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.


  • GIfts: Parts and abilities in Religion, no sign of grace, 111
    • Explicatory considerations, ib.
    • Why men are prone to relie on them: 112
    • Their insufficiency as signs, 114
  • Page  [unnumbered] Common Gifts of the Spirit are not sanctifica∣tion, 397
  • Gods unwillingness to damn men proved, and Objections answered, 404
    • Dominion over mens hearts asserted, 506
    • Seen in the way of Providence, 507
      • Justice, 508
      • Grace, 509
  • God in conversion works after an omnipotent, efficacious and irresistible manner, 570
  • Godly men are careful and tender about Gods worship, and why, 559, 562
    • Conscientious in all duties of equity and righteousness, 564
  • Gospel cals are a feast, 629
    • Yet refused by many, 631
  • Government of the world misunderstood, a cause of senslesness of conscience, 341
  • A being in the state of Grace may by signs be evidenced, 17
  • Concerning inherent Grace, 37
    Signs or Marks of Grace, vid. Signs.
  • Of divers sorts, 38
  • Its Effects or Properties considered Absolute∣ly or Relatively, 40
  • To be known and evidenced by its fruits, 43, &c.
  • Assurance received from it depends not upon humane testimony, 51
  • Infallibly evidenced by a respect to Gods
    • Commandments, 61, &c.
    • With many other Signs, vide Signs.
  • How it establisheth the heart, 311
  • That there is such a work of God upon mans heart, 322
  • It cannot justifie, 323
  • The reason of the name Grace given to in∣ward holiness. 324
  • How it opposeth sin, 326
  • Its effects in a man, 328
  • Some excellent properties of it, 332
  • The counterfeit of it, viz. Moral Vertue, 334
  • Vouchsafed sometimes to the greatest sinners 369
  • Gods ends in it, ibid.
  • Makes a great change, 372
  • Is an inward and deep work, 533
  • What reacheth not to it, 534
  • What this inward work is, 535
  • Signs and Effects of it, 537
  • First brings in inward principles, and then causeth holy actings, 538
  • Why God takes this method, 540
  • Inward principles of grace will appear in the life, 543
  • Exciting and actuating is necessary after con∣verting, 549
  • Great men of the world often rejected by God, and why, 622, &c.
  • Growth in grace a sign of grace, 84
  • The nature of it in its necessity, from an inward principle of life, &c. 86
  • How evidenced, 88
  • False Growth, 90