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and which will communicate its unction to the hearts of those who are sincerely seeking spiritual nourishment. Nor must their evangelical simplicity be overlooked, which renders them suitable for the edification of every denomination and class of Christians.
The Translator is well aware of the superabundance of printed discourses in this country, and how superfluous it may seem to add to their number. But, as far as his own observation extends, such of them as are directed solely to the promotion of advancement in spirituality and Christian experience, continue to be read and appreciated. The individual who is desirous of obeying the apostolic injunction, not to continue cleaving exclusively to the mere rudiments of the doctrine of Christ, but to go forward towards perfection, feels the want of spiritual food appropriate to such a state. Being no longer sa babe in Christ,” milk is no longer a suitable aliment for him; he requires stronger food, by which he may
be enabled to overcome the difficulties which place themselves before him at every step, and to bear the heat and burden of the day. He needs a light, to point out more clearly to him the path in which he ought to
walk, and to set more conspicuously before his eyes, the prize of his high calling of God in Christ Jesus. He requires to be cheered and encouraged at the contemplation of the labour and suffering still to be endured, and the enemies still to be overcome; and for these purposes the exhortations and directions of one, who made such great attainments in the divine life, as the pious author of these discourses, will be found consolatory, invigorating, and useful.
That they may be thus blessed, and promote the edification of every reader, is the sincere wish and prayer of
HERNE HILL, SURREY,
your spirit, which are God's. i Cor. vi. 19, 20...