we are none of his. " If we have his spirit we walk as he walked."

If this is our happy ftate, we shall ere long hear from our Judge, “come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the world.” But if found Ginners, a very different doom awaits

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The aggravated Guilt of him who delivered

Christ to Pilate.

JOHN xix. 10, 11.
Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me?

Knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and
have power to release thee? Jesus answered, Thou
couldest have no power against me, except it were given
thee from above: Therefore he that delivered me unto thee
hath the greater sin.
JUDEA

was conquered by the Romans, and res duced to a province of their empire, before Christ suffered for the fins of men. When the Jews con. spired his death, Pilate was governor of that province. The power of life and death was in his hands. Though said to have been devoid of principle, he was unwilling to give sentence against Jesus. Free from Jewish prejudices, he was convinced of Christ's innocence ; that he had committed no offence, either against his own nation, or against the Romans; but that for envy he had been arraigned, condemned, and delivered up as a malefactor.

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