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PRINCIPLES OF THE INTERIOR OR HIDDEN LIFE,

DESIGNED PARTICULARLY FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING ASSURANCE OF FAITH AND PERFECT LOVE.

 

BY THOMAS C. UPHAM.

1843

 

It is the object of the present Work to aid in promoting Holy Living. It will be noticed, that the principles of the Work take for granted, and every where imply, that man ought to be, and may be holy. Holiness is the one great thing, for which, above all others, man should live. It has been my desire in the following pages, some of which have already appeared in a periodical publication, to promote this great result.

There are reasons of a personal nature, why I should not have written. There are other reasons, which none can appreciate but myself, which seemed to me imperatively to require it. If what is said is true, nothing but good can ultimately flow from it. If it be otherwise, it is my earnest supplication that He, who can bring good out of evil, will overrule the mistakes of human infirmity to the glory of his own name.

 

Thomas C. Upham.

CONTENTS

 

1. Some marks or traits of the hidden life

22. The providences of God considered as interpreters of the inward operations of the Holy Spirit

2. On the doctrine of holiness

23. Suggestions to aid in securing the guidance of the Holy Spirit

3. Directions to aid in the attainment of holiness

24. Evidences of being guided by the Holy Spirit

4. On the relation of natural and religious faith

25. On the voice of God in the interior solitude of the soul

5. Appropriating faith

26. Of the excision and crucifixion of the natural life

6. Of disinterested or pure love in distinction from interested love

27. Of the new life in the image of Christ

7. On the love of our neighbor and of ourselves

28. On the true idea of spiritual liberty

8. On the distinction between love and joy

29. On the state of inward recollection

9. On the distinction between natural and spiritual joy

30. On growth in holiness

10. Some marks or characteristics of perfection of love

31. On the confession of sin

11. On the act or covenant of religious consecration

32. Remarks on interior trials and desolations

12. Of assurance of faith

33. On the necessity of possessing the gifts and graces of God in purity of spirit

13. Relation of consecration to assurance of faith

34. On the principle of inward quietude or stillness

14. Relation of assurance of faith and perfect love

35. Additional remarks on the state of interior stillness

15. Considerations on the life of faith

36. On spiritual cooperation with God

16. Of a life of special signs and manifestations, as compared with a life of faith

37. Distinction between impulses and a sanctified judgment

17. On the entire subjection of the will

38. On the grace of silence as a means of sustaining a holy life

18. On the joy of faith in the want and desolation of all things else

39. On the true idea of interior annihilation or nothingness

19. On the nature of the temptations of a sanctified heart

40. On the state of union with God

20. “Believe that ye receive, and ye shall have”

41. On varieties of Christian character

21. On the dispensation of the Holy Ghost

42. Religious maxims