About the Author
Jeremiah Burroughs (1600-1646) harmoniously combined in his own person qualities that might be considered incompatible: a fervent zeal for doctrinal purity and worship and a peaceable spirit which longed and labored for Christian unity. It is said that his heart was broken by the divisions among the Puritan reformers in the 1640s and that this contributed to his premature death at age forty-six.
A paradox of Christianity is the fact that Christians are constantly under assault from the world, the flesh, and the devil but they are called to live a peaceable life and not to seek after unprofitable struggles. Burroughs deals with this puzzle directly in this book on Numbers 14:24. The one time spy Caleb was known for his gracious spirit and partly for that reason, he was allowed to go into the Promised Land. But what does it mean to have an excellent and a gracious spirit? That is the question that is answered in this book through 17 chapters on what a good spirit is and how a person can follow God fully.
Burroughs is not only a good theologian and expositor of the Scriptures but he is an author that can bring out the practical applications of his theology. For that reason, I appreciate his writings and his conclusions. His theology is sound but his exhortations are convicting to anyone that may not be seeking after God as they should. This book is rooted firmly in Scripture and I highly recommend it to be read by all people that desire a deeper knowledge of the type of spirit that will please God. - pbcook