Volume 4, The Works of George Fox, Doctrinal Books I, Continued
A DECLARATION OF THE DIFFERENCE OF THE MINISTERS OF THE WORD, FROM THE MINISTERS OF THE WORLD, WHO CALL THE WRITINGS THE WORD.
The Ministers of the Word now lay in Prisons, for witnessing Christ the Word, by them who have the Writings, who are filling up the Measure of their Fathers, who had the Writings, and persecuted the Word, and the Ministers of the Word.
—By G. F.
Those who were ministers of the word, took in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things, which were most surely believed among them, which were eye-witnesses from the beginning, and having had a perfect understanding of those things, from the very first to write in order; showing how John was born, how Christ was born, and how they came to fulfill the prophets, and how Christ suffered, and how John suffered, and how the prophets did give testimony of Christ, showing the coming of the just one, and Abraham, and Moses, and David; and how the just one did come to fulfill what was written of him; and how John was sent before to prepare the way; and how Christ was offered up and died, and rose again according to the scriptures, of this the ministers of the word set forth in order a declaration: Matthew, a minister of the word, Mark, a minister of the word, Luke, a minister of the word, and John, a minister of the word. John said in his declaration, (a minister of the word) ,what the word is: God is the word, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God:” John 1:1. He did not say that the declaration was the word, but said in his declaration, God was the word. In the Hebrews the minister of the word said, “Who have spoken unto you the word of God, whose faith follow, considering the end of their conduct, Christ Jesus the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Heb 13:7-8. John, a minister of the word, said, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life; for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifest unto us, that which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you.” 1 John 1:1-3. So that which was from the beginning with the Father, was before paper, and ink, and writings, which the ministers of the word declared forth, and showed unto the saints. Peter, a minister of the word, in his epistle, saw the mockers and scoffers, who spoke the high words in hypocrisy; he declares what the word was, “That by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water, and in the water, whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with the water perished; the heavens and earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly men.” 2 Pet 3:5-7. So this is the word which is kept in store, and by which the heavens were of old, as you may read. The minister of the word, Peter, in his first epistle, which declares of the builders that rejected the corner-stone, such as had the scriptures, he said, “The word of the Lord endures forever, this is the word which is by the gospel preached unto you, being born again not of corruptible seed, but of the incorruptible, by the word of God which lives and endures forever; as new-born babes desiring the sincere milk of the word; in the beginning was the word, that which was from the beginning declare I unto you, the word of the Lord endures forever;” 1 Pet 1:23-25, 2:2. Scripture is writing, and writing does not endure forever; but the word of the Lord endures forever: for all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man is as the flower of the grass that fades away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.
In the epistle to the Hebrews, the minister of the word said there, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high.” Heb 1:2-3. Here you may see that which upholds all things by the word of his power, which the scripture speaks of, is that which was before writings was. Paul, a minister of the word said, “The word is near you, even in your heart and in your mouth, that is the word of faith which we preach, that if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart, that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Then he said, “The scripture said (which are the writings) that whosoever believes in him shall not be ashamed: and the righteousness of faith speaks on this wise; say not in your heart, who shall ascend into heaven? that is, to bring Christ down from above: or, who shall descend into the deep? that is, to bring Christ up again from the dead; but (said he) the word is near you, in your heart, and in your mouth.” This is the word of faith, which he preached, and for preaching this word of faith, they were they persecuted by those who had the writings. The twelve, which were ministers of the word, called the multitude of the disciples, and said unto them, “It was not reason for them to leave the word of God, and serve tables, but they would give themselves continually unto prayer, and to the ministry of the word,” Acts 6:2,4,7, as you may read: and the word of God increased, and the number of the disciples multiplied. In Deuteronomy you may read, “Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, who should go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we might hear it, and do it.” Deu 30:10-14. But the word is unto you in your heart and in your mouth, that you might do it. Again, here you may see where the word is that Moses declared who wrote of Christ, who said, “Like unto me will God raise up a prophet, him shall you hear;” which prophet is the word; and all the prophets from Samuel, and all that have followed after him, likewise foretold of these days of Christ, Acts 3:22-24, whose name is called the word of God. When Peter, a minister of the word, was preaching Christ the word, showing how all the prophets did give witness, that through his name whosoever believed in him should receive remission of sins. While Peter was yet speaking, the Holy Ghost fell on them all that heard the word, Acts 10:43-44, which the prophets gave testimony of.
When the apostle preached the word of God, and most of the whole city came together, the Jews were envious, who had the scripture, and did not know the word that Paul preached; therefore said the apostle, “Beware for fear that that come upon you which is spoken of in the prophets; behold you despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work in which you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.” Acts 13:40-41,46-50. Yet the apostles Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and spoke the word of God, which was often ministered among them that had the scriptures, and told them, “seeing you put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, lo we turn to the Gentiles,” which had not the scriptures, Moses and the prophets; and many of the Gentiles received the word, and so the ministers of the word held forth the covenant of light to the Gentiles, saying, “I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the ends of the earth. Isa 49:6. And when the Gentiles heard this they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord, and as many as were ordained to eternal life, believed. And the word of God was published throughout all the region. But the Jews which had the scriptures, stirred up the devout and honorable women and chief men of the city, and they persecuted Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts, for preaching the word, and against them the apostles shook the dust off their feet,” Acts 13:48-52, as you may read. In the same chapter you may see how the ministers of the word showed the people how that which was written of the word was fulfilled; and that it was said in the same scripture, “You are my Son, this day have I begotten you:” and to this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written, Psa 2:7, Acts 15:15, which showed the coming of Christ, the just one, which the ministers of the word were witnesses of; and John a minister of the word said, that “The word was made flesh, and dwelt among them, and they beheld his glory, as the glory of the only begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth;” John 1:14, but he does not say, that the writings were made flesh, for the Jews that had the writings of Moses and the prophets, persecuted Christ the word. The chief priests, doctors, and the rabbis, and those who had the law ministered forth, and sat in Moses’ seat, had the writings, the scripture, they did not know the word that was made flesh, but said he had a devil. So those who had the writings, the scriptures, were strangers to the word, and did not know the word that was made flesh; but those who saw his glory, were ministers of the word, the only begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth; which same word is now manifest that ever was, Christ the same today, yesterday, and forever. Christ said, “If they call them gods to whom the word of God came, the scripture cannot be broken;” and said Christ, “As it is written in your law, I say you are gods,” [who has an ear may hear this] and also it is written in your law, the testimony of two men is true, I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me bears witness of me, Christ whose name is called, the word of God.
Now the Jews that had the law, and the writings of the prophets, and said they were of the seed of Abraham, and that God was their Father, and they were not born of fornication, these did not know Christ the word that became flesh, as they who are gotten up into the same light of profession in this age. They could not understand Christ's speech, nor hear his word, as they now who have the writings, and know not the word, but put the writings for the word; John 10, and they questioned him whether he was greater than Abraham and the prophets, and said, “Who did he make himself,” John 8. Here they knew not the word (that had the scriptures) that became flesh, as you may read. Many of the Jews, who had the scriptures, said the word was a devil, and said of Christ Jesus, “He has a devil, why do you hear him?” The prophet Jeremiah cried against those who use their tongues, and say, the Lord said, when the Lord never spoke to them; and ran, and the Lord never sent them, as these do that know not the word, and by their lies and their lightness caused the people to err, said the prophet, “What is the chaff to the wheat, said the Lord? Is not my word like a fire, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” Jer 23:28-32. Now that which breaks the rocks in pieces, and is as a fire that burns up, that is the word. He does not say that the letter is so, as a hammer, and as a fire; for though they had got the true prophets' words, yet they did not profit the people, which did not stand in God's counsel. The minister of the word in the epistle to the Hebrews declares, that “The word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb 4:12-13 This is the word, but he does not say so of the letter which kills and open to the eyes of him with whom we have to do. All things being upheld by the word, must needs be naked in his sight, and manifest; and in the beginning was the word, by whom all things were made, which is the word of reconciliation, (namely) “That God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing their sins and trespasses, and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation,” 2 Cor 5:19, which reconciles to God. The minister of the word thus said, who said the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.
Many have the writings as the Jews had, but they cannot witness the word of reconciliation; for the Jews stood against the word of reconciliation, who had the writings, as now the doctors and teachers of the world, who are in the nature of the Jews, have given the Bible the name of Christ, whose name is called, “The word of God,” and persecute them who do not bow to their image. “And he was clothed in a vesture dipped in blood, and his name is called, the word of God;” Rev. 19:13-16, and this, John, minister of the word, declares in his revelation, and said, “The armies which were in heaven followed upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean: and out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations, and rule them with a rod of iron, and he treads the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of the Almighty God: and has on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords.” And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, and his image, nor received his mark in their foreheads, nor their hands; and they reigned with Christ, whose name is “The word of God.” See here now, those who did witness Christ the word of God, were beheaded, and suffered, as you may read in John's testimony of the word, and those who were beheaded for the word. The apostles went into the synagogues of the Jews and temple, and them that held up the synagogues, tithes, and the first priesthood and the temple, they having Moses and the prophets read among them every Sabbath-day, Acts 13:27, the apostle showed them Christ Jesus the word that became flesh, which the prophets prophesied of, which showed the coming of the just one, and of whom Moses wrote. They showed them out of the prophets and Moses, that Jesus was the Christ, whose name was called, “The word of God;” and they hearing the scriptures, the writings, but not knowing the word, were those who hauled out of the synagogues and temple, and persecuted them that were ministers of the word, and they knew not the word though they had Moses and the prophets, and the writings; and the minister of the word did give testimony unto the word of his grace with boldness, speaking in the synagogue and temple; and the priests could tell by the scripture where Christ should be born. When Herod had gathered all the chief priests together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born? Matt. 2:4-5. And the chief priests could tell him by the scripture, in Bethlehem of Judea, it is written, for so said the prophet. Now here the chief priests which had the writings of the prophets and the scriptures, with which they could tell where Christ should be born, and with it give answer to Herod at his demand, yet they knew not the word; but the chief priest mocked him with the Pharisees, and the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and crucify Jesus. Here you may see that neither the chief priests nor elders knew the word, “And all the chief priests and elders, and all the council sought false witness against Jesus to put him to death;” and the chief priests accused him and the elders. Now you may see here the highest of the priests, and those that were elders sought false witness against Jesus the word of God, though they had scriptures, as they do now against them who are witnesses for the word. “And the chief priests assembled together, and the scribes and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest who was called Caiaphas, and consulted together to take Jesus by subtlety and kill him” These had the writing, the scripture, but knew not the word. The chief of the priests, as the chief of the priests and elders (those who have the writings of the prophets, Christ, and the apostles) now cast into prison and seek to put to death, and scourge in the synagogues, and whip and beat, and haul before the magistrates those who witness Christ to be the word, in the synagogues, and the scripture to be a declaration. “And these things shall they do unto you (said Christ) because they have neither known the Father nor me. But these things I have told you, that when the time shall come, you may remember I have told you.” John 16:2-4. So we do remember now Christ's words, and see his prophecy fulfilled in this age; those who have the writings, the scriptures in the synagogues [churches] and temple, haul them out of the synagogues, and persecute them, imprison them, and whip those who witness Christ to be the word, as the writings declare, which they have among them read, every Sabbath-day. But as Christ and the saints said to them which had the writings of the prophets, they did not know the voice of the prophets, nor did they know the Son of God, nor had seen God; Acts 13:27, and likewise the chief priests and the scribes and the elders mocked Christ whose name is called, “The word of God;” John 5:37 here they knew not the word, as they mock now at those who witness Christ the word, and haul them out of their synagogues. The chief priests cannot endure the presence of them who witness Christ the word, nor the elders, but persecute them. The chief priests covenanted with Judas, and bought Christ for thirty pieces of silver, to put him to death. A great multitude came with Judas with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people, Mat 26:47, to take Jesus to murder him. Here the chief priests which had the scriptures, and the elders, knew not the word, but persecuted it, and those who believed in it, and were ministers of it, as the disciples of Christ's testimony declare. Even as the chief priests and elders of the people, who have the writings of the prophets, Christ, and the apostles, now persecute them that believe in the word, and own the word, which the prophets showed the coming of, and the apostles were witnesses of. While Saul was among the chief priests and Jews, he had authority from the chief priests, and a commission, to beat, to punish, and to persecute in every synagogue them that believed in Christ the word. Paul, a minister of the word, declares this in his examination and declaration to Agrippa; Acts 26. When they were put to death for witnessing the word, Saul gave his voice. Now, do not the chief priests incense the multitude against those who witness Christ the word? Are they not hauled out of the synagogues? Have they not authority from the chief priests and elders of the people to haul out of the synagogues and to persecute them that witness Christ the word, and the scriptures a declaration, as you may read.
When the apostle was converted and denied the first priesthood, from which he had his authority to persecute, and witnessed Christ the everlasting priest, whose name is called, “The word of God,” then was he persecuted among them, and with them, and by them that had the writings of Christ that was to come. They sought to put him to death who was a minister of the word, and his end of going into the synagogues was to show them that Jesus was Christ, out of the prophets, and Moses who wrote of him, and showed the coming of him which they had the writings of, but did not know him when he was come, Acts 17:1-3. So the purpose of the apostles going into the synagogues was not to hold them up, nor the temple, but to witness Christ the everlasting priest, the everlasting covenant, and the everlasting offering, and to bring the people to him, to turn them from darkness to light, so that they might come to witness their bodies temples of God, 1 Cor 6:19. So the ministers of the word Christ Jesus went into the synagogues to the ministers of the law and the first priesthood that took the tithes, that held up synagogues and temple; and those who were ministers of the word were hauled forth by the first priesthood; those who held up temple and synagogues hauled them out that were ministers of the word, and knew not the word, and charged them to speak no more in that name, Acts 4:18, among those who had the writings, as you may read, and as the world does now; chief priests which have the writings and the tithes, and the synagogues, are against them that are ministers of the word Christ Jesus, who is the light of the world, and does enlighten every one that comes into the world, that all men through him might believe, who is the word, whose name is called, “The word of God,” and that every man might come to hear that prophet which God has raised up, Christ Jesus, whom Moses prophesied of, and every soul that will not hear this prophet is to be cut off, Deu 18:18-19, Acts 7:37, as you may read; it is not the hearers of the word, but the doers of the word are justified; if therefore you hear and do the same, you are happy. “Be you therefore doers of the word, and not hearers thereof only, deceiving your own selves, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word which is able to save your souls,” James 1:21-22, which is not the letter, nor the writing of the scripture, but the ingrafted word is able to save your souls, which you are to receive with meekness, as you may read. This word the ministers of the word preach, which differ from those who are ministers of the letter, have the writings, and persecute those who are ministers of the word. A minister of the word and spirit has never persecuted persecute anyone.
Christ the word said, that they should be persecuted, and they were persecuted from city to city by those who had the writings of the letter, who did not know the word, which was in the beginning, by whom all things were made, which is the word of reconciliation, (which word now is witnessed among the children of light). They persecuted Christ, the same today, yesterday, and forever? Why do you persecute me, said Christ to Saul, Acts 9:4, who had his authority from the chief priests to persecute. Christ, the word, said: “I was sick and in prison, and you visited me not; I was naked and you clothed me not; and I was hungry and you fed me not; and thirsty and you gave me no drink,” Mat 25:42-45. When did we see you thirsty, or hungry, or in prison? (say they, who have the writings and did not know the word.) Inasmuch as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not unto me. Therefore if you do not visit him in the prison, what will become of you that cast him into prison? where will you stand in the day of judgment, though you have and do profess the writings as the chief priests and scribes did, but were persecutors of the word, and them that were witnesses for the word, as the ministers of the word now are by them who have the writings, but know not the word.
A CRY FOR REPENTANCE, UNTO THE INHABITANTS OF LONDON, CHIEFLY,
And unto all those whose fruits shame their profession, that they may come to Yes and No, in all their communications, and dealings, that their life may judge the world; for who are out of that, are in the evil, and fall into condemnation.
Given forth for the information of the simple, that they may know the say of Life, out of the evil communication which corrupts good manners.
By George Fox
Repent you tradesmen of London, repent you merchants and great men of the city, the day of the Lord's hand is coming upon you, the day of the Lord's wrath is to be poured upon you, who have lived in wickedness, fullness and gluttony, and serving the creature more than the Creator, who is God blessed forever; and serving your lusts more than Christ, and making your bellies your gods, fatting up yourselves with the creature, until you have forgotten God, until you grow proud and wanton. Alas! Do not heap up treasure upon earth, where thieves, and rust, and canker is, but consider all of you what treasure you have in Heaven. You tradesmen, whatever calling you follow, turn to the Lord by repentance. You seamen and fishermen, repent, and put away your evil, and turn to the Lord by repentance, while you have a day of mercy offered you. You poorer sort of people, who are drudging, laboring, and toiling in the earth under the great ones, repent. All you small and great, is not your labor for the mouth and apparel, yet your appetite, your lust and eye is not satisfied.
You teachers of the people, called priests, who have gotten into the high places, repent; and give over deceiving them, that you may be found in the life of what you profess. You rulers and magistrates, of whatever sort, high and low, small and great, repent, repent; that you may be found all in justice and judgment, that this may run down your streets, and in them righteousness reign; and that the streams and floods of ungodliness may not run down, but be stopped. You proud and idle people, men and women, repent, and come to acknowledge the Lord the Creator. You proud of the earth, great rich and small, turn, turn to the Lord. All you lawyers repent, that oppression may be taken off, and unreasonable demands may cease; and mercy may be showed to the helpless, and the jaws of the wicked may be broken, that would worry, and rend, and tear the innocent to pieces, that the oppressed, the needy, and the helpless may be sought out, and of his burden eased, that the Lord may bless you.
All you husbandmen, tillers of the earth, or keepers of cattle, repent, that your minds may be brought out of the earth, and you turned unto the Lord, and that your minds may be brought out of the greediness of gain. You buyers and sellers of cattle, and all others that are greedy of gain, greedy after the earth, greedy after riches, greedy after fashions, for this will men and women destroy one another with lies and flattery, through greediness after gain, and the earth. Repent! The voice and sound of repentance is cried to you all, which reaches to the root of you all. The axe is laid to the root of the tree, and every tree that does not bring forth good fruit to the Lord God, must be cast into the fire; for the cry and voice of repentance is sounded, and sounds to you all, rich and poor, small and great. All tradesmen, lawyers, merchants, seamen, husbandmen, traders among cattle, judges, justices, rulers and magistrates, and you idle people of the land repent, for the day of the Lord's wrath is at hand, his vial is to be poured out on you all. Again, all you tradesmen, merchantmen whatever, or rulers, or judges, or justices, or lawyers, or husbandmen, or buyers or sellers of cattle, keep to yes and no in all your communication; whatever more words than that is from the evil one. Is it not as well to say yes and no, as to use so many words? Is it not good to keep to yes and no, to keep you out of the evil? This is the word of the Lord God to you all whosoever.
Again you tradesmen, merchantmen of all sorts whatsoever, buyers and sellers, do not publish a price upon the thing you sell in exchange, more that what you are willing to take. Is it not better and more ease to complete your business at a word, than to ask double or more? Does not this bring you into many vain words, and compliments, and talk, that fills the vain mind? This is deceitful before God and man. Is it not more savory to ask no more than you are willing to accept for your commodity, to keep yes and no in your communication, when you converse in your calling, than to ask more than you will are willing to take? So is not there the many words in which is the multiplying of sins? This is the word of the Lord to you: ask no more than you will have for your commodity, and keep to yes and no in your communication, and here will be an equal balancing of things, and a consideration before you utter words, and a using of this world, as though you used it not; and a possessing as though you possessed not. So you will come to show a life like christians, and the spirit like christians, and that you are a people in Christ's doctrine, that love his doctrine, which keep to yes and no in your communication; and you will not be a people that are high, and proud, and lofty. So a child shall trade with you as a man, because of the equity, and yes and no, and righteousness, and true weighing of things, and true consideration of things; and people shall not be afraid of one cheating the other, or destroying one the other, where truth and equity is among them, and mercy and righteousness, and no more is set upon the thing than what they will take, who are in their yes and no in their communication. Here is the consideration before words are uttered, and where the power is over the tongue, the life of a christian is seen.
You porters and other laborers, and light and loose people, repent, and all you laboring people whatever, and judges of the earth, repent, repent, and turn to the Lord God, for fear that against you the Lord's hand be turned speedily, and you be found those that are convinced, and do not repent, to give glory to the Lord God, for fear that you are cast into the bed of sickness, and sudden judgments and plagues come upon you. For God is able to abase the pride and vanity of them who have looked to the hills for salvation, who cannot save themselves. Therefore all you that have lived without repentance, whose lives are not changed, you are those who have cumbered the ground; fruitless trees that have not brought forth fruit to God. Therefore the streams of ungodliness, streams of unrighteousness, rivers of wickedness, floods of many waters have been running so up and down the nations of the world, which the woman sat upon, which sits upon the beast. So have christians been an ill savor, their conduct, their communication, who have been out of the yes and no, the righteousness and judgment, and are not at a word in their calling and trading, and commerce with people, for which the heathen which are no christians judge them, as the Gentiles the Jews. Oh you christians, let your ways judge the heathen; let your lives, communication, conduct, judge the heathen; let it not be in the earth, but in heaven; ask no more for the commodity you exchange, than you would have. You tradesmen, buyers and sellers of all sorts, or hirers of laborers, at a word speak, and see before you speak; keep to yes and no in all your communications, this will keep you out of the evil, whatsoever is more comes of evil. With this you will come to answer that of God in the heathen, whom in righteousness God will judge. Alas for you! All your profession of the scriptures, of the apostles', Christ's and prophets' words are futile, if you are found out of the life of the prophets, Christ and the apostles. You are only like the Jews were, of whom Christ said the devil was their father; and as the Pharisees, scribes and priests which Christ cried woe against, called whitened walls and graves, vipers and serpents, venoming and poisoning others, being not in the life the scripture was given forth from, are found such as the apostles spoke of, vain janglers about words, and vain disputers, and bringing the scriptures to oppose one another, and disputing of Christ and the saints' words, bringing scripture as the devil did, and are out of the life that gave it forth, and disputing about the body of Moses, such are in the unrepented state, which eat and drink damnation to themselves, not discerning the Lord's body; therefore you are warned.
This is the word of the Lord God to you all, you rulers of the earth, that righteousness and mercy, judgment and equity may run down, streaming in the nation, that the oppressed may see relief, and the peaceable eased, and the poor and needy may not be turned away, that this may run down all that which is called Christendom, that profess Christ, who is come to reign, and has set up his kingdom in power and authority, and majesty, who raises up jealousy as a man of war against all unrepented ones, that the thoughts of men are full of, and their imaginations and conceivings are at work; but the Lord is risen and rising, who will make waste him that has made desolate, who will judge righteously, according to the secrets of every man's heart, who will enter into the house, bind the strong man, and spoil his goods. The heart of all will I search, said the Lord, the reins of all will I try, the ways of all will I bring to light, the spirits of all will I make manifest, and according to them will I judge, who will make every one to confess that his ways and judgments are righteous, and render to every one a reward according to his works, whether they be good, or whether they be evil; I come quickly, and my reward is with me, said the Lord God Almighty, and there shall nothing escape in the heart, but its secrets shall be revealed, and the things that you have done in the body shall you give account for; I will exalt my kingdom and set it upon the highest throne, to tread dominions and principalities under my feet, who put down the authority, who bear my government upon my shoulders; the Lord our righteousness is his name, who judges according to the secrets of every man's heart, who does enlighten every man that comes into the world, with which he shall see when he does evil, and when he does wrong, which is his condemnation that hates it; but he that loves the light, which he is enlightened withal, and believes in it, shall receive the light of life.
And all you makers of images, and makers of baubles and toys to please the lusts and vanity of people, repent, repent, for fear that God consume you with the vanity. Repent, for fear that God lay you in the dust with them, and make you like unto them. All you that delight in fine houses, and apparel, and the eyes are fixed in those things, repent, for fear that God destroy you with them. All you star-gazers and tellers of fortunes, and drawing people to gaze after your fancy more than after the Lord, repent, and be silent, and cover your lips, and give over your witchcraft, for fear that God cut you off, and destroy you, and make a sudden end of you for your heap of confusion, that has long reigned and ruled against the Lord. God's arm is turned, with which he will gather his people to himself; the furnace is prepared, the oven is provided, and the high buildings shall be laid low, and the cities waste, and without inhabitants. The Lord God is bringing his people to his city, and many are in their way wandering to it; and many are entered into their rest. Therefore to you repenting ones is this, and to you unrepentant ones that you may come to see the way here, out of the earth, into the righteous way and path of life, which leads to God the father of life. And to you this is the word of the Lord God, from him that dwells in that which comprehends the world, and answering this, shall be with that of God in every one of you.
Have not ribbons, jewels, images and baubles carried away the eyes and hearts of people, which brings them to lose sincerity? O repent you whose hearts and eyes are given to vanity, for fear that the Lord comes upon you like mortar and clay, and treads you to pieces like potsherds.
THE WOMAN LEARNING IN SILENCE, OR THE MYSTERY OF THE WOMAN'S SUBJECTION TO HER HUSBAND.
As also the Daughter prophesying, wherein the Lord has fulfilled and is fulfilling what he spoke by the Prophet Joel: “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh,” Given forth by George Fox.
“Quench not the Spirit.” “Despise not Prophesying.” —1 Thes 5:19-20.
Let your women learn in silence, with all subjection; here is a silent learning, a learning in silence; I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be silent; there she is to learn, in the silence, and not to usurp authority over the man, but ask her husband at home. That which usurps authority, the law takes hold of, but if you are led by the spirit, then you are not under the law; Gal 5:18 so I permit not a woman to speak in the church, as said the law. So let the woman learn in silence with all subjection; but I suffer not a woman to usurp authority over the man, but be in all silence; for Adam was formed, then Eve, and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was in the transgression, (read 1 Tim 2.) Nevertheless she shall be saved in child-bearing, if she continue in faith and love, and holiness, with sobriety. Let your women keep silence in the church, for it is not permitted them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also said the law, the women are to be under obedience, and to be silent, and not to speak in the church, as also said the law, which does not permit it. But Christ in the male, and in the female is one, which makes free from the law: “I will pour out my spirit upon sons and daughters, and they shall prophesy;” and if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home, for it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church, which the law forbids, (and commands silence;) it is a shame to allow them to speak in the church. What?Did the word of God come out from you, or did it come unto you only.
Paul, according to the measure given to him, in all his epistles, 2 Pet 3:15-17, speaking in them of things of which some are hard to be understood, which those who are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things, beware for fear that you also be led away with the error of the wicked, and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in grace, and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the end of the law for righteousness sake. Peter, who was unlearned in the letter, yet learned of Christ, says, such as were unlearned wrest the scriptures, and the epistles, being unlearned. The Scribes, Pharisees, great Rabbis, and doctors knew not the scriptures, being not learned of Christ, he who was the life of the prophets, and the end of the law, whom Peter was learned in, knew and preached, whom they knew not; so here the unlearned, who were in the life, confounded all the learned out of the life, and learned of him by whom the world was made, who comprehended all the learning that was in the world. So the unlearned wrest, they are to learn in silence, and not to speak, as said the law, but learn of Christ their husband who makes free from the law, Christ in the male, and Christ in the female.
Husbands love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Wives submit yourselves to your husbands as unto the Lord; the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church, and is the saviour of the body; therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be subject to their own husbands in everything. Husbands love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it, with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, that it should be holy and without blemish; so ought men to love their wives as their own bodies; he that loves his wife, loves himself, for no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes it, and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church, for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones; for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery, I speak concerning Christ and the church, Eph 5:22-33. He that has an ear, let him hear this great mystery; now the unlearned men wrest it, and the unstable, who do not know this great mystery; you that are ignorant of the Lord's work, and the voice of his prophets, who are wondering at the prophesying of the daughters, who make yourselves ignorant of the scriptures, and are wondering at the Lord's prophets, his daughters, which Joel the Lord's prophet spoke of from the Lord, and said the Lord to him, I am the Lord your God, and none else, and my people shall never be ashamed: it shall come to pass after those days, I will pour forth my spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your old men shall dream dreams, and young men shall see visions; and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit, said the Lord.
Here all may see the spirit of the Lord not limited, but upon the handmaids and the servants is the Lord's spirit poured, and to be poured. Many thousands of servants and handmaids witness the spirit of the Lord poured upon them, the word of the Lord fulfilled. Upon the sons and daughters will the Lord pour out his spirit, and they shall prophesy, and many daughters and sons, and young men and old men, witness the spirit of the Lord upon them poured out, that visions are seen, old men dream dreams, and young men see visions, and their sons and their daughters do prophesy, Joel 2:28; and in Acts 2:16-18. The apostles there gathered together, waiting upon the Lord, and the Holy Ghost fell upon them, that were to wait for the spirit. This prophecy of Joel they saw the fulfilling of, yet to the world they were as men drunk. So here the apostles witnessed the fulfilling of the prophets, who are witnesses of Christ, whom the apostles did give testimony of, and did speak of the daughters prophesying; and Philip had four daughters that did prophesy, which the apostle did not forbid; and said the apostle, despise not prophesying. Here the prophet Joel was not against the daughters prophesying, nor the apostles were not against it, but said, despise not prophesying. The Lord said in 1 Chron16: 22. touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm. So you that persecute the daughters, on whom the spirit of the Lord is poured, and believe them not, you are those who despise the prophets, and despise prophesying, and so have broken the apostles' command, who said, despise not prophesying, and show that you are out of the prophets' doctrine, and the apostles' doctrine, standing against the promise of God with all your might, who said, he would pour forth his spirit upon all flesh, and his daughters should prophesy. How can you be established, that believe not the prophets? For believing the prophets they came to be established, as you may read, 2 Chron 20.
So how ignorant of the prophets and promises of God do they, called teachers of the world, make themselves manifest, and how in darkness they appear to the children of light. You who despise prophecy (1 Thess 5:20), and cast the daughters and sons, servants and handmaids into prison, who witness the spirit of the Lord God poured forth upon them, you show that you be out of the apostles' doctrine, and to be strangers to the spirit the scriptures were given forth from, and are ignorant of the church the apostle speaks of, who said let the prophets speak two or three, and let the others judge, and if anything be revealed to one that sits by, let the first hold his peace, for you may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted, and the spirit of the prophets is subject to the prophets, for God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. This order was in the church of the saints, the prophets to speak two or three, and the others to judge; and if anything was revealed to another that sat by, the first held his peace; they might all prophesy one by one, that all might learn and be comforted, and the spirit of the prophets was subject to the prophets, and this was order, and not confusion, in all the churches of the saints, which is disorder and confusion in the churches of the world, who cannot endure a daughter to prophesy, for a daughter might prophesy, and a daughter is a prophetess, whom the spirit of the Lord is poured forth upon, and a son a prophet; for you never read that any of the prophets or apostles were against the daughters which had the spirit of the Lord poured forth upon them, but a daughter might prophesy in the church; for let your prophets speak two or three, and I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, and your daughters shall prophesy.
So you that despise prophesying, despise God's command, and are out of Moses’ light and life, who said, would to God all the Lord's people were prophets, Num11:26, 27, 28,29. Daughters are the Lord's people; and when they were prophesying in the camp, there ran a young man and told Moses, and Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, and one of his young men answered and said, my Lord forbid them; but Moses said unto him, do you envy for my sake? Would to God all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them. Now mark Moses’ answer, how far Moses was from limiting the spirit, that he would have the Lord's spirit put upon them all, and said, would that all the Lord's people were prophets. Now hear you magistrates, priests and people, which do put into prison sons and daughters for prophesying, and the Lord's people, you show a contrary spirit, you show a spirit that has erred from Moses’ spirit, who cannot endure that the spirit of the Lord should be poured upon them, that they should prophesy, but would limit it to learned men, old books, and authors. And Anna the prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, which was about four-score and four years of age, came into the temple, who served God with fasting and prayer night and day, she spoke of Christ to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. Luke 2:36-38. Here was a great testimony made about Jesus by Anna the prophetess; here you may see a daughter, who gave testimony of Jesus, who would be, and is a wonder in this our age, to see a woman of eighty-four years of age to speak of Jesus to all them that look for redemption in Jerusalem, as she did; the wicked ones would say, put her in prison, into prison with her would the priests say. And Paul, the minister of God, in Phil 4:2-3, there he entreats his true yoke-fellow to help those women which labored with him in the gospel, as you may there read. The women were joined with the other fellow-laborers, whose names are written in the book of life; and in Rom16 there you may see Priscilla and Aquila, Paul's helpers in Christ Jesus, who for his life laid down their necks. Here the wife Priscilla was an instructor, and was one of them that laid down their necks, and a helper in Christ Jesus; she and Aquila took Apollos, and expounded to him the way of God more perfectly, Acts 18:24-26, one who taught in the synagogue was instructed by her and him in the way of God more perfectly; at these you synagogue-teachers scoff, to be instructed by a woman, and you that forbid a woman to speak that has the spirit of the Lord, you forbid scripture. For Aquila and Priscilla had a church in their house, and the church in Priscilla and Aquila's house was to be greeted, 1 Cor 16:19, who were instructors; and in the aforesaid chap. Acts 18, he that was speaking boldly in the synagogue, witnessing Christ the second priest, the end of the first priesthood, that took tithes, the law, the offering, and the temple, Priscilla and Aquila expounded to him the way of God more perfectly, and the apostle Paul, a minister of the Lord, who witnessed the daughter's prophesying, said, I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea, that you receive her in the Lord as becomes saints, that you assist her in what business she has need of, for she has been a scourer of many, and of myself also, Rom 16:1-2. This was Phebe the sister, the servant of the church, which was to be received in the Lord, and assisted in whatsoever business she had need. And said the apostle, as touching Priscilla and Aquila his fellow-laborers in Christ Jesus, who laid down their necks for his life, unto whom he gave thanks, and not only he did give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Here you may see the account Aquila and Priscilla were in, who laid down their necks for the apostle, how thank-worthy they were; and Mary, in verse 6. was to be greeted, who bestowed much labor on the apostle.
You that cannot own the prophesying of the daughters, the women-laborers in the gospel, you are such as the apostle speaks of in the same chapter, which serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but your own bellies, and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple, Rom 16, for these had departed from obedience, who the apostle speaks of, and your disobedience is missing to the apostles' doctrine, who cannot endure the prophesying of the sons and daughters, whom the spirit of the Lord is poured upon, Joel 2:28. Mary Magdalene saw Jesus after his resurrection, which on the first day of the week came to the sepulcher, and when she saw Jesus, she knew not that it was he, and said unto him, "master." Jesus said unto her, "touch me not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, but go unto my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto your Father, and my Father, unto your God, and my God." Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and he had spoken these things unto her; the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, the disciples were assembled, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said, peace be among you. Now here all may see that it was Mary Magdalene that was sent to declare his resurrection, and she was to tell the brethren (the disciples) where Christ was to go, to his Father, and our Father, his God, and our God, where her testimony was received. Now you that make a scoff and a wonder at a woman's declaring, you may see that it was Mary that first declared Christ after he was risen.
So be ashamed forever, and let all your mouths be stopped forever, that despise the spirit of prophecy in the daughters, and do cast them into prison, and do hinder the women-laborers in the gospel; and said the apostle, Christ in the male and in the female; and if Christ be in the female as well as in the male, is not he the same? And may not the spirit of Christ speak in the female as well as in the male? Is he there to be limited? Who is it that dare limit the holy one of Israel? For the light is the same in the male, and in the female, which comes from Christ, he by whom the world was made, and so Christ is one in all, and not divided; and who is it that dare stop Christ's mouth? who now is come to reign in his sons and daughters, Christ in the male, and Christ in the female? You that will not have him to reign in the female as well as in the male, you are against scripture, and will not have him to reign over you, 2 Cor 13. For that male in whom Christ does reign, rule and speak, he will own Christ in the female, there to reign, to rule and speak, and come to see the apostle's doctrine, a minister of Christ and of God, and not made by the will of man, who said, that Christ was in the male and in the female, Christ all in all, and Christ in you, except you be reprobates. Now you that be reprobates, in whom Christ does not reign nor rule, cannot endure that Christ should be in the female nor in the male, but them you will haul into prison, and yet profess the words, as the Pharisees did, to whom Christ said, I was sick, and in prison, and you visited me not; and I was naked and hungry, and you clothed me not, nor fed me. Now they which might have scripture, and would not have Christ to reign, said, when saw we you in prison, or naked, and hungry, and we clothed you not, or visited you not? Inasmuch as you did it not to the least of these, you did it not unto me, said Christ. So if they who visited him not in prison, who might have the scriptures to talk of, of Christ that was to come, as you have of Christ which is come, and would not have him reign, as you will not now; such were to go into punishment prepared for the devil and his angels. If such punishment came upon them that visited him not, when he was cast into prison, what will come upon you that do cast him into prison?
But Christ is come to reign, he by whom the world was made, who was before the world was made, who now reigns in his sons and daughters, and in the male and in the female, that the glory is seen that the Son had with the Father before the world began, which glory those males and females that receive Christ do see, and the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, whether it be son or daughter that prophesies, for the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets, and the prophets may speak one by one in the true church, and the daughter may prophesy as well as the son. Now every one having a light from Christ Jesus, the Son of God, him by whom the world was made, being turned to the light, turned to Christ, him by whom the world was made, sees him the prophet, whom God has raised up, which Moses spoke of, who is the end of the prophets, and with the light sees Christ, the gift of God, the promise of the Father; and receiving him, you will see with the light such as act contrary to the light, which they are lightened withal, what portion is due to them, who contrary to the light do act, which comes from Jesus Christ; and with the light you will see the promise of life to them that walk in the light, that comes from Jesus, and every one receiving the light which comes from Christ, may receive the spirit of prophecy, whether they be male or female, and the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus; if male and female have received the testimony of Jesus, they have received the spirit of prophecy.
A DECLARATION CONCERNING FASTING, AND THE PRAYER THAT GOD ACCEPTS.
Given forth by G. F.
To all you that are keeping fasts, who smite with the fist of wickedness, and fast for strife and debate. The voice has cried aloud like a trumpet against you. Now to you, and to all, that you may come to know the true fast, which is accepted, and the fast which is in the strifes, and the debate, and smiting with the fists of wickedness; which fast is not required of the Lord. Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your labor; behold, mark, take notice, you fast for strife and debate, to smite with the fists of wickedness, you should not fast as you do this day, to make your voice known on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? said the Lord. A day for a man to afflict his soul; is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, to spread sackcloth under him? Will you call this a fast, and acceptable day to the Lord? Consider, all you that do fast, see if yours be not hanging down the head for a day like a bulrush, and is in strife and debate, and to smite with the fists of wickedness, whose voice you make to be known on high, but this fast is not with the Lord accepted; but that which leads you from strife, from debate, from wickedness, which is not the bowing down the head as a bulrush for a day, and yet live in exacting and pleasure, this is not accepted with the Lord, but that which separates from wickedness, debate, strife, pleasures, smiting with the fists of wickedness, that which separates from that, brings to know the true fast, which breaks the bonds of iniquity, and deals the bread to the hungry, brings the poor that are cast out to his own house, and when he sees any naked he covers them, and hides not himself from his own flesh; here is the true fast which separates from them, where the bonds of iniquity are standing, and the heavy burden of the oppressed remaining, and the yoke not broken, who deal not the bread to the hungry, and bring not the poor to their own house, and see the naked, but let him go unclothed, and hide themselves from his own flesh; yet such will make their voice to be heard on high, as Christ speaks of the Pharisees, which sounded a trumpet before them, and disfigured their faces, to appear to men to fast, but the bonds of iniquity were standing, strife and debate were standing, striking with the fist of wickedness standing, that made their voice heard on high, who had their reward.
But that which brings to the true fast, which appears not to men to fast, but unto the Father which sees in secret, and the Father that sees in secret shall reward it openly. This fast separates from the Pharisees' fast, and them that bow the head for a day like a bulrush; and this is it which brings to deal the bread to the hungry, and to clothe your own flesh when you see them naked, and bring the poor to your house, and to loose the bonds of wickedness; [mark,] this is the fast, and to undo every heavy burden; [mark again,] and to let the oppressed go free; this is the fast, and to break every yoke; and you that observe this fast, then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rearward; then shall you call, and the Lord shall answer, you shall cry, and he shall say, here I am; if you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the putting forth of the finger and speaking vanity, and if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall your light arise in obscurity, and your darkness be as the noon-day; the light brings to know this fast, and walking in it, this is kept, and he that believes in darkness abides not.
Again, the Lord shall guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones, and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring whose waters fail not; these are they which are guided with the light, which comes from Christ where the springs are.
Again, those who shall keep this fast, shall build the old waste places, you shall raise up the foundations of many generations, and shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the paths to dwell in. That which gives now to see the foundation of many generations, is the light which separates from all which is out of the light; and those who go out of the light, though they may pretend a fast, bowing down the head for a time, yet they are far from this fast, and him that does raise up the foundation of many generations, and is a repairer of the breach, and restorer of the paths to dwell in; that which does give to see this foundation of many generations; and these breaches that are to be repaired and restored, and the paths to dwell in, is the light, which brings to know the true fast, and where this fast is known, which is from wickedness, from debate, from strife, from pleasures, from exacting, from the voice that is heard on high, from the speaking of vanity, from the bonds of iniquity which breaks every yoke, let the oppressed go free, here the health grows, where the morning is known, righteousness goes forth, the glory of the Lord is the rearward, and the light rises, and the soul is drawn out to the hungry, and satisfies the afflicted soul, and the springs of living water are known and felt, the waters fail not, here the Lord guides continually, and the foundation of many generations comes to be seen and raised up, and the repairer of breaches is here witnessed, and the restorer of paths to dwell in.
But all such as be from the light which the prophets were in, with which they saw Christ, and such to be in fasts, where was strife, where was wickedness, where was debate, where was bowing down like a bulrush for a day, lifting their voice on high, and the bonds of wickedness yet standing, and the burdens unloosed, and the oppressed not let go free, and the yoke not broken, the nakedness not clothed, the bread not dealt to the hungry, and the foundation of many generations not raised up until these things before mentioned be broken down, on such the light breaks not forth as the morning, and the Lord hears not that, and such have their reward, and such their iniquities have separated them from their God, and their sins have hid his face from them that he will not hear, and such their hands are defiled with blood, and their fingers with iniquity, whose lips have spoken lies, and tongues have uttered perverseness; none called for justice, nor any plead for truth; they trust in vanity, and speak lies, and conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity, they hatch cockatrice eggs, and weave the spider's web; he that eats of their eggs dies, and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper, their web shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their work; [mark and take notice,] their works are works of iniquity, the act of violence is in their hands, their feet run to do evil, they make haste to shed innocent blood, their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, wasting and destruction is in their paths, the way of peace they know not; there is no judgment in their doings, they have made them a crooked path, whatsoever goes therein shall not know peace; [mark,] such go from the light, therefore is judgment far, neither does justice overtake; and here is obscurity, and here is the walking in darkness, and here is the groping like blind men, as though they had no eyes, and their stumbling at noon-day in the desolate places, like dead men, and here is the roaring like bears, and mourning sorely, like doves, and here judgment is looked for, but there is none, and salvation is put far off, for the light is denied which gives to see it, but here the multiplying of transgression, and their sins testifying against them, and the transgression that was within them, and their iniquities which they knew, in transgressing and lying against the Lord, speaking the things they should not, when they knew with that of God in them, they should not speak it; so departing from the way of God, speaking oppression, revolting, conceiving and uttering forth from the heart words of falsehood; here is judgment turned away backward, and justice stands afar off, truth is fallen in the streets and cannot enter; yes truth falls, and he that departs from iniquity makes himself a prey; yes the Lord saw it, and it displeased him.
These are such that are in the fast which God does not accept, and are not in the true fast of them, whose light breaks forth as the morning; but these are such that be in the false fast, who grope like blind men, and that which gives to know the true fast and the false fast, is the light, that gives to see each, where the true judgment is, and the iniquity stands not, nor the transgressor, nor the speaker of lies, but that is judged and condemned with the light, which makes it manifest; and who be in this fast when they call upon the Lord, the Lord will answer them, here am I; and here truth is pleaded for, and falsehood flies away, but who be out of this fast in the perverseness, their tongues uttering perverse things, are stumbling and groping like blind men, which be from the light, in the iniquity, which separates from God, who hides his face from them that he will not hear; going from the light, goes from the Lord and his face; so this is it which must be fasted from, for this is it which separates from God, and here comes the reward openly, which condemns all that before mentioned, which is contrary to the light, injustice, iniquity, transgression, vanity, and that which brings forth mischief, which hatches the cockatrice eggs, and weaves the spider's web; he that eats of these eggs dies, [mark,] that which is crushed breaks out into a viper; [mark again,] their web shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works of vanity, acts of violence is in their hands, this is all from the light in the wickedness; their feet run to do evil, make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of vanity, wasting and destruction is in their path, this is all from the light. Again, the way of peace they know not, there is no judgment in their goings; they have made them crooked paths, whosoever goes therein shall not know peace. [mark,] who goes in their way, that know not the way of peace, shall not know peace, whose path is crooked, where there is no judgment in their goings; [take notice,] no judgment in their goings; and this is all from the light, which manifests that which is to be judged, where the covenant of peace is known, where all that which is contrary to that before mentioned, is kept out; so all who live in those things before mentioned, contrary to the light in the false fast, they may mark their path, and behold their reward, who be out of the light, stumbling and groping like blind men; and those who be in the true fast, are from all them separated, their words, their actions and fruits, and their fast, whose fast breaks the bonds of iniquity, and whom the Lord hears, and to whom righteousness springs forth, and goes before them; the glory of the Lord is their rear-guard.
THE PROMISE OF GOD PROCLAIMED:
Which is Christ, the everlasting Covenant of God to the Jews, Gentiles, and all People upon the Earth, of which God spoke by his Prophets, and was preached by the Apostles, and by his Servants and Messengers, sent forth since for Barbados, New England, Virginia, the East and West Indies, and the South and North Parts of the World, to go to them all.
—By G. F.
The promise of the most high God, that lives forevermore, which he promised to the Gentiles by his prophets in the days of old, Isa. 11:9-10, the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea, [mark,] and in that day, [mark,] there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people, to it shall the Gentiles seek, [mark,] to it shall the Gentiles seek, and his rest shall be glorious.
Behold, said the Lord God, that lives forever, behold my servant, whom I uphold, mine elect in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him, and the isles shall wait for his law, he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles, [mark,] judgment to them, though they lived as the wild beasts; this is the promise which sets up judgment in the earth, and the isles shall wait for his law. He that creates the heavens, the Lord God, and he that spreads forth the earth, and that which comes out of it, and he that gives breath unto the people, and spirit to them that dwell therein, and has called his covenant in righteousness, and will uphold his hand. I will give you for a covenant of the people, and a light to the Gentiles, to open the blind eyes, and to bring the prisoners out of the prison, and them that sit in darkness, out of the prison house. Isa 42:1-7.
The Lord he will not give his glory to graven images, and his covenant of light is a new thing, he will bring to pass in the earth, who measures the waters in the hollow of his hand, and metes out heaven with a span, and comprehends the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighs the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance, the mighty God of heaven and earth, that is the God of the spirits of all flesh, who has all souls in his hand, God that lives forever and ever, whose hand is his power, all nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are accounted as the dust of a balance. Behold he takes up the isles as a very small thing, all nations before him are as nothing, and they are accounted to him as less than nothing, and vanity, then to whom will you liken God, that lives forever and ever. Isa 40.
And the living God said, concerning Christ, his covenant, is it a light thing that you should be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob and restore the preserved of Israel? I will give you for a light to the Gentiles, [mark,] the heathen, which shall gather Israel, and be my salvation to the ends of the earth, to him that the nations shall abhor, and man shall despise, but you shall say to the prisoners go forth, and to them that be in darkness, show yourselves, then the heavens shall sing, and the earth shall be joyful, Isa 49. I will lift up my hand, said the Lord God, that lives forevermore, to the Gentiles, [mark,] the heathen, and set up my standard to the people, verse 22 You shall break forth on the right hand and on the left, and your seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and the desolate cities shall be inhabited, Isa 54. [mark,] the Gentiles shall inherit the seed, and so become heirs; and this is the covenant, said the Lord God, that lives forever, my spirit that is upon you. Isa 59:21.
Arise, shine, for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen, the Gentiles shall come to your light, and the kings to the brightness of your rising, and you shall see and flow together, and your heart shall fear, and be enlarged, because the abundance of the sea shall be converted, [mark the sea,] unto you, and the force of the Gentiles shall come unto you, and these shall show forth the praises of the Lord, that lives forever, and the isles shall wait for me, said the Lord. Isa 60:2,5.
And said the Lord, that loves judgment, that makes the everlasting covenant with the Jews, their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people; rejoice in the Lord my soul, and be joyful in God that lives forever, for he clothes me with a garment of salvation, and covers me with the robes of righteousness, who causes righteousness and peace to spring forth before all nations; the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory, and righteousness shall go forth as brightness, and salvation as a lamp that burns, the Lord God shall be an everlasting light unto you, and your God your glory, and the Lord God shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended, and your people shall be all righteous, and they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hand, that it may be glorified forever, a little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation, I the Lord will hasten it in its time. Isa 60,61, 62.
I will gather all nations and tongues, said the living God, and they shall come to see my glory, and I will set him for a sign among them, to the isles and them afar off, that have not heard my fame, and those who heard my glory shall declare my name among the Gentiles; as the new heavens and the new earth, that I make shall remain before me, said the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain, Isa 66:19,22. For you O Lord that made the heavens, the Gentiles shall come unto them from the ends of the earth, and say surely our fathers inherited lies, wherein there is no profit, Jer 16:19. Here the Gentiles come to see their own vanities, with the light that comes from God; proclaiming among the Gentiles, said the mighty God, let the heathen be awakened; come all you heathen and gather yourselves together, let the heathen be awakened and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will judge them round about; for the harvest is ripe and the press is full, and the sickle is ready, Joel 3. and my name shall be great among the heathen, said the Lord of hosts, from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, shall my name be great among the Gentiles; in every place shall incense be offered to my name. Mal 1.
Mat 12:20, He shall show judgment to the Gentiles, and he shall not strive, a bruised reed he will not break, nor the smoking flax he will not quench, and shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles; and Simeon prophesied, who said his eyes had seen his salvation, a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Israel. Luke 2:29-32.
The Lord sent Paul after he had opened his eyes, and had chosen him to bear his name among the Gentiles, and many of the Gentiles received the word of the mighty God through Paul, and God granted repentance unto the Gentiles unto life, and the Gentiles glorified the word of the Lord, as many as knew the life eternal, and the Gentiles besought the apostles to preach the word, Acts 13. And Christ suffered and rose again, that he might show light to the people and the Gentiles, according to the prophets, Acts 26. So many of the Gentiles were called in the days of the apostles, and came to see the glory of God.
And the Gentiles that did not seek after righteousness, have obtained the righteousness of faith, and the Gentiles did by nature the things contained in the law, which judged the Jews, that had the law, Rom 2. For both Jews and Gentiles were concluded under sin, that he might have mercy upon all, and God was the God of the Gentiles as well as of the Jews, Rom 3. So glory and honor is to the Jew and Gentile, that does seek the glory and honor and eternal life; and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, as it is written, for this cause I will confess your name among the Gentiles, and sing forth your praise; and Isaiah said, there shall be a root of Jesse, [mark,] that shall arise and shall reign over the Gentiles, and in him shall the Gentiles trust; and God revealed his Son in the apostle, that he might preach him among the Gentiles, who is now revealed that he might be preached, and the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles, that they might receive the promise of the spirit through faith, Gal 3:14, that the Gentiles should be heirs and partakers of the promise of Christ by the gospel, Eph 3, to whom God would make known what is the riches of his promise to the Gentiles, Christ in you the hope of glory, Col 1:26-27. Great is the mystery of godliness, God manifested in the flesh, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, 1 Tim 3:16. that it might be fulfilled that was written, the land of Zebulon and Napthali by the sea coasts beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, those who sat in darkness and the region and shadow of death, to them light sprang forth, Mat 4.
Paul in his confession said, he was sent to open the eyes of the blind, and to turn people from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, this he confessed before the heathen rulers, for which they thought he had been mad, which preached to the Gentiles repentance, to turn to God from dead works, Acts 26:18 . And Paul declared in the midst of Mars-hill the unknown God, which set all the heathen in an uproar, Acts 17:22.
And the Lord put on righteousness as a breast-plate, and the helmet of salvation upon his head, and the garments of vengeance, for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. Isa 59:17.
TO ALL PEOPLE ON THE EARTH
Showing the Ignorance of all the World, both Believers and Teachers,
(Note: In this writing, Fox most excellently states the Biblical necessity of silence. Portions of this text have been deleted which referred to the persecution the early Quakers experienced.)
of the Birth that must be Silent, and of the Birth that is to Speak,
which declares God;
and the Difference between Silence and Speaking,
they may come to an Understanding of themselves,
and may know that
Christ Jesus, the Light of the World,
is their Teacher, or their Condemnation.
Also showing that it was the Practice of many to wait in Silence
to hear his Word, and know his Voice.—By George Fox
YOU have not come to know the time to keep silence before the time to
speak, Ecc 3:7; but you are instead those such as Jeremiah speaks of, Jer 23, who
use your tongues, and say the Lord said, when the Lord has not spoken to
you. So you have not known the keeping of silence, before the speaking. You are like those who David in Psa 12 speaks of; who say that your tongues are your own, and that you ought to speak. So hear what Isaiah said: 'sit down in silence,
get you into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans, you shall no more
be called the lady of kingdoms,' [mark here,] the lady of kingdoms must
come to silence, Isa. 47:5. And you know not to sit in silence in the
fenced cities, as in Jer. 8-14; but the Lord will put you to silence, and you must
witness silence before you come to speak. Kir of Moab was brought to
silence, because he was in the night, Isa. 15. And all of you that are of
Moab's stock must keep silence, though you have had a time to speak, and
used your tongues before the time of silence was known, and the tongue
of the dumb to sing. The songs of the temple shall be turned into
howling, said the Lord, and there shall remain dead bodies in every
place, and they shall cast them forth with silence, Amos 8. He that has
an ear to hear, let him hear: such as know the seven seals, shall know
the silence in heaven. And when I saw the seven seals, there was silence
for half an hour in heaven; he that can, read this and understand, Rev 8:1. And the apostle said, “Let the woman learn in silence with all
subjection, for I suffer not a woman to speak, nor to usurp authority over
the man, but to be in silence,” as said the law, 1 Tim 2:11-12. Yet
said the Lord, “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, and my sons
and my daughters shall prophesy,” Joel 2, Acts 2; and those who are led
by the spirit are not under the law. And be swift to hear and slow to
speak, said the apostle; and he speaks of the many unruly and vain talkers, and such teachers that are out of the faith, and had gotten the
form of godliness, which were to be turned away from, who crept in among them in
those days, who were to be silent. So here is a time to speak, and a
time to keep silence; “Be silent, oh all flesh before the Lord.” Zech 2:13
Now here is a birth, which is born of the flesh; and this birth, which born of the flesh,
will persecute that birth, which is born of the spirit. Now come all, to know the
birth which is to be silent; which birth is persecuted by those born only after the flesh. Let us see
you priests that if you speak from the flesh or not. If you teachers and believers
of Christ say you are not in the same spirit that gave forth the
scriptures, then you don't have the same birth that they had; so then you have
the other birth, the flesh only. So you are either in the time to keep silence, as Solomon
speaks of, or you are of those who Jeremiah speaks of: that use your
tongues, though the Lord never spoke to you; and you are those who are
swifter to speak than to hear, contrary to the apostles' doctrine, which
are the lying prophets, who have not the same spirit in which were the apostles; from which
spirit, the scriptures were given forth. Therefore you have not that birth
and spirit that speaks forth scripture. Some had come to the time that
they might speak, so holy men of God spoke forth the scriptures, as they
were moved by the Holy Ghost. And they came to the watching and praying,
but the “sacrifices of the wicked are abomination to the Lord, and all
that watch for iniquity shall be cut off,” Isa 29; and the apostles were
told to wait, and being assembled, they were told to not depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for the promise of the Father; and they were to receive the
power after the Holy Ghost came, that they might be witnesses unto
Now here was a time of waiting, here is a time of receiving, here is
a time of speaking: the Holy Ghost fell upon them, so that they spoke the
wonderful things of God, Acts 2:2-4; and these were those who were
gathered together with one accord. So where two or three are gathered
together in the name of Christ, he is there in the midst of them; and
Christ commanded the assemblies that were met together, to wait for
the Holy Ghost and the power, not to depart, but to wait for the promise
of the Father at Jerusalem. So the saints were not to forsake the assembling
of themselves together, but to exhort one another, inasmuch as
they saw the day approaching. Heb 10:25. And what if you should see
such an assembly as was in the days of Ezra? They trembled at the
word of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had
been carried away, and sat astonished until the evening sacrifice. This
would be a wonder among you, Ezra 9.
And those who come into a true waiting, the true assembling, they
come to the true supplication and praying. What if you saw some people sit
down, as Job did, for seven days; and spoke not a word to one another; this
would fret the contrary mind, this would make you to wonder, Job 2. But I say, wait on the Lord, and let them be ashamed that transgress; wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and he will strengthen your
heart; wait you on the Lord, Psa 25, and Psa 27, and rest on the Lord,
and wait patiently for him. Fret not yourself because of him that prospers
in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to
pass. Psa 37. The Lord will wipe away all tears from all faces, and rebuke
the people, the Lord has spoken it. It shall be said in that day,
this is the Lord, lo we have waited for him, we will be glad in his salvation, Isa 25. The Lord is good to him that waits for him, to the soul
that seeks him. It is good for a man that he should both hope, and
quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear
the yoke in his youth; he sits alone and keeps silence, because he
has borne it upon him. Now that which has done iniquity must come
into the silence, before the just comes to reign and have dominion, Lam 3:25-28. For the earnest expectation of the created being waits for the
manifestation of the Son of God, and who groan within themselves for
the adoption, namely, the redemption of the body; and are in that
condition, that they do not know what they should pray for, but the
spirit makes intercession with sighs and groans that cannot be uttered. So come to feel him that searches the heart, and knows what is
the mind; of the spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according
to the will of God, Rom 8. Micah cried against the diviners
and teachers for money, and he said he would wait upon the Lord,
and he would look unto the God of his salvation, and he would hear
Be patient, my brethren, waiting for the coming of the Lord Jesus
Christ. The husbandman waits for the precious seed of the earth, he
has long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rain: so
be you also patiently established in your hearts, for the coming of our
Lord draws near, James 5. The end of all things is at hand, be sober
and watch unto prayer, 1 Pet 4. The apostles were in laboring, and
watching, and fasting, 2 Cor 6. Now read these three places. Blessed are they who when the Lord comes shall be found watching;
verily he shall make them to gird themselves and sit down to eat, and
will come and serve them. So blessed is the man that hears me, and
watches daily at my gate, watching at the posts of my door. Pro 8. Christ said to his disciples; watch therefore, for ye know not what
hour the Lord does come; and watch therefore, for ye know not the day
nor the hour, in which the Son of man comes. Mat 25. This spoke
Christ concerning the foolish virgins and the wise, such as had oil in
their lamps, and such as had not. Therefore look to yourselves you that
are pleased to go and buy. What do you think of those who Christ bids
tarry here and watch with him, and Christ comes and finds them asleep,
and said, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, lest
you enter into temptation. Watch you therefore, said Christ, for you know
not when the lord of the house comes, lest, when he comes, he finds
you asleep: and what I say unto one, I say unto all, watch. Mark 13.
Now mind where the watching is, and the praying is; they are in the
light, in that which silences all flesh, for words spoken in the light leads from the
watch. Therefore come to know the watch set before every one of your
mouths, and so to keep that silenced that must be stopped; and so what
Christ said to one, he said unto all, watch. Now all being upon the
watch, all are waiting; and here all men shall come to know the armor
against that which will lead us aside. Timothy was to watch in all
things, and the saints were to watch and be sober unto prayer,
1 Pet 4:7, 1 Thes 1. Let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober;
for those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk, are
drunk in the night; but let us who be of the day be sober, putting on
the breast-plate of faith and love, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation;
for God has not appointed us for wrath, but to obtain salvation
by our Lord. The saints were to watch, yes and to stand fast in the
faith, and watch in the same with thanksgiving, Col 4:2, continuing in
praying and watching with thanksgiving. Remember therefore how
you have heard and received, and hold fast and repent: if therefore you
shall not watch, I will come on you as a thief, you shall not know
what hour I will come upon you, Rev. 3:3, [mark,] who are off from
the watch, Christ comes on them so; and those who are out from the
watch, are out of the light that comes from Christ. Watch therefore
with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. The apostles bid
the saints watch, Acts 20, for wolves would come in among them; (but he had coveted no man's silver, nor no man's apparel) ; but such would
enter in after the days of the apostles. And such as feared the Lord
met often together, and spoke one to another; and such the Lord spares
in the day he makes up his jewels, as a man spares his only son that
serves him. The apostle said, build up yourselves in the most holy
faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. [Mark,] The building up is in that
which is holy, in the holy faith, and the praying in the Holy Ghost. Now
he speaks of some: that speak high swelling words, but themselves
living in the hypocrisy, and were gone into the ways of Cain and
Balaam, and are those who must know a time of silence; for such build
not among the saints, for they are Babylon's stones. So all these high
speakers which speak the words of the scriptures, but not from the Holy Ghost
that gave them forth, they are out of that Spirit in which the saints pray; and
so those who pray out of the Holy Spirit, are an abomination; they are to be silent. They, who are out of the faith, are out of that by which the saints build up
one another, the holy faith. That which is holy gives victory; in that the saints build up, in that they fear God; so in the faith, in the unity;
for it gives victory over the enemy and the impure; for it purifies the
heart, and without it man cannot please God, neither can they build
up in the unity, nor in the faith that gives the victory, in which is the
unity, which is the gift of God by which they please him. Such praying
is in the Holy Ghost; the scripture was given forth from the Holy Ghost.
Stephen was a man full of the Holy Ghost. In his examination, when he spoke
to the council, he told them that they resisted the Holy Ghost, as their
fathers did; and yet they professed the scriptures, but resisted the Holy
Ghost. Now all those people, who have the scriptures, and resist the Holy
Ghost, they resist that which gave forth the scriptures, and their gathering
and their praying are abomination, and their gatherings are to be
And therefore all friends, that are come to witness the Holy Ghost and
faith, in which the true praying and building is, which gives victory over
the world, which is the gift of God, in which you please God, keep your
meetings, and being met together, as you are moved, speak; for they
spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, and as the spirit gave
them utterance. And they prayed with the spirit, and it helped their infirmities,
for they could not tell what to pray for as they ought: but he that searches the heart, knows the mind of the spirit that teaches to
pray. And here comes to be known the birth born of the spirit, which
God the Father of spirits hears, which is not of that birth born after the
flesh, but is persecuted by that birth.
Now you may see the just man Simeon, Luke 2, who waited for the
consolation of Israel, it was revealed to him, he came to see it; and the
people gladly received Christ, for they waited for him, Luke 8:40. Now
[mark,] that which is not silenced does not wait upon Jesus but persecutes
that birth: but the birth is brought forth, and the light springs,
and that is known and seen, that must speak, and that is known that
must keep silence. Praises arise to the Lord God forever, who is exalting
the birth born of the spirit, which is feeding upon the bread of life,
which is nourished with the life in the bosom of the Lord God of life,
and the elder is become servant to the younger. The arm of God
reigns above the elder in his kingdom and throne, and God has fulfilled
his promise, and is fulfilling it; and the time to speak is known, and the
time to keep silence is known. Now those who are not come to distinguish
each birth and each mouth, they do not know the time of silence,
and the time of speaking; such are judged for judging the things of God,
and are not fit to judge, as are such that know the peace of God that passes the
understanding, and that which is unspeakable; they know silence in the
life and in the spirit of God. This is to be read among Friends, and
from them to pass abroad through the world. That which brings to look into the world, into time, captivates; where is the ground of the spirit of strife and mastery, and the crown
that fades and vanishes away. As the life arises that stands in God;
which gives to feel the crown which is immortal, which brings you to feel that which
brings you to the beginning, which lets you see before pen, ink or paper,
or writing was; in that live, which will let you see the fulfilling of that
which was written.
And you that think yourselves above the world, whose wine is mingled
with water, who wear the linen and woolen garment, who through pride
and ease, and false joys lose the sincerity, whereby an earthen veil
covers you. Through the lust lived in, a veil of flesh is spread over the
whorish and adulterous woman that has been among you, which brings
forth many children, which strives to lay the heritage of the Lord waste;
this is but as briars and thorns that set themselves in battle against the
Lord, who is a consuming fire. The whole world is now stumbling
at the light, who have been checked with it and convinced, but now
are turned from it. ... And here is
the generation of mockers, out of the life, and out of the light, and
every one striving for mastery and lordship and authority one over
another; but it shall not be so with you who are children of light, disciples
of Christ, not of this world, whose kingdom is not of the world, and
who come out of strife, come into peace. Therefore all people dwell in
that which leads into peace, and out of confusion, for God is not the
author of that; but those are out of his life, that hold the truth in unrighteousness.
Come out of the bustlings, who are up in
your wantonness, lightness and pleasures, who set the whole course of
nature on fire, among whom the way of peace, and that which is perfect
is not known. Among whom you have the words of Christ, the apostles
and prophets, and the scriptures of truth; who hold it in the unrighteousness,
where all spirits are disquieted, and the elements come to burn like
fire, where is all the masteries and seeking for earthly crowns, and exalting
among the people, and gathering parties out of people. Where
stands the several ways and distances of people one from another, and
opinions and sects. .. Where enter heats and fires, storms and the many waters,
and the sea and the earth, the dragon and the beast, and the false prophets,
which was the wonder in heaven, cast down into the earth, which
make war against the saints and the Lamb, but over all the Lamb has
got the victory. That which drank the cup of fornication, and she that
gives the cup of fornication, and is that which draws people from the life
within them. So there are all the unquiet spirits in the world, and the
restless and the wearied; for there is none upon the earth that come to
have their spirits quieted, but who come to the light, that Christ Jesus
has enlightened them withal; and so comes every spirit here to have a
particular satisfaction and quietness in his own mind; and here comes the
weary to have rest in Christ, who has enlightened them. No one can hold the truth in unrighteousness, until he comes to that of
God revealed in him; and so that of God revealed in him, leads his
mind up to God, he comes to the quiet and peaceable life and comes to
retain God in his knowledge; and his spirit is quieted, and he comes to
hold the truth in righteousness, and his mind is not reprobated. Such
shall find mercy of God, when their minds are guided up unto God, and
their spirits and minds are quieted in silent waiting upon God; and in one
half hour have more peace and satisfaction, than they have had from
all other teachers of the world all their life time. Here they come
to feel that which quiets their minds to God, and they find and feel the
way of peace, and come to grow up in that life from which the scriptures were given
forth; and grow up in the life in which the saints lived, and into the spirit which guided their
minds up to God the Father of spirits, whereby every particular comes
to a particular satisfaction. All this bustling and teaching in the
world for earthly things, men and people shall turn from it; for that is
in the earth, it is that which went in Cora's way, and Cain's way, and
Balaam's way, which is now standing in the way, which the apostles saw
coming in before their decease.
So as you all come to be guided with that of God in you, and to feel
that of God in you to guide your minds up to God, you shall come to
satisfaction; it leads you up out of the earth to that within, so from all
those without. The glory of the Lord God comes to be revealed
in you. Though you may profess all the scriptures of truth, yet if
every particular of you do not come to feel that of God, which God has
manifested in you, and showed to you to guide your minds to God, you
cannot know any of the scriptures; for that opens the words to every
particular, and gives to every particular, a particular satisfaction, by
which every one comes to pray in the spirit, and sing in the spirit, from
which glory is given to God. Now there is not a people upon the earth,
who have come from the first Adam's state in the earth, driven from God in sin, and
death, and unrighteousness, to the second Adam's state; but who come to the light that enlightens every one that comes into the world. They,
who will not come to the second Adam from the first Adam, they will
not come to the Lord from heaven who is the way to the Father. So
they, who have not come to the light which enlightens every one that
comes into the world, they are in the first state; driven from God, from
his righteousness, from his wisdom, from the truth, the light, the life. For
Christ the light, which enlightens every man that comes into the
world, is the way to the Father, the truth, the life, the light, God's wisdom,
God's righteousness, the hope of glory, and the power of God; the
redemption, the teacher and the saviour, who enlightens every man
that comes into the world, who is the way to the Father, which all the
world despises. And their teaching of people is far from the light
which enlightens every man that comes into the world, for they do
not acknowledge the light, being out of God's wisdom in the devilish, that is both
earthly and sensual. So this is the state driven from God; God's wisdom
brings to God. All of you upon the earth that deny the light that enlightens
every man that comes into the world, you are yet in the transgression
in the first Adam; you are in your own righteousness. For any
righteousness, that is not in the light, is your own. For Christ the light is
God's righteousness. So everyone that comes into the world being enlightened,
who hears not the light, which enlightens him,
he hears not the prophet of which Moses prophesied; so the light condemns
him, and he is to be cut off from among the people. And so all
the world are away from Christ the light, from that of God in them; some in
the presumption and some in the envy, and that eats them out and slays them. Some in the false joy of presumption mount up to heaven, and fall down
to the earth again. There all the minds are unestablished in the world. They go from that of God in them, which does not change and the truth does
not change, which comprehends the world and fathoms the world. They go from the light,
which enlightens every man that comes into the world, and though he
hates it, it is his condemnation.
...All people must come
to know Christ your teacher, who said, 'learn of me, I am the way to
the Father;' so the light that enlightens everyone that comes into
the world, is the new and living way. You that are come to the light
you are enlightened withal, you are come to that which is new, and living, now as ever it was. Therefore, all people come to know the light
in you, shining in your hearts, to give you the knowledge of God, in the
face of Jesus Christ; and all people come to know the heavenly treasure
in the earthly vessels; which none do, but those who come to the light,
which Christ has enlightened them withal; and all people come to know
the second Adam, the Lord from heaven, above the first Adam, who enlightens every man that comes into the world; none knows him, but
who owns the light, which brings them out of the first Adam's state,
out of the earthly into the heavenly; and all people come to know God's
word in your hearts, there to obey it, and there mind to do it. This is the
word of faith preached; the ministers of the letter may keep you reading
the letter without you, and telling you about the letter without you, but
they cannot endure, (who deny the light),talking of the word within
them in the heart; for feeling God's word in the heart to obey it, you
come to know that which the prophets and apostles witnessed, the word
of life which became flesh, which is Christ in us. Know him in you, all
peoples upon the earth, then you will not be reprobates, [sin still lives in them] for if Christ be in you,
the body is dead because of sin, and you are alive to righteousness. All people come to know the new covenant that God has prophesied of
by his prophets, and Moses wrote of, and the apostles were witnesses and
enjoyers of; the everlasting covenant. Knowing the end of the first
covenant, know this covenant which is everlasting, the new covenant
with God and his people forever. His law is in their hearts, that you
need not say one to another, know the Lord; so that you may come to enjoy
the thing the scripture speaks of. And all people come to know the mind of
Christ, (which none can but who come to the light, he has enlightened
them withal), that you may come to be of one mind, heart and soul.
And all people wait to receive the spirit of Christ Jesus, which if you
have not, you are none of his. And all people come to live in the power
of godliness. For many may have the form of godliness, but deny the power of God, and are
against it, when it appears in them that declare it. And so you will come to live in the
And all people come to the light which every one of you is enlightened
withal, that is come into the world, that you may come to the second
Adam, from the first Adam; that you may have your sins and transgressions
blotted out. And all people come to know the wisdom which is
from above, which is above all the earthly, sensual, and devilish, which
is below. None can acknowledge this, but who acknowledges the light, which enlightens every
man that comes into the world. And all people come to know Christ in
you, the hope of glory; which hope of glory, Christ, destroys the hope of
the hypocrite; which hope purifies, even as he is pure. Now come to
know this hope, Christ in you, distinguished from your own hope, which
hope is a mystery. And all people come to know the anointing that abides in you to teach you; and as you continue in that, which abides
in you, you come to know the Father and the Son. And none come to know
the anointing abiding in them, but who come to know the light, with which Christ has
enlightened all men . Nor none abide with the Son, but who continue
in the light, which Christ has enlightened them withal: therefore all come to
know the anointing in you, that you might come to know that which
teaches you to continue with the Son, where you need no man to teach
you. For God has come to take his people off from the teachings of men,
and to teach his people himself, and the Lord's children shall be taught
of him; and they shall cease from man, whose breath is in his nostrils,
and come to know their strength renewed, and come to know the prophet's
life, and the spirit he was guided withal. And all people come
away from the world's churches, and come to know the church that is in God,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the pillar and ground of
truth, where there is neither spot nor blemish, nor any such thing, out
of all strife and contention of this world. Come to know the power of
that world, where there is no end; and oh people! be not surfeited with
the cares of this life, neither overcharge your hearts with the deceitfulness
of riches, but mind the power of an endless life. And cease from
all these teachers which teach for earthly things, who are such as keep
you in the earth, and in sin, and teach people must be in sin while they
be upon the earth, and so make the covenant of God of none effect. Such are
ministers of unrighteousness, and still in their transgressions, and make
Christ's dying in vain; and the one offering of no value, which has perfected
forever all them that are sanctified; and his blood of none effect,
which cleanses from all sin. But the ministry of righteousness is manifested,
which lets you see the effect of the blood of Jesus, and of the
everlasting offering, which you have not yet received the effects thereof. The ministry of righteousness turns
your minds to the light, of which Christ Jesus has enlightened you withal; that
with it you might see yourselves, and see Christ when he comes; and
with it be justified from all sin; and come into the unity one with another;
and have the love of God, and the peace of God shed in your hearts; and
come out of strife one with another about words and forms of things,
and arguing about scriptures; but come to that of God manifest in you,
that you may know the life that gave forth the scriptures. The synagogue,
temple, and priest that takes tithes are to be denied by all such that witness
Christ come, and the second priesthood, and the Jews' sabbath also; for
those who uphold these things are nominal christians that teach for filthy
lucre, and seek for the fleece, and divine for money, and bear rule by
their means, that stand praying in the synagogues, having the highest
place in the assembly, and are called of men, masters; for all these the
prophets and apostles cried against, and those who hold them up are to
be denied. All people upon earth that ever come to the knowledge of the true God, must own the light of Christ Jesus within them, which
light is but one in all men, and brings all that believe in it into oneness.
All the world's teachers, people, and professors, you are far from silence,
and the silent meeting together, and waiting upon the Lord in silence.
You have too much flesh in you, which speaks, and so are too full
of words, which are not your own, and not acknowledged to be from others. For you are
out of the life of those who know a silence of the flesh and a waiting
upon the Lord in silence, to hear his still voice, and to hear his voice behind
them, saying, 'this is the way, walk in it;' and to have the mind stayed
upon God, and to be guided by God, and to be led with the spirit of
God into all truth, when they do not speak words outwardly. First, the
spirit leading, then words from the spirit, and thus the spirit is not quenched
in son nor daughter, in handmaid, nor servant. The false teachers,
false prophets, and false apostles used their tongues; they had the form
of godliness, but denied the power, for which they are to be turned away
from. They are who said, the Lord said it, when the Lord never spoke to
them, neither stood in his council. Had they stood in his council, they should have stood silent,
and waited upon God; but those who use their tongues and say, the Lord
said it, when the Lord never spoke to them. They were not silent, when
the Lord said should be silent. Likewise those that went in Cain's
way, and Core's way, and Balaam's; they spoke the high thing in hypocrisy,
and likewise promised liberty, while they themselves were servants
to corruption. These were against those who waited upon God, and
they should be silent. Therefore now in this age, those who use their
tongues and say the Lord said it, when the Lord never spoke to them,
have the form of godliness, but deny the power, and speak the high
words, but they themselves are in the hypocrisy, and in Cain's and Balaam's
way, and Core's way, separated from the spirit that gave forth
scriptures, and so from God the Father of spirits, professors and teachers. Such are angry and offended at those who wait upon God in
his council in silence, and patiently wait upon him; whose hearts pant after God,
when there is never a word spoken; whose souls hunger after righteousness,
when there is never a word spoken; who receive strength and
blessing from God, the living mercy, the sure mercies of David. Yes a
hearkening diligently, whose souls come to live; here is a silent waiting
and diligent waiting upon God, and a silence in heaven; yes and the
peace upon the earth, and the good will towards men is witnessed.
Now those who are exalted above their measure of the spirit of God
manifest in them, such glory in the expressions, glory in words, and feed
upon them more than life, and delight in words and methods, and curiosity
in speech; and this is that which is offended at silent waiting upon
God, which looks at high expressions, and is fuller of them than life,
that feeds the birth that must be silent, that is born of the flesh, so there
is the time to be silent. This is the word of the Lord God to you all:
that you may all come to that which God does manifest within you; it
will let you see the birth that must be silent, and bring you to be silent,
and to wait to receive teaching from God; then what is said, you may
declare from the Lord of Heaven most high. Cain was the first birth,
and Esau and Ishmael was the first birth; now tell Cain the envious
murderer of a silent meeting or waiting upon God, when he is a vagabond
from that of God in him. Being from God, he would slay and murder
them that are in the life; and yet he will slay and yet sacrifice, to which
sacrifice God has no respect, who is from God's life, and so from God's
life a vagabond, a murderer, that has not a habitation in God; yet he professes
the saints' words which were declared forth from the life, who
had a habitation in God. Here is Cain's offspring and generation known.
So he has not eternal life abiding in him, he envies his brother; and how
can he know a silent waiting upon God in the eternal, that has not the
eternal life abiding in him.
Consider this, ..this is God's word to you all; you
are far off silent meeting and waiting upon God, or the love of God that
envies not, or the body that edifies itself in love. Do not tell Esau of a
silent meeting, and a silent waiting upon God, that has despised his
birthright, and after seeks it with tears, where there is no place found for
him; now tell Esau of silence, a silent meeting is a wonder to Esau, that
despises his birthright, and would sway the sword, and slay his brother
Jacob, the second birth.
But a silent meeting is not a strange thing to righteous Abel, nor to
the second birth Jacob, for God is the author of their faith; and Esau
the cunning hunter, the profane person is among the beasts of the field
that has the fat of the earth, a place for dragons, that bears the sword
to destroy the righteous; tell him of a silent meeting and waiting upon
God, and he will hunt till he has tired himself, that he faints again, and
despises his birthright. And likewise wild Ishmael the mocker; tell these
of silent meeting and waiting upon God, no, this spirit will boast and mock
and scoff at that which brings to wait upon God in silence; this is that
which is to be cast forth. So Esau, Cain, and Ishmael, you may see your
stock, offspring, and root, and you are branches of who is profane,
who is envious; and scoff and mock at them, who do silently and patiently
wait upon God for counsel, for instruction, who is the giver of all good.
So as they are moved by the spirit to pray, to praise, to give thanks, to
speak with the spirit, as it gives utterance, as it reveals things, and so it
leads them, and they receive from the Father of spirits, and come to be
obedient. Glory over all to the Lord God the highest of heaven and
earth, that is bringing forth a birth born of himself, that knows the Father,
and declares him which keeps the old birth silent. All who speak a divination of their own heart and brain, and are the filthy
dreamers, false prophets, false teachers, false shepherds, false apostles,
and ministers of unrighteousness, and such as divine for money, and
teach for filthy lucre, and make merchandize of the people, and
seek for their gain from their quarter, and bear rule by their means,
and teach for the fleece, and are called of men masters, and stand
praying in the synagogues, and have the highest places in the assembly,
which Christ, the prophets, and apostles cried against, who were
out of the spirit; these now cannot endure silent meeting together and
waiting upon God. These are full of words, and steal them from their
neighbors; these mind earthly things which make merchandize of the
people; and these are transgressors, all of them, for they set up what
the apostle threw down: tithes, and temple, and synagogue, and priests
before mentioned. Now these are those who are out of the life, and
these are offended at silent meetings, and waiting upon God in silence.
For doctrine these teach their own traditions, and ordinances, and commands,
and neglect the commands of Christ; telling people of sprinkling
infants, and a sacrament, when there is no such scripture.
Now he that has a psalm, [mark,] now he that has one, let him
sing, and sing in the spirit, and with understanding. And now he that sings in the spirit, and prays in the spirit, as the spirit gives utterance, he is in that birth, that silences the birth of the flesh. And this is to
all that would learn silent waiting upon God, and silent meeting; for
none ever shall come to God that is upon the earth, but as they do come
to that of God in them, the light which Christ has enlightened them
withal; and that is it which must guide every one's mind up to God,
and to wait upon God to receive the spirit from God; and the spirit
leads to wait upon God in silence, and to receive from God. As many
of the prophets and holy men of God, they sat often long waiting upon God, and said, blessed are all they whose minds are staid upon God, they
should be kept in perfect peace. And, my soul wait you upon God;
and the meek inherits the blessing; and ye shall find more strength, virtue,
water of life, and the mercy of the Lord, and the presence of the
Lord God, as you are still.
Keep to that of God in you, which will lead you up to God, when
you are still from your own thoughts and imaginations, and desires and
counsels of your own hearts, and motions, and will; when you stand
single from all these, waiting upon the Lord, your strength is renewed;
he that waits upon the Lord, feels his shepherd, and he shall not want.
That which is of God within every one, is that which brings them
together to wait upon God, which brings them to unity, which joins
their hearts together up to God. So as this moves, this is not to be
quenched, when it moves to pray or speak; for there is the power
of the Lord. This is the arm of the Lord, the dominion, the victory over
death. And all teachers and people on the earth that have kept people
from the light that enlightens every man that comes into the
world, that which is to be known of God manifest in them, they are
those who shut up the kingdom of heaven from men, that would neither
go in themselves, nor suffer others. These are those who have taken away
the key of knowledge from people, that neither they nor the people
could get into the scriptures, nor tell what the prophets meant, nor
what Christ nor the apostles meant; but wrangling all about the light,
about the door. For the light is the door, the light is the power, that
enlightens every man that comes into the world; that all through
the light might believe. He that believes, is entered into his rest,
has ceased from his own works as God did from his, and he has the
witness in himself. And he that is born of God overcomes the world,
he does not make haste. Here he knows a silent meeting and waiting
upon God; and knows that all people upon the earth, if they come to
the light Christ Jesus has enlightened them withal, their crowns must
be laid down, down at his feet, and their peace taken away from the
earth; and Christ, (God's covenant of peace, of light with God and
man), they must come into; then all flesh must be silent before the
Lord; so the life of God comes to guide.
And all you that are in your own wisdom, and in your own reason; it
tells you that silent waiting upon God is famine to you; it is a
strange life to you to come to be silent, you must come into a new
world. Now you must die in the silence, to the fleshly wisdom,
knowledge, reason, and understanding; so you come to feel that
which brings you to wait upon God; (you must die from the other),
that brings you to feel the power of an endless life, and come to possess it. And in the silent waiting upon God, you come to receive
the wisdom from above, by which all things were made and created;
and it gives an understanding and a reason, which distinguishes from
the beast. And the life of God in you, which brings to wait upon
God, which gives you life, brings to know God; and to know God and
Jesus Christ is life eternal. And to you this is the word of the Lord
SOMETHING FARTHER CONCERNING SILENT MEETINGS
Concerning silent meetings: The intent of all speaking is to bring into the life, and to walk in it, and to possess the same, and to live in and enjoy it, and to feel God's presence; and that is in the silence, (not in the wandering whirling tempestuous part of man or woman). For in silence is the flock lying down at noon-day, and feeding of the bread of life, and drinking at the springs of life, not speaking words. For words declared are to bring people to the spirit, confessing God's goodness and love, but only as they are moved by the eternal God and his spirit. All the ravenous spirits that are from the witness of God in themselves, cannot be still, cannot be silent; it is a burden to them. They cannot keep at home in their own houses, but are the hunters before the Lord like Nimrod, the first builder of Babel; but God confounded them, for they went out of the stillness and quietness, as did the Jews that went from the law of God, then they gadded abroad, and changed their ways, and so did not see their salvation. The apostate christians do the same, who have become inwardly ravened [consumed] from the spirit of God. They are gone from the silence, and stillness, and from waiting upon God to have their strength renewed; and so they have devolved into into sects, among one another; they have the words of Christ and the apostles, but inwardly are ravened from the still life. In the still life, the fellowship is attained in the spirit of God, in the power of God, which is the gospel, in which is the fellowship, when there are no words spoken.
TO ALL THE MAGISTRATES IN LONDON.
Friends, that are called christians, and christian magistrates; are not you worse than the Jews that took tithes, and had store-houses, from which all the strangers, and widows and fatherless were satisfied, and there was not to be a beggar in Israel? Your blind men, widows and fatherless children, are crying up and down, lying in every corner of your streets; crying up and down half a dozen together, up and down your streets crying for bread, the poor and lame; is this not a shame to your christianity? How can the love of God dwell in you? How do you clothe your own flesh? How do you feed the hungry? Have you not come here under the reproof of James? How can you be in the pure religion, to visit the sick, the fatherless, and the widows, when both blind, and sick, and crippled, and lame lie up and down, crying up and down on almost every corner of the city; while men and women are so decked with gold and silver in their delicate state, that they cannot see how to proceed. Surely, surely you are not aware that you are all of one mould and blood, who dwell upon the face of the earth. Would not a little out of your abundance and superfluity maintain these poor children, crippled, lame, and blind, or set them at work that can work; and those who cannot, find a place of relief for them. Would not that be a grace to you? Is not that a disgrace to you, for them to lie up and down in corners of your streets, and highways, and steeple-house doors? Does not this show, that you want the wisdom of God, to order the creation? Do you not agree that this is a grievous thing? Do you not believe it is grievous to all the tender and sober people? Is this true christian religion, to see so much preaching, praying, sermons, lectures, and to see so many blind and lame, poor men and women, and children up and down the streets, and at the steeple-house doors. Is not this an ill savor among you and in you and the high profession you profess?
Deal your bread to the hungry, honor the Lord God with your substance; hide not yourself from your own flesh; give to him that asks of you, or would borrow of you, lend, hoping for nothing again. He that turns his ear from hearing the cry of the poor, the Lord will not regard. He that despises the poor, despises his maker. So see, this is the word of the Lord God to you all, and a charge to you all in the presence of the Lord God. See all the poor, the blind, lame, the widows, the fatherless, that cry up and down your streets for bread, for maintenance at your steeple-house doors, and highways, and corners of streets and alleys, that these be taken up and provided for, and those who can work, that they may be set to it, and those who cannot, that they may be looked to, that there may be a good savor in your streets, that the Lord may come with a blessing upon you, and give you an increase double another way. Then you show the fruits of true religion, and the works of love, and the fruits of love, and the fruits of the spirit; but now the fruits of the flesh which has superfluity, which said, I have enough, I have superfluity, I have gold, I have money and goods in store, I have fine apparel, and jewels, and rings, and dainty diet, dressing myself in glasses, and buying glasses and pictures, and spices, and consider not the poor which is ready to be starved, crying in the street, and you are so proud, that you cannot tell how to go up and down the streets in your laced shoes, and clothes, and hats. How are many with their hair powdered like bags of meal? How are many in their jewels, and rings, and gold, and costly attire, which the apostle speaks against, and checks such for; they regard not their own flesh, they regard not their Creator, that regard not their fellow-creature, that he created, who created the one as well as the other, and causes the sun to shine upon the just, and the unjust, but destroy the creatures upon their lusts, when others are in want of the creatures; slackening their hand, and not giving to the poor.
God loves a cheerful giver, for God gives cheerfully, and freely, and liberally. He that gives to the poor, lends to the Lord, the Lord restores him double again. But people's hearts are hardened, and they mind not to disgrace the truth, and the custom of the cries of the blind, the lame, the widows, and the fatherless has taken away the sense of compassion; therefore let there be a storehouse where all may be relieved, and let none lack, that all may have enough. The Lord can take away from you as much in a week, that would (it may be) serve thousands of the poor, and you cross by sea and by land for your hard-heartedness; which otherwise you would see as a blessing, and feel as a blessing both within and without, in store, in field, by sea and land. As you come into the wisdom of God, and stand in it, and are preservers of the creation, then God will bless you, and, what you take in hand will prosper. A preserver of the creation visits the sick and the fatherless, and causes not the blind to wander; cannot God bring the proudest of you all down, and make you as poor as them that wander in the streets, because you do not do good in your life time? Therefore come to work, and do the work of the Lord, while you have poor, you great ones; and come to the feeling of these things, you magistrates, that none of these may lie up and down your streets, while it is in your power to do good. From a lover of mercy and compassion to all that feed the wounded and feeble, lame, and blind, and helpless. So in tenderness these things consider; for there is so much destroyed in your superfluity and vanity, that would maintain the weak, lame, and blind, that is spent upon your lusts. O be a good savor, and do that which may be a good savor to the Lord God, and in the hearts of all people in your generations.
From a lover of truth, and a friend of all your souls.
CONCERNING THE WORLD'S HYPOCRITICAL SALUTATIONS, BEING OUT OF THE TRUTH, ARE CONDEMNED BY THE TRUTH.
The customs, and manners, and fashions of the world, which are practiced among people in the world, are vain; when they meet one with another, they will say how do you sir, doff the hat, scrape a leg, make a courtesy, I am glad to see you well, your servant, your servant my Lord, (or sir) or mistress, and when they are past them, with the same tongue wish evil to them, speak evil of them, wish hurt to them, or to her, and say he is so, and so, or curse him, or wish that he was hanged, or killed, or do him a mischief; yet when he meets him, or she meets her, they bow one to another; the hats bow, they are one another's servants, (and your humble servant), at their service, and then when they are past one another, wishes wickedness one to another, and laugh at one another behind their backs; and this is a custom that is evil among men and women, which ought not to be, and is to be rebuked, and reproved; they profess love and friendship to one another, and with the same mouth wish ill one to another, and one destroy another; this has been an evil custom among men and women, who when they meet together flatter one another, and say they are one another's servants, and profess humility one to another, and when one is gone from the other, envy one another, and lay a plot to do him mischief, and do wickedness to one another; this is, and has been a bad thing among people, and is to be reproved; and these salutations are vain, and not to be observed, but denied, and to be judged, that plainness, and truth, and uprightness, and honesty may come to rule in people, and single-heartedness, and the love indeed, which is more than words; and this humility is feigned, and this is a flattering one another in the presence, and a backbiting one another, behind one another's back; this is to be judged and condemned, that the witness of God in all may arise, that leads to truth in the inward parts.
THE FASHIONS OF THE WORLD MADE MANIFEST; ALSO A FEW WORDS TO THE CITY OF LONDON.
What a world is this? How does the devil garnish himself, and how obedient are people to do his will and mind, that they are carried away with fooleries and vanities, both men and women, that they have lost the hidden man of the heart through vanity, and the meek and quiet spirit, which is with the Lord of great price, they have lost the adorning of Sarah, they are putting on gold, gay apparel, plaiting the hair, men and women, they are powdering it, making their backs as if they were carrying bags of meal, and they look so strange that they cannot look at one another, they are so lifted up in pride. Pride has so lifted them up, and is flown up into their head, they snuff up like wild asses, and like Ephraim they feed upon wind, and are gotten to be like wild heifers, who feed upon the mountains; and pride has puffed them up, they are out of the fear of God, men and women, young and old, one puffs up another, they are not in the fashions of the world else, they are not in esteem else, they shall not be respected else, if they have not gold and silver upon their backs, or their hair be not powdered; or if he has hung about his waist red, or white, or black, or yellow ribbons, and about his knees, and gets a company in his hat, and powder his hair, then he is a brave fellow, then he is accepted, then he is no Quaker, because he has ribbons on his back, and belly, and knees, and his hair powdered; this is he they stand with their hats off to; this is the array of the world.
Likewise the women, having their gold, or spots on their faces, and on their cheeks, and foreheads, having their rings on their fingers, wearing gold, having cuffs double under and above, having their ribbons tied about their hands, and three or four gold laces about their clothes, this is no Quaker, say they, this is it that pleases the world; this array, this attire pleases the world; but this is not the attire of Sarah, whose adorning was in the hidden man of the heart, of a quiet and meek spirit; this is the adorning of the heathen, not of the apostle, nor of the saints, who said not wearing of gold, nor plaiting the hair, but of a meek and quiet spirit, which was of the Lord of great price; and here was the sobriety and good ornament, which was of the Lord accepted; this was Paul's exhortation and preaching; but we see the talkers of Paul's words live out of Paul's commands, and example of Sarah, but are found in the steps of the great heathen, who comes to examine the apostle in his gorgeous apparel. Now are not all these that have got these ribbons hung about their breeches, hats, backs, waists, knees, and hands, like unto fiddler’s boys, and show that they are got into the fashion of them that be called rogues, the fiddler’s boys, and stage players, and quite out of the paths and steps of solid men, and in the very steps and paths of the wild heads, which give themselves up to every invention and vanity of the world that appears, inventing to get upon their backs, heads, feet and legs; and say, if it be out of fashion it is nothing worth. Are not these the spoilers of the creation, and have the fat and the best of it, and waste and destroy it? Do not these cumber God's earth? Let that of God in all consciences answer, and who are in the wisdom judge.
And further, to get a pair of breeches like a coat, and hang them with points up to the middle, and a pair of double cuffs on his hands, and a feather in his cap; here is a gentleman, bow before him, put off your hats, bow before him; gets a company of fiddlers, a set of music, and women to dance, this is a brave fellow, a gentleman; a gentleman; up in the chamber; up in the chamber without, and up in the chamber within; are these your fine christians? Yes, say they, they are christians. Yes, but said the serious people, they are out of Christ's life, and out of the apostle's commands, and out of the saint's ornament; and to see such a company as before mentioned, as are in the fashions of the world, as is before mentioned, a company of them get a couple of bowls in their hands, or tables, or shuffle-board, or a horse with a company of ribbons on his head, as he has on his own, and a ring in his ear, and so go to a horse racing to spoil the creature; Oh! these are gentlemen, these are brave fellows, these are bred up gentlemen, these are no Quakers, and they must take their recreations, and pleasures as lawful, and these in their sports set up their shouts like unto the wild asses, or like unto the cattle or beasts when they are new put to grass, lowing and glorying in the things before mentioned, but it is in the flesh, not in the Lord; and these are called christians, and show they are glutted with the creature, and then the flesh rejoices; and here is bad breeding up youth and young women, who are carried away with the vanities of their minds in their own inventions, pride, arrogance, lust, gluttony, uncleanness, to eat and drink, and rise up to play; this is the generation that God is not well pleased withal, but their eyes are full of adultery, who cannot cease from evil; these are those who live in pleasures; these are those who be dead while they live, which glory not in the Lord, but in the flesh; these are they which be out of the light that the scripture was given out from, who live in the fashions and vanities of the world, and out of its adorning, and in the devil's adorning, who are out of the truth, and not in the adorning of the Lord, which is a meek and quiet spirit, which is with the Lord of great price; but this ornament, and this adorning is not put on with them which be adorned, and have the ornament of him that is out of the truth, which is not accepted with the Lord.
Is it not in all the synagogues, and temples, and churches, as the world calls them, which are under the dominion of hireling-teachers, which teach for lucre and for gain, and for money. The people that go there to the temple, church and synagogue, as the people call them, they sometimes spy abroad one upon another, and sometimes upon the priest, to see what fashion he has on, and see what fashion the people have on them. Sometimes they listen to what the priest says, but they forget it before they have left the synagogue, temple, or church, as they call it. It is the fashion they can remember. Ah! They say, such a one has such a fashion, and it is very well made. Another one has a fashion, but remains in the old fashion, which is not regarded; and here you see the eye is abroad, and then in the week-day he gets such a fashion as he has seen in the steeple-house; and then he or she comes to the steeple-house with their fashion, which they have invented in the weekday. Then maybe he sees another fashion, and envy gets up; envy that another has a fashion, which it may be their means will not reach to, and then there is crying want. To tell these, who are of the world, that they are into the fashions of the world, which passes away, would make them angry; so those who are rich, full, in plenty, and abundance of the earth, send for the tailor to ask what's the best fashion now? I would have it made according to the current style, or it is worth nothing. A different fashion you may have; but who have such a fashion, said the man or woman? Yes, but that fashion is old and passed, so it is worth nothing. So everyone strives to have a fashion according to the greatest, and everyone here is climbing up, and trying to out do one another in these things. Thus you see that many people go to the steeple-house on the first day to see the latest fashions and show off their fashions; and do not many tradesmen go there to see the fashion, that they may please their customer with that fashion that they have seen at church, as they call it, and the people have seen it likewise; and therefore the tailor must make it according to the fashion, as the other was. Then is not a great part of their talk about the fashions, and about the invention of the fashions, and about the making of the apparel, and about the putting of it on, that ornament, that attire; but where is Sarah's attire? Where is Peter's counsel, that which is of the Lord of great price? Do not all your fashions please your eyes? Is not this of the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, and not of the Father?
Is not this the fashion of the world which passes away? And is not here the strife in all these trimmings, and envying one another, and hatred to them that are in a fashion above your fashions? And do not you scoff at another that is in a fashion below yours, make a mock of it, and envy at them that be in a fashion above you, which your purse, you will say, is not able to reach, but if I had money I would have such a fashion, I want money, or I would have a gold ring on my hand; so the want is to get into the fashion, which is the want of the fear of God.
But is not all this destruction to the creation, and destroying the creatures of the Lord, yes the best of the creation is destroyed here upon the lust, and you carried away with the vanities of your minds, and your own inventions of your wicked hearts, where envy, lust, pride, uncleanness, ungodliness lodges: now do you not believe that God will spew you out, for polluting and staining the earth, who are given up wholly to inventions and fashions, crafts-men who are given up to inventing of fashions, and so serving your invention more than God, though you may call upon him with your lips, but your hearts are after your inventions; you call upon him with your lips, professing him with your lips, but your hearts after your fashions, the newest fashion that will please both priest and people; and like priest, like people. Oh, say they, the Quakers' religion stands in these things, to cry against the fashions of the world altogether; no, not altogether, yet it does stand to cry against them; their religion is pure, and keep from the spots of the world, and from the fashions of it, that perish away; it is time to cry against all your fashions, for the devil has carried you to such a height, who are in the wisdom that is earthly, sensual, and devilish, it is time it was set upon the wall.
Oh! London, you are fatted in the flesh, whose flesh is as the flesh of horses, and you are stained with lust, pride and vanity, and your beauty must fade and wither, as the flower, to you this is the word of God. Your profession without life is from God empty, your wisdom, your knowledge, your prudence, your reason, understanding, the true understanding is hid from you, and this before-mentioned has caused you to err; with the life of God you are comprehended, and are to be ruled with the rod of iron; you have been proud of your profession, and religion and wisdom, and knowledge and understanding, which has been without the true ground, and the worship is without the spirit, your mountain must be beat, and the rocks must be rent, the wall of the fenced city laid down, your high tower and castle thrown down to the dust, all your hypocritical profession shall not serve your turn, but God to judgment is come upon you; and you who are found out of the life will be found unsavory, and trampled under by the foot of men, God will not heed your wisdom, he will not heed your beauty, but deface it, nor your pretence of God, and Christ and pretence of profession of Christ, the apostles' words and prophets, the calling of him Lord, and the heart removed from him, in the pride, in the vanity, in the lust, in the flesh, who the just has destroyed. Now the just is risen to plead with you by fire and sword, which shall answer the just, which you have quenched and destroyed in you; therefore be awakened all hypocrites, and heapers up of the earth, the Lord is risen, and will not spare; and you that be from his witness, shall feel the judgment; and you that be in the field, shall feel the sword, famine and plagues, you shall not escape it; for the Lord that fills heaven and earth is come to judgment upon the earth, who will answer the just in every man: and to you this is the word of God.
THE SECOND COVENANT,
Which does manifestly make known the end of the first covenant and priesthood, which could not continue by reason of death. Or the New Covenant of Light, Life, and Peace, wherein the Lord in righteousness establishes the hearts of his people; where they are taught of the Lord. Also herein is declared the difference between Christ's way, and Judas's way.
—By George Fox
In the first covenant, Exodus 19 and Deuteronomy 4, you may see how the people were taught the statutes of the Lord, and what they were to observe, and what they were not. The priests' lips were to preserve the knowledge of the people, and they should take the law at his mouth, for under this priesthood the people received the law. Now this law has been changed, and the priesthood has been changed, and the law by which the priesthood was made. In this first covenant there were ordinances and statutes; but the second priesthood has now come, whom Moses prophesied of, who had the ordinances and statutes, which he gave to the priests and to others to teach to the people, who saw beyond them, for he saw Christ whom the people should hear. The prophets also saw beyond those figures and ordinances, and they saw Christ. And David saw beyond them, and he saw Christ. When Christ came, whom they saw, he blotted out the hand-writing of ordinances which formerly had been taught to the people. Formerly, they were to teach these ordinances to each other, and teach their neighbor, and their brother, and their children, writing them on the posts and stones, and upon the walls, and making fringes upon their garments, to put them in remembrance of them. But Christ having come, the second covenant, the everlasting covenant, the first covenant, which is not everlasting and were ordinances, was blotted out by Christ.
Now where the light is received, Christ is received, the covenant of God, and this lets every one see the first covenant, (and the first covenant in which were the ordinances, and the priests' lips that must preserve knowledge). The light that comes from Christ brings to see this, and the change of this priesthood, which was to to educate the people regarding the Law, by the people listening to the priest's lips. The light brings to see the decaying of the first covenant, which is not everlasting, and see Christ to blot out the hand-writing of ordinances. So those who are in the covenant of light, see the first priesthood, whose lips were to preserve knowledge, the first covenant decaying, and the ordinances blotted out; these are in the light, and know God in their new heart , and need not teach every man his neighbor, saying know the Lord. For he that has received the light, has received the covenant with God; and growing up in the light, he is taught of Christ, and grows up in his knowledge. This the everlasting priest, who preserves his knowledge; but not through the first priesthood. This is He that gives him life, but not the first priesthood; and this is He that is the way, and not the first priesthood; for the first priesthood decays; and from him this is He that has the food, and not from the first priesthood, which is changed, and could not continue by reason of its death and annulment.
So God at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in times past to our fathers by the prophets, but now in these last days has spoken to us by his Son, who is heir of all things, and upholds all things by the word of his power, who is the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his substance, and this now is witnessed, Heb 1. Moses said, that saw beyond his ordinances, and this is He that preserves his knowledge. Now he that does not hear him, (this prophet), whom God has raised up and which Moses spoke of; he follows the decaying things, the changeable priesthood, and pleads for the ordinances that Christ blotted out; as you are turned to the light, to this prophet, you may see with that which gave forth scriptures, the statutes of them that are out of the life, and the Jews which hold up the first priesthood, and the ordinances and the first covenant, for in these was their life, John 5. Christ told them he was the bread of life, which came down from above; and said, is it not written in the prophets they shall be all taught of God? Was is not true that in the first priesthood they were to teach one another, to say know the Lord, and know his ordinances, and know his laws; and was not this in this first priesthood, and first covenant? But Christ the second priesthood, the second covenant, the prophet that Moses saw, whom the people should hear, which lights every man that comes into the world, that all men through him might believe; he said here, it is written in the prophets, you shall be all taught of God, every one therefore that has heard and learned of the Father comes unto me. Mark, he that has heard and learned of the Father, comes unto me, said Christ, who is the way to the Father. Now those who have not heard nor learned of the Father, murmured against Christ and would not come to him. Did God not say, when he had raised up his prophet, which Moses spoke that God would raise up, that the people should hear him. Does God not now say: this is my beloved Son, listen to, yield to, and obey him in all things?" Does not Christ say, learn of me, I am the way, the truth, and the life? Christ, who blotted out all the hand-writings of ordinances, triumphing over them, is the end of the law to every one that believes in him for righteousness sake. Christ, the end of the priesthood that could not continue by reason of death, he it is, who lives forever; and he is the end of the first covenant that decays. He is the everlasting covenant, which never decays, who is God's covenant of light, of life, of peace to his people, so that all through him might believe.
Who have come here, shall know the Lord, the blotting out of ordinances, and the changing of the law, by which they were made; and the disannulling of the command, which they had to take tithes of the people; and see these ordinances blotted out which the people were taught; and see what preserved knowledge, that priesthood at whose lips the people were to seek the law. He, who was made by a law, that law changed, and that priesthood also changed also, so that is the changeable; the light, which comes from the unchangeable, discovers it. Those who have come to Christ, the treasury of wisdom and knowledge, see the end of the first; they have come to the beginning, who is the heir of all things, who was glorified with the Father before the world began. They see God's covenant of light, life, and peace with his people - his everlasting covenant; and who are here need not say, know the Lord, but shall witness the everlasting covenant, and have the law of God written in their hearts, according to his promise. Such have come to Christ, to the second priesthood, the everlasting covenant, who blotted out the hand-writing of ordinances. Christ told them they would be hauled before magistrates out of synagogues, (for such magistrates hold up the first covenant, and the ordinances which Christ blotted out, the first priesthood whose lips were to preserve knowledge, temple, and synagogues), and Christ said to his disciples, (then and now), that when they were brought before magistrates, or scourged in the synagogues, the Holy Ghost would teach them in the same hour what they were to say. Mark, the Holy Ghost teaches these those who have come into the everlasting covenant, as it is known and witnessed at this day by those who are in the covenant of light, life, and peace. The Holy Ghost teaches them what to say in the same hour, to answer the magistrate that holds up the first priesthood, whose lips were to preserve knowledge, and the ordinances which Christ blotted out. Those who were disciples of Christ, preached to the members of this priesthood, trying to show them Christ Jesus as predicted by the prophets, who spoke of Christ that was to come. When Christ came, the members of the old priesthood were found in the words of Moses and the prophets; but they were out of the life of Moses and the prophets; therefore were they blind guides and led others into the ditch; so they did not see what Moses and the prophets saw, and did not receive the new covenant when it came, although the prophets spoke of Christ, who was to come. So it is at this day with those who have the words of the scriptures, but are out of the life, standing against the life that gave them forth, standing against the things of which they they spoke.
So now those who are in the covenant that is everlasting, are taught by the Holy Ghost what to say in the same hour when they are brought and hauled out of the synagogue, and before the magistrate, or before the changeable priesthood; to which priesthood the magistrates and people look, instead of looking to the everlasting covenant, Christ Jesus the prophet, to hear him, who God has raised up, which Moses prophesied of; which thousands now witness, glory to the Lord God forever. In Isa 54, he said all your children shall be taught of God, and great shall be the peace of your children: and in righteousness shall they be established, [mark,] the children of the Lord, which are taught of the Lord, in righteousness shall be established, for who are taught of the Lord, and established in righteousness, they are in Christ the righteousness of God, who is the end of the law for righteousness sake. So you, who have heard and learned of the Father, come to Christ God's righteousness and hear the Son, of which the prophet Moses spoke that God should raise up. Now you, who are holding up priests that take tithes, temple, and synagogues; do you believe that God has raised up his prophet of whom Moses spoke that the people should hear? Do you believe that this prophet has come, of which Moses spoke that God should raise up? You, who are listening to the priests, who continue to take tithes, are not you outside of the covenant that is everlasting? Are not you strangers from the life of God, the covenant of peace, and in the confusion one with another, about words: the words of Christ, the prophets, and apostles? Are not the children taught of the Lord, who are established in righteousness. Are you not but strangers from this covenant of promise, and strangers from the life of God, through the alienating of your minds, and so are still in the changeable. Shall anything prosper, which has been formed against those children taught of the Lord and established in righteousness? Will he not condemn every tongue that rises up in judgment against them? The children of the Lord, who are taught of him and established in righteousness; have they been taught of the first priesthood, which takes the tithes, is changeable, and holds up the synagogues, and temple, and first covenant? Are these followers of old priesthood established in righteousness, and free from oppression; as the children, who are taught of the Lord and established in righteousness, are free from?
David said, who saw beyond the ordinances the first covenant that was to decay, and the first priesthood that was to change, whose lips were to preserve knowledge, and the people was to seek it at his lips; David that saw beyond that priesthood and covenant, that saw Christ, he out-stripped all his teachers. Psa 119:99. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimony is my meditation. [Mark,] The testimony of the Lord was his meditation, for you taught me, how sweet were your words to my taste, yes sweeter than the honey. [Mark,] Here David out-stripped them all, who had heard and was taught of God, and said you taught me; he out-stripped and had more understanding than all his teachers, and said, Oh how I love your law, it is my meditation all the day; and said Solomon, his son, Prov 6, the law is light; who said, to do justice is more than sacrifice; who said of wisdom, Prov 8, I was with him in the beginning, before the earth was, and the hills were settled. So he saw beyond the first priesthood, who saw into the beginning, and before the beginning, when he gave the sea its decree and commandment, and appointed the foundation of the earth. I was with him, and took my solace in the compass of his earth, and my delight was with the children of men, when he established the clouds, when he prepared the heavens, before he made the mountains, and settled the hills, when he had not made the earth, the field, or the highest part of the world, then was I by him, as one brought up with him, daily his delight; here he sees over all the world. Prov 8. And said Job 12, which came to hear God, and after came to see him, Ask now the beast and they will teach you, and the fowls of the air and they will tell you, and speak to the earth and it will teach you, and the fish of the sea and it will declare unto you, who knows not that in all these the hand of the Lord has wrought, in whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind; [mark,] mind this hand in which the soul of every living thing is, and the breath of all mankind, mark this hand; feel and know this hand, then you will know that which does the valiant things, and you will come to know that which will teach you.
And now is the time come of Isaiah's prophecy, that the teacher shall be no more removed into a corner, though they have bread of adversity, and water of affliction, but your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, this is the way, walk you in it. Now all people, being strangers from the covenant of light, their faces toward Egypt, which is darkness, the word calls behind, and all people are walking toward the first priesthood that is changeable, and the first covenant that is changeable, and does decay, and to the synagogue and temple, and the ordinances that Christ blotted out, and maintaining the priesthood with tithes, which were of the first priesthood, but the covenant is changed that made them, and the command disannulled. Now this word is behind all these, for that is not the way, and the word said this is the way from all those ways; the word said Christ is the way, who said learn of me; and God said, this is my beloved Son, hear you him, him that Moses said God would raise up, this is the word, here is the voice behind, and who hears this voice, and has heard this word, hears the Son; in these last days God has spoken to us by his Son, who is heir of all things, whose name is called the word of God. Rev. 19:11-16. Now those who are of the Jews, are for holding up synagogues, and temple, and priesthood, which holds up the first covenant as the Jews did; the priests that take tithes, they will not hear this word, nor this voice behind them, they will have none of Christ, will not allow him to reign over them, and so will not hear the prophet that Moses said God would raise up, and said people should hear, and so disobey Moses’ command, and God's command, who said, this is My Son, My Chosen One or My Beloved; listen to and yield to and obey Him, and Christ's command, who said, learn of me, whose name is the word of God.
So those who had the letter [scriptures], did not know the word, and those who have the letter do not know the voice now, nor the word, but flee to the priest's lips and synagogues, and temple; to the lips of the priest that takes their tithes to teach them their knowledge. So they will not hear the word Christ, nor the voice; but they imprison and persecute those who come to tell them of this word, and this light; they haul them out of the synagogues, and put them into prison, as they did in the days of the Jews. Now here Isaiah saw the word, and the covenant of light which the apostle preached, and knew this voice, and this way, which the people were to walk in, which he saw beyond sacrifice, and offerings, and priesthood, and first covenant; for he saw Christ, and said this is the man whom God has regard to, who was of a broken heart and contrite spirit, and trembled at his word, Isa 66. And Jeremiah saw beyond the first covenant, first priesthood, and tables of stone, statutes and ordinances; and the Lord said by him; I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, said the Lord, after these days, [mark,] I will put my law in their minds, I will write it in their hearts, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Mark, here were days when the law was written in stone, and they were to write them upon the walls, and upon posts, and they were to have fringes on their clothing to put them in remembrance of the law. Now that was in days past; but the Lord said, after those days, I will put my law in their hearts; the hearts of those that had put them in tables of stone, in those days where the people were to be taught the law, and to have the Lord taught, and his laws, and his statutes, and his ordinances.
Now the law has been written in the heart according to the promise of the Lord, who performs and fulfils his words according as they were spoken; when he said that he will put his law in their inward parts, and write them in their hearts, after those days [mark,] after the former days, and I will be a God to them, and they shall be my people, and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord, for they shall all know me, from the greatest to the least of them, said the Lord, and I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sins no more. Now while the law was written outwardly, in the tables of stone, or upon the posts, and on fringes of clothing to put them in mind of the law, they taught every man his neighbor, and every man his brother; but these were the days when the laws were written upon stone, the first priesthood, the first covenant then standing. Now after those days, the end of the first priesthood, the first covenant, and the decaying of it; people come to witness the Lord having written his law in their hearts, and put them in their inward parts, [mark]. The Lord having done this, every one feels what the Lord has done, having put his law in their inward parts, and having written his laws in their hearts. Thus they feel the Lord near them; and they, who feel this, feel the promise of God fulfilled and know the Lord, he having put his law in their hearts; for this will teach every man to know the Lord. Thus everyone shall feel the Lord is merciful to their unrighteousness, and their iniquities, and their sins he will remember no more. Those who feel the law written in their heart as his promise fulfilled, know this and know the Lord; yes the least of them, to the greatest of them, so that they shall not need to teach one another, saying, know the Lord; thus said the Lord who has promised this, which gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon, and the stars, for a light by night, which divides the seas when the waves thereof roar, the Lord of hosts is his name; [mark,] if these ordinances depart from before me, said the Lord, then shall the seed of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.
And now is the Lord known, and his promise fulfilled, and his ordinances performed, who has put his law in their hearts, and written them in the inward parts of his people, and he is their God, and these need not teach every man his brother, and every man his neighbor, saying, know the Lord, for they shall all know me from the least to the greatest, said the Lord, and these, who can show this, that the law of God is written in their hearts, they know the Lord, from the least to the greatest, Jer 31. And in Ezek 11, the Lord said by him, I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will take their stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances to do them, and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. Now this spirit is witnessed, which the Lord has put within his people, and has given them a new heart, and this is the one heart, the new heart, with which the people of God come to be joined together to God. This brings the people to know the Lord to be their God, and themselves to be his people according to his promise: they shall be unto me a people, and I will be unto them a God; but as for those that walk after the heart of their own detestable things, and their own abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, said the Lord God.
Now here is the end and portion of those who walk by the light of Christ, walk by the light, so by the law, for the law is light; but those who witness the new heart, the one heart, if it be thousands, yes ten thousands, these walk over all the abomination and detestable things of the world, and see the Lord recompensing upon their heads of those who walk after their own hearts, they are not in this one heart, but in the heart that is desperately wicked, and deceitful, and that is the old heart, the corrupt heart, that is desperately wicked, and this is the portion of them that walk after detestable things, and abominations, God will recompense it upon their own heads. Christ the second priest, the righteousness of God, the everlasting covenant of light, life and peace; when he was to leave his disciples and to pass away from them, he said, I will send you the Comforter. Here is the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name: he shall teach you all things. Mark, the Comforter was to come to those who were of Christ and followed him; the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, would come to them from the Father, which Christ is the way to, which Holy Ghost should teach them all things, and bring all things to their remembrance. Whatever I have spoken to you, [now mark,] this is it that must teach, and was to teach, and must bring all things to remembrance, which Christ has spoken to his disciples, [mark,] this brings to remembrance, the Holy Ghost, the Comforter which comes from the Father, the spirit of truth, which leads into all truth. Now who would have anything to teach them, and to bring to their remembrance, all the things that Christ has spoken, and to teach them, except the Comforter the Holy Ghost; yet there are many who oppose this and deny the possibility of this occurring, and they argue about the meaning of the words of scripture quoted above.
The Holy Spirit is what brings them to remembrance, and the same baptizes and shuts out of the old memory the words; he, who has the words in the old memory of his carnal mind, does not have the Holy Ghost to teach him. But now thousands have come to witness the Holy Ghost, including both those who are educated in letter and ignorant in letter. The Holy Ghost teaches them and brings to their remembrance the things that Christ has spoken; it brings to memory. Without it bringing to memory, there is no teaching of the educated or uneducated, as Peter speaks of; but this is it that teaches, the Holy Ghost, and brings to memory, and lets them see the words, yes, of all things as Christ has spoken; so peace I leave with you.
The disciples and apostles, which witnessed Christ's resurrection and heard him, witness the Holy Ghost's teaching. These had received the Holy Ghost from the Father, which things said the apostle we also speak, not with words of man's wisdom, [mark,] not with words that the man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things, [mark,] these spoke not in the words which man's wisdom teaches, not in the words, [take notice of that,] but which the Holy Ghost teaches, and so these witnessed Christ's words fulfilled. The Holy Ghost shall teach you and bring to your remembrance whatsoever I have spoken to you; now these saw Christ's words fulfilled, which we do now that are in his life, and witness the Holy Ghost, for these come to witness that are here, that which Christ spoke should come to pass and enjoy it. Here every one comes to know what the Holy Ghost teaches; here spiritual things are compared with spiritual things. You, who have come to this teaching of the Holy Ghost, will also know those things which also are spoken in words of man's wisdom, which that wisdom teaches, and these things which they speak. Now those who witness the Holy Ghost's teaching, witness a teaching above that teaching in words from man's wisdom, [mark,] we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teach. 1 Cor 2:13-14. Now they who are without this teaching of the Holy Ghost, and in the teaching from man's wisdom, looking at the words, get up heaps of teachers after their own lusts, and itching ears, itching after the words of man's wisdom, and the words that teaches in man's wisdom pleases them, and these turn after fables, who err from the truth, and are from the Holy Ghost teaching, 2 Tim 4. and are desiring to be teachers of the law, 1 Tim. 1, understanding neither what they say, nor what they affirm; we say the law is good if it be used lawfully. Mark, take notice of this, the law is good if it is used lawfully; knowing this, that it is made for the unrighteous and lawless; knowing it is not made for the righteous, but for the lawless, ungodly, disobedient, and sinners, for the unholy, profane, murderers of fathers, of mothers, man-slayers, for whoremongers, and them that defile themselves with mankind, for liars, for perjured persons, if there be anything that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the glorious God, which is the power of God, for these actions are contrary to the righteous. So the law was made for such, and not for the righteous, for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness sake, to every one that believes. Nevertheless the law is good in its place upon them that do not believe, but are still in sin, and pleading for it; such are teachers of the law, who do not know what they affirm, or of what they speak; for those who preached Christ, who had been taught by the Holy Ghost, said the law was changed by which the priesthood was made, and the commandment was disannulled, which gave them tithes. So those teachers of the law, who did not know what they affirmed, nor of what they spoke, were not taught by the Holy Ghost, which lets see Christ the end of the law, the righteousness of God to every one that believes for righteousness sake.
Now the apostle who witnessed Christ Jesus the everlasting covenant, who saw the end of the law, the end of the first priesthood, the decaying of the covenant, enjoined this which the prophet Jeremiah gave testimony of, and saw it fulfilled. Now said the apostle, if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place be found for the second, for finding fault with them, he said, "behold the days come, said the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and the house of Judah, and not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand, [mark,] to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they continued not in my covenant, I regard them not, said the Lord." Mark, because they did not continue in God's covenant, he regarded them not; but now in the covenant, which God makes with his people, not according to that covenant which the people did not continue in, the Lord regarded them; for this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after these days, said the Lord, I will put my law in their minds, and write them in their hearts, I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people, and they shall not need to teach every man his neighbor, or every man his brother, for they shall all know me, from the least to the greatest; and I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities I will remember no more. He said a new covenant, he made the first old, [mark,] now that which decays and waxes old, is ready to vanish away. Now those in this new covenant, not according to the old made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, but with the law of God put in their minds and written in their hearts, these witness the light, for the law is light, and they need not to teach every man his neighbor, or his brother, for this will teach every man, yes from the least to the greatest. Who witness this light, the law written in their hearts and in their minds, they know and witness him that is merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and iniquities he will remember no more, who has put his law in their minds, and written it in their hearts. In this state, the Lord is their God, and they are his people, and those who are in this state, witness the new covenant received from God. And he makes the first old, [mark,] he makes the first old; those who are in the old, and the decaying, and man's wisdom teaching, these are out of the new covenant, and do not know the Lord that gives the new. Now that which decays and waxes old, is ready to vanish away, ([mark, waxes old, decays, vanishes away), and they, who do not witness the new put into their minds and written in their hearts, do not know the Lord; they are in that which the Lord makes old, (the first covenant), and in that which decays and waxes old, and is ready to vanish away. Now this the apostle saw in his days, and such as are in the new covenant of God, the law written in their hearts and put in their minds, (which law is the light), these see the decaying, and the waxing old, and the vanishing of the other; and so these see those past days while the old covenant was still valid, and these see the days of the new covenant that came after those days.
Christ has come, the covenant of God, to do his will, as in the volume of the book, the everlasting covenant of light and life; and this is the covenant that I will make to the house of Israel and Judah, to the Gentiles a covenant of light, to the Gentiles that are in darkness; and the Jews and the Gentiles that are in the light, they are in one way, and with the light they come to know the Lord, and having received the light put into their minds, they come to have the law written in their hearts, and put into their minds; and he that receives the light, receives the covenant, whether he is Jew or Gentile. He that receives the covenant, the new covenant, the law written in the heart, he receives a new heart; the stony heart goes away. For the stony heart will hold the decaying things, and those things that waxes old and vanishes away, and with that heart God is not seen. Now that heart was desperately wicked, and deceitful, which the saints were once in, before receiving a new heart; for where the law is written in their hearts, that old heart is taken away; and so the saints come to witness the new covenant, and the new heart, and the one heart. This is the heart the saints are in, who believe in the light, Christ the covenant of light, and with this light they come to witness the law and Holy Ghost's teaching; and this turned them from man's teachings in the wisdom of words, to what the Holy Ghost taught. These come to witness the pure heart with which they see God, and know God, which those who are out of do not. This covenant, this everlasting new covenant is witnessed in our days, and this new heart is witnessed, this pure heart with which heart God is seen. God has put his law in the minds of his people, and in their hearts has he written them, with which they know him, and he is their God, and they are his people; and these witness what the Lord has spoken formerly in the ages past by his prophets to be fulfilled and having come to pass, for that is the end for which the scriptures were given forth, to be believed, fulfilled, read and practiced. John said, let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning, [mark,] which you have heard from the beginning, let that abide in you. For Christ said I am the light of the world, who does enlighten every man that comes into the world, by whom the world was made, and all things were created for him and to him, who is the heir of all things, glorified with the Father before the world began, who enlightens every one that comes into the world, that all through him might believe. And this is the light that shines in darkness, (and shows darkness, sin, and evil), which comes from him who is the light; and this was the light, which the apostle was sent to turn people from darkness to; so turning to the light, turns to Christ, to him from whom it comes, by whom the world was made. Those who hear the light, hear that which was from the beginning, and hear that which you have received from the beginning. Therefore I say unto you all, let that abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning, the light, and if that which you have heard from the beginning shall abide in you, you shall continue in the Son, and in the Father, for this comes from the Son, and the Father, and leads up into the Son from whence it comes, the light, and this is it which you have heard from the beginning: therefore I say unto you, let that abide in you, and this is the promise which he has promised us, even eternal life.
And these things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you; now they who seduce, seduce from what you have heard from the beginning; which he, in whom it abides, continues in the Son, and in the Father, and comes to receive eternal life, which is the promise. Now the seducer teaches, who has the seducing spirit; but those are out of the truth, and do not abide in that which he has heard from the beginning; but is out of it.
This is the word of the Lord God to you, and that is the sorcerer that is out of it, which is heard from the beginning, and brings to eternal life, and brings to have unity with the Father, and the Son; and this is the word of the Lord God to you again, which the seducer is out of, which would seduce from it, and seduces all that are from it, that which is heard from the beginning. This is the world of wickedness under the power of the seducer, which seduces from what was heard from the beginning, from having unity with the Father, and the Son; and these are under the power of the seducing teachers. He, who is out of the unity the Father and the Son, denies the Son; yes, and denies the Father also, because they do not hear what was from the beginning, that anointing which you have received of him who abides in you; [mark,] abides in you, the light which comes from the holy one, from him by whom the world was made. Mark, now it abides in you, the anointing which you have received from him, from Christ, from the holy one, and you need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teaches you all things, mark. That which you have received from the beginning, the anointing which abides in you, it will teach you, and you need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, [mark,] but as the same anointing teaches them that abide in it.
Now who has received teaching, but not as the same anointing teaches him, those are led away from the Holy One, and so are seduced; for they need not any man teach them, but as the same anointing teaches of all things that come from the holy one, which you have received of him, of Christ by whom the world was made. So the seducer leads from this anointing, which you have received of him which abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teaches you. Now there is man's teaching which draws from this anointing, which you have received and abides within you, and this man's teaching pleads with you that you need man's teaching; but the Holy Ghost's teaching said that you need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, [mark] of all things the same anointing teaches you, and is truth, and is no lie, [mark]. This is that which abides in you, and even as this anointing has taught you, you shall abide in him, mark, in Christ from where it comes. No one comes to abide in Christ, except by the teaching [and changing grace] of this anointing which they have in them. They shall abide in him, and it is truth, and no lie, and they need not that any man teach them, but as this anointing teaches them, which abides in you; and even as you are taught, you should abide in him by whom the world was made, and to see over men's teaching, and see those of men teaching to be out of abiding, and the seducer under the abiding and drawing people from it.
And now little children abide in him, that when he shall appear you may have confidence in him; now who abides in him, abides in that which they have heard from the beginning; those who abide in this, abide in the anointing which they have received from him who abides in them, and these need not any man teach them, but as the same anointing teaches them of all things, and it is true, and no lie, and received from him, that you abide in him, even as it has taught you. You shall abide in him, [mark,] as it has taught you, you shall abide in him; but if you abide in what man teaches you, and the seducing spirit teaches you, they draw you from this anointing that abides in you; such does not abide in him, nor the truth, but believe lies, but these come shame and are without confidence at his appearing.* But you shall not be ashamed at his appearing, who abide in him, who are taught with the anointing, but you shall have confidence, and if you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of him, and this they know that abide in him, and are taught of the anointing, and these comprehend the seducer's and men's teaching, and such as draw from the anointing that abides within you, [mark,] it abides within you, and none come to abide in the Son, but who abide in that, and are taught with that, with the anointing, and even as it teaches them they shall abide in him, in him by whom the world was made. And so the seducer and man's teaching people draws from the anointing, that abides in them, that must teach them; for if the man-teacher, and the seducer suffers people to own that which abides in them, and that they need not that man teach them, but as the same anointing teaches them, the seducer and man's teaching will soon fall, and man will have nothing to do, as every one is taught with this anointing which they have in them, they shall continue in the Son, and in the Father: and to you this is the word of the Lord God.
*Those who are purified while on the earth by the grace of God, see Christ appear within them, bringing salvation and the Kingdom. Those who die, still in their sins, see Christ appear when they die. See Howgill's writing for the details of this Day of the Lord.
Christ's Way and Judas's Way.
Christ Jesus which is the unchangeable priest, is the way to the Father, who is the light, he is the way to the Father of light, and all the changeable priests are not the way, who take the tithes, hold up synagogues and temple made with hands, where the hirelings are, and such as divine for money, teachers that bear rule by their means, seek for their gain from their quarter, shepherds that seek for the fleece; the teachers that through covetousness make merchandize of the people, and teachers for filthy lucre sake, which have the love of money, which is the root of evil, and these are all out of the way, which is the light. All of those who are under these teachers, are kept out of the way by these teachers, and taught to deny the way, by teaching them to deny the light, which enlightens every one that comes into the world. Both the teachers and their hearers rail and blaspheme against the way; but the light, which enlightens every man that comes into the world, is the way that came from the Father of lights, which light enlightens every man that comes into the world, and comes from the Father of lights, and goes to the Father of lights again. Christ said, I came from the Father, and go to the Father again; I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me; and I am the way to the Father, the light, truth, and life, and who comes to me, comes to the Father, for I am the way to the Father. Who comes not to me, comes not to the way, and comes not to the life, and comes not to the truth, and comes not to the peace.
Now the way of the devil was away from the truth, who abode not in it, and he deceived Eve; then she gave to Adam, who ate, though it had been said to him that he would die the death; which led out of the command of God, and so into death, which he did, and died; and was driven from God, disobeying his command, he went from God. So the way from the command of God, is death; the command is life, but the way from it is death. He who does not abide in the truth, but goes from it, does not abides in the way of God. Now Cain went from the command of God, which command is light; so Cain a murderer, and so is the devil who abode not in the truth. Now this is the devil's way, this is Cain's way, both murderers, who go from the light, from the truth, which is the command of God; and the Lord said unto Cain, "If you do well shall you not be accepted, and if not, sin lies at the door"? He did not do well, he disobeyed the command of God, and so went out of the command [walking by the promptings and direction of God's wisdom] of God; and all the heathen who do not know God are out of the way, which is the light; and all the Jews, who had the law of God and talked of the words of it, but obeyed it not, were out of the way, which is the light. For the law is light, and these did not recognize Christ when he came, who were out of the law, which is light, and the obedience of it; and these did not see Christ when he had come, who was the light, the end of the law; which is the way, the new and living way; and Christ: the end of the first priesthood, the end of the first covenant, the end of the temple made with hands, and the end of all the synagogue-teachers, and temple-teachers that take tithes, who is the way to the Father, and the church in God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Now those who believe in the light, and walk in the light, that enlightens every man that comes into the world, they walk in the way, they walk in truth, to receive life eternal, and to witness the holy one. The anointing in them, by which they need no man to teach them; but as the same anointing teaches them all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and as every one abides in this anointing which is within them, received from the holy one, when he does appear, they shall appear with him in glory, for it is the way, comes from the way, and it is the way to the glory. But those who are turned from the light, which they have received from Christ the holy one, him by whom the world was made, which was glorified with the Father before the world began; I say those who turn from this light, go from the eternal honor, the eternal glory, the eternal riches, the everlasting priesthood, the everlasting covenant of light, life, and peace. They go from the way, they go from the truth, they go from the life, erring from the way to the Father, where the church is in God. In addition those who go from the light to the priests that take the tithes, and hold up synagogues, and outward temples made with hands, which divine for money, and teach for filthy lucre, and seek for their gain from their quarter, and bear rule by their means, and seek for the fleece; those who follow such priests have Judas for their way, not Christ, for they are gone from the light, Christ, the unchangeable priest, to the changeable; they may talk of Christ, but are gone from him, that are gone from the light, to Judas, who had received part of the ministry when he forsook Christ. Judas went and betrayed Christ, and sold him to the changeable priests, and betrayed him to them. So, whoever forsakes the light which enlightens every man that comes into the world, which they are enlightened withal, and go to the changeable priests, Judas is your way. You who have been convinced with the light, and are gone from it, to the priests, the synagogues, temple priests, that take tithes; you speak evil of the right way, and cause others to speak evil of it, who through covetousness make merchandize of you. For the light is the way, and the light is the truth; and all they who hate the light, who enlightens every man who comes into the world, and cannot believe in the light that enlightens every man that comes into the world, they do not believe in the way, nor in the truth, nor in the life. These do not receive the gospel, for they do not receive the light of the glorious gospel; the god of the world having blinded their eyes. The light of the glorious gospel, which is the image of God, they do not see him by whom the world was made, who lights every man that comes into the world, and do not see the light of the glorious gospel, which lights every man that comes into the world, which light is the power of God.
And you may see all that are out of the light, who are out of the way, out of the truth. The Jews were out of the way, although they professed the scriptures, and they persecuted the way. The christians now that are in the letter, now are out of the way, and persecute those who are in the spirit; and these christians in the scriptures are crying up the Bible, and crying against the way, the light that enlightens every one that comes into the world; just as the Jews did, who cried up the outward ordinances, and the law, and the letter, but denied Christ, who lets them see the end of it. Persecution has always been out of the light, and so was always blind. This is the word of the Lord God to you all: Judas was out from the light, and so from the way Christ; when he went to the changeable priesthood, he went out from the everlasting priesthood. So are they all now, who go to the priests that take tithes, and to the synagogues, and temple, instead of Christ the everlasting priesthood, and do not receive gifts from him, who gives gifts that are perfect, that are for the perfecting of the saints. But the priesthood that takes tithes, and holds up synagogues, and temples, and says that men shall not be perfect while they are upon earth; you are an imperfect ministry, but Christ is the way, who received gifts for men, who is perfect, for the perfecting of the saints, until that they do come to the unity of the faith, and to the knowledge of the son of God to a perfect man, and to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, who perfects forever them that are sanctified, [mark,] he perfects them forever. But this ministry now, and the work of this ministry is denied, with the ministers, that deny the light which enlightens every man that comes into the world, which have not received their gifts from Christ, which makes perfect, who ascended far above all principalities and powers, which was glorified with the Father, with the glory which he had before the world began.
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