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7. Hast thou oil in thy lamp? Grace in thy heart ? Dost thou “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy mind, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength ? " Is that mind in thee, which was also in Christ Jesus ? Art thou a Christian indeed ; that is, il new creature ? Are old things passed away, and all things become new ?
8. Art thou a “ partaker of the divine naturc ? " Knowest thou not, that “ Christ is in thce, except thou be reprobate ? " Knowest thou, that God “dwelleth in thee, and thou in God, by his Spirit, which he hath given thce?” Knowest thou not that “thy body is a temple of the Holy Ghost, which thou hast of God ?” Hast thou thc witness in thyself? The earnest of thinc inheritance ? Art thou “sealed by that Spirit of Promise, unto the day of redemption ?” Hast thou "received the Holy Ghost ? ” Or, dost thou start at the question, not knowing “whether there be any Holy Ghost ? ”
9. If it offends thee, be thou assured, that thou neither art a Christian, nor desirest to be one. Nay, thy very prayer is turned into sin; and thou hast solemnly mocked God this very day, by praying for the inspiration of his Holy Spirit, when thou didst not believe there was any such thing to be received.
10. Yet, on the authority of God's Word, and our own Church, I must repeat the question, “Hast thou received the Holy Ghost ?" If thou hast not, thou art not yet a Christian. For a Christian is a man, that is “ anointed with the Holy Ghost, and with power.” Thou art not yet made a partaker of pure rcligion and undefiled. Dost thou know what religion is ? That it is a participation of the divine nature, the life of God in the soul of man: Christ formed in the heart, “ Christ in thce, the hope of glory?” Happiness and holiness ; heaven begun upon earth? “A kingdom of God within thec; not meat and drink,” no outward thing; “ but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost ? ” An everlasting kingdom brought into thy soul; a “peace of God, that passeth all understanding ;” a “joy unspeakable, and full of glory? ”
11. Knowest thou, that “in Jesus Christ, neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor incircumcision; but faith that worketh by love; ” but a new creation ? Seest thou the necessity of that inward change, that spiritual birth, that life from the dead, that holiness? And art thou thoroughly convinced, that without it, no man shall see the Lord ? Art thou Jabouring aficr it? “ Giving all diligence, to mahethy calling and election sure?” “Working out thy salvation with fear and trembling?” “ Agonizing to enter in at the strait gate?” Art thou in earnest about thy soul? And canst thou tell the Searcher of bearts, “Thou, O God, art the thing that I long for! Lord, thou knowest all things ! Thou knowest that I would love thee?”
12. Thou hopest to be saved; but what reason hast thou to give of the hope that is in thee? Is it because thou hast done no harm ? Or, because thou hast done much good ? Or, because thou art not like other men ; but wise, or learned, or honest, and morally good ? Esteemed of men, and of a fair reputation ? Alas! all this will never bring thee to God. It is in his account lighter than vanity. Dost thou know Jesus Christ, whom he hath sent ? Hath he taught thee, that, “by grace we are saved, through faith; and that not of ourselves ; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast ? ” Hast thou received the faithful saying, as the whole foundation of thy hope, “that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners ? ” Hast thou learned what that meaneth, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance? I am not sent, but unto the lost sheep?” Art thou (he that heareth, let him understand !) lost, dead, damned already? Dost thou know thy deserts ? Dost thou feel thy wants ? Art thou poor in spirit ? Mourning for God, and refusing to be comforted? Is the prodigal come to himself, and well content to be therefore thought beside himself, by those who are still feeding upon the busks which he hath left ? Art thou willing to live godly in Christ Jesus ? And dost thou therefore suffer persecution? Do men say all manner of evil against thee falsely, for the Son of Man's sake ?
13. O that in all these questions ye may bear the voice that wakes the dead; and feel that hammer of the word, which breaketh the rocks in pieces ! If ye will hear his voice to-day, while it is called to-day, harden not your hearts.” Now, awake, thou that sleepest in spiritual death, that thou sleep not in death eternal! Feel thy lost estate, and arise from the dead. Leave thine old companions in sin and death. Follow thou Jesus, and let the dead bury their dead. “Save thyself from this untoward generation.” “Come out from among them, and be thou separate, and touch not the unclean thing, and the Lord shall receive thee.” “Christ shall give thee Light.”
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6. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you; and suffer ye the word of exhortation, even from one the least esteemed in the Church. Your conscience beareth you witness in the Holy Ghost, that these things are so, if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. “ This is eternal life, to know the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent." This experimental knowledge, and this alone, is true Christianity. He is a Christian who hath received the Spirit of Christ. He is not a Christian who hath not received him. Neither is it possible to have received him, and not know it. “ For, at that day,” (when he cometh, saith our Lord,) “ye shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” This is that “Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him. But ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John xiv. 17.)
7. The world cannot receive him, but utterly reject the Promise of the Father, contradicting and blaspheming. But every spirit which confesseth not this, is not of God. Yea, “ this is that spirit of Antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come into the world, and even now it is in the world.” He is Antichrist whosoever denies the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, or that the indwelling Spirit of God is the common privilege of all believers, the blessing of the Gospel, the unspeakable gift, the universal promise, the criterion of a real Christian.
8. It nothing helps them to say, “ We do not deny the assistance of God's Spirit; but only this inspiration, this receiving the Holy Ghost, and being sensible of it. It is only this fecling of the Spirit, this being moveil by the Spirit, or filled with it, which we deny to have any place in sound religion.” But, in only denying this, you deny the whole Scrip) tures; the whole Truth, and Promise, and Testimony of God.
9. Our own excellent Church knows nothing of this devilishi distinction; but speaks plainly of“fecling the Spirit of Christ ;''* of being “moved by the Holy Ghost,”+ and knowing and “ feeling there is no other name than that of Jesus," I whereby we can receive life and salvation. She teaches us all to pray for the “ inspiration of the Holy Spirit ; ”Ş yea, that we may be “ filled with the Holy Ghost.”|| Nay, and every Presbyter of hers professes to receive the Holy Ghost by the imposition of hands. Therefore to deny any of these, is, in effect, to renounce the Church of England, as well as the whole Christian Revelation.
10. But “the wisdom of God” was always “ foolishness with men.” No marvel, then, that the great mystery of the Gospel should be now also “lid from the wise and prudent,'' as well as in the days of old; that it should be almost universally denied, ridiculed, and exploded, as merc frenzy; and that all who dare ayow it still, are branded with the names of madmen and enthusiasts! This is that falling away which was to come : that general apostasy, of all orders and degrees of men, which we even now find to have overspread the earth. “Run to aud fro in the streets of Jerusalem, and see if ye can find a man," a man that loveth the Lord his God with all his hcart, and serveth him with all bis strength. How docs our own land mourn (that we look no farther) under the overflowings of ungodliness! What villanies of every kind are committed day by day; yea, too often with impunity, by those who sin with a high hand, and glory in their shame! Who can reckon up the oaths, curses, profaneness, blasphemies; the lying, slandering, evil-speaking; the sabbath-breaking, gluttony, drunkeuness, revenge; the whoredoms, adulteries, and various uncleanness; the frauds, injustice, oppression, extortion, which overspread our land as a flood ?
11. And even among those who have kept themselves purc from these grosser abominations; how much anger and pride, how much sloth and idleness, how much softness and elleminacy, how much luxury and self-indulgence, how much
* Art. 17. + Olice of consecrating Priests. Visitation of the Sick. $ Collect before the lioly Communion.
Order of Confirmation.