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that power which makes willing, and that nature and Spirit whose delight it is to do the will of the Father? Matt, vii. 21.
Query 24. Who shall be counted worthy of the kingdom of God? Shall not they who suffer for it in the holy faith and patience, and so are willing through the much tribulation (whether outward or inward, or both) to enter into it? Thel. i. 4, 5. AEls xiv, 22.
Query 25. What are the keys of the kingdom of heaven? who hath: need of them, and whom are they given unto? Were they given only to the apostles? Or only to the ministers of the church ? Are they not given to every one that hath need of them, to whom God giveth understanding to open the mysteries of the kingdom with thein? Matt. xvi. 19. The lawyers were blained for taking away the key of knowledge, Luke xi. 52. Then they from whom they took it, should have had it, that they might have entered into the kingdom of heaven by it, and not have been hindered from entering for want of it; and they taking it away from others loft it themselves; for when Christ came and preached the kingdom, they could not see to enter into it, but were blind and opposed it, Matt, xxiii. 13. And now, under the gospel, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (he is not the Father's child, who hath not the Father's Spirit to lead him, Rom. viii. 4.); and he that hath the Spirit of Chrift, hath he not the key of knowledge ? 1 Cor. ii. 10, 11.
Query 26. What is the joyful sound, which they that know are blessed? Is it not the testimony of the kingdom? Is it not the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom? Which they that repent, and become little children, being begotten and born of the Spirit, believing in the Spirit and power of the Lord Jesus, enter into, and walk in, the light of God's coudtenance there, Pfa. lxxxix. 15. Gal. iv. 15.
Query 27. Which is the joyful sound of the everlasting gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, after the ages of the great apostaly from the spirit and power of the apostles ? Is it not this, Fear God, and give glory to him, for the hour of bis judgment is come; and worship the Great Creator in spirit and in truth? He that heareth this found, in the evidence and demonstration of God's Spirit, doth he not hear the gospel? He that indeed knoweth this found, doth he not know the joyful gospel-found? And he that believeth and obeyeth it, doth he not believe and obey the gospel, even as God hath appointed it to be preached, and obeyed by al nations, kindreds, tongues, and people? Rev. xiv. 6, 7. · Query 28. What is that kingdom that cometh not with observation, but is inward, and to be found within ? Where men need not say, lo here, or lo there, but may find the Messiah, and his light shining in upon them? Luke xvii. 20, 21, 2 Cor. iv. 6. · Query 29. What is that kingdom which stands not in word, but in power; por is meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy, in the Holy Ghost? 1 Cor. 'iv, 20. Rom. xiv, 17.
· Query 30. What is it to come unto and visit the churches of Christ, in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ? Is it not to come in the fullness of God's Spirit and power, to feed them with the bread of life, to fill their hearts with the strength and virtue of life from God, as the Lord shall please to drop it into their spirits through them, and to build them up in the holy faith, that at length they may be filled with all the fullness of God? John xxi. 15, 16, 17. Rom. xxv. 29. Eph. iii. 19.
Query 31. Whom will the Lord assemble? And whom will he gather to make up his kingdom of, in the days of the gospel ? Will not the Lord assemble her that halteth, and gather her that is driven out, and her that he hath afflicted? And will not he make her that halted, a remnant; and her that was cast off, a strong nation? And shall not the Lord reign over them in Mount Sion, from henceforth, even for ever? (For when Christ, the inward and spiritual King, comes to sit on the throne of his Father David, inwardly and spiritually, he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end, Luke i. 32, 33.) Mic. iv. 6, 7, Ezek. xxxiv. 16..
Query 32. What are the places wherein the sheep of God have been scattered, in the cloudy and dark day, which the Lord promised to deliver them out of? And what is the good pasture he will feed them in, after he hath delivered them? And what are the high mountains of Israel, where their fold and fat pastures shall be? Are not those things to be fulfilled to the spiritual people, in the inward and spiritual kingdom of the Meffiah ? Ezek. xxxiv. 12. 14. John X. 3, 4.-9.-27, 28.
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Belief, and Experience concerning the Godhead, the Offering up of the LORD Jesus Christ in his Body on the Tree, as a Propitiatory Sacrifice to the Father, and the Imputation of his Righteousness to those who believe in his Name and Power, is nakedly laid before them; wherein I am not alone, but one with those who have so learned and experienced the fame in the Leadings and Light of his Holy SPIRIT.
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truth, and to manifeft unto me the principle of his life, in the des I monftration and power of his own Spirit, insomuch as I could reason, dispute, consider about it no longer, but was fully satisfied concerning it; I say, after this, the love of God 'sprang in me towards you, and pure desires and breatheings unto him, that ye also might have the way cast up before you, and might fo walk therein, as to come to partake of the same inercy and salvation. How I have mourned before the Lord for you, and defired that the stumbling-blocks might be removed from you, and that ye might so seek as to obtain (not in that wisdom and disputing mind, which still is shut out; but in that meekness, humility, and fear which gives entrance) the Lord God knoweth. Yea, the desires in me after you are still living; who knoweth, but the Lord may at length hear, and with his key fo open your hearts, and fo anoint your eyes with his eye-salve, that ye may fee, acknowledge, believe in, and receive the beloved of your souls, even as he now appears (after the long night of darkness) a comforter of the drooping spirits of his people, with the pure light of life, wherein the redeemed house of Jacob (who fat in darkness, and in the valley of the thadow of death, mourning after him) now in holy rejoicing, and pure joy of spirit, walk before him ? Oh! the Lord God visit you, and break in upon you, as he hath done upon us, and cause you to set to your feals also, as we could noc but do, that this is he whom all our days we waited for, and longed after. And now there are two or three things in my heart to open to you,