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business to evince. He calls men to that work, and they are separated unto him ; Acts xiii. 2. he furnisheth them with gifts and abilities for that employment; 1 Cor. xii. 7-10. So that the whole religion we profess without this administration of the Spirit, is nothing; nor is there any fruit without it of the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

This being the state of things, that in our worship of and obedience to God, in our own consolation, sanctification, and ministerial employment, the Spirit being the principle, the life, soul, the all of the whole; yet so desperate hath been the malice of Satan, and wickedness of men, that their great endeavour hath been, to shut him quite out of all gospel administrations.

First, his gifts and graces were not only decried, but almost excluded from the public worship of the church, by the imposition of an operous form of service, to be read by the minister; which to do, is neither a peculiar gift of the Holy Ghost to any, nor of the ministry at all. It is marvellous to consider what pleas and pretences were invented, and used by learned men, from its antiquity, its composure and approbation by martyrs, the beauty of uniformity in the worship of God established, and pressed thereby, &c. for the defence and maintenance of it. But the main argument they insisted on, and the chief field wherein they expatiated, and laid out all their eloquence, was, the vain babbling repetitions and folly of men praying by the Spirit. When once this was fallen upon, all (at least as they supposed) was carried away before them, and their adversaries rendered sufficiently ridiculous

; so great is the cunning of Satan, and so unsearchable are the follies of the hearts of men. The sum of all these reasonings amount to no more but this ; Though the Lord Jesus Christ hath promised the Holy Ghost to be with his church to the end of the world, to fit and furnish men with gifts and abilities, for the carrying on of that worship which he requires and accepteth at our hands, yet the work is not done to the purpose; the gifts he bestows, are not sufficient to that end, neither as to invocation, nor doctrine, and therefore we will not only help men by our directions, but exclude them from their exercise. This, I say, was the sum of all, as I could undeniably evidence, were that my present business. What innumerable evils ensue on this principle, in a formal setting apart of men to the ministry, who had never once 'tasted of the powers of the world to come, nor received any gifts from the Holy Ghost to that purpose; of crying up, and growing in, an outside pompous worship, wholly foreign to the power and simplicity of the gospel ; of silencing, destroying, banishing men, whose ministry was accompanied with the evidence and demonstration of the Spirit, I shall not need to declare. This is that I aim at, to point out the public contempt of the Holy Ghost, his gifts and graces, with their administration in the church of God, that hath been found even where the gospel hath been professed.

Again, it is a thing of most sad consideration, once to call to mind, the improvement of that principle of contempt of the Spirit in private men, and their ways. The name of the Spirit was grown a term of reproach. To plead for, or pretend to, pray by the Spirit, was enough to render a man the object of scorn and reproach from all sorts of men, from the pulpit to the stage. What! you are full of the Spirit, you will pray by the Spirit, you have the gift, let us hear your nonsense; and yet perhaps these men would think themselves wronged, not to be accounted Christians. Christians, yea, have not some pretending themselves to be leaders of the flock; yea, mounted a story or two above their brethren, and claiming a rule and government over them, made it their business to scoff at, and reproach the gifts of the Spirit of God? And if this were the frame of their Spirit, what might be expected from others of professed profaneness ? It is not imaginable to what height of blasphemy, the process in this kind amounted. The Lord grant there be nothing of this cursed leaven still remaining amongst us.

Some bleatings of ill importance are sometimes heard. Is this the fellowship of the Holy Ghost that believers are called unto? Is this the due entertainment of him whom our Saviour promised to send for the supply of his bodily absence, so as we might be no losers thereby? Is it not enough that men should be contented with such a stupid blindness, as being called Christians, to look no farther for this comfort and consolation, than moral considerations common to heathens, would lead them ; when one infinitely holy and blessed person of the Trinity, hath taken this office upon him to be our Comforter, but

they must oppose and despise him also ? Nothing more discovers how few there are in the world, that have interest in that blessed name whereby we are all called. But this is no place to pursue this discourse. The aim of this discourse is to evince the folly and madness of men in general, who profess to own the gospel of Christ, and yet condemn and despise his Spirit, in whomsoever he is manifested. Let us be zealous of the gifts of the Spirit, not envious at them.

From what hath been discoursed we may also try the spirits that are gone abroad in the world, and which have been exercising themselves at several seasons, ever since the ascension of Christ. The iniquity of the generation that is past and passing away, lay in open cursed opposition to the Holy Ghost. God hath been above them wherein they behaved themselves presumptuously. Satan, whose design as he is God of this world, is to be uppermost, not to dwell wholly in any form cast down by the providence of God, hath now transformed himself into an angel of light, and he will pretend the Spirit also, and only. But there are seducing spirits; 1 Tim. iv. 1. and we have a command not to believe every spirit, but try the spirits;' 1 John iv. 1. and the reason added, is, because many false spirits are gone abroad in the world ;' that is, men pretending to the revelation of new doctrines by the Spirit, whose deceits in the first church Paul intimateth, 2 Thess. ii. 2. calling on men not to be shaken in mind by spirit. The truth is, the spirits of these days are so gross, that a man of a very easy discerning, may find them out; and yet their delusion so strong, that not a few are deceived. This is one thing that lies evident to every eye; that according to his wonted course, Satan with his delusions is run into an extreme to his former actings.

Not long since, his great design, as I manifested, was to cry up ordinances without the Spirit, casting all the reproach that he could upon him; now to cry up a spirit without and against ordinances, casting all reproach, and contempt possible upon them. Then he would have a ministry without the Spirit; now a spirit without a ministry. Then the reading of the word might suffice without either preaching, or praying by the Spirit ; now the Spirit is enough without reading or studying the word at all. Then he allowed a literal


embracing of what Christ had done in the flesh ; now he talks of Christ in the Spirit only, and denies him to be come in the flesh, the proper character of the false spirit, we are warned of, 1 John i. 3. Now because it is most certain that the Spirit which we are to hear and embrace, is the Spirit promised by Christ, which is so clear, that him the Montanist's paraclete, yea, and Mahomet pretended himself to be, and those of our days affirm also pretend the same ; let us briefly try them by some of the effects mentioned, which Christ hath promised to give the Holy Ghost for.

The first general effect, as was observed, was this; that he should bring to remembrance the things that Christ spake for our guidance and consolation.' This was to be the work of the Holy Ghost towards the apostles, who were i to be the penmen of the Scriptures: this is to be his work

towards believers to the end of the world. Now the things that Christ hath spoken and did, are written that we might believe, and believing have life through his name;' John xx. 30. they are written in the Scripture. This then is the work of the Spirit, which Christ hath promised, he shall bring to our remembrances and give us understanding of the words of Christ in the Scripture for our guidance and consolation, Is this now the work of the Spirit, which is abroad in the world, and perverteth many? Nothing less. His business is to decry the things that Christ hath spoken which are written in the word; to pretend new revelations of his own; to lead men from the written word, wherein the whole work of God, and all the promises of Christ are recorded.

Again, the work of the Spirit promised by Christ, is to glorify him. He shall glorify me, for he shall take of mine and shew it unto you;' John xvi. 14. Him who was to suffer at Jerusalem, who then spake to his disciples; it was to make him glorious, honourable, and of high esteem in the hearts of believers, and that by shewing his things, his love, kindness, grace, and purchase unto them. This is the work of the Spirit. The work of the Spirit, that is gone abroad, is to glorify itself; to decry, and render contemptible Christ that suffered for us' under the name of a Christ without us; which it slights and despiseth, and that professedly. Its own glory, its own honour, is all that it aims at; wholly inverting the order of the divine dispensations. The fountain of all be

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ing and lying in the Father's love, the Son came to glorify the Father. He still says, 'I seek not my own glory, but the glory of him that sent me.' The Son having carried on the work of redemption, was now to be glorified with the Father. So he prays that it might be, John xvii. 1. The hour is come, glorify the Son, and that with the glory which he had before the world,' when his joint counsel was in the carrying on the Father's love. Wherefore the Holy Ghost is sent, and his work is to glorify the Son; but now, as I said, we have a spirit come forth, whose whole business is to glorify himself; whereby we may easily know whence he is.

Furthermore, the Holy Ghost sheds abroad the love of God in our hearts, as was declared, and thence fills them with joy, peace, and hope; quieting and refreshing the hearts of them in whom he dwells, giving them liberty and rest, confidence, and the boldness of Children. whereof men now boast is a spirit of bondage, whose utmost work is to make men quake and tremble, casting them into an unsonlike frame of spirit, driving them up and down with horror and bondage, and drinking up their very natural spirits, and making their whole man wither away. There is scarce any one thing that more evidently manifesteth the spirit whereby some are now acted, not to be the Comforter promised by Christ than this ; That he is a spirit of bondage and slavery in them in whom he is, and a spirit of cruelty and reproach towards others, in a direct opposition to the Holy Ghost in believers, and all the ends and purposes, for which, as a Spirit of adoption and consolation, he is bestowed on them.

To give one instance more; the Holy Ghost bestowed on believers, is a Spirit of prayer and supplication, as was manifested. The Spirit wherewith we have to do, pretends the carrying men above such low and contemptible means of communion with God. In a word, it were a very easy and facile task to pass through all of the eminent effects of the Holy Ghost, in and towards believers; and to manifest, that the pretending spirit of our days comes in a direct opposition, and contradiction to every one of them. Thus hath Satan passed from one extreme to another; from a bitter wretched opposition to the Spirit of Christ, unto a cursed

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