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They sung a new song, saying,—Thou hast redeemed us, and

made us to our God, kings and priests. Rev. v. 9, 10. These are they which came out of great tribulation, &c. There

fore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and pight in his temple, &c. Rev. vii. 14. 17. They sing the song of Moses, and the song of the Lamb. Rev.

xv. 3. I saw the souls of them which had not worshipped the beast,

&c., and they lived and reigned with Christ. Rev. xx. 4. What will be the sentence and condition of the wicked? Their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. Isa. lxvi.

24. Mark ix. 44. The children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer dark

ness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matt.

viii. 12. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be

wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matt. xiii. 42. 50. The man without a wedding garment was cast into outer dark

ness, &c. Matt. xxii. 13. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with

the hypocrites, &c. Matt. xxiv. 51. Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness, &c. Matt.

xxv. 30. Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire. Matt. xxv. 41. Treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath.

Rom. ii. 5. Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the

presence of the Lord. 2 Thess. i. 8, 9. And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us

from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the

wrath of the Lamb. Rev. vi. 16. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone, &c. Rev. xiv.

10, 11. Shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and

brimstone; which is the second death. Rev. xxi. 8. How fearful and how inevitable ! They shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of

the earth, for fear of the Lord. Isa. ii. 19. They shall 'say to the mountains, Cover us! and to the hills,

Fall on us! Hos. X. 8. Can thine heart endure, or can thy hands be strong in the days

that I shall deal with thee? Ezek. xxi. 14. Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? Isa.

xxxiii. 14. There are only two descriptions of persons in the world, the righteous and the wicked ;-you have heard the end of both. Choose you now whom you will serve. would die the death of the righteous, prepare for it, by living his life,

Remember, that he who will be your Judge, is the same Saviour who is now your Mediator. Make him your

If you

friend, and you will have nothing to fear. Let the terrors of that awful day, which will surely come, and may surprise you suddenly, induce you to begin in earnest, to prepare to meet your God. When Paul reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled. Acts xxiv. 25. Do you tremble? If you do, check not the salutary fear; do not, like Felix, put off the consideration of those important matters to a more convenient opportunity, which in your case, as in his, may never arrive. Delay not an hour to listen to the voice of wisdom, lest your angry and insulted Judge address you in that bitter reproach, Because I have called, and ye have refused, &c. Prov. i. 24. 31.

Seek now for pardon and acceptance, that it may be well with you in that day:Pray that you may be made meet to be partakers of the inherit

ance of the saints in light. Col. i. 12. Give diligence to make your calling and election sure. 2 Pet.

i. 10. That so an entrance may be administered unto you abundantly

into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus

Christ. 2 Pet. i. 11. Collect, 1st Sunday in Advent.—Grant that when he shall

come in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and dead, we may rise to the life immortal. 3d Sunday in Advent.-Grant that at thy second coming to

judge the world, we may be found an acceptable people in

thy sight. 6th Sunday after Epiphany.-Grant that when he shall ap

pear with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him.


§ 6. ON THE HOLY GHOST. Waar is the next article in the Creed?

“ I believe in the Holy Ghost.” What is meant by the Holy Ghost ?

Ghost is the same as Spirit. The Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, is the Third Person in the Godhead, the Lord and Giver of Life, proceeding from the Father and the Son:' He is uncreated, subsisting of himself, which can be said of none but God, and with the Father and the Son togegether is worshipped and glorified.' God is a Spirit. John iv. 24.

Why is the Holy Ghost called a Person?

Because those atributes and expressions which apply to distinct persons, are used in the Scriptures when speaking of him. He is said to understand, to will, to give, to call, to do, to come, to send, to speak, to hear, &c., which all imply personality. He appeared in a visible shape. Luke iii. 22. Acts ü. 3. He gave the Apostles tongues. Acts ii. 4–8. He enabled them to work many signs and wonders. Acts ii. 43. The Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip. Acts viii. 39. It seemed good to the Holy Ghost, &c. Acts xv. 28. Gives men wisdom, knowledge, faith, the gifts of healing, the

working, of miracles, prophecy, the discerning of spirits,
divers kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues.

1 Cor. xii. 8-10.
He divides these severally as he will. 1 Cor. xii. 11.
Christ cast out devils by the Spirit of God. Matt. xii. 28.
What proof have you that the Holy Ghost is God?

The various attributes and works of God are ascribed to him : and he is expressly called God in the Scriptures.

1. Creation is ascribed to him. The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Gen. i. 2. By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens. Job xxvi. 13. The Spirit of God hath made me. Job xxxiii. 4. All the host of [heaven were made] by the breath (or spirit)

of his mouth. Ps. xxxiii. 6. Thou sendest forth thy Spirit: they are created. Ps. civ. 30.

2. Omnipresence. Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Ps. cxxxix. 7. Through him we both (Jews and Gentiles) have access by one

Spirit. Eph. ii. 18. 3. Omniscience. Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or, being his coun

sellor, hath taught him, &c.? Isa. xl. 13, 14. The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

1 Cor. ii. 10. The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1 Cor. ii. 11. The Holy Ghost commands and appoints. The Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, &c. Acts viii. 29. The Spirit sent Peter to Cornelius. Acts x. 20; xi. 12. The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul. Acts

xiii. 2. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed. Acts

xiii. 4. The flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you over

Acts xx. 28.
He forbids and prevents.


They were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in

Asia. Acts xvi. 6. They assayed to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit suffered them

not. Acts xvi. 7. We are baptized in his name. Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,

and of the Holy Ghost. Matt. xxviii. 19. We are blessed in his name, as one of the Trinity. The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make his face

shine upon thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Num. vi. 24-26. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the

communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. Compare the following passages of Scripture, for a further proof of his divinity. The Lord said-hear ye indeed, but understand not, &c. Isa.

vi. 9. Well spake the Holy Ghost, saying, Hearing, ye shall hear,

and shall not understand, &c. Acts xxviii. 25, 26. [The Israelites in the wilderness) tempted the Lord. Exod. xvii.7. As the Holy Ghost saith—Harden not your hearts as in the

day of temptation in the wilderness, when your fathers tempted me. Heb. iii. 7-9. This shall be the covenant that I will make-saith the Lord.

Jer. xxxi. 33. Whereof the Holy Ghost is a witness to us, saying—This is the

covenant that I will make. Heb. x. 15, 16. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. 2 Tim. iii. 16. Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Pet. i. 21. Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost?

Acts v. 3. Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. Acts v. 4. The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Cor. iii. 17. Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost ?

1 Cor. vi. 19. Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Matt. iv. 7. How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of

the Lord? Acts v. 9.
There is none good but one, that is God. Matt. xix. 17.
Thy Spirit is good. Ps. cxlii. 10.

The Holy Ghost is called,
Good Spirit, Neh. ix. 20. Ps. cxliii. 10. Spirit of God, Gen. i. 2.

Matt. xii. 28. Holy Spirit, Luke xi. 13. Holy Spirit of Promise,
Eph. i. 13. Spirit of Truth, John xiv. 17; rv. 26; xvi. 13. Quick-
ening Spirit, 1 Pet. iii.

18. Spirit of, Adoption, Rom. viii, 15. Spirit of Holiness, Rom. i. 4. Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding ; Spirit of Counsel and Might: Spirit of Knowledge and Fear of the Lord; Isa. xi. 2. Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation, Eph. i. 17. Holy Ghost, Matt. xii. 32. Mark i. 8. The Spirit, Mark i. 12. Luke ii. 27. Spirit of Christ, Rom. viii. 9. 1 Pet. i. 11. Spirit of Liberty, 2 Cor. iii. 17.

rit gave

Promise of the Father, Luke xxiv, 49. Acts i. 4. Comforter, John xiv. 16; xv. 26 ; xvi. 7. Spirit of Grace, Heb. x. 29. Zech. xii. 10. Spirit of Glory, 1 Pet. iv. 14. Spirit of Life, Rom. viii. 2. Spirit of Grace and Supplication, Zech. xii. 10. Searcher of the Things of God, 1 Cor. ii. 10.

The Holy Spirit is named above three hundred times in the Old and New Testaments. When is the descent of the Holy Ghost celebrated ?

On Whitsunday, which is the anniversary of the day of Pentecost, when the disciples being all with one accord in one place, they were all suddenly filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spi.

them utterance. Is the Holy Ghost necessary to men ?

Yes. Without him we cannot worship God acceptably, nor be regenerated, nor live a holy life. They that worship God must worship him in Spirit. John iv. 24. They that_are after the Spirit, [do mind] the things of the

Spirit. Rom. viii. 5. If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Rom. viii. 9. As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of

God. Rom. viii, 14. Is the Spirit promised ?

Yes. I will pour out my Spirit, &c. Prov. i. 23. Isa. xliv. 3. Joel ii.

23. `Acts ii. 17, 18. My Spirit shall not depart out of my mouth. Isa. lix. 21. I will put a new Spirit within you. Ezek. xi. 19. I will put my Spirit within you. Ezek. xxxvi. 27; xxxvii. 14. How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spi

rit to them that ask him? Luke xi. 13.

What is the work of the Holy Spirit ?

He effects all holy changes in the natural man. He strives with men. My Spirit shall not always strive with man. Gen. vi. 3. He enlightens the natural man. The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God,

because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. ii. 14. Praying—that God may give you the Spirit of wisdom and re

velation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened. Eph. i. 17, 18.

He teaches, and opens the understanding to understand the Scriptures.

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