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fulfils them, Christ Jesus, whose name is called the word of God.' And that which opens the scriptures is the spirit that gave them forth, that is the key of David, who in the light saw more light. For the Pharisees who crucified Christ, had that which testified of Christ, the scriptures. And you that are in the apostacy since the days of the apostles, want the key, and have taken away the key of knowledge. And all that dwell upon the earth, that stop their ears, and close their eyes against that of God in them, that deny the light that doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world, want the key of knowledge.

P. He saith, 'He gives gifts unto men for the work of the ministry, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the edifying of the body of Christ, until all come into the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the son of God unto a perfect man,' page 81.

A. And yet he said before, perfection was a devilish doctrine, and a fancy: so out of this work and ministry thou hast thrown thyself. For this work and ministry have been lost since the days of the apostles, in the apostacy; but now is appearing in the end of Babylon, the knowledge of the son of God people are coming to, and to the unity of the faith, from among the apostates who have had the sheep's clothing, but all on heaps about it, being ravened from the spirit of God inwardly. Among whom the proclamation hath been in the steeplehouses, and pulpits, in markets, towns, disputes: "No perfection, no overcoming of sin; perfection is a doctrine of devils, a devilish doctrine, and a fancy,' &c. And this hath been proclaimed among the apostates in the apostacy since the days of the apostles, by the beast's authority, under satan's power, the deceiver of the nations, where the mother of harlots is. But God will reward her double, and shall take the devil, and with him the beast and false prophet, and cast them alive into the firc. Rejoice, ye holy prophets and saints, over her, who are come into the unity of the faith, and to a perfect man, and to the knowledge of the son of God. And the everlasting gospel shall be preached to them that dwell upon the earth, and God shall be feared, and glory given to him. And none come to the knowledge of the son of God, the salvation to the ends of the earth, the covenant of Jews and Gentiles, until they come into the light which Christ doth cnlighten every one withal that cometh into the world, that gives him the knowledge of the son of God, of the author of his faith, and the taste of his fulness, and to become a perfect man.

P. He saith, “The scriptures are the means whereby the righteousness is revealed from faith to faith,' page 82.

A. The Pharisees had the scriptures read every sabbath, and had

the form of godliness, but denied the power, and were reprobate concerning the faith and the righteousness of Christ Jesus. And God it is that reveals the faith, and gives the faith, and the righteousness; and many have the words, and yet not it; they who have it have the word in their hearts, and the spirit that gave forth the scriptures, and see God the original of all good. The scriptures cannot reveal it, but they testify of it; and all must come into the spirit, before they know revelation, or know the scriptures either.

P. He saith, New Jerusalem is not come down from heaven,' and "he will make all things new, not hath made,' page 83. He saith, “The body is dead because of sin, yet there is a remainder of the old man in the members,' page 84.

A. Where the body is dead because of sin, and that put off by the circumcision of the spirit, if the root be holy the branches are holy also; and such come to glorify the Lord in their bodies and souls which are the Lord's, who hath redeemed them out of sin. So they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts,' and all things are become new. And the New Jerusalem is witnessed come down from heaven among the saints; for who witness Christ and know Christ, know the tabernacle of God, and know the New Jerusalem, and know the place where there is no curse. And many know their mother now, and that which had led captive is gone, and going into captivity.

P. He saith, “The apostles gave the last and full revelation of the gospel to all nations. And Timothy learned doctrine mediately; and since, none may expect to receive so immediately as Paul did, but all mediately,' pages SS, 89. Again, "God now gives, and teacheth mediately, and spiritually by the testimony of him mediately,' page 90. • It is a little necessary to show the vanity of their pretence of immediate revelation from God's spirit,' page 91.

A. All those are in a pretence, and in vanity, that are from the immediate revelation of the spirit of God. And though people have all Paul's declarations, if they have it not immediately revealed to them by the spirit of God, as Paul had, they have not the comfort of Paul's words, neither have they the comfort of the revelations. And John saith, the everlasting gospel must be preached to them that dwell upon the earth, since the apostacy from the apostles, (mark that.) And that which Timothy preached, who was in the faith, the gift of God, and spoke his word, and divided it aright, it was immediate. But since the days of the apostles hath the immediate been lost, and I know ye cannot expect it in the state ye all stand in, inwardly ravened from the spirit of God and truth. But now are the saints come to that which ye have ravened from, and the apostles were in, who witnessed the immeVol. III.

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diate teachings of God; and God's teaching is immediate, and the testimony of Jesus is immediate, which is the spirit of prophecy. But many have that which testifies of him, and are from the immediate spirit that was in them that gave forth the scriptures. And all upon the earth that are from the immediate spirit of God, that was in them that gave forth scriptures, their ministry is but mediate, and they are but in the mediate; they are all ministers only of the letter, made by man, and what they have it is but from man, and not from God immediately. Such have nothing but the sheep's clothing, being inwardly ravened from the spirit of God in them. And here is Babylon the mother of harlots, and the beast, and his names: but over all have they victory that are in the immediate, in that which the apostles were in, and answer that in them all which they ravened from.

P. He saith, Even now, in the days of their adversity, while the person of the Lord, the fountain of their teaching, for whom they wait, is personally absent from them, page 92.

A. All they that hate the light, see not Christ the fountain of teaching, and these are they that have inwardly ravened. Such have their teachers in corners, and are in the days of adversity, and eat not the flesh of Christ, nor drink his blood, and are not of his flesh and bone, and receive not his spirit. But all who wait in the light with which Jesus Christ hath enlightened every man that cometh into the world, their eyes shall see their teacher that cannot be removed into a corner. Salvation they shall see, and days of adversity shall end, and his guiding they shall know, and come to be in unity with Christ, and eat his flesh, and drink his blood, and be of his flesh and bone. And thousands do witness this, and the prophet raised up, the end of the prophets; and they that hear him not are to be cut off. And none lift up the son of God but who are in the light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, and that brings him to understand the scriptures, and the substance of them.

P. He saith, “The grace of God that brings salvation, it is a fancy to say it is stirred up in them; but it is a thing wrought in another for them. And to say the word of the Lord is within, and the spirit within, is men's following their own brain, and visions of their own hearts.' And he saith, Whereas they imagine of a light within them, all that know God, show the light in them to be darkness itself.' See postscript.

A. All that know God, own the light within them, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus,' which light shines in their hearts; and all that know God, own the light that doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world, Christ Jesus, and believe in the light, and have the witness in themselves. And all

that are from the light within them, are in the darkness, and stumble, which have been in this night of the apostacy from the apostles' doctrine. And all, Gog and Magog, and the beast, and false prophets, and the kings of the earth, are making war against the light that doth enlighten every man,' &c. but the Light shall get the victory. And all that are from the word of God within, in their hearts and in their mouths, though they speak of the scriptures without, yet they use their tongues, and follow their own dreams, and visions of their own hearts and brains, and are from the word of God, that lives, and abides, and endures for ever. And all that ever witness the grace of God that brings salvation,' feel it in their hearts, stablishing them, and seasoning their words, and know the throne of grace from which it cometh. And this doth not deny what Christ hath done, but owns him all along from the foundation of the world; and what he wrought, and what he did, and what he said for us. And all upon the earth that have the scriptures, and are out of the spirit that gave them forth, are all in a confusion here, and on heaps about words. And the word of God within, and spirit within, leads people from following their own dreams, and following fancies of their own brains, which all have done many hundreds of years past, in the apostacy since the days of the apostles.

And as for all thy lies and confusion in thy books, they will be thy own burthen, and the witness in thy conscience will answer in the day of thy judgment; thou shalt feel a smart work thou hast to go through, who art now in the pack and body of confusion, buried under the body of iniquity. But thy folly is discovered sufficiently to the nation, and thy spirit is now tried, who art one of the heads risen up against the Lamb in his day, and against his light; but it is thy condemnation.

Matthew Caffin, in his book called, The Deceiving Quaker disco

vered. His principles follow.

P. He saith, “Nothing will cure the soul but the knowledge of salvation, which is made known by outward means, because the will of the Lord in order to the soul's peace and rest was discovered by outward means,' page 4.

A. The Pharisees had outward means, reading, praying, and expounding, and yet knew not the soul's comfort and peace: for Christ bid them come unto him, that their souls might have rest, all that were weary and heavy laden. So if people have all the scriptures upon the earth, hearing and praying, and all the outward means, and are not

in the power, which is the gospel, which is immediate, not outward; and if they be not in the life that gave forth the scriptures, they have not their soul's comfort and rest; for the soul is in the hand of God, and Christ is the bishop of it; and the minister of the spirit watcheth for it. And they that hearkened to what the spirit said, their souls lived, and this was not outward. But when men stop their ears, and close their eyes to that of God in them, as the Jews did, and all the inwardly raveners, false prophets, and antichrists in the apostacy, since the days of the apostles, such hearken not diligently, and their souls live not. And all such as deny the light which doth enlighten every man that cometh into the world, see not Christ the bishop of their souls, nor their salvation.

P. And he saith, “The Quakers cry, wait upon the light within you, and this is another report than that of the scriptures.' And he saith, · I do not find where it is spoken that God spoke in this people,' page 5. . And the apostle who was to go to preach to all nations, did not turn the people to a teacher within them, to teach them all things. And the apostle affirms that they were to give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, &c. and not their teacher within them,

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A. It was the Lord that spoke in his prophets, by their mouths, and in his son, and they were the mouth of the Lord: and where God dwells in his people, he speaks. And the apostles were to go into all nations to preach the gospel, and preached the covenant of God; they who came into the thing they preached, the law written in their hearts, needed not any man to teach them, nor needed to teach one another, saying, “Know the Lord,' as it had been in the first covenant, people had been taught to know the Lord, and the priests' lips were to preserve the people's knowledge. But they who are come into the covenant of God, Christ Jesus, the second covenant, are come into the treasury of wisdom and knowledge. And the apostles told the saints, that the light which shined in their hearts, would give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus;' and this is not another report than the scriptures, but this is the scripture report. And John told the saints, that the anointing which abide in in them would teach them all things, and the word was in their hearts and in their mouths, to obey it, and do it,' and this was the ministers' work; and to direct the hearing of faith, which Christ is the author of, whereby they receive the spirit. And the apostle brought the people to their teacher within them, which is the light, and turned people from the darkness to the light, and from the power of satan unto God;' which light shining in their hearts, gives them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God,' &c. See 2 Cor. iv. chap.

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