presiding influence of the Divine Spirit
, is the matter that more immediately engages our attention.
His lower physical nature, the great medium of the soul's communication with the outward world, and of consciousness in the embodied state, originally
operated in perfect and harmonious subordination to his higher spiritual nature.
In this condition, his appetites, propensities, and passions presented no bar to his happiness, or to that of his fellows.
The government or control which his situation demanded, we may suppose, was simple, and concerned chiefly his relation to the Deity.
But when, on the great occasion of his trial, he exercised his power of self-action, and exalted this nature as a rule of moral action, instead of the essential good of his higher nature, of which the will of God in the given case was the full and just exponent, there resulted a deprivation of the Divine Spirit
, such as entirely changed the relation of those departments of his nature.
Under the clouded condition of intellect consequent upon this deprivation, his lower nature, with its appetites, propensities, and passions, is brought into constant and fierce conflict with his spiritual nature.
This change in the condition of his humanity presents his case in an aspect altogether new. The history of each individual man becomes the history of a warfare — a warfare with