Spirit who has indited Scripture, is described as being " at enmity againstGod;" his mind is not subject to the law of God, in consequence of the enmitythat is in him in reference to the divine nature. The sovereignty of the DivineBeing, for instance — the traces of which we can observe quite as much in thesystem of nature and of providence as in any thing that is disclosed in HolyWrit itself — the divine sovereignty is commonly felt by men as though it werea wrong inflicted on man on the part of Him who presides over human afiairiThe purity and the rectitude of the divine nature is not received as it shouldbe, when men can dare to violate to the extent they do the laws of purity andthe laws of rectitude; concluding, obviously, one of two things — either thatGod has not prohibited these things, or that he is not sufficiently their enemyeo visit thejn with punishment.438 THE DECEITPULESS AD WICKEDESS OF THE HEART.'iTie same is true with refei-ence to many other particuhirs. The fool isready to say in his heart, " There is no God;" and multitudes, wlio do notreach this extent, substitute a god having no existence but in the eye of theirown depraved imaginations, and the view of that All-glorious Being whom itis the great object of the Sacred Scriptures to make known. Here, as in otherrespects, the deceitfulness of the human heart manifests itself, disposing mencontinually, from the views of the divine character which they ought to receivewith all readiness and affection, to indulge in vain conceptions of their own,simply because they would have the God to whom they profess to do homagesuch a one as themselves.The same is observable in the estimate iv/iich men form of every thing in thepresent world. They look to the riches of the world, to the honours of the world,to the pleasures of the world, not as things which have in them, indeed, some-what of worth, and are worth somewhat of effort, and things which, if conferred,should call forth gratitude to God: but they look to them as things in whichthey are to find their chief good. It is from their wealth, it is from thesehonours, it is from these pleasures, that they expect to derive the essence of their Avell-being. Make them rich, and they think you make them happy;give them honours, and they imagine themselves to have reached interminablebliss ; admit them to pleasures, and they think that their heaven is come.What is this but a power of fascination equal to any thing that human imagi-nation can conceive? Where is the immortal creature who has ever separatedhimself for one solitary hour to think of these things, who does not, in theexercise of his own reason, see that all this is folly and madness itself? Yetliere men are persuaded that their chief good is to be found ; they have learnedthrough the deceitfulness of the human heart the power of the deception thatis going on within them ; they have learned that it is an evil thing to have for-saken the fountain of living waters, and to hew out to themselves cisterns thatwill hold no water.