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strength ;” and will continue "carnal, sold under sin," knowing that he may enjoy “the glorious liberty of the sons of God.” The specific and exclusive object of the following treatise is to make known to all who would know and understand their privileges as “the sons of God” and “ believers in Jesus,” the forms of divine knowledge above referred to. To the prayerful examination of all who are “walking in the light," or are inquiring after the light, the work is commended, with the fervent desire and prayer of the author, that “ their joy may be full.”
OUT OF DARKNESS INTO LIGHT.
I am this day seventy-five years of age. Fifty-eight of these years have been professedly spent in the service of Christ. During this period, I have had varied forms of inward experience, and have observed important facts pertaining to the religious life - experiences and facts, a presentation of some of which may be a matter of interest and profit to all believers, to those especially who are now inquiring after, or are walking in, “the glorious liberty of the sons of God." Especially will this be the case when such experiences and facts shall be placed in the clear light of those teachings of inspiration which bear upon such subjects. The period has arrived in the history of the Church, when, in a sense not common in preceding ages, God, by His Spirit, is “revealing His Son in believers," and causing Him to “be formed within them,” and to be “in them the hope of glory.” Christ, through the Spirit, is “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, and expounding unto us in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself,” and is “opening our understanding, that we may understand the Scriptures." This He is doing not merely in reference “to what is written in
Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms, concerning Himself,” but more especially amid the higher revelations of the New Testament concerning the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in us, the hope of glory.” Everywhere the question is being raised, namely, What are our revealed privileges and immunities as believers in Jesus, and as inheritors, through Him, of "the promise of the Spirit”? When these inquiries shall have been fully answered, " the light of the Church will have come, and the glory of the Lord will have risen upon her,” and “the Gentiles will come to her light, and kings to the brightness of her rising." Having sojourned for about eighteen years in the dim twilight of that semi-faith which pertains to Christ almost exclusively in the sphere of our justification ; having, during all these years, " inquired and searched diligently,” but vainly, for the revealed and promised “liberty of the sons of God;" and having, during about forty years, dwelt and walked in the cloudless sunlight of “ assurance of faith” in the same “ Jesus, who is of God made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,” and who “baptizes with the Holy Ghost," I have thought that a short account of some of the struggles and defeats experienced in the former state, and of "the spoils won in battle" in the latter, might be profitably “dedicated to maintain the house of God." The fixed habit of
life having been naturally a self-reflective one, has, in a special manner, I judge, qualified me in a good measure for the work before me. As a teacher of mental science, I have constantly habituated myself to a careful analysis of my own mental states, for the purpose of a clear understanding of the faculties, susceptibilities, and laws of my own intellectual, sensitive, moral, and spiritual nature, and