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preached the end of the shadows, types, and figures. And so the disci. ples which were in the rest, Christ, in the body, they were in the sanctification; and the apostle no where speaks that the disciples did sanctisy the seventh day and bid people do it. But thou dost not sanctify the seventh day, that bids people make-a fire, and so art a breaker of it, and preaches up that people should break that, which thou affirms should be kept holy.

P. Thou sayst, . There are already many signs of displeasure upon sabbath breakers, against the oracle of God: labouring with all their might against it, in the birth upon Quakers: yea, the Galileans were great sinners, but I tell you, except you repent ye shall all likewise perish. “And thou compares them to the sow wallowing in the mire that go

from the sabbath of the Lord.' A. This thou mightest turn upon the apostles who brought the people off from types, figures, signs and shadows, to the body, Christ, and to the end of the law, and told them all things must become new, [mark] “all things become new.' What! wouldst hold up any old thing? What! a new sabbath then? and have the Quakers been persecuted, for witnessing the body Christ? is he persecuted? They go in the wallowing mire like swine, and like the prodigal feeding upon the husk, who go into the signs and shadows, and from the body, Christ, the life, the substance, and come not to the rest, the body, and hold not the head. And so they satisfy the flesh, and run into the mire, and wallow there, and are satisfying it; and such are the intruders, worshipping angels, will-worshippers, without the body.

P. Thou sayst, “The seventh day is a perpetual royal rest, established by precept and precedent, for God's praise and saints' privilege: the unchangeableness of the Seventh-day sabbath.'

A. It was so to the Jews in their generation; perpetual to them in the generation where they were, and so was circumcision, and so were the offerings; but Christ by whom the world was made, came to end the offerings, who is the rest to weary souls and takes off all burdens; who is the everlasting rest, and restores the creation, and ends the Jewish signs given as a sign and shadow of the body, Christ, him by whom the world was made, who was before it was made, and so he changes the covenant and priesthood, and ends the law, ends the shadows, who believe in the body Christ, are entered into his rest, and there is the saints' privilege.

P. Thou sayst, "When will the new moon be gone that we may sell corn, and the sabbath day that we may set forth wheat? All the discipline of the gospel calls for self-denial, as this weekly duty of the holy sabbath; the christian complains for want of spiritual enjoyments with

Christ, and acquaintance with Christ, the sabbath opens the door of the holy of holies, and is as a spring of spiritual joys.'

A. In the time of the law and prophets, they were crying up new moons, and sabbaths, which were shadows, types, and signs : but the saints denied themselves, and were come to the body, and did not set up weekly duties of the holy sabbath, but said they were shadows, and came to see the end of sabbaths, and new moons, and witnessed the body, Christ, who was before the day was made, in whom is the rest. And the christians who are complaining for want of spiritual enjoyments, and acquaintance with Christ, are such as are among you that are in the shadows, and come not to the body Christ, in whom there is communion and life; for the body is the light of the world: the body is the life given for the life of the world in whom there is rest, yea, to them that had the true sabbath, which was the sign they were to rest on. A sign, a shadow, is of something that is to come; therefore the sign and shadow is not the thing; and they that live upon the sign and shadow, and cry them up, keep from the door of holies where all the springs of spiritual joys are, in which all the signs, and shadows, and types, and figures ended, in Christ, who was before they were; in Christ, by whom the world was made, before shadows and types were. And a great deal more confusion is there in thy book not worth mentioning, but will fall · into the mire and the dirt with thyself. Therefore now thou hast time, prize it, and give over deceiving the people; for thou art wallowing in the mire thou speaks of, and would bring people thither, into the shadows from Christ, the body, the substance, and life.

John Burlon, and John Bunyan, who call themselves ministers of

the gospel, in their book called, Some Gospel truths opened.' Their principles are as followeth.

P. They say, "To witness Christ manisest in our flesh, is to deny Christ come in the flesh.' And say, 'that Christ saith he shall be absent from his apostles touching his body.'

A. Contrary to Christ, who said that they might eat his flesh; and contrary to the apostle, who said that they were of his flesh and bone. So they do not divide the word aright. And to witness Christ within is not to deny him come in the flesh, but to witness him, and such are not absent from him.

P. And they say, 'Others have been depending upon something that they call the righteousness of Christ within, and Christ within them;'

and this they say 'is opposite to Christ without,' and this they call the spirit of the devil.'

A. Which is not agreeable to the apostle's doctrine, but contrary to the apostle, who said, he was manifest in his flesh, to condemn sin in the flesh, that he through him might become the righteousness of God.' And this is not opposite to Christ that died at Jerusalem ; but it is the same that is manifest, and not the spirit of the devil, but that which destroys him; for the devil and reprobates may talk of him without, but the apostle said, that Jesus Christ was in them (that is, the Emmanuel, God with us) except they were reprobates, and none know righteousness but within.

P. And they say, “This is one of the devil's lies, to deceive, to bid people follow the light.'

A. That is contrary to the prophets, Christ, and the apostles, who bid them walk in the light; and Christ, who bids them believe in the light. And • I will give him for a covenant of light, a leader of the people.' And Christ said, “I am the light; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life:' and that is the devil and the liar that leads people from the light, for he abode not in it.

P. They say, Faith is not perfect in respect of its degree and measure in us.'

A. The faith of God is the gift of God, and it is perfect in us in its measure and degree, though thy measure and degree are not perfect; and here thou hast tried thy faith and thy gift, which is not perfect, for the gift of God is perfect.

P. And yet they say, “The work of this faith is for purifying and justifying, and not perfect in the degree and measure of it in us.'

A. Can an imperfect thing purify and justify? And doth not the scripture speak of one faith that gives victory ? And doth not the apostle say, that faith abides? And can that abide which is not perfect? And Christ saith, He that hath faith as a grain of mustard seed, shall remove mountains, and is not that perfect ? Now here all men may see if you, who call yourselves ministers, divide the word aright. We say, faith is perfect in the least measure and degree, the righteousness of faith, Rom. x. And it is that with which men please God, which faith works by love, and so brings off the works of the law, by which faith men are justified, which is in the heart.

P. They say, 'It is a manifestation of the deluding of poor souls, to hold forth a crucified Christ within, risen within, ascended within, and scriptures within,' and say, this is a new gospel.'

A. If Christ that is crucified be not within, and Christ that is risen be not within, I say that you all are reprobates; and if the scripture be

not within, which was spoken forth from within, you all want the spirit that gave it forth, and Christ the substance of it, and you have not eaten his flesh, neither are you of his bone; and this is not opposite to Jesus Christ without, that died at Jerusalem, but the same; for they who eat his flesh have it within them, and this is not a new gospel.

P. And they say, “False Christs have a new false faith to apprehend this crucified Christ within.'

A. Which is contrary to the faith of the apostles, who preached Christ that is crucified within, and not another, him that was raised up from the dead, was risen, that Lord Jesus Christ within, “the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever,' by whom the world was made, glorified with the Father before the world began. It was he that was manifest in the saints that was, and is, and not another, for the other is the antichrist.

P. And they say, It is a scripture of the devil's making to apprehend this crucified Christ within.'

A. Now I say, if there be any other Christ but he that was crucified within, he is the false Christ; and the scripture holds forth this, and the devil never made it, but he and his messengers are against it. And he that hath not this Christ that was risen and crucified within, is a reprobate, though devils and reprobates may make a talk of him without.

P. They say, "The light of revelation renders God's Christ odious.'

A. None know the son of God but by revelation, and with the light, and they are those that render Christ odious that are out of the light of revelation of the son, as the Pharisees did, and as now the beast and false prophets do, in making war against the saints in light, and the Lamb; but the Lamb and the saints shall get the victory: glory to the Highest. They that walk in the light are not opposite to Christ, but to the beast and the false prophets, but are in unity with the son, and with the Father.

P. And they say, “What a sad doctrine is that which saith, follow the light with which Christ hath enlightened all who come into the world."

A. This is contrary to the apostle's doctrine, who was to go into all nations to turn people from darkness to light, and preach the new covenant to Jews and Gentiles, the salvation to the ends of the earth, a leader of the people;' and contrary to the apostle's doctrine, who bid the saints walk in the light, and they should have fellowship one with another, 'and so not sad, but fellowship. But thou and you that are apostates, are gone from this light, and that which doth make manifest is light, and with it are you that are apostates from it, seen. And you follow not the light that every one is enlightened with that comes into the world, and so are out of unity one with another, and fellowship with the son, and with the Father, and are out of his covenant,

all on heaps in the apostacy, that walk not in the light, but call it a sad doctrine to bid others follow it. The children of the light are the light of the world: • Let your light shine before men, that they may glorify your Father which is in heaven,” like lamps burning, for ye are as a city set on a hill that cannot be hid.' And Christ saith, "He that followeth the light shall not walk in darkness.'

P. They say, “It is a rendering of the scriptures odious, and law, to tell of the scripture within, which Christ never taught, nor his disciples: but God hath given them up to a reprobate mind.”

A. Were not all the scriptures from the spirit within ? and were they not there before they came out? And must not all upon the earth have the spirit within that gave it forth, before they can understand the scripture without, given forth from the spirit of God within others? And was not the apostles' and Christ's preaching of the scripture within, the law in the heart, and the word in the heart ? and the kingdom within, and the spirit within, leading into all truth, the spirit of the Father speaking in you, and Christ within? and is not this extolling scripture of truth? and are not all they reprobates that have scripture without, and not within ?

P. And they say, But this is the devil's design, to pretend that people may attain a more excellent way by following what is made known to them from the light within them.'

A. I never read such a doctrine that the devil taught, that any should follow that which the light made known within them, and I know he did not; for he is out of the light, and that which it makes known within; for the light which shines within makes known the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, whereby men come to be changed from glory to glory, till they come into the image of God,' and this the light makes known within. 2 Cor. iv.

P. And they say, “God hath a Christ distinct from all other things whatsoever, whether they be spirits or bodies.'

A. God's Christ is not distinct from his saints, nor their bodies, for he is within them; nor distinct from their spirits, for their spirits witness him: and God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, who is the head of every creature. “And there is not any creature but it is manifest in his sight;' and he is in the saints, and they eat his flesh, and sit with him in heavenly places.

P. They say, “They are deceived that think to obtain salvation by the conviction of the law which they call Christ,' pages 37 and 89.

A. Christ is the end of the law, and they who follow him are not deceived, but come to witness the law of life, and him revealed in them; and they are deceived that call the law without Christ, that doth convict, and give it that name; but who follow Christ the end of

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