MANY SELECT EPISTLES TO FRIENDS,
THAT ANCIENT, EMINENT, AND FAITHFUL MINISTER
Volume 1 Contd.
240 Life versus Form
All outward things, figures, types, shadows, and inventions,
have been set up since Adam fell;
which inventions Christ destroys,
and the types, figures, and shadows of him he fulfils,
and brings man up out of the fall,
to the seed he was in before he fell;
and so in the power of God,
into peace, love, and unity,
and into the everlasting fellowship.
Cain differed from Abel in matter of worship;
Abraham from his countrymen and nation.
Likewise in matter of worship, Moses and the children of Israel
differed from the Egyptians and the Canaanites, and other nations.
Yet after the children of Israel
were brought out of Egypt by the power of God,
how soon after did they set up a calf, an outward thing?
Therefore in the power of God,
and in his wisdom
keep over all things.
And how soon Korah, Dathan, and Abiram began to offer a strange sacrifice,
after they were brought out of Egypt
by the power of God;
and went from the power of God,
in which they should have offered;
therefore keep in the power of God.
And how soon the children of Israel
when they multiplied and grew numerous,
offered out of the life of the law, and the power of God;
then their sacrifices were like unto the cutting off a dog's neck, and blessing idols;
therefore keep in the life and power of God.
And you may see Daniel's religion and worship
differed from Nebuchadnezzar's the emperor of Babylon,
and likewise differed from the Chaldeans and Persians,
as yours comes to differ now from all the apostates,
gone from the apostles' and Christ's life and doctrine.
And there is the mystery of Babylon,
like the Jews differed from outward Babylon;
therefore keep in the power of God,
which keeps to the beginning.
And also you may see what differences there were
among the churches in the primitive times,
about meats, drinks, days, and times,
but the apostle tells them the kingdom of God
does not stand in such things,
but in righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy ghost.
And they were not to judge one another about such things;
for foods were for the belly, and the belly for foods,
but God would destroy both them and it;
and showed them that it was below christians
to argue about such things.
And also what arguing was there in the church
in the primitive times about circumcision,
which the apostle brings them off from, and tells them
that circumcision nor uncircumcision avails nothing,
but a new creature.
Therefore mind that new creature,
and the faith that works by love.
And how also there were arguments about baptism and the supper,
and about men, some for Paul, and some for Apollo, etc.
But the apostle directed them all to know Christ the seed,
in the male and female,
and told them he preached Christ in them,
and bid them examine themselves, and prove themselves,
and to know him to be in them,
otherwise they were reprobates;
and he brings them off from things that are seen,
for the things which are seen are temporary,
but the things that are not seen are eternal.
Now these things which they argued about,
were things that were seen,
and not eternal things, but temporary;
for, if they did not come to Christ Jesus,
the substance of those things,
they remained in the reprobation from the life, truth, and substance.
And also what arguments there were among the primitive christians,
about marriage of believers and unbelievers,
and the departing of the believers from the unbelievers;
which the apostle told them,
that marriage should be honored by all, and the bed undefiled;
and how that they should abide together, the believer with the unbeliever;
and how that the believer sanctified the unbeliever,
by which their children were not unholy, but clean;
and how it was better to marry than to burn;
though he spoke to the same Corinthians of a state which was beyond that.
And likewise, also how there were arguments about ministers and teachers,
about those who transformed themselves as into angels of light,
and those who preached for filthy lucre,
and those who did not serve the Lord Jesus Christ,
but their own appetites.
The apostle stops all such,
and brings them to the life, and seed, and power of God over them all;
and shows concerning marriage,
how God made them male and female in the beginning;
which was the honorable marriage before the defiled state was.
And likewise what arguments there were,
about whether the woman should be covered,
or the man should be covered,
when they prayed or prophesied;
in which the apostle set forth a comeliness among them,
of the man's being uncovered, and the woman covered;
inasmuch as the man was the image and glory of God,
and the woman the glory of the man .
Nevertheless, he would have them to know,
that God was the head of Christ,
and Christ was the head of the man,
and the man was the head of the woman;
and the woman was made for the man,
and not the man for the woman.
And thus you may see that these Corinthians
had not come up to the state of Adam before he fell, and of Eve,
by the apostles thus setting forth their states.
And whereas it is said by some,
'that Christ is the head of the man,' etc.
which head of man, (say they), is the same that is head of the woman.
Mark, now, if it is so, according to this interpretation, (which is wresting),
then Christ must be covered in the woman, when she prays or prophesies,
and the woman must have power over Christ, and she be uncovered,
then Christ must be shorn or shaven; which is ridiculous,
and shows then a difference of Christ in the male and the female;
which is not so, for God is the head of Christ,
and Christ the head of man, as he was made,
and man the head of the woman.
But as woman received the temptation, and likewise also the man,
and so are both in the fall;
now this was spoken as man was made before he fell,
which as man comes up again out of the fall, and woman,
Christ in the male and in the female is head of both.
But now this was spoken to the Corinthians,
who had not come up to the state that Adam and Eve were in before they fell,
among whom this difference about covering or uncovering was,
whether the man should be uncovered,
and the woman covered when they prayed, etc.
Which was the comely order which the apostle set among them,
and told them there should be heresies among them,
that they that were approved might be made manifest,
and looked upon them as heretics,
who, argued contrary to his comely order and practice,
which was, as said before,
to those who had not come to the state of Adam and Eve before they fell;
for those who have come there, to that state, by Christ,
have come to before outward coverings were.
And those who have come to Christ,
have come to the end of prophecy,
to the seed Christ, the top-stone,
in whom all things end;
which top and corner-stone
is over all that laid that ends and changes.
So let your life be in that which never ends, nor ever changes,
and in whom there is no changing nor altering.
Those who have come to this will not go back again into outward things.
And also you may see what arguing there was
among those who forbid meats, and drinks, and marriages;
and these got up into worshipping angels and compelling ways,
who after a time separated,
and apostatize from Christ, and the apostles,
and so afterwards became antichrists,
in an anti-liberty, and anti-freedom,
those who know all things good and blessed as they were in the beginning;
which, who are there, are out of the state
which Adam and Eve were in before the fall,
where all the arguments are about outward things,
which is in the fallen wisdom;
but those who have come up into the wisdom,
and the seed, and the life, and the substance,
and know the state of Adam in the fall, and his sons and daughters,
where the curse, wrath, and woe are
and know the state of Adam and Eve before the fall,
how all things were good and blessed to them;
these, I say, are above the arguments about outward things;
for those who set up outward things are in the fall,
and there keep people from going home to the beginning,
and there is the ground of making sects about outward things,
which keeps them from the universal power of-God,
which was before the fall, and brings up out of it.
And that is not to preach the gospel,
which is the power of God,
which was before types, figures, and shadows were,
and brings up out of them.
And in this power of God
is the fellowship of the gospel,
which lasts forever;
so is the fellowship everlasting,
that never has an end.
After the apostles' days,
the apostasy’s arguments brought
into sects, and schisms, and heresies,
(from the apostles, out of the life and power of God, that they were in),
the apostasy was in outward things, and about outward things,
and their eyes have been at them, and there have been arguments about them;
which, now you who have seen the everlasting gospel,
and known the everlasting gospel preached again,
which was among the apostles,
and have been reaped out from among the apostates,
got up since the apostles' days;
I say, live in it, and dwell in it;
in which life and power you see over to the apostles' days,
by the spirit who gives to have an understanding of things;
in which power of God
you not only see to the apostles' days,
but over the Jews' law without, and its figures, types, and shadows,
which were given to the sons of men, and of Adam after he fell, in the fall,
which type were out the life, that is to say, Christ,
who redeems up out of the fall,
which man was in before he fell;
and up into the state of Christ,
who shall never fall, to himself.
And in this man sees the blessed state,
how all things were good and blessed,
and how all the works of God are perfect,
and he sees himself God's work,
who set him in dominion before he fell,
as he was in the power, image, and righteousness of God.
And so Christ, who brings man out of the fall,
whom all the types, figures, and shadows, and typical things figured forth;
all which he ends, is the substance of all variable and changeable things,
in whom all the true Christians have life, and live in his life.
Now the arguments of the Jews against the Christians
were about their outward things,
in the first covenant, law, and first priesthood,
that held up these things up which God had commanded,
not seeing Him whom the true Christians witnessed,
who restored them out of all the changeable things,
up into the state man was in before he fell,
and before those types, figures, and changeable things were,
which since the days of the apostles, and also in their days,
things were getting up, which the apostles judged;
and setting up also by those whom the apostles judged and denied,
and set forth orders and comeliness among the saints,
and preached up the substance Christ,
in whom there is no shadow, changing, nor variableness.
And that the heat of some spirits got up so high about their outward things,
that when they were not owned nor received,
their sacrifices, and their will-worships, and their feigned humility,
and their observing of days, and times, and forbidding marriages,
setting up their doctrines and traditions,
which were not to be touched, tasted, nor handled,
they went enviously into Cain's way, and Balaam's,
and got great men on their sides,
and admired their persons because of their advantage.
These went from the voice of God,
who brought them out of Egypt, as Korah did.
And all the envious spirits rose against those
who were in the power of God in all ages,
because they could not observe their outward things
that they had set up to be observed,
which theose who were in the universal power of God,
(which was before the fall was), could never do;
for their freedom stands in that;
therefore is Cain wrathful (against his brother),
who is the wanderer and vagabond
from God's voice, way, life, and acceptance.
So you may all read the state in the fall from God's power,
where the forcing and compelling to outward things has been,
that has kept people out of the power,
and from coming up to the beginning again,
and from the universal fellowship;
in which fall and apostasy
have they broken to pieces
into many sects, heads, heaps, names, and peoples.
Therefore you all dearly beloved Friends,
who know the universal power of God,
which goes over all the apostasy and the fall,
(where the curse, and wrath, and woe are), to the beginning;
you know the redemption out of this state into the beginning,
where all things are blest to you who live in love and life,
in which you have the everlasting peace with God.
And so keep in the universal eye, and the power of God,
which keeps you over all to the beginning,
which is the pure eye;
for the impure eye is in the fall,
out of God's power;
for all the setting up outward things
in the apostasy, and in the fall,
only keeps people from home,
and from going home,
that is to the state which man was in before he fell,
up into that state home again;
which, when he comes here, he has come out of the fall,
and also out of the apostasy.
Now those who do so, (to wit, set up outward things),
gather people to themselves, not to God,
nor home again to their first habitation;
for those who set up outward things lost their first habitation,
to keep people in the fall.
Adam and Eve lost their habitation;
Cain lost his habitation not doing well;
Balaam went from his prophecy and his habitation not doing well;
And all they that went from the apostles
in Cain, Korah and Balaam's way, who lost their habitations,
and so came under a chain of darkness.
As likewise all those who are inwardly ravened
from the spirit of God,
who have gone into outward things
since the apostles' days, in the apostasy,
have lost their habitation,
and set up outward things to keep others out of their habitations;
and then if they do not observe them,
they are wrathful against them like Cain.
And Korah went from his habitation,
from the power that brought him out of Egypt;
and so those who lose their habitations, lose their first love.
Therefore to you all, this is the word of the Lord God,
who have tasted of his power, and believed in his light,
and enjoyed his light, by which you see his seed,
keep your habitations, then you keep your first love,
then you keep unity and fellowship,
then you keep dominion.
And let Cain, Balaam, Korah, and all the apostates,
and the devils out of truth, and the sons of Adam in the fall,
roar and rage ever so much,
you in your habitations, and in your houses
coming up to the beginning, you are safe and at peace.
In which, you feel the power, and life,
and seed of God, that never alters nor changes,
in which you have the blessing and promise of God;
and know the state where the curse is,
to those who go from their habitation,
and so lose their first love.
In which you abiding in your habitations and first love,
the power of God, and his seed the top-stone are set over all.
And in the wisdom of God you come to answer that of God in everyone,
and so come into dominion,
and the habitation in which you hear the voice of God,
and see the blessed state, where all things are blessed,
before the apostasy, that man was driven from God,
in which you feel life and power,
and the seed that remains
when all that which is in the fall and apostasy is gone;
in which you know the kingdom of the son of God that lasts forever;
in which you know the worship of God in spirit and in truth,
which the devil is out of;
and the fellowship of the gospel,
which was before the devil was;
and the fellowship of the cross,
which crucifies from the state of Adam and Eve,
with their sons and daughters in the fall;
and be glad and rejoice in that,
in which you have settlement and establishment,
and come to the church in God.
Therefore you in the universal seed of God, and power of God,
which fathoms all things, which never ends nor changes;
in that all dwell and live,
that you may feel the seed set over all, and the top-stone laid over all,
who is the first and the last.
Keep your meetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who never fell,
in which you may see over all the meetings
that are gathered by all the sons of Adam,
which are out of the power and life.
You who are gathered
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who never fell,
you will feel him in the midst of your gatherings,
in the light, life, and truth.
And so look, over all the wicked's prisons,
at the seed of God, Christ,
which was before they were,
and will stand when they are all gone.
And so never heed the wicked's tempest, storm,
nor hail, nor his arrows, nor instruments of cruelty;
let not the back and the hair, the cheek
and the shoulder ever be turned away from him.
Though many weapons are formed against him and his followers,
yet they shall never prosper,
for the seed Christ shall reign over all,
and will stand when they are gone,
which was before they were.
And so be faithful to the Lord God,
and be valiant for his truth upon earth!
Showing that something will oppose it,
or else what need the word valiant be spoken?
And so mind the truth, (and not the wicked's persecutions),
and the living way, which is Christ Jesus, who never fell nor changes,
in which you may see over
all Adam's sons' and daughters' ways in the fall, who do change.
Being in the way, Christ Jesus who never fell, who does not change;
in this way you have life eternal,
in which you see over all in the fall, (in which is death),
and so Christ being the way, he who forsakes his way, forsakes his life;
and he who does not come out of the way of Adam who fell,
into the way of Adam who never fell,
lives in death.
So let all hasten and run for their lives
into Adam who never fell,
out of Adam who fell;
for Adam's ways that fell,
are the ways of death;
but Adam who never fell is the way of life.
In Adam in the fall are trouble and unquietness;
but in Adam who never fell are peace and rest.
In Adam in the fall are shadows and turnings;
but in Adam who is the living way are no shadows nor turnings.
So everyone in Adam who never fell, (Christ Jesus),
who never changes,
the same yesterday, today, and forever;
then you have into the living way,
in which you all have life,
in Christ the living way, who never fell.
And so he is the way,
and he who forsakes the way, Christ, forsakes his life.
In this all may sound forth,
“who has anything against this way, Christ,
who never fell nor changed?”
It was Adam who changed, and Eve who changed,
and their sons and daughters in the fall
are in the falling, changing, changeable ways.
But those who are in Christ who never fell,
see over them all in the fall,
who turn about with every wind as it arises.
And so in your way live,
all in Christ Jesus,
so you will feel light, life, and power;
that life which was with the Father before the world began.
In that all feed, and in that feel power,
and that way never changes with the winds and tempest;
and the cry is, hasten, hasten, out of Adam and Eve's evil ways,
in the death, fall, and changings;
and run, run, out of them into the second Adam,
the life, and the way that never fell nor changes.
The saints' weapons are spiritual,
that the blessing of God may come upon all men.
We are not against any man,
but desire that the blessing of the Lord may come upon all men,
and that which brings the curse may be destroyed;
and in patience we wait for that,
and we wrestle against it with spiritual weapons,
and not against any man or woman's person.
For among us Christ is King,
who brings the blessing,
and destroys that which brought the curse.
And whoever dwells in righteousness, man or woman,
and loves mercy, and does justly, and walks humbly with God,
and has the humility, which goes before the honor,
we are not against.
But whoever does unrighteously,
or does not do justly, nor righteously,
nor walk humbly before God,
and would have honor before humility,
God will overturn these by his power.
And let your faith lie in that;
for we do not look at persons,
but at the power of God;
and know the reign of Christ among us.
And as it is said, 'God save the king,' or 'God bless the king;'
we would not have him nor any man destroyed,
but saved, and so blessed.
And the saved man will not suffer
anything to rule that destroys;
and so our mind is,
and we would that all men were saved,
and come to the knowledge of the truth,
which the persecutors are out of.
And all Friends, dwell in the endless power of the Lord,
in which the supremacy is known,
and the power which has no end;
whose dominion is over all dominions,
and will stand when all other have an end;
and in that is the patience felt,
which runs the race, and obtains the crown;
and that has the wisdom, which is sweet, and cool, and pure,
by which the living truth has the supremacy and dominion;
and in that keep your meetings.
All my dear friends,
this is your day to stand in him who stood steadfast
and reigned over old Adam
and the devil, and all the persecutors.
Old Adam did not stand,
but Christ the second Adam,
the heavenly man, stood, and never fell.
You, I say, stand in him;
for now is your time to stand in the life over death,
and in the light over darkness,
and in the seed that bruises the serpent's head,
in whom you all have life, dominion, and peace.
The Lord is coming upon the wicked
in his thundering power,
for they are ripe.
For they are all corrupt with blood,
and their flesh is rotten;
and they have fallen into the pit,
being led by their blind guides
into the pit and ditches,
where they rot and stink,
being putrefied with the heat of their lusts.
To Friends in Barbados, Virginia,
Maryland, New England, and elsewhere
on the Dangers of Carnal Reasoning
All you who have tasted of the power of the Lord God,
and of his truth, that is pure,
and does not admit of any impurity nor change.
Oh! Therefore mind the holy truth,
which will let nothing that is unholy in you live.
For nothing that is unholy can enter into the kingdom of God;
and none who are disobedient to truth
must enter into the paradise of God;
for, because of disobedience
man and woman were put out of paradise.
and therefore all everywhere
mind the pure power of the Lord God,
and the truth which first convinced* you.
And whatever has gotten up though the carnal reason,
and your eyes going from the power of God,
and that which convinced you;
let that be purged out of your hearts;
if not, it will lift up your hearts to consultations,
subtlety, questionings, reasonings, and disputes.
Oh! I feel too much of that which has gotten up
into the wrong understanding part,
through which wrong liberty gets up,
which will bring a plague into the heart,
which is worse than an outward plague.
Oh! Therefore consider,
the life and the power of God
does not have the supremacy in all your hearts;
for I feel some minds, and some bodies
have let in that which has defiled them, and does defile them.
Oh! Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse, and join to the pure immortal power;
for the power of the Lord God
will make room for itself,
either in cleansing or in vomiting or casting out those and that which does not join to the power of God.
Sodom, that whorish and adulterous spirit, must for the fire;
and gainsaying Korah (swallowed) into the earth.
*To be convinced, means to have become certain of the way required for salvation; not to receive salvation itself. All of the newly convinced people had previously been devout readers of the Bible, professed that Jesus was the Son of God, had been baptised, attended sect services, etc.; but they were all still captive to sin, and knew there had to be a way to become free of even the desire to sin. When they heard the way proclaimed to become pure, to become free of sin, their hearts bore witness to that truth; so they joined with others seeking to become free of sin, by waiting in humble silence to hear from the Teacher within, to obey Him, and to receive his changing grace that taught them to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and how to live soberly, righteously, godly life in their world then; to be redeemed from all iniquity, and purified - and to then have a zeal for good works energized and prompted by God. This process, from convincement to purity, required them to continue working out their salvation over time with fear and trembling. Because they trembled in the presence of God's Spirit working on their hearts, showing them their sins, convicting them of the secrets in their hearts, they trembled - or quaked - thus they became known as Quakers.
And it will throw down that which has been lifted up.
The besom (broom) of the Lord is going forth to sweep,
the candle of the Lord is lighted
to search every corner of your houses;
for the righteous walk in the path which is a shining light,
which admits of no rubbish in it.
Oh! Come out of all these things
that you have entertained in your minds,
which you did not receive
from those who came to minister to you in the beginning.
Oh ! Dwell in the power of the Lord God,
to keep you low;
and take heed of getting up into conceitedness and the air,
and to set up that which does not pertain to the kingdom of God, but to strife,
which neither the apostles, nor the saints since,
in the power of God, ever set up;
for if you do, the power of God
will sweep it and you all away.
And Oh! You who come to be vessels of honor,
and vessels of the mercies of God,
have esteem of your bodies;
for those who defile their bodies,
are neither vessels of honor, nor vessels of mercy,
but of wrath, and are for the wrath.
Therefore keep out strife,
keep out fornication and the adulterous spirit;
keep out the lusts of the eye, the lusts of the flesh, and pride of life,
which is not of the Father;
so that that which is of the Father, may be received,
and have an entrance into every vessel.
Oh! Do not be lifted up with a vain mind;
and let Balaam's nature be slain,
that erred from the spirit, and raised stumbling-blocks;
and those who do not keep their first habitation in the power of God and his truth,
become enemies to those who are heirs of the kingdom,
and the power of an endless life.
Therefore all Friends and people, mind that which first convinced you,
that power of God which first awakened you,
and arise and live in it,
so that all your eyes, minds, and, hearts
may be kept single and naked to God, and to one another;
and unclothed of all that which is contrary, and has gotten up since.
For the seed, the life of Christ Jesus, reigns and rules,
glory to him forever.
I have been incapable of writing or receiving writing for a long time,
or to speak, or bear to be spoken to,
but have been like a man buried alive,
for else I should have written to you before now;
and therefore, O dear friends! Give no occasion of stumbling;
for hardness of heart is worse than an outward plague,
for that brings destruction in many ways.
And so do not grieve the spirit in others, nor in yourselves.
And follow whatever is decent and comely,
honest and of a good report;
that makes for peace, and not for strife under pretence of love;
for that is not of God.
For God who is love, is not the author of strife and confusion, but of peace.
So, I desire you to let copies of this be sent into Virginia, Maryland, and New England to be read among Friends in all their meetings. Things are pretty well here, Friends being in love and unity, and the dread of the Lord God is among us, who reigns and will reign.
An epistle to be read in all the assemblies of the righteous.
All my dear friends everywhere,
Live in the noble seed Christ Jesus,
the savior and the anointed one, and the righteous holy one,
so that your minds, hearts, souls, spirits, and bodies may be righteous,
living in the righteousness of Christ Jesus,
in all love, virtue, truth, and holiness,
without which none can see God.
For the Lord loves the righteous,
and the righteous are in peace,
and all workers of iniquity their mouths shall be stopped.
The throne of iniquity must be thrown down,
and the chamber of imagery in every heart;
for the Lord must have the heart,
for it is to be his offering and sacrifice.
All lips must be pure, and hands clean,
that confess the Lord Jesus Christ,
and all tongues and eyes single to God and one to another;
and all mind the Lord's business in the truth,
and be given up to him,
and in it, serving the Lord God in newness of life;
that all your feet may be guided in the way of peace,
and to walk uprightly before the Lord in his way,
which is Christ Jesus the light, which is perfect.
This is the way of the righteous, which is a shining light;
and in this way the living God is well pleased with you.
And you who grow rich in the world in earthly things,
who have had a stirring in you formerly in the service of God,
take heed for fear that your minds runs into your outward businesses,
about outward things, and in that be lifted up above the good and righteous spirit,
and so leave the service of the Lord and his business,
in minding your own.
For outward riches, and the things of this world,
will pass away with the outward riches in it, for they have wings;
but the word of the Lord, which lives and abides,
and endures forever, will remain.
Labor for the riches of it, for that will endure with you;
and seek the kingdom of God, which will never have an end,
which stands in righteousness and in holiness,
in which you have joy and peace in the holy ghost;
then all outward things will follow, which are below.
So that in righteousness, holiness, and truth,
as just men and holy men, and men fearing God,
and as righteous men, sons, and servants, and children of God,
you may all live, in all righteousness, holiness,
pureness, truth, justice, and equity,
in all manner of life and conduct;
so that your conduct may shine as lights of the world,
knowing that all unrighteousness, uncleanness, unholiness,
injustice, untruth, and impurity are not of God,
but are out of the kingdom of God;
and likewise all cheaters and cozeners,
who do enrich themselves by falsehood;
and all drunkards, adulterers, whoremongers,
fornicators, murderers, idolaters, and liars;
these works and workers are out of the kingdom of God and his power,
and they are of their father the devil, who is out of the truth.
And therefore live in the truth,
which the devil and his works are out of;
and that truth will make you free.
In which truth and spirit God is worshipped.
All who do violence, cursed speakers and swearers,
are out of the truth and the command of Christ Jesus;
and therefore live in the love of God,
in which you may be sensible of his mercies;
in which love, you living in the pure humility, you learn of Christ Jesus.
For presumption is learned from Adam in the fall,
from the serpent that brought him into the fall,
where all the defilementand the profaneness is.
Being in the whoredom from God,
where all manner of whoredom and uncleanness is,
and deceit and falsehood, the liar,
and all sin, and unrighteousness, and transgression.
And this is all comprehended to be in the fall,
with the serpent that brought them into the fall,
whose head Christ comes to bruise,
that is, to break his power and strength,
and to destroy him and his works.
And Christ is pure, the Holy One who does this,
the Righteous One, the Holy One,
and in him live, the second Adam who never fell;
then shall you come to know a state that will never fall,
in that which is first and last.
For Christ who sanctifies is pure, who sanctifies the impure;
he who never fell, sanctifies and washes them that are in the fall;
he who never transgressed, redeems out of transgression;
he who never sinned, redeems out of sin, and makes an end of it;
and he who never trespassed, comes to forgive trespasses and blot them out.
And everyone that comes to witness this forgiveness by him,
who have been the trespassers against God,
they cannot but forgive men their trespasses against them,
as they come into the kingdom of glory and life,
where the Lord has his glory.
Oh! The glory of the Lord that lasts forever!
And glory, glory be to Him forever,
whose everlasting glory, and life, and power shines over all,
and spreads itself, and puts forth itself over all.
O friends! Let righteousness flow among you all,
truth and equity, uprightness and holiness,
which become the house of God,
and live in the holy order of the life, spirit, and power of the everlasting God.
Keep in the faith that works by love,
that purifies your hearts;
the mystery of which is held in a pure conscience;
which faith brings you to have access to God,
and gives you victory over that which separates from God.
This is that by which you subdue mountains,
and quench the fiery darts of satan, and with which you overcome him;
and in this you have all pure unity;
and you edify and build up in the holy faith the gift of God;
and this is that which is to be contended for,
which is the same that was once delivered to the saints.
Oh! Live in the pure hope, which purifies you as he is pure;
which hope is Christ, who was before the hypocrite's hope was,
who both (him and his hope) are impure;
and so feel Christ your hope,
which anchors your immortal souls,
that stays it in all waves, storms, and tempests,
and is sure and safe in all weathers;
Christ, who is the same today as he was yesterday;
so no new thing.
For 'he is the rock of ages, who was before ages';
who is the corner-stone, and also the first and last,
who will crush and bruise to pieces all giddy, wandering, and unestablished spirits,
and confound those who are cunning, and hunt before [run ahead of] the Lord;
for the Lord ose who hunt before him will not have the Lord to be their guide,
Who is the same today as he was yesterday, and so forever.
For Adam and Eve did not abide in their possession,
nor Cain, nor Cora, nor Balaam;
see what came upon them, and what their end was.
And likewise the Jews did not abide in the possession of the law of God,
which was just and holy.
And also the apostatized christians have gone away from Christ,
and did not abide in him,
who is the same yesterday, today, and forever;
therefore they have gone into so many different ways,
and seek after so many new ways, and run into so many fables,
as though Christ, who is obeyed one day, should not be obeyed the next day.
And this is disobedient Cain, wandering in the land of Nod,
smiting at Abel,
who obeys Him,
who is the same today as he was yesterday, and so forever;
yes a lamb slain from the foundation of the world;
who reigns over that nature that has slain him,
and will reign till he has put all under his feet.
And therefore, friends, live in Christ, and walk in him;
hear, obey, and follow him,
who is the same today as he was yesterday, and so forever.
And so you who are the true believers,
who have passed from death, and sin that brought it, and the devil the author of it,
have come to the life of Christ Jesus, the same today as he was yesterday,
if your belief stands in him that is the first and last,
the same today, yesterday, and forever.
And this is the believer who is born of God, the immortal birth;
and this birth is he who overcomes the world,
who does not sin;
who God keep, because he is born of God,
and the seed of God remains in him;
and by this the children of God, and the true believers are manifest
from the false believers and children of the devil.
He who does righteousness is of God;
he who does not do righteousness, is not of God.
Therefore you who feel the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus,
to have put down the law of sin and death in you,
(that authority of putting it down),
be ordered by the law of the spirit of life that is in Christ Jesus,
which makes you free from the law of sin and death.
So in this law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus you
have fellowship, order, rule, and government,
in the law of life, and in the law of peace that gives victory,
which Christ Jesus is the author of;
who renews you up into the righteousness
and holiness in the image of God,
out of the unrighteousness and unholiness,
and the image of satan.
Here the Lord has the glory,
and Christ your holy redeemer and savior is confessed
to the glory of God.
So wait that you may all sit down in Christ, who is the first and the last,
and the image of God, and wisdom of God;
that by his wisdom, which is pure, righteous, and holy,
you may come to order all things to God's glory.
Adam fell from the state God placed him in;
and in the fall, Adam's sons and daughters turn from way to way of their own.
But for man and woman to come out
of all national corrupt ways, religions, churches,
worships, fellowships, and teachers,
to the state that Adam and Eve were in before they fell, and no farther;
that is a state where he may fall again.
But, to come to Christ,
who was before the world began,
who is first and last, beginning and ending,
such abiding in him shall know a state that will never fall.
For Adam's state before he fell,
was above all the earthly and worldly wise, and knowing,
and their dark understandings and perverse ways,
which their perverse spirit leads into;
where are all manner of uncleanness, unrighteousness,
falsities, puffing-up and pride,
and all the crooked, rough, cross ways, and mountains of sin,
which have become like graves and prisons for the righteous.
Adam's state before he fell is beyond all this, who fell into this;
but Christ who never fell, is a state beyond Adam;
and he is to be heard and followed who never fell;
and in him people are to sit down,
who is the rest, and peace, and life;
who destroys the devil and his works,
and makes an end of sin,
together with ungodliness and unrighteousness,
which have dishonored God;
so bruises the head of the serpent, and breaks his power, and crushes him to pieces,
that the seed Christ may rise in all, which honors the Father.
Now this being manifest and known in all,
then the lamb is known to have the victory,
which has been slain from the foundation of the world;
and then in the seed you come to know
your election before the world began.
And here the Lord's words are fulfilled,
his glory he will not give to another,
who destroys that which took the glory to itself;
which brings up to that noble seed
and plant in man that gives the glory to God.
And here as you live in the seed Christ Jesus,
your election you know before the world began,
and reprobation since the world began.
For Korah, Cain, Ishmael, Esau, Sodom, and Egypt,
spiritual and temporal, have been since the world began.
For Egypt is slavery, bondage, anguish, and darkness,
and Sodom is whoredom, and Cain disobeyed the voice of God, and Korah gainsayed [rebelled against] the law;
and whoever feels all this nature in themselves, they are vessels of wrath;
and let them not complain and say, why have you made me thus?
For there are vessels of honor, and vessels of dishonor.
Vessels of mercy, and vessels of wrath.
And it is not from him who wills and runs, but from God who shows mercy.
Now Esau, the first birth, signifies a worker.
Jacob the second birth, signifies a supplanter;
and when Jacob has supplanted Esau the first birth, the profane nature,
Jacob is called Israel;
that is as much as to say, you have power with God now.
So where the election has risen,
and has put down Cain, Cora, Egypt, Sodom, the first birth slain,
which brought all the wrath into the vessel, and the old bottle-broken
here is a new bottle that holds the new wine,
and vessels of honor, and vessels of mercy, in the election before the world began;
and you have all things made new, a new heaven and a new earth.
And all Friends, who are in any manner of sufferings,
imprisonments, or banishments for Christ and his truth's sake,
live in Christ and sit down in him,
in whom you have all peace, life, virtue, and rest in Christ Jesus,
who was before all that was which makes to suffer,
and will remain when it is all gone;
and was the first and last, the beginning and ending,‘the same today, yesterday, and forever.'
In him sit down and live, who does not change;
then your religion does not change,
your worship does not change, your way does not change;
for Christ is your way,' who is the same today, yesterday, and forever;'
and your fellowship, and unity, and community do not change,
being with the Father, who does not change,
but is the same from everlasting to everlasting.
And those whose religion, fellowship, and worship change,
and who gad about, and change their ways, are fickle,
and have itching ears after the ways that change
from Christ, who does not change, who is the way,
the 'same today as he was yesterday,' to be walked in.
And all Friends, who are in any temptations or troubles, look at Christ,
who bruises the serpent's head, your adversary, your enemy, your troubler,
your tempter, your defiler, your accuser, the wicked one;
do not fear him,
but look at Christ Jesus, who bruises his head,
breaks his power and strength, and crushes him to pieces;
in Christ have you peace, who was before the devil was.
Reign in him, Christ Jesus, who is your light, and life, and salvation;
and fear God, and give glory, glory to him forever.
For this serpent, the enemy, the adversary, the devil,
the wicked one, the dragon, the accuser, the tempter,
he tempted Christ to the creatures, to the glory of the world,
and to worship him, to destroy himself;
but Christ bruises his head, breaks his power and strength,
and crushes him to pieces, and destroys him and his works.
So in him live and rejoice, in whom you have peace, and life, and dominion;
in him who was before the serpent was, the first and last, the
' same yesterday, today, and forever.'
Ah! My dear friends and brethren everywhere!
The power of the Lord God is over all, live in it,
that you may feel a unity and fellowship in the power of the Lord God;
that through that power of the Lord God
you may all come to be heirs of the power of an endless life;
through which you may inherit eternity,
and so to feel life eternal abiding in you;
the murderer does not have eternal life abiding in him;
that is, he who envies his brother.
So all the persecutors who envy their brethren
do not have eternal life abiding in them.
Under this all the persecutors about church, religion,
worship, faith, ministry, and fellowships, and envious persons,
not having eternal life abiding in them, are comprehended.
Therefore you all, feel this eternal life a biding in you.
And he who has the son of God has life eternal abiding in him;
and so in this eternal life you have an eternal fellowship
with God and his son, and with one another.
And in this the law of life, that is in Jesus Christ,
sentence is passed on the law of sin and death
in every man and woman, and brings it to the execution.
Through which law of life righteousness flows,
and runs down like a stream, and also justice and truth.
Here by this law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus,
(mark, in Christ Jesus), you come to know the Lamb's throne,
and the throne of iniquity thrown down, its mouth stopped,
and the chambers of imagery thrown down, and the household of God raised;
the fruitless trees thrown down, and the plant of God raised up,
which is of his own planting;
a tree of righteousness,
whose fruit is unto holiness, whose end is everlasting life.
So mark here the fruits of this tree, and the end of this tree.
By this you distinguish man's planting, and man's plucking up;
and you will distinguish God's building from man's building;
and man's plucking down, and man's gathering together,
you who are gathered in the name of Jesus distinguish, and his scattering.
Oh! Therefore be valiant for the truth,
which you have come to the knowledge of, and worship God in that truth
which the devil is out of, and did not abide in;
this makes you free from the devil and his works, that are out of truth.
Here in this worship, in the truth and in the spirit,
the living God, who is a spirit, the God of all truth,
has his glory and honor from the spirit of the Lord in every heart.
And so keep in the spirit, and truth, and power of the everlasting God,
who is from everlasting to everlasting,
that you may know him Lord of the earth and of the heaven,
and of the heaven of heavens, ruling and reigning,
whose eye is over all his works,
that you may glorify him in his power and spirit,
and serve him in the new life;
which will keep you over all men's fables and devices, whimsies and imaginations,
out of all arguments and vain disputes of men of corrupt minds;
and so it is good for you all to live in him
who is the' same today as he was yesterday,' Christ Jesus,
the power of God, and the seed of life, and word who was "in the beginning,"
so no new thing, but that which was and is to all eternity;
let your fellowship be in that, and your unity and communion be in that;
for this is seen by the eternal eye, the eternal unity, and the eternal God.
So every one of you hear his voice that speaks from heaven,
whose voice shakes the earth, and not the earth only, but the heavens also.
The heaven imports joy; so all the false joys,
the lifted-up joys, or exalted joys, and joys in vain glory, and joys in the world,
of any outward thing or creature, and men or women;
his voice that speaks from heaven shakes the earth and the heavens;
and these must be shaken and removed, both the heavens and the earth;
before that appears which can never be shaken,
the noble, royal seed, elect and precious, before the world began.
Being heirs of him, come to inherit him;
in him you shall know that which cannot be shaken,
and there is the true joy, in that which is from everlasting to everlasting,
who is the beginning and ending;
here are not any either lifted up or fallen down to despair.
So I say, hear his voice, do not harden your hearts;
for not hearing the voice, you harden your hearts,
and then you provoke God to wrath and sore displeasure.
Let him who speaks from heaven have your ear,
so that you may come to observe his counsel,
teaching, instruction, and direction;
for all the prophets and holy men of God, and the apostles,
were attentive and obedient to this heavenly voice,
who witnessed to the truth, who had a witness in heaven also;
and such declared forth the glorious truth,
which they had from the instructions of the Almighty,
as you may read throughout the scriptures,
what glorious expressions and weighty truths they declared,
whose ears were attentive to him who spoke from heaven;
and how also they declared against those who stopped their ears,
and closed their eyes, and hardened their hearts;
their ears not being attentive to the heavenly voice, but to the earthly.
And so if the earthly, and the sin and evil have the ear,
it will fill it with that which is bad, and harden the heart, and choke the good;
therefore the Lord must have the ear, who is the ruler of heaven and earth.
And as your ears are attentive to the Lord's voice, that speaks from heaven,
iniquity's mouth is stopped in you, the throne of iniquity is thrown down in you;
that is, the wicked spirit and power, where iniquity sits;
and the chambers of imagery are thrown down in you,
where all thoughts and imaginations are.
As the ear is attentive to the voice of him who speaks from heaven,
you will come to the throne of the Lamb,
who has the power, who has the victory and the dominion,
that all may live there in the everlasting power of God,
that goes over all deceit, which was before deceit and darkness were;
and always feel a growing in the power of the Lord God,
that is universal and everlasting,
that you may all be heirs of the power of an endless life,
and come to inherit it, and possess it, and sit down in the possession of the same,
that everyone's lot may fall in the land of the living,
where the Lord has his glory and his honor forever and ever.
Oh! The glory, glory of the Lord, which spreads over all!
And here you have his savor, and can taste your meat in the power of the Lord God,
feeding upon every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,
having everyone's ear attentive to his voice;
in this you grow up in the life that is eternal.
O dear friends!
Everyone mind your habitation in the power of the Lord God,
which first convinced you, and keep your possession in it,
in the sense of God's love and mercy to your souls;
for your unity and fellowship lie in the spotless power,
truth, and life of the everlasting God of life and power;
and the springs of life will be opened to you in this,
through which you may be daily refreshed up to the God of life.
Oh! Be tender of the spotless truth and life,
through which you may come to answer it in all Friends,
that they may have unity with you in the same life and power,
through which you may be a good savor to God,
and a blessing to him in your generations,
serving the Lord God in the newness of life,
as a chaste spouse and bride to him, in body, soul, and spirit,
having an esteem of your bodies, which are for the Lord, and to be his temple,
not for adultery or fornication, nor idolatry.
Oh! Therefore mind and keep in the holy life,
and feel the moving and counseling power and spirit of the Almighty in you,
directing you into the ways of truth and righteousness,
peace and holiness, without which none shall see God.
Live in the peaceable life, and love it;
eye that which makes for peace,
for God is the author of peace, and not of confusion.
So all live in the precious truth of God, feeling it in its operation;
through which unity and the peaceable life
may be preserved among you in righteousness and peace;
for wars, and strifes, and troubles, and fightings, come by unrighteous actions,
which are below truth and righteousness;
for truth leads into the modest, decent, and comely life,
which is honorable and estimable to God, and in the hearts of all his people.
So live in the truth and the power of it,
that you may all come to be heirs of the power of an endless life,
and to inherit and possess the endless life,
the power of a world that has no end.
And so keep your eyes to your [spiritual] possessions, and to the life that has no end;
and in this you will increase in the truth, in the righteousness
and holiness, and the power and virtue of the holy life;
and so sit down in your possessions,
that you may all serve the Lord in a pure mind, soul, and spirit,
and none to defile your bodies, but have esteem of them, as vessels of honor,
and vessels fitted to receive the treasures of the Lord.
London, the 16th of the 9th month, 1666.
Dwell in the gentle wisdom of the Lord God, which is easy to be entreated;
and do not let willfulness, hastiness, and impatience,
lay open your nakedness to the world;
but dwell in the power, seed, and life of Christ Jesus, the wisdom of God,
that with that you all may be kept clothed in patience,
and in the love of the Lord God, and in the light;
in which is the unity one with another, and with God.
And dwell in the peaceable mind and spirit,
for the patient sufferer wears the crown, and has the victory at last;
and not the hasty, aggravating, revengeful, killing, and fighting spirit;
which must be crushed down with the seed of the Lord God,
that bruises the serpent's head, which is the cause of enmity, venom, and poison;
which head being bruised down with the seed and life,
then nothing is fed upon but life, and glory.
And in that is the peace.
An exhortation to set up women's meetings.
Keep your meetings in the power of the Lord God that has gathered you;
and none quench the spirit, nor despise prophesying,
but keep up your testimony in public and private.
Do not let the mouths of babes and sucklings be stopped,
nor the seed in male or female,
but all be valiant for the Lord's truth upon the earth.
Concerning the women's meetings: encourage all the women of families,
who are convinced, and mind virtue, and love truth, and walk in it;
so that they may come up into God's service,
that they may be serviceable in their generation,
and in the creation,
and come into the practice of the pure religion,
which you have received from God, from above;
that everyone may come to know their duty in it,
and their service in the power and wisdom of God.
For now the practical part is called for.
For people must not be always talking and hearing,
but they must come into obedience to the great God of heaven and earth.
And so that none may stand idle out of the vineyard,
and out of the service, and out of their duty;
for such will talk and tattle, and judge with evil thoughts,
of what those in the vineyard say and do.
And therefore the power of the Lord God calls in all,
into their duty, into their service, in their places, in virtue and righteousness,
and into the wisdom and power of God.
For all who are out of this, are out of their duty and services,
though they may have the knowledge of it,
yet are not serviceable in the creation nor in their generation;
and the power of God must go over, and is over all such;
in which all must be acted, and in which true obedience is known.
And therefore train up your young women to know their duty in this thing,
that they may be in their services and places;
for you are to do all truth's business in the power and wisdom of God;
by which you are kept open to the Lord, to receive of his gifts and graces,
and of his life, through which you are to minister to one another.
And all keeping in it, then there is none to let nor stop its flowing;
but through it you are all watered, like a garden of plants;
by which you are nourished.
And so all be faithful and diligent.
And make all the sober women, both of town and country,
acquainted with this thing.
And read this in your Monthly Meetings, when you are gathered together.
And when you have made the sober women acquainted, in the towns and countries,
and have them together, then read this among them. So no more.
A general epistle to Friends, and all people,
to read over and consider in the fear of God.
Blessed are all those whose minds are stayed upon the Lord,
for they shall be kept in perfect peace;
so where the mind is stayed upon the Lord,
there is a perfect peace;
for it is a whole peace, which cannot be broken.
So here is not only a perfect peace; but a blessing;
a perfect peace that comes from the God of all peace,
(who bruises the serpent's head under your feet, the troubler),
and the blessings that come from the blessed God.
So all imperfect peace may be broken,
that is when the mind is stayed upon the creature,
or in any creature, and not upon the Creator;
or in any outward things, goods, houses, lands,
or inventions of vanities, in the foolish vain fashions;
which the lust of the eye and the pride of life go into, which will defile and corrupt it.
When any of these things fail, and are not according to your mind,
it being in them, then your peace is broken,
and you are cross and brittle, and envy gets up.
So this is not a perfect peace, but is a broken peace,
and then you have the trouble and not the blessing.
And the reason is, because your minds are in the creatures,
and the outward things, and are not stayed upon the Creator,
where the perfect peace is, and the blessing,
where nothing can get between you and the Lord.
And this is below Job, to have the mind in the creatures and visible things;
for when you are tried, and creatures fail you,
you are crossed and troubled; that shows an imperfect state;
for God said, that Job was a perfect man.
And when the Lord allowed him to be tried,
and when his goods and houses were thrown down,
and driven away, and servants killed, he said,
‘Blessed be the name of the Lord; for the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away.'
Here his mind was stayed upon the Lord, and he retained his peace.
And when his children were destroyed, and his wife said to him,
'What! do you still retain your integrity? Curse God and die;'
he rebukes her and calls her a foolish woman; and said unto her,
'Shall I receive good of the Lord, and not evil?
Naked I came out of my mother's womb, and naked I must return.'
Here Job kept his integrity still, and did not all this while offend with his lips.
Now many of you, who think yourselves high, and above Job,
if your goods and children should be after the same manner taken away,
(whose minds are in them),
you would be found in a troubled brittle state, far below Job.
And when Job's friends came to reason with him, who kept his integrity,
and would no way yield to them, they counted him a hypocrite,
and said, ' he restrained prayer, and filled his belly with east wind;'
and said, What! shall mortal man be more pure than his maker?
Shall man that is born of a woman be righteous ?
God charged his angels with folly, and the heavens are not clear in his sight.
And these are the scriptures the priests use to bring against Friends,
(who keep their integrity), as Job's friends did against him.
But at the last the Lord commanded Job to offer a sacrifice for his friends,
because they had sinned, and spoken not right,
as Job had, who was perfect and kept his integrity.
And the apostle said to the saints,
'that he had learned in all conditions to be content.' (Mark), in all conditions;
but this was when he was Paul, not when he was Saul,
running up and down with his packet of letters,
haling the saints before the rulers like a praetor;
then he was not content, neither with his own condition, nor others;
but when he came to learn Christ,
who destroys the devil and his works,
who teaches to know all things, then in all things he learned to be content.
So that you know that there is learning, and learned;
as a child when he is learning, and become learned, is witness of two states.
So Paul, he had learned in all conditions to be content;
and who was his schoolmaster, but Christ, by whom all things were made,
not of man, nor by man, (out of the truth),
so while he learned of men, and by men, he was not content, neither are any others.
Therefore all are to learn of Christ, the light, the life, and the truth,
that you may come to that condition,
to have learned in all conditions to be content,
and not to trust in uncertain riches, for they have wings and will flee away.
And so he is never counted a wise man,
who will put any confidence in that which will flee away from him;
for those are the heirs of the earth and the world,
who load themselves with thick clay, that they may set their nests on high;
but those who are heirs with Christ, and of the power of an endless life,
trust in the living God, and come to possess
an everlasting inheritance of the power of an endless life,
and come to increase in the riches of the everlasting inheritance,
and there lay up riches that are everlasting, which will abide forever.
And everyone mind God's word in your hearts,
and in your mouths, and obey it and do it;
and do not be of those who are saying in their hearts,
who shall ascend or descend, to fetch him from above, or from the deep?
Keep down that sayer under reproof,
and then your ear will be open
to that which the righteousness of faith says,
the word is near you, in your heart, and in your mouth ;
so you do not need to say, who shall ascend or descend?
And that was the word which the messengers of God preached
and do preach, and rebukes the opposer.
And so all people, since the devil has made the world like a wilderness,
and there are so many ways in it
that they do not know which way to come out of it, nor which to follow;
therefore this is my answer to you all, take David's lamp and light.
You may say, what is that? And where is it?
I say it is with you, the word of God.
You may say, people do not carry lamps in the day time, but in the night.
I say, you are in the night of darkness,
and therefore the word is called a lamp, and a light to you;
by which you may see the way of the Lord,
which is perfect,
from all men's ways, which are imperfect;
by which you may see the path of the just to be a shining light,
from all the unjust paths that are in the darkness.
For by this word David come to outstrip his teachers,
and was made wiser than them all;
so it will you, if you obey it;
for by this word he saw Christ, and called him Lord.
Therefore he loved the word and hid it in his heart;
and by it he spoke so many glorious expressions,
which the world since has turned into meter, and made songs of them.
And this was the word that came to Abraham,
which made him forsake his national religion and worship, and obey the Lord.
And this was the word that came to Jacob, the shepherd,
by which he saw Christ, and prophesied of him to his sons on his death bed,
when he said to Judah, the scepter should not depart from Judah;
nor a lawgiver from between his feet, till Shiloh came, (meaning Christ),
and the gathering of all nations should be to him,
as it is at this day; the gathering is to Christ.
And this was the word that came to Moses,
the shepherd, when he was keeping sheep,
which he obeyed and went to Egypt,
and brought the children of Israel out of Egypt;
by which word he was made a minister;
and when that the children of Israel had come out of Egypt
into the wilderness, he told them,
‘they need not go for the word beyond the seas, etc.
for it was near them, in their hearts and mouths, to obey it and do it.'
And this was the word that made Moses a prophet,
who prophesied of Christ; and said,‘like unto him God would raise up a prophet,
him they should hear in all things.' Mark! in all things;
we are to be ordered both inward and outward,
through hearing Christ, by whom all things were made.
And everyone who would not hear this prophet (Christ) should be cut off.
For how should they continue or reign who will not hear Christ?
And this was the word that came to Samuel, and made him a prophet,
who spoke to Eli the priest, and reproved his sons, and the children of Israel.
And this was the word that made Saul prophesy,
and Balaam, though they erred from it.
And this was the word that made all the prophets prophesy,
and to reprove the kings of Israel; and their priests,
of their superstition and idolatrous ways,
in setting groves and images in high places;
and reproved all their monthly prognostications,
who spoke and acted from them, and not from the Lord;
And this was the word that came to Isaiah,
by which he prophesied of Christ,
and of his preaching, and of his sufferings,
and by which word he reproved the shepherds,
who were like greedy dumb dogs,
who could never have enough,
seeking their gain from their quarter.
And by this word he saw
that all the children of God whould be taught by God,
and be established in righteousness and peace;
and although many tongues would rise up in judgment against them,
yet those who were taught of God would condemn them all;
such power would he given to his children.
And the many weapons formed against them should not prosper,
God would restrain them.
And also he saw those who were cast out, who trembled at God's word;
to whom God would appear to their glory,
and to the shame and to the confounding
of those who cast them out for his name sake, as it is at this day.
And this was the word of God that made Jeremiah a prophet,
by which he saw the new covenant;
by which word he was sent to reprove the people and the princes,
of the filthy and horrible thing committed in the land,
that the priests preached for hire, and the prophets prophesied falsely.
And for reproving them for their superstition and idolatry, they struck him,
and put him in the stocks and prison, and
persecuted him in the dungeon,
till his persecutors were carried into captivity.
And by the word Jeremiah saw the number of seventy years
of his persecutors being in Babylon's captivity.
Elijah by this word was made a prophet,
and by the word reproved Ahab and Jezebel
for their idolatry, and worshipping of images.
For which word's sake they persecuted him, and the rest of the prophets;
and was not he fed of the ravens by the river?
And did they not seek to take away his life?
And did not he think all the Lord's prophets had been killed, and he left alone;
yet did not the Lord say to him that he had reserved seven thousand
that had not bowed the knee to Baal?
And Elisha, the ploughman, by this word,
was made a prophet, and forsook his plough;
and by the word reproved the idolatry in his age of priests and people.
And by this word was Ezekiel made a prophet;
by which word he reproved the shepherds of Israel,
who made a prey upon the people, and taught them for the fleece [money].
And by the word he saw that God would bring the people from under them,
that they should be made a prey upon no longer;
and would gather them from their mouths,
and set one shepherd over them,
even Christ, (who is witnessed.)
And by the word he reproved the false prophets,
who taught for handfuls of barley, and pieces of bread,
and daubed with untempered mortar, and sewed pillows under the arm holes.
And by the word he, saw the pattern of the temple; and the return of the Jews.
And by this word Daniel was made a prophet,
And saw Christ and his kingdom,
and how the saints should take his kingdom;
and by the word he saw those who would rise up against the people of God.
And by the word he numbered the years of Christ to his time,
four hundred ninety-nine years, and of his death,
and how he would end the sacrifices;
and how Christ would bring up everlasting righteousness,
and put an end to sin, and end their prophets, and seal up their visions.
And by the word was Micah made a prophet,
by which he cried against the priests who preached for hire,
and the prophets who prophesied for money,
and the judges who judged for rewards,
and those who preached peace to the people who put food in their mouths
(like the priests in these times),
and when they did not,
they prepared war against them,
and chopped their flesh, and broke their bones.
But Micah saw by the word that the sun had gone down
upon such prophets and priests,
and they would have no vision nor answer from God.
Therefore those who are against revelations and visions,
on them the sun has set, and gone down and the night comes upon them.
And by the word Amos the herdsman was made a prophet,
who was a gatherer of fruits;
and likewise all the rest of the prophets,
who spoke forth divine things,
and reproved the superstition and idolatry in their time and day.
And by the word the prophets spoke forth divine things;
which word brought them into the divine nature and mind;
which word hammered and cut down that which corrupted their natures.
And this was the word that made so many fishermen preachers of the gospel,
which is the power of God.
And this was the word that h made Matthew the tax collector,
Luke the physician, and Paul the tent maker,
ministers and preachers of the gospel, and power of God.
And this was the word that made Peter to see Joel's prophecy,
how that God would pour out of his spirit upon all flesh,
and sons and daughters should prophesy,
and young men should see visions, and old men dream dreams;
and the pouring forth of the spirit upon servants and handmaids,
that everyone should have something to speak to the glory of God.
And now priests, and proud prelates, and bishops, and popes,
though you have made a trade of the saints' words,
and apostles' and prophets' words, and gotten a great deal of money by them,
(which were fishermen and shepherds' words from the word),
yet nevertheless, if a company of shepherds, herdsmen,
fishermen, tent makers and tax collectors
should come among you to preach, you would say,
away with these mechanic fellows;
they have not served seven years apprenticeship at the colleges,
which were set up to make ministers;
therefore they are not to set up, because they have not served their apprenticeship.
What say the shepherds, herdsmen,
fishermen, tent makers, physicians, and toll gatherers?
Do you make a trade of our friends' words,
who were of our occupation, who never served apprenticeships in colleges,
before they spoke forth the words you make a trade of?
What! Will you make a trade of our friends' words,
who were of our occupation?
Away with you to work, and away with your colleges;
for our brother Paul the tent maker said, he who will not work must not eat.
For, would you own Christ if he had come in your day,
who was called, a carpenter's son?
You popes, with your triple crowns,
and you lord bishops, with your coaches and pampered horses,
and gorgeous apparel, with your black coats, and white coats, and silk girdles;
are you likely to entertain him who was called a carpenter's son?
Or to cast him and his mother into the manger in your stables.
This was the word by which John the evangelist saw Christ,
who does enlighten every man that comes into the world,
and saw how he became flesh, and came to his own,
and that his own did not receive him;
but to as many as received Christ the light,
to them he gave power to become the sons of God;
which all those who are ministers of the letter,
made by their seven years learning in their colleges,
and not by the word, (hating the light), cannot know.
And by this word, the minister of the word preaches
Christ's word, life, death and resurrection.
And therefore, as John said in his epistle,
‘That which our eyes have seen, our hands have handled,
and our ears have heard of the word of life,
we preach to you; that which was from the beginning.'
In the beginning was the word;
though since the beginning were the words and letters;
for the scriptures of truth are the words of God, and the words of Christ;
and he who adds to these words, (said John in the Book of Revelation),*
God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book, etc.
*John statement refers to adding words to the Book of Revelation, not to the Bible book.
The first fifty Bibles, comprising a book with a New Testament and Old Testament,
were not even compiled until 331 AD, which was
long after John's death.
So the word was in the beginning,
and Christ's name is called, the word of God;
but Christ is neither called scriptures nor writings,
for scriptures signify writings.
So, in the beginning was the word;
since the beginning were all false ways, false churches, false teachers;
and in the word you comprehend them all.
The priests say, that Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, are the original;
but the many languages began at Babel,
which Nimrod, the hunter before the Lord, began to build,
after God had destroyed the old world with water;
then he would go build a tower, which should reach to heaven;
then God came down and confounded them into many languages.
So he hunted before the Lord, but the Lord followed him, and confounded him
in all his work,
as he will all the builders that run before him.
And all the priests who have gotten the many languages, which began at Babel,
they tell simple ignorant people that they have the original,
and are the orthodox men, and get into a different habit from them,
and say, the Quakers are a simple people,
and who despise the learned orthodox men, who have the original.
Give ear O people!
If these languages, which came up at the confounding of Babel,
are the priests' original that makes them orthodox and divine,
then Pilate, who crucified Christ, was as good an orthodox divine as they;
for when he crucified Christ, he wrote a paper in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin,
and set atop of him; he was as ignorant of scripture,
and of orthodox and divine matters as you, and you as he.
And the apostle said, 'that tongues must cease;'
then that which makes orthodox men and divines, as you say,
must cease, according to the apostles' doctrine;
and so then tongues neither are the original, nor make orthodox nor divine.
And John, that gave forth the revelations, said, 'that the whore and beast set upon tongues,' etc.
and the everlasting gospel must be preached again to all kindreds and tongues;
which was before Babel was, where was the beginning of tongues.
Now it is clear that the gospel must be preached to all nations and tongues;
and that tongues are not the original,
neither do they make divines, or orthodox men;
but it is clear that it is the word that was in the beginning that makes a divine;
yes, of tradesmen, who are base and contemptible in the eyes of the proud,
and who have gotten Babel's tongues,
who are confounded by the ministers of the word
that was in the beginning, before Babel was;
for all the earth was of one language and speech before Babel.
And you who call yourselves orthodox men made by tongues,
and say that is your original, you are so blind
that you cannot see that there was an original before Babel was;
for, did not Enoch the prophet, the seventh from Adam,
who prophesied in the old world before it was destroyed, long before Babel was,
speak concerning the coming of Christ in ten thousand of his saints, as in Jude?
And Lamech prophesied, in the old world, concerning Noah and Adam,
and others might be instanced,
who were before your tongues (which you call your original) were.
And so we say that the word of God is the original,
which fulfills the scriptures;
and the word is it which makes a divine,
which is called a hammer, but it is a living hammer;
and is called a sword and fire, but it is a living sword, and a living fire,
to hammer, and cut down, and burn up
that which separated and kept man from God;
by which word man is reconciled again to God,
which is called the word of reconciliation;
by this word men and women are sanctified and made clean.
And this is the word that makes both men and women divine,
and brings them into the divine nature,
which hammers and cuts down that which corrupted their nature;
and by this word are they brought into a divine wisdom,
understanding, knowledge, spirit, and power.
And this is the word that lives, and abides, and endures forever,
by which the saints are born again
of the immortal seed and word of God, (who feed upon the milk of the word),
up into a divine life, wisdom, and understanding, and divine nature.
And by this word they see all flesh to be like grass,
and like the flower of the field that fades;
and the word of God that lives, and abides, and endures forever, is Christ,
whose name is called the word of God.
And so keep the word of patience, which is over all the impatient spirits,
and then you will know that the word of life,
the word of patience, and word of wisdom,
is everlasting, and abides and endures forever.
All they that are in the letter, out of the life and word,
have neither patience to themselves nor others;
for the word of patience, and the word of life,
which is to be kept in all tribulations,
was before death and impatient spirits were.
Concerning the worship of God, and the Jew outward,
and the inward Jew's offering, with their garments.
1.There was a worship at Jerusalem.
2. There was a worship at the mountain, where Jacob's well was.
Jacob went down into Egypt with his family, and he died in Egypt,
and his sons carried him out of Egypt, and buried him in the land of Canaan,
in his grandfather Abraham's burying-place;
and after several hundred years the children of Israel came out of Egypt
into the land of Canaan, and there they built Jerusalem and the temple;
and there was only one temple in the whole world commanded by God,
and that was at Jerusalem.
And before, in the days of Jacob, there was a worship set up
at the mountain, near Samaria, where Jacob dug a well.
Therefore when the woman of Samaria came out to fetch water at Jacob's well,
the woman reasoned with Christ about worship, and she said,
‘Our fathers worshipped at this mountain, but others at Jerusalem;’
and Christ answered her again, 'The time comes that neither at Jerusalem,
nor at this mountain shall God be worshipped.'
There he denies the continuance of these two public places of worship;
and when he had done that, he sets up another worship, for he said,
'God was a spirit, and those who worshipped him
must worship him in the spirit and in the truth;
for the hour comes, and now is, that God seeks such to worship him.'
And this worship he set up, and preached up more than sixteen hundred years ago;
which worship he set up many hundred years before the mass-book,
common-prayer-book, directory, or church-faith was.
And this was the public worship that Christ set up in the spirit and in the truth;
'for God is a spirit, and he sought such to worship him,'
who worshipped him in spirit and truth.
So all are to mind the worship that God seeks,
and not the worship that men seek.
And Christ said, 'that the temple should be thrown down,
and the city of Jerusalem, and the Jews scattered over all nations.'
And the apostle said, “He is not a Jew who is one outwardly,
but he is a Jew who is one inwardly in the spirit,
and not of the letter, for that kills, but the spirit makes alive'
What! cries the world, do you deny temple worship?
No, we say every man and woman must come into the temple,
if he worship God .in the spirit and truth.
And is not the spirit within, and the truth in the inward parts?
For,'do not you know that your bodies
are the temples of the holy ghost, which is the holy spirit '?
And can any worship God who is a spirit, in the truth,
unless they come to the spirit and the truth of God in their own hearts?
Here we set up the public and temple worship, which Christ set up,
which every man and woman in the world must come to,
‘truth in the inward parts,'
and the spirit of God within them, and worship in the spirit;
they must be in it, and in the truth,
to worship the God of all truth, who is a spirit.
And this is the public and universal worship;
and this brings every man and woman in the world to truth,
and the spirit of God in their own hearts.
And so this brings all to know their bodies
to be the temples of the holy spirit, in which they worship,
as the Jew outwardly worshipped in his outward temple.
But the temple, since the apostles' days,
has been so filled with smoke out of the bottomless pit,
and so filled with darkness,
that no man could enter into the temple to worship God;
and there the spirit of God has been vexed and grieved.
And so their prophecy, revelation, and vision
have been denied by the author of this smoke;
but the seventh angel has poured out his vial,
so that men begin to enter into the temple to worship God in the spirit and truth;
and the glory of the Lord shall fill the temple.
And Christ and his apostles never altered this worship
in the spirit and in the truth;
though the beast and the whore, the false church,
have set up another worship since the apostles' days.
But all must come to worship God in spirit,
(which was before their worship was set up),
which was set up in the apostles' days.
And so all must come to worship God in the spirit and in the truth,
which was before mass-book was, which got up many hundred years after Christ;
but that is and was the public and universal worship,
set up by Christ the second Adam, to the sons of Adam in the fall,
which brings every man and woman to truth,
and the spirit of God in their own hearts,
in that spirit and truth they must worship God.
But, the world cries, did they not pray in the temple, the Jews outwarly,
and must you not pray in the temple?
Yes, the Jew in the spirit pray in his temple,
and sing, and rejoice in his temple;
for, what! ‘Do you not know,
that your bodies are the temples of the holy ghost?'
And so, if you pray, you must pray in the holy ghost,
and rejoice in the holy ghost, and sing in the spirit;
and how can you sing, and rejoice, and pray in the spirit,
unless you must go into the temple,
your bodies being the temples of the holy ghost.
For the outward Jew's temple was thrown down;
and he is not a Jew who is one outwardly,
but he is a Jew who is one inwardly in the spirit.
Stephen was stoned to death
for denying the Jews' outward temple, and witnessing Christ;
and Stephen was full of the holy ghost;
so he was the temple of the holy ghost;
and so those whose bodies are the temples of the holy ghost;
they are the temples made without hands,
which are set above all temples made with men's hands.
But if you say, 'Did not the Jews' priests dwell in the temple,
and there they were to offer in the temple?'
In answer, yes; there was only one temple in the whole world commanded by God,
and it was set up at Jerusalem,
and never commanded to be set up in England,
Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, and Rome;
but the Jews were to go either to worship at Jerusalem,
and there to keep the feast of tabernacles,
or else their eyes were to rot in their heads, and their tongues in their mouths,
and their camels were to die of such and such plagues; as in Zechariah you may read.
And they were to come out of all nations under heaven,
to worship and keep the feast of tabernacles at Jerusalem;
and the apostles waited there, at the time of Pentecost,
to be endued with power from on high.
And so that temple was thrown down about forty years after Christ;
for you who cry up outward temple worship,
made with men's hands in your own nations, are worse than the Jews;
for they were to have only one temple, and one people;
and that temple is down, and the worship;
and he is not a Jew who is one outwardly,
but he is a Jew who is one inwardly in the spirit.
And so Christ's worship in the spirit and truth,
is set above the Jews' outward worship at Jerusalem,
and the mountain worship near Samaria;
and the Jew inward is set above the Jew outward;
and above the Jew's outward offering in his outward temple,
and the priest having chambers in the temple,
that was the place of their offering;
the Jew inward, offers in his temple the spiritual sacrifices;
and no where else does he offer except in his temple;
for by the spirit, he offers to God, who is a spirit.
And those who offered in the Jews' temple,
were to wear the holy garments;
so are you to do who are the true christians,
and are called a royal priesthood.
What! Are all true christians priests? Yes.
What! are women priests? Yes, women priests.
And can men and women offer sacrifices
without they wear the holy garments? No.
What are the holy garments men and women must wear?
The fine linen; and they must go in white.
What! Is this the priest's surplice [white over garment of the Episcopalians]?
No; the surplice got up when the fine linen,
the righteousness of saints, and going in white, was lost.
What is the fine linen and going in white,
that this royal priesthood must wear, which are the royal garments?
It is the righteousness of Christ,
which is the righteousness of the saints;
this is the royal garment of the royal priesthood,
which everyone must put on, men and women.
So everyone put on your robes, put on your garments,
the righteousness of Christ, as a cloak,
that you may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.
You who are sensible of the Lord's mercies,
offer to him his praise, his glory and honor,
his spiritual sacrifice in your temple,
like the sweet odors, myrrh, and frankincense.
And when the Jews' temple was cleansed, and the rubbish cast out of it,
the glory of the Lord filled the temple;
and when your temples are cleansed,
and the rubbish cast out of your temples by your high priest, Jesus Christ,
in the male and the female,
who destroys the devil and his works,
you will witness renewing up into the image of God,
into righteousness and holiness,
as man was in before the serpent got the rubbish into him.
So Christ, who destroys the devil and his works,
brings them to the state that man and woman were in before he got into them,
that is, into righteousness and holiness, and up into himself,
to the measure of the fullness of Christ,
who was glorified with the Father before the world began.
Here the glory of the Lord will fill everyone of your temples,
through which you will come to praise the Lord in your temple,
and to offer an offering in righteousness in your temple by the spirit,
a spiritual sacrifice to God, who is a spirit.
So here you are a royal priesthood, offering up the spiritual sacrifices.
And was not the Jew outward, to have fire and lamps burn always in his temple?
and are not the Jews in spirit always to have the word, which is a fire, in their temple,
and the light of Christ?
For does not Christ say, 'Have oil in your lamps?'
And were not their bodies that lamp?
And was there not to be salt in the Jews' temple, to season their sacrifices?
And so, are not you to have always salt in yourselves, (does Christ not say so?)
by which you may savor and be seasoned,
that all your sacrifices may be seasoned with salt?
And you know that the Jews outward
were not to offer the blind, the lame, the unclean, and the halt in their temple;
neither are you, who are the Jews in the spirit,
to offer the halt, the lame, the unclean, nor the swine, nor the blind;
but the spiritual sacrifice with the spirit to God who is a spirit;
by which spirit you see, and by which spirit you are made clean and sanctified,
and are enabled to mortify that swinish nature;
by which spirit you come to walk upright, not to halt;
as you walk in the spirit, you come to offer to God the spiritual sacrifices by the spirit.
And this is the standing offering in the temple,
which Christ your priest dwells in,
who ends the Jews' priests that dwelt in their outward temple, and ends their temple;
and ends their offerings and sacrifices, and the blood of bulls and goats.
Christ the offering, once for all their offerings;
and Christ the everlasting covenant, ends the first covenant;
and Christ the temple, ends the Jews' outward temple,
where their offerings and sacrifices were, and the priesthood,
and sets up the royal priesthood, with his royal garment, his righteousness,
that offers to God the spiritual sacrifices in the temple.
And so Christ ends all the types, figures, and shadows,
and variable things that were given to man since the fall, and held up by the law,
which they were not to add to the law of God, nor take from it;
which stood very nearly two thousand years:
which law served till Christ came,
and was good in its place, and was added because of transgression.
When many transgressed the image of God, his righteousness and holiness,
and had fallen from it,
then the righteous law, which is good, holy, and just, came atop of man;
and this served with all its shadows till the seed Christ came;
but Christ has come,
who was the end of the law for righteousness sake, to everyone that believes;
and in Christ is no shadow, variableness, nor turning, for he was before shadows were,
glorified with the Father before the world began;
who is the first and last, the beginning and ending,
the top and corner-stone, the chief master builder,
the elect and precious one,
whom all the builders in all ages rejected, who were of men, and by men, and from men;
whom the heirs of the world cast out, and could not abide that he should reign,
whose right it is.
Though he is the foundation of many generations,
all the heirs of the world do not know his generation;
those who are in the first birth,
whose building is not on Christ the rock, but on the sand.
And therefore their houses of religion and worship have
so often been beaten down with the storms of the sea,
not being upon the rock Christ Jesus,
which is above all the storms and tempests in the world, and before the sea was;
who is the lion of the tribe of Judah, and the root of David,
and the lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world.
And the lamb must have the victory
over all those who are in the nature of wild beasts, wild heifers, dogs, wolves, and horses.
And is this not a mystery to you all,
that the lamb should take away your sins,
so that the lamb should have the victory
over the doggish, wolfish, heiferish, and swinish nature in you,
like horses or serpents?
The clean and holy lamb must have the victory over all this in you;
and therefore join to him who has the victory,
who is the captain of your salvation,
who bruises the serpent's head;
Christ the seed (that is he) who breaks the serpent's power,
and crushes him to pieces, destroying him and his works.
Here Christ is King of kings, and Lord of lords,
he is ascended above all principalities, powers, and thrones;
'who opens and no man shuts, and shuts and no man opens.'
So he who opens to you by his light, none can shut from you,
who fills your lamps with oil of gladness;
and Christ shuts to all those who deny his light, for they deny him;
no man among them then can open;
and that makes them go together outwardly
about their worships, and churches, and scriptures, and to persecute one another.
Though they profess Christ, yet denying his light, they deny him;
these are antichrists, who are against him, though they profess him;
and those are condemned by the light,
who are against the power of God and the gospel.
The power of God [the cross] is the savor of death to them,
but a savor of life to those who are in the life.
And, in me you have peace,' says Christ;
and he gives peace to those who are in him, that no man can take away;
'but in the world you have trouble,' said Christ;
that is, in Adam, in the fall from righteousness and holiness;
for in righteousness there is peace,
and in holiness people see God;
and out of this holiness they do not see God.
Concerning who drink the new wine, and who drink the old,
and who are the bottles that hold each.
And whose teeth are set on edge, and whose are not.
Now all who are called Christendom,
they profess to believe in the name of Christ;
yet look at them, see what a confused family it is,
worse than the Turks, and Moguls, and the heathen;
for in the Turks' country there are Jews, Christians, and Turks,
and the Turks keep their sabbath upon the Sixth-day,
and the Jews
upon the Seventh-day, and the Christians upon the First-day;
and the Turks do not persecute them about religion,
but let them enjoy their meetings.
And it is said of the Mogul,
that there have been sixty sorts of religions in his country;
but he persecutes none for their religion,
but lets them have their meetings.
And that all who are called Christendom, professing the name of Christ,
that they should persecute one another,
and tear one another to pieces about worship, and religion,
and the steeple-house, which they have given the title of church to;
which is a title taken from the people, and given to a house.
And that they should persecute one another about eating flesh and fish,
Lent, the holy days, and about fastings, and about white coats,
black coats, girdles, tippets and hoods, altars, crosses,
and candlesticks, and about processions,
and running to graves for relics, and such visiting places!
And that they who profess Christ should fall out about outward things,
and tear one another to pieces about outward things,
and kill, imprison, and burn one another about such things;
and about their sacraments, and baptisms,
which are bread, and water, and wine.
The kingdom of God does not stand in meats, nor drinks, nor flesh,
nor fish, nor holy days, nor fasting days, nor tippets, nor hoods,
nor girdles, nor white coats, nor black coats, nor altars,
nor candlesticks, nor processions, nor beads, nor steeple-houses.
The kingdom of' God stands in righteousness,
and faith, and joy in the holy ghost;
and where there is righteousness there is peace;
and where there is true faith there is victory,
and building one another up in the holy faith;
but out of this faith there is no building, no victory;
but Cain, the sacrificer, persecuting Abel.
And therefore they are not counted wise men and wise women,
who persecute one another about such things that the kingdom of God does not stand in.
Therefore love one another, instead of persecuting one another;
and be meek, and not high; and entreat, and not threaten;
and bless, and do not curse; and love, and do not hate;
and do good, and not evil;
and live in the will of God, and do not be self-willed;
and mind the religion of Christ, and not your own;
for you persecute one another about your own things that you invent, and not Christ's;
for Christ's religion does not admit any persecution
or violence, nor to hate friends or enemies;
but self-religion will hate and persecute both;
such deny Christ, manifesting they are not of God.
And so biting and devouring one another
has been the way of consuming one another.
For, were there not more true christians before,
than there were after the pope got up?
For when they began to bite one another, then they consumed one another.
And you read in the scriptures of two bottles,
the old bottle that holds old wine; and the new bottle that holds the new wine;
and he who drinks the new will not desire to drink the old;
and he who drinks the old, will not desire to drink the new.
And Christ is the vine that affords this new wine, which is put in the new bottle;
and those who believe in his light, and become children of his light,
sit under his vine, and drink of his wine.
And Adam in the fall is the old bottle,
who holds the old wine of transgression, where all the sour grapes are,
and those who sit in transgression drink of the sour grapes,
of which their bottle is full, full of the wine of the wrath of fornication.
So they will not drink of the new.
So this old wine, which comes from the sour grapes, sets all their teeth on edge,
by which they bite and devour one another,
and so are consumed by one another, and devoured one another,
by their biting with their edged teeth.
Let all the places called Christendom witness to this
since there has been a pope, and since a Turk has come up;
and how it was before their was a pope or a Turk either;
what grinning and biting with their edged teeth,
and consuming one another
there has been and is, to this day, about religions that they made themselves,
and are the works of their own hands, (contrary to Christ and the apostles' religion),
and have fed of the works of their own hands,
and bitten others with their edged teeth, that would not.
But those who drink of the new wine and desire not to drink of the old do not bite,
but love one another, and love enemies;
and so they are not consumed by one another,
but live in love, peace, and unity,
and mind that which the kingdom of God stands in,
righteousness, and faith, and joy in the holy ghost.
And there is the pure religion from above,
that keeps itself from the spots of the world;
which is, to visit the fatherless, and relieve the widows,
and live in the unity and fellowship of the spirit, which is the bond of peace;
and live in the law of the spirit of life,
which makes free from the law of sin and death,
which life was before sin was or death either.
And such sit under their own vine Christ,
in the fellowship of the gospel, the power of God,
which power of God was before the devil was,
and are the church in God, and Christ is their head.
But those who have the old bottle full of the old wine,
that comes from the grapes of transgression, (by which their teeth are set on edge),
obey the law of sin and death,
and are under the authority of the prince of the air and darkness,
and are under the power of death,
and they do his lusts and works, who was a liar from the beginning,
whose religion lies in a lie, and not in the truth that makes free;
but that is it which the devil is out of, and all his servants,
and therefore they fight against the truth with their edged teeth,
who are drunk with the old wine;
and these cannot abide to hear talk of truth, and the spirit to guide people,
who first hate it in themselves and quench it, and grieve it;
but the God of truth will quench their fierceness
and will grieve those who grieve his spirit, which is given to them;
who will judge the world in righteousness,
and the secrets of everyones heart, according to the gospel,
and everyone shall have a reward according to his doing.
And all you who profess Jesus, and live out of the law of Jesus,
the law of love and faith, and the spirit of life that is in him,
you are all on heaps about his and the apostles' words,
like the scribes, Pharisees, Jews, and Sadducees,
who professed the law of God and his prophets,
and lived out of the law of God, and the life of his prophets;
such were on heaps, as the christians are now, who do not not live in the law of Jesus;
who cannot build up one another, but are the old bottles, full of old wine,
whose teeth are on edge with it,
tearing and biting at the righteous, and at one another;
but the righteous shall reign, and his seed shall have the victory,
and God will break the teeth of the wicked.
Concerning gathering in the name of Jesus.
Christ Jesus the second Adam, who came among the sons of fallen Adam,
you may see the beginning of his setting up his meetings, when he said,
'Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in the midst of them.'
So you see here Christ begins with a few, two or three;
for there was the gathering of the Jews,
scribes, and Pharisees, to their temples and synagogues.
And likewise there was the gathering of the heathen to Diana's temple.
And all those who gathered in the name of Jesus
came from the Jews' synagogue and temple,
and likewise the Gentiles, into the name of Jesus,
whose name is above every name,
and there is no salvation by any other name under the whole heaven,
but by the name of Jesus,
into which the true gathering is, where all know their salvation.
And so those who are gathered into the name of Jesus,
are gathered into his power and authority.
For you know when a tax or assessment is gathered
in the name of the head or heads of a nation,
it comes with power and authority, and you obey it either actively or passively.
And so who are gathered in the name of Jesus,
they are gathered in the power of the second Adam,
whose power and authority are above
the power of the first Adam's sons and daughters;
by which power, and in whose names, people are gathered there;
but Christ, whose name is above every name,
there is no salvation by any other under heaven, but by the name of Jesus;
and those who are gathered in this name of Jesus,
by his power, in which they know their salvation,
they see that there is no salvation, by any other name under the whole heaven,
nor, gathering, by which they gather.
They bid farewell to all other names and gatherings under heaven,
knowing there is no salvation except in the name of Jesus;
and this fulfils Jacob's prophecy, who said,
'The scepter shall not depart from between Judah's feet until Shiloh comes,
and the gathering of all nations shall be to him.'
So then it is clear, if the gathering of all nations be to Christ,
they must forsake all that into which they were gathered before.
And therefore, that makes all the heads of the national ways that hold them up
to be angry;
and with such, the lamb makes war in righteousness,
going on conquering and to conquer, so that he may rule whose right it is,
that he might subdue all things to himself;
in whose name all things are to be done,
and to whom all people are to be gathered,
whom God has given for salvation to the ends of the earth.
And likewise, this fulfills Moses' prophecy, who said,
God will raise up a prophet like me,
whom in all things the people shall hear,
who is the salvation to the ends of the earth,
to whom the gathering of all nations must be;
and those who are gathered in his name do and must hear him in all things,
by whom all things were made and created,
who was glorified with the Father before the world began.
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