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Except the Lord build the House, they labour in vain. that build it; and except the Lord keep the City, the Watchman watcheth but in vain; so also excepc che Lord through his Word, pour forth the promise of the Spirit, and by that Spirit of his, in and through the Word enlarge and govern the Church, they labour in vain that undertake these things of themselves. For it is the Spirit alone, that through the faithful ministry of the Word, makes the increase of the Church, and lays hold on all the Ele&t, and brings them through Faith, into the Unity of the Son and of the Father, and teaches them, and orders them, and governs them, and preserves them. And therefore you see here, that the Promise of the Spirit is first performed, before the Church
of God hath any Enlargement, or Government. The par And now from these General things we proceed ticular to the words more particularly. Te Mall receive
ng Power when the Holy Ghost is come upon you.
And here we may note two things.
you shall receive Power,
Power, and that was, by the Holy Spirits co
ming upon them.
· The Point we will insist on from both, is this. The Dotr. That the receiving of the Spirit, is the receiving of
Power; till we receive the Spirit, we are altogether without Power; and when we receive the Spirit, then first of all, do we receive Power ; Power from on high.
By Nature, we are all without strength, weak, impotent Creatures, utterly unable to do any thing that is truly and spiritually righteous and good. For by nature, we are nothing but flesh, for that which is born of flesha is flesh, and all flesh is grass, a fading, withering and decaying thing, together with all the flowers of it, that is, the perfections
and excellencies of it. So that by nature, we are all without power, because we are nothing buc fie fh, of which, weakness is an inseparable adjunct.
Bat when we receive the Spirit, we receive The Spia poter; for power is an inseparable adjunct of the rit is PowSpurić, as weakness is of flesh; yea the Spirit it self or two which is given us, is power, and that both essentially and operatively, in it self, and in us.
1. The Spirit is power effentially in it self; for it 1. Is one God with the Father and the Son, co-eflential, Ejentially Co-equal, co-eternal; and so as Christ is the power *** of God, so also is the spirit, the power of God; yea the spirit is the God of power, as well as the power of God. So that the Spirit is power in himtelf effentially, and he that partakes of the power of the spirit, partakes of that power, which is God, and no creature. . 2. The Spirit, is power operatively in us, by be- 20 ing in us.
... lý in us, by 1. A Spirit of Knowledge, for the Holy Spirit being in teaches us to know the things that are freely given us. to us of God; yea, he teaches us to know, what 1. fin is, and what righteousness; what death is, and Aspirit of what life; what heaven is, and what hell; what you our seldes are, and what God is, and these things he teaches us to know, otherwise than other Men know them. In a word, the Spirit teaches a ChriStian to know all things, that is, to know God, and the Kingdom of God, and all the things of both, all orber things being nothing in comparison of these. Thus the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of knowledge in us, and so of power ; for knowledge is the strength of a Man. Whereas an ignorant Man is a weak Man, you may carry him whether you will; but knowledge renders a Man strong and unmoveable. And in all things, wherein the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of knowledge in us, he is also a Spirit of strength.
ASpirits The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Power in us, by be- Pember
ing in us a Spirit of Truth. And so the Spirit is, be. cause it doth not only lead us unto the Truth (that is unto the word which is the only Truth, as it is written, Sanétifie them through the Truth, thy Wora is Truth, but also the Spirit leads us into the Truth; it leads us into the Truth, and the Truth into us, till we and it, become one by an inseparable Uni. on. The Holy Spirit takes a Believer, and lead: him into one Truth after another, till at last ic lead: him into all Truth. Now wherein the Spirit, is a Spirit of Truth to us, it is a Spirit of Power ; foi through the Truth we learn from the Spirit of Truth we are altogether stedfast and unmoveable, among variety of different and contrary winds of Doétrine And this is the very cause, that among so many divisions, and factions, and errors, and herefies, whici woefully prevail in these present times of ours, the People of God are not seduced and overcome, to wit, because they are all taught of God, of God ano not of Men, and have the Spirit of Trueb, to leac them into Truth; the Spirit'I say, and not Men and so it is impossible that they should fully and final ly be deceived. For wherein we are taught by the Spirit of God, it is unpollible we hould be per verted by Men. Whereas on the contrary, the tru ground why so many are seduced and overcome by the Errors and Herefies of this Age, is becaus they have taken up their Religion only from Man teaching, and have received their Opinions or Da årine from Mex; and fo what one Man hath taugh us, another Man can anteach; yea if we be led o the Truth it felf, only by Man, Man can agai lead us from it. For all the world cannot lead an Man into the Truth, till the Spirit lead him inti it; and when the Spirit doth lead us into th Truth, all the Men in the world cannot lead u out of it; but we are so sure of those things, where in the Spirit hath been a Teacher to us, that if a
Men in het doth lan lead him
the Councels and Churches in the world, yea all the Angels of Heaven should teach us contrary, we would hold them accursed. But a Man that hath not been taught of the Spirit, every day you may wio him into new Opinions, by the power and autbsrity of Men, together with the strength of other advantages : Buc he that hath been led into the Truch, by the Spirit of Truth, is unmoveable and invinsible among all Doctrines. And thus also the Holy Spirit by being a Spirit of Truth, is also a Spirit of Power in us. 3. The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Power in us, by
In us, by A spirit of being in us a Spirit of Wisdom; and so it is, be-wisdom. cause it makes us wise with the wisdom of God, wise upon Earth, after the rate of Heaven, wise to Salvation. There is no Man wife without the Spirit of God, for the wisdom of carnal Men is but foolShaefs before God, yea before Angels and Saints; but the wisdom of the Spirit is most gracious and Heavenly wisdom. And this wisdom of the Spirit, is the strength of a Christian; the more he hath of by the more mighty he is, both in all his doings and indurings. It is said, Eccles. 9. 15. That there Das a poor wife Man, delivered a small City from the power of a migbey King, and therefore Solomon concludes that wisdom is better than strength, for it can do greater things than strength can. When David carried himself wisely, Saul a great King was afraid of him; he thought himself too weak to deal with David, and David too migbry to deal with him, because of his wisdom; and Solomon asked Wisdom of God above all things, for the strength. 9. His Government ; all Government without this, 2.Cor. i peing but weak and brittle. Thus wisdam contri-10, outes strength to us, whereas we say of a Man that wants wisdom, he is a weak Man; and so the Holy Spirit being a Spirit of wisdom in us, is also a
Spirit of power.
4. The Holy Spirit, is a Spirit of Power in us, by A spirit being in us a Spirit of Faith. For Faith is a work of Faith. of
of the Spirit of Power; and no less Power would Eph.1.19.
work Faith in us, then that which raised up Christ from the dead, when he lay under all the son of man, and all the wrath of God, and all the sorrows of death, and all the pains of hell, it must be a mighty power indeed, that must raise Christ then, and that power was the power of the Spirit ; and no less power will work Faith. So that whoever truly believes by this faith, of the operation of God, is sensible in his own Soul, of the self same power, that raised Christ up from the dead. And thus the Holy Spirit is a Spirit of Faith in us, and so of Power.' For unbelief keeps a Man in himself, but faith carries a Man out to Chrift; now there is no Man weaker than he that rests on bimself, and there is no Man stronger, than he that forfakes himself, and rests on Christ. And so a Man through the power of Faith, is able both to do and indure the
felffame things which Christ himself did and indured. The power
1. He is able to do the same things that Christ bimer of faith Self did, and therefore faith Christ, all things are inables us possible to him that believeth ; so that a Believer hath 1. to do a kind of omnipotency, and all things are possible the fame to him ; . because by Faith he lays hold upon the things
power of God, and all things are posible to the himself power of God, and so all things are possible to a did. Believer, who is partaker of that power of God.
And hence Paul faith, I can do all tbings through Phil.4.13. Christ that strengthneth me; this Christ that strength
ned him, was the power of God, and this power of God, is not a finite power, but an infinite, not a particular power, but an universal; and so can do, not some things only, but all things ; and so alfo can all they, who are truly partakers of it by Faith. Yea Christ himself hath a greater exprelfion than this, yea such an one, that I never durit
power of God, and to all of that power of havob