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SER. VI.
SPIRIT GIVEN TO EVERY

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“Ye are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” Eph. ii. 20.

“As a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.” 1 Cor. iii. 10.

again.

“Though we, or an Angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Gal. i. 8, 9.

This important mass of evidence, it will be remembered, is wholly independent of the miracles which were wrought by the Apostles, and which, of themselves are irrefragable evidence of their divine commission. In speaking of a mass of evidence, we would observe, that generally each passage is brought forward as being of itself a distinct and full proof; and we would affectionately recommend some of our younger readers in particular, to test them as they go along. We believe this would be a valuable means of fixing some of the great and precious doctrines of the Gospel more permanently in their minds.

There is a portion of the Spirit given to every rational creature under heaven.” — This assertion appears to be made on the ground of the perversion of the passage, 1 Cor. xii. 7: — “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal,” and is a humbling proof of the propensity to wrest the Scriptures, for the sake of establishing a favourite doctrine. Was it not to the church of God at Corinth —