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EXPOSITION OF PSALM CXIX:
OF THE CHARACTER AND EXERCISES
OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE.
BY THE REV. CHARLES BRIDGES, M. A.
VICAR OF OLD NEWTON, SUFFOLK.
PUBLISHED BY R. B. SEELEY AND W. BURNSIDE:
FLEET STREET, LONDON.
A CONSIDERABLE portion of the Sacred Volume (as the Books of Psalms and Canticles in the Old Testament, and a large part of the several Epistles in the New Testament) is occupied with the interesting subject of Christian Experience; and exhibits its character, under different dispensations of religion, and diversified with an endless variety of circumstances, as ever essentially the same. As the same features of countenance and elevation of stature have always marked the human species in the midst of the creation of God; so an identity of feature and “measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ ” has, in all ages and under every shade of outward difference, distinguished the family of God, as “ the people that should dwell alone, and should not be reckoned among the nations.”ı This indeed was to have been expected. Human nature has undergone no change since the fall.
In its unrenewed state it is still captivated in the same chains of sin ; and, when renewed, it is under the influence of the same Spirit of grace.
6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”. We might therefore have conceived, that the modern believer, when employed in tracing the records of Patriarchal or Mosaical experience.
1 Numbers xxiii. 9.
2 John iii. 6.