against it. Only thus much is deducible from the wholematter, that they clearly saw themselves concerned to do manyworthy thmgs, which they found themselves wholly unable todo without the help of divine power, or at least some powermuch superior to their own.ow what these ignorant heathens blundered about, touch-ing this great debilitation of human nature to great and goodactions, (a thing owned and agreed to by the common expe-rience of the most considering part oi mankind,) having beenfirst taught the world (though more obscurely) by Moses, hasbeen since more fully and clearly declared to the Christianchurch (and that above all Pelagian or Socinian oppositionwhatsoever) by our blessed Saviour himself. For as thebooks of Moses and of the prophets do assure us, that manwas at the first created perfect in all his faculties, and strongin his inclinations to good ; and that by the fidl of our firstparents the entireness of these perfections was lost, both tothemselves and to their posterity ; so the gospel (like a tabulapost naufragium) informs us, that the great design of theRedeemer of the world was to repair these sad breaches madeupon man's nature ; (so &r as it was necessary to the grandpurposes of man's salvation ;) and that to effect this, (amongstother things which he purchased of his Father by his merito-rious death,) he procured the assistance and abode of hisSpirit to be in us, as it is in John xiv. 17 ; and to dweB in us,Rom. viii. 9 ; and to help our infirmities, as in Bom. viii. 526 ;and, in a word, to lecui us into aU truth, in John xvi. IS ; andso to be, as it were, an universal assisting genius more or lessto all mankind.It being clear, therefore, firom these and the like places of scripture, that the Spirit of God, in some degree, leads andhelps all men, though more eminently and peculiarly some;I shall cast the prosecution of the words under these fourheads. As,1. 1 shall shew how the Spirit is said to be in men.