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"Of the other two principal powers Reason and Will; and of the work of them
before sin and after."

Our author continues his analysis of the mind, or soul. In this chapter he describes reason and will, which he calls principle powers, and by which we discern and make our choices. He describes the working of both these powers as they functioned before and after original sin.

These few chapters, 62-66, summarize the knowledge of psychology (expressed in terms of his day) necessary to understand his continuing description of the exercise. The heading of chapter 67, where our author resumes his description of the exercise of The Cloud, is worth quoting here as pointing out his purpose and the importance of these chapters.

(Chapter 67:)
"That whoso knoweth not the powers of a soul and the manner of her working,
may lightly be deceived in understanding of ghostly words and of ghostly
working; and how a soul is made a God in grace."

So, these chapters are essential to our author's purpose. They're well worth many reflecftive re-readings, especially after having read the final chapters.

Reason and Will by l.craddock
Re reason and will by l.craddock
Temptation by LDGW
Temptation by soko007
False good by LDGW
forget by John Pogen
KEEP GOD'S WORD by patient
good by John Pogen
thank you by jorn
The Temptation by beemanlee
Chapter 64 Comments by dohpeterchina
Reason and will by pandacca
good points by l.craddock

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