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7. And this I witness to be fulfilled; for the same spirit where it is, is equal with God; for · he that sanctifieth and they that are sanctified are all of one. Heb. ii. 11. and it is God that sanctifieth. · He that hath the word of God hath God, for God is the word; and our fellowship is with God.' John i. 1. There is a natural man, and there is a spiritual man: the first is of the earth, earthly, the second is the Lord from heaven.' 1 Cor. xv. 47, 48. “The new man, which is created after God in righteousness and true holiness;' and 'he that doth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.' 1 John iii. 7. And this I witness what the scripture saith, 'Let no man deceive you.'
0. •He professeth himself to be the eternal judge of the world.'
A. He that was a minister of God said, that the saints should judge the world, yea, angels.' i Cor. vi. 2, 3. Herein they show themselves to be no ministers of God, who seek to persecute them who are judged of God, and justified by him; where judgment is brought forth unto victory,' Matt. xii 20. and set in the earth; and that which is eternal, hath judged all the carnal nature in himself; and where it is judged there is no unity with it where it is alive; and he that hath not true judgment, and hath not salt in himself to savour withal, is good for nothing, and he cannot endure that Christ. should speak where he is made manifest. •I am the way,' saith Christ; Christ is but one in all his saints, and he speaks in them. 1 Cor. xi. 3. But he doth not say that George Fox is Christ. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.' Christ is the light, and ye are the light; and Christ liveth in you, and Christ is the head of the man; and it is the spirit of the Father that speaketh in you, and spoke in Christ, and he is but one in all his saints. Without are many Christs; “lo here,' and • lo there;' but “know you not that Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates! and if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin;' and there Christ Jesus speaks, the same Christ to-day, yesterday, and for ever.' And thy judgment which is not eternal, is carnal; and with evil thoughts thou judgest; thou puttest darkness for light, and light for darkness; and here thou showest thy judgment to be carnal, and no minister of God, but a minister of the letter, and not of the spirit; for the ministers of the spirit have true judgment, and did imprison none, nor persecute, as you do; but it is, that fools may utter forth their folly.
0. He said he was the way, the truth, the life.'
A. The old man cannot endure to hear the new man speak, which is Christ; and Christ is the way: and if Christ be in you, must not he say, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life? John X. 4. Now if antichrist speak, he is owned of the world; but he cannot witness it; while the old man reigns, the voice of God is not known, nor Christ himself to speak in man, but Christ's sheep know his voice.
0. He said, whosoever took a place of scripture, and made a serioir of it, or from it, was a conjuror, and his preaching was conjuration:
A. He that puts the letter for the light, when the letter saith Christ is the light, he is blind; and they that say the letter and the spirit åre inseparable, when the spirit saith the letter is death, and killeth, and all that do study to raise a living thing out of a dead, to raise the spirit out of the letter, are conjurors, and draw points and reasons, and so speak a divination of their own brain; they are conjurors and diviners and their teaching is from conjuration, which is not spoken from the mouth of the Lord, and the Lord is against all such, and who are of God are against all such; for that doctrine doth not profit the people at all, for it stands not in the counsel of God, but is a doctrine of the devil, and draws people from God, but he that speaks from the mouth of the Lord, turns people from their wickedness, but that ministry which God hath not sent, and that assembly must be disaffected: for the Lord is coming to teach his people himself by his spirit.
0. "George Fox said the scripture was carnal.'
A. The letter of the scripture is carnal, and the letter is death, and killeth, but the spirit giveth life, which was in them that gave forth the scriptures, and that I witness, which is eternal and not carnal: for the Jews who had the letter, persecuted Jesus Christ the substance; and so do you now who have the letter and not the substance. There were ministers of the letter then, and ministers of the spirit, so there are now. The same Christ being made manifest, is unknown to the world: for the whole world lieth in wickedness, and Christ Jesus is a mystery to the world, and is hid, though you may profess him, because the letter speaketh of him; but ye persecute him where he is made manifest, and where he is made manifest the works of the devil are destroyed, and there he speaks and is king, and is the way, and is the truth, and is the life; and he that hath the son hath life, and he that hath not the son hath not life:' and he that hath the same spirit that raised up Jesus Christ, is equal with God. And the scripture saith, that God will dwell in man, and walk in man. As Jesus Christ which is the mystery, hath passed before, so the same spirit takes upon it the same seed, and is the same where it is made manifest: according to the flesh, I am the son of Abraham, according to the spirit, the son of God, saith Christ. All the plotting of the priests is, and ever was, against Christ, where he is made manifest: · And the beast shall make war with the saints, and with the lamb;' but the lamb shall get the victory: praises, praises be to our God for ever, and for evermore.
0. Richard Huberthorn wrote, that Christ's coming in the flesh was
but a figure.'
A. Christ in his people is the substance of all figures, typesrand
shadows, fulfilling them in them, and setting them free from them: but as he is held forth in the scripture letter without them, and in the flesh without them, he is their example or figure, which are both one, that the same things might be fulfilled in them, that were in Christ Jesus:
For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ hath suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow his steps: forasmuch as Christ hath suffered for us, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind.' Christ was our example in suffering and in holiness, and “as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation, because it is written, be ye holy as I am holy. He is our example in humility: 'I have given you an example, (saith Christ,) that ye should do even as I have done unto you:' and 'as he is so are we in this world.' He is our forerunner, captain of our salvation, and in all things our example. “As they have done unto me, so shall they do unto you.' But all they who have not Christ dwelling in them, go about to persecute him in all them in whom he is made manifest; they neither follow him as an example themselves, nor suffer others to follow him as an example and walk in the same steps: but deny him both as the substance and example of his people. But they who are taught of him do confess him both as he is the substance of all things, and their example in all things: for without me ye can do nothing,' saith Christ: and it is SO,
I witness it.
And as for James Milner, though his mind did run out from his condition, and from minding that light of God which is in him, whereby the world takes occasion to speak against the truth, and many Friends stumble at it: get there is a pure seed in him.
0. Leonard Fell said that Christ had no body but his church.'
A. •There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called into one hope of your calling ;' and Christ Jesus is the head of the body, the church;' and ye are made free from sin by the body of Christ. And Christ came to redeem his church. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself,' for his body's sake, which is his church. •For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones: this is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and his church. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body. The fulness of him that filleth all in all. In whom also we are builded up together, for a habitation of God through the spirit.'
it, 1 Cor. vi. 2, 3. wherefore I am one, and I witness the scripture fulfilled.
0. That he was as upright as Christ.'
A. Those words were not so spoken by me; but that as he is so are we in this present world.? 1 John iv. 17. That the saints are made the righteousness of God;' that the saints are one in the Father and the son; that we shall be like him, 1 John iii. 2. and that all teaching which is given forth by Christ, is to bring the saints to perfection, even to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: this the scripture doth witness, and this I witness. Where Christ dwells, must not he speak in his temple?
Queries propounded to George Fox, by some of the contrivers of
the petition, and by him answered.
QUERY— Whether there be one individual God distinguished into the Father, son, and holy ghost, or not?'
A. Herein thou wouldst know, whether God be individual, yea or no, which is but a busy mind; for hadst thou the witness in thyself thou wouldst know what he is; but the heathen know not God, and all that know him not, are heathen, living in the wicked imaginations of their own hcarts; and that is thy condition. For God is a spirit,' and none know him but the son, and he to whom the son is revealed; the son and word are one. • He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the spirit saith,' for thou, natural man, knowest not the things of God.
Q. Whether a believer be justified by Christ's righteousness imputed,
yea, or no?
A. He that believeth is born of God;' and he that is born of God is justified by Christ alone, without imputation.
Q. Whether he that believeth that Christ hath taken away his sin, is clean without sin in this life, as Christ himself, or not?'
A. He that believeth is born of God, and he that is born of God sins not, neither can he sin, because his seed remaineth in him as he is, so are we in this present evil world.'
Q. Whether a believer be without all sin in this life, or not?'
A. Christ being made manifest, is made manifest to take away sin, and in him is no sin at all; he that abideth in him, sins not; he that sins is of the devil, and hath not seen him, neither known him; herein are the children of God made manifest, and the children of the devil.' All you that read these queries, read these things in yourselves,