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after he hath so done, to be careful that we do not by our ill Treatment of him give him Çause to depart from us. Would we invite and prevail with the Holy Spirit to come and dwell within us? The Way is, to forsake our Sins, and to devote ourselves entirely to God's Service ; and to follicite him moit earnestly with our daily Prayers, that he would purify our Hearts, that they may become a Temple fit for him to dwell in; and withal to encourage and improve every good Motion and every Opportunity that he puts into our Hands of growing in Virtue and Goodness. By this Means we shall allure the good Spirit of God to take up his Lodging in our Hearts. And when once it is our Happiness to have received so illustrious a Guest; oh! with what Zeal should we endeavour to preserve him! How careful should we be, not to admit any Thing into our Hearts that may grieve him, or give him Occasion of Dilpleasure ! How watchful ought we to be over ourselves, that we do not engage in any unlawful Course, any Sin against Conscience! for that is directly to affront him, and to take part with his Enemies. With what Diligence ought we to guard our felyes from all sorts of Impurity and Sensuality! because these are the Things that
of all others do most defile our Bodies, and 1 Cor. 6. render them unfit for the Spirit of Purity to 13–20. dwell in, as the Apostle often tells us.
Lastly, how induftrious should we be to take all Occasions of improving every Grace and every Virtue with which God hath adorned our Souls : And in order to that, to make use of all those Means that our Lord Jesus has appointed for that purpose ; amongst which the frequent Receivings of the blessed Sacrament is a principal one.
These are the Methods by which we may secure the Holy Spirit to ourselves. This is the Way to make him dwell with us for evermore : And never to leave us, never to quit his Habitation ; but to be our constant Guide here, and our Rewarder hereafter: To be in us a constant Principle of Grace in this world, and to raise us up to an eternal and unspeakable Glory in the World to come.
DISCOURSE II. Concerning the Advocateship of the
Holy Spirit, and the proper Distinctions between that and the Advocateship of our Saviour,
[Deliver'd in Three Sermons.]
JOHN XIV. 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.
Or thus: I will pray the Father, and be fall give you
another Advocate, that he may abide with you for ever. AICHE Word in the Original is, 1923 wapáxing, which, because it
comes from a Word that hath a 2) double Signification, our Trans
lators niade a Doubt, whether they !hould render a Comforter, or an
Advocate : and therefore for Sureness fake So also in
: John they put in both the Words; the one in
and the Text, and the other in the Margin of 16.7. and our Bibles.
this ch. But undoubtedly waçdvanla here hath the Signification of an Advocate, and not of a Comforter, as I shall shew by and by : And therefore I shall all along follow the latter Translation.
The Words are part of the last Sermon that our Saviour made to his Disciples, immediately before his Passion. And indeed a very comfortable Sermon it was, and yery reasonable to his Apostles, who at that Time stood in great need of Comfort. They now saw their dear Lord and Master was to be taken from them, and to be delivered into the Hands of wicked Men, and Mat.26.2. to be crucified. Upon this, Sorrow (as there was great Reason ) filled their Hearts, John 16.6. and they could not but look upon themselves in a most deplorable and desolate Condition. Our merciful Saviour was not wanting to them upon this sad Occasion; but as he had always treated them with the greatest Kindness and Tenderness in the World, so now he more especially sets himself to ease their troubled Minds, and to fortify them against the approaching Disasters. Many excellent Considerations he proposeth to this Purpose : But three Things especially he insists on in this Chapter ; which, if they were well consi
dered, would afford them unspeakable Con-
where they should for ever enjoy him, with-
In my Father's
I would have told you. I go to prepare a
o there you may be also. Secondly, This fur
ther eminent Advantage they should re-
for the Interest of the Church) but it should V, 12, 13, be granted. Because I go unto my Father,