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light, we have fellowship one with another.' So here is the true church's fellowship with God and Christ, and one with another, that walk in the light, which is the life in Christ, and not the vain talkers of the light, and walkers in darkness.
And David saith, Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, to wit, the Lord, ' which frameth mischief,' &c. Psalm xciv. 20. For the apostle saith, 2 Cor. vi. "what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness, or what communion hath light with darkness ? And the apostle saith to the church, • I would not have you to have fellowship with devils.' And the apostle told the church of Christ, that their fellowship was in the gospel, the power of God which was before the devil was, and his fellowships. And such come to know the power of the resurrection of Christ, and the fellowship of his sufferings. And such had a fellowship with the Father and with the son, after Christ was risen; and such had no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproved them. And the apostle said, “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? and the bread that we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? for we being many, are one bread and one body, for we are all partakers of that one bread.' Is not this the bread Christ which comes down from heaven, as in John vi.? and his blood, which Christ saith, • they must eat and drink if they have life in them? In which bread and blood is the saints' communion; and the saints and the church of Christ's communion now, and in the apostles' days, is in the holy ghost, 2 Cor. xiii. which proceeds from the Father and the son, which leads them into all truth. And the church of Christ's communion is not in that which proceeds from men below; but in that which proceeds from God and his son; unto whom be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
There are many opposers of the order of the truth, and of the glorious gospel of Christ the power of God, who never grew up in the truth, though they have had some opening and some sights, and it may be, are come so far as Corah, Dathan, and Abiram; and so far as Cain and Balaam; and so far as these that John speaks of in his General Epistle, that went • from us, and had they been of us, no doubt but they would have continued with us;' and such as come so far as the apostle speaks of, these “heady, high-minded, and self-willed, fierce, despisers of them that are good, that had the form of godliness, but denied the power thereof; and these that with good words and fair speeches deceived the hearts of the simple;' and these false brethren and false apostles, and false teachers that promised liberty, to beguile and bring into bondage: all these might get the form of godliness, but deny the power thereof, and so the order thereof, and were men of corrupt minds,' who did resist the truth, which now rules in the hearts of God's people; and so then, resisted the order of the truth and the gospel of the holy government of Christ; and such as James speaks of in a seeming vain religion,' which did not warm, clothe, and feed their brother or sister, nor visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation, &c. Such might be hearers and talkers of the word, but not doers of the word; and boasters of faith, and belief, and religion, but were out of the works and practice of the living faith, belief, and pure religion. And there are too many such now, as was then in the apostles' days, “who profess they know God, but in works deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and to every good work reprobate.'
And also Peter and Jude declare against filthy dreamers,' that despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities, and are presumptuous, self-willed, and wells without water, and trees without fruit, twice dead, and plucked up by the root; and carried about of the winds, or with a tempest, and clouds without rain, and raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame. These are the murmurers and complainers, &c. and with their mouths they speak great swelling words, &c. and these are they who separate themselves, 'sensual, having not the spirit,' but are erred from it like Balaam; and then speak evil of dominion and dignities, as Corah and his company did against the law of God and Moses; and so do these against the dignities and dominions of the truth, and spirit and power of God, the gospel, and his apostles and ministers of the spirit and'the gospel of Christ, and the holy order of the truth, and spirit and gospel of Christ, whose government and increase of it hath no end, who now rules in the hearts of his people, in males and females, his church, who is the glorious head of it.
And the apostle saith, · Let the elders, that rule 'well, be counted worthy of double honour, especially they that labour in the word and doctrine.
Now, they that labour in the word, labour in that word by which all things were made and created, and in that word that upholdeth all things by his power. And John saith, “In the beginning was the word of life, which they had heard, and seen, and looked upon, and handled with their hands the word of life.' And so the elders do labour in the word of life, which was in the beginning, and all things were made by it; and this is the word of reconciliation, which is committed to Christ's ministers of the spirit. And so they do labour in this word, by which they are made clean and sanctified, and by this word all things are sanctified to them, by which word they were made good that do labour in the word by which all things were made. And this is the word that doth reconcile God's people to God, and all things in heaven and in earth; and this is the word by which all God's children are born again
of the immortal seed by the word of God, and do feed on the milk of the word by which all things were made; which word lives and abides for ever. And this is the word, which by the gospel is preached unto you, to wit, the church. And John saith, the old commandments is
the word, which ye have heard from the beginning, and is called the word of faith, and the word of wisdom, and the word of patience, and the word of power, and the word of life;' in this word the ministers of the spirit did labour, and the church of Christ was washed with the water of the word ; and this was the word that was performed to Jacob, and which so often did appear to the prophets, by which they saw Christ to come many years before he came and was made manisest in the flesh; and was the word whom the apostles preached, which the letter professors knew not, nor know now, but by the revelation of the light and spirit of God.
And the apostle saith to the church of the Romans, ó Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ.' So the true ministers of the spirit were the helpers in Christ, the second Adam. And again the apostle saith, 'Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord;' so these were in religious families, that were in the Lord. And salute • Tryphena, and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. And salute Persis, which laboured in the Lord;' so you do see how Christ's ministers did labour in the Lord then, and now.
And the apostle saith to the Corinthians, we are labourers together with God, · Ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building ;' and the apostle saith, that'ye submit yourselves to such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth in the Lord.' And the apostle saith to the Philippians, • I entreat thee, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with others, my fellow-labourers, whose names are in the book of life.'
Here you may see the women, as well as the men, laboured in the gospel, the power of God, whose names were written in the book of life; so the apostles and ministers could then, and the saints now, with the anointing within, try the spirits; and could, and can tell who laboureth in the Lord, and in the word and gospel, from the ministers of the letter. Now to · Him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel,' to wit, of Christ, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, (so not of the commandment of men,) made known unto all nations for the obedience of faith ;' according to Romans xvi. And so now again the same gospel is preached to them that have apostatized from it since the apostles' days. So the grace of God be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ, and peace be with you all which are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
And • God the Father, who hath loved us, and hath given everlasting consolation, and good hope through his grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.'
Now, all my dear friends and brethren in Christ Jesus, in the bowels of Christ Jesus, consider all these things for your good and comfort in him. Amen.
And you may see in Psalm cxx. how godliness hath the promise, of this life and that which is to come. And David saith, Blessed is the man that fears the Lord, surely he shall not be moved for ever; and the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance,' mark, everlasting remembrance.
And again in Psalm xxiy. the citizens of God's spiritual kingdom, • Lift up your heads,' saith Christ, Oye gates, and be ye lifted up, 0 ye everlasting doors, and the king of glory shall come in. Who is the king of glory? The Lord of Hosts, he is the king of glory. And where doth he come in, but in the hearts of his people?
And in Prov. xx. •As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more, but the righteous is an everlasting foundation, the righteous shall never be moved; the lips of the righteous know what will be acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked speaks frowardness.'
And Isa. lvi. 5. the Lord saith, to them that were faithful, even unto them will I give, in mine house and within my walls, a place and a name, better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
And you may see the church's glory and increase, in Isa. Ix. The Lord saith, • Whereas thou hast been forsaken, and hated, &c. I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations; thou shalt call thy walls salvation, and thy gates praise.
And Jeremiah saith, • The Lord is with me, &c. therefore his persecutors shall stumble, they shall not prevail, they shall be greatly ashamed, for they shall not prosper; their everlasting confusion shall not be forgotten.' Jer. xx. “And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame which shall never be forgotten.' Jer. xxiii.
Here you may see the judgments of the Lord upon the wicked Jews. And again, the Lord's promise is to the faithful, who saith, • I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee: I will build thee, thou shalt be built, О virgin of Israel,' &c. Jer. xxxi.
And Christ saith, “He that believeth on the son of God, hath everlasting life;' mark, hath everlasting life ; . but he that believeth not on the son of God, shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on VOL. VI.
him.' John iii. 36. •But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him, (to wit, Christ,) shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him, shall be in him a well of water, springing up unto everlasting life.' John iv. 14.
And the apostle exhorts the Colossians, to stand fast,' &c. who were beloved of the Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who hath given us everlasting consolation, who shall punish the wicked with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and the glory of his power.' 2 Thess. i. 9.
Now here you may see the everlasting misery of the wicked, and the everlasting happiness of God's faithful people. And Christ saith, · My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me, and I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand; my Father which gave them me, is greater than all, and none is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.' John x. Therefore, it is good for all the sheep of Christ, to follow Christ, the shepherd, who gives you eternal life, and keeps his sheep from them that would destroy them ; but they cannot pluck them out of Christ the shepherd's hand, nor out of Christ the sanctuary, in whom they have peace and safety. And in Christ's pastures of life he feeds his sheep with eternal life, which hear Christ, the second Adam, his heavenly voice, which is distinct from the voice of the devil and his angels, and all the voices of natural Adam's sons and daughters below.
The Saints, (or they that are born of the Spirit, their Heavenly
and Spiritual worship, Unity, and Communion; and the Ministers of the Spirit in the New Testament, preached the word of Life, which was in the beginning, which they had heard, seen, and handled, and brought the Church of Christ to the same word: and they brought the Church of Christ to have fellowship with
the Father and his Son. And concerning the Supper, that Christ calls his brethren unto,
after that he was arisen, and ascended at the right hand of God. By G. F.
You that are believers in the light, which is the life in Christ, the word, by which all things were made and created, and are become the children of the light, and of Christ's day, and have received Christ, and he hath given you power to become the sons and daughters of God; and so are the children and heirs of his kingdom. And have received the holy