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UPON THE OFFICE
THE SALVATION OF MEN.
[by Amérve Serle
The Secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and his
Covenant to make them to know it. Pfalm xxv. 14. Margin.
Zech. iy. 6.
THE following Reflections originated, at some distance from town, in a conversation, with which the author was lately indulged in the company of two pious clergymen. cipal question, which occurred, was ;
Whether a man of the world, one unrenewed and unchanged in heart and life, could really and sincerely desire the gift of divine grace, ex mero motu, or from his own excitement, or (what is quite the fame) without the gracious agency of the Spirit of God.” The text in Luke xi. 13. was quoted; but a doubt arose, how far it could apply to the point before us.
The author was, therefore, led to make this text the ground of inquiry; but, in proceeding upon it, he proposed nothing more than a short