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lies hid in it, is never dived into, nor brought up; the glorious beauty of it is obscured, the surface of it is skimmed over ; a few parallel texts are brought in, and dark constructions put upon the words, and the passage left more obscure than when the workman began. There is nothing in your ears but swelling words and empty found; and nothing in your soul but leanness and beggary. Instead of watering the trees of righteousnels, or refrelhing the bowels of the faints, these clouds without rain rather exhale or dry up all the dew of heaven that is on the foul, however refreshed before. Such workmen obscure and becloud the Spirit's work, cast a dim. ness on the brightest evidences, contract the most enlarged heart, and imprison those whom the Lord has made free indeed. This I know by woful experience. And it must be fo; for the natural man discernet b not the things of the Spirit of God, nor can be know them, because they are spiritually discerned. : · Personal properties also, or those properties and things which are ascribed to persons, are also ascribed to the Holy Spiric--such as will, power, mind, judgment, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, love, joy, grief, vezation, &c. for instance--- All these worketh that one and the felf-fame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he WILL. Mighty Signs and wonders by the POWER of the Holy Ghost. And God that fearcheth the heart kiloweth what is the MIND of the Spirit. And Tbe Lord of bots Shall be for a spirit of JUDGMENT 10 bim thar B4
fitteth in judgment : upon him shall rest the spirit of WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING, the Spirit of COUNSÉL and MIGHT, the spirit of KNOWLEDGE and of the fear of the Lord. Again, Now I beseech grou, for the Lord Jesus Christ's fake, and for the love of the Spirit. Again, You received the word with joy of the Holy Ghost. Grieve not the Spirit of God, by which ye are fealed. But they rebelled and vÈXED bis Holy Spirit, till be turned to be their enery, and fought against them. I cannot see how all the abovementioned things can with propriety be ascribed to any thing but a person. To apply them to a quality, an accident, a name, or a nonentity, must be absurd to the last degree. And I have often thought that, if men were allowed to take the same liberties with the evidences of a purchase, a man's will and teftament, title-deeds, and writings of estates, &c. that some take with the word of God, there are lawyers · and counsellors wise enough to dispute every landholder in the nation out of all that he hath, and even out of his own personality and existence too. For it is but to prove that there is no such man, no such person; that it is only a name.; and all the relative or personal characters are to be understood in a figurative or an allegorical sense; and that it means no more than a quality in man, or a power put forth by man on certain occasions; or that it signifies only the breath of a man's mouth, an accident, or a transient emanation, flowing out with
his words when he speaks. Allow a wise lawyer or counsellor to go this way to work, and we should soon see the greatest landholders in the nation beg, ging in the streets.
Now, my dear brother, I must leave this subject for the present, submitting this my scribble to your perufal. And, should your thoughts meet with any rubs in the way, as they rove; should any thing grate upon your ears; should any thing found harsh; should any of the things appear to clash, or seem unintelligible; or appear low, mean, unworthy, or unbecoming the glorious fubject; signify the same, and offer your thoughts freely—it will be kindly received by him who subscribes himself, in undist sembled love,
Yours in Christ Jesus,
To the Rev. J. Jenkins, Lewes, Su.Tex.
Dearly beloved in the Lord,
HAVING now a little time on my hands, I will reassume my former subject. When I began the last my mind was dark and my heart cold. Much work and many engagements at the time of Christmas had banihed my former sweet medita. tions far from me; so that, when I came to Git down to put them to paper, I had them far to fetch, and all to collect afresh ; but before I had been long at the work they came about me again, and I found myself racher happy in the return of my pleasing vifters. I left off after I had offered a few thoughts on the personal characlers which the scriptures of truth ascribe to the Holy Ghost; and I shall now mention some few works and actions which the scriptures afcribe to the Spirit, and which are personal works and actions, such as none but real persons can do.
None but persons can bear record to the truth of any contract, covenant, or agreement; nor be 'admitted as a witness in such cases, or to any deed, or upon any trial whatever. But there are three that bear RECORD in heaven; the Father, the Word, and
the Holy Ghost: and there are three that bear WITNESS on earth; the Spirit, the Water, and the Blood. And we are witnesses of these things, says the apostle ; and fo is also the Holy Ghoft; whom God hath given to them that obey bim. Acts v. 32. The Spirit bears witness to the truth of the word; he gives testimony to the word of his grace, and to the truth of their commission whom he sends to preach it. He brings the righteousness of Christ to the soul; we are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. And he bears witness to our justifica tion, and to our adoption. He that believeth bath the witness in himself. And even in the court of a believer's conscience his witness is so powerful and effectual, that neicher law, devil, nor fin, which is represented as crying to heaven; no, nor even conscience itself, is suffered to speak. And this witness is true, and is no lie; and we are to abide in him. I know that Jacob set up a pillar at Bethel; and that Laban and Jacob gathered an heap of stones together at Mount Gilead, and called them witnesses : but there were only to help the treacherous memory of persons, who are apt to forget, as Jacob did, when God bid him arise, and go up to Bethel, where he anointed the pillar.
Power and authority; qualifying, equipping, and investing men with offices, must be personal works. You shall receive Power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. To one is given the word of wisdom, to Another faith, to another divers kinds of tongues, to an