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.


  • ABortives as to the new-birth, Pag. 234
  • Acting grace is requisite as well as converting, 550
    • Following upon the prin∣ciples of grace, make happy, 552
  • Adoption, what of duty, and what of priviledge in it, 237
  • Affections and sweet motions of heart in holy things, consistent with an unregenerate 〈◊〉, 117
    • Several grounds of such temporary affections, 119
      • Why apt to be relied on, 120
      • Their insufficiency, 121
      • Sometimes not the work of the Spirit when thought to be, 129
  • Afflictions, Gods framing this evil, what it means 443
    • Why called evil, 446
    • Of three sorts: Exploratory, 448
      • For sin, but medicinal, ibid.
      • For sin, and destructive, 449
    • Difference between medicinal and penal, ib.
    • How operative to means conversion, 450
  • Assurance, To seek it a duty, 2
    • The benefits or advantage of it, 5
    • Hinderances of it, 9
    • Attainable by signs, &c. with propositions about it. 17
    • Its adjuncts, viz. Possibility, 23, 675
      • Necessity, 24
      • Difficulty, 25
      • Excellency, 26
    • How differenced from presumption, 27
    • What we must do when we want it, 34, 673
    • Why God denieth it to those that have true grace, 35.
    • Justification and Sanctification ought to be sought from their fruits, 43
  • From Signs no argument of weakness and unbelief, 50
  • From graces no relying upon a humane testi∣mony, 51
  • Got by Signs, not useless, 52
  • From an immediate voice from the Spirit questioned, ib.
  • By Signs, freed from absurdity, Impossibility and Difficulty, 53
  • Consisting of a practical Syllogism, is not by meer humane reason, 54
  • In obtaining it by way of Signs, much skill and care is required, 55