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Query 7. Doth God write his laws in mens hearts, or put his fear therein, or his Spirit within them, causing them to walk in his ways and statutes, and to keep his judgments, &c. I say, doth God do this to men out of the faich ? Is not the work of salvation begun in the faith, and carried on and perfected in the faith? And he that maketh shipwreck of faith, and of a good conscience, can he groundedly hope to have the work of salvation carried on in him?
Query. 8 Doth not God beget, increase, and perfect the faith, which is available unto falvation ? Is any man accepted in the faith which is of his own nature ? Or is the acceptation in and through the faith which is of the Son's nature ?
Query 9. May the temptations of the Devil, with a man's hearkening thereto, hinder God's begetting faith in him or no? Or if it be begotten, can they hinder the growth and increase of it?
Query 10. When God draws, must a man necessarily come to the Son ? Or may the Devil so tempt, and he so hearken thereto, as that his coming to the Son may be hindered, notwithstanding the Father's drawing?
Query II. Is there not justification to them that receive the feed, to them that obey the light? And is there not condemnation to them that refuse the feed, and obey not the gospel of its salvation ?
Query 12. Do men perish for want of power from God? Or through their cleaving to another power, and refusing the strength of that which is over that other power; whose hand would help their souls, and bring them through and over it, did they receive it, and cleave to it in the way the Lord hath appointed ?
Query 13. They that receive the power, believe in it and live; do they do. it by their own strength? Or in the trength and virtue which flows from the power, which enlivens, draws, and makes able to follow ?
Query 14. Those that are weak as to the power, and in whom the enemy and corruptions are strong; is the defect on God's part? or on his covenant's part? Or in the way of life, which he hath pitched upon as sufficient to redeem and deliver fallen man by? Or is God (and his covenant and way of life) wholly clear of the defect, and rests it wholly on them?
A N EXHORTATION to ALL PEOPLE,
But more especially to Such as are DESOLATE and DISTRESSE D.
TOW is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation. Now is the I life arisen, and now the light shines, to guide out of the darkness and death, into the land of the living. Oh! awake, dust of the earth; arise up from among the dead, and Christ shall give you light, to walk along in the path of the living! Come to him whom the Father hath fealed; who is life, and who giveth life freely to all that come; yea, abundantly, to those that wait upon him, and walk faithfully in his covenant. Oh! therefore come into covenant with him ; mind the words of his lips, which beger sense, and in that sense his life stirs, and in the stirrings of his life the drawings of the Father are felt. And when the Father draws, he whom-ever he draws may come; and him who comes, Christ will in no-wise cast out, but receive into his arms, and defend by his power, against that which would draw or force back from him into perdition. Therefore hearken to the little movings and stirrings in you, after that which is eternal; for any desire which is in truth after him, he will not quench (it is his nature to cherish it); but he will be a strength and relief to the soul, against that which would quench and put out the breathings and pantings after him, that it might ftill hold the soul in bondage and captivity. And, people, mind this (it is a true teftimony). The door of life is now so opened, by him who hath the key and power, that whoever will may enter. For the power of life is arisen, against the power of death and the destroyer of the soul: so that great, yea very great advantage is there in this day, to all that are willing to follow the leader and captain of salvation, out of the land of captivity. Mind but his visits, and be faithful in the strength which flows from him; and nothing shall hinder thy soul from overcoming what stands in thy way, to stop thee from attaining the eternal crown and inheritance of life.
And as for you afflicted mourners, who are seeking the way to Sion, bewailing the absence of your beloved, in whose presence is life and redemption, resurrection from the dead, and victory over fin; yea all that your hearts have desired or can desire: what shall I say to you? O my friends,
and dear brethren! May I speak a little freely to you concerning the Lord Jesus? How that he was born of the Virgin Mary, according to the flesh, fulfilled his ministry and service in the Aeth, and was taken up to God; and how that the same Lord Jesus was afterwards born in Spirit, of the spiritual woman the church; even so born as to rule all nations with an iron rod; and yet did not come forth to rule the nations, but was taken up to God again, and hath not since appeared in that Spirit, power, and dominion ; but only in such a strength of life, as might enable his witnesses to bear witness to him all along the apoftasy, until the church should come out of the wilderness, and the man-child appear again.
And now hear the joyful news. The apostasy is ended. Mark; I do not say the apostasy is generally ended. No, no; there are many woes, plagues, judgments, and terrible thunders to come upon persons, and nations, before they feel it ended. But it is ended in some vessels, which are upon the earth. The man of sin, that wicked one, the fon of perdition hath been discovered by the Spirit of the Lord; chased, consumed, and destroyed by the breath of his mouth, and by the brightness of his appearance in fome. Yea, the church is come out of the wilderness, and the man-child is come along with her; for she is not come without her beloved, but leaning upon her beloved ; and he is known ruling with his golden scepter, and with his iron rod battering down the corrupt, felfish, stubborn, earthly spirit, and raising up that which is meek, tender, lowly, and lay bowed down and oppressed.
Now as Christ said, preaching in the days of his flesh, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears, Luke iv. 21. Was it not then fulfilled outwardly among the outward Jews ? Were there any sick, or weak, or blind, or lame, or lepers, or postessed with devils, whom he was not ready to cure ? And did he not go about doing good, and seeking them out to cure them? So may it not now be said in the Spirit and power of the Lord, among the spiritual Jews; this day is this scripture fulfilled spiritually in your ears. Yea, what he did then outwardly, is known in spirit to be done among you inwardly and spiritually. How many that were before blind do now see? That were before deaf do now hear ? That were formerly lame do now walk ? That were very leprous are now cleansed ? That were very dead are now raised ? That were quite dumb do now speak ? And the poor, the empty, the naked are now cloathed, and filled with the riches and treasures of the everlasting kingdom? May it not be truly said, by many poor distressed hearts, that the wilderness and solitary place is now glad, because that which once was parched with drought and barrenness, now feels the living springs, and the breaking forth of the pure clear river of life, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, and cause melody in the heart to the Lord ? Where is the envious, cruel, dragonish nature, may some say? Yea, where is the place where dragons lay? Is there not a new creation? a new heaven, a new earth; and are not all things become new
therein ? Are not the old things of the night, and of the darkness, passed away, and all things become new in this day, which the Lord hath made, in the hearts which have received and been subject to his light?
And now what hinders, but that ye alfo should lift up your heads, and see the coming of the Son of man in the clouds wherein he comes, and partake of the redemption, virtue, and power of his appearance? Whar are the clouds wherein he comes ? Is his coming outward ? Or are the clouds outward? Or is his coming inward and spiritual in ten thousands of his saints ? Did not Enoch see that he was to come lo to judge the world? Doth he not come to be glorified in his faints? Are not they to judge the world? They in him, he in them? Oh! read aright; read with the Spirit, and with the understanding which is thereof; and then the truth of the letter will be manifest and shine to you. There is nothing stands in your way, but want of a spiritual eye to see his spiritual appearance in others (and so to wait for it in yourselves), even the eye of faith, which sees the invisible power and glory, as the Lord openeth it and maketh manifest to it. .
Now this I have to say to you, in true sense and understanding. Come down to the Gentile's light, come down to that which God hath dispensed to the Gentile, as well as to the Jew; which is the word (or commandment). nigh in the mouth and beart. This hath been the loweft of all, despised by all; and this is in the heart of God to exalt over all; for it is above all. The lowest in its descent from the Father; the highest in its afcent to the Father. This is the thing which man ran from, when the veil came over him; which all the shadows of the law were to point out and signify. And as man is brought again to this, life springs in him, and the powerful redemption of the eternal word is witnessed by him. Yea, he that hears the voice of this, though he were ever so dead in trespasses and fins, shall feel life spring in him, and the covenant of life inwardly revealed, which by the pure faith and obedience is the entrance into, and the abiding in. And this is the one truth, the one pure eternal word and way to the Father, which was from the beginning, and remains the same unto the end. This is the door, at which all hitherto have entered into life, at which all do still enter, and there is no other. Blessed for ever is he, who hath made it fo manifest and plain in this our day; and blessed are they chat see it, and enter into life at it!
A VISIT of Tender and Upright LOVE
TO SUCH AS, Among the many Professions and Ways of Religion,
retain any Measure of Sincerity of Heart, and true Desires after the LORD.
T HE main thing in religion is to receive a principle of life from God,
1 whereby the mind may be changed, and the heart made able to understand the mysteries of his kingdom, and to see and walk in the way of life ; and this is the travail of the souls of the righteous, that they may abide, grow up, and walk with the Lord in this principle; and that others. also, who breathe after him, may be gathered into, and feel the virtue of, the same principle.
But there is one that stands in the way to hinder this work of the Lord, who with great subtilty strives to keep souls in captivity, and to prejudice them against the precious living appearances of the redeeming power of the Lord.
One great way whereby he doth this is, by raising up in them a fear left they should be deceived and betrayed, and instead of obtaining more, lose that little of God which they have. With this was I exercised long; and still, when life stirred in my heart, then this fear was raised in me; so that I durst not in judgment close with what secretly in spirit I felt to be of God, it having a true touch of his quickening, warming, convincing, enlivening virtue in it.
Now that this snare may be escaped by such as breathe after the Lord, oh! let them wait, mourn, and cry to him, that he would write his pure fear in their hearts, and teach them when to fear, and how to fear, and what to fear; and in that (or as that is brought forth in them) they shall see that they have more cause to fear their present state, than to fear that which, in the quickening warmth and virtue of God, comes to make a change in their present state; yea, they shalt then see how the enemy now caufeth them to fear, where no fear is; and keepeth them from fearing, where the fear is. For what is the ground of fear now? This is the great thing that they should fear, left they should not hear the call of the Spirit of the Lord out of Babylon; out of that part of Babylon out of which they have