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the Maker of the worlds, from the fact, that there is but one Infinite Mind, and that Mind must be always conscious of things past, present, and to come, wherever it is to be found. But do doubt men will give credit to Athanasius, and the Nicene Creed of the Beast rather than to the Word of God; and will fear 10 adopt the simplicity as it is in Jesus, lest they should have no MYSTERY lett, upon which to exercise their faith, as if such nental monasticisın were aceeptable to God. But these men forget, that every article in the Bible is according to reason or truth, for the Spirit is Truth, though no one should perceive it; and that faith may be only so long demanded, till the progress of philosophy has come up to the solution of the mysteries, i. e. doctrines of Revelation, and faith is swallowed up in mental sight. Then Revelation may take a fresh start, and leave Philosophy again to hobble after it. For this was the case at the time of our Lord's first Advent, when philosophers just found out, that there was only one God, wbich Moses told them long ago. Revelation then left them, again in the dark by telling them that tbis one God existed in three Persons, wbich bas puzzled them ever since, though they are beginning to see it better now that our Lord's second coming is at hand. Those who imagine that the Apostles told all they knew about the doctrines of Christianity to their disciples, and will thus found tbeir faith upon the opinions of the Church Fathers, will find that they build rpon nothing better than sand; it is plain, that both Paul heard things which it was not lawful for him to utter, 2 Cor. xii. 4, and John heard things, which should happen in the Christian Church, which it was not permitted for him then to explain, Rev. x. 4, called the seven thunders. He who should undertake therefore to deny, that clearer notions of the doctrine of the Trivity, the true nature of bell torments, the unscriptural Alliance of Church and State, and civil and religious liberty, did not form part of these thunders, for they are startling enough to many, will undertake to do a thing, for wbich I myself am not sufficiently hardened.

The PARACLETE or COMFORTER is not an ETERNAL PERSON of God, but originates from the union of an Ideal Combination of a portion of the ETERNAL ATTRIBUTES of the Supreme Subsistence, God viewed abstractedly with respect to the PleROMA OT FULness of his MORAL Attributes, the Holy SPIRIT, with the CHURCH or Christ; and is finite, derived and mutable as to his Deity.

1. The fruit of the Spirit'is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Gal. v. 22, 23. The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh ; and these are contrary the one to the other. Gal. v. 17. The Spirit is Truth. 1 John, v. 6. And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him. Luke, iii. 22. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts, ii. 3, 4. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with boldness. Acts, iv. 31.--- II. But when the Comforter (Paraclete) is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. John, xv. 26. He shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine; therefore said 1. that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. John, xvi. 1415. He that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit. I Cor. vi. 17. And of his fulness (the Incarnate Word's) have all we received, and grace for grace. John, i. 16. And ye are replete by him, Coloss.

. 10. The church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Eph. 1. 25. Now ye are the body of Christ. I Cor. xii. 27. For by one Spirit are we all baptised into one body. I Cor. xii. 13. That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Eph. ii. 29. That ye might be partakers of the divine nature. 2 Pet. i. 4. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them ; that they may be one, even as we are one; l'in them

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and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one. John, xvii. 22, 23. God giveth not the Spirit by measure up to the Son. John, lii. 34. I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of Truth ; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him : for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless (orphans): I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world steth me no more; but ye shall see me; because I live, ye shall live also. At that day, ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him, John, xiv. 16-24. For we know that God abideth in us, by the spirit which he hath given us. 1 John, iij. 24, And truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John, i.3. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye preineditate; but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye; for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Mark, xiii. ll. He shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall be speak. John, xvi. 13. But Peter said unto him, Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost,-Thou hast not lied unto men but unto God. Acts, v. 3, 4. To one is given by (means of the Spirit, the word of wisdom, &c., to another discerning of spirits. I Cor. xii. 8-10. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth (oudens) none but the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things which are freely given to us of God. I Cor. ii. 11, 12. The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God, I Cor. ii. 10. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirits that we are the Sons of God. kom. viii. 7. The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the bearts, knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Rom. viii. 26, 27.- II. He shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak. John, xvi. 13. The spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. I Cor. xiv. 32. Quench not the Spirit. I Thess. v. 19.

If we may judge of a tree by its fruits, the first class of texts will plainly shew, that the Holy Spirit is God, viewed abstractedly with respect to the fulness of his moral attributes, all of which may be summed up in the general term of his holiness. The emblems also of the dove and fire are characteristic of those moral qualities of gentleness and boldness which accompany the infusion of the Holy Spirit in men's minds. But there is no occasion for any scripture passages to inform us directly what constitutes the Holy Spirit, as the cburch with whon it was to abide for ever, can discover that by her own experience. “ For what man knoweth the things of a man save the spirit of man wbich is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth none but the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” The church knows well enough, that she is neither omniscient, nor omnipotent, nor infinite, nor from eternity, nor immutable in any thing; and consequently she kuows well enough, that the Holy Spirit which she possesses, is not omnipotent, nor omniscient, nor infinite, nor from eternity, nor immutable, as we bave before shewn. For what an absurdity would it be to suppose, that the Holy Spirit was composed of such and such attributes, and that then half of his attributes were palmed upon the church for the FULNESS of him that filleth all in all! It is true, that the church in its infancy was endowed with extraordinary power and wisdom; but this could not be the Comforter which was to abide with the church for ever, for none but Roman Catholics possess such extraordinary endowments now. And these could have been only the accidents which the Paraclete was to receive of Christ's attributes according to bis prediction, and not proper constituents of him. The Holy Spirit therefore can be nothing essentially more than God viewed abstractedly

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with respect to the FULNESS of his moral perfections, as even bis very name implies.

That the Holy Spirit had originally no proper person of his own, and that the church alone is His proper subsistence, is plainly eyinced from his being said to proceed, and to be sent from the Father and from the Son, and from tbe completion of his procession or his coming being ascribed to the time when be should reside in the church. For if he proceeded from the Father and Son, then he originally belonged to the Father and the Son, and the Father's person and the Son's person were his person; and if he is come only when he dwells in Christ's disciples, then Cbrist's disciples are his proper mode of subsisting, otherwise he would have been come before. For wbat does our Lord say? He tells them tbat the Paraclete wbo was to be sent, they already knew, (surely not personally, if still to be sent) and bad seen, and was dwelling with them, but that he should be in them, that our Lord would not leave tbem but come to them, and that in that day they should know that He himself was in them. Our Lord indeed was one Comforter when with them, in whom they saw God's Spirit dwelling without measure, John iii. 34, but our Lord would be another Comforter by another blessed and precious mode of mani. festation, when he should dwell in them by bis Spirit for ever, without manifesting himself to the world, when he should be with them alway, even unto the end of the world, Matth. xxviii. 20. He that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit. And we are expressly told by St. Paul, tbat the Church is our Lord's body, not his proper body evidently, but an holy temple in the Lord, in whom we are builded together for an habitation of God THROUGH THE SPIRIT, Epb. i. 23 ; ii. 21, 22; from which nothing is more plain, than that the church is thé bolly, the habitation, the temple, the subsistence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit had been seen, and known by, and was even with Christ's disciples, but he had not yet come! He had already filled all space in the Father's person, but he had not yet come in himself. But immediately that he was in the Church, and filled it with the graces of holiness, he had come. It is true he was in the church before, as the Father with whom he was in reality commensurate, fills all space. But he had been in them witbout adhering to or mixing with them, without forming a part of their constitution. And what could be the proper habitation of a Comforter ? Could the Father or Son require comfort ? None but man; and man alone must be the proper subsistence of the comforter.

Hence, we see what evident traces of the humanity of the Paraclete there are in the second and third classes of texts. He is there exhibited as a new mind or soul to man. The glory which Christ had received, Christ imparts to the church. Ananias is said to lie to the Holy Ghost, because Peter is endowed with the gift of the discerning of spirits, which he is too zealous for the honour of God to attribute to his own natural powers. The disciples defend their religion by the elocution of the Holy Ghost, because God had endowed them with the gift of wisdom, because they do not speak of themselves, but whatsoever they do hear, that do they speak. Again Paul discerns the deep things of God bynot his own mind--but by the supreme mind attached to him, the unction from the Holy One, hy which he knows all things. Hence

again he prays with groanings which cannot be uttered ; because it is God which worketh in him, both to will and to do of his good pleasure. The Spirit again may be quenched or go out for want of being nourished, because the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, and because God may dissolve nis attachment to the flesh witb the same freedom as he assumed it. That this was the way in which the Apostles understood the subsistence of the Holy Spirit is evident from their manner of saluting the church. In their numerous salutations from the Father and Son, they never give one fron the Holy Ghost, because they knew well enough it would be an absurdity for the Holy Ghost to salute bimself. With the same mind, though they ialk of fellowship with the Father and the Son, 1 John i. 3, they never talk of fellowship with the Holy Ghost, because it is the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, by which the church has fellowship with the Father and the Son. For through him (the Son) we have access by one Spirit to the Father, Epb. ii. 18. *Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. Let that therefore abide in you which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heurd from the beginning shall remain in you, ye shall also continue in the Son and in the Father, 1 John ii. 20, 24. In the Apocalypse, i. 4, St. Jobn, indeed, salutes the church from the seven spirits; but these are represented as belonging to the persons of the Son, iii. 1, and Father, v. 6, not as then sent forth into all the earth, but as before God's throne waiting to be sent forth.

To deny the Paraclete to be God, because he does not exercise omniscience and omnipotence, will be the same as to deny that man is not man, because he does not always think or act. To deny that he is God, because he is not eternal, ivfinite, and immutable, may be disproved in the same way as has been done with regard to the same objection made to the Deity of the Son. The Paraclete is God in a particular state and in a particular character, not the less omniscient nor omnipotent, because he does not exert those attributes in that state and character. The omniscient and omnipotent principle, ibough dormant, is still inherent in the church, and whatsoever Socinians may say, she is still a partaker of the divine nature, a habitation of God through the Spirit. None is good, save one, that is God, Luke xviii. 19, and we may very rationally conclude, that wherever goodness is, there must be God; for it is God that worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

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The PARACLETE or COMFORTER identical with the Supreme Subsistence, not by constitution, but by ORIGIN.

1. But this spake lie of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive ; for the Holy Ghost was not yet ; because that Jesus was not yet glorified. John, vii. 39. If 1.go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you. John, xvi. 7. But if the ministration of death written and engraven in stones was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away; how shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious ? 2 Cor. iii. 7,8.- II. Of which salvation the prophets bave enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you; searching what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify. I Pet. i. 10, 11. And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee : therefore, also, that holy thing which shalt be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. Luke, i. 35. I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. John, i.32. Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God. Heb. ix. 14. Whither shall I go from thy

that work in truth. Jou God is a spiripirit, dividing terpretation

Spirit I-11 I go up into heaven, thou art there. If I go down to hell thou art there alss Ps. cxxxix. 7, 8. By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, and all the host of the by the breath (Spirit) of his mouth. Ps. xxxiii. 6. "The Spirit of God moved upon the face oļ the waters. Gen. 1. 2. The Spirit of God hath made me. Job, xxxiii. 4. By to Spirit he hath garnished the heavens. Job, xxvi. 13. Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, are created, and thou renewest the face of the earth. Ps. civ. 30. It is the spri that quickeneth. John, vi. 63. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from 18 dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortu bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Rom. viii. ll. Christ being put to death is the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. 1 Pet. iii. 18. Declared to be the Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Rom. L4

I11. The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Cor. i. IB ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I John, ii. 20. Beste ieach you all thugs, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I hares unto you. John, xiv 28. He will shew you things to come. John, xvi. 13. For the nifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal For to one is given by 2 Spirit, the word of wisdom ; tu another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; anotber faith by the same Spirit: to another the gift of healing by the same pinii-2 another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spas to another divers kinds of tongues ; to another the interpretation of tongues; but all the worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man, severally as he w. Cor. xii. 7-11.- IV. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him : spint and in truth. John, iv. 24. There are diversities of operations, but it is the same for that worketh all in all. I Cor. xii. 6. Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his be hill; for the LORD our God is holy. Ps. xcix. 9. Thou Jesus of Nazareth-1 know the who thou art, The Holy One of God Luke, iv. 34. But ye denied the Holy One, a the Just. Acts, iii. 14. The Lord is that Spirit, 2 Cor. iii. 17.

If ihe Holy Spirit had been originally any thing more than a ideal abstract combination of God's moral attributes constitu tively, in other words, it be had been any other than God viewe solely with respect to his moral perfections, and had posseser eternity, infinity, and immutability any other way than as aco dents, it is utterly impossible that he could ever have becom finite, derived, and mutable in the subsistence of bis finite, derived and mutable body of the church, because it is a manifest absu dity to suppose, that the finite, derived, and mutable church con contain a constitutively eternal, intinite, and immutable being And again if the Holy Spirit had originally possessed omniscient and omnipotence in any other way than as accidents, i. e. if he bu possessed them as constituents, it indubitably follows, that wb he became combined with the church, the church would posse omniscience and omnipotence as constituents, which she does al On the other hand, as the fulness of God's moral attributes a never absolutely cease to be eternal, infinite, and immutable, s as they are but qualities of his omniscience and omnipotence, fru which, as holiness is nothing else than holy thinking and be acting, they can never absolutely be separated; so while the ida combination may be realised in the church without being info eternal, immutable, omniscient, and omnipotent; yet the B Spirit, divested of his original ideality, in his real elemental sta in the Supreme Subsistence, can never cease to be infinite, eteri immutable, omniscient, and oinnipotent, and in the second su sistence can never cease to be omniscient and omnipotent.

Hence it is that the second and chird classes of texts oppose first. The Holy Spirit in the first is not come till after Chris resurrection and ascension, proceeds from bim, receives of bi and yet in the second and third classes he inspired the prophes old, entered into the Virgin, and descended upon Christ hinse created bim, and raised him up, is eternal and infinite, omnisce and omnipotent. All which is cleared up by considering that Holy Spirit up to the time of his effusion at Pentecost, exis not in his proper and lasting subsistence, but in the persons of Father and the Son, from whom he proceeded, or in the Sopra

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