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ing marks of the work of the Spirit of God, including both his common, and his saving influences; but what I have now in view, is to describe the nature of the gracious operations of the Holy Spirit, and to point out the peculiar signs by which they are distinguished from every thing besides, of which the mind of man can possibly be the subject. If I have succeeded in any tolerable degree, I hope this work will tend to promote the interest of religion. And whether I have succeeded or not, I hope, through the mercy of a gracious God, to obtain from him the acceptance of my endeavours, and from the real followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, their candour and their prayers.
portance in Religion,
idence, either that our Affections in relation
ed by supernatural, spiritual, and divine
Affections is the TRANSCENDENTLY EXCEL-
III. That excellency in divine things, which
is the first objective ground of gracious
our minds are so enlightened, that we ob.
tional and spiritual conviction, respecting
the truth and reality of divine things, 179
the same spirit and temper which were
are accompanied by a Christian tenderness
raised, the more is a spiritual appetite in-