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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.
Of the first Man's Estate, and the Manner how he lost
it. How Sin found Entrance into the World. Of
Of the primeval Estate of the first Man, and of the Variety
of Opinions about it.
tradiction about the
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
2. Now it is confessed by all good Christians, that