The Missing Cross to Purity




Volume 6, The Works of George Fox, Doctrinal Books III, Continued

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Concerning such as have forbidden preaching, or teaching in the name of Jesus, and such as are ashamed to confess Him before men, and call not on the name of the Lord.

Here you may see who, and what they were, that forbade the apostles to preach, or teach, or speak in the name of Jesus; and what Christ said of such that are ashamed to confess him before men; and what judgments come upon those families, kingdoms, or nations, that do not call upon the name of the Lord. And those who do not call upon the name of the Lord, and know him not, are such as devour Jacob, the elect and beloved of God. ‘And yet the Lord pours out of his spirit upon all flesh,’ that with the spirit they may know God, and call upon his name. Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:1-18.

The Jews and their priests said unto the apostles, and threatened them, ‘that from now one you speak to no man in this name' Jesus. Acts 4:17. And they said again (4:18), to the apostles, ‘that they should not teach in the name of Jesus.’ And in Acts 5:28. they again said, ‘that they should not teach in the name of Jesus,’ mark, not to teach in the name of Jesus. And in Acts 5:40, they said again to the apostles, ‘that they should not speak in the name of Jesus; mark, not so much as to speak in the name of Jesus. And yet the apostle said, 'With the heart man believes, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. And if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and that God has raised him up from the dead, you shall be saved.’ Rom 10:9-10.

The Jews, which were the greatest outward professors, agreed, 'that if any man confessed that he was the Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.’ John 9:22. ‘And many of the chief rulers believed on him; but because of the Pharisees, they did not confess him,’ namely, Christ, ‘lest they should be put out of the synagogue.’ John 12:42. So here were those who did believe, both rulers and others, in Christ; but they were afraid to confess Christ, lest they should be excommunicated, or put out of their synagogue. And Christ said unto his disciples, ‘Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father, which is heaven: but whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father, which is heaven.’ Mat 10:32-33, Luke 12:18. So here you may see, those who do confess Christ before men, are confessed by him before his Father; and those who deny him before men, Christ will deny before his Father.

And John said, ‘Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God; and every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is [has] come into the [their] flesh, is not of God.’ 1 John 4:2-3. So here you may see that it is the good spirit of God that confesses his son to have come in the [their] flesh. Here you may see the two spirits, one which is of God, and the other which is not of God; the good spirit, and the bad spirit. 'For many deceivers have gone out into the world, who do not confess that Jesus Christ is [has] come in the [their] flesh, is a deceiver, and an antichrist,’ and so not in the spirit of God nor Christ. 2 John 1:7. And the apostle said, ‘Prove your own selves, do you not know yourselves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you are reprobates?’ 2 Cor 13:5. And so if they have not the spirit of Christ, and if he is not in them, then they are reprobates, [tested, disqualified, and rejected] and so are none of Christ's.

And the apostle said to the Colossians, ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory.’ And they ‘warned every man, and taught every man in all wisdom, that they might present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.’ Col 1:27-28. So then Christ must be in his people, and they must be in him.

And Christ before Pontius Pilate ‘witnessed a good confession.’ 1 Tim 6:13. This was before his persecutor; so must all the followers of the lamb confess him before men, to the glory of God the Father, and not be ashamed of Christ, their life, light, and salvation, redeemer, mediator, prophet, bishop, shepherd, leader, counselor, way and door to God, and the author and finisher of their faith, and heavenly rock and foundation, and the captain of their salvation, and not to be ashamed to meet in his name, who has all power in heaven and in earth given to him, lest he be ashamed of you before his holy angels, and his Father, which is in heaven. And therefore, in his light, spirit, grace, truth, and faith, see and hold Christ your head, who bruises the serpent's head, and reconciles you to God, in whom you, and all nations are blessed, and have rest and peace. Amen.

'Pour out your fury upon the heathen that know you not, and upon the families that call not upon your name; for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.’ Jer 10:5. These were the persecutors of the faithful.

And David said, ‘Pour out your wrath upon the heathen that have not known you, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your name; for they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.’ Psalm 79: 6-7. These were the persecutors of God's elect.

Yet ‘God sets the poor on high from affliction, and makes him families like a flock.’ Psalm 107:41.

And God ‘sets the solitary in families, and brings out those which are bound with chains. But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.’ Psalm 68:6.

George Fox

The 6th of the 10th month, 1684

To the Chief Magistrates, Rulers, Ministers, Justices of the Peace, and other Officers; who profess Christ and Christianity, and are called by that worthy name, and great title of Christians; which is from the King of kings, and Lord of lords, Christ Jesus.

    Site Editor's Introduction: Upon the restoration of the King Charles II, there was a brief, armed insurrection by about 50 religious maniacs of The Fifth Monarchy trying to establish King Jesus in England. The new king was insecure, the Parliament hated the Quakers, and so they used it an excuse to destroy the Quakers by legislation. Their laws defined any religious assembly, other than the Church of England, a seditious meeting of plotters, a Conventicle. Punishment increased for each violation: from fine, to larger fine, to life imprisonment, to banishment from England. The other sects either converted, or met in secret. The Quakers continued to meet openly, and they met fierce persecution by mobs, soldiers, the courts, and prisons.

  1. And you professing the holy scriptures of truth, and confessing to the new testament and new covenant, and the law and the prophets, which is, to love God above all, and your neighbors as yourselves, and the royal law of God, spoken of in the new testament; which is, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Now would not you judge and believe, that it was contrary to the royal law of God, if that the Papists, or the Presbyterians should make spoil of your goods and take away your goods out of your shops, and your very beds and working tools, your corn and your cattle, so that you have not a cow to give your family and your children milk, nor corn to make you bread; and all that because for conscience sake you cannot be of the Papists' or Presbyterians' religion? Would you say, this was according to the royal law of God, and the nobility of true christianity in them, to do unto all, as they would be done unto, if they should serve you so?

  2. And would you say, it was according to the royal law of God, to be haled from your peaceable meeting by officers and soldiers, for serving and worshipping God in his spirit and truth, that made you; and to have your goods taken away from you through informers, to the ruin of your wives and children; and to be cast into loathsome prisons, there to be kept until some of you died; because for conscience sake you cannot be of the Papists,’ Presbyterians,’ or Independents' religion? Would you not say, this was contrary to the royal law of God, and to the nature and nobility of true christianity in them, that should do so to you?

  3. If the Presbyterians, Independents, or Papists, should make you pay twenty pounds a month, or two-thirds of your estates, and bring quitam writs against you, as is now against many hundreds of us; and cast you in prison, and spoil your goods, as ours now are; because for conscience sake you cannot join with their outward forms of religion; would you say, that this was according to the royal law of God, 'to do unto others as they would have them do unto them?’ Or according to the law and the prophets, ‘to love their neighbors as themselves?’

  4. If the Papists, Presbyterians, or Independents, should banish you from your wives and children, or imprison you, (as many of us are now imprisoned, and others have been banished), because you do peaceably meet together to serve and worship God, and pray to him; and they should call your peaceable meetings, seditious conventicles and riots, because you cannot for conscience sake join to any of their forms of religion? Would you not say this was contrary to the law and the prophets, ‘to love their neighbors as themselves;’ and to the royal law of God, ‘to do unto all men, as they would have them do unto them?’ And to the nobility of true christianity, in those who should do so unto you?

  5. Would not you think it very hard from the Papists, Presbyterians or Independents, if they should premunire* you, and cast your men, women, and widows into prison, (as many of us are now from their wives and children), because for conscience sake you dare not swear at all, or take any oath, because Christ and his apostles forbids it,’ (Mat 5:33-37, James 55:12) though your peaceable lives and conducts have, and do show forth your allegiance to the king; and though you are willing to testify the truth in all matters and cases with yes, yes, or no, no, as Christ and the apostle commands; and as we have done, and do? Would you say, this was according to the law and prophets in them, and the royal law of God, ‘to love their neighbors as themselves,’ and ‘to do unto all, as they would be done unto?’

    *Premunire – was the penalty for failure to swear an oath of allegiance to the King of England, originally enacted to flush out Papists who had allegiance to the Pope; yet the Pope edicted lying under oath was permissible, if the lie was in the interest of the Roman sect. The law remained on the books for one hundred years and was then used by the opponents of the Quakers to persecute them for failure to swear in court or take an oath of loyalty. The penalty was: life imprisonment and confiscation of all property to the King; at the death of the person sentenced, his surviving relatives could petition the King for the return of any real property: homes and lands. Thousands of Quakers were so penalized, including George Fox and Margaret Fell.

  6. And would the bishops and priests believe, that it was according to the royal law of God, and according to the law and the prophets, for the Papists, Presbyterians, or Independents to excommunicate them, and cast them into prison, and there to keep them until they die, (as several of us have been so kept, and many are now in prison), because for conscience sake you cannot join to the Papists,’ Presbyterians,’ or Independents' forms of religion? Would you say this [persecution] is ‘to love their neighbors as themselves,’ and ‘to do unto others, as they would have others do unto them;’ and that it was according to the nature and nobility of true christianity in them, that should do so unto you?

And now I do in humility desire you to consider, did Christ and his apostles ever force any to be of his true religion and worship; and if that they would not [conform], then to give forth orders to take away their goods, and their very beds, and their corn which would make them bread, their cattle which should help to maintain them, and their cows which should give them milk, their clothes they should wear to keep them warm, and their tools they should work with to earn their living? On the contrary did not Christ exhort christians to love one another, and to love enemies? And the apostle says, overcome evil with good. And Christ told the Jews, what the substance was of the law and the prophets: ‘to love God above all, and their neighbor as themselves.’ And should not all, that go by the name of Christians, and profess that great title of christianity, from Christ Jesus the lamb of God, show forth the nobility of true christianity, and his lamb-like nature; and not ‘one christian to tear another to pieces,’ and ‘spoil his goods, and cast him into prison,’ because he cannot for conscience sake receive and join to one another's form of religion; seeing that Christ rebuked his disciples, ‘that would have had fire come down from heaven, to consume those who would not receive him;’ and told them, ‘they did not know what spirit they were of, and that he came not to destroy men's lives, but to save them.’ Should not all true christians have the mind of Christ?

Do you think, that God accepts the sacrifice or offerings demanded by a state-enforced religion, to save themselves from prison, and from spoil of their goods, when all that is contrary to their tender conscience? Were not the offerings and sacrifices to be free-will offerings to the Lord in the time of the law? And in the gospel day of the new covenant and testament, are not the offerings and sacrifices of the Lord spiritual? And can any man force and compel the spirit of God to that offering and sacrifice? For does not the apostle say to the christians, ‘You are a royal priesthood, offering up spiritual sacrifices to God by Jesus Christ?’ And after Christ was ascended, did ever the apostles, bishops, or elders give any orders to excommunicate, spoil goods, and cast any into prison, there to be kept until death, (as many of us have been), such as could not conform to their religion?

And therefore I desire you in the fear of the Lord, and in his gentle, holy wisdom, (which is easy to be entreated), to consider these things, and us, who are under great sufferings, imprisonment, and spoiling of goods; whether this is according to the royal law of God, and his prophets, which is, ‘to love their neighbors as themselves,’ and to do unto all, as they would be done unto; or whether this is according to the nature of the lamb, Christ Jesus, and the nobility of true christianity? What if the Presbyterians, Independents, or Papists should do the same to you, because of your tender consciences, and for your worship and serving of God, and your not joining with them? Would that be a good thing in them, and according to the royal law of God, ‘to do unto you, as they would not have others do unto them;' and whether you would say, it was according to the lamb-like nature of Christ, and according to true christianity?

So I ask that you would weigh these things with the spirit of God, and the balance of the sanctuary; and measure them with the line and rule of righteousness, according to the scriptures of truth.

From him that desires the good and happiness of the king and kingdom, and all the king's subjects in it, in this life, and his and their eternal welfare in the life and world which is everlasting; and does pray for kings, princes, governors, and magistrates, that we may lead and live a holy, peaceable, and quiet life in all godliness under them: for magistrates are for a praise of those who do well.

George Fox

London, the 17th of the 9th month, 1684

POSTSCRIPT

Where do you ever read, that the Jews, when they had conquered any nation or kingdom, did by the law force them to the Jewish religion, or to be circumcised? Or that they cast them into prison, if they would not join with them in their divine service? Though Christ said, “they compassed sea and land to make proselytes;’ yet where do you read, they made them by force, or they became proselytes to save their goods, or keep themselves out of prison? And you read in Genesis, ‘that Abraham and Isaac lived in Gera, in king Abimelech's country;’ yet you do not read that the king forced them to his religion; but they had their liberty to serve and worship God. And also in Genesis, ‘when Abraham went down into Egypt, and Jacob and his family after him;’ you do not read, that king Pharaoh forced either Abraham, or Jacob and his family to his religion, while they lived there. And the Turks, when they conquer any nation or people, or take captives, we do not hear that they force them to their religion. For our Friends, (the people called Quakers), in Algiers, that are taken captives by the Turks, have their liberty peaceably to meet together, to serve and worship God there without disturbance. And therefore those who bear that great and worthy name of Christians, from Christ Jesus, and profess the holy scriptures of truth, and the royal law of God, which is, ‘to do unto others, as they would have them to do unto them,’ should show forth the nobility of true christianity, and the nature of the lamb, Christ, which is far above all Turks and heathens.

George Fox

Mat 5:7. ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’

Mat 9:13. Christ said, ‘Learn what that means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.’

An exhortation to all people, to pureness, cleanness, and holiness, and faithfulness to the Lord.

Here you may see who they are that dwell with everlasting burnings, and in God's tabernacle and holy mountain, and who not. By G. F.

David said, ‘Who shall ascend unto the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?’ David answers, and said, ‘He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lift up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully; he shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation; and this is the generation of those who seek the Lord.’ Psalm 24:3-6. So here is a generation of clean hands, and a pure heart that ascend into the hill of the Lord, and stand in his holy place.

And Isaiah said, ‘Who among us shall dwell with devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?’ And Isaiah answers his questions, and said, ‘He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppression, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes; that stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing of evil; he shall dwell on high, his place of defense shall be the fortress of rocks; bread shall be given him, his water shall be sure; your eyes shall see the king in his beauty, ... and your eyes shall see a tabernacle that shall not be taken down, not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed,’ Isa 33:14-17,20.

Here you may see who they are that can dwell with devouring fire, and everlasting burnings, and yet shall not be burned nor devoured.

David said, ‘Lord, who shall abide in your tabernacle? And who shall dwell in your holy hill?’ David answers his questions, and said, ‘He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. He that backbites not with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; in whose eyes a vile person is condemned, but he honors those who fear the Lord. He that takes not a reward against the innocent; he that does these things shall never be removed, but shall abide in the tabernacle of the Lord, and dwell in his holy hill.’ Psalm 15. ‘But the ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away; therefore the ungodly shall not stand in judgment, (namely, righteous judgment), and sinners shall not stand in the congregation of the righteous.’ Psalm 1:4-5.

‘The mountain of the house of the Lord, shall be established above all the mountains, and exalted above all the hills;’ and does not the Lord here teach his people his righteous and holy ways and paths to walk in? as in Isa 2, Micah 4. And the stone that smote the great image of gold, of silver, of brass, and iron, and clay, that they became like chaff of the summer threshing floors, and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them; and the stone that smote this great image, became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. Dan 2:35.

Is not this stone, that becomes a great mountain, that fills the whole earth, Christ Jesus? And so through him the kingdoms of the world become the kingdoms of Christ.

Here you may see this stone, or mountain that fills the whole earth, will dash to pieces, and grind to powder all that is not of its holy and pure nature, and with its holy divine nature fill the whole earth.

The Lord said, ‘They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain.’ Isaiah 11:9. And is not this holy mountain Christ, who destroys the devil and his works, the destroyer? ‘And those who take hold of my covenant, said the Lord, even them will I bring to my holy mountain,’ Isa. 56:6-7, 2:2.

‘And he that puts his trust in me,’ said the Lord, ‘shall inherit my holy mountain.’ Isa 57:13. ‘For thus said the high and lofty One, that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ Isa 57:15. Therefore is it not good to wait upon the Lord, and trust in him?

Concerning such as eat up God's people like bread, and such as make idols and images, and worship them, are without the true understanding, and are fools that hate knowledge; and such as go into adultery and uncleanness, are void of the wisdom of God, and true understanding; and God's fury is upon all such as do not call upon his name.

David said, ‘Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread?’ Psalm 14:4. Here the workers of iniquity, as they eat bread, they eat up God's people; that is, they devour them. Are not these devourers men-eaters?

And again in Psalm 53:4, the Lord said, ‘The workers of iniquity eat up my people like bread. But God did give his people corn from heaven, and man did eat angels food.’ Psalm 78:24-25. And David said, ‘The wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.’ Psalm 27:2.

Here you may see these wicked men-eaters, and enemies of the righteous, stumbled and fell, when they came to eat up the flesh of the righteous; so they fell short of their devouring prey. Psalm 27:2.

Solomon said, ‘Whoever commits adultery with a woman, lacks understanding; he that does it, destroys his own soul; a wound and a dishonor shall he get, and his reproach shall not be wiped away.’ Pro 6:32-33. ‘And those who lack understanding, the wicked woman draws in; but he knows not that the dead are there, and that her guests are in the chambers of hell.’ Pro 19:16-29.

And therefore Job said, ‘The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.’ Job 28:28. And Solomon said, ‘He that is slow to wrath, is of a great understanding; but he that is hasty of spirit, exalts folly.’ Prov 14:29. ‘And understanding is a well-spring of life to him that has it.’ Prov 16:22. ‘But the man that wanders out of the way of understanding, shall remain in the congregation of the dead.’ Prov 21:16. ‘Evil men do not understand judgment.’ Prov 28:5. ‘And the strange woman deceives the simple ones, and the youth, who are void of understanding; her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.’ Prov 7:7,27. And therefore it is good to keep and walk in the spirit of understanding, by which you may depart from evil, and keep out of the snare of the whore, and the congregation of the dead.

And the Lord said concerning the Jews who rebelled against his spirit, ‘My people are foolish, they have not known me, they are drunken children, they have no understanding, they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.’ Jer 4:22. Is not this the condition of many Christians, as well as the Jews?

The prophet said, ‘Pour out your wrath upon the heathen who do not know you, and upon the families who do not call upon your name; for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.’ Jer 10:25. Must not God's fury come upon these men-eaters, that eat Jacob the beloved of God, and devoured him, and made his habitation desolate? And David said, ‘Pour out your wrath upon the heathen that have not known you, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your name; for they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.’ Psalm 79:6-7. God's fury will be poured upon such that devour the righteous, and lay waste his dwelling place.

And you may see in Jer 51, ‘those who are founders of graven images, or molten images,’ are brutish by their knowledge, ‘which are the works of error, and shall perish.’ And the Lord said, ‘A drought is upon her waters, namely Babylon, and they shall be dried up, for it is a land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.’ Jer 50:38. Upon such God brings droughts and famine, who disobey and forsake the living God, and dote upon their idols and images which they make. ‘And the Lord frustrates the tokens of liars, and makes the diviners mad, and turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolish.’ And has not this been seen and fulfilled? Isa 44:25. And the Lord said, ‘They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their hearts on their iniquity, and there shall be like priest like people, and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them for their doings.’ Hosea 4:8-9. And the Lord said to Daniel, ‘The wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.’ Daniel 12:10. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the secrets of the Lord are with those who fear him, and the Lord takes care for those who fear him, as in Exod 1:21. Therefore it is good to live in the fear of the Lord, which you must if you would know his secrets.

The cause of drought, and barrenness, famine and plagues, for disobeying the Lord, and grieving his Spirit.

The cause of drought, barrenness, and famine. ‘The Lord turns rivers into a wilderness, and the water-springs into dry ground, and turns a fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of those who dwell in it.’ Psalm 107:33-34. Mark, it is for the wickedness of those who dwell in it.

And you may see those who disobeyed the Lord and forsook him, and because of the wickedness of their doings, the Lord will smite such with consumptions, and fevers, and blotches, and blastings, and mildews, until they perish. ‘I will,’ said the Lord, ‘smite them with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart, and the locust, and the worms shall consume and devour their fruits; and the heavens that are over your head shall be as brass, and the earth that is under you shall be iron. And the Lord will make the rain of your land powder and dust; and will smite you with the blotches of Egypt, and with the hemroids, scab, and itch that can not be healed.’ And this is the portion of those who disobey the Lord, and forsake him, as in Deut 28:15-68, you may see more at large, and how the curse follows the wicked and disobedient, in city and field, and upon themselves and their flocks, and the fruits of their lands, yes, the plagues and the judgments that he poured upon Egypt, he pours upon those who disobey him, and grieve and rebel against his spirit.

And the Lord sent the prophet Gad unto David, when he caused Joab to number the people, and said unto him, ‘Shall seven years of famine come upon the land, or will you flee three months before your enemies, while they pursue you, or that there be three days pestilence in your land.’ 2 Sam 24:9-13. And did not this action of David bring death and destruction of seventy thousand of the Jews, through David's hearkening to the temptation of Satan, as in 1 Chron 21:1, but David repented, and the Lord staid the hand of the destroying angel, that Jerusalem was not destroyed?

And did not the Lord call for a famine, and it came upon the land seven years? (as in 2 Kings 8:1). And was not this because of their wickedness?

And in Jer 11:22, does not the Lord there punish Judah for idolatry, and said, ‘that his sons and daughters should die by famine.’ And in Jer 14:12, there the Lord said to the Jews that disobeyed him, ‘When they fast I will not hear them, nor accept their offerings;’ but said, ‘I will consume them by famine, and by pestilence.’ And likewise you may see in Jer 15, how the Lord said concerning the rebellious and disobedient Jews; and for the wickedness of Manasseh he threatened them with death, captivity, and famine. And likewise you may see in Jer 18:21, how the Lord threatens famine and judgments against the Jews for their revolting from the Lord; and in Jer 44:13, see how the Lord threatens the disobedient by famine and pestilence. And the Lord threatens his plagues and judgments concerning Babylon, and said, ‘A drought is upon the waters, and they shall be dried up; for it is a land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.’ Jer 50:38. And therefore let all that disobey the Lord, and make graven images, and idols, and worship them, beware of these judgments. And Ezekiel, he declares the judgments upon Jerusalem for their rebelling against God, how that they should die and be consumed with famine and pestilence, in Ezek 5:12. And likewise in Ezek 6, you may see the judgments upon Israel for their idolatry; the Lord said, he would ‘pour his fury upon them, and they should die by pestilence and famine.’ And the Lord said, he would ‘leave a few of the Jews that should escape from the pestilence and famine, and that these Jews that escaped might declare their own abominations among the heathen.’ Ezek 12:16. And in Isaiah 14, you may see how the Lord threatened the Assyrians with famine and pestilence. ‘Thus said the Lord, because of mine house that is waste, yes, every man runs to his own house, therefore the heaven over you is staid from dew, and the earth is staid from her fruit; and I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground brings forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labor of their hands.’ Haggai 1:10-11.

Here you may see the reason of the judgments of God, because people mind their own houses, and business, and wills, more than the Lord's.

And did not the three years' famine and six months come upon the children of Israel, because of their turning from the Lord, and rebelling against his law and spirit in the days of wicked Ahab and Jezebel, who set up their idolatry, and persecuted and killed the Lord's people? And did not the Lord shut up heaven, that they had no rain nor dew for three years and six months in the land of Israel? Luke 4:25,1 Kings 17:1.

And you may see in Rev 18, what plagues, and famine, and judgments the Lord pours upon the false church, mystery Babylon, the great whore, that has whored from the spirit of Christ, and killed the Lord's prophets, and drunk the blood of the saints and martyrs, who sat as a queen; but plagues, and judgments, and famine, and destruction is their end, with the dragon, beast, and false prophets, and their followers. And therefore let all be warned that rebel against the spirit of God, and so turn from the Lord into sin and wickedness, such cannot expect to escape these plagues and judgments, that God and his prophets, Christ and his apostles, have pronounced against them in the holy scriptures of truth.

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Concerning those who overcome the Beast, and Dragon, and Whore, and False Prophet.

Rev 11:7. ‘The beast shall overcome the two witnesses of God, and kill them.’ Rev 13:7. ‘And the beast shall make war with the saints, and overcome them.’ Rev 17:14. ‘But the lamb shall overcome the beast and his followers.’

Rev 3:21. And Christ said ‘To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.’

Rev 12:11. ‘And the saints overcame the dragon by the blood of the lamb, and the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives to the death.’

Rev 2:26-28. ‘And he that overcomes and keeps my words unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations, said Christ, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they are broken to shivers, even as I received of my Father, and I will give him the morning star.’

Rev 2:7. ‘To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.’

Rev 2:10-11. ‘And be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life; and he that overcomes shall not be hurt with the second death.’

Rev 3:5. ‘And he that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.’

Rev 3:21. ‘And him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.’

Rev 2:17. ‘And him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows, saving he that receives it.

Rev 3:10. And Christ said, ‘you have kept the word of my patience, I will keep you from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try those who dwell upon the earth.

Rev 3:12. ‘And him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out, and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, and I will write upon him my new name.’

Rev 21:7. ‘And he that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.’

But the dragon and the beast, the false prophet and their followers, and the false church that makes war with the lamb and the church of Christ the saints, these say, that there is no overcoming of them while they live upon the earth, but the beast, false prophets, and the whore, and the dragon must have the victory; and the lamb and the saints must not have the victory; and the kingdoms of the world must not become the kingdoms of Christ; this is the beast, and the whore, and the false prophets', and the old dragon's, the devil's, and Satan's false doctrine; but the lamb and the saints shall have the victory over them all.

*The false church, the followers of the whore and beast today, say that there is no way to be made free of sin; they say perfection is impossible. Because they know they are imperfect and still in sin, they assume no one else could be higher than they are, in their lofty positions, bearing rule my means of their office; this assumption is particularly voiced by the leaders of Christendom who of necessity deny the possibility, for if they admitted it, they would have to resign their paying position and admit to having deceived thousands. Professing to believe in the scriptures, they ignore the hundreds of verses that speak of freedom from sin, perfection, purity, and holiness being required. Professing to believe in Jesus, who gave us so many warnings, requirements, and conditions necessary for salvation; they cast all his teachings behind the backs. In effect, these false prophets, these ministers are dedicated to preserving the beastly nature in man by denying the possibility of overcoming it. They say no one can conquer the beastly nature of sin, proving themselves to ministers of Satan, transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness.

Isaac said, that when Esau had broken Jacob's yoke from off his neck, then Esau should have the dominion, and this Isaac spoke by prophecy, in Gen 27:40, and was fulfilled in Jehoram's days. 2 Chron 21: 4,5,8. For then the Edomites made themselves a king, and this Jehoram compelled Judah to his false worship, and to forsake God's worship. 2 Chron 21:11.

David said, ‘O Lord preserve my life from the fear of the enemy, and hide me from the secret council of the wicked, and from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity, who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words.’ Psalm 64:2-3.

George Fox

The two suppers of Christ; 1) the last supper in the same night that he was betrayed, before he was crucified; and the supper after he was risen, which he calls people to in Rev 3:20,To hear his voice, and open the door, and he will sup with them, and they shall sup with him.”

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit's Unquenchable Fire vs. Outward Water

Likewise, something concerning Christ, the resurrection of the just and unjust.

And also, concerning the stone cut out of the mountain without hands, which smote the image. Dan 2.

And concerning Christ, the vine, and the Jews, how that God planted them a noble vine, but they degenerated, and destroyed the Lord's servants, and son, that came to look for fruits.

By George Fox

It is said in Mat 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:16-20, 1 Cor 11:23-26, ‘In the same night that Christ was betrayed, he took the bread and the cup, and said, As often as you do eat this bread, and drink this cup, do it in remembrance of me; and you do show forth the Lord's death until he come.’ And Christ said, ‘I say unto you, from now on I will drink no more of this fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.’ And Christ said, when he was at his last supper, when he was betrayed, before he was crucified, ‘I say unto you, (namely, his disciples), I will not any more eat thereof, (namely, of the bread of the passover), until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’

Now mark, the fruit of the vine, and the bread which Christ broke at his last supper, and gave to his disciples in the same night that he was betrayed, before he was crucified, which they were to take in remembrance of his death, and show forth his death until he came; that after they had eat of that outward bread, and drunk of that outward cup, the fruit of the vine, which he gave to his disciples, from now on he would eat no more thereof, (namely, the bread), until it was fulfilled in the kingdom of God, and drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until the day that he drink it new in the kingdom of God, (Mat 26, Mark 14), as Christ said this unto his disciples, at his last supper, before he was crucified. But after Christ was crucified, buried, and rose again, he ate and drank again with them, as you may see in these scriptures following, which fulfilled his own words, as in Luke 24:30. ‘And it came to pass as Jesus sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to them,’ namely, to some of his disciples; and they said unto others of them, ‘the Lord is come; and he was known to them by breaking of bread,’ as in Luke 24:35. And in Luke 24:41-43, Jesus appeared unto his disciples again, and he said unto them, ‘Have you any meat? And they gave him a piece of broiled fish and honey-comb, and he took it, and did ate before them; and he said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled.’

And again, Jesus said unto his disciples, after he was risen, John 21:5,9. ‘Children, have you any meat?’ They answered, no. And as soon as his disciples had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread; and Jesus said unto them, ‘Come and dine;’ and Jesus took bread, and gave to them, and fish likewise. And this was the third time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples, after he was risen from the dead, as in John 21:12-14. And Christ, after he had risen from the dead, told his disciples, ‘All power in heaven and earth was given unto him.’ And Christ said unto his disciples whom he sent forth to preach, before he was crucified, ‘Verily, I say unto you, you shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, until the son of man is come.’ Mat 10:23.

And again, Christ said unto his disciples, ‘I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death until they see the son of man coming in his kingdom.’ And again, Christ said, ‘Verily, I say unto you, there be some standing here which shall not taste of death, until they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.’ Mat 16:28, Mark 9:1, Luke 9:27.

And the apostle said, Acts 10:41, that they did ‘eat and drink with Christ, after that God had raised him up from the dead.’ And so they fulfilled Christ's words, that he would eat no more of the bread, nor drink of the fruit of the vine, until he drank it new with them in the kingdom of God. Mark 14:25. And again, Christ said, ‘There are some standing here, who shall not taste of death until they see the son of man coming in his kingdom and power.’ Mat 16:28. And was not this fulfilled after Christ was risen, when he said, ‘All power in heaven and earth is given unto me.’ Then did not he come in power, and did not the disciples see him in his kingdom, after his resurrection?

And John, he that was one of Christ's beloved disciples, that leaned upon his breast in the same night that Christ was betrayed, before he was crucified, did not John then take the elements of bread and wine at that last supper? And was not John one of the disciples that did not taste death until he saw Christ come in the kingdom of his Father with power,* when Christ said, ‘All power in heaven and earth is given unto me?’ And was not John one of the disciples that did eat and drink with Christ after he was risen? And after that Christ was ascended, and sat at the right hand of God, and the churches were gathered, as yet they were not come off many outward elementary things. And did not Christ send John, after he was ascended, to call the church to another supper, and said, ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man will hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me; he that has an ear to hear, let him hear what the spirit said unto the churches.

*[Christ came in power. Christ was undoubtedly in the Kingdom after his resurrection and after he had ascended and been glorified, but the disciples were not in the kingdom yet. They had received the Holy Spirit, but Jesus had not returned as he had promised. After Jesus had been resurrected, and when he was eating fish and bread with them on the seashore,  Jesus answered Peter’s question as to what would happen to John: "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” So Jesus, after the resurrection, and after he had ascended and been glorified, said his “return” was still to happen in the future.

After he was resurrected, his disciples asked, was the Kingdom to be established then? and he said, "it is not for you to know the time or dates," and then rose to heaven, leaving them. Acts 1:6-9. The Kingdom had not been established yet in his disciples.

Further Jesus in Matthew, Mark, and Luke said they would see him coming on a cloud with his holy angels; coming on a cloud; this is not the resurrection. Christ told his disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for power from on high; this is the power of the Kingdom they were to receive. When the power of the Holy Spirit was received on Pentecost, the flames of fire dancing on their heads, that was the likely time the disciples entered the Kingdom, and experienced the 2nd appearance, or return of Christ.

So his resurrection was not the return. But, in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming with the Kingdom before they died. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying all the end times prophesies would be fulfilled before the generation of 2000 years ago died, (click here to see all).

But later, while still alive on earth, the apostle said, ‘God has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.’ Col 1:13. And Rev 1:9, ‘I, John, who am your brother, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.’ They testified to be in the Kingdom then. So his return is a 2nd appearance within the hearts of his purified disciples, then and now,]

Now those who come to this inward and heavenly supper, and to sup with Christ, the heavenly and spiritual man, the second Adam, the Lord from heaven, since he is risen and ascended, they must have their spiritual ear to hear the spiritual voice of Christ, and his spiritual knocking at the door of their immortal souls and hearts, and with his spirit, the spiritual man, the second Adam, the Lord from heaven, the king of glory, that he may come into their hearts and souls, and then they to sup with him, and he to sup with them the spiritual and heavenly supper. And to this heavenly and spiritual supper did Christ send John, to call the church of Christ, after he was risen and ascended. And John said, when Christ sent him with this message, to call the church to this supper, ‘I John, am your brother in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.’ So here you may see, John was in the kingdom and patience of Christ, when he called the church to this heavenly spiritual supper of Christ, after Christ was ascended at the right hand of God; which spiritual supper, after Christ was ascended, is beyond, and a higher supper than the last supper the same night that Christ was betrayed, of taking the elements of bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death, and a show of his death until he has come. And had not John taken that supper? And had not the kingdom of God come, when John said, ‘he was in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ?’ Rev 1:9, 3:20. John tells you, Christ has come, and Christ said, ‘Behold I stand at the door and knock, (then is not he come?) and if any man will hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, (mark, into him), and I will sup with him, and he with me.’ And does not the apostle say, ‘Prove yourselves, examine yourselves, know you not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you are reprobates.’ 2 Cor 13:5.

And may not reprobates take the elements of bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death, and say, they will do it until Christ has come; yet Christ said, ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock, (so then he has come and is here), and if any man will hear his voice, and open the door, he will come in to them, and sup with them, and they with him.’

And cannot reprobates be sprinkled with the element of water, and take the elements of bread and wine? And Christ, who has ascended at the right hand of God, said, Behold, I stand at the door and knock; and though he has come, and stands at the door and knocks, yet they will not open the door, and hear his spiritual voice, that he might come in to them, and sup with them, and they with him, as is said before. And such will not open the spiritual ear to hear what the spirit said to the church of Christ; for they must have the spiritual ear that lets in Christ, when he stands at the door, and knocks at the door of their hearts, to hear his spiritual voice, and to sup with the spiritual man at his spiritual supper, after Christ is ascended. And they who do not hear the spiritual voice of Christ, when he stands at the door and knocks, are such as err from the spirit of God, and faith of Christ, and hate his light, and go from the grace and truth in their hearts; and such do not come to the heavenly supper of Christ  that he calls to, now after he has ascended, that will not hear his voice, nor open the door by his grace, light, spirit, and truth, but their dark spirit leads them to live in weak elements, outward things which perish with the using, and which keep them in slavery. Gal 4:9, Col 2:22.

And the angel said unto John, ‘Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the lamb. This is the spiritual marriage supper of the lamb, which the true christians were called to, after Christ was risen and ascended.’ Rev 19:9. For those who have come to this marriage supper of the lamb, are married to Christ, the second Adam, the Lord from heaven. And these are those who hear his spiritual voice, and he is come into them, and sups with them, and they with him; and this is the marriage supper of the lamb, that takes away the sins of the world, and those who come to it are blessed. For reprobates may take the outward elements of bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death, until he comes, as they say; and yet he stands at the door of their hearts and souls, and knocks, after he is risen and ascended at the right hand of God, and they will not let him in, nor hear his voice; and the apostle tells them, in 2 Cor 13:5, ‘they are reprobates if they know not Christ in them.’

And here you may see now, that Christ called his followers to this marriage supper, after he was risen and ascended into heaven, at the right hand of God; and is not this the last supper that Christ called his people to, after he was ascended, namely, the marriage supper of the lamb; yes, such that had taken the elements of bread and wine with Christ at his last supper, the same night that he was betrayed, before he was crucified, in remembrance of his death until he had come. And John, who was one that took it in remembrance of his death until he came, said, in 1 John 5:20, after Christ was risen and ascended, ‘We know that the son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his son Jesus Christ, (mark, in him), and this is the true God, and eternal life.’ And this John spoken after Christ had risen and ascended. He that has an ear to hear, let him hear.

And Jesus Christ said, ‘If any man love me, he will keep my words and sayings; and he that has my commandments, and keeps them, it is he that loves me; and he that loves me, shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. I go to my Father, but you shall see me; and because I live, you shall live also. You shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you; and he that keeps my words, my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.’ John 14.

And the apostle said to the Colossians, ‘God has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.’ Mark, into the kingdom of his dear son. And this he said while they were upon the earth, and after Christ was risen and ascended. And John said, ‘that he was in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, while he was upon the earth.’ Col 1:13, Rev 1:9.

And the Colossians were not converted, when he took bread and wine, and gave to his disciples at his last supper, the same night he was betrayed. And were not those who were translated into the kingdom of Christ Jesus, come to the marriage supper of the Lamb? And Christ supped with them, and they with him; and sat together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, as in Eph 2:6.

Here you may see a distinction between the last supper the same night that Christ was betrayed, before he was crucified, and the heavenly marriage supper of the Lamb, that Christ calls people to, after he was ascended into heaven at the right hand of God.

And John saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying, to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, ‘Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of those who sit on horses, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.’ Rev 19:17-21.

Now, all you that will not open the door of your souls and hearts, at which door Christ stands and knocks, nor hear his spiritual voice, to let him in, that he might sup with you, and you with him, the blessed marriage supper of the lamb, slain from the foundation of the world; I say to you all, take heed, both great and small, high and low, free and bond, lest Christ does not make of you a supper for the fowls to eat your flesh, and be filled with it, as in Rev 19; for those not blessed are those of whom the fowls make a supper, but they are blessed that are called, and come to the marriage supper of the lambs. And those who are a supper for the fowls, do not eat the flesh of Christ, nor drink his blood, the bread from heaven; and those have no life [the Life of God] in them, and so will not come to Christ that they may have life, but live in outward elements. John 5:40. But whoever eats the flesh of Christ, and drinks his blood, which is the living bread that comes down from heaven, has everlasting life. And again, Christ said, ‘He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.’ And these are those who are blessed, and come to the marriage supper of the lamb, and Christ sups with them, and they with him, since his resurrection and ascension into heaven at the right hand of God, the heavenly and spiritual supper of the lamb, and come to be members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bone. John 6, Eph 5: 30.

Now concerning those who say, ‘The bread and the wine that Christ took and gave his disciples, and said, as often as you do eat this bread, and drink this cup, do it in remembrance of me, showing forth the Lord's death until he come,’ as in Matthew, Mark, Luke, 1 Cor, those who say that this outward bread, and the wine, the fruit of the vine, is the very body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and whosoever receives and eats it, receives and eats the Lord Jesus Christ, after the priest have consecrated it; in this they may see their error that do say so, and hold this doctrine; for the apostle said, ‘You that do eat this bread, and drink this cup, you do show forth the Lord Jesus Christ's death, until he come.’ Then it is clear, the bread and the cup is not the Lord Jesus Christ; and the Lord Jesus Christ is not come when they eat this bread, and drink this cup; for while they are eating the bread, and drinking of the cup, they are showing forth the Lord's death until he come. Then he is not come; for they take the bread and cup ‘in remembrance of the Lord's death, and to show forth his death until he come.’ So it is clear, the cup and the bread is not the Lord Jesus Christ, as in 1 Cor 11:24-26.

And again, the apostle said, ‘In the same night that Christ Jesus was betrayed, he took bread and broke it, and said, do it in remembrance of me, and likewise the cup.’ So Christ's body was whole, and was not crucified, when he broke that outward bread; for that which they were to take in remembrance of Christ, and in a show of his death until he came, it was not the Lord Jesus Christ, but outward bread and wine in an outward cup. And Christ was nowhere called a cup, it is said, ‘Christ took the cup when he had supped.’ Then he did not take his own blood and give unto them, but he called it, ‘the fruit of the vine.’ Mat 26:29. And Christ ‘took the cup and gave his disciples, and said, drink you all of it; and took the bread, and broke it, and gave it to his disciples also.’ And in Mark 14:23. ‘They all drank of the cup, and he broke the bread and gave it to his disciples,’ (namely, the twelve), as in Luke 22. And after he had broken it, and given it them, and given them the cup, and called it ‘the fruit of the vine,’ after Christ had given them this, he said, ‘Drink you all of this.’ Mat 26:29, Luke 22:17. Behold,’ said Christ, ‘the hand of him that betrays me, is with me on the table.’ So it seems here that Judas did eat of the bread, and drink of the fruit of the vine in the cup, and he did partake of these outward elements in the same night that Christ was betrayed, which elements were taken in a show and remembrance of the Lord's death until he came. But Judas did not stay until he came, for he betrayed him. Now if this outward bread and outward wine had been Christ, the living bread that came down from heaven, and his blood, which if any man did eat of that bread, and drink his blood, he shall live forever, and not die, as Christ said, ‘Whoever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life, and dwells in me, and I in him; and he that eats me, shall even live by me; and he that eats this bread that comes down from heaven, shall live forever.’ See John 6:50-59.

Now here you may see, it is clear, that the cup and bread that Judas did eat and drink of at the last supper, was not the flesh of Christ, or bread of life that came down from heaven, nor his blood that gives life everlasting; for Judas had not eternal life, nor did not live forever by eating that outward bread, and drinking of that outward cup, the fruit of the vine.

And so, Judas did not eat Christ and live by him, and live forever, though he drank of the outward cup, the fruit of the vine, and eat of the outward bread that Christ broke at his last supper, the same night that he betrayed him; and that Judas might do, and not eat the bread from heaven, the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, for such have not life eternal in them, as Christ said, that ‘do not eat his flesh and drink his blood;’ for Christ said, ‘Except you eat the flesh of the son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you.’ John 6:53. And the Jews murmured at Christ, when he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven;’ and ‘except you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you.’ And ‘he that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life.’

So here is a great difference between the flesh and the blood of Christ, or the bread which came down from heaven, which gives life eternal, and the elements of bread and wine, which reprobates and Judas's may take and eat, that have not life eternal, nor Christ in them, as the apostle said, ‘If Christ is not in you, you are reprobates.’

Baptism of the Holy Spirit's Unquenchable Fire vs. Outward Water

And here you may see a distinction between the baptism of John, with his element of water, which must decrease, a forerunner of Christ's baptism, which does increase; who came after John, who baptizes with fire, and with the holy ghost; who comes with his fan, and thoroughly purges the floor of the heart from sin and corruption, and burns up the chaff with unquenchable fire. And this fire that is unquenchable, is above the natural fire that may be quenched. And Christ gathers his wheat into his garner, into which garner the devil with his foul spirit, nor none of his vermin, his followers, can come to hurt God's seed or wheat.

And all men and women must come to this baptism of Christ, who baptizes with unquenchable fire and the holy ghost, before ever they know the wheat or the seed of God come into God's garner; for John who said, he must decrease, his baptism with outward elementary water, does not bring the wheat, the seed of God, into God's garner.

And the apostle said, ‘he thanked God that he had baptized none of the Corinthians but Crispus and Gaius,’ &c. for he said, ‘Christ sent him not to baptize, but to preach the gospel, (1 Cor 1:14-17) not with the wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.’

And John the Baptist was prophesied of by Isaiah, before his coming, Isaiah 40:3. ‘I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that comes after me, is mightier than I, whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to unloose; he shall baptize you with the holy ghost, and with fire; whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into his garner, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’ Mat 3:11-12, Mark 1:9, Luke 3:16-17. And John said, ‘He that has the bride, is the bridegroom; he must increase, but I must decrease.’ And John further speaks of Christ, and said, ‘He that is from above, is above all.’ And again, ‘He that comes from heaven, is above all.’ John 3:29-31. So John confesses Christ was greater that he, and came after him, who must increase, and was mightier than he, and preferred before him, for he was before him. And indeed Christ is preferred before John in his birth, in his miracles, in his offices, and in his death, who ‘by the grace of God tasted death for every man,’ and was mightier than John in his birth, who was conceived by the holy ghost, and in his power, who has ‘all power in heaven and earth given unto him.’ So he was preferred before John; for he was before him, for all things were made and created by Jesus Christ, whose name is called the ‘word of God.’ John 1-9.

And when Christ came to be baptized of John, John forbade him, saying, ‘I have need to be baptized of you, and come you to me?’ And Jesus said unto him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness;’ then he allowed him. Mat 3:13-15. So here, John knew that himself must be baptized with Christ's baptism, with fire, and with the holy ghost, before the seed of God, the wheat, could be gathered into God's garner. And John answered the Pharisees, when they questioned him, and said, ‘I baptize you with water; but there stands one among you, whom you know not, he it is that comes after me, which is preferred before me, whose shoe latchet I am not worthy to unloose.’ And John seeing Christ come unto him, said, ‘Behold the lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world.’ This is he of whom John said, ‘After me comes a man which is preferred before me, for he was before me; and that he should be made manifest to Israel; therefore came I baptizing with water.’ John 1:27-31.

Here you may see, John clearly declares for what end he was sent to baptize with water, namely, that Christ might be made manifest to Israel, the Jews, that had the figures and shadows of Christ; for John does not say, he came baptizing with water, that Christ might be made manifest to the Gentiles or heathen, but to Israel. For the apostle Paul said to the Corinthians, ‘he was not sent to baptize, (namely, with the element of water), but to preach the gospel;’ for the apostle thanks God that he baptized none of the Corinthians, but two or three, that he mentions in 1 Cor 1:14-17. And he tells the Corinthians, (which were the Gentiles), ‘By one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have been all made to drink into one spirit.’ 1 Cor 12:13.

So this was the spiritual baptism of Christ that the apostle brought both Jews and Gentiles into. Then surely the apostle Paul must see the decreasing of John's baptism with elementary water, who brought them to the spiritual baptism.

And the apostle Paul writes to the Ephesians, and exhorts them, ‘to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace;’ and said ‘There is one body, and one spirit, … and one Lord, and one faith, and one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through you all, and in you all.’ Eph 4:3- 6.

So God was in them all, and through them all, by his spirit; and this was the one Lord, and one faith, and one baptism, that the apostle brought the church of Christ the Ephesians to, which was not John's baptism, with elementary water, but Christ's baptism with the holy ghost, which burned up the chaff, by which God's wheat, or seed was gathered into his garner. Surely these Ephesians had their wheat, or seed, gathered into God's garner; for the apostle said, ‘they sat together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.’ Eph 2:6. And these were not Jews, but Gentiles. And if John's decreasing baptism, with elementary water, had been Christ's baptism, then the apostle would not have thanked God he baptized none but these few; nor have said, that Christ did not send him to baptize with water, but to preach the gospel, as in 1 Cor 1:14-17. but it is clear, the apostle did bring the church of Christ to the one spiritual baptism of Christ Jesus.

And the apostle said in Acts, how John first preached before the coming of Christ, the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; he does not say, to all the Gentiles. And as John had fulfilled his course, (mark, his course), of baptism, he said, ‘Behold there comes one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to unloose.’ Acts 13:24-25.

Now, mark, as John had fulfilled his course of elementary water baptism, John said of himself, that ‘he must decrease.’ Then Christ's baptism came in with the holy ghost, and with fire, which does increase; by which holy ghost and fire, the sin and corruption, which is chaff, is burned up, and God's wheat and seed is gathered into his garner. And also, Christ is the true and heavenly baptizer, with his heavenly unquenchable fire and holy spirit.

And Christ commanded his disciples, ‘that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father.’ And further said, ‘For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the holy ghost not many days hence, (mark, not many days hence), and you shall receive power after that the holy ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me, (namely, Christ, who baptizes with fire, and with the holy ghost), both in Jerusalem, and Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.’ Acts 1:4-8. And in Acts 2, the apostles being met together at Jerusalem, they were all filled with the holy ghost. Here Christ's words were fulfilled in them, and upon them, who said, that ‘John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the holy ghost not many days hence;’ which came to pass, (Acts 2.) and they were witnesses of Christ, both in Judea and Samaria, and to the Gentiles..

And the apostle came to Ephesus, and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, ‘Have you received the holy ghost since you believed? And they said unto him, we have not so much as heard whether there is any holy ghost.’ And he said unto them, ‘Unto what then were you baptized?’ And they said, ‘Unto John's baptism.’ Then said Paul, ‘John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him that should come after him; (that is, on Christ Jesus.), and when Paul had laid his hand on them, the holy ghost came upon them.’ Acts 19:2-6.

Here you may see the baptism of John, with his elementary water, was not the baptism of Christ with the holy ghost; for those who baptized with John's baptism, said, ‘We have not so much as heard whether there is a holy ghost.’ Then they were not likely to know the baptism of Christ with the holy ghost. But when the apostle Paul laid his hands upon them, the holy ghost came upon them, then they were baptized with the holy ghost.

And while Peter spoke to Cornelius's family, the holy ghost fell upon them which heard the word that he preached. Acts 10:44. So the holy ghost was given through the preaching of the word Christ, and the holy ghost does baptize them; through which baptism the wheat or seed of God is gathered into God's garner.

And Saul, who had been a persecutor of God's people, and was struck blind, and Ananias went to him, and laid his hands upon him, and said, ‘The Lord Jesus sent me to you, that you might receive your sight, and be filled with the holy ghost.’ Acts 9:11-18, which came to pass unto Paul, who did receive his sight. And was not he baptized by the holy ghost, who was filled with it? And then after, did not he bring others to the same spiritual baptism, and called Jesus Lord by the holy ghost, and bore witness to Christ, both among Jews and Gentiles? And the apostles laid their hands upon the Samaritans that believed in Christ; and through the laying on of the apostle's hands, the holy ghost was given to the Samaritans, when they had prayed that they might receive the holy ghost. And Simon Magus* offered the apostles money to buy their gift; but they sharply rebuked him, and said, ‘Your money perish with you,’ because he thought the gift of God might be purchased with money; and told him, ‘that he was in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity, and told him repent,’ Acts 13:15-24.

*[Simon the magician believed and was baptized. He tried to buy the power of laying on of hands. Acts 8:13-18

Peter said to him, "Repent therefore of your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness, and the bond of iniquity." Acts 8:22 ;
Does this sound like a man saved by believing or water baptism?
You can't be 'saved' and still be in bitterness and the bond of iniquity!

So believing and being water baptized don't save you.
Peter said "perhaps" he could be forgiven, if he repented and prayed for forgiveness.

But forgiven is not saved. He was forgiven before.]

Now were not these Samaritans, that received the holy ghost by the apostles' laying hands on them, baptized by the holy ghost? And the holy ghost said, ‘Separate me Barnabas and Paul, for the work to which I have called them.’ So they, being sent forth by the holy ghost, departed and preached the word of God. Acts 13:2-4.

Here you may see, it was the holy ghost that fitted Paul and Barnabas for the work whereto they were called, and sent them forth to preach Christ Jesus.

And Stephen said to the outward professing high priests and Jews, their council, ‘You stiff-necked, and uncircumcised in hearts and ears! You always resist the holy ghost; as your forefathers did, so do you.’ Acts 6:15, 7:51. And may not the same be said of many that are called christians, that live in an outward profession of the letter of the scripture, and some outward elements of bread, wine, and water, and outward shows and signs? And how can such as resist the holy ghost, as their forefathers did, come to be baptized by the holy ghost, and by unquenchable fire, (which is the baptism of Christ), and have their sins and corruptions burned up, that chaff, and their wheat gathered into God's garner?

And some came unto John, and said, ‘He to whom you bear witness, behold, the same baptized, and all men come to him.’ And ‘the Pharisees heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, though Christ himself baptized not' with water; for Christ baptized with the holy ghost, and with unquenchable fire, as John bore witness of his baptism, John 3: 26, 4:1-2. And from that time John was cast into prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand, repent you, and believe the gospel.’ Mark 1:14- 15, Mat 4:12,17. So here you may see, Christ preaches a higher doctrine than John, and comes with a greater baptism after John. [As well, you may see that as soon as John's ministry of water baptism of repentance was finished, Christ's ministry of the baptism of unquenchable fire began.]

And the apostle said to the Romans, ‘that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into his death.’ Mark, they were baptized into Christ Jesus and his death. Then that must be by the holy ghost; and therefore the apostle said, ‘We are buried with him by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life.’ So those who come out of this death by baptism, walk in newness of life; and this baptism into Christ and his death, is not the baptism of John, with his outward elementary water. The apostle said, ‘If we have been planted together in the likeness of Christ's death, we shall also be planted in the likeness of his resurrection.’ Rom 6:3-5. And the apostle said, 1 Cor 10:12. ‘that all our father's were under the cloud, and all past through the sea, and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud, and in the sea.’ Mark, unto Moses in the cloud, and in the sea, they were all baptized. Exod 13:21, 14:21. ‘The Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon dry ground, and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.’ Here you may see, though it is said they were baptized in the cloud, and in the sea unto Moses, yet they went upon dry land, or ground, and the waters did not touch them.

But the apostle brings the same Corinthians to the baptism of the spirit, and said, ‘[By one Spirit] we are all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free, and have been all made to drink into one spirit.’ This is Christ's spiritual baptism, which is beyond John's with the element of water, which was to decrease. And the apostle said, ‘he was not sent to baptize, but to preach the gospel.’ And the apostle said, ‘For as many as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ Gal 3:27-28. Mark, those who have been baptized into Christ, are all one in him, and have put on Christ. And this baptism is not into outward elementary water; for the spiritual baptism brings to put on Christ, the heavenly man, and makes all one in him. Heb 6:4. So it is clear, the apostle brought people off the doctrine of many baptisms, to the one faith, and one spiritual baptism, as in Eph 4:5. And by this one spirit were all to be baptized into one body, and so to drink all into one spirit, and in that they have unity and fellowship with the Father, and with his son Jesus Christ, and one with another. 1 Cor 12:13,1 John 1:3. The Lord bring all people into this spiritual baptism, and into this fellowship. Amen.

George Fox

POSTSCRIPT

Christ said, ‘It is written, behold I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you.’ And Christ said, ‘Verily I say unto you, among those that are born of women, there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he that is least in the kingdom of God, is greater than John; for all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Since that time, the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it. This is that Elias which was to come, (namely, John), he that has an ear to hear let him hear.’ Mat 11:10-15, Luke 7:17-28, 16:16. And Christ said unto his disciples, ‘But Elias has come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they wished. Likewise shall also the son of man suffer by them,’ (the Jews), Mat 17:12. And Christ's disciples understood that this Elias who had already come, was John Baptist, whom the Jews and Herod had done unto whatever they wished... So you may see here, the least in the kingdom of God, is greater than John. And since the time of John, the kingdom of God has been preached, and men press into it, and the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John. And the apostle said, ‘God has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.’ Col 1:13. And Rev 1:9, ‘I, John, who am your brother, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.’ So those that were in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, were greater than John the Baptist.

And all those that do grieve and vex the spirit of God, and err from it, and rebel against it, are those who resist the holy ghost, whether they are Jews, or Gentiles, or Christians, or bond, or free; though they may make a profession of the letter of the scripture, and some outward shows and signs of some outward elementary things, they are not like to be baptized with the holy ghost — those who resist the holy ghost; and therefore the wheat or seed of God is not like to be gathered into God's garner; ‘for none can call Jesus Lord,’ as the apostle said, ‘but by the holy ghost.’ And by that holy ghost, and the unquenchable fire, (which is above the natural fire that may be quenched), are all they, who have their wheat gathered into God's garner, baptized; and all such have communion and fellowship in the holy ghost.

George Fox

Concerning Christ, the resurrection of the just and unjust

Christ said to Martha, ‘Your brother Lazarus shall rise again.’ Martha said unto Jesus, ‘I know he shall rise in the resurrection at the last day.’ Jesus said unto Martha, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.’ Mark, though he was dead, yet shall he live, that believes in Christ; he shall live forever, he has eternal life, as in John 11:23-26. And again, Jesus said, ‘Whoever lives and believes in me, shall never die.’ Christ said, ‘Do you believe this Martha? She said unto him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Mark, who lives and believes in Christ, shall never die, but have eternal life, and are grafted into Christ, those who live and believe; and though we were dead, he that believes in Christ, yet shall he live. And Christ said, ‘As I live by the Father, so he that eats me shall live by me.’ John 6:57. And Jesus said, ‘Verily, I say unto you, he that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but has past from death unto life.’ Mark, such believers as these are passed from the death in Adam, to the life in Christ, and have everlasting life in him. And again, Jesus said, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, (namely, the Jews), the hour is coming, and now is, (mark, and now is), when the dead shall hear the voice of the son of God, and those who hear shall live.’ Mark, those who hear shall live. Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the grave shall hear the voice, (mark, the voice), of the son of God, and shall come forth, those who have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John 5:28-29.

So here you may see, the resurrection of those who have done good, to life, those who have done evil, to damnation. Mat 25:46, ‘The wicked shall go into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.’ Christ said, ‘the Father has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the son of man. The Father has committed all judgment unto the son, and all power in heaven and earth is given unto him; because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he has ordained,’ namely, Christ Jesus. Acts 17:31, Rev 22:12, John 5:22,26-27, Mat 28:18. And here you may see, Christ said, he is the resurrection and the life; ‘for as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them, even so the son quickens whom he will.’ John 5:21. And Christ who is the image of the invisible God, ‘by him are all things created that are in heaven, and that are in the earth. All things were created by him, and for him.’ Col 1:15-16. ‘He is before all things, and by him all things consist, and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself, whether they are things in heaven, or things in the earth.’ For by Christ God made the world, ‘who is the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his substance, and upholds all things by the word of his power.’ Heb 1:2-3, John 1:1-3. ‘All things were made by Christ, the word, and without him was not any thing made that was made.’ Christ Jesus, the first born of every creature, the first begotten from the dead, by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in the earth. And the apostle said, ‘that the gospel of Christ was preached to every creature under heaven.’ Col 1:15-16, 18.23. ‘And that in the fullness of time Christ might gather in one all things in himself, both which are in heaven, and which are on the earth, even in him.’ Eph 1:10. And therefore the apostle said, he was to ‘let all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.’ Eph 3:9. Here you may see, all things were made and created by Jesus Christ; and man being fallen from God into sin and death, from the life, Christ said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes on him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.’ And moreover, said he, ‘He that believes on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever lives and believes in me, shall never die.’ And Christ said to the Jews, ‘If any man keep my sayings, he shall never taste of death.’ And again, Christ said unto the Jews, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, if any man keep my sayings, he shall never taste of death.’ John 8:51-52. ‘The Father loves the son, and has given all things into his hand; and he that believes on the son, has everlasting life, (mark, has it, and is not condemned), but he that believes not the son, is condemned, and shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.’ John 3:18,36.

The Sadducees asked Christ, and said, ‘There were seven brethren took one woman to wife, one after another;’ and they asked Christ, ‘whose wife she shall be in the resurrection?’ And Christ said unto the Sadducees, ‘that they did err, and knew not the scriptures, neither the power of God; for when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels which are in heaven; neither can they die any more.’ Luke 20:28-36. And ‘as touching the resurrection of the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spoke unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. (Luke 20:38.) He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living, for all live to him.’ And Christ said unto the Sadducees, ‘You do greatly err,’ Mark 12:27.For he that believes shall not perish, but have everlasting life.’ John 3:15.

And you may see how the apostles were witnesses of the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and that his soul was not left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption. Acts 2:30-31. But the preaching the resurrection of Christ to the philosophers, Epicureans, and Stoics, they called it babbling, and so mocked at it; as in Acts 17:18-22. And there see how they opposed the apostle, when he preached Christ the resurrection from the dead, Acts 23:6. And the apostle said, ‘that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust;’ and for preaching the resurrection of the dead, (namely, Christ Jesus), he was called in question. Acts 24:15,21. For all men being dead in Adam, Christ by the grace of God has tasted death for every man, and is risen for their justification; he is the quickening spirit, and is the resurrection and the life, and the first born from the dead, and is become the first fruits of those who sleep.

Now concerning the son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David, according to the flesh, and declared to be the son of God, with his power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Rom 1:3-4. ‘And like as Christ was raised up from the dead, by the glory of the Father, for if we have been united together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also united together in the likeness of his resurrection.’ Rom 6:5. And the apostle said, ‘That I may know Christ, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death, if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead, (namely, the Lord Jesus Christ), who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working, whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Phil 3:10-21. Mark, change your vile body, and fashion it like unto his glorious body in the resurrection. So the vile body must be changed if it is made like unto his glorious body in the resurrection.’ 2 Tim 2:17-18. But Hymeneus and Philetus concerning the truth erred, who said that the resurrection was past already. Such overthrew people from the faith that stand in Christ, who is the resurrection and the life, through which faith they attained to the resurrection, and had their vile bodies changed, and made like unto his glorious body. And the apostle said, ‘Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercies has begotten us again to a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, from the dead.’ 1 Pet 1:3. And through their faith in Christ Jesus, who is the resurrection and the life, did many suffer, as in Heb 11:35.

And John said, ‘Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection, on such the second death shall have no power, but they shall be priests of God and Christ,’ Rev 20:6.

*[The first death, is to have the sinful nature crucified on the cross. When this sinful nature dies, then Christ is resurrected in a person to become his ruling Lord in thought, word, and deed; as with Paul, who said: I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I that live, but Christ who lives within me. The first resurrection is when Christ is resurrected in a person while on earth, that is after the first death; then when the fleshly tabernacle of that person dies, that second death has no power over him. From George Fox's Journal:
You must have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings; 1 Pet 4:12-13

if you will reign with him, you must suffer with him; 2 Tim 2:12
if you will live with him, you must die with him; 2 Tim 2:11
and if you die with him, you must be buried with him; Rom 6:4
and being buried with him in the true baptism, you also rise with him. Col 2:12

The second resurrection is all those the people who did not have Christ resurrected in them while on earth. They are resurrected after death.]

Now these are the true believers in Christ Jesus, that shall not perish, ‘but are passed from death to life, and shall have life everlasting; and those who have done evil, their resurrection is unto damnation; but the righteous, and those who have done good, their resurrection is unto everlasting life.’ Mat 25:46, John 5:29. So, those who come to the resurrection of condemnation, who have lived in the death of Adam, and would not believe in Christ the life, they are cast into the lake of fire, with hell and death, which is the second death; but they are blessed that have part in the first resurrection, (namely), Christ, who is the resurrection and the life, on such the second death has no power. Rev 20:6,14-15. For Christ, who is the resurrection and the life, destroys the devil and his works, who through death destroys death, yes, the devil, the power of death, and bruises the serpent's head, and casts the devil, the old serpent, and the dragon, and the beast, and the false prophet into the lake of fire. Rev 20:10, 18:20.

Now Christ, who is the beginning and ending, the first and the last, all that believe in him, and are grafted into him, and put him on, and walk in him, who is the resurrection and the life, such neither the first death nor the second death has power over, but they live and walk in Christ, who has power over death, and destroys death and the devil, the power of it, who is the resurrection and the life, who brings people out of the first death in Adam, and gives them power over the second death and hell, which is cast into the lake of fire, with all them that are not written in the Lamb's book of life, from the foundation of the world. So in Christ the resurrection and the life, all are blessed and happy eternally.

And the apostle Paul explains very fully the resurrection, 1 Cor 15:12-16, and said, ‘Now if Christ is preached, that he rose from the dead, how do some  say among you, (namely, the Corinthians), that there is no resurrection from the dead? And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is vain, and we are false witnesses, because we have testified of God, that he raised up Christ from the dead. And if Christ is not raised up from the dead, then is your faith is in vain, and you are still in your sins; for if the dead do not rise, then is not Christ raised.’ So here you may see, here were some among the Corinthians, that said, there was no resurrection of the dead. And therefore the apostle thus reasoned with them, ‘If Christ was not risen, then there was no resurrection from the dead;’ then their preaching was vain, and their faith was vain, and they were yet in their sins; and ‘if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable;’ but now ‘Christ is risen from the dead,’ as Col 1:18, Rev 1:5, ‘The first begotten from the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.’ And Christ said, ‘I am he that lives, and was dead; and behold, I live forever more.’ Rev 1:18. For by man, (namely, Adam), came death; and by man, (namely, Christ), came also the resurrection from the dead; for as in Adam all died, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But some will say, ‘How are the dead raised? and with what bodies do they come?’ But the apostle answers and said to such, ‘You fool, that which you sow is not quickened [brought to Life] unless it dies, and that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but bare grain; it may chance of wheat, or some other grain, but God gives it a body as it pleases him, and to every seed its own body.’ In the marginal note* it is said, that ‘Paul sends such fools that seem to be witty and wise, to be instructed of the poor rude husbandmen.’ 1 Cor 15:35. As in the first Adam we are all born natural, so in Christ, the second Adam, we are all born spiritual.

[*Early versions of the King James Bible had notes in the margin from the translators, giving additional information, as well as identifying verses with difficulties in translation.]

Here you may see how the apostle teaches these fools by the seedman that sows his wheat or some other grain; and the natural seed that is sown in the creation; those fools who preach the resurrection of the dead, and may teach such fools the resurrection of the dead, saying with what body they come, when the dead are raised up? ‘You fool, that which you sow is not quickened, unless it dies, and that which you sow, you sow not what that body that shall be, but God gives it a body as it pleases him.’ For the husbandman that sows his wheat or barley, does he sow what the body shall be [after it grows up]?

[Apparently Paul is chastising those who believed the earthly bodies will be resurrected. If someone believed that the earthly body was to be resurrected, then they might have concerns over organ donation, body preservation, cremation, etc. But Paul is clearly telling everyone that the body which goes into the ground is not the body that is resurrected.]

And Christ said, ‘Verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone, but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.’ John 12:24. So, what the husbandman sows, whether wheat, or other seed, he sows, (mark, he sows) not what the body shall be, but God gives it a body as it pleases him, and to every seed its own body. And there are heavenly bodies, and there are earthly bodies. The glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another.' So here is a distinction of glories to each body, so also is the resurrection from the dead; it is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; (mark, in incorruption ). It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual, (mark), raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written: "The first man Adam was made a living soul, the second man Adam was made a quickening spirit." However, what was spiritual was not first, but what is natural is first, and afterwards what is spiritual. The first man is of the earth and earthly; the second man is the Lord from heaven. And as is the earthly, such are those also who are earthly; and as is the heavenly, such are those also who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.' Mark, as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly in the resurrection, as the apostle said.

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, neither does corruption inherit incorruption.’ (Mark, corruption does not inherit incorruption.) ‘Behold, I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,’ (mark, all).* So here is a changing from corruption to incorruption, and from mortality to immortality, and from an earthly image to a heavenly, and from a vile body, unto Christ's glorious body in the resurrection, whose flesh saw no corruption, and to be flesh of his flesh, and bone of his bone.

*All shall be changed. Those who listen and obey the teachings of Christ, are led to crucify their sinful natures, while on earth; and therefore, they are changed while on earth, having been cleansed, and sanctified by the water of the word. Those who fail to be changed by the power of the gospel and cross in this life, must be cleansed and purified in the next life, before being changed. See Is There Hope for All for the details of purification in the lake of fire. We all pass through the fire, either in this life by the baptism of the Holy Spirit with unquenchable fire, or the next life through our part the lake of fire.

And further, the apostle said, ‘In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and mark, we shall be changed.’ Mark, the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and mark, we shall be changed. And is not this a heavenly trumpet? For this corruptible ‘must put on incorruption, and this mortality must put on immortality.’ 1 Cor 15, 1 Thes 4:16. So when the corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, mark, put on immortality and incorruption, ‘then shall be brought to pass this saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death! Where is your sting! O grave! Where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, which gives us (mark, us), the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ 1 Cor 15:54-57, Isa 25:8, Hos 13:14.

*1 Cor 15:41-52, we all shall be changed in a twinkling of the eye at the last trumpet ... the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. This is true; the last step in a long process of change is in the twinkling of the eye. But before the twinkling-of-an-eye change, we must learn the extent of the evil in our hearts and learn to hate evil so much, that we would never consider returning to our selfish ways. Then we, having been alive in corruption, but dead to the life of God, are raised to the incorruptible Life. But corruption cannot inherit incorruption; the corruption in us must be seen, detested, abhorred, and finally destroyed. That which shows us our sins, takes them away. This change occurs on earth through suffering on the inward cross of self-denial, climaxed by the baptism of the Spirit's unquenchable fire, or it occurs in the next life by passing through the lake of fire.

POSTSCRIPT

Peter said to the church, ‘I will not be negligent to put you always in mind,’ (namely, of the things that he had declared unto them, though they knew them, and were established in the truth); ‘as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, as our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me.’ 2 Pet 1:12-14. And the apostle Paul said, ‘For we know, that if our earthly house of this tabernacle is dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens; for in this, (namely, earthly house), we groan earnestly, desiring to be clothed upon with our house that is from heaven.’

So God's people have a house, and a clothing from heaven, when they put off the earthly tabernacle; ‘for we that are in this earthly tabernacle do groan, being burdened, not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.’ 2 Cor 5:1-4.

Here you may see what the spiritual groaning was for, ‘for a house and clothing from heaven, and that mortality might be swallowed up of life,’ and so to be ever with the Lord. And here you may see how Christ is the resurrection and the life; and in the resurrection, the vile body is changed like unto his glorious body; and in the resurrection they are spiritual, ‘and mortal puts on immortality, and corruptible puts on incorruption.’ And so as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly; as the apostle said, ‘There are earthly bodies, and there are heavenly bodies; the glory of the earthly is one, and the glory of the heavenly is another; there is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.’ The natural body may be seen with the natural eye, but the spiritual body must be seen with the spiritual eye.

Concerning the stone that smote the image; and concerning Christ the vine, and the Jews, how that God planted them a noble vine, but they degenerated, and destroyed the Lord's servants and son, that came to look for fruits.

Daniel said, ‘The stone that was cut out of the mountain without hands, which broke to pieces the great image of iron, clay, brass, silver, and gold, and broke them to pieces, that the image became like the chaff of the summer threshing floor, and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them; and this stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.’Dan 2:35.

Now this image of gold, silver, brass, iron, and clay, was the four monarchies which the stone broke to pieces; 'and in the days of these kings, (namely, the four monarchies), shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom ‘shall not be left to other people, but it shall break to pieces all those kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.’

Now here you may see, this stone, which is Christ, breaks to pieces those great Goliaths, and their kingdoms; the great image of gold, was the Babylonian monarchy, and of silver, was the Medes and Persians' monarchy, and of brass, was the Grecians' monarchy, and of iron and clay was the Roman monarchy; and in the days of the Roman monarchy Christ came, who said, ‘All power in heaven and earth is given unto me, and his kingdom was not of this world.’ Mat 28:8. And so in the days of these four monarchies, which were called the great image, Christ's kingdom was set up, which stands forever. So Christ is the stone, that breaks this great image to pieces, ‘and became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.’ Dan 2:35-45. Mark, this mountain became so great, that it filled the whole earth, and if it filled the whole earth, then all the people of the earth may see it.

What! Can people in Asia, Europe, Africa, and America, see this great mountain? Yes, it fills the whole earth; and if it fill Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, then all the people in these places may see it, namely, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. And Isaiah and Micah said, ‘It shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it, and many nations shall come, and say, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord's house, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths.’ Isa 2:2-3, Micah 4:2. Is not this mountain which is established on the top of all mountains, and exalted above all the hills, Christ Jesus, the mountain that fills the whole earth, to whom all nations must flow, to be taught God's ways, and walk in his paths? And does not Christ, this holy mountain, by whom all things were made, that fills the whole earth, enlighten every man that comes into the world, that with this light, which is the life in Christ, (I say, that with this true light), they might all see Christ, the holy and great mountain, that fills the whole earth? Yes, I say, all the men that come into the world, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, Christ enlightens every one of those who comes into the world, that with his light they might see him, the great mountain that fills the whole earth, exalted above all the hills and mountains in the earth; for Christ, the great mountain, fills the whole earth, as is said before.

And the apostle Paul said, ‘God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus.’ John 1:9, 2 Cor 4:6.

So here you may see it is the light of Christ that shines in the heart, which Christ enlightens every man that comes into the world withal, that gives the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus, who is the great mountain, that fills the whole earth. So that every man that comes into the world, in whatever part it is, with the light may see Christ, the mountain that fills the whole earth. ‘And they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain,’ Isa 11:9, said the Lord; which holy mountain is Christ, and no one hurts or destroys in Christ Jesus; for in him they have life, peace, and rest, who is the holy mountain that fills the whole earth; for Christ destroys the devil, the destroyer, which hurts people, and his works;and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.’ And that which gives the knowledge of the Lord and Christ Jesus, to all people, it is the light of Christ Jesus that he has enlightened them withal, which shines in their hearts, by which light they may know the Lord, and see Christ the holy mountain.

And the apostle said to the church of Christ, the Hebrews, ‘You have come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.’ Heb 12:22. And is not this the Mount Zion, in which Christ is laid, who is elect and precious, the chief corner stone. 1 Pet 2:6-7. And is not this the stone that becomes a great mountain, and fills the whole earth? And the apostle said, ‘There shall come out of Zion a deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.’ Rom 11:26, Isa 59:20. This is not that outward hill Zion, that mountain at outward Jerusalem; for Christ was born in Bethlehem, some miles from Jerusalem. So this was heavenly Zion, in which Christ was laid, and the church of the Hebrews, in the new covenant and new testament, came unto.

And David said, ‘Oh! that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord brings back the captivity of Israel, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.’ Psalm 14:7. Here you may see, Christ the salvation comes out of Zion. And David said, ‘The Lord is greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness; beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion.’ Psalm 48:1-2.

So here you may see, Mount Zion is the joy of the whole earth; is not this the mountain of God's holiness, which fills the whole earth, which is the joy of the whole earth? ‘Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined.’ Psalm 50:2. So that with his divine light of Christ they might see, and come to this Mount Zion, the joy of the whole earth. And David said, ‘The Lord sends help from his sanctuary, and strength out of Zion.’ Psalm 20:2. And Jeremiah said, 'The Lord will bless you, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.’ Jer 31:23. Is not this the mountain of holiness that is established above all mountains, and exalted above all the hills, and fills the whole earth? And so with the light of Christ you may know the Lord your God dwells in Zion, his holy mountain, and said, ‘Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain.’ Joel 2:1, 3:17,20. Here you may see where God dwells, and where the trumpet is to be blown, and alarm is to be sounded, namely, in Zion, God's holy mountain.

Upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance; and there shall be holiness, and saviors shall come upon Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Esau, and the kingdom shall be the Lord's.’ Is not this Mount Zion a great mountain, and the watch tower that fills and looks over the whole earth, and is the joy of the whole earth? And is not this the Mount Zion that the apostle said, the Hebrews were come to in the new testament, and heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God, and an innumerable company of angels in the city, and the spirits of just men made perfect. Which outward Jerusalem, and the outward Mount Zion, was a type of the heavenly Jerusalem, and the heavenly hill Mount Zion. And upon that outward hill Mount Zion, a man might see a great distance in the land of Canaan, but upon heavenly Mount Zion in heavenly Jerusalem, the spiritual men may see over the whole world or earth; for it is the joy of the whole earth.

And John said, ‘I looked, and lo a lamb stood upon Mount Zion, and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand, having his father's name written in their foreheads.’ And was not this heavenly Mount Zion, and heavenly Jerusalem? as in Rev 14:1 ‘And the glory of God does light it, and the lamb is the light thereof.’ And those whose names are written in the lamb's book of life, enter into this heavenly Jerusalem, and heavenly Mount Zion. Rev 21:23,27. And David said, ‘Give unto the Lord the honor and the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the mountain of holiness.’ Psalm 29:2.

And Christ said, ‘The hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth, and not at the mountain of Samaria, nor at Jerusalem; for God is a spirit, and those who worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.’ John 4:23-24. Is not the worship in the spirit and in the truth above all the worships in the world, above the dragons, devils, beasts, and will-worshippers, and the mountain at Samaria, and Jerusalem's worshippers. Those who worship the Lord in spirit and truth, do they not worship him in the beauty of holiness? Psalm 29:2. And the Lord said, ‘For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.’ Isa 2:3, Mic 4:2. And is not this heavenly Jerusalem and heavenly Zion, the joy of the whole earth, which the word of the Lord goes forth from, and the law of life, love, and faith in the new covenant* and new testament. For the law of works in the old covenant and old testament, was it not received from Mount Sinai, and observed by the Jews in outward Jerusalem, where the outward hill Mount Zion was, but the children of the new covenant and new testament, the apostle said, ‘we had come to heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God,’ and so to Christ Jesus, the elect and precious stone laid in Zion.

[Note the distinction made between the law of works in the old covenant an testament vs. the law of life, love, and faith in the new covenant and new testament. The law of works died, which works are sacrifices, tithing, foods, days, the Sabbath day observances, rituals, ceremonies, etc.; but the law of love did not die: love your neighbor, love God, do not lie, do not steal, do not covet, do not commit adultery, honor your father and mother — do for others what you would have them do for you, and deny yourself and follow Jesus, (obey the commands of the Lord you hear in your heart).]

And is not Christ the mountain of myrrh and hill of frankincense spoken of in Song of Solomon, yes, the mountain that fills the whole earth? Song 4:6, Dan 2:35. And John said, ‘We know that the son of God is come,* and has given us an understanding, and we are in him that is true, and we know him that is true, even his son Jesus Christ.’ Now John, who was a witness of Christ, both in the days of his flesh, and after his resurrection and ascension, had he not come to this heavenly Jerusalem and Mount Zion, the joy of the whole earth? And John said to the saints, ‘That you may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his son Jesus Christ. And if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then have we fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanses us from all sin.’ 1 John 1:3,7.

[And we know that the Son of God is present [with us]; Click to see the original Greek of this passage that the translators did not understand. The King James got the present tense correct to state the Son of God is come, but that is not correct English; so all the other translations changed to past tense the son of God has come, which is grammatically correct but not accurate. The present tense is clearly in the original Greek; and if the translators understood that Jesus appears within a purified believer, they would have selected the available alternate translation of is present, which is more accurate. The rest of the verse supports this translation for it speaks of we are in him who is true; if a believer is in him, then Jesus also is present in the believer.]

And Christ's blood is called the blood of the everlasting covenant and testament. Heb 13:20. And Jesus Christ, ‘who has loved us, and washed us from our sins by his own blood,’ Rev 1:5. ‘who has redeemed us to God by his blood, out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation, and made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign upon the earth.’ Rev 5:9-10. These are those who sing a new song, and are come to Mount Zion, and to heavenly Jerusalem, and to Christ, the mountain that fills the whole earth. This is established above all the mountains, and exalted above all the hills. And ‘they overcame with the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death.

So these were the weapons by which the saints overcame, namely, by the blood of the Lamb, the life of Jesus, they overcame death, and the devil, the power of death; and by the word of their testimony, the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of Jesus, or spirit of prophecy, and the word by which all things were made, which lives, abides, and endures forever; by which God's people are born again of the immortal seed, by the word of God, who feed upon the milk of the word, which lives and abides forever.

And Christ said to his disciples, ‘I am the true vine, my Father is the husbandman: abide in me, and I in you; as the branch cannot bring forth fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can you except you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches, he that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit; for without me you can do nothing. If any man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered, and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.’ John 15:1-6. Here you may see, that none can bring forth fruit, except they abide in Christ the vine; for from him every branch receives its sap and nourishment — from Christ, the vine tree, as they abide in him. And Micah said, ‘They shall sit every man under his vine, and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.’ Mic 4:4.

And in Zech 3:10. ‘In that day, said the Lord of hosts, shall you call every man his neighbor under the vine, and under the fig tree.’ And is not this the day of Christ and his gospel of salvation, preached to every creature under heaven, to bring them into and under Christ the vine, so that they might bring forth fruit in him; for without him they cannot bring forth fruit? Now Christ is the great vine tree, who with his grace, truth, and light enlightens all that come into the world: so all who abide in his light, grace, and truth, they are branches of Christ Jesus, and abide in Christ the great and flourishing vine, and in him they bring forth fruit; but if they do not abide in the light, spirit of grace, and truth, that comes from the vine, they cannot abide in Christ the vine, and then they are withered branches to be cast into the fire. So here you may see, Christ is the great vine that spreads over all the earth, and all are the true christians and the living branches that abide in him, and bring forth righteous holy fruit to the praise and glory of God.

And David said, ‘You have brought forth a vine out of Egypt, and you have cast out the heathen, and planted it with your right hand.’ Psalm 80:8,15. And were not they the children of Israel, (after he had thrown out the heathen, the rubbish), that God had planted with his right hand, whom he called the vine; and in Isa 5 he called the Jews ‘his vineyard, and he planted them a choice vine, and fenced it, and built a tower in the midst of it, and he looked for grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes;’ and the Lord said, ‘this vine and vineyard was the house of Israel, and the men of Judah, that he had planted, that went into wickedness,’ as you may see Isa 5:1-10. And again, the Lord said, ‘I had planted you, (namely, the Jews), a noble vine, wholly of a right seed, how have you returned into a degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?’ Jer 2:21, Psalm 44:2, Eze 17:5. Here while the Jews kept to the good spirit of God, and to the Lord and his law, they kept within the hedge that fenced the vine, and ‘sat every one under his vine, and under his fig tree' in safety. 1 King 4:25. And then their vines gave a good smell to the Lord, as in Song 2:13. And when the vines do flourish, which are compared to the church, and the tender grapes appear, such come to bring forth fruit to the Lord, as in Song 7:12.

And Solomon said, ‘They made me keeper of the vineyard, but my own vineyard I have not kept.’ Song 1:6. And those who do not keep their own vineyard, they are not likely to keep others. And Christ 'speaks a parable to the Jews, of a certain householder which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen.. And when the time of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it; and the husbandmen took the servants and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. And again, he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did unto them likewise; and at last he sent his son, saying, surely they will reverence my son; but when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, come let us kill him, and let us seize of the inheritance, and it shall be ours; and they caught the son, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. And Christ asked the ‘Jews, when the Lord therefore of the vineyard comes, what will he do with the husbandmen? And the Jews answered Christ, and said unto him, he will miserably destroy these husbandmen, and let the vineyard unto other husbandmen, which will render him the fruits in due season.’ Mat 21:33-46, Mark 12:1, Luke 20:9, Jer 2:21, Isa 5:1. For the chief priests, Pharisees, and the Jews perceived that Christ spoke this parable of them, and they had given judgment against themselves, and were so angry, they sought to lay hands on Christ, but they feared the multitude, which considered him a prophet.

And here all the persecutors in Christendom may see in this parable the persecuting Jews, who beat, and stoned, and killed the servants of God, and at last killed the heir that came to look for heavenly fruits among them, and at last God sent his son, and they killed him. And this parable may serve for all the persecuting Jews and Christians in the world, who make an outward profession of the new and old testament, and beat, persecute, and kill God's servants, whom he sends to seek for spiritual heavenly fruits among them.

And will not the Jews' judgment that they gave against themselves, come upon such Christians, that the Lord will miserably destroy these wicked husbandmen, and let out the vineyard to other husbandmen, that will render him the fruits in their season. This was the Jews' judgment upon themselves, who had beaten, killed, and stoned God's servants, and at last killed the heir which came to look for heavenly spiritual fruits among them. And therefore let all the beaters, killers, and persecutors of God's servants concerning religion, see which way they can escape the judgment and sentence upon themselves, or get off that judgment before mentioned, as in Mat 21:41.

Again it is said in Deut 33:4, ‘Moses commanded us a law for an inheritance of the congregation of Jacob.’ So the law which Moses received from God in Mount Sinai, was an inheritance for the congregation of Jacob in the old covenant and old testament, which had served until Christ the seed came, who is the end of the law, and the end of that inheritance. For the apostle said, ‘Christ is the end of the law for righteousness' sake, to every one that believes.’ So he is the end of that inheritance. And as the apostle said, ‘Christ has redeemed us from under the law.’ And so Christ redeems from under and out of that inheritance, namely, the law that came by Moses, and is the end of that inheritance. For the apostle said, ‘While Moses is read, the veil is over the heart.’ But that veil is done away in Christ; for Moses had a veil over his face, when he brought the law to the children of Jacob for an inheritance, in the old testament.

And so, while Moses was read, and the old testament veil was over the Jews' hearts, yet when it is turned to the Lord, the veil shall be done away by Christ, who is the end of the law for righteousness' sake to every one that believes; and he that believes has entered into Christ, his eternal rest.

{But not instantly with believing. For to enter the rest is to cease from your own thoughts, words, and deeds; you mind having been destroyed by grace to be be replaced by the mind of Christ; to enter the rest is after victory over the enemies of your soul: pride, sexual immorality, lust, greed, covetousness, anger, hate, envy, lying, cheating, drunkenness, partying, foolishness, profane language, etc. Otherwise, we have mistranslated the word believe, grossly understating the scope of the original text translated to believes because everyone who believes has obviously not entered his eternal rest.}

So now, if the law was given for an inheritance of the children of Jacob in the old testament and old covenant, which served until Christ the seed came in his new covenant and new testament; then is the law of the spirit of life, which is in Christ Jesus, that which makes people free from the law of sin and death, and to all the children of the new covenant and new testament, the inheritance, in which inheritance they serve God in the newness of life, and in the new and living way. And so, is not the law of life, love, and faith an inheritance for all the children of light in the new covenant and new testament, for them to inherit, possess, enjoy, and walk in? For all God's saints are in his hand: 'Surely he loves the people; all your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words.' Deu 33:3.

The ministration of death or condemnation, written and engraved in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses, for the glory of his countenance, which glory was done away by Christ.’ So that outward glory which Moses with a veil covered and hid, in the old covenant and testament, was done away by Christ; for we all, (in the new covenant and testament), ‘with open face beholding, as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, by the spirit of the Lord.’ So in the new covenant and new testament this is a spiritual image and glory, and an inward glory, which is not to be done away, but remains, and all who profess christianity are to mind that, that they may enjoy it.

George Fox

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