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else beside me, a just God and a Saviour.” See Isa. ix. 6; xliii. 15; xlv. 11, 12, 15, 18, 21, 22 ; xlviii. 12, 17 ; Deut, iv. 35, and many other passages to the same effect. “God manifest in the flesh,” is the only person. Three offices—not three persons. It is derogatory to the glory of God, who is a Spirit, to say, “God the Son will send God the Holy Ghost,” as a person ; but how perfectly in unison with the whole Scripture—for “the Holy One of Israel,” to send his own Spirit, when, where, how, and to whom he pleases : being One, with the Father and Son.—John, x. 30; and xiv. 9.
The Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is called in Scripture The Comforter—The Holy Spirit—The Spirit of Truth -The Spirit of Wisdom—The Spirit of Power—The Spirit of Promise- The Spirit of Counsel and Knowledge—and the ETERNAL SPIRIT : most of these titles proving the Holy Ghost, not to be a person, but belonging to one having them in possession. “God is a Spirit.” It is said of the Spirit_“He shall not speak of himself.” see John, xvi. 13.
The Holy Spirit is poured out upon us. Isa. xliv. 3. Acts, x. 45.—To renew, Tit. iii. 5.—To be shed on us. Rom. v. 5. Tit. iii. 6.—We are to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Rom. xv. 13.—To be baptized. Acts, ii. 38, 39.-To be anointed. 2 Cor. i. 21. 1 John, ii, 20, 27.-It descended in the form of a Dove—also Tongues.
A person cannot surely be poured out upon me--the Spirit may. See Joel, ii. 28, 29.
I am not sensible of a person renewing me, but I am of the work of grace in my heart-a divine influence indeed, and mighty in operation! See Psalm li. 10.
How can a person be shed upon me ? but how beautiful to have the Spirit shed abroad upon our obdurate hearts.
I am not filled with a person ; but I can be filled with the Spirit : and there is good ground to believe Paul had this view of it when he said—“Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit.”
How, or in what way, can I be baptized with a person ?-It is termed at such a time- This Power-and the Gift of God!” Acts, viii. 12, &c.
The Holy Ghost fell on the Apostles-preposterous absurdity, taken in any other way than falling on them as the Spirit of the Lord does reach the heart ; and thus make them “Temples of the Holy Ghost.”
The latest writer, the beloved John, seems to have set the matter at rest, if we would but take Scripture testimony, by calling the Holy Spirit, an “UNCTION.” 1 John, ii. 20. Jesus is also said “ to be anointed,” a term expressive of every good that can be bestowed to the full understanding of our blessed, holy, divine, Redeinption, imparted by the Spirit.
The Holy Ghost, descending in the form of a Dove, (and of cloven tongues,) evidences it not to be a personit might be needful for sinners in the flesh to be satis
fied the Lord Jesus Christ was divinely commissioned from his Father-and if the Spirit be a Person—a Person would then have appeared to anoint—but “God is Spirit ;” and any, and every form, it can assume as seemeth Him good in his unerring Wisdom.
We are too apt to lose sight of the ONENESS.–6 THE EVERLASTING FATHER,” is “THE PRINCE OF PEACE.” -THE “CHILD BORN,” is 6 THE MIGHTY GOD!!!” We hold the tradition of our Fathers in too high estimation, and come not to the word, with child-like simplicity as commanded.
Twice, almost verse by verse, have I upon this subject searched through the Scriptures, and separate verses many times, twice told; and upon this review I see none occasion to change.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the Spirits, whether they are of God; and the Lord give you understanding in all things" is the prayer of
Your affectionate Friend
In Christian love and holy bonds.
THE HABITATION OF JEHOVAH.
Psalm xxii. 3. “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
Has the LORD revealed his Habitation? Do we know
where God dwells ?-Yes. This secret is made known to his children that diligently seek his face. The name of the Lord's House is Praise !
Moses said, “He is my God, and I will prepare bim an habitation; my fathers' God, and I will exalt him.” See Exo. xv.—and the habitation of praise he prepared.
It was a conspiring cause against the Jews that they rejoiced not-they brought no praise to God. Will you refuse to build the Habitation of the LORD ? Consider, “ By much slothfulness the building decayeth, and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.” Shall the Lord's House go to ruin ?-No. -It must be supported and built for “The high and lofty One that inhabiteth Eternity, whose name is Holy." “ Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool : where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest ? For all these things hath mine hand made.” “God is a Spirit.”—Where can Omnipresence dwell but in the breath of Praise. “Praise waiteth for thee, () God, in Zion.”—His City is Praise—His Gates are Praise -Our Garments are Praise–Our Sacrifices are Praise - Praise is JEHOVAH's Habitation. There will be an Eternity of Praise! "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me.” “Therefore shall the people praise Thee for ever and ever.” What an honor for a sinner to raise the Topstone of Grace in praise to the Lord !
Twelve Psalmıs begin with praise, and no marvel at the closing strain of David,—Let every thing that hath breath Praise the Lord.” i Chron. xvi. 7, 36.; Ps. cxlviii. i Chron. xxiii. 30. Praise ye the Lord !” Luke, ii. 13.
THE MEMORIAL, I AM.
Exodus, iii. 14, 15.
Old and New Testament proofs that I am is the only God-The same who created the world—the same by whom it was redeemed—the same who spake to Mosesthe same who addressed the Pharisees—and the same who speaks to every child of Adam now.
Who is I AM? “The God of your fathers.” Exod. iii. 13.
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Rev. i. 8. “Everlasting God.” . . Gen. xxi. 33. “ Jehovah.”. . . . . Ps. lxxxiii. 18. Eternal God. . . . Deu. xxxiii. 27. Creator. . . . . . Isa. xliii. 15. The great, the mighty God, the
LORD of Hosts. . . . Jer. xxii. 18. The God of Glory. . . . Acts, vii. 2. THE LORD. . . . . Exo. xxviii. 36.