The Missing Cross to Purity

Volume 5, The Works of George Fox, Doctrinal Books II, Continued

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A testimony of what we believe of Christ...(continued)

We cannot confess concerning Christ's birth, his body, sufferings, death and resurrection, in any better terms, than the holy men have done who gave forth the scriptures, as they were moved of the Holy Ghost; and therefore we cannot but deny those terms and nicknames, which you professors put upon Christ, that are not in the scriptures, and who also deny the receiving of the Holy Ghost, or waiting for its revelation in this age. For Christ the Son of God ‘is over his own house,’ as the apostle said, ‘whose house we are, therefore,’ as the Holy Ghost said, ‘today if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.’(Note, those who will not hear the voice of Christ, do harden their hearts), therefore his voice, who speaks from heaven now days, is to be heard by all the true believers in his light; and today they must hear it, not putting off until tomorrow, if they will hear what the Holy Ghost said.

As God said, ‘this is my beloved son, hear you him;’ and as Christ said, ‘learn of me;’ which is every believer's duty. Heb 4:14 ‘Seeing then we have a great high priest, which is entered into heaven, even Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession without wavering.’ Heb 10:23. This is our profession, which we have held fast, and declared to professors of the scripture without the possession; though for so doing we have been persecuted by them. ‘For we have not an high priest, which cannot be touched, with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all things tempted in like sort, yet without sin. Let us therefore go boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’ And we can go boldly to the throne of grace, through the grace that has appeared unto us, which teaches us, and brings us salvation. For the word of God is living and powerful, and ‘sharper than any two-edged sword;’ and in another place it is said, ‘the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.’ So here is a clear difference between the word and the letter, as may be seen, Heb 4:12, and between the letter and the spirit, the one kills, and the other gives life, 2 Cor 3:6.

Heb 5:5-9, Christ ‘took not to himself this honor to be made an high priest, but he that said unto him, [mark,] you are my Son, this day have I begotten you. You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, which in the days of his flesh did offer prayers and supplications, with strong cries and tears, unto him that was able to save him from death, and was also heard, in that he feared, though he was the Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered. And being consecrated was made the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.’ [Mark, obey him,] and this, we that obey, do faithfully believe of him, as Heb 5:5-9; and Heb 6:19-20, there we are to ‘hold fast the hope that is set before us, which we have as an anchor of the soul both sure and steadfast, and it entereth into that which is within the veil; [mark, this hope does,] where the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, that is made an high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.’

‘For the law made men high priests, who have infirmities, but the word of the oath (that is since the law), makes the Son of God, who is consecrated forevermore. The law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in a better hope did, whereby we draw nigh unto God, and this hope is Christ, by which we come unto God. And Christ Jesus is made a surety of a better testament, and he is able also perfectly to save them, that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them, [mark,] and such an high priest became us to have, which is holy, harmless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.’ [Mark,] this is the priest Christ Jesus which we own and believe in, and bear witness to, ‘which needs not daily, as those high priests to offer up sacrifice, first for the people, and then for themselves, for that he did once, when he offered up himself,’ Heb 7:28, 19, 24-27.

‘Now concerning the things which we have spoken, this is the sum, that we have such an high priest sitting at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, who is a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord has pitched, and not man.’ And every true christian must know this tabernacle and this sanctuary, which the Lord has pitched, and not man; which Christ is the minister of, who is at the right hand of God; this will keep their minds above every sanctuary and tabernacle that man has pitched.

‘For as the high priests were ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices, therefore it was necessary that this man Christ should have also something to offer, who offered up himself, and ended their offerings, but our high priest has obtained a more excellent office, than the priests under the law; inasmuch as he is the Mediator of a better testament, which is established upon better promises.’ For this is the new covenant or testament, ‘I will write my laws in their hearts, and put them in their minds, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’ So they are called God's people and the children of the New Testament and new covenant, in whose hearts God has written his law, and put it into their minds. ‘And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord, for they shall all know me from the least unto the greatest of them. For I will be merciful unto their unrighteousness, and I will remember their sins and iniquities no more,’ Heb 8:3-6, 10-12. And this new covenant and testament we do witness, blessed be the Lord forever; and the Lord God writes this law in our hearts, and puts it into our minds, that we may read it there, and do it, which is every true christian's duty to believe and do.

‘For Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this building, for the service of the first tabernacle stood in meats and drinks, and diverse washings and carnal ordinances, until the time of reformation,’ that is by Christ, ‘who neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood entered he in once into the holy place, and obtained eternal redemption for us:’ and this we do witness. ‘For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer, sprinkled them that were unclean, sanctify as touching the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, which through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, purify the conscience from dead works, to serve the living God?’ [mark, to serve the living God,] and not only to talk of the living God.

‘For this cause he is the Mediator of the New Testament, that through death which was for the redemption of transgression, that were in the former testament, they which were called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. And we which are called can bless the Lord for this eternal inheritance, and redemption and mediation; and the first testament was not ordained without blood, for Christ is not entered into the holy places that are made with hands, which are similitudes of heavenly things; but he is entered in the very heaven, to appear now in the sight of God for us: not that he offers up himself often, as the high priests enter into the holy place with the blood of others, for then must he have often suffered since the foundation of the world. But now in the end of the world has he appeared, [mark, the end of the world,] once to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself: so was Christ once offered to take away the sins of many. And unto them that look for him, shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation,’ Heb 9:15-28. This we believe, and blessed are they whose eyes see this, and receive Christ Jesus, according to his promise, who said, after he was risen, he would ‘come and dwell in them,’ namely, in his believers.

Again in Heb 10: ‘for it was impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins, therefore when he comes into the world,’ meaning Christ, ‘he said, sacrifice and offerings you would not, but a body has you prepared me.’ Here is Christ by whom the world was made, and his body, which took not upon him the nature of angels, but the seed of Abraham. For then I said, ‘in the volume of your book,’ as it is written of me, that I should ‘do your will O God; lo, I come to do your will, O God, to take away the first that he may establish the second covenant, by the which will, we are sanctified,’ [mark,] are sanctified, ‘by the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.’ And this man Christ Jesus after he had offered up one sacrifice for sins, ‘sits down forever at the right hand of God,’ mark, at the right hand; which is not usual for a father to set his son at his right hand, ‘from henceforth expecting,’ namely, at the right hand, ‘until his enemies be made his footstool,’ and as it is said, ‘shall remain in the heavens until all things are restored:’ who is restoring by his faith, grace, power and spirit; and his true believers and disciples feed of his flesh, and drink of his blood, which is meat indeed, and which is their heavenly food.

For by one offering has he perfected forever them that are sanctified. (mark, them that are sanctified.) So they must be sanctified, which is more than an outward profession, before they are perfected. And, mark you professors, are you sanctified and perfected forever by the offering of Christ? [mark, are you perfected?] but can that be, since you deny perfection here on this side the grave? ‘seeing therefore, brethren by the blood of Jesus we may be bold to enter into the holy place, by the new and living way, which he has prepared for us,’ true christians, ‘through the veil of his flesh.’ [Mark his flesh,] ‘and seeing we have an high priest, that is over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in assurance of faith, sprinkled in our hearts from an evil conscience, washed in our bodies with pure water, keeping the profession of our hope without wavering; [mark,] for he is faithful that has promised.’ Now this every true christian is to hold and believe without wavering, and we are witnesses of it. Now you professors without possession, who make such a noise with your mouths, and a talk of Christ without you, are your hearts sprinkled? Look into your hearts, consciences, and bodies, whether you feel this sprinkling and this washing with pure water, for there was the blood of bulls and goats, which was offered up in the Old Testament: but Christ's blood is the blood of the new covenant. Therefore, take heed of trampling the blood of the new covenant under your feet, wherewith the true believers are sanctified, for vengeance is God's, and he will repay it; and it is a ‘fearful thing to fall into the hands of the ever-living God.’

‘And the just shall live by faith,’ and will not cast off their confidence, but if any draw back, God's soul has no pleasure in them. You may see the faith of the elders, and of Enoch, Abel, and of Abraham, and these by faith sought a country that is heavenly, therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them; and such went under mockings, stonings, scourgings and imprisonings; and wandered up and down in sheep's skins and goat's skins, destitute, afflicted and tormented, of whom the world was not worthy, neither is it now indeed, of those that are in this mystery of faith, held in a pure conscience: and they wandered in wildernesses, mountains and dens, and caves of the earth. And all these through faith received a good report, and received not the promise, God providing a better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect; for we are all one body together, who are of this faith, as Heb11:14-16,36-40. Now see if you professors have not been the stoners, afflicters, mockers and imprisoners of the faithful.

Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with such a great cloud of witnesses, cast away everything that presses down, and the sin that hangeth so fast on,’ [mark,] cast off the sin, not plead for sin and the body of death, during life, ‘but let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith:’ [mark,] he is the author and finisher; so it is no true faith, which he has not been the author of, and this is the faith which works by love. ‘And Christ, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, and despised the shame, and is set at the right hand of the throne of God.’ Consider, therefore, him that ‘endureth such contradiction, against him for sinners, least you are weary and faint in your minds. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.’ Therefore, never expect you professors to see the Lord, while you plead for your body of sin and death, which is unholy to the grave. Heb 12:1-3,14.

Further the apostle said to the saints, ‘you are come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the innumerable company of angels, and to the church of the first born, which is written in heaven,’ mark, written in heaven; (not a church or list of members written in a book), ‘you are come to the judge of all, and the spirits of just men made perfect; (but are not your ears stopped against perfection, you professors? and of hearing, and talking of the spirits of those just men made perfect, [mark,] just men made perfect, and your eyes blinded that you can see no such men), and you are come to Jesus the mediator of the New Testament, (said the apostle), that speaks better things than that of Abel.’ And therefore, we are not to turn away from him that speaks from heaven, whose voice shakes the heavens and the earth, that that may appear, which cannot be shaken. Heb 12:22-23, 25-27.

Heb 13:5-6,12-13,15,‘let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have. For the Lord said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So that we may boldly say, mark boldly say, ‘the Lord is my helper, neither will I fear what man can do unto me.’ Christ Jesus is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. [Mark,] he is the same in his offices in his church; he is the same head of his church, and mediator and prophet to teach, and shepherd to feed, and bishop to oversee, yes, even Jesus; that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, who suffered without the gate: (mark, what gate?) without the gates at Jerusalem. Let us, therefore, go out of the camp, bearing this reproach, let us, therefore, by him, namely, Christ, offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is, the fruits of our lips, which confess his name, and we can do no other who are the true christians, who do believe and confess to his name.

‘And the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, made perfect in every good work to do his will,’ This can we and all the true sheep witness; and it is he that makes us perfect in all good works to do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise forever and ever. Amen.

James 1:5, 12, 17-18, 21-23, ‘If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, which gives to every man liberally, and upbraideth no man;’ and God has promised the crown of life to all that love Him; ‘and every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning;’ and ‘of his own good will begat he us with the word of truth;’ not with the letter, that killeth, but the spirit that gives life; ‘that we should be as the first fruits of his creatures.’ For everyone is to receive with meekness the word which is grafted in them, ‘which is able to save the soul. For if you are hearers of the word only and not doers, you deceive your own selves.’ Therefore, all you that hear this engrafted  word, which is near in the heart and mouth, and do it [obey] not, you are the deceivers of your own selves.

Take heed of the vain religion, the unbridled tongue. ‘For if any man among you seems to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, he deceives his own heart.’ So he is a heart-deceiver who does not bridle his tongue, and his religion is vain, though he may make a profession of the prophets' and apostles' words. ‘For pure religion and undefiled before God the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widow in their adversity, and to keep yourself unspotted of the world.’ So this religion is practiced. Now who will be of this pure religion, beside the people of God, called Quakers, and the church in the primitive times? Not you who plead for a body of sin and death to the grave, which spots you, and keeps you defiled.

We are ‘not to hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ with respect of persons, because of gold rings, gaudy apparel, or gay clothing,’ for it is forbidden, as James2:1-2; and faith, if it has no works, is dead in itself; ‘for as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.’ So these are not the works of the law which the apostle speaks of, but the works of faith, which Christ is the author of, whose faith works by love. And take heed of that ‘unruly member, the tongue, for therewith bless we God, even the Father, and therewith curse we men, who are made after the similitude of God.’ By this God's works are cursed. Is it not so, you professors? Mind it: do you not bless God, and curse men? ‘But who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you, let him show by good conduct,’ (mark, good conduct), this is the wise man, his works are in meekness of wisdom. What wisdom? not that which is below, which is earthly, sensual, and devilish, envy, strife, and all manner of wicked work.

‘The wisdom that is from above, is pure, peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good works,’. James 3:17-18, (Mark, you professors, here are the fruits of possession). ‘Whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of this world, makes himself the enemy of God. And the spirit that dwelleth in man, lusteth after envy;' and 'he who has no power over his own spirit, is like a city whose walls are broken down.’ Therefore look, you professors, whether your walls are not broken down, that have no power over your own hearts; for the power is walls: and all you that hold a profession in your own spirits, and have not the power over them, your city walls are broken down, James 4:4-5, Prov 15:28. ‘You have lived in pleasures on the earth, and in wantonness, and have nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned the just, and he has not resisted you,’ James 4:5-6. Therefore, consider this, all you wanton professors, that live in pleasure, that have nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter, and condemned and killed the just, pharisee like. Is not this the birth that is not born of the spirit, but of the flesh? The apostle James commands, in his general epistle to the church, ‘not to swear at all,’ but keep to yes and no, (but you throw the command both of Christ and the apostle aside, and command people to swear.) Mat 5:33-37, James 5:12.

Peter also writes to the elect, 1 Pet 1:2, ‘according to the foreknowledge of God the Father unto the sanctification of the spirit, through obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ,’ [mark,] the sanctification and obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus. This is profession, and is more than talk. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, ‘according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again: (mark, has begotten us again), unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance immortal and undefiled, (mark), that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, all God's true believers, which are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.’ Here is the saint's keeper, the power of God.

The apostle said, 1 Pet 1:12, ‘the gospel by the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven.’ So this is according to the apostle, and the gospel is the power of God, which they had not received of man, nor by man, but of Jesus Christ. Gal 1:12. ‘Therefore gird up the loins of your minds, and be sober;’ and trust perfectly on the grace that is brought unto you by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Now you professors, who deny revelation, you deny that which brings the grace and the gospel from heaven. ‘For we are not redeemed,’ said the apostle, ‘with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from our vain conduct, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb undefiled or without spot, which was ordained before the foundation of the world, [mark,] but was delivered in the last times for your sakes.’ And now you professors, that talk so much of redemption by the blood of Christ, are not you in your vain conduct, and unredeemed? By which means, namely, Christ, we do believe in God that raised Christ from the dead, and gave him glory, that our faith and hope might stand in God. The apostle said, ‘seeing your souls are purified in obeying the truth, through the spirit, being born again anew not of a mortal seed, but immortal, by the word of God, which liveth and abides forever.’ And this we witness, as 1 Pet 1:22-23. This word by which we are born anew, is preached among you, which is not the letter, for that is perishing. In1 Pet 2:4-8,‘to whom you come as to a living stone disallowed of men, but chosen of God, and precious; and you as living stones be made a spiritual household, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Behold I lay in Zion,’ said he, ‘a chief corner-stone, elect and precious, and he that believes herein shall not be ashamed.’ We are not ashamed of him before men: ‘and to us that believe, he is precious; but unto them who are disobedient, [mark, disobedient,] a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence.’ Yes, by such builders in the letter without the spirit, like Pharisees, is disallowed, but the same is made the ‘head of the corner.’

The believers in Christ ‘are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, (mark, the church which is made up of men and women, the believers which are born again, a holy nation, a peculiar people) that you should show forth the virtues of him’ [namely, Christ,] that has called you.’ This we witness; glory to God forever: which in times past were not a people, but now are the people of God; ‘For Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps, who did no sin, neither was there guile found in his mouth, who when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed it to him that judges righteously: who his own self bore our sins in his body [mark,] on the tree, that we being delivered from sin should live in righteousness,’ not in unrighteousness and a body of sin, and plead for it for term of life, ‘by whose stripes we are healed,’ (namely, Christ's), for you were as sheep gone astray, but are now returned unto the shepherd and bishop of your souls.

This we, his sheep, that hear his voice, do witness; and that all are astray, until they return to Christ, the shepherd and bishop of their souls, as in 1 Pet 3:18-19, ‘For Christ also has suffered for sins, [mark, his sufferings were for sins,] the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, and was put to death concerning the flesh, [mark, concerning the flesh, not as he was God,] but was quickened in the spirit, by the which, (namely, the spirit), he preached to the spirits that are in prison.’ [Mark,] do you see this, or do you hear this preacher? The prisoners of hope have and do, and he has said unto the prisoners, ‘show yourselves forth,’ and they have showed themselves forth, though you have evily treated them, as the Pharisees and chief priests did Christ.

It is a good conscience, that makes request to God by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, to whom the angels and powers are subject, as 1 Peter throughout. It was, and is by the unjust, that Christ the just suffers still, and chiefly by the unjust professors, as he did by Saul and the professing Pharisees, and as we do now by you professors.

1 Pet 4:1-2, ‘Forasmuch then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, (mark, for us in the flesh), arm yourselves likewise with the same mind, that he which has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, (mark, from sin), that he henceforward should live as much time as remaineth in the flesh, not after the lusts of men, but after the will of God, which shall give account to him, who is ready to judge the quick and the dead.’ And rejoice inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings. Mark, as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings; this is not only talk of his sufferings, as many professors of the letter, that kills, do; and deny the having of the spirit, that quickeneth now days, which the apostles and the saints had.

‘But you who are partakers of Christ's sufferings, that when his glory shall appear, you may be glad and rejoice; but let none suffer as an evil doer, but as a christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on his behalf; and let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit their souls unto him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator, as 1 Pet 4:13-16, 19.

1 Pet 5:, Peter said, ‘I beseech you who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Jesus Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed.’ Mark, here is a glory that was to be revealed; then revelation was not past. For the witnesses of Jesus do witness it still, and are partakers of his glory, blessed be God forever.

Further the apostle said, ‘deck yourselves inwardly in lowliness of mind,’ mark, an inward decking in lowliness of mind. ‘For God resisteth the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. And the God of all grace which has called us [mark, us his people,] unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a little, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.’ And this we witness, blessed be the Lord, who has called us to this eternal glory by Christ Jesus, as 1 Pet 5: 5,10.

Mat 17:5 and 2 Pet 1:17, ‘God said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, hear you him.’ Mark, this voice came from heaven, which is to be obeyed. ‘But we have a more sure word of prophecy, to the which you do well that you take heed, as unto a light, that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.’ Mark, ‘in your hearts;’ and all true christians are to take heed to the light, until this star do arise in their hearts. The apostle said, ‘whereby most great and precious promises are given unto us, that by them you should be partakers of the divine nature, which has obtained the precious faith with us, by the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ Mark, partakers of the divine nature and precious faith. This is more than a profession of the letter without.

Further it is said, ‘therefore brethren give rather diligence to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you shall never fall.’ This is every christian's duty to mind; to mind those things, as it is written, 2 Pet 1:10. ‘For if they, after they have escaped from the filthiness of the world, through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, are yet entangled and overcome, their latter end is worse than their beginning, 2 Pet 2:20.’ So it is clear, to live in the filthiness of the world, and make a profession of God and Christ, will stand them in no more stead than the workers of iniquity, that must depart, though they call him ‘Lord, Lord.’ Such may put the day of the Lord afar off, and live as in security; but it will come upon them ‘as a thief in the night,’ and ‘a thousand years with the Lord are as one day,’ as may be seen in 2 Pet 3:8-10.

John writes in his one general epistle, ‘that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, [mark,] which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life.’ Mark, seen, heard, and handled. ‘The life appeared, and we have seen it and bear witness: (mark, they bore witness to what they had seen, heard and handled), and showed unto you eternal life, which was with the Father, and appeared unto us.’ So they showed unto others what they had seen, heard and handle. These were and are the true witnesses. That I say, which we have seen and heard, ‘declare we unto you, that you may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship is with the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ.’ Mark, here is a fellowship with the Father and Son, not made up with the letter that kills. ‘And this then is the message, which we have heard of him, (mark, heard of him), and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.’ This is the message they declared, and this is the message we declare; what we have heard and seen. ‘If we say we have fellowship with him, (namely, Christ), and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth,’ though some professors may say, to do the truth, that sets up a covenant of works: as though truth and the scriptures were given forth for nothing, but to be talked of, and not to be done, as 1 John 1:1-6. In 1 John 2:1-3, ‘my babes, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the just, and he is the reconciliation for our sins, and not for our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And he that obeys his spoken words [commands] in him, (mark, in him), is the love of God perfect indeed. Hereby know we, that we are in him,’ (mark, in him, namely, Christ.)

Again, ‘little children, I write unto you,’ said he, ‘that your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. And I write unto you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one, and the word of God abides in you. (Mark, overcome.) I write unto you, fathers, for you have known him from the beginning, (namely, Christ in his divinity, for in the beginning was the word), or, known him as he was God. ‘Let that therefore abide in you, that same, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, (observe, in you), you also shall continue in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he has promised us, eternal life. And these things have I written unto you concerning them that deceive you: but the anointing which you have received of him, dwelleth in you, [mark, in you,] and you need not that any man teach you, [mark,] but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is not lying; and as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.’ Therefore it is good to keep to this teacher, and take heed of the deceiver that will draw you out from this teacher, and tell you, there is no overcoming of the body of sin on this side the grave, that the strong man may keep the house. For God's minister said, ‘if you know that he is righteous, know you that he which does righteously is born of him,’ and whoever does not righteously is not of God. And whosoever is ‘born of God, sinneth not, for the seed of God abides in him, neither can he sin, because he is born of God.’ In this the children of God are known from the children of the devil. For you know that he appeared, that he might take away our sins, ‘and in him is no sin. Whosoever abides in him, sinneth not.’ 1 John 3:8-10. ‘And the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.’ And he that said he remaineth in Christ, ‘ought even so to walk as he walked;’ and not only to talk as he talked. Do you not call the apostle a lier, who say the blood of Christ will not cleanse you on this side the grave?

Again, ‘little children, let no man deceive you; he that does righteousness, is righteous. And he that committs sin, is of the devil, for the devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose appeared the Son of God, that he might destroy the works of the devil, (that is sin), for his works are sin: and Christ through death destroyed death, and the devil the power of death.

‘Every man that has this hope, (what hope? Christ in you the hope of glory); purifies himself, even as he is pure.’ Note, this is more than an outward letter-profession. This is his commandment, namely, Christ's, that ‘we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another,’ as he gave commandment, 1 John 3:23. In 1 John 4:9-16, ‘in this the love of God appeared towards us, because God sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, and not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be a reconciliation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to love one another. And hereby know we, that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son, to be a Saviour of the world: and whosoever confesseth that Jesus is the Son of God, in him dwelleth God, and he in God. And we have known and believed that God is love, and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him, as 1 John4:9-16. ‘Whosoever, therefore, believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, &c. And he that is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh even your faith.’ Mark, if all those who are called christians were the true believers, then were they all born of God, then they would overcome the world; and if all those who are called christians were in the true faith that Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of, then would they plead for victory as the true minister did, and not say there is no victory here over the body of sin and death. ‘And who is it that overcometh the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God; and this is that Jesus Christ, that came by water and blood, and it is the spirit that beareth witness; for the spirit is truth,’ 1 John 5:5-6.

Now you who say, you do not have the same spirit as the apostles had, you are not true witnesses; for you say, there are but two spirits, a good, and bad. So you must have the bad, if you do not have the good which the apostles had, according to your own judgment.

‘There are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one: and there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit, the Water, and the Blood, and these three agree in one:’ for this is the witness of God, which he testifies of his Son; which God's witness is a greater than the witness of men. ‘And he that believes in the Son of God, [mark,] has the witness in himself.’ And this we believe and witness, and he that does not, has made him a liar.

You professors, who have given new names to the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, (as Trinity, and three distinct persons), and say the scripture is your rule for your doctrine, but there is no such rule in the scripture, to call them by these new names, which the apostle that gave forth the scripture, does not give them. And because we do not call the Father, and the Word, and the Holy Ghost by your new names, therefore you falsely say, that the Quakers deny Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; which, we acknowledgd in those names and sound words, in which the holy men of God spoke them forth by the Holy Ghost; which you give other new names to, and yet say, you have not the same spirit, which they had that gave forth the scriptures. So, which is to be followed, judge yourselves. ‘But this is the record that God has given unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.’ And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us a mind to know him, which is true, and ‘we are in him that is true, [mark, that is,] in his Son Jesus Christ,’ this same is very God and eternal life: and this we the people of God, in scorn called Quakers, do witness.

2 John 1:7, ‘for there are many deceivers come into the world, who confess not Jesus Christ is come into the flesh, he is a deceiver, and antichrist.’ Now all the christians (so called), in the world, and the Turk, will confess Christ come in the flesh outwardly. So then by this outward confession, these cannot be deceivers nor antichrist by your doctrine; but the apostle said, ‘if Christ be not in you, you are reprobates: and he that has the Son, has life; and he that has not the Son, has not life.’ These were the deceivers that inwardly ravened, but had the sheep's clothing: the outward profession. And 1 John 2:26-27, 2 Tim 3:5, the deceivers are there described to be such as have not the anointing within them, and draw others from it, and such as have the form of godliness, but deny the power, which are to be turned away from. Whoever transgresses, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God; but he that continueth in the doctrine of Christ, has both the Father and the Son; and ‘if there come any among you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not in your house, neither bid him God speed; for whoso does, is partaker of his evil deeds.’ So as Christ was manifest in the flesh, above sixteen hundred years ago, if he come to ‘dwell in man's heart’ by faith, he is manifest in their flesh, there is the anointing known within, condemning sin in their flesh, that they through him might become the righteousness of God. So, ‘he that believes in the Son of God, has the witness in himself.’ And Jude writes to them, which are ‘called and sanctified of God the Father, and reserved in Christ Jesus,’ (mark, are sanctified), and those who are sanctified, are holy; for is not to sanctify them, to make them holy? But do you not affirm, that none are sanctified or made holy on this side the grave, contrary to the apostles' doctrine? So you give the apostles the lie, as you do unto us.

Further he writes to them of the common salvation, and that they were ‘earnestly to contend for the faith, that was once delivered unto the saints.’ This common salvation, which is ‘Christ, that tasted death for every man, and enlightened every man, and his grace has appeared unto every man that brings salvation;’ and contending for the faith is it not to contend for that which Christ is the author and finisher of in their hearts? ‘When Michael, the archangel strove against the devil, and disputed with the devil concerning the body of Moses, he dared not blame him with cursed speakings, but said, the Lord rebuke you.’ Now are not the professors like the devil here disputing about the body of Christ, which body they are ignorant of, whom the Lord rebuke. If they know his body, his flesh, or his blood, then they would know the meat which comes down from heaven, which is our food, by which we live, whom you nickname, and in scorn call Quakers.

But it is come to pass what the Lord Jesus Christ and the apostles declared, how that there should come mockers in the last times, which should walk after their ungodly lusts; and this we have daily experience of. These are the makers of sects, which have almost filled the world with them who are fleshly, having not the spirit that the apostles were in, and so not in the unity of it. ‘But you beloved,’ said he, ‘edify yourselves in the most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.’ (Mark, in the Holy Ghost.) But you professors say, you do not have the same Holy Ghost as the apostles had, so cannot pray in it; and you say, there is no victory here. So you do not have the same holy faith, which they had, which gave them victory, as in Jude, you letter-professors may read your conditions, who are like the raging waves of the sea.

John, Rev 1:5, said, ‘Jesus Christ which is a faithful witness, and the first begotten from the dead, and Prince of the kings of the earth, unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.’ So John does not plead for sin here for term of life, (like the letter-professors), but said, they are washed from their sins. ‘And has made us kings and priests unto God, even his Father: behold, he comes with clouds, and every eye shall see him, even they which pierced him through; and all the kindreds of the earth shall wail before him,’ namely, Christ. And ‘I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come: the Almighty.’

John, Rev 1:9, (said he), ‘your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle of Patmos for the word of God, and the witnessing of Jesus Christ,’ (Mark, your brother in tribulations and in the kingdom.) Here is not only an heir of the kingdom, but in it. This many do witness, who are the witnesses of Jesus Christ, and know the patience of Jesus. In this John sets forth Christ to the seven churches, in which he seven times said, ‘he that has an ear to hear, let him hear what the spirit said unto the seven churches.’ So here the spirit is the speaker, as may be seen Rev 2 and 3; ‘and in his right hand,’ namely, Christ's, ‘he held the seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword.’ (Mark, out of his mouth, &c.) And he said, ‘I am alive that was dead: and behold I am alive for evermore: and I, (namely, Christ), have the keys of hell and death.’ And he said, ‘to him that overcomes, will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God: and be you faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life. Rev 2:1, 12, 8, 7, 10, 1:18. ‘To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the manna that is hidden: and will give him a white stone, and in this stone a new name written, which no man knoweth, saving he who receives it. And thus said the Son of God, who has his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet like fine brass, verses 17-18; and verses 26-29, for he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken. Even as I received of my Father, so will I give him the morning star. He that has an car, let him hear what the spirit said to the churches.’ But your churches now days say, there is no hearing of this immediate spirit; and you say yourselves, there are but two spirits; so then you have gotten another spirit to hear and speak to you, than that which spoke to the churches, and it seems you had no ear to hear the spirit that spoke to the churches.

But we do witness this spirit's teaching, and do hear him; blessed be the Lord forever. Rev 3:1-6, these things write unto the church which is at Sardis, said he that has the seven spirits of God, (namely, Christ), and the seven stars, I know your works, for you have a name that you live, but you are dead.’ Mark, is not this the condition of many of the professors in Christendom, that have the name christian, but are dead from the life, and power and spirit that was in the apostles? Upon such Christ will come as a thief. ‘And you shall not know what hour I will come upon you,’ said Christ, [mark,] ‘but you have a few names in Sardis which have not defiled their garments.’ O brave saints! what will you letter-professors say to these? Christ said, they have not defiled their garments; these were perfect then, were they not? ‘And they shall walk with me,’ namely, Christ, ‘in white, for they are worthy. And he that overcometh shall be clothed in white array, and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life. But I will confess his name before my Father and his angels.’ Blessed be the Lord forever. ‘Let him that has an ear hear what the spirit said to the churches.’ But you that deny this spirit's speaking now days, are none of these churches.

Again he said, ‘write unto the angel of the church of Philadelphia, these things said he that is holy and true, (namely, Christ), which has the key of David, which opens and no man shuts, and shuts and no man opens, I have set before you an open door, that no man can shut.’ And this we witness who have kept the word, and have not denied his name. Those who obey his words of patience, he will deliver them from the hour of trial, which will come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. And all are to hold fast that which they have received from Christ, that no man take their crown. ‘And he that overcometh, (said Christ), will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall no more go out; [mark,] no more go out, and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the New Jerusalem, which comes out of heaven from my God; and I will write upon him my new name.’ O blessed writer and Saviour! let him that has an ear, hear what the spirit said unto the true church now days, which we hear, blessed be his name forever.

Again: ‘write these things, said the amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creatures of God.’ And this was to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans, who were neither hot nor cold. Look, you letter-professors, to this, that say, you are rich and have need of nothing; see if you are not poor, blind, miserable, wretched and naked. Are not you neither hot nor cold, and does not Christ threaten to vomit such out of his mouth?

‘Behold,’ said Christ, ‘I stand at the door and knock;’ what door is this, think you? is it not the door of the heart? ‘if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in unto him, [mark, come in,] and will sup with him and he with me.’ Do not you letter-professors tell us, there is no hearing of the voice of Christ now days; and he is in heaven, and will not come until the end of the world? So then there is no supping with Christ, until the end of the world, nor any opening of the door for him to come in among you. But those who have heard his voice, have opened the door, and he is come in to them, and he sups with them, and they with him. This we witness: he that has an ear let him hear what the spirit said unto the churches, Rev 3:20-22.

Rev 4:, see the holy cry: ‘holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, which was, which is, and which is to come. And thanks were given to him that sat upon the throne, which liveth forever and ever; and they cast down their crowns before him.’ And so must all do, before they are crowned with Jesus, who is ‘worthy to receive glory, and honor, and power, forever and ever.’

John, ( Rev 5:2-4, 5-11) saw that no man in heaven, nor in earth, nor under the earth was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. Therefore, John wept, because he saw no man was found worthy to open and read the book, nor to look thereon. But one said unto him; ‘behold the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.’ For it is he that opens, and he that shuts; and if he open, no man can shut, and if he shut, no man can open. It is he that opens to his people now the book of the law and prophets, and gospel and revelation, and the book of life, which we witness. ‘And I beheld a Lamb as though he had been killed, which had the seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God, sent unto all the world, and those who sung a new song, saying, you are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof, because you wast killed, and has redeemed us to God by your blood, out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation, and you have made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.’ [Mark, reign on the earth,] and also, such that John heard, saying with a loud voice, ‘worthy is the Lamb that was killed to receive power and riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and praise, and we say the same.

'All creatures which are in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth and in the sea, and all that are in them heard I, saying, praise and honor, glory and power be given to him that sits upon the throne and unto the Lamb, forever and ever.’ So he is to be worshipped that lives forever and ever, Rev 5:13. Also Rev 6:1,9-10, 1Cor 2:14, see how the Lamb Christ Jesus opens the seals; and all is sealed, until he open, for ‘the natural man perceives not the things of God, for they are spiritually discerned.’ And when the Lamb had opened the fifth seal, ‘John saw the souls of them that were killed for the word of God, and for the testimony which they maintained, and they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘how long Lord holy and true do you not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell upon the earth?’ So it is God that does avenge the blood of the persecuted, upon their persecutors. His people are commanded not to avenge themselves, for vengeance is his and he will repay it. Long white robes were given to everyone of these sufferers for Jesus; and it was said unto them that they should rest for a little season, until their fellow-servants and brethren should be killed as they were.

The Lamb opening the sixth seal, the great men and the rich men, hidden themselves among the rocks and dens, and mountains, and said unto the mountains and rocks, ‘fall around us and hide us from the presence of him that sits upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of his wrath is come, and who can stand?’ Think on this, you who have been our persecutors over twenty-six years, for the wrath of the Lamb will find you out: Rev 6:11-12, when the sun is turned as black as sackcloth of hair, and you know the great earthquake, then you will not scoff at, nor persecute the people of God, in scorn called Quakers.

Rev 7:14-17, these are they which came out of ‘great tribulations, and have washed their robes,’ and have made their ‘robes white in the blood of the Lamb.’ (Mark, have washed), therefore, are they in the presence of the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sits on the throne will dwell among them, and they shall hunger no more, nor thirst any more neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat, for the Lamb which is ‘in the midst of the throne shall govern them.’ Here is the Governor of God's washed and suffering people, and he (namely, Christ), shall lead them, [mark,] into the living fountains of waters, ‘and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.’ This we believe, and can cry with a loud voice, ‘salvation comes of our God, that sits upon the throne, and of the Lamb;’ and do know the palms in token of victory. Also Rev 8:1-4, where the Lamb opened the seventh seal, then did the trumpets begin to sound, and the ‘prayers of the saints were offered upon the golden altar,’ which was before the throne of God. Then at the sounding of the fifth angel, the bottomless pit was opened where the locusts came out, which were to ‘vex them that had not the seal of God in their foreheads,’ and these locusts had a king over them, whose name is called in Hebrew, Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon, Destroyer.

At the sound of the sixth angel's trumpet, there came destruction upon such as ‘worshipped devils and idols, gold and silver, and brass, wood and stone, which could neither see, hear, nor go: and yet they repented not that remained undestroyed, neither of their sorcery, murder, fornication, nor theft, Rev 9:20-21 . Also in the days of the voice of the seventh angel's sounding with his trumpet, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared by his servants the prophets, Rev 10:7 .

There were then great voices in heaven at the seventh angel's sounding, saying, ‘the kingdoms of this world are our Lord's, and his Christ's, and he shall reign for evermore.’ And the twenty-four elders which sat before God on their seats, ‘fell down on their faces and worshipped God, (not the beast), saying, we give you thanks, Lord God Almighty, which are, (that is, present), and which was, and which are to come; for you have received your great might, and has obtained your kingdom, and the Gentiles were angry, and your wrath is come, the time of the dead that they should be judged; and you shall give reward unto your servant, the prophets your saints, and to them that fear your name, to small and great, and shall destroy them that destroyed the earth,’ Rev 11:15-19. Then, after the witnesses were slain and taken up into heaven, which tormented their persecutors, that made merry over them when they had slain them; ‘the dragon with his tail drew the third part of the stars from heaven, and cast them to the earth.’ This dragon stood before the woman to devour her child when she had brought it forth; but so soon as she had brought forth the man-child which should ‘rule all nations with a rod of iron, her Son was taken up unto God's throne and she fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of God, where they should feed her one thousand two hundred and sixty days; and then the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went and made war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commands of God, and have the testimony of Jesus, when he was cast out of heaven into the earth, the old serpent that deceives all the world, and his angels were cast out with him: then I heard a voice, saying, now is salvation in heaven, and strength and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ.’ ‘For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night, but they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore, rejoice you heavens, and you that dwell in them: (mark, dwell in heaven), but woe be to the inhabitants of the earth, and the sea; for the devil is come down unto you with great wrath, knowing that he has but a short time to reign.’ So it may be seen here, who were the original of them, that persecuted the woman, and the remnant of her seed, namely, the dragon, the devil, the deceiver, Rev 11:7-12, 12:3-6, 17, 9-12.

‘Then after the woman was gone into the wilderness, the beast rose out of the sea, and the dragon gave his power to him, and they worshipped the dragon;’ and then the cry was, ‘who is able to make war with the beast? And he opens his mouth with blasphemy against God, and to blaspheme his name, his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.’ Mark, this beastly spirit, who has not the spirit and power the apostles had; and this beast was to continue forty-two months; and it was given to this beast to make war with the saints, and to overcome them; and power was given unto him over all nations, kindreds and tongues, and all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, namely, the beast, and he and they may say, there is no perfection and overcoming, and may cry up the body of sin and death to the grave. So all worshipped him, whose names are not written in the book of life. Mark, here is the writing-book of the Lamb, which was ‘slain from the beginning of the world,’ slain not only at Jerusalem, without the gates. If any man has an ear let him hear.

‘I beheld another beast come out of the earth with two horns, like the lamb.; Mark, here the beast would be like the lamb, but he speaks like the dragon, not like the lamb. And this beast did great wonders, he caused them which dwelled upon the earth to worship the first beast, and as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. So he made all, great and small, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive his mark in their right hand, and in their forehead; so he marked them, and sealed them with his evil spirit, Rev 13:12-16. And God seals his with his good spirit: you are sealed with the spirit, (said the apostle, Eph 4:30,) unto the day of redemption; and those who are sealed can set to their seals that God is true, that keep the testimony of Jesus the spirit of prophecy.’

John said, Rev 14:3, ‘I looked, and lo, a lamb stood on Mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty-four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads, and they sung a new song before the throne, &c. and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty-four thousand which were redeemed from the earth, and in their mouths was found no guile, for they were without spot before the throne of God. These are they which are not defiled with women, for they are virgins, these follow the Lamb wheresoever he goes, these are bought from men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb.’ This we do believe: but can any of the letter-professors believe that such a company should be without guile in their mouths, and without spot? None know this new song, except those who are without spot and guile, and by the spirit of God have their Father's name written in their foreheads.

‘And I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwelled upon the earth, and to every kindred, tongue and nation, saying with a loud voice, fear God and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come, worship him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and fountains of waters.’

Now what will you letter-professors say to John? Have not your nations, kindreds and tongues had the gospel? You have had the letter, but you confess you do not have the same power, ‘for the gospel is the power of God unto salvation,’ [mark,] but the letter kills, and it was the power and spirit the apostles were in that gave life.

Have you not persecuted every appearance of that, either by tongue or hand? Let your doings answer. And here followed another angel, and said, ‘Babylon is fallen, the great city, which made all nations drunk with the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ So as the gospel, the power of God is preached and received, Babylon falls.

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, yes of the pure wine, which is poured into the cup of his wrath, and he shall be tormented in fire and brimstone before the holy angels and before the Lamb.' This all must know who worship not God in spirit and truth; and those who do worship God, must come to truth and the spirit of God in themselves. Here is the patience of the saints, here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. ‘And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, write, blessed are the dead which hereafter ‘die in the Lord, even so said the spirit, for they rest from their labors, and their works follow them. And I looked and beheld a white cloud, and upon the cloud was one sitting, (mark, upon the cloud one sitting), like the son of man, having on his head a crown of gold, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel cried, the harvest was ripe, thrust in the sickle.’ And blessed are their eyes that see God's reapers reaping down the tares, and gathering the wheat, and cutting down the vines of the vineyard of the earth, and casting them into the winepress of the wrath of God, as in Rev 14:11-19.

Rev 15:2-4, ‘I saw as if it were a sea of glass mingled with fire, and them that had gotten the victory over the beast and his image and his mark, and the number of his name standing at the sea of glass, having the harps of God,’ not the harps of men: ‘and they sung the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, (mark, the Lamb Christ Jesus), saying, great and marvellous are your works, Lord God Almighty! just and true are your ways King of saints! who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you are only holy, and all nations shall come and worship before you,’that is, in spirit and truth, and they must find it in their heart, ‘for your judgments are manifest.’

When the seven angels poured out the seven vials of the wrath of the Lord God Almighty upon the earth, what sores fell upon them that had the mark of the beast and worshipped his image; and how did the beast rage and blaspheme; and his kingdom became darkness, and they gnawed their tongues for pain?

‘And I saw the frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and of the false prophets, for they are the spirits of devils working miracles, to go unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to the battle of that great day of the Lord God Almighty;’ and here is the end of these gatherings. And I heard the angels of the waters say, that by pouring out his vials upon the waters they became blood. ‘Lord you are just, which are, and which was, holy, because you have judged these things; for they shed the blood of the saints and prophets, therefore has you given them blood to drink; for they are worthy; so it is God that gives them blood to drink, and repays it upon all the persecutors. And I heard another voice out of the sanctuary, saying, ‘even so, O Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments,’ Rev 16:12-15 . ‘Behold, I come, as a thief: blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, least he walk naked, and men see his filthiness.’

‘And the seventh angel pouring out his vial into the air, there came a loud voice out of the temple and throne, saying, it is done. And there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and great earthquakes, such as were not since men were upon the earth, even so mighty an earthquake; and the great city was divided into three parts. And great Babylon came into remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the fierceness of his wrath.’ Look, letter-professors, is not the city divided into three parts: papists, protestants, and Turks [Muslims]? and see if you have known this earthquake, lightning and thunders. Rev 16:17-19. ‘And after the true woman went into the wilderness, and the man-child was caught up into heaven; and the beast and his image, the whore, got up, which the kings and the inhabitants of the earth are drunk with the wine of her fornication, who has a golden cup in her hand full of the wine of her fornications, and in her forehead a name written, (mark, written), mystery Babylon the great, the mother of whoredoms, and of the abominations of the earth: and I saw this woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus,’ said John.

So it is clear it is the whorish and beastly spirit that persecutes the saints, who have their power from the dragon; and always worshipped him, whose names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world. Rev 17:8,14-15, ‘And this beast which ascended out of the bottomless pit, shall go into perdition, though they shall make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb shall overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and those who are on his side, are called chosen and faithful. And he said unto me, the waters you sawest, where the whore sitteth, are nations, people, multitudes, and tongues.’ Therefore, look you, nations, people, multitudes, and tongues, what sits upon you; for if she sit upon you, that have drank the blood of the martyrs and saints, you must have a sad weight upon you, with that whorish spirit, that corrupts the earth. She will make you plead for your body of sin and death, while she sits a-top of you, for she cannot abide perfection, and will not let you acknowledge it.

But he said, that ten kings shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and eat her flesh, and burn her with fire, which has reigned over the kings of the earth, for God has put it in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to do with one consent, for to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God be fulfilled. Rev 17:16-17. ‘And I saw an angel come down from heaven, with great power, so that the earth was lightened with his glory. (Said John.) So as the earth is lightened, Babylon falls, and at her fall what a cry is there among the merchants, and all that have drank of her cup of fornications, who is become a cage of devils, and the hold of all evil spirits, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. ‘And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, come out of her my people, that you are not partakers of her sins, that you receive not of her plagues.’ So the Lord's people are coming out, for her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities: now must not she have her reward double? So though she sat as a queen, and said in her heart she should see no sorrow, nor mourning, therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, sorrow, and famine, and she shall be burnt with fire, for strong is the Lord God, that condemneth her, and all shall bewail her that she has reigned over.

‘Oh! heavens, rejoice over her, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has given judgment on her, for she shall be cast down, and found no more, for in her was found the blood of the prophets and of the saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth, in this whorish power and spiritual Babylon, confusion, the beast and dragon, whom God has judged.

‘And after these things I heard a voice of a great multitude in heaven, (mark, in heaven), saying, hallelujah, salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, be unto the Lord our God, for true and righteous are his judgments, he has condemned the great whore, who did corrupt the earth with her fornications, and has avenged the blood of his servants shed by her hand.’ And again they said, ‘hallelujah, and the smoke rose up for evermore, and a voice came out of the throne, saying, praise our God all you his servants, and all you that fear him, both small and great.’

‘And I heard like the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of strong thunderings, saying, hallelujah, for the Lord God Almighty has reigned; let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory unto him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready: and to her was granted that she should be arrayed in pure white linen and shining, for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.’

So, when Babylon was fallen, the marriage of the Lamb came, (the true church which Christ is the head of), as the false woman, the false church fell, ‘and blessed are they who are called unto the Lamb's supper, and he said unto me these words of God are true,’ and we know it to be true, who are come to the supper and to the marriage of the Lamb. And John fell down to worship him that showed him these things, but said he, ‘see you do it not, for I am your fellow-servant and of your brethren, who have the testimony of Jesus, worship God.’

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,’ and this we bear witness to. All you letter-professors who deny prophecy, and say it is ceased, you have not the testimony of Jesus, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. John saw the heavens opened, and beheld a white horse, and he that sat on him was called ‘faithful and true,’ and he judges and makes war in righteousness, and his eyes are as a flame of fire, and on his head many crowns, and a name written, that no man knew but himself, he was clothed in a garment dipped in blood, whose name is called ‘the word of God.’ This is Christ who is seen in heaven on the white horse, and the warriors which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in ‘white linen, white and pure.’ ‘And out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, that with it he should smite the heathen, for he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and he it is that treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God, and he has upon his garment and upon his thigh a name written, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, and this is Christ, blessed be the Lord forever.’

‘And the beast and the mighty men of the earth made war with him and his followers, but the beast was taken, and the false prophet that wrought miracles, whereby he deceived them that received the beast's mark, and them that worshipped his image: and these both were cast alive into the lake of fire that burneth with brimstone. And there is the end of the beast and false prophet, that has been worshipped, and has deceived the world, that has made war against Christ that is on the white horse and his followers, who has the victory. ‘And the remnant of them that worshipped the beast, were slain with the word that went out of his mouth, as may be seen,’ Rev 19:19-21. Here is the faith and patience of the saints. He that kills with the sword, shall be slain with the sword, as Rev 13:10, and he that leads into captivity, must go into captivity himself.

So after the beast is in the lake of fire, and the false prophet, ‘I saw Satan bound, and cast into the bottomless pit, and shut up and bound for a thousand years. And I saw seats, and those who sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, which did not worship the beast nor his image, neither had taken his mark upon their forehead, nor in their hands; and they shall reign with Christ a thousand years: and blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection; for on such the second death shall have no power, and they shall reign with Christ a thousand years.’ He does not say, Christ shall come in person and reign with them, but they shall reign with Christ a thousand years; and when the thousand years are finished, ‘Satan shall be loosed out of prison for a little season, and he shall go and deceive the people which are in the four quarters of the earth, even Gog and Magog, to gather them to battle: and they went up into the plain of the earth, which compassed the saints about, and the beloved city; but fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them; so there is an end of them also: and the devil that deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beasts and false prophets were cast before, and shall be tormented even day and night for evermore.’ And so here is the end of the devil also.

Then John, ‘saw also the dead both small and great stand before God, and the books were opened, and another book which is the book of life; and the dead were judged of those things which were written in the books, (mark, in those books, where all men's words and actions are written, according to their works), and all gave up their dead, and every man was judged according to his works, and death and hell delivered up their dead, and death and hell was cast into the lake of fire: and this is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life, was cast into the lake of fire.’ This we know to be true, and believe, Rev 20:11-15, that God will fulfil and perform by Christ Jesus. Then John ‘saw a new heaven and a new earth, when the dragon, beast, whore, and false prophets, and devil were cast into the lake of fire: and Babylon was fallen. And the first earth passed away, and was no more seen. And he saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem come down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband, and I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be their God with them. And this we witness, blessed be the Lord God forever, who dwelleth with his people.

‘And he that sat upon the throne said, behold I make all things new, and he said unto me, write, for these words are faithful and true, and he said unto me, it is done, I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end. (namely, Christ.) I will give unto him that is a-thirst of the well of the water of life freely.’ This we witness, and need not go to buy of the sellers who have it not; and he that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. ‘But the unbelieving, fearful and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

But will not the sorcerers, whoremongers, idolaters, liars and murderers say, that they are all believers in Christ? ‘The demons believe, and tremble.’ But you do not believe in the light, as Christ commands, which should lead you from the second death; but you hate the light, because your deeds are evil; and will not come to it, because it will reprove you. And so this is the condemnation that light is come into the world; but men love darkness rather than light: which light you should believe in, and so become children of light, as Christ has commanded. So every true believer believes as Christ has commanded; and in so doing, they obey his command.

John said, Rev 21:9-10, ‘One of the seven angels talked with him, saying, come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife; and he showed me the great city, holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.’ And he that showed it John, carried him away in the spirit to a great high mountain. So you cannot see this holy city, new Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, except you are in the spirit that John was in, but this spirit you deny. So as the false city Babylon which was thrown down, seen by John then, and seen by the same spirit now, the great city, holy Jerusalem, that descends out from God, is set up, having the glory of God, and her shining was like unto a stone most precious.

‘And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the Lamb and of the twelve apostles, and it had twelve gates, and at the gates, twelve angels, and the names written, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, and he that talked with me, had a golden reed to measure the wall and the gates of the city: and the city lay four-square, and the length is as large as the breadth of it: and he measured the city with the reed twelve thousand furlongs.’

The Greek copy with Arias Montanus' interlineary translation has it, Revelation, 21:16. that is, furlongs, twelve times twelve thousand, that is, one hundred forty-four thousand, that is the length and breadth, and the height being equal, is twelve thousand, being in all, one million seven hundred twenty-eight thousand furlongs, that is, two hundred sixteen thousand miles, that is ten times the compass of the earth, as it is commonly accounted, or thereabouts. [Twelve,] in the prophetical manner of speech, is a full number, as twelve tribes: and the height, length and breadth being all twelve, is the completeness: and the wall twelve times twelve, the completeness of a wall in cubits, that is one hundred forty-four cubits, the wall bearing proportion to the city, as cubits to furlongs, as the enclosing to the enclosed. The length, and the breadth, and the height were equal, and he measured the wall thereof, one hundred forty-four cubits, by the measure of a man, that is of the angel: and the twelve gates were twelve pearls, and every gate is of one pearl; and the streets of the city are of pure gold, as shining glass. And I saw no temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it; and the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it, for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light of it, and the people that are saved shall walk in the light of it, (mark, walk, not only talk), and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honor unto it, and the gates of it shall not be shut by day, for there shall be no night there: and the glory and honor of the Gentiles shall be brought unto it, and there shall enter into it no unclean thing; neither whosoever worketh abomination or makes lies. But they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. [Mark, in the Lamb's book of life.] Though the gates stand open, and are not shut, none can enter in, no unclean one, nor any liar. The angels that stand at the gates, and which are ministering spirits in flames of fire, will keep such out. Rev 21:17-27.

All you letter-professors that plead for imperfection, and your body of sin and death to the grave, which are the devil's dregs, these gates are guarded against you with that great luggage on your backs to enter in at.

In Rev 22:1-6, 10-11, John saw a ‘pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.’ Happy are those who drink of this river. ‘And in the midst of the street of it, and on each side the river was the tree of life, which bears twelve manner of fruits, and gives fruits every month.’ This is a fruitful tree that bears every month, and is not this Christ? This is beyond all the trees in the earth. And the leaves of this tree served to heal the nation with, and there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him; and they shall see his face, (namely, the Lamb's), and his name shall be in their foreheads, and there shall be no night there, and they need no candle, nor light of the sun, for the ‘Lord God gives them light, and they shall reign for evermore.’ These words are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants, the things which must shortly be fulfilled. ‘Seal not up the words of this book, for the time is at hand. He that is unjust and filthy, let him be unjust and filthy still.’ So he will plead for his filthiness as long as he lives. ‘He that is just and righteous, let him be just and righteous still.’ He will plead for his righteousness, which he has from Christ, as long as he lives.

‘Behold, I come shortly, and my reward is with me, to give unto every man according as his works shall be; I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and ending, the first and last,’ said Christ: blessed are those who do his commandments, [mark, do not only talk,] that their right hand may be in the tree of life, and may enter in through the gate into the city: for without are dogs, biters, worriers and enchanters, whoremongers, murderers, idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes lies. Here it is clear, all such are without the gates of this city, new Jerusalem, though they may talk of it, and give their meanings to it.

'I, Jesus, have sent my angels to testify these things in the churches.’ The true churches are to give regard and belief unto his words, though the false churches do not. This Jesus sent from heaven after he was risen: and this I tell you professors who say there was no hearing of his voice from heaven after he was risen. ‘I am the root,’ said Christ, ‘and of the generation of David, the bright and morning-star, and the spirit and bride said, come, and let him that hears, say, come, and let him that thirsts come, and let whosoever will, take of the water of life freely.’ What could Christ say more? Here all are invited to this water of life freely, but people had rather spend their money for that which is not bread.

The bride, that is married to Christ, tells others come to the marriage of the Lamb, and the spirit tells them come to Christ: but if they will neither hear the spirit nor the bride, they are left without excuse, and he that hears Christ, is commanded to bid others come, and take of the water of life freely, and to come to Christ, and to hear him, as God said, ‘this is my beloved Son, hear you him,’ in whom he is well pleased, and not to hear them, that do displease him, but ‘learn of me,’ said Christ, ‘for I am the way, the truth and the life: and no man comes to the Father but by me. This we witness, (blessed be the Lord forever), in the same spirit that gave forth the scriptures, therefore, as John said, ‘he that has an ear to hear let him hear what the spirit said to the churches.’

We know, as Peter said, that ‘no prophecy,’ in the scripture is of ‘any private interpretation.’ 2 Pet 1:20-21. Now are not all you professors of the letter, (who say you do not have the same spirit that gave forth the scriptures), private interpreters of them; and follow your own spirit as the prophet said, and see nothing? For the prophecy came not in the old time by the will of man, but ‘holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost,’ and you deny the having of this Holy Ghost now days, and call it an extraordinary spirit. You deny that which Christ sends to lead his church, into all truth by: and make a mock at the movings of it, and a scoff, as too often we have heard. ‘And none can call Jesus Lord but by the Holy Ghost:’ and the true church-fellowship is in the Holy Ghost. So it is an extraordinary spirit that people must pray and have fellowship in, and call Jesus Lord by, beyond man's spirit, by which the holy men's words are seen, which they spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. But you cannot believe that there are any holy men now days, nor hardly believe those who were so in the apostles' days, nor before. Those scriptures which the holy men spoke forth as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, and came not by the will of men; you men in your own wills quarrel, jangle and dispute about, and are so wilful against others that witness the Holy Ghost; and are run into sects, one against another, and are not in fellowship, for how should you that are out of the Holy Ghost be in the fellowship of the spirit?

Heb 4:3, 10, ‘For we which have believed do enter into rest, [mark, into rest,] and he that has entered into rest, has ceased from his own works, as God did from his:’ and so not to be saved by their own works, when they are ceased from them.

Now if all those who are called christians, were the true believers in the light, as Christ the light commands, they would enter into him, their rest, and be children of the light, and cease from their own works, as God did from his, but unbelief shuts out, for they entered not in, because of unbelief, as Heb 3:12-13, 18-19. The apostle said, 1 Thes 1:5, ‘For our gospel unto you was not in word only, but in power and in the Holy Ghost.’

Now if your gospel is not in power and in the Holy Ghost, but only in word; how should we receive it, or you? For the ‘gospel is the power of God;’ and if you have not the same gospel which the apostle had, which gospel is the power of God, then have you not the gospel of God: for you say, you have not the same power, then you have not the same gospel; then mark your portion as the apostle tells you, Gal 1:8. The apostle said, ‘we approve ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God,’ 2 Cor 4:2. So it is the duty of everyone who declares the gospel, and that has received to it, to approve themselves to every man's conscience, as the apostles did. The apostle's words or doctrine was not yes, and no. But has not yours been yes and no? Is it not yes in the time of a sunshine, and no in the time of a storm? If it was not yes and no, how do you come to turn from one religion to another so often? But we know the gospel is yes, and not no; and ‘all the promises of God are yes in him,’ to wit Christ; ‘are yes and amen,’ to the glory of God, and it is God which establishes us in Christ, where all the saints are established; and has anointed us and established us, who has also ‘sealed us (mark, sealed us), ‘with the spirit of promise, and has given us the earnest of the spirit in our hearts,’ (mark, the earnest of the spirit in our hearts), 2 Cor 1:22, 5 . ‘For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, (mark, in us), so our consolations abound through Christ;’ and this we are sensible of, and all our mercy, peace, and comfort comes from him.

‘For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ in them that are saved, and in them that perish, to the one we are a savor of death unto death, and to the other the savor of life unto life.’ 2 Cor 2:15-16. In 1 John 3:14, ‘we know that we are translated from death to life, (mark, are translated), because we love the brethren: and he that loveth not his brother, abides in death; and he that said, he who abides in him,’ namely, Christ, ‘he ought so to walk, as he has walked,’ 1 John 2:6.‘For as he is, [namely, Christ,] (said John), even so are we in this world.’ 1 John 4:17. Now, would not you professors of the letter, say, they blasphemed to say, that as Christ was, so were they in this present world? You who profess him, and do not possess him, are not you such? For those who said they were Jews, and were not, (but the synagogues of Satan), did not they lie and blaspheme? Are not they those who profess themselves christians, but are not, but in name only? ‘For he is a Jew that is one inward: and the circumcision in the heart and in the spirit, not in the letter, whose praise is of God and not of man;’ and so is not he a christian who is one inward in the heart, in the spirit, whose praise is not of men, but of God? Rom 2: 29. The apostle said, ‘seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.’ Mark, you professors, and others, who plead for your old man to the grave, here the old man was put off, and the new man put on, before they went to the grave, as the apostle said, Col 3:9-10. John the Baptist, who was a man sent from God, that came for a witness, ‘to bear witness of the light,’ said, ‘he was not that light, but this light was the life in the word, and the light in men, and this light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not; and that was the true light, which lights every man that comes into the world.’ John 1:4-9.

John 1:26-27, he said, ‘but there is standing one among you, whom you know not, (speaking of Christ), he it is that comes after me, which was preferred before me;’ and John 1:15, bearing witness of Christ, he cried, saying, ‘this is he of whom I said, he that comes after me is preferred before me, for he was before me.’ Mark, before John, though as to his birth he came after him, but Christ was before John was, for ‘all things that were made, were made by him.’

John 3:12-13, where you may hear Christ's own words, ‘if when I tell you earthly things you believe not, how shall you believe if I tell you of heavenly things? for no man ascendeth up into heaven, but he that descended down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven,’ mark, in heaven. Further, John said, ‘he that has the bride, is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom which stands and hears him, rejoices greatly, because of the bridegroom's voice.’ He that is from on high is above all,’ namely, Christ ‘he is not of the earth;’ how can you give him then that by-name, humane, when John said, he is not of the earth? mark, of the earth, for John said, ‘he that is of the earth, is of the earth, and speaks of the earth; he that is come from heaven is above all, and what he has heard and seen, that he testifies, but no man receives his testimony, he that receives his testimony has set to his seal that God is true,’ John 3:31-33.

John 5:22-23, ‘For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son,’ because that all men should honor the Son, as they honor the Father; for he that honors not the Son, the same honors not the Father that sent the Son. Mark, all men should honor the Son, for, ‘he died for all men,’ and, ‘is the Saviour of all men,’ especially those who believe, and, ‘enlightens all men,’ and, ‘his grace has appeared to all men,’ to believe in and to teach them, which we are witnesses of, and testify to. John 5:24, ‘verily, verily, I say unto you, he that hears my word, and believes in him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but has passed from death to life.’ Mark, has, then he is passed from the body of death and sin: and this we witness. Again, ‘verily, verily,’ said Christ, ‘I say unto you, the hour shall come and now is, (mark, now is), when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear shall live. Marvel not at this, for the hour shall come,’ said Christ, ‘in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and they shall come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; but those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.’ So mark your doings, for it is not a serving of God with your lips, but you must be rewarded according to your doings, John 5:28-29.

Further Christ said, ‘John bare witness of me,’ namely, the light. But have not your professors borne witness against this light, and call it natural and an idol? This gives John Baptist the lie, who said it was the ‘life in Christ, and light in men,’ which we bear witness to. Christ said, ‘the Father himself, who has sent me, bears witness of me, and you have not heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape:’ and these were great letter-professors. Christ said to Philip, John 14:9-10, ‘he that has seen me, has seen my Father: and believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me; and the words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me does the works.’ So those who do not see the Son, do not see the Father; and those who see the Son, see the Father. If any man does his will, namely Christ's, he shall know his doctrine; so those who do not Christ's will, do not know his doctrine, though they may talk of it, as in John7:17. Christ said, John 16, ‘the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives life unto the world. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life, he that comes to me, shall not hunger; and he that believes in me shall not thirst. For I came down from heaven,’ namely, Christ, [mark, from heaven, ] ‘not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me, and this is the will of him that sent me, that every man that sees the Son and believes in him, should have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.’ Then the Jews murmured at him, as do the professors now, because he said he was the bread of life, and came down from heaven; and said, ‘is not this Joseph's son? so looked upon him carnally, as the professors now do, and call him humane. And Christ said unto them, ‘murmur not, for no man can come unto me, except the Father draw him, that sent me, and I will raise him up at the last day?’ and it is written in the prophets, ‘they shall be all taught of God. Therefore every man that has heard and learned of the Father, comes to me.’ Mark, that has heard and learned of the Father, comes to the Son, which we witness. Christ said, ‘this is the true bread which comes down from heaven, he that eats of it shall not die;’ and ‘I am the living bread which came down from heaven,’ said Christ, and, ‘if any man eat of this bread he shall live forever.’ So it is not only talking of Christ, but eating and feeding of his flesh. ‘For the bread that I will give, is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.’ This we witness to be our bread, and have eaten of it, and therefore must own this flesh of Christ to be our heavenly bread, which comes down from heaven, and cannot deny our food, our daily bread.

Then the letter-professing Jews murmured again, and said, ‘how can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ then said Jesus unto them, ‘except you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.’ This is our daily drink and daily food, the flesh and blood of him that comes from heaven. What do you letter-professors call this humane flesh, which you must eat, and humane blood of Christ, which you must drink, which came down from heaven; whose flesh whoever eats, and drinks his blood, has eternal life. Do any of you think that this bread, and this flesh and blood of Christ will corrupt, through which those who eat, have eternal life; ‘for my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed,’ said Christ, ‘and his flesh saw no corruption, and we are redeemed not with corruptible things, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ,’ which is not corruptible. ‘And he that eats my flesh and drinks my blood,’ said Christ, ‘dwells in me, and I in him, and as the living Father has sent me, so live I by the Father: and he that eats me, even he shall live by me.’ So it is clear there is no living by Christ, and no dwelling in Christ and be in him, without eating his flesh and drinking his blood which came down from heaven: ‘and he that eats this bread lives forever. So you must all come to eat and drink of this food, and praise God which will bring all into life and peace.

Then some of the disciples murmured as well as the Jews at this saying, and he said unto them, ‘what then if you should see the Son of man, (mark, Son of man), ascend up where he was before?’ (mark, where he was before), and then Christ interprets his own words, and said unto the twelve, ‘will you go away also?’ and Peter said, ‘Master, where shall we go? for you have the words of eternal life,’ John 6:60-62, 67-68.

John 8:23, 19, Jesus said unto the Jews, ‘you are from beneath, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world; and you neither know me nor my Father, if you had known me, you would have known my Father also.’

'And except you believe that I am he, (namely, the Christ), you shall die in your sins.’ And Jesus said unto them, ‘when you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and I do nothing of myself, but as my Father has taught me.’

John 8, the Jews said unto Christ, ‘you are not yet forty years old, and how have you seen Abraham?’ Here they looked upon him carnally, and Jesus said unto them, ‘verily, verily I say unto you, before Abraham was I am,’ then the Jews took up stones to cast at him, and said, ‘he has a devil.’ Here the devil got up in them that neither knew Christ's birth, nor as he was before Abraham. This is like our letter-professing spirit, that stones him where he is manifest in his people, and call his light an idol, and said it is of the devil. So the professors now blaspheme his life the light, as the Jews blasphemed him in the days of his flesh.

John 10, Jesus said, ‘I am the door of the sheep.’ And again, ‘I am the door, by me if any man enter he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and shall find pasture.’ So there is no entering in nor out to this pasture but by Christ the door, the thief comes not but to steal, kill and destroy. [Mark,] ‘you that steal the word from your neighbor,’ and such are killers and destroyers. But ‘I am come,’ said Christ, ‘that you might have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd, and lay down my life for my sheep; and know my own, and my own know me.’

‘As the Father knows me, so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.’ This we witness, glory to God forever.

Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again; and no man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself, for I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again, this commandment have I received of my Father.’ And this set the Jews a murmuring again, but this power we witness Christ has. He said, ‘the hireling will flee, because he is a hireling:’ which your actions sufficiently manifest. Jesus said to Martha that ‘he was the resurrection and the life.’ And she said unto him, ‘yes Lord, I believe that you are the Christ the Son of God, which should come into the world:’ and this good testimony we witness unto, as John 11:35-27.

John 12:26, Jesus said, ‘if anyone serve me let him follow me, [mark, he must follow Christ,] for where I am, there shall also my servant be, and if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.’

‘If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to me,’ John 12:32; and this we are witnesses of, that Christ Jesus is lifted up, who has drawn us after himself, and is drawing others. In John 13:15. Christ says, ‘I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you; and if you know these things, blessed are you, if you do them.’ So those who talk of Christ, and do not, cannot have the blessing. For said Christ, ‘you call me Lord and Master, and you say well, for so I am;’ and if your Lord and Master has washed your feet, you ought then to wash one another's feet. So then not to foul them; 'and a new commandment give I you, that you love one another, as I have loved you; that you also love one another, by this shall all men know you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ Now how have the christians, so called in Christendom, kept this commandment, that have taken one another by the throat, and imprisoned and persecuted to death other christians? By this may not all men know that they are not the disciples of Christ? (as in John 13:34-35.) In Chapter 14, Christ said, ‘because I live you shall live also, you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.’ [Mark, these were and are the true disciples and true christians.] ‘And my peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world gives. I go away and will come unto you.’ This the disciples witnessed, Christ in them, and many others, and we also. ‘He that keepeth my commandments, is he that loveth me, and he that loveth me, shall be beloved of my Father, and I will love him, and will show my own self to him.’ This we witness, as John 15:8, 14, ‘And herein is my Father glorified, that you bring forth much fruit, and be made my disciples; and you are my friends if you do what I command you.’ For it is the bearing of fruit that glorifies the Father of the disciples and learners of Christ, as in John 15:8, 14 . And they are his friends that do what he commands, and spend not away their time in talk. ‘Again, I have chosen you and ordained you that you should bring forth fruit, and that your fruit remain; and if the world hates you, you know it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not of the world, (mark, are not of the world), but I have chosen you out of the world, (blessed be his name forever), therefore the world hateth you: and if I had not done works among them, which no other man did, they had not had sin, but now they have no cloak for their sin: for they have now seen, (namely, my works), and hated me and my Father, that it might be fulfilled that is written in their law, they hated me without a cause.’ In John 16:28, ‘I came out from the Father, and came into the world.’ Again, ‘I leave the world and go to the Father.’ This is Christ's own testimony which we believe. ‘In me you have peace, (said Christ), in the world you shall have tribulation, be of good comfort, I have overcome the world.’

John 17:2-3, Christ said, ‘You (namely, the Father), has given him, (namely, the Son), power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to all them that you have given him. And this is life eternal, that they know you to be the only very God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. So it is not eternal life to talk of God and Christ, but to know God and Jesus Christ, that he has sent; and to know God and Jesus Christ is with the light that shines in the heart, that gives the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, and this is treasure in the earthen vessel. 2 Cor 4:6-7. Also said Christ, now glorify me you Father with your own self, with the glory that I had with you before the world began; mark, before the world began.

Again, ‘Holy Father, (said Christ), keep them in your name, even them whom you have given me, that they may be one as we are one. Here is the love of Christ to his people. I have given them your word, and the word hateth them, because they are not of the world, [mark,] as I am not of the world. For their sakes sanctify I myself, that they also may be sanctified through the truth, as you didst send me into the world, so have I sent them into the world: and the glory that you gavest me I have given them, that they may be one as we are one, (and these are Christ's own words), I (namely, Christ), in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one,’ John 17:11,14,19,18,22-23. These are the learners of Christ, which we witness to: and here is a union and a fellowship with the Son and the Father, Christ in his people, and God in Christ.

‘Father I will that they which you have given me, be with me even where I am, that they may behold my glory which you have given me, for you lovedst me before the foundation of the world. [Mark, before the foundation of the world,] O! righteous Father, the world also has not known you, but I have known you, and these have known that you have sent me.’ (namely, Christ.) And we have known that God has sent Christ, and God is in Christ, and Christ is in us, and we are in him: and this we witness, blessed be his holy name forever, John 17:24,23

‘For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones, Eph 5:30; and has raised us up together, and has made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Eph 2:6. Who remains in the heaven till all things be restored,' Acts 3:21. Who has restored and is restoring: and this we witness, blessed be his name forever.

Simeon said, ‘behold this child is appointed for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign, [mark, for a sign,] which shall be spoken against, yes a sword shall pierce through your soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be opened. And Anna, a prophetess, confessed likewise the Lord, and spoke of him, (namely, Christ), to all that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.’

So here was a woman confessor and preacher of Christ, to as many as looked for redemption by him, as there are many women confessors and preachers of Christ now, to as many as look for redemption by him; and to them that do not, that they may know there is no salvation given under heaven by any other name, but by the name of Jesus, that they may all come to obey God's command, who said, ‘this is my beloved Son, hear you him:’ and Christ's command, who said, ‘learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart.’ And here they may know their priest, their prophet, shepherd and bishop of their souls; and know his birth, his doctrine and sufferings, death and resurrection, and as he was with the Father before the world began, Christ Jesus, who has redeemed them, and died for them, and bought them at a price, that they may glorify him in body, soul and spirit, which are the Lord's, which he has given them so to do, amen said my soul.

George Fox


A Brief Appendix, or Supplement.

Christ is called the Messiah, John 1:41, which Messiah, by interpretation is Christ; and the angels said to them that sought Jesus, after he was risen, ‘why seek you the living among the dead?’ when they came to look for him in the sepulchre. Moreover the angel said, ‘he is not here but is risen: remember how he spoke unto you, when he was yet in Galilee, saying, that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again; and they remembered his words, Luke 24:6-7, Mat 17:23, Mark 9:31.

'He was a prophet mighty in deed and in word, before God and all the people; but the high priests and rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and crucified him.’ Here you may see, the chief priests had a hand in it.

Mat 26:24, Christ said, ‘surely the Son of man goes his way, as it is written of him, but woe be unto that man, by whom the Son of man is betrayed; it had been good for that man if he had never been born.’ So it was the Son of man that was betrayed and crucified, not as he was God; and he that was betrayed and crucified, namely, the Son of man, is he that is risen.

John 6:62, Christ said, ‘what then if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?’ [mark, the Son of man.]

John 13:31-32. when Judas that betrayed him, was gone out from him, Jesus said ‘now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him, if God be glorified in him, God shall glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.’

John 3:13, Christ said, ‘but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man, which is in heaven.’ This we believe, though you have given him other names, as humane body, or humanity, which names are not found in scripture; neither is he called by such names by God or Christ, or his apostles; but he is called the Messiah, the Immanuel, the Son of man, and that Holy Thing, and the Word of God, and the Amen, Rev 3:14. But where in scripture can we find such names, as humane body and humanity given to Christ? Christ, as you say, is in heaven with a carnal body; and so we cannot believe you further, then you give forth scripture for your names and terms that you give to Christ.

Mat 28:18, Christ, after he was risen, said, ‘all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth, [Mark,] and this we believe of him, for he has manifested himself in us, by his light and power, who was crucified outside the gates at Jerusalem, and was buried, and rose the third day, and is at the right hand of God, and said unto his disciples, he would come again unto them, and dwell in them; and this we witness, that he dwells in his saints, and in us his people; and God has made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, as before. Those ages are come that the apostles declared of, (glory to God!) and we can say, glory to God through Jesus Christ forever, who was set up from everlasting to everlasting, who is the rock of ages, yes our rock in our age, who is the foundation of many generations, yes our foundation in our generation, who is our chief corner-stone, (by which we stand against all the foul weather and storms of the professors and profane), who is elect and precious, who is the first and last, who bruiseth the serpent's head that led man into transgression from God, and Christ it is who leads man again unto God. So he is our way, our truth, and our life, resurrection, sanctification, wisdom and justification, and our redeemer, Saviour and Mediator between us and God. Through him we have peace with God, who was the foundation of the prophets and apostles, ‘Christ the same today, yesterday and forever,’ who remains in the heavens, until all things be restored, who is our restorer, and is restoring up into heavenly places, by his grace, light, spirit and power. Yes many are restored and quickened, and made alive, and made to sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, who is their heavenly shepherd, and feeds them in the pastures of life, who has laid down his life for his sheep, and bought and purchased them with his blood, and his sheep know his voice and follow him, and will not follow the hireling. He is our prophet, that God has raised up like Moses, whom we do hear, who opens the book to us, and the book of life, (and opens the book of the law and the prophets, and lets us see him the substance of them, that we can sing and rejoice and praise God through him), by which we can see our name written in it, and no man can shut them, nor can any man open them, but he; glory to God forever.

Christ is our ‘priest made higher than the heavens,’ he ‘is anointed by the Holy Ghost,’ ( Acts 10:38.) He is ‘holy, harmless, and separate from sinners;’ and he is made higher than the heavens; and ‘such a high priest becomes us, who offered up himself for us,’ and sanctifies his church, and offers it up to God, and he is the holy head of his church. Christ is our heavenly bishop that does oversee us, by his spirit and power. And God has given Christ for a leader and a counsellor; so he is both our leader, counselor, and commander; a counselor to counsel us concerning the things of God and of his kingdom, and the world that has no end. So glory to God and the ‘Lamb, who was slain and is alive again,’ glory be unto God and the Lamb for evermore. The Lamb shall have the victory; and this we believe, let the beast and whore make ever so much war against him and us, I say, the Lamb shall have the victory, and this we believe, though all the wild beasts and the wolves, and the dogs, the goats and bulls of Bashan, the spotted leopards, and all the wild heifers of Ephraim, the horses of Pharaoh, and the wild Ishmaels, profane Esaus, envious Cains, which may gather in a brotherhood, and Gog and Magog, professor and profane, if all these rise against the Lamb and his followers, yet I say and believe the Lamb shall have the victory over the beast, whore and dragon, devil and Satan and his followers. Christ is a-top of the head of them all, for he was before they were, and will be when they are gone, glory to God forever. Come, therefore, let us sing the song of Moses, and of the Lamb, which none can learn but those who are redeemed from the earth; for we know our beloved and we have found him when we passed the watchmen of the night, who smote us, and wounded us, so we can say, ‘my beloved is mine and I am his.’ He has knocked at the door of our hearts, and we have let him in, and he is come to sup with us, and we with him, Rev 3:20, of the spiritual and heavenly supper at the table of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is above the table of devils out of the truth; glory to God forever. Amen. Hallelujah.

Further, concerning what the angel said of Christ to Mary. The angel answered and said unto Mary, ‘the Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you,’ therefore, also, ‘that Holy Thing that shall be born of you, shall be called the Son of God,’ Luke 2:35.

Joseph of Arimathea, went to Pilate, ‘and asked of him the body of Jesus.’ Now Joseph did not call it the humane body of Jesus, or give it such a name as may be seen in the Evangelists: and no where did they give him such names as humane body, or humanity, which names you have added to him more than the scriptures do.

1 Cor 11:29, ‘the apostle said, ‘he that eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks his own damnation, because he discerns not the Lord's body.’ Now what say you to this, you that call his body humane? May not every unworthy eater see and discern that which is humane?

1 Cor 10:3-4, ‘they did all eat of the same spiritual meat, and drink of the same spiritual drink, for they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ.’ So is not Christ called a spiritual rock, and was not this before he was born of the Virgin?

Further he said, ‘God was not well pleased with many of them, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

Christ said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.’ And ‘whosoever liveth and believes in me shall never die.’ Believe you this, you professors, as Mary did?

You make a great deal ado concerning with what bodies people shall be raised, and about the body of Christ; therefore, be satisfied with the apostle's doctrine: for the apostle said, ‘some men will say, how are the dead raised, and with what bodies shall they come forth?’ and therefore, he said, ‘awake to live righteously, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God, I speak this to your shame.’ Therefore see, is this not your condition, that make such a work about the body of Christ, and with what bodies people shall be raised up; and the apostle said to such, ‘you fool, that which you sow, is not quickened except it die, and that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be.’ So he tells here plainly it is not the same, and calls you a fool that questionest if you sowest wheat or other corn, let the husband-man, answer you in this.

Further the apostle tells you, ‘God gives it a body as pleases him, and to every seed its own body.’Therefore, people are to wait upon, and trust in God, to give it a body as pleases him; and the apostle tells you, there are also heavenly bodies, and there are earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another, ‘so also is the resurrection of the body.’ (Mark, can you read people here?) he further tells you, ‘it is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.’ Of the heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, this heavenly is not earthly; is it? ‘it is sown a natural body, and raised a spiritual body,’ and there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. So is natural spiritual? As it is also written, ‘the first man was made a living soul, and the last a quickening spirit,’ namely, Christ. (Mark, made a quickening spirit.) however that was not first made, which is spiritual, but that which is natural, and afterward that which is spiritual. Cannot you read this? Are you not awake? Does not the apostle bid you awake, that you may read and see? ‘the first man is of the earth [dust], earthly; (mark, the first man), the second man is the Lord from heaven.’ (Mark, the second man, namely, Christ.)

Is the first man humane, and the second man the Lord from heaven, humane also? Will you give them both the name humane? Where had you such words to call the second man with? Not from the scriptures, for they give him no such by-names.

The apostle further tells you, ‘as is the earthly, so such are the earthly, (like itself, and will call other things like itself), and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly, like itself again: and as we have borne the image of the earthly, [mark,] so shall we bear the image of the heavenly.’ Can the apostle express himself in more plain words?

So here is an image of the earthly, and an image of the heavenly; these are two bodies, and two images, earthly and heavenly. So well might the apostle say, ‘you fool;’ for an heavenly image is not an earthly, a spiritual body is not a natural, nor an heavenly body an earthly. So you fool, that which you sowest, you sowest not that body that shall be. (Mark, that shall be.)

The apostle said, ‘at the last trumpet the dead shall be raised up incorruptible, [mark, incorruptible,] and we shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.’ And that is a quick change; and do not the fools say, they shall not be changed, but must be raised with the corruptible, the same?

Further, 1 Cor 15:53-56, the apostle said, ‘this corruptible must put on incorruption, neither does corruption inherit incorruption, (so it is not the same), and this mortal must put on immortality.’ So it is not the same. ‘And when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortality has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass this saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is your sting? O grave where is your victory?’ the sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

So the grave has not victory over immortality, that is above the sting of death. ‘But thanks be unto God, which has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ And this we witness, and believe what the apostle said.

The apostle further said, ‘behold I will show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed.’ (Mark, be changed), so then not the same: which the husbandman will teach you.

Moreover, Phil 3:20-21, the apostle said, ‘but our conduct is in heaven, from whence we look for the Saviour, even our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.’ So if the vile body be changed and fashioned like unto his glorious body, it is not the same, and consequently do you not undervalue the Lord Jesus Christ and his body, you that are giving such by-names to his body, as humane, and humanity? Yes, some have been so bold, as to say he is in heaven with a natural and carnal body; but these have been some of the grossest sort of professors. Most of the professors say, he is in heaven with a humane body. But these are not scripture terms or names, for if your vile, natural and humane bodies must be changed, and made like unto his glorious body, then how can you say that Christ is in heaven with a carnal, natural, or humane body? For man, [that is, the natural,] knows not the things of God, and [carnal,] is sold under sin, as the apostle tells you. Is not humane from the ground, but does not Christ say, he is from above? The second man is the Lord from heaven, and his body is a glorious body, and he is the heavenly, spiritual man. Therefore, all that profess scriptures and christianity, let them keep to scripture terms, and to those names, which God and Christ and the holy men of God in scripture had given to it and him, which are found words not to be condemned.

George Fox

Worcester Prison, the 25th of the 11th month, 1675.

Reader, be pleased to observe, that the author of this treatise having the ancient approved Bible, printed in Queen Elizabeth's reign; most of the quotations being taken out of the same, differs in some expressions from our new translation, but not in substance.

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