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faith in the minds of men by the power of the Holy Ghost; hence God is said to send the word of the gospel to the souls of men with power in the Holy Ghost, and with much assurance, 1 Thess. i. 5. And the operation of this divine power put forth is said to produce faith; “God fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power,” 2 Theff. i. 11. The whole of this work is called a persuasion in the mind; “ Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind,” Rom. xiv. 5; and this perfuasion Paul afferts to be the faith of Abraham ; “ And, being fully persuaded that what he [God] had promised, he was able also to perform, therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness," Rom. iv. 21, 22. This matter is more fully set forth in the proclamation of God in the promises of the covenant, where it is expressly said that God would put his laws into their hearts, and in their minds he would write them, Heb. x. 16. Some folks may be ready to say that there is no call for a divine power displayed in persuading the minds of men to believe in Chrift. But let such try their skill upon a finner convinced of the fin of unbelief and of the enmity of his mind, the hardness of his heart, and the rebellion of his will, and who has all his crimes before his eyes, and nothing but guilt and wrath in his heart. Tell such that all their afflictions are in love ; that, although they are enemies to God, they are reconciled by Christ; and that, though they are ungodly, yet they shall be justified; and, although they are filled with wrath, yet they are loved with an everlasting love; and, though exercised with the snares of death and pains of hell, yet they are the adopted sons of God, and heirs of the kingdom of heaven; and they will tell you that all men are liars. None but God can persuade Japheth.
In allusion to the impression that the Holy Ghost made, called the finger of God, upon the two tables of stone in the hand of Moses, is this law of faith said to be written on the mind; and I believe it is the same in fubfiance as the contents of Habakkuk's vision, which he was bid to write and make plain upon tables, Hab. ii. 2; for this law and the Spirit of life come both together, and the contents amount to this, “ The just shall live by his faith.” Paul calls it a writing by the Spirit on the fleshly tables of the heart, 2 Cor. iii. 3. The writing the law of faith is called a persuading of the mind; and every child of God knows that, when he is fully persuaded of his interest in Christ, and that the righteousness of Christ is imputed and the sentence of justification pafled, the sentence of death is abolished, the witness of our fonship and justification is received into the court of conscience, and the peace
of God, as the fruit and effect of righteousness, reigns and rules in the heart. These are the fleshy tables of the heart which Paul speaks of, alluding to God's promise of giving us a new heart and a new fpirit. When this most glorious work is done, the troubled and disquieted mind confides in the power of God, so sweetly displayed or put forth in the soul at its happy and blessed deliverance. And, conscious of its own weakness, and of the deceit of its own heart, by breaking all its resolutions, vows, and promises, it cleaves to the power it feels, and enjoys both rest and peace in God its Saviour. Righteousness goes forth as brightness to the understanding, and as a lanıp that burneth to the affections; it brings pardon to the conscience like the rays of the sun, and peace to the heart like a river. To this
power displayed the soul cleaves, in this power it rests, and dreads every thing that disturbs, disquiets, or removes it; and finds the promise fulfilled; “ Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee,” Isaiah xxvi. 3.
Having touched upon God's promise to perfuade the mind, by sending the word with power and much assurance, and of the fleshy tables of the heart feeling the impression, the apostle tells us of the change made in this mind; “ Be not conformed to this world: but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind," Rom. xii. 2. This renewing is making something new which was once new before; having its filth purged, its enmity subdued, and furnished with something from above, that it may be taken off from its apoftacy, and be replaced, refixed, and re-established upon the same object as it was when it was first made. This is what I understand by renewing.
The apostle says of himself, and of all such, “ We have the mind of Christ,” i Cor. ii. 16; which many good men understand of our having a knowledge of the mind and will of God in Christ Jesus, as revealed in the word of the gospel. But I do not believe that this is the apostle's meaning, because men may have all knowledge, and understand all mysteries, and yet be nothing. The apostle seems to me to mean the Holy Spirit; that we have the spirit of Christ, which he calls the spirit of love, of power, and of a found mind, 2 Tim. i. 7. Thus we see that faith is first called a persuasion in the mind.
2. A full assurance, attended with a divine power.
3. The law of faith written on the mind, and put in the heart, and in the fleshy tables of the heart.
4. It is called the mind of Chrift; and
5. The Holy Ghost, which we receive, is called the spirit of a sound mind. And I ain fully persuaded that the Holy Ghost is a spirit of light and revelation in our understanding; the 1pirit of judgment in the judgment of them that fit in judgment; the spirit of peace in our conspirit of
science; the spirit of love in our affections; the
power in our will; and the spirit of faith, life, truth, and foundnefs, in the believer's mind. This most certainly is the mind of Christ, or the same spirit that was in him; and, “ If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his :" for, in the Spirit, Christ and the believer are one, • He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” Such fouls have the mind of Christ by the Spirit's influence; they mind the same things as he did; they are engaged in the same labour and warfare; they meet with the same oppofitions, they pursue the same end; they aim at the same joy set before them; they are joint heirs of the same inheritance; and they share in the honour, glory, and majesty, of the same kingdom. This is what I understand by the mind of Christ; and this appears to me to be confirmed by the following texts; “ Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,” Phil. ii. 5; one mind in both. - We know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the heart knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit.” Here our most evangelical apostle brings us gradually to a point. He tells us plainly that the human mind is furnished with carnality, and that this carnal mind is enmity against God, and cannot be subject to his law. That we must be transformed by the re