Spiritual refining: or A treatise of grace and assurance Wherein are handled, the doctrine of assurance. The use of signs in self-examination. How true graces may be distinguished from counterfeit. Several true signs of grace, and many false ones. The nature of grace under divers Scripture notions or titles, as regeneration, the new-creature, the heart of flesh, vocation, sanctification, &c. Many chief questions (occasionally) controverted between the orthodox and the Arminians. As also many cases of conscience. Tending to comfort and confirm saints. Undeceive and convert sinners. Being CXX sermons preached and now published by Anthony Burgess sometime fellow of Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge, and now pastor of the church of Sutton-Coldfield in Warwickshire.
Burgess, Anthony, d. 1664.
SECT. XII. Handling the work of Grace under the Title of Vocation, or Calling.
- SERMON XCIX. Rom. 8. 30. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called, &c. The nature of Vocation opened, in respect of the efficient and in∣strumental causes of it.
- SERMON C. Holding forth the nature of vocation or divine calling.
- SERMON XCI. A further Explanation of the nature of effectual calling, by shew∣ing from what, and to what God calls us: As also, the Epithets the Scripture gives it.
- SERMON CII. Contains some choice properties or effects that accompany effectu∣al vocation, whereby men may examine and try themselves whether they be so called or no.
- SERMON CIII. 1 Cor. 1. 26. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called. Sitrring up to serious and fixed Meditations upon this calling, in re∣spect of the manner and time of it, and the persons called.
- SERMON CIV. Of true spiritual wisdom, the nature and properties of it, discover∣ing who are the real wise men in the world.
- SERMON CV. Wise men after the flesh Characterized, and (by God for the most part) rejected.
- SERMON CVI. Reasons why God passeth by Humane wisdom, with the difference between it and true spiritual wisdom: Also, the commendation of Humane Learning, and how necessary it is for a Minister.
- SERMON CVII. Of the consistency of earthly greatness and nobility with godliness: And yet notwithstanding, how rare it is for such men to be cal∣led and saved.
- Page [unnumbered] SERMON CVIII. Mat. 22. 14. For many are called, but few are chosen. The Gospel feast, and who are welcome Guest, and who not.
- SERMON CIX. That most of those that are called, come short of what is absolutely necessary: And who they be.
- SERMON CX. A plea for stickness in Religion.
- SERMON CXI. Of Election and Reprobation, and of the fewness and properties of those that are chosen, answering the Objections of men, and clearing the Justice of God.
- SERMON CXII. More signs and effects of Election, with directions to those that are overwhelmed with thoughts and fears whether they are elected or no.
- SERMON CXIII. Ephes. 4. 1. I therefore the Prisoner of the Lord, beseech you, that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. Of Christians walking worthy of their calling, what to walk wor∣thy implyes; and what are the properties and actions that will become and grace our holy calling.
- SERMON CXIV. Of the nature, extent and example of that holiness to which God calls a man.
- SERMON CXV. Of the glorious estate of the Saints in heaven, to which God calls all sinners repenting and believing.
- SERMON CXVI. 2 Pet. 2. 10. Wherefore the rather (Brethren) give all diligence to make your calling and election sure. The Nature, Possibility, Duty and Means of the Assurance of ones effectual calling.
- SERMON CXVII. The possibility and duty of Assurance of our calling demonstrated: Page [unnumbered] And the Reasons why some think a certain assurance impossible; with Answers to the Objections brought against it.
- SERMON CXVIII. The advantages the godly have by assurance: How it may be known from presumption; with directions to the godly that want it.
- SERMON CXIX. Acts 2. 29. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Sheweth in how many respects wicked men (before their effectual Calling) are afar off from God, and consequently miserable.
- SERMON CXX. That not all mankinde are called with a saving call; How absurd it is to hold, That the works of God, the Sun, Moon and Stars, &c. may so call men: And Gods Justice cleared in that point, stirring up all to behold the severity and goodness of the Lord.