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No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. xii, 3.
Is the Spirit promised?
I will pour out my Spirit, &c. Prov. i, 23; Isa. xliv, 3; Joel ii, 23; Acts ii, 17, 18.
My Spirit shall not depart out of thy mouth. Isa. lix, 21.
I will put a new Spirit within you. Ezek. xi, 19.
I will put my Spirit within you. Ezek. xxxvi, 27; xxxvii, 14. How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke xi, 13.
What is the work of the Holy Spirit?
He effects all holy changes in the natural man.
My Spirit shall not always strive with man.
Gen. vi, 3.
He enlightens the natural man. The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. ii, 14.
Praying--that God may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened. Eph. i, 17, 18.
He convinces of sin.
When he is come, he will reprove the world of sin. John xvi, 8,9. He converts.
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, &c. John iii, 5, 6. He makes us willing to return, inclines us to part with sin, works repentance, produces grace, wisdom, knowledge, piety, truth, patience, long-suffering, forbearance, holiness, love, joy, peace, consolation, hope, trust; and all that makes holy, or fit for heaven. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, &c. Gal. v, 22, 23. The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, &c. Eph. v, 9.
He inspired the sacred writers.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. 2 Tim, iii, 16.
Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, ---searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ, which was in them, did signify, &c. 1 Pet. i, 10, 11.
Holy men of God spake as they were
2 Pet. i, 21.
moved by the Holy Ghost.
He teaches, and opens the understanding to understand the Scriptures.
The Holy Ghost shall teach you what ye ought to say. Luke
1 Cor. ii, 13.
He shall teach you all things. John xiv, 26.
The Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, Eph. i, 17, 18. He dwells in the heart.
He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. John xiv, 17.
1 Cor. iii,
Know ye not, that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you? 1 Cor. iii, 6, 19.
He is a source of consolation: He comforts us, and assures us of the willingness of God to receive and
He shall give you another Comforter:-even the Spirit of truth.
The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost. John xiv, 26.
He reveals the promises to the awakened soul.
God hath revealed them to us by his Spirit. We have received, not
It is the Spirit that quickeneth. John vi, 63.
Rom. viii, 11.
He guides into all truth, glorifies Christ, and takes of the things of Christ, and reveals them unto us, so as to incline us to part with sin.
The Spirit--will guide you into all truth. John xvi, 13.
He shall glorify me: John xvi, 14.
For he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John xvi, 14, He testifies of Christ.
He shall testify of me. John xv, 26.
He witnesses with us, not by particular impulses, but by coinciding with the testimony of our consciences, that we are upright in giving ourselves to God, and also by producing in us the tempers and affections of his children.
The Spirit beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Rom. viii, 16.
Rom. ix, 1.
Heb. ii, 4.
Heb. x, 15.
My conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost.
The Spirit maketh intercession for us. Rom. viii, 26.
The Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Rom. vii, 15. God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of love. 2 Tim. i, 7. He sheds abroad the love of God in the heart.
The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. Rom. v, 5.
Being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. Rom. xv, 16.
1 Cor. vi, 11.
2 Thess. ii, 13.
Ye are sanctified-by the Spirit of our God.
He works faith, whereby we become interested in Christ.
No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. xii, 3.
He seals us, and is an earnest of our inheritance.
Who hath sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Cor. i, 22.
Sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance. Eph. i, 13, 14.
Whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph. iv, 30. He gives access to Christ.
Through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Eph. ii, 18.
He strengthens with might.
To be strengthened with might by his Spirit, in the inner man. Eph. iii, 16.
The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.
Gal. v, 17.
He saved us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. Tit. iii, 5.
It is by the Spirit alone that we can do any good thing, and we are warned not to slight or grieve him. If he should finally leave us, there would be no hope of our being again brought to repentance, and consequently our portion would inevitably be the worm that dieth not, and the fire that is not quenched.
Grieve not the Spirit. Eph. iv, 30.
Quench not the Spirit. 1 Thess. v, 19.
They rebelled and vexed his Holy Spirit. Isa. lxiii, 10.
Ye do always resist the Holy Ghost. Acts vii, 51.
Take heed that you do not resist and grieve the
Holy Spirit, by living carelessly, despising his gifts, and abusing his favours. Remembering what God has said:
My Spirit shall not always strive with man. Gen. vi, 3.
And pray earnestly to him, to uphold you with his free Spirit; (Ps. li, 12.) to renew a right Spirit within you ; (Ps. li, 10.) and not to take his Holy Spirit from you. Ps. li, 11.
Ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto eternal life. Jude, 20, 21.
Absolution.Let us beseech him to grant us true repentance and bis Holy Spirit.
Litany.--Endue us with the grace of thy Holy Spirit, to amend our lives according to thy holy word.
Collect, Sunday after Ascension.--We beseech thee send to us thy Holy Ghost to comfort us.
19th Sunday after Trinity.--Grant that thy Holy Spirit may, in all things, direct and rule our hearts.
1st Collect, Communion Service.--Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit.
ON BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST.
This sin was not confined to the days of the Apostles, because sixty years after our Lord had declared that it should not be forgiven, St. John said, (1 John v, 16.) "There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it."-This sin is characterized,
1. By a great malignity of spirit; men are sinners exceedingly.
2. By a hatred of Christ because he reproves sin. The Pharisees derided him, because he reproved the sin of covetous. ness. Luke xvi, 14.
3. By having made up the mind to go on in sin, and being wedded to it.
1. A determination to resist all convictions, and to resist the truth, knowing it to be the truth.
2. Hating reproof, and those who use it.
3. A determination not to leave off the practice of sin. The following seem to be instances of those who committed this sin.
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Numb. xvi, 26-32.
The sons of Eli. 1 Sam. ii, 25.
Alexander the coppersmith. 2 Tim. iv, 14.
Those who sin wilfully after they have received the knowledge of the truth. Heb. 10, 26-31,
Those, who after having escaped the pollutions of the world, are again entangled therein, and overcome. 2 Pet. ii, 20-22. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost will not be forgiven.
He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. Mark iii, 29. Unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven. Luke xii, 10.
It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost--if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance. Heb. vi, 4, 6.
The blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men--neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Matt. xii, 31, 32. The world to come means the Gospel dispensation; and no sacrifice was appointed for presumptuous sin under the law. Numb. xv, 30. Pardon is only offered to penitents, and those who have committed this sin never do repent. All other sins are committed for present ease, comfort, or advantage; but this sin is the result of determined hatred to God. St. Paul was a persecutor, but he did it ignorantly. Julian the apostate persecuted religion, knowing it to be religion.
This was not David's sin-he was drawn on, from one neglect of duty to another-his fall was gradual, and his passions kept gathering strength-he went on from sin to sin, apparently without compunction, and his conscience seemed to be lulled asleep, till the prophet Nathan was sent to reprove him.
The passages of Scripture referred to in this chap. ter have caused great distress to many conscientious Christians. They were written for our admonition, and were intended to warn the presumptuous against trifling with the convictions of conscience, but certainly not to discourage the humble penitent. They who most fear having committed this sin, are generally at the greatest