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parents; for faith, though it takes away the personal imputation of guilt, does not altogether remove indwelling sin. It is not therefore man as a regenerate being, but man in his animal capacity, that propagates his kind; as seed, though cleared from the chaff and stubble, produces not only the ear or grain, but also the stalk and husk. Christ alone was exempt from this contagion, being born by supernatural generation, although descended from Adam. Heb. vii. 26. "holy, undefiled."
Some contend that this original sin is specially guiltiness;' but guiltiness is not so properly sin, as the imputation of sin, which is also called the judgement of God, (Rom. i. 32. "who knowing the judgement of God") whereby sinners are accounted worthy of death, and become ódio, that is, guilty before God," Rom iii. 19. and "are under sin," v. 9. Thus our first parents, in whom, as above observed, there could have been no original sin, were involved in guiltiness immediately upon their fall; and their posterity, before original sin was yet engendered, were involved in the same guiltiness in Adam; besides, guiltiness is taken away in those who are regenerate, while original sin remains.
Others define original sin to be the loss of original righteousness, and the corruption of the whole mind.1 But before this loss can be attributed to us, it must be attributed to our first parents, to whom, as was argued before, original sin could not attach; in them therefore it was what is called actual sin, which these divines themselves distinguish from original sin. At any rate it was the consequence of sin, rather than sin itself; or if it were sin, it was a sin of ignorance; for they expected nothing less than that they should lose any good by eating the fruit, or suffer harm in any way whatever. I shall therefore consider this loss of original righteousness in the following chapter,
9 Concupiscentia est reatus originalis peccati.' August. in libro Retractationum.
1. Peccatum originis varie admodum definitur a theologis, ita ut quid per ipsum intelligant vix satis capi possit. Scholastici dicunt vulgo, esse carentiam justitiæ originalis debitæ inesse. Sed Protestantes non acquiescunt in hac definitione, nec etiam inter se bene consentiunt.' Curcell. Dissertatio secunda de Peccato Originis, 5. See Calvin's Objections to this Definition, Institut. II. 1, 8. Compare also Thomas Aquinas, 12 Qu. 82, Art. 1. Concl.
under the head of punishment, rather than in the present, which relates to sin.
The second thing in sin, after evil concupiscence, is the crime itself, or the act of sinning, which is commonly called Actual Sin. This may be incurred, not only by actions commonly so called, but also by words and thoughts, and even by the omission of good actions.
It is called Actual Sin, not that sin is properly an action, for in reality it implies defect; but because it commonly consists in some act. For every act is in itself good; it is only its irregularity, or deviation from the line of right, which properly speaking is evil. Wherefore the act itself is not the matter of which sin consists, but only the ToxɛíμLevov or subject in which it is committed.
By words. Matt. xii. 36. "every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof." xv. 11. "that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."
By thoughts. Exod. xx. 17. " thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house-.' Psa. vii. 14. "behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood." Prov. xxiv. 8. " he that deviseth to do evil.” Jer. xvii. 9. "the heart is deceitful above all things," &c. Matt. v. 28. "he hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." xv. 19. out of the heart proceed evil thoughts.' 1 John iii. 15. "whoso hateth his brother is a murderer."
By omission. Matt. xii. 30. "he that is not with me is against me, and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad." See also Luke xi. 23. and vi. 9. where to omit saving the life of a man is accounted the same as to destroy it. Matt. xxv. 42. "I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat." James iv. 17. "to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
All sins however are not, as the Stoics maintained, of equal magnitude. Ezek. v. 6. "she hath changed my judgements
2 Sins are not equal, but greater or less in their principle, as well as in their event. It was one of the errors of Jovinian, which he learned from the school of the Stoics, that all sins are alike grievous:
Cum dicas esse pares res
Furta latrociniis, et magnis parva mineris
Falce recisurum simili te, si tibi regnum
Permittant homines. Hor. Serm. I. 3. 121.'
Taylor's Works, VIII. 337.
into wickedness more than the nations." viii. 15. shalt see greater abominations than these.” John xix. 11. " he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin." This inequality arises from the various circumstances of person, place, time, and the like. Isai. xxvi. 10. "in the land of
uprightness will he deal unjustly."
The distinction between mortal and venial sin3 will come more properly under consideration in another place. In the mean time it is certain, that even the least sin renders the sinner obnoxious to condemnation. Luke xvi. 10. "he that is unjust in the least, is unjust also in much.
CHAP. XII.-OF THE PUNISHMENT OF SIN.
THUS far of Sin. After sin came death, as the calamity or punishment consequent upon it. Gen. ii. 17. "in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Rom. v. 12. “death entered by sin." vi. 23. "the wages of sin is death.' vii. 5. "the motions of sins did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death."
Under the head of death, in Scripture, all evils whatever," together with every thing which in its consequences tends to death, must be understood as comprehended; for mere bodily death, as it is called, did not follow the sin of Adam on the self-same day, as God had threatened."
See also Cicero's third paradox, ὅτι ἴσα τά ἁμαρτήματα καὶ τὰ κατορθώματα; and his oration pro L. Murena: omnia peccata esse paria; omne delictum scelus esse nefarium; nec minus delinquere eum, qui gallum gallinaceum, cum opus non fuerit, quam eum qui patrem suffocaverit.' * See 1 John iv. 17. ἔστιν ἁμαρτία οὐ πρὸς θάνατον.
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste
Paradise Lost, I. 1. The divine denunciation is interpreted in the same sense in Paradise
my sole command
Transgress'd. inevitably thou shalt die,
From that day mortal; and this happy state
Hence divines, not inappropriately, reckon up four several degrees of death. The first, as before said, comprehends
ALL THOSE EVILS WHICH LEAD TO DEATH, AND WHICH IT IS AGREED CAME INTO THE WORLD IMMEDIATELY UPON THE
FALL OF MAN, the most important of which I proceed to enumerate. In the first place, guiltiness; which though in its primary sense it is an imputation made by God to us, yet is it also, as it were, a commencement or prelude of death dwelling in us, by which we are held as by a bond, and rendered subject to condemnation and punishment. Gen. iii. 7. "the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked." Lev. v. 2, &c. "if it shall be hidden from him, he also shall be unclean and guilty." Rom. iii. 19. "that all the world may become guilty before God." Guiltiness, accordingly, is accompanied or followed by terrors of conscience. Gen. iii. 8. "they heard the voice of God.... and Adam and his wife hid themselves.... and he said, I was afraid." Rom. viii. 15. “ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear." Heb. ii. 15.," who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." x. 27. “a certain fearful looking for of judgement." It is attended likewise with the sensible forfeiture of the divine protection and favour; whence results a diminution of the majesty of the human countenance, and a conscious degradation of mind. Gen. iii. 7. "they knew that they were naked." Hence the whole man becomes polluted: Tit. i. 15. their mind and conscience is defiled:" whence arises shame:" Gen. iii. 7. they sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves aprons." Rom. vi. 21. " what fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death."
The second degree of death is called SPIRITUAL DEATH ; by which is meant the loss of divine grace, and that of innate
6 Wollebius, who was one of the theologians from whose works Milton compiled a system of divinity for the use of his pupils, enumerates the same four degrees of death, Book I. Chap. 12.
innocence, that as a veil
Had shadow'd them from knowing ill, was gone,
Just confidence, and native righteousness,
And honour, from about them, naked left
To guilty shame.
Paradise Lost, IX. 154.
righteousness, wherein man in the beginning unto trouble, as Eph. ii. 1. "who were dead in trespasses and Jehovah shall "alienated from the life of God." Col. ii. 13% in that day your sins." Rev. iii. 1. "thou hast a name that ththe field." and art dead." And this death took place not only of very day, but at the very moment of the fall. They whoy and delivered from it are said to be regenerated, to be born againd and to be created afresh; which is the work of God alone, as will be shown in the chapter on Regeneration.
This death consists, first, in the loss, or at least in the obscuration to a great extent of that right reason which enabled man to discern the chief good, and in which consisted as it were the life of the understanding. Eph. iv. 18. "having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them." v. 8. “ye were sometimes darkness." John i. v. " the darkness comprehended it not." Jer. vi. 10. "they cannot hearken." John viii. 43.
"ye cannot hear my word." 1 Cor. ii. 14. "the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God." 2 Cor. iii. 5. "not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to think anything as of ourselves." iv. 4. "the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not." Col. i. 13. "who hath delivered us from the power of darkness." It consists, secondly, in that deprivation of righteousness and liberty to do good, and in that slavish subjection to sin and the devil, which constitutes, as it were, the death of the will. John viii. 34. "whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin." All have committed sin in Adam; therefore all are born servants of sin. Rom. vii. 14. "sold under sin." viii. 3. "what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh." v. 7. "it is not subject unto the law of God, neither indeed can be." vi. 16, 17. "his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death," &c. Philipp. iii. 19. "whose god is their belly." Acts xxvi. 18. "from the power of Satan." 2 Tim. ii. 26. "out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." Eph. ii. 2. " the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience." Lastly, sin is its own punishment, and produces, in its natural consequences, the death of the spiritual life: more especially gross and habitual sin. Rom. i. 26. " for this cause God gave them up unto vile affections." The reason of this is evident; for in pro