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wrath of God, than fail of his grace, or be set down short of the promised reft. He sees the deceitfulness of fin, the treachery of his heart, and the cunning of the devil; and trembles at the sentence of the law, and the severity of the Most High-He that rebukes bim finds more favour in his eyes tban be that flatters with bis lips. Sweet to him are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Thus does the Holy Spirit communicate power, life, honesty, and sincerity, with the convictions and reproofs which he applies to the elect of God.
5. He supports them under the burden of fin which they feel, and under the sight of it which he presents to their view, and sustains them under the wrath and curse of a broken lay-They are bolpen with a little belp. Through the fire he is with them, and through the water; or else the former would dry up their spirits, and the latter drown them in desperation. And in all these things the convinced finner obeys his divine operator, though he does not know who it is that leads him. The evils which the Holy Spirit discovers to him he confesses ; the reproofs he gives he falleth under; to the word the Spirit leads him, and he searches the scriptures daily. Where he hears the word with power, and where he finds his case pointed out, there the preacher is made manifest in his conscience; there he desires to abide, however searching and trying the ministry may be; for where he gets his wounding
there he expects his healing-He that is of God beareth God's cycrd. We are of God (says John), and be that is of God hezreth us; and he that is not of God becretis not 18.
6. The fame Spirit that gives him light and quickening grace fets him to crying to God- And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of fupplications. Zech. xii. 10. The life and feeling, the choly longings, the desires, thirstings, cravings, and bitter cries, which are found in the convinced sinner, all spring from the energy and operations of the Holy Spirit of God: hence the many precious promises that are held forth in the word of God to such
poor souls--Shall not God avenge his own eleži, webich cry day and night? When the poor and needy seek water and there is none, and their tongue fails for thirst, I the Lord zeill hear them, 1 the God of Israel 'will not forsake thein. Wait upon God, and he fball give thee the desire of thine heart: trust in him, and he Shall bring it to pass. They shall come that are ready to perish. Because of the deep Sighing of the poor, now will I arise, faith the Lord.
I will fatiate the weary, I will replenish the sorrowful foul, I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods upon. the dry ground. Blefed are they that bunger, and thirst. Blefjed are the poor in spirit. Again, Thou Malt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he mall bear it he will answer thee. Isa. xxx. 19. All these in
tense longings and holy breathings are produced under the quickening energy of the Holy Spirit, even before he proclaims liberty to us, or creates the fruit of the lip, Ifa. lvii. 19; or gives us a door of utterance. Acts ïi.
The Spirit itself maketh interceffion for us, with groanings which cannot be attered. Rom. viii. 26. And this may be seen in the apostles themselves, before that miraculous out, pouring of the Spirit upon them, on the day of pentecost. The apostles had felt the power of the Spirit attending the word–He speaks like one having authority, and not as the scribes; for his word is with power.
He had convinced them of sin, as may be seen in their different cases, described by our Lord's first sermon on the mount, and by the confession of Peter-Depart from me, for I am a finful man, O Lord.
They owned that Christ had the word of eternal life; yea, and they believed in himFather, the word which thou hast given me I have given them, and they have received it, and have believed that I came forth from thee, and that thou didh send me. And they loved him too, and abode with him: and both faith and love are fruits of the Holy Spirit. But, as a spirit of revelation and understanding, as a distinct comforter, as a spirit of power and of a sound mind, and with all his miraculous gifts and graces, they were to be baptized with him in this wonderful way not many days hence. Hence it is said that the Holy Ghost was not yet giten, because that felus
was not yet glorified. Power, also, in a wonderful manner, they were to receive when the Holy Ghoft came upon them, to embolden them, and enable them to preach the gospel in all languages, and to work miracles in confirmation of it.
I must once more beg the pardon of my beloved brother for thus exceeding the limits of an epistle; but hope to have an opportunity of conveying this, as I did the other, by some stroller or ftraggler wandering from his nest. Begetting, quickening, travailing, and bringing forth, still go on among us--our bed is green. Song, i. 16.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
To the Rov. J. Jenkins, Lewes, Sussex.
WHAT, my fon! and whatthe son of my faith! and what, the son of my vows! Children are not to lay up for the fathers, but the fathers for the children; and I would willingly give thee one portion above thy brethren, yea, a double porcion ; because thou art poor and needy, near-sighted, subject to the rickets, to incredulity, and many other infirmities which have gone from father to fon; but, as poring over these things, with fretting and grieving at them, does no good, we will amuse and comfort ourselves with a better subject.
7. The Holy Spirit testifies of Christ-But when ibe Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, be shall testify of me. John xv. 26. And this the Holy Spirit does by giving testimony to the word of his grace; by proving the truth and reality of the word to the sensible finner's conscience; by attending it with faith, light, evidence, and full demonstracion; so that Christ is evidently set forth as crucified before them. Christ's voice is heard and felt, and
Gal. üi. 1.