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that keeps them from the body, and so from the church, which Christ is the head of. And who are celebrating sabbaths must also bring their offerings, and then they must have the first priesthood to offer, and so deny the body that doth the will of God, the everlasting priesthood, and the one offering, and hold with the first covenant that must decay, in which those things stood; and deny the everlasting covenant, and him that blotted out ordinances, and ended types and shadows. And so Christ is the end of the law to every one that believes, in every jot, and tittle, and print of it; and the signs and shadows that were held up by the law, Christ is the end of; yet the life of the law, the power, remains, though the outward changing shadows and things, end, the body is that which ends them all.
P. Thou sayst, “The sabbath was honoured with the conversion of souls on this day, and the day before did they break bread together.'
A. Was that the sabbath day that Christ and his disciples brake bread together on? Did the apostles and the saints establish the sabbath day, when they said, it was but a shadow, and brought them to the body, which is Christ?
P. Thou sayst, “The sabbath is mentioned with new moons, and sacrifices; that the actions, baptism, and breaking of bread, are the signs of a Christian sabbath; it is high presumption to alter the word of God, in calling every day the Lord's sabbath, and honouring any other day as the sabbath. So if we be followers of God, as dear chil dren, and take the spirit to be our guide, we must honour the sabbath with all holy devotion.'
A. The sabbath is mentioned with new moons and sacrifices, but the apostle says they were shadows of good things to come; when this is come, which was before the shadows were, which is the body, Christ, who was before days, new moons, or sacrifices were, the body, who be in that ends them all: and to that the apostle brought people, and not to the days. Now there were some brought them to observe days, and he was afraid of them that did observe them, and he brought them to the body, Christ, to whom all the angels did bow; for they that observe days, new moons, and sabbaths, and are worshipping of angels
, neglecting the body, which is Christ, and this was for the satisfying of the flesh. And now what art thou satisfying, who art teaching to observe days, signs, and shadows, which the apostle brought people off, to the body, and to the head, Christ Jesus ? and to worship God in spirit, and brought them into that that ended all shadows; for the devil will lurk in a shadow, or a type, or a sign, or figure, and creeps into those things, after the substance is come, to keep people from the body, and will persecute such as will not bend to the shadow, and come from the substance. And breaking bread, and baptism, are no sign of the sabbath day,
of the Jewish sabbath day. The sabbath was a figure of the rest, and sanctification of the creation; and breaking of bread among the saints was a figure of the bread, Christ, of which the saints eat, and live for ever. And the word of God cannot be altered, and the word of God cannot change; man may alter, but the word of God cannot be altered, but abides and lives for ever.
And the saints who come to the body, Christ, come to honour him who ends the sabbath, which is a sign, and a shadow; and such honour God the Redeemer and Creator, and Christ, by whom all things were created and made. And who are the dear children of God the apostle speaks of, he did not bring them into days, and to observe sabbaths, and signs, but brings them to the body, Christ, the Lord of the sabbath; and doth not set up that which thou calls devotion, in holding up the Jewish sabbath, on which they should rest, and which was a sign; the rest of the creation, and the rest of all mankind, cattle, and beasts; that God would restore and redeem all things by Christ, who is the word, and gives rest; and is the sanctification, and gives rest to the whole creation.
P. Thou sayst, This is the time of God's worship, observing the seventh day. Christian, look well to thy walkings, see that thou make all things according to the pattern in the mount.'
A. They that worship God, come into Christ, the truth, the body, who ends the sign and the shadow, and who is the end of Moses, who made a pattern, which was a figure of that which was to come, and he made it at the command of God. And Christians are not to make the pattern, which was showed to Moses in the mount, for while Moses is read, the veil is upon the hearts of Christians, and of all people whatsoever that are in the sign, shadows, and figures: the body is not seen, nor come to, which is Christ. And Paul, and the saints, the true Chris. tians, worshipped God in spirit and in truth, who witnessed they were in the body, that ended the shadows, and types, and Moses, the law, and the prophets, in Christ Jesus, him by whom the world was made, who was before it was made; and a pattern is not the thing, there is the thing the pattern is of, and that ends the pattern and lives in the thing, and they need not have the pattern, for the pattern was made of a thing that was to come.
P. Thou sayst, “if the apostle of the Gentiles, who was the rejecter of the ceremonies, did constantly celebrate the Seventh-day sabbath, then much more those apostles among the Jews: there is not a plainer precept in all the scriptures, than Paul's practice herein, for the Seventhday sabbath.
If we tread in the steps of Paul, he was but a man, and sometimes a very angry man, and he strictly requires all believers to follow his example, as he followed Christ, and certainly in observing the sabbath. And Paul reasoned with the Jews on the sabbath day, and
Christ's custom, and Paul's, was to go into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and was there difference betwixt Christ's preaching and Paul's! and where is the difference between Christ's observing the sabbath, and Paul's ?
A. The apostle never taught the Christians, either Jews or Gentiles, to celebrate the seventh day, nor ever mentions it to them to keep it; in all the epistles there is not such a thing; but he tells them they were shadows, and that the body was Christ; and Christ's and the apostles' going into the synagogues and temple on the sabbath days, was to fulfil, and show the fulfilling of the types, and figures of him, and to bring to the substance of the signs, types, and shadows; not to hold up days, times, and offerings, but to bring them to the body, Christ; as Col. ii. And so Paul and Christ do not disagree, for he preached Christ the end of the law, and the substance; and though Paul went among the Jews, and circumcised, and did several things; though he went into the temple, yet that was not to hold up the temple, or to hold up the offerings, types, and shadows, but to bring them to the substance. And mind what the anger was that Paul was in, and Paul followed the substance, and was more than a man, there was more in him than a man. Neither Paul nor the apostles any where commands the saints to observe the Jews' sabbath day, though he went unto the Jews, and consented to many things to the intent to bring them out of them, not to keep them in them, but to bring them to the substance, and that was the end of Paul's going into the Jews' synagogues and temple, to bring them out of the shadows, types, and signs, to the substance; and the end of Christ's going thither, was to bring them to the substance, that which was typed forth, that people might believe in him, who was the body, who was before heaven or earth was, who fulfils every jot and tittle of the law. And to him did the apostle bring the people, to this body, which types, signs and shadows, signed, shadowed, and typed forth, the body of which is Christ; and in thy principles thou art confused. And so who follows the apostle comes to the body, out of the sign, and the types, and figures, and shadows, as every believer follows him, he comes to the body, and from the observing of signs, and shadows, and sabbath days, to Christ the son, the end of them all.
P. Thou sayst, Fancy is no fuel for a christian faith.'
A. Fancy and fuel are out of a christian faith; which thou art in, that art got among the signs, types, and shadows in the fancy, and so from the body Christ.
P. And thou sayst, if the Lord be thy God; thou must observe the Seventh-day sabbath.' And thou sayst, . It is antichrist that persuades to change the day,' and thou chargest them to do no manner of work on that day,' and thou sayst, . It is not ceremonial, but was before Jew or ceremony had a being.'
A. The sabbath was not before Adam was; and the apostles, that had the law of God written in their hearts, served the Lord God, he was their God, and they his people, who witnessed the end of the first covenant, which stood in ceremonies; and so shadows and signs are ceremonies. And the sabbath was spoken of before ceremonies were, that is true; but not as a command then, but when ceremonies came up in the days of Moses, the sabbath was given as a sign amongst the other signs, and a shadow amongst the other shadows; and he tells you plainly, if you will believe him, the body of all is Christ. And this sabbath, which was before ceremonies were given among them that had the ceremonies, a day of rest for cattle, man and beast, strangers and servants, which the body of this shadow and sign is the rest, that gives rest to all the creation, man and beast, stranger and servant, and so rest to the whole creation.
And the apostle was not antichrist, that said the body was Christ, and the sabbath was a shadow, and brought them off from days and from signs, types, and ceremonies, and from the first priesthood, first covenant and offerings, to the body Christ, that ended them all, and takes off the veil that is upon the hearts of people while Moses is read. Now they are the antichrists that are setting up signs and shadows, and bringing people from the body, which is Christ, the substance, and are keeping people in the observing of a day in which people should have rest for a day, the cattle rest for a day, servants rest for a day, not minding the substance, the body, Christ, who restores the creation into unity, as it was in the beginning; and gives rest to man and beast, servant, stranger, and cattle, and is rest to them all. They that are come to the body know the substance, the end of the sabbath-day's work.
But then again thou sayst in thy charge, ye may not do any work on that day.' How is it then that ye make fire through all your congregations ? How is it you keep markets on the sabbath day, which God commanded ? How is it that ox and horse bear burthens on that day, and you both ? How is it that you gather sticks and make fires on that day, and gather your meat on that day, when meat was not to be gathered on that day, and he that gathered sticks was stoned to death ? And how is it that ye profess a day, and do not observe it according to the day? Are ye not all hypocrites in this, professing that which ye do not practise ? for by the law ye should be stoned to death, ye should die all.
And how is it that you professors, likewise, that profess the first day to be the sabbath, yet will not go to your worships, abundance of you, except ye be drawn with horses? Why pollute you the sabbath day? ye are all polluters, according to your own words. And why gather ye your meat, and make fires on that day? Keep it according to the law, and be not dissemblers and mockers of
God and man. If ye will keep a sabbath, go according to scripture and the law of God.
And the poor creatures must bear a burthen to lug you to your worships; and yet if a poor man be found but carrying a loaf of bread, or a burden of sticks to make him a fire, he is, it may be, fined for it Now by the law of God, he should be stoned to death, and your horses should do no work on that day. And you will fine some for going to a meeting of the Lord's people, yet you must have your horses and coaches, and coachmen, and put them to labour to draw you to your worships; and so here is your confusion. And so you are judging one another in days, which was not the saints' work, nor the apostles,' who witnessed the body was Christ, and met together in him who was the end of days.
P. Whereas thou sayst, · The sabbath is perpetual, and fenced above all other laws.'
A. If it had been perpetual, the apostle would not have said it was a sign, and that the body was Christ; but to the Jews that had the types, it was perpetual. By them it was highly to be observed; but Christ that ends the law, ends that, and the things that are in the law, the shadow and sign that are in the law, who was the body of it.
P. “The Jews received the lively oracles from mount Sinai. Whether was it given us to be broken or kept, slighted or observed ? If to be kept and observed, then we must either deny the Seventh-day sabbath to be one of mount Sinai's lively oracles, or deny Stephen's doctrine, delivered to the Jews. We must sanctify this lively oracle of the Seventh-day sabbath.'
A. Stephen preaches Christ, the end of the law, of types, figures, and shadows, who is the substance, and showed the Jews that they had not kept the law, in which were the shadows of Christ, and so Christ is the end of the law, and the signs, and the similitudes, and the days.
And Stephen saw the end; Hagar or Sinai is a mount in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. Now read where you all are. But Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all.' Now mark, us all, who are come to the body, Christ, the end of the signs, shadows, and figures, (Jerusalem below had types, had figures, had shadows, had signs,) when that resteth that is in bondage, Hagar with her children. And here you may come to know the allegory of these two covenants; and so who is come to the son, to the body, is come to the end of all shadows, and before any shadows were.
And Stephen held not up the shadows, but preached Christ, the end of them, only he judged the Jews that had not kept the law, which Christ is the end of to every one that believes. And Stephen was a