The first book published by Jeremiah Burroughs, The Excellency of a Gracious Spirit presents a practical exposition of Numbers 14:24: “Caleb…had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully.” With theological precision, Burroughs discerns the significance of having an outstanding spirit and what it means to follow God fully. He goes on to describe the superiority of this gracious spirit and evangelical devotion and to apply it with pastoral care. The result is a spiritual classic that will challenge you to fear the Lord and find your greatest possession to be a spirit activated and motivated by His grace.
The Epistle Dedicatory
To the Christian Reader
A Gracious Spirit Is a Choice and Precious Spirit
A Gracious Spirit Follows God Fully
“Reader, swallow this book as Ezekiel did his roll, and you shall be enabled to do as much. Fill your spirit with the precious truths contained in this little treatise, and you shall find your drooping spirit to receive a heavenly warmth to come upon you, and a holy boldness thrusting you forward for God
and godliness. Wickedness is too bold and godliness too shamefaced. It has lost and suffered much through men’s cowardliness. Read, meditate, and feast your spirit with what you herein find, and you may walk bold as a lion through the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. You shall daunt wickedness itself and make religion truly beautiful and honorable.”
—William Greenhill, from the foreword
About the Author
Jeremiah Burroughs (1599–1646) was a member of the Westminster Assembly and represented the Independent churchmen. He was full of deep insights into the Word of God and extremely pastoral in his exposition.
During his life, Burroughs was loved for his preaching and gentle spirit and was persecuted for his nonconformity to the Church of England. Forced to flee to Holland and Rotterdam for a time, he eventually returned to England and preached to congregations in Stepney and Cripplegate in London, two of the largest congregations in England.