These pages address themselves pointedly and strongly to that essential principle of vital religion—the experimental. We really know as much of the gospel of Christ, and of the Christ of the gospel, as by the power of the Holy Ghost we have the experience of it in our souls....To apprehend, in some measure, the value, the glory, and the preciousness of the Lord Jesus, and, as a consequence, to esteem Him above all good, to reflect His image, to labor in His service—this is spiritual life.
The author elucidates such “precious” things as Christ, faith, trials, God’s thoughts, divine promises, the blood of Christ, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, God’s children, God’s Word, prayer, Christ’s sympathy with our infirmities, and the death of the saints.
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Octavius Winslow (1808-1878) was born in London, England, and reared in New York. He was ordained as a pastor in 1833 and held pastorates in New York, Leamington Spa, Bath, and Brighton. A prolific author, his devotional writings exhibit his Reformed, experiential convictions and distinctive, warm, ardent style.