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A few Words to such as Complain for Want of Power. D E sure ye receive Christ; for he is the same that ever he was. To as
D many as received him, to them gave he power (not only to stand against fin, but) to become the sons of God; he did so formerly, and he doth so still. And they that are' true Jews, born after the Spirit, truly circumcised, and are indeed come to Mount Sion, and the heavenly Jerusalem inwardly; feed on God's holy mountain, and dwell in his holy city, *in the building that is from above, for the birth which is from above. There is no complaining in the streets of this city, but what God requireth is performed; and what God promiseth to his, is enjoyed there, according to the several states and conditions of each, and according to the ability which is given in the new covenant, where God fulfilleth the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power, in the hearts of his daily. Everlasting praises and honour to his name.
Oh! the precious name of Jesus, in which the spirits of the redeemed meet, in which name is power; and he who is the arm and power of God, is in the midst of them.
They who receive him who is the power, who is a spiritual vine and olive-tree to all his, who yields daily of the living sap and virtue to them (wherein there is power); how can they want power? Or how can they but praise the Lord, who daily ministers unto them of the power of the end-, lefs life? When the holy life and power springs, and is felt, praises to the Lord cannot but spring with it.
So that it concerns all people seriously to consider, whether the reason why they have not power, be not because they do not receive Christ, who hath all power in heaven and earth given to him. For many talk of Christ, but few come to him in the Father's drawings; so will not receive him; like the Jews who waited for his appearance, and yet rejected him when he came.
WHEREIN THE Necessity, Usefulness, and Blessed Effects of
the True Church-GOVERNMENT, are here and
there hinted at; and this clearly manifested, That the Authority and Power of Christ's Spirit. in his Church,
is no usurped or Antichristian Authority, nor contrary to .
« christ’s Transformations within, discovered by the “ Light within.”
WHERE IN THE Antichristian Transformer is made manifest, and the Light
within cleared from his false Imputations and Pretences to it.
Written in Obedience to him that is True; who hath given a certain Testi
mony against him that is False, to very many in this his Day; and, among others, to me also; whom he hath pleased to gather and own among his Children and Servants in Truth,
IS A AC PENING TO N.
For God is not the Author of confufion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Cor.'
xiv. 33. For what have I to do, to judge them also that are without ? Do not ye judge them that are with
in? i Cor. v. 12. Tbe government shall be upon his shoulder, &c. Of the increase of his government and peace, no
'end, &c. Is A. ix. 6, 7. Vroe unto the world, because of offences; for it must needs be, that offences come : but woe to that
'man, by whom the offence cometh! MATT. xviii, 7. For there must be also herefies among you; that they which are approved may be made manifest
among you. I Cor. xi. 19. All of your ownfilves Mall men arise, Speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after,
them. Acts xx. 30. For not he that commendeth bimself is approved; but whom the Lord commendeth. 2 Cor. x. 18.
TT hath pleased God, in these our days, to cause his true light to shine
I forth out of darknefs. Oh! everlastingly blessed be his name! He hath laid the foundation of life in many hearts, and gathered his once defolate people into families and churches, and hath been with them, and is with them, dwelling among them, preserving them, building up Sion more and more, and causing his glory more and more to appear therein. The living God hath made us a living people, and honoureth us with his living presence, and with the daily manifestations of his pure power. Oh! glory, glory, is founded to him, in his own springing life, in the hearts of his children, day by day.
But the enemy of God and his appearance, hath wrought 'against his · power and work many ways, and hath endeavoured to stop the gathering to the light and building up, not only by outward force, but allo by all the devices and mysterious workings he could invent. But blessed be the Lord, who hath appeared against them all, and preserved his remnant from them all; though some that have not watched and lain low, but being foaring high, in that part where the snare is laid and takes, have stumbled and fallen. Yet truth stands, and the gathering in the truth stands; and the life which God hath raised, and to which he hath given dominion, reigns; and much is fubdued, and the Lord is going on to subdue more and more under it daily, in the hearts of such as sensibly and livingly, and not notionally and in a dead formal way, wait upon him and worship him.
Now, the forest and most mischievous way of opposing truth, is by pretending to it. Who could more advantageously or readily betray Chriit, than an apostle of Christ ? And who can be fitter to undermine the light, than he who in words cries it up; and yet is departed from it, and fecretly fights against it, and would bring forth, propagate, and set up an hideous, monstrous, comprehensive kind of knowledge (which is contrary to it, and cannot consist with it) in the name of it?
Ah! that this person, who now appears against the truth, and the church and ministry which is in and of the truth, were but what he pretends to be! For then I should gladly have received his teftimony, and not have been thus necessitated to appear against his fpirit, and the dark work and testimonies thereof. He saith, there are two christs, both the true Christ and antichrist. I confess his work comes from one of them, even antichrist, who would destroy Christ's work, kingdom, and building, and the ministry which he makes use of, both to plant, water, and build up; but not from that Christ who hath gathered a church to himself, and is with the church which he hath gathered, and blefleth the church which he hath gathered, and owneth them in their assemblings, and in their ministering: which owning and testimony will ftand; when the disowning, and false testimonies of all these false apostate spirits, will fall, and end in their own for row and misery.
What I have here written, I have written in an holy constraint, in the opening and feeling life of truth, with true love to fouls; yea, even of this very person, who is erred so exceedingly from the holy light and Spirit, and its holy teftimony, and would fain exalt his critical conceits and notions, above the plain testimony and evidence of truth, in the hearts of God's chosen ones.
The Lord bring down the kingdom of darkness, and exalt his own kingdom in the hearts of the children of men more and more ; and add to his church, and keep them in that which will never suffer them to depart from it; or to testify against the life, and power, and presence of the Lord, manifested, dwelling, and ruling in it! Amen,
T H E first thing that I shall observe is, That he doth deny that mar
bath any rule, power, dominion, government, or authority, either given f o r committed to him from the Lord, as pertaining to the conscience in things relating to the worship of God.
* Remark. God sent Christ into the world, and he gave him power and authority in his name to do whatever he required of him. And Christ sends his servants and ministers into the world, as sheep among wolves, and he gives them power and authority to do whatever he requires of them, and which he expects from them, and would have done by them. And their work relates to the conscience, and to the worship of God; and their power and authority extends thither, where their work lies. They are ambassadors of Christ, and they have power and authority in Christ's stead to beseech men to be reconciled to God. For as Christ came in his Father's name, to fulfil the work which the Father gave him to do, so they come in Christ's name, to fulfil the work which he gives them to do. They have power to feed the flock; they have power to watch over them; they have power to build up in that which is good; and they have power and authority to testify against and hammer down that which is evil; they have power to reprove; they have power and authority to visit with a spirit of meekness, and power to come with God's rod, yea, with his sword, and to smite that with it which riseth up against the truth, against the life, against the Spirit, against the holy way and work of the Lord, and holy order and government of his Truth and Spirit.
That Christ hath sent forth his servants, his ministers, his ambassadors, about things relating to the conscience, is so manifest, that it cannot be denied. But that he hath sent them forth with power and authority in things pertaining to the conscience, relating to the worship of God, that this man denies; but all that have received the truth, hold the truth, and keep the truth, cannot but acknowledge it