Jesus came to impart to the human soul the Holy Spirit, by which the love of God is shed abroad in the heart; but it is impossible to endow men with the Holy Spirit, who are set in their ideas, whose doctrines are all stereotyped and unchangeable, who are walking after the traditions and commandments of men, as were the Jews in the time of Christ. They were very rigorous in following their forms, but they were destitute of vitality and religious devotion.
The gospel of Christ could not be placed in their hearts; for there was no room to contain it. Christ was obliged to seek elsewhere. . . .He must find men who were willing to have regeneration of heart.
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