The Missing Cross to Purity




Volume 5, The Works of George Fox, Doctrinal Books II, Continued

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The Spirit of Man, the Candle of the Lord: the Candle of the Wicked often put out.

How the Lord enlightens the Spirit of Man, which is the Candle of the Lord; and who are the Candlesticks, and how Christ walks in the midst of his Candlesticks; and how the Candle of the Wicked is often put out.

—By G. F.

Solomon said, Prov 20:27, ‘the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.’

And David said, Psa 18:28, ‘For You cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine; the Lord my God illumines my darkness.’

So it was, and is, the Lord God that lights man's spirit, which is his candle [or lamp].

And in Ezek 13:3, said Ezekiel, ‘thus said the Lord, woe unto the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing.’

These were those [prophets or ministers] who seduced the people, ‘for handfuls of barley, and pieces of bread;’ and daubed the walls with untempered mortar,* that stood not in the counsel of God, to hear his voice, and receive his word. So their spirits were not enlightened, as David's and Ezekiel's were; for their candle was put out, and so they followed their own spirits, and saw nothing; for they forsook the Lord, who should have enlightened their spirits, their candles.

*Site Editor's Comments: To daub the wall with untempered mortar is try to build the protecting wall with mortar that crumbles: false mortar, false teachings, both of which result in destruction. Tempered mortar is words and teachings from the Spirit of God. Untempered mortar is words read from the Bible, without the Spirit. The spiritual equivalent of the physical wall is the spiritual wall of protection in the heart, consecration; to be sanctified and cleansed by the washing of the water of the word, to be protected from evil, while still in the world, but being secure in union with Christ Jesus; still walking through this world's temptation's, but being within Christ Jesus, who never fell, protected from any fall to temptation. Obviously a minister, who is not in union with Christ himself, is not able to speak from the Spirit of God, not able to speak the Word of God, as did the apostles; therefore a minister, speaking from his carnal mind, speaking from the deceit of his heart, speaking from his imagination, is unable to build or repair the walls of New Jerusalem in the hearts of his listeners; he leaves his listeners captive to sin.

So all people who do not follow the Lord, and do not hear his voice, nor stand in his counsel, that should enlighten them, they follow their own spirits, and see nothing; for the apostle said, ‘the things of God knows no man, but the spirit of God; and the natural man receives not the things of the spirit; for they are foolishness to him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.’ So man's spirit which is the candle of the Lord, must be enlightened by the spirit and light of the Lord, that he may discern his things, and then his spirit reveals the things of God to him; for the apostle said, ‘God had revealed to them the things of God, by his spirit; for the spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.’ So here the apostles' spirits were enlightened; for Christ has enlightened their candle. 1 Cor 2:10-14.

Job said, ‘Oh, that I were as in months passed, as in the days when God preserved me, when his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; as I was in the days of my youth, when the secrets of God were upon my tabernacle,' Job 29:2-4.

Here, Job was in misery. The Lord had allowed the evil to come upon him to try him. He remembers the light, by which he walked through darkness, and by which he saw the secrets of God formerly, which were upon his tabernacle [heart].

This was seen by God's light and candle, with which he had lit his spirit; without which light no man sees God's secrets, nor walks through darkness, as in Job 29:3.

Solomon said, ‘do not fret yourself because of evil men, neither be envious of the wicked; for the candle [or lamp] of the wicked shall be put out; my son, fear the Lord and the king, and meddle not with those who are given to change.’ Prov 22:19-21.

These, who had their candles [or lamp], were not to fret because of evil men, nor to be envious of the wicked; for when people go out of the fear of God, and meddle with those who are given to change, then their candle goes out; for they go from the Lord, who lights their candle; and they go from the sparks of God's fire, that should light their candle.

So it is by joining to the wicked, going from the spirit of God, and so out of the fear of God, that their candle goes out.

And Solomon, speaking of the virtuous woman, and of her diligence, Prov 31, said, ‘her candle goes not out by night:’ and further said ‘strength and honor is her clothing, who opens her mouth in wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness.’ Now what wisdom is this, and law of kindness, which brought her not to eat the bread of idleness? And what strength and honor was this, that was her clothing, whose candle did not go out at night?

Those who do not love this virtue and the wisdom, and who do not live not in this law of kindness, are not clothed in this strength and honor. For such are the wicked, and such their candle goes out when the night comes.

And therefore, those who keep their eyes to the Lord, who enlightens their candle, and then they keeping their eyes to him, their candle will not go out by night, but shine over all darkness; for he and his light was before darkness was, that lights man's spirit, as it did David's.

But those who go from the wisdom of God, and from virtue, and so from his strength, they go from God and his light, who enlightens their spirits his candle; and so comes the wicked's candle to be put out, and they go into darkness, and do not know where they go.

And the Lord sent his prophets, rising up early, to tell Judah and the king, ‘how that he would bring Nebuchadnezzar upon them,’ because of their transgression of God's law, and forsaking the Lord; and would bring their land into desolation; and that he would take away ‘the light of their candle,’ Jer 25:8-10.

And all this was, because of their grieving of the Lord, and turning from the Lord, that the light of their candle should be taken away; the light which lightens their spirits, which is the candle; and then their house becomes full of darkness, and so become natural men, who do not know the things of God; and then they may follow their own spirits, like the foolish prophets, and see nothing of the things of God.

And David, when he transgressed and grieved the Lord, he desired the Lord, that ‘he would not take from him his holy spirit, nor cast him from his presence;’ for the spirit of God, and light of God was what lighted David's spirit, by which he saw his transgressions, and by which he turned to the Lord, and the Lord forgave him, and removed his sins as far from him, ‘as the east is from the west,’ as you may see in Psalm 103:12.

So it is the Lord who enlightens man's spirit, his candle, with his heavenly fire, his light; yes, all those who obey him.

And so it is the Lord who opens the eye to see, and the ear to hear; and it is the Lord who opens the lips and the mouth to show forth his praise.

And in Ezek 39:29, it is said, ‘I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, said the Lord God.’ And here all may see, that by the spirit of God their spirit, the candle, was enlightened, to know the law and things of God by the spirit of God.

But when Israel rebelled against God's good spirit, which he gave them, as in Neh 9, and followed the foolish prophets, who followed their own spirits, and saw nothing, then their candle went out. For they went from the spirit of God that should light their spirits, their candle, and so became wicked in their spirits and minds, and so their candle went out, because they were gone from God, and the light of his spirit, who had enlightened them. Then how could their candle but go out, when they turned their backs on God, who enlightened them by his good spirit. For the Lord had bestowed a multitude of his mercies and kindness upon them, and in his love and pity he redeemed them; and bore, and carried them all the days of old, but they rebelled against him, and vexed his holy spirit; and therefore he turned to be their enemy, as you may see in Isa 63:9-10. And so they became wicked, and their candle went out from God's light; and how often had the Lord had mercy, and called them back again, but they rebelled against him? And so, as it is said, ‘how often does the candle of the wicked go out?’

So here you may see that God poured out of his spirit upon the house of Israel; and the house of Israel could not but say, that they had God's good spirit, by which they might come to know God's good things, and do them, their candle being lighted by it though ‘they rebelled against it,’ as in Neh 9:26,20. ‘that he gave them his good spirit, but they rebelled against it.’

And ‘in Isa 63:10, they rebelled against, and vexed the good spirit of the Lord, and therefore the Lord turned to be their enemy.’

And so when Christ Jesus came, the Jews were in rebellion against this good spirit, and resisted Christ Jesus who was conceived by the Holy Ghost; and so resisted Christ Jesus who came to take away their sins; but they cleaved to their sins, and chose a murderer before him, and that brought destruction upon them all; for, turning from the spirit of God, they turned from Christ their Saviour, and so the Lord turned down their city and priesthood, and scattered them over all nations.

And it is said, in Joel 2:16-17 and in Acts 2:28-29. ‘that the Lord poured out of his spirit upon all flesh,’ [mark, upon all flesh,] that is upon Jews and Gentiles, (for it is said before), ‘that he had poured his spirit upon the house of Israel, and they rebelled against it;’ but now it is said, ‘the Lord poured out his spirit upon all flesh.’

For Joel said, ‘it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh, and sons and daughters shall prophesy, and old men shall dream dreams, and young men shall see visions; yes, on every servant and hand-maid will the Lord pour out his spirit.’

After Christ was risen the Holy Ghost fell upon the apostles, which Christ had promised that he would send, which should lead them into all truth; and that in it they should believe; and it should convict the world of their sin, as you may see in Acts 2:2-3 and John 15:26,16:13,8.

So no flesh can dare not affirm that the Lord has poured out his good spirit upon them, unless they think the [Bible and/or] the prophets and the apostles lie, which speaks against the promise of God and Christ, and against the spirit of God in their own consciences, which spirit he has poured upon all flesh. All who rebel against this spirit, and say that God has not poured out of his spirit upon all flesh, they accuse Christ, and the prophets, and the apostles of being liars, and deny Christ's promise, and speak against what God has spoken and performed, and are the wicked whose candle is put out, and does not shine, by erring from this spirit.

So now all flesh, Jews, Gentiles, and christians, who rebel against this spirit, which God has poured out upon all their flesh, are those sons and daughters who do not prophesy; for their candle has gone out, they cannot prophesy. All the old men who rebel against this spirit, which God has given them, do not have the dreams of God; for their candle has gone out by night, which was lit by God's spirit.

And all the candle has gone out of all servants and hand-maids, who rebel against God's spirit, which he poured upon their hearts and spirits, so that they have no visions of God. So they have become rebels against God's spirit, in the gospel and christian times, as the house of Israel did when God poured out of his spirit upon their house, and so turned their backs upon the Lord, and became wicked, and then their candle went out. All such follow their own spirits and see nothing of the things of God; for the natural men receives them not; for they are foolishness to them. For when their spirits become wicked, either Jews or christians, they go from God's spirit which would keep them in his fear, who lights their spirits, which is the candle of the Lord. For God lit David's candle, his spirit, so that he saw the state of the Jews, and beyond all their figures and shadows, to Christ Jesus, and called him Lord. That made him a prophet, and a seer, because he saw into the future; and so are all the prophets of God, whose candles or spirits God has lit by his spirit and light, so that they saw Christ Jesus, who was to come to end their law, with all their types, figures, and shadows.

But the foolish prophets followed their own spirits, and saw nothing, but deceived the people for handfuls of barley, and pieces of bread, which the Lord sent his true prophets to cry against, whose candles he had lit by his spirit, with which they saw the false and foolish prophets, and the Jews who followed them, who followed their own spirits, who followed them into wickedness, and so became wicked like them, and so the wicked's candle went out, and though the Lord often brought them back again, and lit their candle, yet they turned from the Lord, and followed the imaginations of their own hearts, and then the candle of the wicked went out, when they rebelled against his spirit, by which he enlightened them.

Christ said to his disciples, whom he had enlightened, their spirits, their candles, ‘you are the light of the world a city set on a hill, that cannot be hidden; neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that it may give light to all that are in the house; let, therefore, your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.’ Mat 5:14-16.

So here Christ calls his disciples, the light of the world, whose spirits he had enlightened, their candle; and so they were like a city set on a hill, in God's power, which light could not be hidden. So men outwardly do not put their candle under a bushel, after they have been lit, so that their works will not be seen; for that will hide it, and will not allow it to give light to the house. When a physical candle is lit by some outward fire, if a man would set that candle under a bushel, and not set it on a candlestick, he would be thought to be mad; for, if he did so, people could not see what is in the outward house, because it does not give light to all who are in the outward house, to work, and do their affairs and business by, or to see what is in the house.

So Christ, who is the light, who enlightens every man who comes into the world with his divine light, which is called, the life in the word, which was in the beginning, who is the light of the world; which is not a natural light, or a created light, but a spiritual, heavenly, and a divine light, which enlightens every man's spirit who comes into the world, his candle. For the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, and the candlestick is every man's body, mind, soul, and conscience; so that with this spirit, their candle, being lit and set up in its candlestick, they may see all that is in the house. With this light they may see Christ who died for them, and is risen for them; and so come by this light, which is life in the word, to be grafted into Christ the word, who was in the beginning, who lives and abides, and endures forever. Thus they do the will of God, and to see and believe in the son of God, John 6:40. So this light must shine, that others may see your good works done in the light, and wrought in God, and that they may glorify your Father who is in heaven. And such let their light shine before men. But those who hate the light, and will not come to it, because it reproves them, and do not believe in it, they do not let the light, which is the life in Christ, shine before men, though it is in them to condemn them, and to let them see all their evil deeds, thoughts, and evil words, and is as under a bushel. But they will not come to it, though it is in them shining in their darkness, but love the darkness rather than it, because it will reprove them, namely, the light, which would enlighten their spirits, their candle.

So this light of Christ, which enlightens every man who comes into the world, is not natural, but enlightens man's natural spirit, which is the candle; and those who love the light, love what lights their candle, their spirit.

And so Christ said, ‘This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, but men love darkness rather than light; for everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to it, for fear that his deeds should be reproved,' John 3:19-20. So he hates the light, which is the life in Christ, which should enlighten his spirit or candle; so they hate what should enlighten their candle, and so are like the scribes and Pharisees, and Jews and chief priests, who stopped their ears, and closed their eyes, and would not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, neither Christ without them, nor his light nor spirit within them; neither with their inward eye nor ear, nor outward, as to obey him; for they were like the ancient Jews their forefathers, ‘whom God gave his good spirit unto, but they rebelled against it, and so against his prophets.’ And so their children rebelled against his Son, who enlightened them; and hated his light his life, and did evil; and so the candle of such wicked ones is often put out; for they follow their own spirits and see nothing of God's, nor Christ's things; but they follow their own heart's lusts, so as they come to be drowned, at last, in perdition.

And in Mark 4, Christ there speaking in parables, said, ‘how that the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things, chokes the word or good seed, and they become unfruitful in whom it was sown,’ and these were such that were called ‘thorny ground, that the word was sown in. And the good ground in which the word was sown, and it took good root in them, are those who hear it and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundred-fold in this life.

And he further said to them, ‘is a candle brought to be set under a bushel, or under a bed, or to be set on a candlestick; for there is nothing hidden that shall not be manifest; neither is there anything kept secret, but that it shall come abroad; if any man has an ear to hear, let him hear?’

So the ear that hears this must be opened with the light of Christ, that has enlightened his spirit, his candle, by which he sees and hears what Christ has spoken, and is the good ground and brings forth fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundred-fold.

So his light shines before men, and they see his good works, and glorify their Father who is in heaven.

But after they are enlightened, and the word sown in their hearts, if the ‘cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things,’ enter into them, this chokes them, and turns their minds and spirits from the light of Christ, and so they become unfruitful, not bringing forth fruit from this heavenly light and seed; so that they follow their own imaginations of their hearts, and not Christ, who enlightens their spirits, their candle, and so their candle goes out, and the secret things of God are not manifest to them.

But those who follow Christ, who enlightens their spirits, their candle, with his spiritual and heavenly light, Christ said, ‘they shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’

But those who hate the light, and will not come to it, and love darkness rather than light, though they are enlightened with it, they have it to condemn them, who will not let it have a place in their hearts to guide them, and to believe in it.

And so this light of Christ, which enlightens their spirits, manifests all secret and hidden things to men and women; so then they must needs come abroad, when they are known and seen.

So after this candle is lit, it is not to be put under a bushel or bed. Now this is a parable; for you will say, it is madness for an outward man to put his outward candle, which he has lighted to do his work by, at an outward fire, under a bushel or bed, you will say, he is out of his wits.

Then what bushel or what bed might it be placed under, after Christ has enlightened your candle with his divine and spiritual light? What bed or bushel are you thrusting your candle under, after he has enlightened it? Are you not of those who hate the light, and would not have it seen like the Pharisees, who did not love Christ, the light, which shined? Is not this light what you will not let it stand in your candlesticks, up in your house, your hearts, to give light to all that are in the house? Is not this light kept under, which would show you what you are doing in your house, and what evil company you keep in your house, which is your heart; the evil company [pride of life, lust of the flesh, and lust for things], you have kept in your heart for your entire life? For there is nothing secret, but the light will discover it; nor nothing hidden there in your house, your hearts, but the light will manifest it; and there is nothing (to the believers in the light of God), of the things of God, hidden or secret, since the foundation of the world, but that the light will reveal it, or manifest it to them, that they may preach it to others, that they may preach it on the housetop. Luke 8:16-18.

Now, ‘everyone that does evil, he hates the light,’ which has enlightened his candle, ‘and will not come to the light, because the light will reprove him,’ and this light is his condemnation; for he deserves it; and then, it may be, he may say it is not sufficient, that loves darkness rather than light.

*[To love darkness, is to love your selfish life; to love your passions and pleasures; to love your accomplishments, your possessions, your habits, your luxuries; to love your fleshly life of the sinful nature. By hiding from the light, one never has to face what a beast they really are; but at death, on the day of the Lord, the light will judge them, and it will be a terrible experience, particularly to those who presumed to have been saved, from what they had been told by other men, or what they had read.

Salvation is to be clearly, unmistakably witnessed by becoming an entirely new creature;
which includes purity - holiness - perfection - judgment - being freed from even the desire to sin - destruction of the residual man of sin within one by the brightness of his coming - seeing their name written in the Book of Life - union with Christ and the Father - entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven - seeing the Glory of God - themselves also appearing in glory - fellowship with past saints made perfect - and fellowship with the Father and Christ - an unmistakable salvation, clearly seen, clearly felt, clearly understood. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself,’ 1 John 5:10-12. ‘and he who has the Son, has the Father’ - to see the Son and the Father reigning in their hearts - the union.]

But Christ said, ‘he who believes and follows me, and loves the light, shall not walk in darkness, nor come into condemnation; and he shall see his deeds have been done in God.’ John 8:12, 3:21.

‘And he who believes in Christ who enlightens him,’ his spirit, his candle, ‘shall be saved; and he who does not believe in Christ, the light, is condemned already; and the candle of the wicked is put out.’

And again, Christ said, in Luke 11 where he reproves the Jews, ‘no man when he has lighted a candle puts it in a secret place, nor under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they who come in may see the light.’

‘The lamp of the body,’ says he ‘is the eye, therefore, when your eye is single, your body is full of light; but, when your eye is evil, your body is full of darkness; take heed, therefore, that the light which is in you is not darkness; if your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, your whole body shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle gives you light.’ Luke 11:34-36.

Now these Jews and Pharisees were erred from the spirit of God, which he had poured upon the house of Israel, which spirit of God would have lit their candles, their spirits; and their light would have shined, being up in their candlesticks, and not under a bushel, or in a secret place. Nevertheless, these priests, scribes, and Pharisees, were erred from the spirit that God had poured upon them, while making a profession of the law and prophets without his spirit; and they had put their light under a bed and bushel, although making a profession of God and Christ to come. They were erred from the spirit that God had poured upon them, and so turned against Christ, who came to enlighten them, and every man; and therefore their eyes were not single, but evil against Christ, who came to enlighten their spirits, their candle; and they blasphemed against him. Therefore, how could their bodies be not full of darkness, and their eyes be not single?

And therefore, all you who profess yourselves christians, upon whom God has poured out his spirit, and upon all flesh; and Christ has enlightened every man who comes into the world, namely, their spirits, their candles, with his light, which is the life in the word, by which all things were made. You call his light, which is the life in Christ, the word, ‘a natural, created and dim light, and of the devil and antichrist;’ and some call it, ‘a created and insufficient light.’ Are not here your eyes evil against the light, that should light your spirits, your candle, which light is the life in Christ the word? Then how can your bodies be anything but full of darkness, who have such evil and are without single eyes in you? You, who are found in the same spirit and path that the Jews were, in your vain arguments and disputes against the light of Christ, as the Jews of old disputed about the prophet's words, and against Christ. So you are arguing about Christ's and the apostle's words, and are against the light, which is the life in Christ; following your own spirits, and see nothing; natural men, who do not perceive the things of God, which to you are foolishness.

So what you call light, (how could Christ but say as he does), ‘take heed, therefore, for fear that the light which is in you is darkness,' who reject the light of Christ, Pharisee and Jew-like, which should light your candles, your spirits, that you may see Christ your Savior, your way, truth, and life.

Now the single eye that receives the light of Christ, who lights his spirit with his light, which is the light, which is the life; and the candle being set up in its stick, which gives light to all in the house or body, so that the whole body comes to be full of light, as a bright shining candle shines in an outward house, so his bright shining light and life shines in man's body, whose eye is single, so that his body is full of light, which lights his candle; which light gives him ‘the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus,’ that lights him. 2 Cor 4:6

And Christ said, in his parable to the murmuring scribes and Pharisees, that murmured against him because he received sinners, ‘what woman having ten silver coins, if she has lost one coin, does not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she find it?’ Luke 15:8.

This woman lights her lamp at an outward fire, and she sweeps her house, when her candle is lighted, with an outward broom, and diligently seeks until she finds it, ‘and when she has found it she rejoices, and calls her neighbors together, and tells them that she has found her lost coin.’

Now this is a parable, but is not God's coin lost in man and woman's foul house, since they fell; and in the Jew's house since they erred from the spirit of God? Must not every man and woman light their candle at God's and Christ's spirit, light, and fire? For God ‘is a consuming fire to the wicked;’ and ‘shall sit as a refiner's fire, and burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’

So must not every man and woman's spirit, which is their candle, be lit by the Spirit of God? After their candle has been lit by Christ's light and fire, with which he burns up the chaff, must not they forsake the evil and cleave to the good spirit, and believe in the light, as Christ commands, and bring their deeds to the light; and so sweep the house with God's broom, with his power and spirit? Then they find the pearl hidden in their own field, the leaven in the three measures of meal; and the seed of the kingdom like a grain of mustard seed. And then they sell all that they have gotten since man was driven into the earth, and fallen from the image of God, to purchase the field; for there is nothing that will purchase the field, but parting with all that man and woman have gotten and stored up, since they fell from the image of God in paradise.

And so, all your houses are dark and foul, and you cannot find God's coin until your candles are lit, by believing in the light, with which Christ lights your spirits or candles.

And then, when your candle is lit by Christ's heavenly light and fire, you will see what a blasphemous spirit you have entertained in your house, and have been married to, that has brought you to call the light, which is the life in Christ, natural and created, Jack with a lantern, the devil, antichrist, the Quakers' idol, etc. And with these blasphemous words men have blasphemed against the heavenly divine light, which is the life in Christ the word; by which all things were made, ‘which lights every man who comes into the world; which light there was a man sent from God to bear witness of, whose name was John, that all men through him might believe.’ John 1-9.

And he said, ‘he was not that light,’ though he was the greatest prophet born of a woman: but he said, ‘that was the true light, which lights every man that comes into the world;’ and the world was made by him, though they knew him not, therefore they were dark. ‘And he came to his own,’ namely, the Jews, ‘and they received him not,’ they were so dark also. It is also true that the Jews did not receive him , but persecuted those who received him; and therefore, they were blind, but they thought they were in the light, because they would say, ‘they were of Abraham.’ But well might Christ say to them, ‘if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!’ Might he say this to those who would not receive Christ the light, who had erred from God's spirit, which he had poured upon their house?

And so Christ is the true light, who lights every man's candle, every man's spirit, (which is dark and natural), even though they hate it.

And so now, may it not be said of the christians, as it was said of the Jews, who would neither see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, who were self-willed, ‘Christ came to his own, and they would not receive him;’ what of him would they not receive? They would not receive the true light, that lights every man that comes into the world, as do all men whose candle and spirit is dark and natural, and who do not know the things of God; but those spirits and candles that are lighted believe in the light, and they know the things of God that are revealed to them by the spirit, and become children of light.

*[The Jews had great knowledge of the scriptures, but failed to recognize Christ the light, of whom the prophets saw and testified. So, to know the scriptures is not "knowing the things of God;" for a natural man can know the scriptures, but not know the things of God, for the things of God are revealed [shown and explained], by God within the heart of man, within the hearts of spiritual men with spiritual discernment. God's perfect law is written in their hearts and minds.

Natural learning results from colleges, books, Bibles, and hearsay from other men vs. being taught by Jesus, and being taught by the Holy Ghost, and taught by the anointing you have received, and being taught by grace to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and how to live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.]

And so you so called christians, who will not receive him,* namely, Christ the light, despite naming yourselves christians, yet you will not receive him who lights every man that comes into the world; you deny Christ's light, and disbelieve in the light, which is the life in the word, following your own spirits by which you see nothing. You are natural men who do not see the things of God, whose candles are put out; but as many as believe in his light, and receive him, ‘to them he gives power to become the sons of God.’

*[To receive Christ is to listen, hear, and obey; to wait in silence and in humility for the Lord to speak, to listen, to hear, to believe what you hear to be truth, and to believe he who is speaking to you is the Son of God, the Word of God, the word of faith within your hearts. When you hear the Word of God speaking to you, and believe it to be truth from him, you have received Christ; you have faith.

To as many as receive him, he gives them power to become, (but not instantly be), sons of God. John 1:12. You become a son of God, through continued obedience to the inward cross of self-denial, which results in the crucifixion of the godless human nature, to be replaced by the Holy Spirit, given to those who overcome and obey him.]

And this light shines in your darkness, and your darkness comprehends it not, who do the evil, and love the darkness rather than the light; and therefore, the light is your condemnation, and you will find it sufficient to condemn you, though you say it is not sufficient, by believing in it to save you.

And so you called christians, and Jews, that have spoken so much evil against Christ and his light, the light in the word, by which all things were made; and do neither believe John the greatest prophet born of a woman, what he witnessed, and bore witness to, nor Christ the light; though it may shine in your darkness, yet you loving the darkness more than the light, and hating the light, you cannot comprehend the light with your darkness; and this will be your condemnation, which would have enlightened your candles, your spirits, that you might see your sins, and see your Savior, him who enlightens you.

Now Aaron, the high priest, lighted the seven lamps in the candlesticks, that stood in the tabernacle, (a perfect number), as in Num 8:2-3. The candlesticks were made of pure gold; and Aaron had the charge of these candlesticks, and of the lamps to light them. He was to cause the lamps to burn always in the tabernacle of the congregation, outside the veil, as in Levi 24:2-4.

And Aaron, the high priest, who was anointed to that office, was to dress the lamps, which was a type of Christ our high priest, whom God has anointed with the Holy Ghost, who lights with his everlasting light, (not natural; for that they had before), the lamps or spirits of men, with his everlasting light and fire, outside the veil, so that they might see over all veils; and the bright shining of their lights is to to be seen abroad to the election before the world began. So this everlasting light and fire must shine and burn in everyone's tabernacle; and their lamps and spirits being lighted, then the sweet pure incense is offered up to the heavenly God, in his pure heavenly fire from his altar, the pure heart that sees God, which Aaron's incense was a type of, as in Exodus 30.

Aaron made the candlesticks of pure beaten gold, a metal in which there is no dross. So man must be molded and purified, and all the filth in mind, soul, and spirit, must be beaten, tempered, and hammered down, before he is a fit candlestick to stand in the tabernacle of God.

And the apostle, in Hebrews, comes to show the end of all those offerings, and candlesticks, and tables, and golden censers, and arks, and all those things that were held up by the law and first covenant, as may be seen in Heb 9 throughout, and other places. And how Christ came as in the volume of the book, to do the will of God, and he said, ‘lo, I come to do your will, oh God, to take away the first covenant, law, and priesthood, that I may establish the second:’ blessed be his name forever, as you may see in Heb 10:9.

And so Christ is our high priest, who gives light and fire to the lamps, and lights the candles, the spirits of men, with his heavenly divine light and fire, so that their lamps may burn always in the tabernacle or temples, whose bodies are the temples of God. For Aaron lit the outward lamps and dressed them, and the candlesticks: but Christ lights the inward and dresses them. And Aaron's seven lamps that were outward, were a type of the seven lamps of fire, which burn before the throne of God, which seven lamps are the seven spirits of God. Rev 4:5.

And John said, ‘he beheld... in the midst of the throne, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as if it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the world.’ A perfect number of lamps, of eyes, of spirits, of stars, and trumpets, and vials; this has Christ our high priest, who ends Aaron's trumpets, candlesticks, lamps, horns, and altars; for here is heavenly lamps to burn, heavenly eyes to see, and heavenly horns to push and throw down all his enemies, and to make them his footstool, and to stand upon them in his glorious power.

And they are his enemies who resist his holy spirit, and turn his grace into a license for immorality, and hate his light; so he in his light, grace, and spirit, comes over them, and they go into darkness, and the light of the candle shall shine no more in them, nor the voice of the bridegroom nor bride shall be heard any more in them; for down Babylon is thrown, and judged.

And John said, in his revelations, ‘I saw seven golden candlesticks; in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks one like the Son of man, clothed in a garment down to the foot, girded about his chest with a golden band, his head and his hair were like wool, as white as snow, his eyes were as a flame of fire, and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burnt in a furnace,’ ...

‘And unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write these things, said he,’ namely, Christ, ‘who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I am he who lives forever, who was dead; but behold, I am alive forevermore, and have the keys of hell and death.’ Rev 2:1,1:18.

Now they whose candles are lit by Christ's heavenly divine light and fire, can see where Christ walks, who was dead, and is alive, and lives forevermore. For he walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, and the seven golden candlesticks are the seven churches, Christ has lit their candles, their spirit, and their lamps, so that they might burn and shine always.

So now, here is an end of all Aaron's lamps and candlesticks, and outward oil and tabernacle, for they were worldly, made with men's hands; his golden candlesticks were a type of these golden candlesticks the churches, which are his people, ‘his living members, the believers born of God, living stones, the household of faith, a holy people elect and precious, built up together a spiritual household.’

And these are the churches, and he who holds the seven stars, which are the seven angels, in his right hand, is Christ who was dead and is alive again, and lives forevermore; and is the first and last, and the head of his church. He walks in the midst of his seven golden candlesticks, that is, in the midst of his churches, his people. Those whose candles, whose spirits he has lit with his holy and divine light and fire, see him walk in the midst of his seven golden churches; and there he exercises his offices; as he is a king to rule in their hearts; and as he is a priest, who offered up himself for them, and who offers his people to God without spot or blemish; and as he is a prophet, he opens to his churches, and they hear him the spiritual man, what he says to the churches.

Now all the false churches, who will not own him in his light, who lights every man's spirit or candle, (who believe in it), it is their condemnation.

Those who do believe in the light that Christ has enlightened them withal, are children of the light, and so members of the true church which Christ is the head of.

Now those who do evil and hate the light, which should enlighten their candle, their spirit, (like the Jews, scribes, and Pharisees, and chief priests, christians, or others), and set up churches, and have elders and members like the Pharisees; they cannot see Christ walk in the midst of their churches, as they can see him, who believe in Christ the light, who lights every man who comes into the world. For, how could they see him, who hate his light, which should enlighten their spirits, their candles; therefore, they cannot be called the golden candlesticks, which are made up of the beaten gold that is tried in the fire.*

[*You either pass through the refiner's fire while on earth, through the inward cross and tribulation, while being encouraged and helped by the One Teacher, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Grace, the Holy Spirit, the Light - or you take your part in the lake of fire [hell] in the next life, with great loss, with great pain, and without the gentle assistance of God.]

And so revelation is a mystery to them, although John had been a fisherman, and one who could not read the letters, but you did not read that the seven golden candlesticks, which were the seven churches told John that what he wrote was mysteries to them, and that they did not understand it; for Christ had enlightened their candles that they might see; and he walked in the midst of these seven churches, and therefore, those who do not see, do not believe in Christ, who lights their spirits, their minds, and hearts, and understandings; so cannot be grafted into Christ the life, except by belief in Christ the light.*

*[Belief in the light is the start of the journey of obedience to what the light and word shows you of the secrets and hidden things in your heart, resulting in repentance. The light then purges your heart of the desire to sin, and over time, after testing, results in your receipt of the seal of the Holy Spirit, which is the deposit and assurance of salvation to come.]

For Christ said, ‘he who has an ear let him hear what the spirit says to the churches;’ and you who have not the same spiritual ear cannot hear what the spirit says to the churches; and you who say you do not have the same spirit as the apostles and the churches had; and say that the spirit does not speak these days, as it did in the apostles' days, your ears are stopped, and you are not like to hear what the spirit says to the churches.

But Christ who was the beginning and the ending, the first and last, and the same yesterday, today, and forever; who is the heavenly and spiritual man, walks in the midst of his golden candlesticks, glory to God forever; and he is known and seen to walk now in the midst of his churches, ‘the general assembly written in heaven,’ which are called the heavenly Jerusalem, who are the living members of him the living head; and the living shepherd that feeds with his living bread, his churches, his people in the living pastures of life, who walks in the midst of his sheep, his church, and his sheep hear his voice, and follow him, and will not follow any of the fleeing hirelings, nor climbing thieves, that will not come in at the door by the light that Christ has enlightened every man withal.

And also, Christ stands at the door and knocks, and therefore, Christ is near, when he stands at the door of your hearts and knocks with his power, light, and grace; for Christ said, ‘behold, (that is to say, take notice, if you will regard, and will not be like the chief priests and Pharisees, who will not regard), behold, (he says), I stand at the door and knock, if any man [mark, any is general,] hears my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and I will sup with him, and he with me.’ Rev 3:20.

Now you say and teach, (who call Christ the light, who enlightens every man who comes into the world, a natural light), that there is no hearing Christ's voice these days, and that is strange. Can you not hear his voice; he stands and knocks at the door of your hearts? What, are you to be just like your forefathers, the Pharisees and Jews, who ‘have ears and hear not, eyes and will not see, and hearts and will not perceive.’ I believe, if a man should knock at your door, and tell you of a salary [of a hundred] thousand a year, you could open your doors soon enough; the doors of your ears, minds, and spirits would be quickly enough open to that, to hear such a man. But Christ knocks at your door, and you say and tell people, there is no hearing his voice these days; no hearing of his voice who said, ‘freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give.’ Oh! this cuts deep. It is no wonder that if you will not hear his voice, how can you possibly sup with Christ, and he with you, for the heavenly supper; which is impossible unless you hear his voice and open the door of your hearts, and minds, and souls, and let him in, by turning from the darkness to the light, and from the power of Satan unto God?

And how can you say, you are ministers of Christ, and yet say, there is no hearing of his voice, when he stands at the door and knocks?

But are you not such, as run when God never sent you, and speak when God and Christ never spoke to you, and yet you talk of faith, and grace, and the spirit? What a strange doctrine is this, that there is no hearing of Christ by his grace, which should teach them, and bring their salvation; and by his spirit, which he has poured upon all flesh; and by his light with which he has enlightened everyone who comes into the world, and tells them to believe in the light! May it not well be said, the candle of you [who are] wicked has been put out, who are dark indeed, and cannot see?

And how can any such persons claim to be ministers of Christ, when they do not acknowledge Christ's light, which enlightens every man who comes into the world; who lights their candles, their spirits, by believing in him the light, and so they become children of light; who see the things of Christ the heavenly and spiritual man, and of his kingdom.

And we know that the Jews were against John, and said, ‘he had a devil,’ who came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, and said, ‘that was the true light that lights everyone that comes into the world, that through him every man might believe.’ And so it is not strange that those who profess themselves to be preachers of Christ, and christians should say now, that the true light which lights every man who comes into the world, is of the devil, and the Quakers' idol, and natural and a corrupt conscience, and the like; but Christ said, ‘believe in the light while you have it,’ showing that people have the light before they can believe in it. Therefore he exhorts them, ‘to believe in the light, that they may become children of the light.’ Their candle is lit, those who believe in it. These are those who preach Christ's holy kingdom, who see it, and know it, and preach the Lord Jesus Christ, and not themselves. These are those who warn people to repentance, and newness of life, and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. So the light enlightens their candles, their spirits, and they come to be children of the light, and of the everlasting day of Christ. And all who will not own Christ and his light, who enlightens every man who comes into the world, but give bad names to his light, which is the life in him, are natural men who know not the things of God, and follow their own spirits, like the foolish prophets, and see nothing;* and lead people after them into death and darkness for means [money], as they did in the days of the Jews; and do evil, and hate the light, and will not come to it, because it will reprove them of their evil deeds; such Christ enlightens, but it will be their condemnation; for they put darkness for light, and evil for good, and they are the wicked, whose candle is put out.

*[A minister or preacher should only speak of what he has heard or seen directly from God, not repeat words from a book, not steal his neighbor's words. Christ said: Most assuredly, I say to you, we speak what we know and testify what we have seen. John 1:11.

When it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen.’ Gal 1:15-16. And Christ said, ‘No man knows the son but the Father, neither does any man know the Father except the son, and he to whom the son will reveal him.’ Mat 11:27. None can be ministers, or preachers of the son of God, or of the Father, without this revelation;

A minister must be taught, not by colleges and other men, but by the Holy Spirit to be a minister of Christ. Per Paul: This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 1 Cor 2:13]

And in Rev 18:23, where John speaks of the fall of Babylon, and said, ‘that the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in her, (namely, Babylon), and the voice of the bridegroom, and of the bride, shall be heard no more at all in her; this is mystery Babylon the mother of all harlots, and all nations have drank of her cup, which sat upon the beast, which all the world have worshipped, and made war with the saints; and all the blood of the martyrs, prophets, and saints is found in her.’ And this mystery Babylon is not seen, but by those whose candle is lit by believing in the light of Christ; for all the persecution of God's people is found in her and the beast, yes, ‘in her was found the blood of all the prophets, and of all the saints that were slain upon the earth;’ mark, in this mystery Babylon, mother of harlots. This is the spirit of the beast and the whore, that is whored from God and Christ, and his faith, and spirit, and grace, and truth; yet will have a profession of the prophets' words, Jew-like, and Christ's and the apostles' words, while out of the power and spirit that the apostles were in, and persecute those who are in the same power and spirit, which the prophets and apostles were in. So all the persecution of the prophets, and saints, and holy men and women of God, and the blood of all the saints is found in her; and though she may reach to heaven, yet she must fall, and when she is fallen, the marriage of the Lamb is known, and the saints sing hallelujah. And it is said, ‘the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in her,’ namely, mystery Babylon, ‘nor the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in her.

Now, these prophets and saints, who were married to Christ Jesus, have called and warned the whore, beast, and her company; for did not John prophesy to tongues and nations? Is not the gospel preached to all nations, tongues, and people, which have been the waters which the whore sat upon? Christ has called them by his grace, light, power, and spirit to repentance; but they would not repent. Has not the loud voice gone forth, ‘fear God and give glory to him, and do not worship the beast, but worship God who made heaven and earth;’ but they did not repent; for it is said, ‘when the fourth vial was poured out, men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed, but they did not repent and give glory to God. And when the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast, which the beast and the whore sat upon, mystery Babylon, the beast's kingdom was full of darkness, and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and blasphemed the God of heaven, because of their pains and sores, but they did not repent.’ So they went wilfully on to destruction, the beast, whore, and its worshippers. Rev 16:9-11.

Now, if they did not repent, they grieved God's good spirit, which called them to repentance, like the old world, and so the beast that all the world worships, and the whore that drinks the blood of the saints, and all the nations drink of her cup, who sits upon the waters, which are nations, tongues, and people. So this beast, and whore, and their followers are in the unrepented state. These are those who hate the light, with which Christ has enlightened all who come into the world. Christ has enlightened all, including the whore, the beast, and their worshippers, by which light they might see their evil deeds, and the abomination of their filthiness and persecution; but they hate it, and therefore, they are condemned with it, and go into the fire with the devil and his angels, who are out of the truth. The light of the candle shall shine no more in Babylon, which has enlightened their spirits, that they might see their deeds and repent; but they did not repent of their evil deeds. They did not turn to the light, which would have lit their candle, and made it shine; but they, hating it and turning from it, this light of the candle, shall shine no more in Babylon, but is her condemnation, and then the candle of the wicked is put out.*

*[We have no idea what a gift from God we have within us, the light that enlightens all men. It is chained down, gently pleading with us during our life to follow goodness and truth. In the next life, those who are not purified while on earth, will be sent to the lake of fire, to learn about the evil in their hearts. There they will be satiated with their hearts' desires, until they are literally burnt out on them. But before they are banned from heaven, to be purified, however long they take to pay the last penny, the light [Christ] within them will step out, and depart from them. How great is that darkness, we have no idea, until it is taken away. Once while waiting on the Lord, it was taken away from me for no more than 1-2 seconds; but it was a terrible experience, a black hole of hope gone; nothing but anxiety. We have no idea what comfort we have from the ever optimistic, ever hopeful, measure of God's love we have within us, the light - until it is gone - and then it will be too late; so while you have the light, believe in the light that you may become children of light. It is the talent that is taken away and given to others. But, there are many strokes for some, and few for others; so There Is Hope for All, (see the writing).]

And then how can they hear the voice of the bridegroom, or the bride, the wife of Christ, his church, that is married to him, when they will not hear the voice of his light, which would let them see their evil deeds and repent.

But the saints in light who walk in that light, have fellowship in it, and with the Son, and with the Father, and they shall sing hallelujah, Rev 19:1-6. ‘and they shall say, true and righteous are the judgments of the great God, that has judged the great whore, that has corrupted the earth.’ Christ died for all men, and all men have been and are enlightened by Christ, but they will not believe in the light and repent; and the gospel of peace has been preached to all nations, but they will not receive it. Therefore, the light is their condemnation who hate it, which should enlighten their spirits, and so they grow dark; so the light of a candle shall shine no more in Babylon, but be her condemnation, though it is the just man's path, which is as a ‘shining light, which shines more and more to the perfect day.’

And you may see, when that the plagues and woes were poured upon the wicked, in Rev 9:20-21. ‘yet the did not repent of the works of their hands, and repent of the worship of devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood, which neither could see, nor hear, nor speak, nor walk.’

*[To worship the works of your hands includes to take pride in your worldly accomplishments. To prize you possessions is to worship idols that cannot see, hear, speak, or walk - as does the Living God.]

And there are many of these found among christians, besides those found in the world, who worship such things, who do not repent and turn from them. Neither did they repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornications [sexual immorality]*, nor of their thefts, as too many of those called christians do not now.

  1. *[Anyone who looks at a woman or man lustfully has already committed adultery with that person in their heart. Mat 5:28
  2. Anyone who hates his brother has committed murder in his heart. 1 John 3:15
  3. And theft includes: fudged expense accounts, fudged expenses on tax returns, hiding revenue from the government taxation, etc.
  4. Sorcery includes those in the false church of Babylon, who have harlotted themselves with the world, seeking wages and position, promising salvation through magic rituals, and worshiping the beast with horns like a lamb - the imitation church of Christ, the sects of Christendom - the whole world, all nations, all people thinking themselves to be worshiping Christ, but instead are worshiping the devil.

Rev. 21:8 further lists those who must go to the lake of fire: the cowards, the ignoble, the cowardly submissive, the unbelieving and faithless, the depraved and defiled with abominations, murderers, the lewd, the adulterous, practicers of magic arts [ministers of Christendom], and the idolaters (those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God) and all liars (those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed).]

So these were enlightened by Christ to see their evil deeds, or else how could they have been admonished to repent, or change, or turn from them; and therefore they were warned not to worship such things, nor follow such evils, but to believe in the light, and become children of the light, and so to worship God in the spirit and truth, which the devil is out of, along with the beast and the whore that sits on top of him. And therefore, if they do not repent, God is just in bringing all his woes, judgments, and plagues upon them, and judging them by the man Christ Jesus, according to the gospel, the power of God, which is preached to every creature under heaven; and according to the light which Christ has enlightened them, and every man withal; and according to the grace of God which appeared unto all men, to teach them, and to bring their salvation; but they walked despitefully against the spirit of grace, and turned it into wantonness.

So the righteous God, king over all the earth, is just in his judgments upon all such rebels. And in Rev 2:20, there you may see how God and Christ gave Jezebel, who called herself a prophetess, who was a teacher, and seduced his servants to eat things sacrificed to idols; God gave this Jezebel time to repent of her fornications, and she did not repent.

Now, this Jezebel might preach the prophets', Christ's, and the apostles' words, from Genesis to the Revelation, and Christ's death and resurrection, but she preached from the unrepentant state.

She was enlightened to see what she was to repent of, and turn from, so she had her space, her time, her visitation, as all men have before God brings his judgments upon them; for their candle is lit by the light of Christ, so that they may see what they should do, and what they should not do. Therefore, God rewards everyone according to their works; and those who hate the light, their candle is put out, by joining to the evil, and doing evil, and not coming to the light to light their candle with, but hating it, and erring from God's spirit, which would keep it lit, which light would manifest their evil deeds, and reprove them for it. Therefore, the light is their condemnation, in which light they should have believed, to become children the light, [who are children of God, for God is light, and Christ is the light of all men].

And therefore, said God, concerning Jezebel, who does not repent, ‘behold,’ that is, take notice, ‘I will cast her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent; and I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am he who searches the hearts and minds; and I will give to each one of you according to your works.’

So there is a light in all people, which Christ enlightens them withal, which will let them see whether their works are good, or whether they are evil; so that Christ who is the righteousness of God, and will judge the world in righteousness, he will judge them according to the light which lets them see all they have ever done or spoken; so that every tongue shall confess, that he is true and just in his judgments, and will judge with equity, and not condemn man for what he has not, but for what he has, and has not obeyed, nor been faithful to it.

And those who believe in the light, as Christ commands, their spirits, their candle is enlightened, and they become children of the light, and are grafted into Christ, who is the first and last, and see him walk in the midst of his churches, who is the head of them, which the unrepentant and haters of the light, and those who err and stray from the spirit are not like; for the true church is come to ‘Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly, the church of the first born, and to God, the judge of all, and the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel:’ for the blood of Abel cried for vengeance against Cain, but the blood of Christ cleanses from all sin, and justifies.

And so the saints, the church that are in this new covenant, and come to Jesus, the Mediator of it, between them and God, they see him walk in the midst of his churches, his general assembly, exercising his offices, as a shepherd to feed them, and a counselor to counsel them, and a bishop to oversee them, and as a prophet to open to them, whom they do hear, and as a priest who offered up himself for them; and offers them up to God without spot or wrinkle, and as a king to rule them in their hearts by faith.

And all those who quench, vex and grieve the spirit of God, and rebel against it, and resist the Holy Ghost, who are erred from the spirit of God; and likewise all those who turn the grace of God, which has appeared unto all men to teach them, and bring their salvation into a license for immorality, and walk despitefully against it.

And also, all those who are haters of the light, which is the life in Christ the word, which is the true light, which lights every man who comes into the world; and all those who err from the faith, and make shipwreck of it and a good conscience, are in the unrepented state, unconverted, untranslated, and unregenerated; and Christ stands at the doors of such and knocks, and says to them, ‘behold (that is to say, take notice), if any man will open unto me, (namely, any man of you all), and hear my voice, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he shall sup with me.

Now, there is no man who opens to Christ and hears his voice, but that he joins to the spirit, grace, faith, and light, and truth in the inward parts; and turns at the reproof of the Holy Ghost, who Christ has sent; and with the grace, light, truth, and spirit, they let in Christ into their hearts. For Christ is in his saints, and dwells in his saints; they are reprobates [tested, rejected, and abandoned to sin], if Christ does not dwell [and rule] in them. Therefore, examine yourselves, though you may make a profession from Genesis to the Revelation, of Christ's, and his prophets', and apostles' words; yet, if Christ is not in you [ruling your thoughts, words, and deeds], you are reprobates [tested, rejected, and abandoned to sin].

He stands at your doors and knocks; so you cannot say, "if Christ would visit you," because he stands at your doors and knocks, and has promised: "if any man hears his voice, and open the door, he will come in to you, and sup with you," Rev 3:20. So you are all left without excuse in the day that he judges you, and none can plead ignorance, but they have been warned. Yes, none of the house of Adam in the fall may plead that they haven't heard him knocking, for Christ has enlightened them all, and his grace has appeared unto them all, and he has poured out of his spirit upon all flesh. For the first man Adam was made of the earth, earthly, the second man is the Lord from heaven; the first man was made a living soul, the second man is a quickening spirit.

Now all being in the fall of Adam, and Adam and his whole house being fallen from the image of God into sin and darkness, Christ the second Adam died for them all, and enlightens them all, and the grace of God which brings salvation, has appeared to them all; and God has poured out his spirit upon all flesh, and Christ is a quickening spirit.

All those who believe in the light, their candle (or spirit) is enlightened, and they know Christ a quickening spirit, this spiritual heavenly man: and those who do not believe in the light, but hate it, and grieve the spirit, and turn his grace into wantonness [a license for immorality], and walk despitefully against it, the candles of those wicked are put out.

And here Christ is just and true in his judgments upon the world, who judges them in equity, according to the spirit that is poured upon all, and the grace that has appeared to all, and the light of Christ that has enlightened all. Christ died for all, and what could God have done more, (for the ungodly world), who is just and righteous, and true in all his judgments? All who walk in the spirit, and believe in the light, and in his grace, it teaches them, and brings their salvation, and those who follow Christ, from whom the grace comes, in the belief in his light, have everlasting life. Here is God's love to the world: that whosoever believes on him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. For those who perish, perish for not believing in the Son; the Son whom God has sent in his love, who enlightens them all with a true and saving light, which is the life in him the word; and he tells them to believe in the light, that they may be grafted into him, the root.

And so those who are not grafted into Christ, it is because of unbelief; and though christians may say that they believe in Christ, and the Jews may say, they believe in God, and the Messiah to come, yet if they do not believe in the light, as Christ has commanded, which is the life in the word by which all things were made and created, they are not grafted into Christ the life.

[But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Cor 4:3-4.]

George Fox

The 2nd of the 4th Month, 1677

 

A Testimony concerning the Blood of the Old Covenant, and the Blood of the New Covenant.

—By George Fox

Moses took the blood of the oxen and calves that were offered for sacrifices, burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, and sprinkled it upon the altar, and upon the people, and said to them, ‘behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you:’ so the life of the beasts and other creatures (which is blood), was the blood of the old covenant.

And after Moses had sprinkled the people, he sprinkled the tabernacle, and the vessels of the ministry, he sprinkled Aaron and his sons, and he sprinkled the books of the Old Testament; so the first testament and covenant were dedicated with the blood of beasts and other creatures, which was the life of beasts and other creatures; and almost all things were by the law of Moses, purged with blood, which was the life of beasts. And without shedding of blood there was no remission of sin. And, (as I said before), when Moses had sprinkled the books of the Old Testament, and the people with the blood, (which was the life of beasts), he said, ‘this is the blood of the covenant and testament which God has made with you.’ So the blood of the old covenant and the Old Testament, was the life of the clean beasts without blemish, (as I said before), for is not the blood, the life? And it is not possible that the blood, the life of bulls, goats, or other creatures in the old covenant could take away sin. But in the new covenant it is written, ‘forasmuch as we are not redeemed with corruptible things, nor with silver, nor gold, from our vain conduct, or tradition of our forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a Lamb without blemish or spot, which Lamb was foreordained before the foundation of the world,’ and was manifested in the apostles' time and days, which he calls the last times. Silver and gold are corruptible things, which cannot redeem from corruption, nor the blood of bulls, goats, or other creatures, which will corrupt, but the blood of the Lamb, which was ordained before the foundation of the world, and manifested in the last times, in the new covenant; this precious blood of the Lamb, without spot or blemish, Christ Jesus, does not corrupt, for it redeems from the traditions of our forefathers, the Jews in the old covenant, and the corruptible blood of bulls, goats, and other creatures, that could not take away sin. And so, by the blood of the Lamb Christ Jesus, the saints are redeemed from their vain conduct and corruptible life, to a conduct in heaven, and incorruptible life.

And as Moses in the old covenant sprinkled the people with the blood, the life of beasts; so Christ our high priest sprinkles the hearts and consciences of his people in the new covenant with his blood, his life, ‘from their dead works, that they may serve the living God in newness of life’ and as the blood of the old covenant was the life of the beasts, so the blood of the everlasting covenant is the life of Christ the Lamb, ordained before the foundation of the world, who is the great shepherd of his sheep, through the blood of his everlasting covenant ‘he makes his saints perfect in every good work to do his will, working in them what is well pleasing in his sight.’

So it is clear, the blood of the everlasting new covenant is the life of Christ Jesus. The blood of the old covenant was the life of the beasts; the bodies of those beasts in the old covenant were burnt outside of the Jews' camp; and the blood was brought into the sanctuary by the high priest, as an atonement for the sins of the priests and people. Therefore, Jesus also, that he might sanctify his people with his own blood, suffered outside the gates of Jerusalem... Let us go, therefore, to him, (namely, Christ), outside the Jews' camp, bearing Christ's reproach. Christ was reproached, and he sanctifies with his blood, his life, which dedicates the new covenant. So that all may come to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and his blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel, or of the blood of bulls and goats, the life of beasts. For Christ, being a high priest, and of a more perfect tabernacle than what was made with hands in the old covenant, did not enter into the holy place made with hands, by the blood of bulls, goats, and calves, as the priests of the old covenant did. But Christ, the Lamb of God, ordained before the foundation of the world, which was manifested in time, by his own blood, his life, entered once into the holy place, into heaven itself, (now to appear in the presence of God for us), having obtained eternal redemption for us. So it is the blood, the life of Christ in the new covenant, that cleanses from all sin, who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, ‘to purge our consciences from dead works, to serve the living God; for this reason he is the Mediator of the New Testament.

And so Christ was once offered for sin, who tasted death for every man; so he takes away the first covenant, that he may establish the second, and by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified; so it is by the blood of Christ, by which all his peoples' sins are washed away, who did and do confess, that Christ has redeemed them to God by his blood, and their garments were made white with the blood of the Lamb.

So the blood of the old covenant was the life of the beasts and other creatures; and the blood of the new covenant is the life of Christ Jesus, who said, ‘except you eat my flesh, and drink my blood, you have no life in you.’ John 6:53.

The blood of the new covenant is not according to the old. To have life, everyone must feel their hearts sprinkled with this blood of the new covenant. In this new covenant they shall all know the Lord, ... And by this blood of Jesus, his life in the new covenant, they are justified, in whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins. Christ has purchased his church with his own blood, his life, and their faith stands in his blood, which is the life of the Lamb. Therefore, the apostle said, ‘if you walk in the light, as he is in the light, then have you fellowship one with another, and the blood of Christ Jesus, his Son, cleanses from all sin.’

So it is not the blood of bulls, goats, or the blood of other creatures, which was the blood of the old covenant, nor their outward washings in it, that takes away sin; but the blood of the new covenant, which is the blood of the Lamb without blemish, Christ Jesus, the blood of the Lamb, the life of the Lamb, with which Christ, the high priest sanctifies, cleanses and redeems. He washes with his own life, his blood; yes, he sprinkles the altar of the saints' hearts, that they may offer a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruits of our lips giving thanks to his name.

So you are bought and purchased with the blood of Christ, the life of Christ, who has died for you, and risen for your justification, that all might live to him, and not to themselves, and glorify him in body, soul and spirit, which are his, who has purchased you with his blood, his life. So worthy is the Lamb to receive glory and honor, who has redeemed us to God by his blood, and has washed us from our sins by his blood, and our garments are made white by the blood of the Lamb. So the saints overcome by the blood, the life of the Lamb, who was dead, and is alive again, and lives for evermore.

So the blood of the old covenant was the life of lambs and beasts without blemish, by which all things were cleansed and sprinkled; yes, the tabernacle and the vessels, priests and people with the blood, the life of the clean beasts without blemish, in the old covenant, and Old Testament. But the blood of the new covenant, and of the New Testament, his blood is the life of the Lamb, Christ Jesus, the Son of God without blemish, spot, sin, or guile; a Lamb prepared before the foundation of the world. So it is by the life, the blood of this spotless Lamb, that all his people are sanctified and redeemed to God, and sprinkled and washed, their hearts, consciences, tabernacles, vessels and altar in the tabernacle; and the fat or grossness consumed by his fire on the altar, by which they come to be a royal priesthood, offering up spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ.

So the blood of the new and everlasting covenant is the life of Christ, which all the believers in the light are to walk in, and to be cleansed by, giving all honor and glory to God, and the Lamb, who has redeemed us to God by his blood.

George Fox

Swarthmore, the 7th of the 12th month, 1678

And many lies and false reports have been cast upon us by both priests and professors, that we disregard, deny, and undervalue, the blood of Jesus, when we value and esteem the blood more than any of them. For how can they value or esteem the blood of Christ while pleading for sin for the term of life; which gives rise to the popish doctrine of purgatory when they are dead, and who are not washed, nor their garments made white, nor cleansed from all sin, and not redeemed to God by the blood of the Lamb from their vain conducts and the tradition of their forefathers. Neither do they have so much faith in the blood of Christ the Lamb, ordained before the foundation of the world, that the blood will wash them, cleanse them, and redeem them, or make them as clean as their father Adam and mother Eve were before they fell, much less believe they could come to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, who never fell.

And it may be seen, it was the life of the clean beasts from Abel's time, that was offered and accepted by God to cleanse with, and therefore, they were not to eat the blood, for the blood, the life of the beasts was offered to God for an atonement upon his altar. So it is clear it was the blood, the life of the beasts that God required to make atonement with upon his altar for their souls. For the Lord said, ‘the life of all flesh is the blood,’ and who ever ate it was to be cut off; for the life of all flesh, the blood, was to be offered upon his altar to make atonement for their soul, as the Lord required.

Thus the first covenant was dedicated with the blood, which was the life of all flesh; but the new and second covenant is dedicated with the blood, the life of Christ Jesus, which is the alone atonement to God, by which all his people are washed, sanctified, cleansed, and redeemed to God, so that their faith and testimony stands in the blood of the Lamb, the life of Christ Jesus, foreordained before the world was, a Lamb without blemish, guile, spot, or sin, which cleanses from all spots and sin, and washes and makes clean the garments. And Christ abolishes both the blood of beasts, and the altar, and all the traditions in the law, and their offerings and sacrifices before the law, by the offering up of himself once in the end of the world, a Lamb ordained before the foundation of the world. Therefore everyone's faith and testimony must stand in him and his blood. And who are the true witnesses of this, but only those who have drunk of the blood of Christ, and eaten of his flesh, which he gives for the life of the world; not those who only talk of it?

In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God; the same was in the beginning with God; all things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made; and the word was made flesh and dwelled among us, and we beheld his glory as of the glory of the only begotten of the Father.’ And Christ said, ‘I have glorified you on earth, I have finished your work which you gave me to do. And now, O Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was, for you loved me before the foundation of the world.’ John 17:4-5, 24. So Christ, a Lamb, without spot or blemish, who redeems us from our vain conducts and traditions of our forefathers, the Jews, ‘who verily was ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifested in these last times,’ ... 1 Pet 1:18-20. ‘Who has put an end to all the Jews' offerings and sacrifices,’ as the apostle said; for in the end of the world he has appeared, (namely, Christ), to put away sin with the sacrifice of himself. For if the blood of bulls and goats, which is their life, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh in the old covenant, how much more shall the blood of Christ, his life, who has through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, ‘purge your consciences from dead works, to serve the living God.’ For this cause, he is the Mediator of the New Testament, which is dedicated with his blood, his life. ‘So Jesus Christ was surely of a better testament than that of the Jews.’ Heb 7:22. ‘For he, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man,’ Heb 2:9, and lights every man who comes into the world; and said, ‘I am the light of the world, and he who follows me shall not abide in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’ And the apostle told the Ephesians, that he was ‘to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which since the beginning of the world has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.’ Eph 3. ‘And he who has the Son of God, has life, and he that has not the Son of God, has not life.’

Here it is clear Christ is the first and the last, the beginning and ending, and over all in the glory that he had with the Father before the world began. Therefore, let your faith stand in Christ, and his blood, his life, by which you are washed, sanctified, purged, cleansed and redeemed to God, that God, through Christ your Mediator, may have the glory in all your hearts.

The blood of the clean beasts was the life of the beasts; with their blood, the high priest entered once a year into the holy place made with hands, to make an atonement for himself and the people of the Jews in the old covenant. But Christ, our high priest entered into heaven by his own blood, his own life, to make an atonement for us; he tasted death for every man, and was a propitiation for the sins of the whole world, who was dead, and is alive again, and lives for evermore. So he ever lives to make intercession for his people, and so his people have boldness to enter into the holiest, namely, into heaven, by the blood, the life of Jesus, by a new and living way, which is consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; glory to God forever, through Jesus the Savior, and Christ the anointed of God.

George Fox

A Demonstration to the Christians in Name, Without the Nature of it.

How they hinder the Conversion of the Jews. With an exhortation to them to come into the true nature and life of Christianity, which the Apostles and primitive Christians were in, who converted many of the Jews.

Which nature and life of Christianity is herein declared according to the scriptures, and by which alone the Jews may now be convinced and converted.

—By George Fox

The usual saying of the Jews is, ‘when the Messiah is come, he will make all things new,’ according to Isa 43:18-19, which also is testified to in 2 Cor 5:17, Rev 21:5.

But the Jews say, ‘most of Christendom (so called), are in the old things, like the heathens, as their life and practice does demonstrate, whose conducts, many of them, are like unto Sodom and Egypt.’

Therefore the Jews say, ‘how could the christians think we would turn to them, many of whose conducts are in cursing, swearing, drunkenness, and uncleanness, which the law of Moses forbids, and the prophets? By the law of God, we Jews are not to swear by any created thing, but only swear by the Lord. Although many of our forefathers swore by the temple and other things, yet it was when they were degenerated from the law of God, and then some of them swore by Baal, and other heathenish gods, all which was forbidden by the law of God and his prophets. Seeing many of those who call themselves christians, swear wickedly, and vainly, and by creatures, and books, the Old and New Testament, which the law of God forbids; and therefore, as our prophets say, when the Messiah is come, he will make all things new in the new covenant, which is not according to the old: and if, therefore, we now should turn to you christians, we should turn again but into the practice of those old things which our law forbids; for the new covenant, which God promised to make, does exceed the old: and therefore, if we should turn to you christians, and practice those things which the heathens do below the old covenant, we should bring ourselves under the judgment of the law of God and the prophets, and beneath what was commanded in our law.’

And therefore, all christians are to lay away all swearing and oaths, as Christ commanded, and cursing, drunkenness, fornication and uncleanness, for all christians' conducts should preach, as well as their tongues, a new life, and a new heart in the new covenant.

For, Christ said, ‘unless your righteousness (namely, the christians, in the new covenant), exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees,’ (in the old covenant), ‘you will by no means enter the kingdom of God.’

But, if the christians' unrighteousness and ungodliness, their swearing, cursing, whoring, and profaneness, etc., exceeds the transgressing Jews, and many of the heathens, how can they then think to enter into the kingdom of God, seeing if they do enter into the kingdom of, God their righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, the Jews in the old covenant?

Therefore, this is a great stumbling block to the Jews, who profess the old covenant, and hold that the Messiah has not come, because they seeing the bad lives and conducts of the christians, who profess the Messiah is come; and they claim to be children of the new covenant, while still living in the old nature and old things, like the heathen. Thus the so-called children of the new covenant exhibit in their lives and conducts, themselves to be below the righteousness required by Jews' law in the old covenant.

They should show forth a new life, and a new spirit, according as God has promised, and as the Jews believe, that when the Messiah comes, he will make all things new, as in Jer 31:31-36. And in Ezek 11:19, it is said, ‘I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take away the stony heart.’

But do not we see this stony heart, and old spirit, in most of them called christians?

‘And therefore, if the Messiah has come, as you profess, you are in the transgression of the new covenant, as our forefathers were of the old covenant; and you cannot find fault with us,’ say the Jews.

In Ezek 18:31, they were commanded ‘to cast away their transgressions, that they might have a new heart and a new spirit; for why will you die, said the Lord? for I have no pleasure, said he, in the death of him that dies

And therefore, if the Jews remain in this old transgressing heart and spirit, in the death, from Christ the life, in which God has no pleasure; should not the christians, which profess the new covenant, cast away their transgressions, swearing, whoring, lying, and drunkenness, theft, murder, and all uncleanness; that they might put off the old man with his deeds, and put on the new man, and so have a new heart and spirit, and a new life, serving God in the new and living way, manifesting that they are children of the new covenant, and not of the old, and so show forth the fruits of the Messiah's having come, and of their being in the new covenant in their lives and conducts. For the apostle said, ‘their citizenship was in heaven.’ And now let Christendom see where their citizenship is now, and has been these many hundred years.

And also, in Ezek 36, he speaks of the blessings of the kingdom of Christ, by way of prophecy, where the Lord said, ‘he will make in them a new heart, and put his spirit within his people, and give them a heart of flesh, and sprinkle clean water upon them, that they may be cleansed from their filthiness, and from their idols, and take away the stony heart,’ ...

And now let all those who profess christianity consider: how can they hope to convert the Jews with their stony heart, from one stony heart to another, and from one old spirit to another old spirit? No, if they are to be converted, it must be from the old to the new, from the old covenant to the new and living way.

And do you think the Jews can be converted to images, and idols? They will tell you, ‘the law of God throughout the Old Testament forbids them, and their prophets, and their forefathers; making and worshipping images brought all those dreadful judgments upon them, and upon all their forefathers, because they went a whoring after images.’ And now to see what multitudes of images and idols are set up among christians, who profess the new covenant, and that the Messiah has come, who was supposed to have made all things new.

Plus, the righteousness of the owners and receivers of this new covenant was supposed to exceed the righteousness of the professors of the old covenant; and yet they see so many of those called christians making molten images, and idols, which is below the law of Moses, and forbidden. Therefore, do the Jews say, ‘how can you [possibly] think we might be converted to your Christianity.’

Therefore, it is good for all who profess christianity, to lay away all images and idols, and making of them, or bowing before them, and mind the image of God, which Christ in his new covenant renews his people up into, that you may show forth the effects of the new heart and new spirit, being wrought in you. And show that you abhor images and idols, having been cleansed from them, and that your hearts are sprinkled with the pure water by the word. Let it be seen that you are not grievers nor quenchers of the pure spirit of God, nor rebels against this new spirit, nor haters of the light, with which Christ enlightens you and everyone that comes into the world withal. For if you hate the light and quench this spirit, do you desire to convert people to darkness, and the old spirit, and stony heart, that thus grieves the new? Therefore, as the apostle said, ‘abhor the evil, and cleave to the good,’ all you who are called christians.

All who profess themselves christians should come to wear the badge or garments of Christ, the heavenly man, and to have your old filthy garments put off, and to be clothed with the new garment, the righteousness of Christ. For all are clothed with the filthy garments, that are covered with the old spirit, while they are in transgression of the new covenant of light and life.

If any in that old spirit, and old heart, and covered with that old filthy garment, seeks to convert or bring people to themselves, they only bring them into the woes, where they themselves are; for the prophet Isaiah said, ‘woe unto those who are covered, but not with my spirit, said the Lord.’

And those who are the true converts to Christ and God, they have the new spirit, new heart, and new mind, and walk in the new way, in the new and everlasting covenant, and their garments are made white with the blood of the life of the spotless Lamb, ordained before the foundation of the world. And these are the children of the new covenant, and do show forth in their lives and conduct the fruits of the new covenant.

And Jeremiah speaks of the new covenant in this manner, ‘behold this is the new covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,’ ... and therefore, he said, ‘behold the day is come, that I will make a new covenant;’ and so tells them behold, or take notice of his prophecy. So this was after the days of the old covenant had done its service; for the law served until Christ the seed came. And so when this new covenant came, the old was to be abolished, which did wax old, and was to decay and vanish away. So Christ came with his new covenant, to take away the first, that he might establish the second covenant.

And now in the new covenant the Lord said, ‘I will put my law in your inward parts, and I will write them in your hearts; I will be your God, and you shall be my people: and they shall not need to teach every man his neighbor, and brother, to say, know the Lord; for they shall all know me, from the least to the greatest of them, said the Lord; for I will be merciful to their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.’

And now, consider this, all you that profess yourselves christians, how the Jews will say, ‘they do not see these fruits among you called christians, who profess the new covenant to have come, because your lives do not show forth this new spiritual law, written in your hearts and inward parts; but like people running into sin and iniquity, and drinking it up as the ox drinks up the water,’ which the Jews' forefathers were reproved for. And many teachers and professors plead for sin and a body of death to the grave, which is contrary to the law of God; for the old covenant commanded people to be holy; and the Lord commanded father Abraham, saying, ‘walk before me, and be you perfect.’

Therefore, how can you think to convert the Jews, while you plead for a body of sin and death, who profess the new covenant, that takes away sin and iniquity?

And as for the papists; the Jews say, ‘they tell them, they must have a purgatory, when they are dead, to cleanse them in; and set up nunneries and monasteries for men and women, that vow chastity, to live in. The Jews respond that there is no precedent for such practices in their old covenant or law.’ And they are not in the practice of those who gave forth the new covenant; they neither preached, nor left upon record, anything of a purgatory for people to be cleansed in after they are dead. For the blood of the old covenant, which was the life of clean beasts and creatures, cleansed in the time of the law; but Christ, who makes all things new, in his new covenant, a Lamb ordained before the corruptible world was, or man was corrupted; he with his blood (his life), cleanses from all sin, and makes an end of sin, and finishes transgression, and brings in everlasting righteousness, according to Daniel's prophecy, who said, ‘this is the work of the Messiah.’

Now, the Jews are not able to see a new work, or a new life and conduct among those who profess Christ and the new covenant. So instead of converting them, such conduct rather hardens than softens them to a possible conversion to Christ; they see the ungodly and unrighteous lives of the christians, who on the contrary, should exceed them in godliness, righteousness, and holiness, and in virtue, temperance, and soberness, and purity in life and conduct. That would be the way to win them, and convert the Jews, and make them believe the Messiah has come, and has made all things new. For to see the fruits of the new covenant, from a new heart and a new spirit, and you walking in the new and living way, where God and Christ have pleasure in those who so walk and live; this would preach to the Jews. If they could not be won by the preaching of the word, yet they might be won, by seeing the good and new life; for the apostle said, ‘follow us as we follow Christ;’ and everyone that receives Christ, is to walk in him, who was without sin and guile.

And the Jews say, ‘in our old covenant we had our law in tables of stone, and in books; but in the new covenant, in the days of the Messiah, God writes his law in their hearts, and puts it in their inward parts; and shall no more teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord: for all shall know him, from the least unto the greatest,’ ...

And now, the Jews may tell the christians, ‘if you were in this new covenant, then why do you set up so many schools and colleges to make priests in, and to learn so many languages, and then to give them such titles, as bachelors, and masters of arts, and doctors of divinity? Why do you say, when they have learned Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, that they have the original; which was not so accounted among us Jews in the old covenant; for Moses told us, the many languages began at Babel; and therefore, we cannot set up Latin and Greek to be the original. For Moses gives a relation from the beginning of things of the old world, all along to Noah's time, and to the time of the law, and he speaks nowhere that those tongues are the original; for if that were so, then they had no original before Babel.’

As for Hebrew, the Jews say, it was their natural mother tongue; and yet many of the Jews, who could speak natural Hebrew, Christ told them, ‘they neither knew the scripture nor the power of God; for they persecuted him, and the prophets, and apostles.

And then these, your priests, when they have served a time at the schools, and learned their natural languages and arts, are they not called ministers of the new covenant? But do they show forth the effects of the new spirit, and the new heart, and the fruits of the new and living way, and new covenant? If not, how are they like to convert the Jews, for the apostle said, in the new covenant, ‘who is a wise man endued with knowledge among you, let him show out of a good conduct his works with meekness, and of wisdom from above, which is pure, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and hypocrisy; and the fruits of righteousness is sown in peace of those who make peace.

The Jews may tell you, that the Romans who understood Latin and Greek, persecuted them; and they never looked upon their natural tongue to be the original.

But concerning your priests, when they have learned their lessons, and their arts, and natural languages, are they not all sworn? is not this contrary to the Jews in the old covenant? For the apostle said, ‘the priests in the old time were not made by an oath,’ as Heb 7:21. But Christ was made by an oath, who fulfils, finishes, and abolishes all oaths and swearing, and commands ‘not to swear at all,’ which is his doctrine in the new covenant, and the practice of the new heart and new spirit, in the new covenant, and new and living way; as you may see James walked in it, and said, ‘above all things, my brethren, swear not, ... for fear that you fall into condemnation:’ and Christ said, ‘whatsoever is more than yes, yes, no, no, comes of evil.’ So they go into evil and condemnation that swear in the new covenant, according to the doctrine of Christ and the apostle James, though swearing was not forbidden in the old covenant, but commanded. But the new covenant is not according to the old, and therefore, forbidden in the new covenant of light, life, and grace, in the days of the gospel of glad tidings.

Are not the priests, after they have learned their lessons, and the natural tongues, and arts at schools, hired to preach?

And may not the Jews tell you, that was the transgression of their forefathers in the old covenant, that the priests preached for hire, and the prophets divined for money. And this was reproved by the prophet of God in the old covenant. And through the covetous priests, prophets, and teachers, the Jews were brought into misery, as the true prophets testified of and against such. For by the law of God, the Jews may tell you, the Levites and priests were to have no lot of the land, and therefore, they had the tenths given unto them for their inheritance, and for the maintenance of the widows and fatherless, and that was their portion. So out of tithes they had their maintenance; and they were to carry in their tithes to one place, which the Lord did choose.

Now, you priests, that profess the new covenant, that have learned your lessons, and natural tongues and arts, that take tithes, and have your several tithe-barns, and are hired to preach, and many of you have estates of land besides; yet you do not maintain the poor widows and fatherless. Might not the Jews tell you, that you are not likely to convert them while you are found below the practice of their priests, under the old covenant, which priests were forbidden by the law of God to have any lot or portion in the land, and were not to have all the tithes themselves neither, but the widows and fatherless were to be maintained out of them also? Therefore, how do you christians, that profess the new covenant, think to convert the Jews, while your practices are below the old covenant? But those who claim the new covenant, have a new spirit and a new heart, and a new and living way, not according to the old.’ So as Christ said, when he sent forth his disciples to preach, ‘freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give;’ no, they were not to carry bag, stave, or scrip with them. So the new covenant is not according to the old; for he changed the first priesthood, and ended the commandment that gave tithes.

And though the Jews had schools in the time of the law and old covenant; yet in the new covenant, Christ who ascended up on high, gives gifts unto men for the work of the ministry. So all true ministers, and gifted men, have them from Christ (that is ascended on high), in the new covenant, and preach them forth freely, as they have received them freely, as he commands them, which freely gives unto them, to all his disciples, and learners, and followers of him in the new covenant.

And therefore, all that profess themselves christians, should take up the cross of Christ, and deny themselves in all things, whether it be in the practices of the heathen, or in the things abolished in the old covenant by Christ, and follow him.

But I would not have any to think, that I deny, or am against schools for the teaching of children the natural tongues and arts, whereby they may do natural things; for all natural tongues and languages upon the earth, make no more than natural men; and the natural man knows not the things of God. And therefore, all must come to the spiritual school of Christ, if they will learn or know the spiritual things of Christ; and so of him freely to receive them, and freely to give them forth, if his learners will keep under his command.

And the Jews may say, the christians have many altars and candlesticks, and some of them have wax candles burning in them all day and night in their temples; for which they have no command from God. And this is contrary to our law of God in the old covenant; for they say, ‘thus did our forefathers, when they forsook the Lord, they built many temples and altars, but the Lord appointed them one altar to offer their sacrifices on, and one temple,’ Joshua 22:16-34. And they may confess, when the Messiah is come, all those outward things will be ended, according to the prophets, that God will make a new covenant, not according to the old, and that God will raise up a prophet like Moses, whom they must hear.

Now you who profess christianity, through your degeneration from that spirit and power the apostles were in, you have inhibited the Jews from coming to christianity, rather than inspiring them by your lives and practices. For in the days of the new covenant, Christ, the high priest, lights the candle which is the spirit in man, in his temple, his body; providing you don't put it out by your evil works, and wicked ungodly lives and conducts. In the old covenant, it was Aaron and his sons, who were to light the outward lamp or candle in the outward tabernacle.

Do you think, that you can convert the Jews from their outward tithes, temple, lamps and candles, to your own outward lamps and candles; convert those who were forbidden from making images, to your outward images and idols; and convert those from their swearing by the Lord, to your swearing by the creatures; you, who can hardly speak without swearing in all your communications? Do you expect to convert them from their observing of days, which God commanded them, to your observing of saints' days? Is not this to bring them out of one outward form into another? Instead, would it be much better to observe the life of Christ, and spirit of Christ, and all the lives of his saints, and their conducts, how they lived, and how they walked? For it is not the talking as they talk, which makes you converts, nor to bring others to talk as you talk, that will make them converts; but as everyone has received Christ, in his new covenant, in their new mind or heart, with their new spirit, they are to walk in him, the new and living way. This the old heart and old spirit, in the old covenant and old nature, cannot endure to hear talk of the new; so then it would be better if they never claimed it; for that makes others, Jews, and heathens, to blaspheme Christ that you profess, seeing you do not possess him whom you do profess; but possess the old spirit, and the old stony heart, that is in the Jews and heathens. And so if you are not in the new spirit, and new heart, and new and living way, in the new covenant, you will only bring people, Jews, or others, from one stony heart to another, and from one old way to another. And if they will not conform to your old way, then your old stony heart will be ready to stone them to death, as the Jews in their old stony heart were to stone Christ and his followers.

For those who would convert either Jews or Gentiles, must be in the new covenant, not in the old; and they must have the new heart and new spirit, and be in the new and living way themselves, else they cannot bring others unto it. It is true, they may bring into the words of the new covenant, as the Jews, who compassed sea and land to make proselytes, did, and brought them to say the words of the old covenant; but Christ told them, ‘they made them two-fold more the children of hell than themselves.

Tests of Being a Christian

And therefore, all Christendom, and those who profess christianity, must examine themselves, and see whether they have this new heart and spirit, and that they are in the new and living way, in the new covenant, as the apostles and church, in the apostles' days were in.

For false apostles, Satan's ministers and messengers, and the whore, the false church and Jezebel, deceivers and false prophets, wolves in sheep's clothing, and the dogs, the apostles cautioned to beware of, and such as had the form of godliness, but denied the power; all these may have the words of the new covenant.

Are these likely to convert the Jews, or rather worry the lambs, who manifest an old spirit, and an old heart, and walk in the old ways, below the old covenant and new? These people may beat people into the form [shell of practices] of the words of the new covenant, and so make them two-fold more the children of hell than they were before, like the Jews.

{Fox is saying that to frighten people into their sects, by threatening them with Hell, and then have them in a form of godliness without the perfecting, purifying power, or in a will-worship controlled by the carnal mind instead of the Holy Spirit, makes the convert twice as fit for hell, as the proselytizing preacher is fit for Hell. No man can come to me unless the Father draws him. John 6:44. And so when the thousands of self-appointed evangelists go out and preach to anyone who will listen, they are scattering, they are hurting the cause of Christ.

And how does God draw someone?
Not with fear. God draws someone with a wonderful, loving spiritual experience.
The evangelists of fear, will serve fear in the next life.
They speak words from their carnal minds, not supplied by the Holy Spirit.
Christ only spoke words as commanded by the Father, never from himself.
Jesus said: "He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory,
but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him,
that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him." John 7:18.

Any man who speaks of God or Christ without the Spirit's specifically supplied words is seeking his own glory,
and he is estimating himself to be greater than Christ, for Christ said: The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect [purified, restored to the spiritual image of God, specifically authorized, and perfected] will be like his master. Luke 6:40.
The preachers of Christendom stand condemned for seeking their own glory and then accepting pay for their worthless words; when to even charge for true words of life like Balaam, spoken from the spirit of God, is expressly forbidden by Peter and Jesus. Seeking their own glory, the preachers of Christendom speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination their evil hearts. }

And therefore, that which must convert people to God and Christ, whether Jews or Gentiles, it must be the same life, power, spirit, light, and grace that converted the apostles and primitive christians in their days, which brought them to a new life of righteousness and holiness, yes, and brought them to have their conduct in heaven, as the apostle said; so this conduct is above the old, earthly, sensual wisdom, and devilish and unclean, corrupt and profane cursing and swearing, whoredom, murder, and theft, which is the fruit of the old spirit, and the old stony heart, and image-makers, and swearers, and is above tithe-paying, and the outward temple.

And the apostle said plainly, ‘those who act such things cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’

Therefore, those who are converted into the new covenant of grace, light, and life, over darkness and death, and the power of it, have a new spirit and a new heart, and walk in the new and living way, in the new covenant; and such do show forth the fruits of their conduct in the word, life, and conduct.

And again, the apostles said to the christians in his time, that were getting up into a form of godliness, and a profession of Christ in words, he bid them ‘examine themselves whether they were in the faith.’

So, all that profess themselves christians, should examine themselves now, whether they are in the faith that Christ Jesus was the author and finisher of, that one faith that purifies their hearts, and gives them victory, by which they have access to God, in which faith they please God. For it is not a professing the words of the new covenant, with the old heart and spirit, or serving God with their lips, that makes a true christian; for Christ said, ‘it is not everyone that said, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of God: but he that does the will of the Father,’ ... And the apostle said plainly to the church, ‘he that has not the spirit of Christ, is none of his;’ and then they are none of his sheep; for they are not likely to hear his voice without his spirit.

Therefore, all who claim to be christians are to examine themselves, whether they have this spirit of Christ, and if not, they are none of Christ's; and what then is your profession worth, without the possession of this spirit? For you can neither serve nor worship God aright, nor know the scriptures [right] , without the spirit of Christ. And therefore, all your services are good for nothing, that be without the spirit of Christ; for God abhorred such that served him with their lips in the old covenant, (that could make a profession), when their hearts were far from him.

First: Therefore all that profess themselves christians must examine themselves, whether they are in that one faith that the apostles speaks of, which Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of; and if they are not in this faith, but are erred from it, they have no victory nor access to God, neither can they please God. For this was the examination the apostle put the christians upon in his days; and this is the examination that all christians should be put upon now in these days; for that is and was the catholic, universal, divine, precious, and holy faith, which all that profess christianity, are to examine themselves, whether they be in that or not. And the apostle did not put them to examine themselves, whether they profess it or no, but whether they were in it.

{Faith is a journey. It has a beginning and a finish; listening to, and obeying Jesus, is him being the author and finisher of your faith. When you hear him speak to you, Jesus authors your faith by laying the foundation of your faith on rock;

Whoever comes to me, and listens to my words and does [practices, obeys] them, I will show you what he is like. He is like a man who built a house, and dug deep and laid the foundation securely built on a rock; and when the flood arose, the torrent beat violently upon that house, but could not shake it because it was founded on a rock. Luke 6:47-48.

And when you hear Jesus speak his words to you, and you believe it to be him, the foundation of your faith has been set in rock, a rock so solid that the gates of Hell cannot prevail against it.

Jesus finishes your faith when you see him bring your salvation:

he will appear the second time, not to bear sin, but to bring full salvation to those who are waiting for and expecting him. Heb 9:28
For the grace of God that brings salvation .. Tit 2:11
looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring eternal life. Jude 1:21
Receiving the end of your faith - the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet 1:9

Your faith must stand in your experience of the power of God, not in words spoken by men or reading. The power of God is promised to deliver you [separate you] from your sins, which is salvation. You are saved through faith, and by faith your hearts are purified; but obviously in the beginning of faith, you are not purified, neither are you saved. You must contend for the faith, grow in the faith, build up your faith, increase in faith, perfect what is lacking in your faith, fight the good fight of faith, until victory, when your faith is finished by the finisher; faith is a process and a journey of works of repentance and love, the end of which is to see Christ bring your salvation, to bring your eternal life. }

Second: They are to examine and prove themselves, ‘whether they have the spirit of Christ, yes or no, all that do profess Christ: for if they do not have the spirit of Christ (the apostle said in plain words), they are none of Christ's.’ So the apostle does not say, examine yourselves, to see if you talk about Christ; rather he said, ‘examine and prove yourselves, whether you have the spirit of Christ, yes or no.’ For antichrist, and false prophets, and false apostles, and wolves in sheep's clothing, may profess Christ, that are not of Christ's flock, nor his sheep. Therefore, the main thing is, to examine ‘whether you have the spirit of Christ;* and if you have the spirit of Christ, then you are his; and if you do not have the spirit of Christ, then you are none of his;’ though you may profess all Christ's and the apostles' words in all the languages, Hebrew, Greek or Latin, your profession with and in your own spirits, is good for nothing, if you have not the spirit of Christ Jesus; ‘for such are none of Christ's followers, that are without his spirit, who follow their own spirit, and see nothing, as the prophet said. And all those who are baptized by one spirit into one body, and are made to drink into one spirit, in which spirit they have unity and fellowship:’ these all have the spirit of Christ.

*{If you have the Spirit of Christ, he leads you; he teaches you, he speaks to you, you hear him, you obey. He controls your life. He has shown you how to live righteously, soberly, and godly in this present world. He has removed all or most all of the sin from your heart. You may not yet be in the kingdom, the end of grace, but you are well under his control.}

Third: The apostle tells the christians in his day, ‘no man can say Jesus is Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.’ Now, let all who call themselves christians examine themselves, whether they have this same Holy Ghost that the apostles had, which proceeded from the Father and the Son, and that have received this from the Father and the Son, which led the holy men of God to give and speak forth the holy scriptures, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost; which Holy Ghost leads into all truth, yes, even the same Holy Ghost that moved all the holy men of God to give forth the scriptures, by which Holy Ghost the holy men of God foresaw the coming of Christ, and prophesied of him; and by which Holy Ghost the apostle saw Christ was come, and fulfilled the prophets, by which Holy Ghost they called him Lord in truth and righteousness. And now, if no man can call Jesus Lord, but by the Holy Ghost, as the apostle teaches, and positively declares; then all you who call yourselves christians, calling Jesus Lord without this Holy Ghost, as the apostles were in, and many of your teachers, both papists and protestants, say, ‘you have not the same Holy Ghost the apostles had;’ then it is impossible for you with the unclean Holy Ghost to call him Lord [of your thoughts words and deeds]. And all such callers of him Lord, Lord, with their unclean ghost, and not in the Holy Ghost, will be found workers of iniquity, and not to be able to enter into the kingdom of God; for unto such Christ will say, ‘depart, I know you not.’* And therefore, let all christians examine themselves, whether they have this same Holy Ghost, seeing none can call him Lord [their ruling Lord of thoughts, words, and deeds], but by the Holy Ghost; and none can be led into all truth, but by the Holy Ghost; but are led into all untruth by their unclean ghost, though they may make a profession of the scriptures from Genesis to the Revelation; and that profession with the lips, is not accepted with the Lord, no more than it was among the backsliding Jews, without the Holy Ghost, which leads into all truth, by which they may call Jesus Lord, who fulfils all the types, and shadows, and figures, and the law, and the old covenant.

*{Do not make the grave mistake of thinking that if you can say: "Jesus is Lord," you are saved and you have the Holy Ghost. For we have several direct statements from the Lord telling us that many who called him Lord would not enter the Kingdom of Heaven; only those who do the will of the Father will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Mat 7:21-27, Luke 6:46-50, Mat 25:11-12, Luke 13:24-27. No one can call Jesus Lord (a Lord, ruling their thoughts, words, and deeds), unless they possess the gift of the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him, Acts 5:32; who is heard and obeyed in faith.

Without Jesus ruling your thought, words, and deeds, He is not your Lord. Still sinning, our lord is the sinful nature of Satan or our fleshly spirit, which must die on the inward cross of self-denial. Only after death on the cross, can Jesus' spirit take possession of your heart to rule you as Lord and Master.

To call God, "God" does not make him your God, whom you serve. To call Jesus, "Lord" does not make him you Lord and Master, whom you serve. You serve whom you obey: you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? Rom 6:16. Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. John 8:34. You can call him Lord, but if you still sin, your actions deny him as Lord and Master.}

Fourth: The apostle said to the christians in his days, examine and prove your own selves; do you not know your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are reprobates [tested, rejected, and left in sin]? Now this was the duty then of all that name themselves christians, to examine and prove themselves. And this is the duty of all that call themselves christians now, to examine and prove themselves, whether Jesus Christ is in them [ruling their lives] and if not, they are reprobates, according to the apostles' doctrine.

And now for christians and their teachers to say, ‘they have been born again,’ and go about to prove the birth of Christ without them by the scriptures,* and his sufferings, and his resurrection, etc. and to say, ‘they will prove this by the scriptures.’ This is already proved by those in whom Christ has been revealed; and it was preached by them, and since printed; for the apostle said, ‘it has pleased the Father to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him.’ And again he said, ‘I live, yet not I, but Christ that lives in me. The apostle saw then, that wolves, false apostles, Satan's messengers, false prophets, and false teachers, might get the form of godliness and talk about Christ Jesus being their Lord in words, in their days; and since the apostle's days, so many more do the same. Therefore, he would have the true christians then to examine and prove, and know their own selves, ‘whether Jesus Christ was in them, or not; for if not, they were disqualified’ [reprobates, having been tested, failed the test, and abandoned to sin]. ** And so it is requisite for all who call themselves christians now to come to this proof, and examination, and knowledge, whether Jesus Christ is in them [ruling them], or not; and if not they are reprobates;’ seeing wolves, false apostles, false prophets, and such as go in Cain's, Cora's and Balaam's way, and Satan's messengers, and reprobates may profess Christ [talking about him being the Lord and their savior, usually quoting the Bible to convince themselves of their false security].

*The big misunderstood scripture, which people use to fool themselves is: (quoted out of context)

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God .. John 1:5. "See," they say - "scripture proves I am born again because I believe Jesus is the Christ." But look at the verses immediately after this partial verse taken out of context: 1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot [them] also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

So John is saying: if you have been born of God: 1) you love God, 2) you love your fellow believers, 3) you keep God's commandments [are obedient], and 4) you have overcome the world. John tells us who really believes that Jesus in the Son of God: he who has overcome the world, by fighting the good fight of faith, to victory over sin. He that believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself ... He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life, John5:10,12. To have the Son, is to possess the Son and Father in your heart, in sufficient measure to be your true Lord in control of your thoughts, words, and deeds. If you have been born again, you know him to be in total control of you; you don't have to search the scriptures to think that you have eternal life.

**Before Jesus Christ is in you as your Lord, ruling your thoughts, words, and deeds; you are first tested, to see if you are obedient. If you are not obedient, you are disqualified, fail to receive his Spirit, and are abandoned to sin; this is to be reprobrated. However, you can keep seeking, demonstrate obedience, and eventually be tested again.

Therefore, what is theirs' and the reprobates' profession with the lips good for, though they may profess the scriptures from Genesis to the Revelation, and may talk of the apostles' preaching of him, the new covenant? For as long as Christ the Son of God is known not in them, they do not have life [the life in Christ, a newness of life, an entirely new creature].

Therefore, this is the examination and proof that all that call themselves christians should come to, ‘whether Christ, which they profess in words, is in them, yes or no; and if not, they are reprobates.’ And then their profession of the words of the new covenant is no more accepted with the Lord, than the Jews was in the old covenant, that served God with their lips, who were reprobated from the old covenant, as those christians are from the new, who do not know Christ in them. Therefore, let all that profess themselves to be christians examine themselves of all these things before mentioned.

First: Whether they are in that one catholic, holy, divine, and precious faith, which Jesus Christ is the author of, and that they have not erred from it? For if they are not, they need not make new faiths.

Second: Whether they have the spirit of Christ? And if not, they are none of Christ's.

Third: If they have not the Holy Ghost, they cannot call Jesus Lord [a Lord, who controls your thoughts, words, and deeds], seeing the apostle said, ‘no man can call Jesus Lord, but by the Holy Ghost;’ neither can they call Jesus Lord, nor be led into all truth, if they have not the Holy Ghost; neither have they the comfort of the Holy Ghost, neither can they pray in the Holy Ghost, as the apostles did. Therefore, how can all your prayers, worships, and services be accepted, if you do not have this Holy Ghost, and do not have this spirit, seeing without it you cannot call him Lord, and are none of his?

*The Holy Spirit is only gifted to those who are obedient to him. Acts 5:34.

Fourth: Examine yourselves, and prove yourselves; and you should know that if Jesus Christ is not in you, you are reprobates [tested and disqualified to receive his spirit]? Do you think that God and Christ will accept the reprobate's religion, worship, and prayers, who does not have his spirit, and this Holy Ghost, and who have erred from the true faith, and in whom Christ is not?

Fifth: Examine yourselves, whether you are of the circumcision in spirit, that serve and worship God in his spirit and truth, and are not of the circumcision of the letter, but of the circumcision of the spirit, by which the body of death and the sins of the flesh are put off, that are come upon man and woman by transgression. For Adam and Eve had not this body of death and sin before they transgressed the command of God. For if you are of this circumcision in the spirit, which all christians should be in, and which the apostles were in, then the body of death and the sins of the flesh will be put off by the circumcision of the spirit; and then there will be no pleading for a body of death and sin to the grave, and a purgatory when they are dead; if they be of this circumcision in the spirit, and worship and serve God in the spirit, as the apostle and the true church in the primitive times did.

Sixth: Examine yourselves, all who profess yourselves christians, whether you can discern the Lord's body, and if not, you eat and drink damnation to yourselves. So, let all who call themselves christians examine, from the teacher to the hearer, whether they discern the Lord's body; and those who do discern it, may come to eat his flesh and drink his blood, which he gave for the life of the world, which is not outward bread and wine; neither can any make outward bread and wine his body. Therefore, let all Christendom examine, whether they do discern the Lord's body; for they must discern it before they can eat this heavenly bread, that gives them life, John 6:51,63.

{To discern the Lord's body is to recognize the group of true believers, all who have one mind and one heart, as the body; such a group has one faith, and one Spirit, and are in the unity of the Spirit, which is the bond of peace. As of 10/09 there is not a mature body on the earth. According to the voice of the Lord, from the word within, the last substance of the Quakers' true faith, disappeared in 1880. There are isolated people, sometimes husband and wife, throughout the world, growing in Christ daily. When several break through through the wall ( a breaker, Micah 2:13) there will not be a large body. However, husbands and wives seeking together, make up a body, which Peter addresses: Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous, 1 Pet 3:8.

To eat the heavenly bread it to hear and keep [obey, practice] the spoken word of God from within heart. The Lord said: It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63. }

Seventh: Let all that call themselves christians examine themselves, whether they have experienced the baptism of Christ, with fire and the Holy Ghost, who thoroughly purges his floor, and burns up the chaff with unquenchable fire, who baptizes with one spirit into one body, and plunges down the corruptions that are gotten up by transgression. So Christ is the minister of this baptism and circumcision, who plunges down sin and the body of death, chaff and corruption, and thoroughly purges the floor, (the heart of man), and burns up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

So this is the one baptism, into one body, with one spirit, by which all may come to drink into this one spirit, and not into the many. And those who have come to this baptism of Christ, cannot plead for a body of sin and death to the grave, nor for a purgatory to purge them in after they are dead; for the baptism of Christ, which he ministers, is sufficient to purge thoroughly the heart, mind, body, and soul of every man and woman. For many would reign with Christ, but few come to be baptized into his death, and to drink of his cup, which they must do before they can come to reign with him. For the apostle said, ‘those who are Christ's, have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts thereof.’ Gal 5:24

Therefore, let all that profess themselves christians examine, whether they have crucified the flesh, and those affections and lusts thereof, for the apostle tells the christians, ‘God forbid that I should glory in anything, save in the cross of Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.’

Then those who have not crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts thereof, are not Christ's: and therefore, let them consider, whose they are then, with their flesh, and affections, and lusts, thereof, uncrucified, Gal 5:24, 6:4.

Therefore, let everyone prove himself, and his own work; for if a man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Just saying your believe the prophets', Christ's, and the apostles' words, and a claiming the outer water baptism, counts for nothing unless you possess the same spirit of Christ that the apostles had — if you are Christ's. You must have the same one faith that the apostles were in, if you are to please God, and would have access to him. You must have the same Holy Ghost that the apostles had, if you are to call Jesus Lord [and him truly be in control of you]; and Christ must be in you, if you are not reprobates. If you do serve God, and worship him, it must be in the spirit, which puts off the body of death, and the sins of the flesh, which is the circumcision of the spirit in the new covenant.

And therefore do you, who claim to be christians, not know that ‘so many as are baptized into Christ Jesus, are baptized into his death?' Rom 6:3. Therefore, examine yourselves; are you baptized into the death of Christ, and buried with Christ by baptism into death? Therefore, examine again, have you been buried with Christ by baptism unto death? This is a further thing than [being dunked in] outward water, that ‘like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.’ Rom 6:4.

And now, can any christians walk in newness of life, until their old man and his life is buried by baptism into death? for must not all Christendom be planted into the likeness of Christ's death, if they are planted into the likeness of his resurrection? Therefore, examine yourselves, where, and how you are planted. For you are not likely to be planted with Christ in his resurrection, unless you are planted into his death. Therefore, examine yourselves, that you may come into the virtue, and life of true christianity. For the apostle said to the true christians, ‘knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Christ,’ ... And now all you that profess yourselves christians, come, and search, and examine, is your old man alive, and not crucified? Then how can you serve God and Christ in newness of life? For your old man must be crucified, if the new man is renewed, which is after the image of God, ... And can the old unmortified man be a true christian in his old life, with his profession of the words of the prophets, Christ, and the apostles, from Genesis to the Revelation? No, the apostle tells the christians, ‘the old man must be put off and crucified.’ So he is not a good christian then; for it is the new man who is the christian, who walks in newness of life, and serves God in his new and living way, in his new covenant, who has the new heart and new spirit.

From him who loves the purity and virtue of all true christianity, and all who receive Christ, and walk in him.

George Fox

The 28th of the 2d month, 1679

Site Editor's Comment: In addition to Fox's outstanding proofs of being a Christian cited above, here are several other tests for true belief in Christ:

1) Jesus said: When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine. John 15:8. The Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness [or meekness], and self-control. Against these there is no law. Gal 5:22-23.

2) John tells us who really believes that Jesus in the Son of God: he who has overcome the world, by fighting the good fight of faith, to victory over sin. He that believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself,’ 1 John 5:10-12. ‘and he that has the Son, has the Father.’

3) Do you know that Jesus Christ lives in you, ruling your thoughts, words, and deeds?

4) Who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. John 8:12. Further confirmation of 3 above: you will see by the light of God, always knowing what to do, what to say - following the promptings and leadings of God.

5) Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Gal 5:24. Having suffered on the cross, they do not live the rest of their earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2.

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