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flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Here, friends, there is freedom indeed. Here, there is peace and security indeed. Here, there is a sure refuge in every hour of sorrow, of trial, and of dismay. Here there is a victory over all the dark powers of sin and of Satan. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And behold, it is the work, not of man, nor of the wisdom of man, nor of the power
of man; but it is the work of the Lord's Holy Spirit; and therefore, friends, be ye baptized, every one, into the name of the Holy Ghost; even into the name of the Comforter, whom our blessed Saviour promised to send unto you from the Father; by whose matchless influence you can alone be effectually baptized into the name of the Father, and of the Son.
And, O that there may be increasingly abounding among us, a living faith in the Holy Ghost! a result of one and the same living and effectual baptism. For, " there is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
And, friends, the very same power of the Holy Ghost which can alone lead us to repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, must cleanse us from all our iniquities, and create in us a clean
heart, and renew a right spirit within us. Now doubtless, christians of every name, are increasingly prepared to acknowledge this truth. But O, my dear friends, we want to give it more place in our minds, and to realize, more than we now do, the immediate guidance, government, teaching, light, life, and power of the Holy Ghost; that in all our life and conversation, we may know what it is to be guided and governed by that wisdom which cometh from above; and which is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy; and our “hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto us.”
May the Lord in his mercy grant, that this pure love may spread, abound, and flow, on every side; that our hearts being filled with love to God, and love to our fellow-men, we may accomplish the purpose of our creation, even to live in all things to the glory of God. “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” And thus, beloved friends, being baptized into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we poor degraded ones by nature, witness a blessed renovation, a new creation, wherein “the wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. And
this world, instead of being the theatre of bloodshed, cruelty, oppression, falsehood, injustice, lasciviousness, pride, covetousness, folly, and vanity, would become, under the matchless working of those high and holy principles of true religion, even by the power of a heart-searching, heart cleansing, religionwould become, and I trust, is becoming by degrres, a scene of justice, integrity, purity, love, joy, patience, temperance, and peace; wherein the glory of God will be known to be over all; and the earth shall be filled therewith, as the waves cover the mighty deep ; and from the uttermost parts of the earth there shall yet arise, songs of thanksgiving, glory, and praise, unto the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, one true, living, unchangeable, indivisible God over all, forever and forever more. Amen.