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THE SINNER TO BE WROUGHT UPON

264

human

effects

of its features in the fallen

true

these features have totally disappeared

:

main speak

at the

most only

nature, the very opposite is

of the glory

the ruins which reand beauty which have ;

perished.

Hence the two meanings of the divine image should no longer Forasmuch as it lies in our nature it will remain evermore ; so far as its effects upon the quality, i.e., the condition, be confounded.

of our nature are concerned,

// is lost.

corrupted, but not annihilated.

former attributes be

Our is

lost,

In

its

the real,

still

attributes,

being

it is

nature.

But

workings, and influences, in

sight, yet the its luster,

our nature's being and its remained uninjured and unharmed, i.e.,

it

human

Tho

changed, and corrupt.

yet

its

fathers discriminated between

zvell-being. it

The human nature can be

can exist as nature, even tho and replaced by opposite workings. It

condition,

its

its

well-being

human

its

it

i.e.,

is

in its

wholly

a poisoned insect-sting destroys the

So is the human nature deprived of normal activity, internally sore and foul,

eye remains.

checked in

the

in

;

nature.

sin. It is true man has retained the power and feel, besides many glorious talents and faculties, even genius sometimes; but this does not touch the corruption of his nature. Its corruption is this, that the life which should be devoted -to God and animated by Him is devoted with downward tendencies to earthly things. And this reversed action has changed the whole organism of our being. If the divine righteousness were essential to human life, this could not be so but it is not. According to Scripture, death is not annihilation. The sinner is dead to God, but in this very death throbs and thrills his life to Satan, to sin, and to the world. If the sinner had no sinful life. Scripture could never say, " Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth," for it is impossible to mortify that which is dead already. Let not similarity of sound deceive us. Human life is inde-

But

it is

corrupted by

to think, will,

;

structible.

When

the soul

active in conformity to the divine

is

law. Scripture says that the soul lives

death

is

the wages of

not cease to work, to use the

life

of our

But

sin. its

;

if

organs, to exert

members which

This man's nature does This is influence.

not, it is dead.

for this reason its

are in the earth

— our sinful

life,

the

Inward festering of evil in our corrupt nature for this reason it must be mortified. Hence since sin does not stop our nature from ;

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 304

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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