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BY THE REV.J. CLOWES, M. A.
Rector of St. Jolin's Church, Manchester, and late Fellow of Trinity

College, Cambridge.

Whoso readeth, let him understand. Matt. xxiv. 15.

MANCHESTER:

PRINTED BY J. GLEAVE, DEANSGATE.
AND SOLD BY H. HODSON, 15, CROSS-STREET, HATTON-

GARDEN, LONDON;
ALSO BY J. & W. CLARKE, MANCHESTER, AND ALL OTHER

BOOKSELLERS,

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PREFACE.

The general design of the following pages is to illustrate the divine declaration of Jesus Christ to His disciples, where He says, The words that I speuk unto you are spirit, and are life, [John vi. 63.] by pointing out more distinctly what is to be understood by the spirit and life which replenish and constitute the words of the GREAT SAVIOUR, and by thus endeavouring to supply the reader with a just idea of the proper discriminate marks and characters of those two grand essentials of divine inspiration and revelation, called Spirit and Life.

In connection with this general design is also a particular one, resulting from the above declaration of the INCARNATE God. respecting the constituent principles of His most holy words, and resolving itself into these three several points, 1st, To demonstrate the sanctity and divinity of the

inspired writings, and in what that sanctity and divinity consist, as manifested in the above divine declaration, The words that I speak unto you are

spirit and are life; 2dly, To prove the high authority stamped on the

theological writings of the Hon. E. Swedenborg, in consequence of their bearing so faithful and luminous a testimony to that sanctity and divinity so manifested ; and

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