Remarks on the Doctrine of the Influence of the Holy Spirit

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W. and S. Graves, 1817
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Strona 7 - ... himself and the father, through the Holy Spirit, for our help and direction in the way of righteousness. The necessity of keeping up this communication, in order to the production of fruit, is beautifully, and incontrovertibly set forth, in the parable of the Vine and the Branches. This spirit, he also declared, was to lead into all truth, and to reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment ; thus comprehending every thing that can relate to salvation, or the knowledge of God.
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Strona 11 - James ii. 14-17. duce the same effects, in the assistance and communion of the Holy Spirit, in that degree which our particular situation might require in the sight of Divine wisdom. I would ask any person of sound understanding, if it would seem consistent with the Divine intention, to introduce a gift attended with so many extraordinary circumstances, and sanctioned by the descent of the Son of God, if it were intended to be withdrawn with the first believers, who form so small a part of his rational...
Strona 6 - ... us nothing to accuse them of; but let them not suppose themselves secure on that account. That virtue which is not the effect of principle is of very uncertain duration ; and we are all required to improve our talents and advantages. We ought also to remember that Christianity goes upon the necessity of a change of our nature and affections, as the only sure means of producing conduct consistent with the purity of its precepts, under all circumstances, even where our private interests and inclinations...
Strona 8 - ... consistent with sound reason to conclude that after Christianity was firmly established, the miraculous gifts would be withdrawn; an opinion which is without detriment to the continuation of those gifts, which remain to be necessary in the constitution of a Christian church. Hence gospel ministry, as well as other qualifications for the spiritual service of the church, must continue to be derived from the same source; and is therefore not dependent on human learning or attainments, though our...
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Strona 9 - ... step he takes in advance must be preceded and followed by a perception of his own imperfection and unworthiness, it must have a constant tendency to produce humility, meekness, and gentleness : and if these effects are not produced, such a person is deceiving himself. A due degree of earnestness and fervency in our religious duties is, however, very proper; and must necessarily follow an advancement in the knowledge and love of God. It appears, therefore, that those who ascribe pride or enthusiasm...
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