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BOOK I.

I.-GENERAL PRINCIPLES CONCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT AND HIS WORK.-

1 Cor. xii. 1 opened-IIywuatizá, spiritual gifts—Their grant unto, use

and abuse in, that church-Jesus, how called “ anathema" – Impiety of

the Jews-How called “Lord'-The foundation of church order and

worship-In what sense we are enabled by the Spirit to call Jesus

"Lord "-The Holy Spirit the author of all gifts-Why called “God" and

“Lord "-General distribution of spiritual gifts-Proper end of their

communication-Nine sorts of gifts-Abuse of them in the church-

Their tendency unto peace and order-General design of the ensuing dis-

course concerning the Spirit and his dispensation-Importance of the

doctrine concerning the Spirit of God and his operations-Reasons here-

of-Promise of the Spirit to supply the absence of Christ, as to his hu-

man nature-Concernment thereof-Work of the Spirit in the ministra-

tion of the gospel - All saving good communicated unto us and wrought

in us by him-Sin against the Holy Ghost irremissible-False pretences

unto the Spirit dangerous-Pretences unto the Spirit of prophecy under

the Old Testament-Two sorts of false prophets: the first; the second

sort-Pretenders under the New Testament–The rule for the trial of

such pretenders, 1 John iv. 1-3—Rules to this purpose under the Old

and New Testaments compared-A false spirit, set up against the Spirit

of God, examined-False and noxious opinions concerning the Spirit,

and how to be obviated-Reproaches of the Spirit and his work-Princi-

ples and occasions of the apostasy of churches under the law and gospel

-Dispensation of the Spirit not confined to the first ages of the church

- The great necessity of a diligent inquiry into the things taught con-

cerning the Spirit of God and his work,

II.-THE NAME AND TITLES OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.—Of the name of the Holy

Spirit-Various uses of the words 97 and avouere-079 for the wind or

any thing invisible with a sensible agitation, Amos iv. 13-Mistakes of

the ancients rectified by Hierom-917 metaphorically for vanity, meto-

nymically for the part or quarter of any thing; for our vital breath, the

rational soul, the affections, angels good and bad-Ambiguity from the

use of the word, how to be removed-Rules concerning the Holy Spirit

.-The name “Spirit,” how peculiar and appropriate unto him-Why he

is called the “ Holy Spirit" - Whence called the "Good Spirit," the

“Spirit of God," the “Spirit of the Son"- Acts ii. 33, 1 Pet. i. 10, 11,

explained-1 John iv. 3, vindicated,

III.—Divine NATURE AND PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT PROVED AND VIN-

DICATED.--Ends of our consideration of the dispensation of the Spirit-

Principles premised thereunto-The nature of God the foundation of all

religion-Divine revelation gives the rule and measure of religious wor-

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ship-God hath revealed himself as three in one-Distinct actings and

operations ascribed unto these distinct persons; therefore the Holy Spirit

a divine distinct person-Double opposition to the Holy Spirit-By some

his personality granted and his deity denied-His personality denied

by the Socinians-Proved against them-The open vanity of their pre-

tences ---Matt. xxviii. 19, pleaded-Appearance of the Spirit under the

shape of a dove explained and improved–His appearance as fire opened

-His personal subsistence proved—Personal properties assigned unto

him-Understanding-Argument from hence pleaded and vindicated-

A vik-John iii. 8, James iii. 4, cleared-Exceptions removed-Power-

Other personal ascriptions to him, with testimonies of them, vindicated

and explained,

IV.-PECULIAR WORKS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE FIRST OR OLD CREATION.-

Things to be observed in divine operations—The works of God, how as-

cribed absolutely unto God, and how distinctly to each person-The rea-

son hereof-Perfecting acts in divine works ascribed unto the Holy

Spirit, and why-Peculiar works of the Spirit with respect unto the old

creation-The parts of the old creation-Heaven and its host-What the

host of heaven--The host of the earth-The host of heaven completed by

the Spirit-And of the earth-His moving on the old creation, Ps. civ. 30

- The creation of man; the work of the Spirit therein-The work of

the Spirit in the preservation of all things when created, natural and

moral-Farther instances thereof, in and out of the church-Work of

the Spirit of God in the old creation, why sparingly delivered,

V.-WAY AND MANNER OF THE DIVINE DISPENSATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.-

Dispensation of the Spirit to be learned from the Scripture only-Gene-

ral adjuncts thereof-The administration of the Spirit and his own ap-

plication of himself to his work, how expressed–The Spirit, how and in

what sense given and received-What is included in the giving of the

Spirit;. what in receiving of him-Privilege and advantage in receiving

the Spirit-How God is said to send the Spirit-What is included in

sending-How God ministers the Spirit-How God is said to put his

Spirit on us-What is included in that expression-The Spirit, how

poured out-What is included and intended herein-The ways of the

Spirit's application of himself unto his work-His proceeding from Father

and Son explained-How he cometh unto us–His falling on men--His

resting--How and in what sense he is said to depart from any person-

Of the distributions of the Holy Ghost, Heb. ii. 4—Exposition of them

vindicated,

I.-PECULIAR OPERATIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT

PREPARATORY FOR TILE New.–The work of the Spirit of God in the new

creation; by some despised-Works under the Old Testament prepara-

tory to the new creation - Distribution of the works of the Spirit-The

gift of prophecy; the nature, use, and end of it-The beginning of pro-

phecy - The Holy Spirit the only author of it-The name of a "prophet;

its signification, and his work-Prophecy by inspiration; whence so

called –Prophets, how acted by the Holy Ghost - The adjuncts of pro-

phecy, or distinct ways of its communication ---Of articulate voices-

Dreams-Visions -- Accidental adjuncts of prophecy-Symbolical actions

-Local mutations-Whether unsanctified persons might have the gift

of prophecy-The case of Balaam answered-Of writing the Scriptures

- Three things required thereunto-Of miracles-Works of the Spirit of

God in the improvement of the natural faculties of the minds of men in

things political-In things moral—In things corporeal– In things intel-

lectual and artificial-In preaching of the word,

II.-GENERAL DISPENSATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITH RESPECT UNTO THE NEW

CREATION. —The work of the Spirit of God in the new creation proposed

to consideration-The importance of the doctrine hereof—The plentiful

effusion of the Spirit the great promise respecting the times of the New

Testament-Ministry of the gospel founded on the promise of the Spirit

-How this promise is made unto all believers-Injunction to all to pray

for the Spirit of God-The solemn promise of Christ to send bis Spirit

when he left the world-The ends for which he promised him--The work

of the new creation the principal means of the revelation of God and his

glory-How this revelation is made in particular herein,

IV.-WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN AND ON THE HUMAN NATURE OF CHRIST.

The actual sanctification of the human nature of Christ by the Holy

Ghost-On what ground spotless and free from sin-Positively endowed

with all grace-Original holiness and sanctification in Christ, how carried

on by the Spirit-Exercise of grace in Christ by the rational faculties of

his soul-Their improvement-Wisdom and knowledge, how increased

objectively in the human nature of Christ, The anointing of Christ by

the Holy Spirit with power and gifts-Collated eminently on him at his
baptism-John iii. 34 explained and vindicated - Miraculous works

wrought in Christ by the Holy Ghost-Christ guided, conducted, and

supported by the Spirit in his whole work – Mark i. 12 opened-How the

Lord Christ offered himself unto God through the eternal Spirit-His

sanctification thereunto-Graces acting eminently therein-Love, zeal,

submission, faith, and truth, all exercised therein-The work of the

Spirit of God towards Christ whilst he was in the state of the dead; in

his resurrection and glorification-The office of the Spirit to bear witness

unto Christ, and its discharge–The true way and means of coming unto

the knowledge of Christ, with the necessity thereof-Danger of mistakes

herein-What it is to love Christ as we ought, .

V.—THE GENERAL WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE NEW CREATION WITH RE-

SPECT UNTO THE MEMBERS OF THAT BODY WHEREOF CHRIST IS THE HEAD.

-Christ the head of the new creation-Things premised in general unto

the remaining work of the Spirit-Things presupposed unto the work of

the Spirit towards the church-The love and grace of Father and Son-

The whole work of the building of the church committed to the Holy

Spirit-Acts ii. 33 opened— The foundation of the church in the promise

of the Spirit, and its building by him alone-Christ present with his

church only by his Spirit-Matt. xxviii. 19, 20; Acts i. 9, 10, iii. 21;

Matt. xviii. 19, 20; 2 Cor. vi. 16; 1 Cor. iii. 16, compared- The Holy

Spirit works the work of Christ-John xvi. 13-15 opened— The Holy

Spirit the peculiar author of all grace-The Holy Spirit worketh all this

according to his own will-1. His will and pleasure is in all his works

-2. He works variously as to the kinds and degrees of his operations-

How he may be resisted'; how not-How the same work is ascribed unto

the Spirit distinctly, and to others with him—The general heads of his

operations towards the church,

II.-WORKS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT PREPARATORY UNTO REGENERATION.–Sundry

things preparatory to the work of conversion-Material and formal dis-

positions, with their difference-Things in the power of our natural abi-

lities required of us in a way of duty-Internal, -piritual effects wrought

in the souls of men hy the word-Illumination-Conviction of sin-Con-

sequents thereof-These things variously taught-Power of the word

and energy of the Spirit distinct-Subject of this work; mind, affections,

and conscience-Nature of this whole work, and difference from saving

conversion farther declared,

III.-CORRUPTION OR DEPRAVATION OF THE MIND BY SIN.—Contempt and cor-

ruption of the doctrine of regeneration- All men in the world regenerate

or unregenerate-General description of corrupted nature-Depravation

of the mind-Darkness upon it-The nature of spiritual darkness-Re-

duced unto two heads --Of darkness objective; how removed-Of dark,

ness subjective; its nature and power proved – Eph. iv. 17, 18, opened

and applied–The mind “ alienated from the life of God"-The life of

God," what it is—The power of the mind with respect unto spiritual

things examined-1 Cor. ii. 14 opened- Yuxizos ã v Opatos, or the “natural

man,” who-Spiritual things, what they are -llow the natural man can-

not know or receive spiritual things-Difference between understanding

doctrines and receiving of things-A twofold power and ability of mind

with respect unto spiritual things explained-Reasons why a natu-

ral man cannot discern spiritual things-How and wherefore spiritual

things are foolishness to natural men-- --Why natural men cannot re-

ceive the things of God--A double impotency in the mind of man by

nature-1 Cor. ii. 14 farther vindicated-Power of darkness in persons

unregenerate-The mind filled with wills or lusts, and enmity thereby

- The power and efficacy of spiritual darkness at large declared,

IV.-LIFE AND Death, NaturaL AND SPIRITUAL, COMPARED.—Of death in sin-

All unregenerate men spiritually dead-Spiritual death twofold: legal;

metaphorical-Life natural, what it is, and wherein it consists-Death

natural, with its necessary consequents- The supernatural life of Adam

in innocency, in its principle, acts, and power-Differences between it

and our spiritual life in Christ-Death spiritual a privation of the life

we had in Adam; a negation of the life of Christ-Privation of a prin.

ciple of all life to God-Spiritual impotency therein-Differences be-

tween death natural and spiritual—The use of precepts, promises, and

threatenings-No man perisheth merely for want of power-No vital

acts in a state of death-The way of the communication of spiritual life

-Of what nature are the best works of persons unregenerate-No dispo-

sition unto spiritual life under the power of spiritual death,

V.—THE NATURE, CAUSES, AND MEANS OF REGENERATION.—Description of the

state of nature necessary unto a right understanding of the work of the

Spirit in regeneration-No possibility of salvation unto persons living

and dying in a state of sin-Deliverance from it by regeneration only-

The Holy Ghost the peculiar author of this work-Differences about the

manner and nature of it-Way of the ancients in explaining the doc-

trine of grace - The present method proposed-Conversion not wrought

by moral suasion only - The nature and efficacy of moral suasion, wherein

they consist-Illumination preparatory unto conversion-The nature of

grace morally effective only, opened; not sufficient for conversion-The

first argument, disproving the working of grace in conversion to be by

moral suasion only-The second-The third-The fourth-Wherein the

work of the Spirit in regeneration positively doth consist–The use and

end of outward means-Real internal efficiency of the Spirit in this work

- Grace victorious and irresistible-The nature of it explained; proved

-The manner of God's working by grace on our wills farther explained

- Testimonies concerning the actual collation of faith by the power of

God- Victorious efficacy of internal grace proved by sundry testimonies

of Scripture-From the nature of the work wrought by it, in vivification

and regeneration-Regeneration considered with respect unto the dis-

tinct faculties of the soul; the mind; the will; the affections,

VI.-THE MANNER OF CONVERSION EXPLAINED IN THE INSTANCE OF AUGUSTINE.

-The outward means and manner of conversion to God, or regeneration,

with the degrees of spiritual operations on the minds of men and their

effects, exemplified in the conversion of Augustine, as the account is given

thereof by himself, .

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