INTERIOR OR HIDDEN LIFE.
DESIGNED PARTICULARLY FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THOSE
WHO ARE SEEKING ASSURANCE OF FAITH
AND PERFECT LOVE.
THOMAS C. UPHAM
WAITE, PIERCE, AND COMPANY,
No. 1, CORNHILL.
It is the object of the present Work to aid in promoting Holy Living. It will be noticed, that the principles of the Work take for granted, and every where imply, that man ought to be, and may be holy. Holiness is the one great thing, for which, above all others, man should live. It has been my desire in the following pages, some of which have already appeared in a periodical publication, to promote this great result.
There are reasons of a personal nature, why I should not have written. There are other reasons, which none can appreciate but myself, which seemed to me imperatively to require it. If what is said is true, nothing but good can ultimately flow from it. If it be otherwise, it is my earnest supplication that He, who can bring good out of evil, will overrule the mistakes of human infirmity to the glory of his own name.
— Thomas C. Upham.
EDITOR'S NOTE: I am thankful to Google Books and archve.org for making scanned copies of all of Thomas Cogswell Upham's books available. Upham (1799–1872) is an interesting character, and his holiness books are some of the most significant ones that were written in the 19th Century. Upham was a Congregationalist minister and academic who discovered the message of christian perfection through the ministry of Phoebe Palmer. Upham served as Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy at the Bowdoin College from 1825-1868. He not only taught this subject, he wrote the primary textbook on the subject: Elements of Mental Philosophy (2 Volumes). To put it another way: Upham was teaching psychology long before the discipline had that name. His textbook on Mental Philosophy was reprinted more than 50 times, going through various editions, over a period of more than 70 years. Thus, Upham's thinking was incredibly influential in its day. At the urgings of his wife, Upham attended some of the meetings led by Phoebe Palmer for the promotion of Christian holiness. Here he encountered the message and experience of entire sanctification. After this, he wrote several books explaining, defending and recommending this experience. His way of understanding psychological issues is structured differently than our present understanding — it may take a while to get used to his categories. Once this adjustment is made, however, the reader will discover many helpful insights in his writings.
Most — if not all — the chapters of this book originally appeared as a series of articles called "Principles of the Interior Life" in the 19th Century periodical The Guide to Holiness.
While searching around at Google books I discovered that the second edition (1844) of this book is substantially different than the first edition (1843). The chapters in the second edition were rearranged into 3 parts, and new chapters were added. Having looked at both, I felt that the second edition was a significant improvement. So, this online version is based on that edition.
(I have corrected some, but not all, of the spelling in the original to conform to contemporary spelling.)
— Craig L. Adams
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ON THE INWARD LIFE IN ITS CONNECTION WITH FAITH AND LOVE.
- Some marks or traits of the hidden life
- On the doctrine of holiness
- Directions to aid in the attainment of holiness
- On the act or covenant of religious consecration
- On faith, especially appropriating faith
- Consecration to be followed by the faith of acceptance
- Of assurance of faith
- Relation of consecration to assurance of faith
- Relation of assurance of faith and perfect love
- Considerations on the life of faith
- Of a life of special signs and manifestations as compared with a life of faith
- Of disinterested or pure love in distinction from interested love
- On the love of our neighbor and of ourselves
- On the distinction between love and joy
- On the distinction between natural and spiritual joy
- On the nature and relations of emotional experience
- Some marks or characteristics of perfection of love
- On the joy of faith in the want and desolation of all things else
- On the nature of the temptations of a sanctified heart
THE LIFE OF FAITH AND LOVE FOLLOWED BY THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE LIFE OF NATURE.
- On the distinction between justification and sanctification
- Remarks on unrestrained and inordinate desires
- On the proper relation of the appetites
- On the nature and regulation of the propensive principles
- On the regulation of the principle of self love
- On the nature and regulation of the social principle
- On the nature and regulation of the principle of curiosity
- On the grace of silence as the means of sustaining a holy life
- On the nature and regulation of the affections
- Of the excision and crucifixion of the natural life
- On the necessity of possessing the gifts and graces of God in purity of spirit
- Remarks on interior trials and desolations
- Of the new life in the image of Christ
- On the true idea of spiritual liberty
- On growth in holiness
- On the confession of sin
ON INWARD DIVINE GUIDANCE.
- On the dispensation of the Holy Ghost
- The providences of God considered as interpreters of the inward operations of the Holy Spirit
- Suggestions to aid in securing the guidance of the Holy Spirit
- Distinction between impulses and a sanctified judgment
- On spiritual cooperation with God
- Evidences of being guided by the Holy Spirit
- On the state of inward recollection
- On the inward utterance, or the voice of God in the soul
- Spiritual bread, or the doctrine of receiving by faith
- On the principle of inward quietude or stillness
- Additional remarks on the state of interior stillness
- On the true idea of interior annihilation or nothingness
- On the state of union with God
- On varieties of christian character
- Religious maxims