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L E T T E R.
Reverend Dr DURELL,
UNIVERSITY of OXFORD;
By a late EXPULSION of Sıx STUDENTS
from Edmund Hall.
By GEORGE WHITEFIELD, M. A.
Late of PEMBROKE COLLEGE, OXFORD;
Α' Ν D
Chaplain to the Countess of HUNTINGDON.
THE SECOND EDITION.
LUKE xii. 57. Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not
what is right?
JOHN vii. 24.
L O N D ON:
L E T T E R
Reverend Dr DURELL.
EING a Master of Israel, and placed at the head of one of the most renowned seats of
Learning in the world, you need not be informed that the Mission of the Holy Ghost is the one grand promise of the New, as the coming of Jesus Christ was the great promise of the Old Testament dispensation. ." I will pray the Father, says our blessed LORD to his almost disconsolate Dirciples, and he shall give you another Comforter." And again, “ It is expedient for you, that I
go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you ; but if I depart (it being the Purchase of his all-atoning Blood, and designed to be
the immediate fruit and proof of the rcality of his resurrection, and subsequent ascension into Heaven) I will send him unto you.” And that they might , know that this Comforter was not to be confined to, or monopolized by Them, but was to be of standing general use, He immediately gives them intimations of the design and nature of His office : and therefore adds, “ and when he is come, he will convince the world of fin, and of righteousness, and of judgment."
Strange, and till then unheard-of, promise this! Such as a Confucius, a Zoroaster, or any other fictitious uninspired Prophet or Lawgiver, never dreamt of. A promise, which none but One, who was God over all, could dare to make ; a promise which none but One, who was God over all, could possibly fulfil.
Agreeable to this promise, “having ascended up on Higb, led captivity captive, and received this. gift for men, this divine Paraclete, this Holy Ghost, on the day of Pentecost, came down from Heaven like a rushing mighty wind; and there appeared cloven tongues, like as of fire, and fat upon each of the Apostles.”- The effects were immediate and visible. - Poor, illiterate Fishermen, inftan. taneously commenced Scholars, Preachers, Orators. And well they might; for, being filled with the Holy Ghost, as the Spirit gave them utterance, they began to speak with other tongues the wonderful things of God.
But what was all this divine apparators, this divine preaching, this divine oratory intended for ? The following verses inform us: The hearers of those wonderful things, the spectators of this transcendently amazing scene, “ were pricked to the heart, and were made to cry out, Men and Breihren, what shall we do? And the same day were added to this infant church about three thousand souls." Here were proofs, fubftantial, incontestible proofs, of the reality of the Resurrection, Ascension, and likewise of the efficacy of the all-powerful Intercession of their once crucified, but now exalted. LORD; not only fubftantial and incontestible, but at the same time entirely suitable to the nature of his Million, who in the days of his flesh by his doctrines and miracles declared, that his only design in coming into our world, was to fave finners.
Upon this rock, namely, an experimental manico festation and application of his Divinity to the renewed heart (which flesh and blood, human Reason, vain Philosophy, moral Suasion, or any, or all barely external evidence whatsoever, cannot reveal) hath he built, doth he now build, and will continue to build his church, and therefore it is that the gates, neither the power nor policy of hell, fall ever be able to prevail against it. By the influence of this almighty Agent hath he promised to be with his ministers and people, even to the end of the world. And agreeable to this, hath taught us daily to pray that his Kingdom may come'; which being to be begun, carried on and completed, by one continued emanation of divine influence communicated to believers in the use of all appointed means, can alone