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from several Places in the New Teftament.
To reckon up the several Powers of this
joined together in one Text : To one, says 1 Cor. 12. hé, is given tbe Word of Wisdom by the Spi
rit; to another the Word of Knowledge by v.9. the same Spirit; to another Faith by the fame
Spirit; (that is, such Faith as our Saviour
you, Mat. 17. 20.) To another the
Man severally as he will. These were the
up on high, received for Men. These were
Apoftles, and they to others, both Clergy and Laity, both Men and Women, so long as there was Occasion for them.
What now was the Result; what was the Success of these Atrange Things ? Why, it is notorious to all the World ; a Religion that had nothing of any external Charms in it ; a Religion, whose principal Article was to believe in a crucified Saviour; and the principal Reward of owning it was, in this World, only a Crown of Martyrdom; a Religion that was preached only by poor and contemptible Persons, Men of no Learning, no Education; a Religion that was opposed with the greatest Malice and Violence imaginable, and against which the whole Power of the Empire did set its self, endeavouring by all manner of Arts, all manner of Cruelties, to extirpate it out of the World; yet this Religion, through the uncontroulable Power of the Spirit, broke thro' all Oppofition, bore down all before it, spread like Lightning thro' all Places, and gained Entertainment where-ever it came, till, at last, it became the Religion of the Empire, and Kings and Princes were Nursing Fathers to it.
Thus powerful an Advocate did the Holy Ghoft shew himself for the Christian Cause; and thus effectually did he make good what our Saviour had foretold of him, that he should convince the World of Sin, of Righteousness, and of Judgment.
2. But all this while we do not deny, nay we 'earnestly contend, that the Holy Ghost is still with us, as well as he was with the Apostles. He still is the Church's Advocate, now that Christianity is planted, and there is no need of those extraordinary Afsistances we before fpoke of : Present still he is with his Church, and ever will be, to all Purposes that are needful, either for the Glory of God, or the Preservation of the Church, or the Salvation of any Man's Soul.
Now, tho' I dare not be nice and particular in giving an Account of this Matter, yet these four Things I dare say we may always expect and promise to our felves from him, even to the End of the World. I shall be very brief in speaking to them.
First of all, We may be sure that as by his Power and Influence the Church of Christ was first effectually planted in the World; so he will always take care that the Church built upon the Foundation of Christ and his Apostles, shall in all Times and Ages be continued and preserved : And in order to that, that there shall be always a Succession of Paftors and Ministers in the Church, who shall always teach all necessary fundamental Truths, and be furnished with sufficient Powers and Abilities for the Discharge of their Function, viz. for the begetting Souls to Jesus Chrift; and by the Administration of the Word and Sacraments, putting them
into a Way of obtaining everlasting Salva-
Secondly, As the Holy Ghost, for mak-
be taught as is necessary to Salvation); fo
Thirdly, I lay this further; the Holy
. He will not fail to inspire their minds with good Thoughts, to give them Grace and Strength to resist the Temptations of the Devil ; to assist them in their Prayers and Devotions; and whereas they
knowo not what they should pray for as they Rom. 8. ought, to make Interceffion for them with
Eroanings which cannot be uttered (for which Reason chiefly, as some learned Men have conceived, he hath the Name of Paraclete or Advocate given him in Scripture, namely, as the Intercessor for the Saints; tho I am apt to think, with St. Chryfoftom, that this Text is rather to be understood of the