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is, in this last age questioned, why his meritorious satisfaction for the sins of the world is by some flatly denied, is, because the parties this way peccant, or such as can with Christian patience or without disgust, read or hear their discourses, do not know themselves either in the individual, as they are mortal men, and tainted with many actual sins, or in the general, as they are the sons of Adam. They understand not the prerogatives that man had in his first creation above other creatures ; nor yet trouble their thoughts how that which they and we call sin found first entrance into the world; how it hath been propagated throughout all mankind; or what be the special properties, the true effects, or power of it. Now without the knowledge or serious consideration of all these points, it is impossible for us, for any man, to take a true, much less a full or competent estimate of Christ's sufferings upon the cross; or of the efficacy of his resurrection from the dead; of the fruits of the Spirit, which he promised to all his followers, upon his ascension into heaven, and sitting at the right hand of God the Father.

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Of the first Man's Estate, and the Manner how he lost

it. How Sin found Entrance into the World. Of
the Nature of Sin. How it was, and is, propagated
unto Adam's Posterity.

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CHAP. I.

Of the primeval Estate of the first Man, and of the Variety

of Opinions about it.

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1. ABOUT the prerogatives or preeminences of the first than con- man, over and above all others, which by natural

descent have sprung from him, a great variety of first man's opinions there is, more than is about the limitation or

extent of the prerogative royal in most kingdoms
Christian, as now they stand. But the several opinions
contained within this great and spacious variety, con-
cerning the estate or prerogatives of the first man, are
(in my opinion) very compatible: few or none of them
contradict others. And it is the part of divines by
profession, not to sow any seeds of contention between
the authors or abettors of several opinions, which in
their nature imply no contradiction. Yea in times
ancient and unpartial, it hath been accounted one spe-
cial part of priests or professed divines, to solicit or
mediate for compromise between parties at difference,
whether in matters civil or criminally capital; much
more to endeavour for reconciliation of opinions or
controversies properly belonging to their own profes-
sion.

2. Now it is confessed by all good Christians, that
the first man was made in or according to the image

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THE WORKS

OF

THOMAS JACKSON, D.D.

SOMETIME

PRESIDENT OF CORPUS CHRISTI COLLEGE, OXFORD,

AND DEAN OF PETERBOROUGH.

A NEW EDITION, IN TWELVE VOLUMES,

WITH A COPIOUS INDEX.

VOLUME IX.

OXFORD:

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

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