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heavenly and spiritual. Then they act like spiritual holy men and wo. men, and come to be members of the church of Christ. Then a spiritual care cometh upon the elders in Christ, that all the members walk in Christ, in his light, grace, spirit, and truth, that they may adorn the confession and profession of Christ, and see that all walk in the order of the holy spirit, and the everlasting gospel of peace, life, and salvation. This order keeps out of confusion; for the gospel of peace, the power of God, was before confusion was. All the heirs of the gospel are heirs of its order, and are in this gospel which brings life and immortality to light in them, by which all men and women may see their work and service in it, to look after the poor widows and fatherless, to see that nothing be lacking, and that all honour the Lord in their lives and conversations. “When the whole house of Israel were in their graves and sepulchres, and were called “the scattered, dry bones," yet they could speak, and say “their bones were dry, their hope was lost, or they were without hope, and they were cut off.” They were alive outwardly, and could speak outwardly. So that which is called Christendom may very well be called “the scattered, dry bones,” and be said to be in their graves and sepulchres, dead from the heavenly breath of life, the spirit and word of life, that gathereth to God. Though they can speak, and are alive outwardly, yet they remain in the congregations or churches of the dead, that want the virtue of life. For the Jews, whom God poured his spirit upon and gave them his law, when they rebelled against the spirit of God, and turned from God and his law, they came to be dry scattered bones, and were turned into their graves and sepulchres. So Christendom that is turned from the grace, truth, and light of Christ, and the spirit that God poureth upon all flesh, they are become the scattered, dry bones, are in their graves and sepulchres, and are the congregations or churches of the dead, though they can speak and are alive outwardly. ‘Christ saith, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. He gave his flesh for the life of the world.” And he saith, “I am the resurrection and the life. I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” Christ is the quickening spirit. All being dead in Adam are to be quickened and made alive by Christ, the second Adam. And when they are quickened and made alive by him, they meet together in the name of Jesus Christ their Saviour, who died for their sins and is risen for their justification, and so was dead and is alive, and liveth for evermore. All whom he hath quickened and made alive, (even all the living) meet in the name of Jesus who is alive, and he their living prophet, shepherd, and bishop is in the midst of them, and is their living rock and foundation, and a living mediator between them and the living God. So the living praise the living God through Jesus Christ, through whom they have peace with God. All the living have rest in Christ their life, he is their sanctification, their righteousness, their treasure of wisdom, knowledge and understanding, which is spiritual and heavenly. He is the spiritual tree and root, which all the believers in the light, the life in Christ, that pass from the death in Adam to the life in Christ, and overcome the world, and are born of God, are grafted into Christ, the heavenly tree, which beareth all the spiritual branches or grafts. These meet in his name, are gathered in him, and sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, their life, who hath quickened and made them alive. So all the living worship the living God in his holy spirit and truth, in which they live and walk. Into this worship the foul, unclean spirit, the devil, cannot get; for the holy spirit and truth is over him and he is out of it. This is the standing worship which Christ set up in his new covenant. And they that are quickened by Christ are the living stones, living members, and spiritual household and church, or congregation of Christ, who is the living head and husband. They that are made alive by Christ are a living church, have a living head, and are come from the congregations or churches of the dead in Adam, where death and destruction talk of God, and of his prophets and apostles, in their wisdom that is below, earthly, and devilish, in the knowledge that is brutish, and in the understanding that comes to nought. For what they know is natural, by their natural tongues, arts, and sciences, in which they corrupt themselves. This is the state of the dead in Adam; but the quickened, that are made alive by Christ, discern between the living and the dead. G. F. ‘Kingston upon Thames, the 12th month, 1686-7.’
While I was at Kingston, I wrote another paper, showing, ‘That the Lord in all ages called the righteous from amongst the wicked, before he destroyed them;’ after this manner:
“Noah and his family were called into the ark, before the old world was destroyed with the flood. And all the faithful generation, that lived before, were taken away, and died in the faith, before that flood of de
struction came upon the wicked old world.
“The Lord did call Lot out of Sodom, before he did destroy and consume it, and the wicked there.
“Christ said; “it cannot be, that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem;” and he said; “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathered her brood under her wings but ye would not.” Luke xiii. 33, 34. And he said to the Jews, “therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute; that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple. Verily, I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.” Luke xi. 49, 50, 51. And he said to the Jews, “behold, your houses shall be left unto you desolate.” Matt. xxiii. 34, &c. Christ told his disciples, that the temple at Jerusalem should be thrown down, and there should not be one stone left upon another, that should not be thrown down. Matt. xxiv. 2. Also, that he must go to Jerusalem, and “suffer many things of the Jews, elders, and chief priests, and be killed, and raised again the third day.” JMatt. xvi. 21. And Christ said, “when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know, the desolation thereof is nigh.” He foretoki, that the Jews should fall by the edge of the sword, and should be led away “captive into all nations; and Jerusalem should be trodden down of the Gentiles.” Luke xxi. 20, 24. Here you may see how Jerusalem was often warned by Christ, and how often he would have “gathered them, but they would not,” before they were scattered over or into all nations, their houses left desolate, and their temple and Jerusalem besieged with armies, destroyed, and thrown down. And though the disciples and apostles of Christ did meet, with the elders and church at Jerusalem, after Christ was risen, yet Eusebius reporteth in his Ecclesiastical History, that the christians at Jerusalem had a vision, or a revelation to depart out of Jerusalem. Being forewarned also by Christ, that “when they should see Jerusalem compassed with armies, its desolation was nigh; and that the temple should be thrown down, and not one stone left upon another;” it is said, the christians did depart out of bloody Jerusalem, before it and the temple were destroyed by Titus the emperor, who besieged it with his armies. He was of the Gentiles, and destroyed the temple and Jerusalem, as Christ had forespoken to his disciples, because of the wickedness of the Jews, and the innocent blood that they had shed in it. So the Lord called his people out of bloody Jerusalem, before he destroyed it. And it is said, Titus destroyed the temple and Jerusalem about two-and-forty years after Christ was crucified and risen again, and that with so great a destruction, that the Jews never did build again the city of Jerusalem, nor the temple, (as Sodom was never built again, nor the cities of the old world.) But the Jews for above these thousand years have been, and are, a scattered people in all nations to this day; and Christ (whom they crucified.) and his doctrine is preached, and set over them; and the Gentiles whom they hated, have received and do receive him and his doctrine, and praise God for it through Jesus Christ, Amen. “God called his people out of Egypt, after he had poured out his ten plagues upon the Egyptians; when he had destroyed the first-born of Egypt, then the Lord brought his people out of Egypt. And after the Lord had clearly brought his people out, he destroyed Pharaoh, with all his hosts and chariots. ‘John saith, he heard a voice, saying, “come out of her, my people, (to wit, out of Babylon, the false church,) that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues: for her sins have reached to heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Rev. xviii. 4, 5. Here you may see, that God did call his people out of spiritual Babylon before he destroyed her, and cast her down, to be utterly burnt with fire, ver. 8, 9, and 21. “Was not Nebuchadnezzar's empire thrown down and ended by Cyrus and Darius, who were of the seed of the Medes, before Cyrus and Darius gave forth their proclamation for all the Jews to go into their own land out of Babylon's captivity ? and was there not a prophecy of Cyrus, “that he should subdue nations, and that the Lord would loose the loins of kings before him, and break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron, and open the two leaved gates; and that the gates should not be shut " And the Lord saith; “this is for Jacob, my servant's sake, and for Israel mine elect.” Isa. xlv. Was not this fulfilled in Cyrus’ and Darius' time? for did not then the Jews go out of captivity into their own land! Ezra i. 2, 3, 4, and vi. 1, 12, and Isa. xliv. 28. and xlv. 13. Was not this prophecy of Isaiah fulfilled when the children of Israel came out of Babylon 7 Were not the Assyrians, that carried away the ten tribes subdued 7 and the Babylonians, that carried away the two tribes, were they not subdued in the days of Cyrus and Darius, in whose days the “loins of kings were loosed, and the two leaved gates of brass and iron were opened?” and had not Israel and Jacob their liberty by them in their days, to go into their own land? “And here in England, was it not observed, that most of the honest and sober people were turned out of the army, and their commissions, offices, and places taken from them, because they could not join with others in their cruelty and persecuting? and others laid down their commissions themselves, and came out from amongst those persecutors before they were overthrown, and brought to confusion. All that are wise, see these things, and learn by such examples and way-works to shun such bogs. The righteous are safe, that keep in Christ, their everlasting sanctuary, that changes not; in whom they have rest and peace with God, Amen. G. F. “Kingston, the 29th of the 12th month, 1686-7.’
While I was at Kingston, one day meditating on the things of God, some particular observations arose in my mind concerning the first, and the ‘second or last Adam.” As that,
“The first man Adam was made on the sixth day of the week; and Christ, the second Adam, was crucified on the sixth day of the week. “The first Adam was betrayed by the serpent in the garden of Eden: Christ our Saviour, the second Adam, was betrayed by Judas in a garden near Jerusalem. • Christ arose from the dead on the first day of the week; and they that do believe on him are entered into Christ their rest: the christians meet together to worship God on the first day of the week; and on the first day of the week it was, that God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.” The Jews' rest was on the seventh day of the week, which was given to them as a sign of the eternal rest of the Lord, sanctifying them, after they came out of the land of Egypt: for before that time the Lord had not given to man and woman his outward Sabbath day to keep, neither in the old world, nor after in Abraham's time, nor in Isaac's, nor in Jacob's time; until the Jews came out of Egypt to mount Sinai in the wilderness. Then the Lord gave the law, and his Sabbath, as a sign in the old covenant, of Christ the eternal rest in the new covenant: and they that believe do enter into Christ their rest. “Adam, the first man, is the root from whence we all spring naturally: and Christ is called the last or second Adam, because he is the beginning and root of all that are spiritual. “The first Adam was made a living soul; and Christ the last Adam is a quickening spirit. ‘Christ by the grace of God tasted death for every man, that they might all come into favour with God; and that every tongue should confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
I wrote also a paper there, concerning the two seeds, distinguishing the seed wherein the blessing is received, from the seed which the curse remains upon. Of which the following is a copy:
“The Lord said to Abraham, “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” Gen. xxii. 18. “And thy seed shall be as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore, and as the dust of the earth, that cannot be numbered.” chap. xiii. 16. and xv. 5. and xxii. 17. In this seed all nations and families of the earth are blessed; but not in the seed of evildoers and of falsehood, nor in the seed of adultery. and the whore. Isa. i. 4. and lvii. 3, 4. “For the seed of the wicked shall be cut off, saith the Lord.” Psalm xxxvii. 28. The Lord said to David, “That his seed should endure for ever.” Psalm lxxxix. 36. And again it is said, Psalm cii. 28. “The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.” Here is a distinction betwixt the two seeds: for the seed of evildoers, of the adulterer, whore,