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pleases him. Most commonly, however, the sinner, driven out of all his refuges of lies, feels an aching void in his soul. Unable to satisfy himself any longer with the husks of empty vanity, dry morality, and speculative Christianity; and tired with the best form of godliness which is not attended with the power of it, he is brought to a spiritual famine, and hungers after heavenly food. Convinced of unbelief, he feels the want of the faith of God's operation. He sees, that nothing short of an immediate display of the Lord's arm can bring his soul into the kingdom of God, and fill it with righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Sometimes, encouraged by lively hopes, he struggles into liberty of heart, and prays with groanings which cannot be uttered : at other times, almost sinking under a burden of guilty fear, or stupid unbelief, he is violently tempted to throw away his hope, and go back to Egypt; but an invisible hand supports him, and, far from yielding to the base suggestion, he resumes courage, and determines, to follow on to know the Lord, or to die seeking him. Thus he continues wandering up and down in a spiritual wilderness, until the Lord gives him the rest of faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
This evidence comes various ways.-Sometimes the spiritual eye is first opened, and chiefly, though not only, wrought upon. Then the believer, in a divine, transforming light, discovers God in the Man Christ, perceives unspeakable glories in his despised Person, and admires infinite wisdom, power, justice, and mercy, in the blood of the cross. He reads the scriptures with new eyes. The mysterious book is unsealed, and every where testifies of him whom his soul loves. He views experimentally, as well as doctrinally, the suitableness of the Redeemer's offices, the firainess of his promises, the sufficiency of his righteousness, the preciousness of his atonement, and the completeness of his salvation.
III. Though I contend only for those discoveries of Christ which are made by the internal senses, because such only are promised to all; yet I cannot without contradicting scripture, deny, that the external senses have been wrought upon in some manifestations. When Abraham sawhis Saviour's day, he was, it seems, allowed to wash his feet with water, (Gen. xviii. 3.) as afterwards the penitent harlot did with her tears, And Saul, in his way to Damascus,saw Jesus's glory, and heard his voice both externally and internally, for they " that jour, neyed with bim, saw the light, and heard a voice,” though they could not distinguish the words which were spoken, Sometimes also manifestations, though merely internal, have appeared external to those who were favoured with them.
Hence we learn, Ist, That the knowledge of spiritual things, received by spiritual sense, is as clear as the knowledge of natural things, obtained by bodily sense. 2dly, That it is sometimes possible to be doubtful, whether the outward eye or ear is not concerned in particular revelations; since this was not only the case of Samuel, but of St. Paul himself. 3dly,
That no stress is to be laid upon the external circumstances, which have sometimes accompanied the revelation of Christ, If aged Simeon had been as blind as old Isaac, and as much disabled from taking the child Jesus in his arms as the paralytic, the internal revelation he had of Christ could have made him say with the same assurance, “Now, Lord, let thy ser, vant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.” If the apostle had not been struck to the ground, and his eyes dazzled by outward light, his conversion would not have been less real, provided he had been inwardly hurabled and en, lightened. And, if Thomas, waving the carnal demonstra, tion he insisted upon, had experienced only in his inner man, that Christ is the resurrection and the life, he could have con fessed him, with as great a consciousness he was not misa taken, as when he cried out, “My Lord, and my God!”
I am, sir, your's, &c.
Mrs. Veal's apparition to Mrs. Bargrave after death, '.. 7
or true comforts against the fears and apprehensions
....... 27 III. Of divers sorts of death with which are to encounter, 36 IV. That Jesus Christ our Lord hath redeemed us from
eternal death, and by degrees rescues us from a spi-
••••••••• 41 V. Why we are yet subjected to the corporeal or natural
death, and what advantage we thereby receive in
Jesus Christ, .............................. 46 VI. From whence proceed the fears of death, .......... 62 VII. The first remedy against the fears of death is, to
meditate upon it, •••• VIII. The second remedy against the fears of death is, to
expect it every moment, .... IX. The third remedy against the fears of death is, to
consider that God hath appointed the time and
manner of our death, ........................ 89 X. The fourth remedy against the fears of death is, to
disengage our hearts from the world, ......... 120 XI. The fifth remedy against the fears of death is, to
forsake vice, and apply ourselves to the practice of
piety and sanctification, ........... .......... 147 XII. The sixth remedy against the fears of death is, to
repose ourselves upon God's providence, ........: XIII. The first consolation against the fears of death is,
God will not forsake us in our grievous agonies, 243 XIV. The second consolation against the fears of death ; is, to look upon God as a merciful Father, and to
trust on his infinite goodness, ................. 273 XV. The third consolation against the fears of death is,
to meditate continually upon the death and suffer-
XIV. God will consolat Pon Godoy
XVI. The fourth consolation against the fears of death
is, to meditate often upon the Lord Jesus Christ in
his sepulchre, ..... ........................ 308 XVII. The fifth consolation against the fears of death is,
to.meditate upon the resurrection of our Lord, .. 314 XVIII. 'The sixth consolation against the fears of death ,
is, the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven, and his
sitting at the right hand of God, .............. 318 XIX. The serenth consolation against the fears of death
is, our strict and inseparable union with Jesus
fruits of his blessed immortality, ..... ......... 329 XX. The eighth consolation against the fears of death is, · to consider that it delivers us from all temporal evils that we daily suffer,
......... 347 XXI. The ninth consolation; death shall deliver us from sin,
which we may see reigning in the world, and from : the remains of our corruption, ................. 360 XXII. The tuath consolation is, the glory and happiness
of our souls after their departure out of the body, 377 XXIII. The eleventh consolation ; the resurrection of our :
- bodies, .................................... 404 XXIV. The twelfth consolation; the destruction of death,
and the eternal and most blessed life, which we shall
enjoy both in soul and body after our resurrection, 449 at The Meditations and Prayers at the end of each Chapter.
An account of some remarkable passages relating to Mr.
Drelincourt, ..........cricrrr.. .......... 531 The duty and inportance of inculcating religious prin
ciples anong the common people of these nations, 539 General obserrations on the redemption of mankind by Jesus Christ, ....1...
........ 543 Tuo Letters on the spiritual manifestation of the Son of God, ......
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