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tells his Disciples that they should be brought before " Governors and Kings for his names sake. But faith he, ver. 19. When they shall deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak, for it shall be given you in that same hour, what yo mall speak. For it is nor ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father that speakerb in you.
Here Christ tells his Disciples that they should be brought before great men, yea, before the greatest in the world, to give testimony to his truth. And surely, it is a very hard thing for a man not to be daunted then, but to be unmoveable, before all worldly power and glory, and all the terrible frowns and threats of mighty men. Now faith Christ at such a time, when you are to speak before the armed power of the World, be not troubled beforehand, how, or what to say. For if you have Christ and his Spirit in your hearts, you cannot want words in your mouths. And the truth which you profess is most glorious, when it is most naked, and defțitute of the garnishings of humane Eloquence and Wisdom. And therefore be not fearful before hand, no nor yet careful, touching what you shall say, for it shall be given to you in that same hour, in that same monient; you shall bave most present help. How so? for it is not yo
that speak, but the spirit of your Father that dwells in you. The Spirit of Trub that dwells in you, shall inable you to speak the words of truth, when you are called to it. And though you, it may be, are plain and mean men, and your lips would tremble, and be quite closed up before such an Allembly of Power and Majesty, yet Gods Spirit shall give you a mouth to speak, even then. 'And be. cause, if you were only supplied with a mouth to speak at such a time, you would be ready to speak rashly, and foolishly, to the great prejudice and disadvantage of the truth, therefore will he give
you not only a mouth but wisdom too, and he him-
And thus, have many poor mean simple Chri-
Seventhly, and lastly, all Christians stand in 7. need of the power of the Spirit to overcome Af- To over. fitions and Persecutions, from which ie is im-come afpossible they should be free in this world, they and perbeing contrary to the World, and the whole fecutions. World to them. A natural man, who hath no strength in himself, but his own strength, faints and fails under affliction and persecution ; but the faithful have in them, strength abové natural strength, strength above the strength of men, even the strength of the Spirit coming on them, and so they indure and overcome. Our Spirits are weak Spirits, and are Conquered by every evil; but when they are strengthned by the power of Gods Spirit, they are, over all evils, more than Conquerors. And this is one thing observeable, between Natural and Spiritual strength, in the overcoming of evil. Natural strength seeks always to throw off the evil, and so it prevails ; but spiritual strength never seeks the removing of the evil, but let the evil be what it will, it stands to it , and overcomes it. For the strength of the D
Spirit is easily able to overcome all evils that can happen to fles and blood, whether they arise from Earth or Hell. And thus those blefled Martyrs, mention'd Heb. II. and thousands and ten thousands of their Consorts since, have overcome, cruel mockings and scourgings, and bonds, and imprisonment, and honing, and sawing in sunder, and Naying with the sword, and all the woes of poverty, and want, and banishment, and of living in wildernesses and caves, and dens of the earth; these and all other evils, they have mightily overcome, by this only power, of the Spirit coming upon them. Thus we stand in need of the power of the Spirit, to overcome affli&ion and persecution; and how much power we have in affliction and persecution, to indure them and overcome them, just so much of the power of the Spirit we have, and no more.
And thus also, have I declared unto you, what necessity all Christians have, of the power of the Spirit, coming on them as well as Ministers. And
this was to strengthen the Use of Exhortation. Second The second Ule is for Information and Instruuje. &ion, after this manner. If the receiving of the
Spirit be the receiving of Power, then it clearly informs us, that the way to partake of this power, is to obtain this spirit ; and the way to increase this power, is to increase this spirit. I shall endeavour to speak to both these things, and
so shall conclude. The way to
1. The way to obtain this power, is to obtain get this pow. the Spirit. er, is to get this Spirit. And that we may obtain the Spirit, we must
first To this end
prepare our felves to receive the Spirit. we must pre Now this Preparation doth not stand (as Pa. pare our
pists teach, and many ignorant Persons among Jelves.
our selves think) in sweeping the Soul from Sin, [therein and then strewing it with graçes, that so we may be fit to receive the Spirit.
For first, the sweeping of the Soul from fin, is not a Work of our own, before the coming of the Spirit, but a work of the Spirit it felf, after it is come. For no flesh can clear the Soul of one Siz, it is the Spirit must do that.
And secondly, for the strewing of the Soul wich Grace, neither is this a work of our own, bue a work of the Spirit it self, after it is come. For the Spirit it self brings all Grace with it, and before the coming of the Spirit, there is no Grace at all.
So that we cannot, by any acts of our own, pre. Werein pare our felves to receive the Spirit ; but only by it doih. the Spirit we prepare our feives to receive the Spirit. For it is not any work of our own, upon our selves, but the immediate work of the Holy Spirit upon us, that can make us fit to receive him self. It lies wholly in his own power and goodness, first to prepare in us a place for himself, and then after to receive and entertain himself in that place he hath so prepared. Now the Works of Ene Spirit, whereby he first prepares us for himself, and then entertains himself in us, are these two especially
1. He empties us; and 2. he fills us with him: self, whom he hath made empty.
1. He empties us : And this emptying, is the 1. first and chief work of the Spirit upon the Elect, The Holy whereby be prepares them to receive himself. Spirit For the more empty a man is of other things, the empties use more capable he is of the Spirit. If you would 6ll a Vessel with any other Liquor than it holds, you must first empty it, of all that is in it before; if you would fill it with Wine, you must first empty it of all that is in it before, if you would fill it with Wine, you must empty is of Beer or Water, if any such Liquor be in it. For two material things cannot poslibly subsist in the same D 2
place, at the same time, the substances of each being safe and found. And so if the Holy Spirit who is God, must come into us, all mortal and unstable Creatures, together with sin and our selves, and whatever else is in us, must go forth. Humane reason, and humane wisdom, and righteousness, and power, and knowledge, cannot receive the Holy Spirit; but we must be emptied
of these, if ever we would receive him. A Caution We must thus suffer our selves to be prepared
by the Spirit, to receive the Spirit; but with this Caution, That when the Spirit of God hath wrought this in us, we do not attribute it to our felves, as our own work, nor think any thing of our felves, but defcend into our own meer nothing. Otherwise we shall be a hinderance to the Spirit, that he cannot work in us after a more excellent manner.
And when a Man is thus empty of himself, and Fills us. of other things, then he becomes Poor in Spirit, a
and such the Spirit always fills, and descends into with a wonderful and unresistible power, and fills the outer and inner man, and all the superior and inferior faculties of the Soul with himself,
and all the things of God. The
And this is the second work of the Spirit, to fill those whom he hath emptied. Now the usual and ordinary means, through which the Spirit
doth this, are these three. '1. The
1. The hearing of the Word Preached. But hearing of here we must distinguish of the Word. For the the Word Law is the word of God, but St. Paul faith, that
by that word the Spirit is not given, but by the word of the Gospel. And therefore how beautiful are the feet of them that bring the Gospel of peace! for nothing is so sweet and precious as the word of the Gospel, which brings with it the Holy Spirit. This you may see Acts 10.44. where it is