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deavoured to form a useful work; and that he has put into the hands of many hundreds of serious persons the essence of a most valuable book, hitherto confined, in a great measure, to the studies of the learned; and which he humbly hopes will be instrumental of much spiritual information, edification, and comfort to the people of God.
CHAP. I.—The nature of sanctification and gospel-holi-
THE HOLY SPIRIT.
GENERAL PRINCIPLES CONCERNING THE HOLY,
THE apostle Paul, in his first epistle to the Corinthians, chapter the 12th, directs their exercise of SPIRITUAL GIFTS ; of which they had received an abundant measure, and concerning which they had consulted him; for the Lord "having much people in the city of Corinth," whom he intended to call, encouraged the apostle to go and preach there,-gave great success to the word, and furnished the first converts with such eminent and extraordinary gifts, as might be happily instrumental in the conversion of others. In the exercise of these gifts, several persons had conducted themselves improperly, and had abused them to the purposes of emulation and ambition. On the information of some, who, loving truth, peace, and order, were troubled on this account; and, in answer to a letter of the whole church, concerning these and other occurrences, he gives them his advice for the rectifying of such abuses; and to prepare their minds for instruction, by exciting humility and gratitude, he reminds them of their condition before they were converted to Christ.
know that you were Gentiles, carried away with dumb
Having thus stated the original and foundation of the church, he further informs them that the same Spirit is also the author of those gifts by which it was to be built up and enlarged. "Now, there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit ;" and to denote the unity of their Author, notwithstanding the diversity of the gifts, he calls him "the same Spirit, the same Lord, -the same God." As he is called The Spirit, to de