Secondly. To show, that it is the distinguishins; cha-racter anti the real attainment of all who are Christ's, tocrucify the flesh, with the affections and lusts. And thento conclude with an improvement suited to the occasionof our present meetins;.I BEGI with incpjirins; what is meant hy "crucifyingthe flesh, with the affections and lusts.'' By " the flesh,"we are to understand the corrupt nature of man ; and by*^ the affections and lusts, those depraved appetiteswhich maintain their power within us, until the renew-iui; grace of God implant in us those seeds of holiness,by which the image ol'God is formed in our soul. Whenman came first from the hands of his Maker, his reason,pure and uncorrupted, was the governing principle of his mind. But by transgressing the original command-ment, and eating the forbidden fruit, in compliance witha mean corporeal appetite, the sensitive part of his na-ture obtained that dominion or predominancy which itstill maintains in every unrenewed man. Accordingly,we find our natural condition opposed in Scripture, toour regenerated state, under the metaphorical expres-sions of jlesh and spirit. " That which is born of theflesh is flesh ; and that which is born of the Spirit isspirit." The meaning is plainly this : the temper anddispositions which we bring with us into the world byordinary generation, are, since the fall, carnal and de-praved ; whereas the temper and dispositions which wcreceive by the regeneration of the Holy Ghost, are, liketheir original, spiritual and holy. The same idea is ex-pressed in the 17th verse of this chapter ; where it issaid, '^ the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spiritagainst the flesh ; and these two are contrary the one tothe other." It appears, then, that by the ^' flesh, wKlithe affections and lusts," we are to understand the cor»228 SERMO LI.