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CO N TENTS.

CHAPTER 1.

ON THE MEANING OF THE TERM SPIRIT AS EMPLOYED BY

THE SACRED WRITERS.

Preliminary remarks-It occurs in the sense of Breath

-Wind - Intelligent beings-Applied pre-eminently to the third Person in the Trinity-Thence trans.. ferred to his influence-Then again to the effects produced by that influence-Inferences-Writers of the New Testament have distinguished the influence from the person of the Spirit-Bishop MiddletonThe same idea of him conveyed by another usage of the New Testament writers-Opinion of the ancient Jews-Grotius–Bishop Heber-Effect on the early heresiarchs and sects-Design of the Scriptures to instruct—Stress of the argument–Their current language- The Holy Spirit acts agreeably to a commission received - Yet exercises supreme authority

- The efficient cause of the several gifts bestowed on man-Extraordinary endowments of body or

Difference between the extraordinary and ordinary-

Latter essential to genuine religion-This sentiment
not chargeable with enthusiasm-The divine agency
possible-reasonable-Opinion of heathen-Homer-
Socrates-Cicero-Seneca-From our other habits
and virtues the divine agency cannot be excluded --
Our ignorance of the mode no objection-Christian
habits and virtues unattainable without the Spirit-
Reason and revelation-Latter insists upon the ne-
cessity of a change-Proofs – Inference-Wherein it
consists-First-The moral perceptions are enlight-
ened-Intelligence essential to free agency-Power
of unaided intellect– Excellency and importance of
spiritual things perceivable only by the Spirit-
Cor. ii. 14-Bishop Van Mildert - Meaning of the
passage-Bishop Kaye-Passages which convey the
same idea-Augustus Ernest— Bacon--Liturgy-
Still does not reveal anything-Nor convey a new
meaning to the Scriptures explained—Next-The
disposition is changed--Perception and disposition
distinct-Disposition explained-Milner-Scriptures
address us in the common language of life-Instances
-Can and cannot in the sense of disposed and in-
disposed-Its removal the point pressed by John
the Baptist-Our Lord-His apostles--Dr. Campbell
-Attributed to the Spirit-Bishop Horne-Its op-
posite described --Phil. ii. 12, 13---Faith - This dispo-
sition habitual and permanent--Not always equally
vigorous-We are entirely dependent upon the Holy
Spirit-Fruits of– Assistance in prayer-Barrow-
Inference--Bishop Jeremy Taylor--His influence
imperceptible--Paley-Archbishop Tillotson--can-
not be identified with baptism---Privileges of baptism
-One of the means—The word-Design of his ope-
rations to glorify Christ- The joy of—The witness
of-Owen President Edwards -- Kypke--Seal-
Earnest-First fruits.

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