PART II: SHOWING WHAT ARE NO CERTAIN SIGNS THAT RELIGIOUS AFFECTIONS ARE GRACIOUS, OR THAT THEY ARE NOT.
I. That religious affections are very great, or raised very high, is no sign
II. That they have great effects on the body, is no sign
III. That they cause those who have them to be fluent, fervent, and abundant, in talking of the things of religion, is no sign
IV. That persons did not excite them of their own contrivance and by their own strength, is no sign
V. That they come with texts of Scripture, remarkably brought to the mind, is no sign
VI. That there is an appearance of love in them, is no sign
VII. Persons having religious affections of many kinds, accompanying one another, is no sign
VIII. That comforts and joys seem to follow awakenings and convictions of conscience, in a certain order, is no sign
IX. That they dispose persons to spend much time in religion, and to be zealously engaged in the external duties of worship, is no sign
X. That they much dispose persons with their mouths to praise and glorify God, is no sign
XI. That they make persons that have them exceeding confident that what they experience is divine, and that they are in a good estate, is no sign
XII. That the outward manifestations of them, and the relation persons give of them, are very affecting and pleasing to the godly, is no sign
PART III. SHOWING WHAT ARE DISTINGUISHING SIGNS OF TRULY GRACIOUS AND HOLY AFFECTIONS.
I. Truly gracious affections arise from divine influences and operations on the heart
II. Their ground is the excellent nature of divine things, not self-interest
III. They are founded on the loveliness of the moral excellency of divine things.
IV. They arise from the mind’s being enlightened to understand or apprehend divine things.
V. They are attended with a conviction of the reality and certainty of divine things.
VI. They are attended with evangelical humiliation.
VII. They are attended with a change of nature.
VIII. They are attended with the lamblike, dovelike spirit and temper of Jesus Christ
IX. They are attended with a Christian tenderness of spirit.
X. They have beautiful symmetry and proportion.
XI. The higher they are raised, the more is a longing of soul after spiritual attainments increased.
XII. They have their exercise and fruit in Christian practice