The contents of this book have been taken from
Spirit of Love and
Spirit of Prayer. The language has been updated somewhat, though I
prefer the original wording and phrasing which, though difficult at times,
gave a beauty to the expression of ideas that the modern version does not
Portions of this book may seem strange to many Christians, for the
concepts presented here, though Scriptural, are given in ways with which
most Christians are unfamiliar. I would encourage any reader of this volume
to try to look past the unfamiliar expression of ideas to the heart beneath
and to look to God wholly and completely to express the deep truths to be
gained here directly to your heart.
Part I: The Spirit of Love
Part II: The Spirit of Eternity
- What is the Spirit of Love? When Christ is everywhere,
Wrath and Hatred Will be nowhere. Whenever therefore you willingly indulge
Wrath or let your Mind work in Hatred, you not only work without Christ,
but you resist him and withstand his redeeming Power over you.
- The Needed Response to the Spirit of Love In a Word, there
are, in all the Possibility of Things, but two States, or Forms of Life;
the one is Nature, and the other is God manifested in Nature; and as God
and Nature are both within you, so you have it in your Power to live and
work with which you will; but are under a Necessity of doing either the
one or the other.
- Mans Nature versus Gods Goodness Goodness and
Happiness are absolutely inseparable from God, and can be nowhere but in
God. And on the other Hand, Emptiness, Want, Insufficiency, etc., are
absolutely inseparable from the Creature, as such; its whole Nature cannot
possibly be any Thing else.
- The Need for Perpetual Inspiration To suppose that we
ought, and may always be in this Spirit of Holiness, and yet are not, and
ought not to be always moved and led by the Breath and Spirit of God within
us, is to suppose that there is a Holiness and Goodness which comes not
from God; which is no better than supposing that there may be true Prophets
and Apostles who have not their Truth from God.
- The Seed of Heaven in Man Judge not therefore of your Self,
by considering how many of those Things you do, which Divines and Moralists
call Virtue and Goodness, nor how much you abstain from those Things, which
they call Sin and Vice. But daily and hourly, in every Step that you take,
see to the Spirit that is within you, whether it be Heaven, or Earth that
guides you. And judge every Thing to be Sin and Satan, in which your
earthly Nature, own Love, or Self-seeking has any Share of Life in you; nor
think that any Goodness is brought to Life in you, but so far as it is an
actual Death to the Pride, the Vanity, the Wrath, and selfish Tempers of
your fallen, earthly Life.
- Jesus Is Our Only Salvation His Sufferings, his Death, and
Cross, were the Fullness of his Victory over all the Works of the Devil.
Not an Evil in Flesh and Blood, not a Misery of Life, not a Chain of Death,
not a Power of Hell and Darkness, but were all baffled, broken, and
overcome by the Process of a suffering, and dying Christ. Well therefore
may the Cross of Christ be the Glory of Christians.
- Christ, the Second Adam Mankind, as such, must of all
Necessity be born of, and have that Nature which it hath from a Man. And
this is the true Ground, and absolute Necessity of the one Mediator, the
Man Christ Jesus. For seeing Mankind, as such, must have that Birth and
Nature which they have from Man; seeing they never could have had any
Relation to Paradise, or any Possibility of partaking of it, but because
they had a paradisiacal Man for their Father.
- More than Knowing Every Kind of Virtue and Goodness may be
brought into us by two different Ways. They may be taught us outwardly by
Men, by Rules and Precepts; and they may be inwardly born in us, as the
genuine Birth of our own renewed Spirit. In the former Way, as we learn
them only from Men, by Rules and Documents of Instruction, they at best
only change our outward Behaviour and leave our Heart in its natural State,
and only put our Passions under a forced Restraint, which will occasionally
break forth in spite of the dead Letter of Precept and Doctrine.
- The Spirit of Love Delivers Us I would have you judge of
your State of Love by these Angelic Tempers, and not by any Fervour or Heat
that you find in yourself. For just so much, and so far as you are freed
from the Folly of all earthly Affections, from all Disquiet, Trouble, and
Complaint about this, or that, just so much, and so far is the Spirit of
Love come to Life in you.
- The Absolute Importance of Faith God must do all, or all
is nothing; but God cannot do all, till all is expected from Him; and all
is not expected from Him, till by a true and good Despair of every human
Help, we have no Hope, or Trust, or Longing after any Thing but a patient,
meek, humble, total Resignation to God.
- True Yieldedness to God Stand turned to this patient,
humble Resignation, for this is your true Performance of this Duty at that
Time; and though you may have no comfortable Sensibility of your performing
it, yet in this State you may always have one full Proof of the Truth and
Reality of it, and that is, when you seek for Help no other Way, nor in any
Thing else, neither from Men nor Books, but wholly leave and give up
yourself to be helped by the Mercy of God. And thus, be your State what it
will, you may always have the full Benefit of this short and sure Way of
resigning up yourself to God. And the greater the Perplexity of your
Distress is, the nearer you are to the greatest and best Relief, provided
you have but Patience to expect it all from God. For nothing brings you so
near to Divine Relief, as the Extremity of Distress.
- The Entrance of Evil into the World By the nature of his
state, Man had his trial, or power of choosing, whether he would live as an
angel, using only his outward body as a means of opening the wonders of the
outward world to the glory of his creator; or whether he would turn his
desire to the opening of the bestial life of the outward worldling himself,
for the sake of knowing the good and evil that was in it. The fact is
certain, that he lusted after the knowledge of this good and evil, and made
use of the means to obtain it.
- The Need for a New Birth Nothing could possibly be the
redemption, or recovery of man, but regeneration alone. His misery was his
having lost the life and light of heaven from his soul, and therefore
nothing in all the universe of nature, but a new birth of that which he had
lost, could be his deliverance from his fallen state.
- The Life of Christ in Us Do not all Christians desire to
have Christ to be their savior? Yes. But here is the deceit; all would have
Christ to be their savior in the next world, and to help them into heaven
when they die, by his power, and merits with God. But this is not willing
Christ to be thy savior; for his salvation, if it is had, must be had in
this world; if he save thee, it must be done in this life, by changing and
altering all that is within thee, by helping thee to a new heart, as he
helped the blind to see, the lame to walk, and the dumb to speak. For to
have salvation from Christ, is nothing else but to be made like unto him;
it is to have his humility and meekness, his mortification and self-denial,
his renunciation of the spirit, wisdom, and honors of this world, his love
of God, his desire of doing Gods will, and seeking only his honor.
- The Pearl of Eternity when God has all that he should have
of thy heart, when renouncing the will, judgment, tempers and inclinations
of thy old man, thou art wholly given up to the obedience of the Light and
Spirit of God within thee, to will only his will, to love only in his love,
to be wise only in his wisdom, then it is, that everything thou doest is as
a song of praise, and the common business of thy life is a conforming to
Gods will on earth, as angels do in heaven.
- The One Way of Salvation All the activity of man in the
works of self-denial has no good in itself, but is only to open an entrance
for the one only good, the Light of God, to operate upon us.