HOMILY 19: What kind of change CHRIST works in the Christian.
1. HE that comes to GOD, and desires to be the person that sitteth with CHRIST upon his throne, ought to come to him upon this very view, that he may be changed from his former state and conversation; that he may be a new man, who carries nothing of the old man about him: " For if any man be in CHRIST, he is a new creature." For our Lord JESUS CHRIST came for this very reason, that he might change, and renew, and create afresh this soul that had been perverted by vile affections, tempering it with his own Divine Spirit. He came to work a new mind, and a new soul, and new eyes, new ears, a new spiritual tongue; yea, to make them that believe in him new men, that he might pour into them the new wine, which is his Spirit.
2. For as the enemy, when he had gotten man into his own hands, wrought him anew for himself, having clothed him with vile affections, and poured into him the spirit of sin; so also the Lord, having redeemed him from the enemy, wrought him anew, and poured his own Spirit into him. For he that changed the nature of the burning fire to bedew them that were in the furnace; and for Daniel's sake tamed the nature of the lions, can also transform the soul that was grown wild by sin into his own goodness and peace by the Holy Spirit of promise.
3. For as the shepherd can heal a diseased sheep, and keep him from the wolves; so the true Shepherd is able to heal the sheep that was lost, even man from the leprosy of sin. The priests and levites, and the teachers that were before, were never able to heal the soul by their oblations of gifts and sacrifices; yea, they were not able to heal themselves. "For it was not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sin." But the Lord can heal every disease, and every sickness of the soul. And the true healing of the soul is from the Lord only.