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THE

SPIRITUAL LIFE.

BY THE REV.

THOMAS GRIFFITH, M. A.

MINISTER OF RAM'S CHAPEL, HOMERTON.

LONDON:

T. CADELL, STRAND;

HATCHARD AND SON, PICCADILLY;
SEELEY AND SONS, FLEET STREET; AND W. JACKSON,

HACKNEY.

1834.

131.

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PREFACE.

It may conduce to the understanding of the following work to state that the subject is contemplated as forming that grand division of Christianity—the Experimental — to which its Doctrines are introductory, and of which its Duties are the practical result. The one theme of the Christian system appears to me to be The Kingdom of Heaven. The leading idea of Christian Doctrine is the opening of this kingdom to all believers. The distinctive spirit of Christian Experience is a filial confidence of our election to this kingdom.* And the governing principle of Christian Practice is a corresponding zeal for the advancement in ourselves and others, of that holiness by which alone this Kingdom can be ultimately reached.t

* See 2 Thess. ii. 13–15. + See 2 Peter i. 10–12.

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