The Life of God in the Soul of Man. Or, the Nature and Excellency of the Christian Religion. and an Account of the Beginnings and Advances of a Spirit

The Life of God in the Soul of Man. Or, the Nature and Excellency of the Christian Religion. and an Account of the Beginnings and Advances of a Spirit

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...spirit of their minds: but alas! I am quite of another constitution, and am not able to effect so mighty a change: if outward observances could have done the business, I might have hoped to acquit myself by diligence and care; but since nothing but a new nature can serve the turn, what am I able to do 1 I could bestow all my goods in oblations to God, or alms to the poor, but cannot command that love and charity without which this expence would profit me nothing. This gift of God cannot be purchased with money; if a man should give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned f: I could pine and macerate my body, and undergo many hardships and troubles, but I cannot get all my corruptions starved, nor my affections wholly weaned from earthly things: there are still some worldly desires lurking in my heart; and those vanities that I have shut out of the doors, are always getting in by the windows. I am many times convinced of my own meanness, or the weakness of my body, and the far greater weakness of my soul; but this doth rather beget indignation and discontent than true humility in my spirit; and though I should come to think meanly of myself, yet I cannot endure that others should think so too. In a word, when I reflect on my highest and most specious attainments, I have reason to suspect, that they are all but the effects of nature, the issues of self-love acting under several disguises: and this principle is so powerful, and so deeply rooted in me, that I can never hope to be delivered from the domi Acts viii. 20. t Cant. viii. 1. nion of it. I may toss and turn, as a door on the hinges, but can never get clear off, or be quite unhinged of self, which is still the centre of all my motions: so that all the...show more

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  • Paperback | 22 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 59g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123662971X
  • 9781236629715