The Missing Cross to Purity


Letters 150 - 171

A COLLECTION

OF

A COLLECTION

OF

MANY SELECT EPISTLES TO FRIENDS,

OF

THAT ANCIENT, EMINENT, AND FAITHFUL MINISTER OF


JESUS CHRIST,

George Fox

Volume 1 Contd.



150. -To Friends, to live in love and unity together, in the power of God.

Friends all everywhere,

In the life and power of God live and dwell, and spread the truth abroad.
Quench not the spirit, but live in love and unity one with another;
that with the wisdom of God you may all be ordered to God's glory.
And live all in patience one with another, and in the truth,
that you may feel and see to the beginning, before the world and its foundation was,
in the faith which gives the victory;
that nothing may reign but the life and power among you.
And live all as the family of God in love, in life, in truth, in power,
having your house established atop of all the mountains and hills;
that you may answer that of God in every man,
and the word of the Lord you may witness to go forth among you and be among you.
So in this the Lord God Almighty preserve you and keep you.
And in the son of God's power live, for all power in heaven and earth is given to him;
who is to subdue all the powers of darkness,
and to make the kingdoms of the world his kingdom.
And none go beyond the measure of the spirit of God, nor quench it;
for where it is quenched it cannot try things.
So if any have anything upon them to speak, in the life of God stand up and speak it,
if it be but two or three words, and sit down again;
and keep in the life, that you may answer that of God in every man upon the earth.
To you this is the word of the Lord God.

George Fox

151.

Friends,

There was a time when the apostles preached Christ that died at Jerusalem;
and they witnessed him forth,
and brought (for proof) the prophets' testimonies who prophesied of him.
And they that preached Christ's sufferings at Jerusalem,
showed the fulfilling of the prophets and the law, and all that was written of him.
And after, the apostles preached Christ the substance (the end of the types and figures)
among them that had the prophets' words, and the law, and the outward temple;
and they showed them out of the prophets' words, and out of the law,
that that was the Christ that died at Jerusalem, and suffered without the gate.
And then there was a time that the apostles preached Christ in them,
to them that did believe and had received him;
"Know you not, that Christ is in you, except you be reprobates?"
And "Christ in you, the hope of glory." And, "If Christ is in you, the body is dead."
And, 'They that are Christ's, have crucified the affections and lusts,
and all things are become new."
But this was spoken to them that believed, who where the saints,
to them 'Christ in them' was preached,
the substance of what the prophets prophesied of;
and to believe in him who was risen, the resurrection.
But to the world the apostles preached repentance,
and to believe in Jesus Christ;
and taught faith towards God.
But to them who were redeemed out of the world,
in and to whom the son of God was made manifest,
(who were brought to God, the judge of all, and to the church in God,
and to the innumerable company of angels,
and to the spirits of just men,
who were made perfect in him through faith towards God
),
preaching repentance and the doctrine of baptism was needless, in whom it was fulfilled,
to and in such as were brought to God.
He that can receive this may, for to it there is no private meaning.
There is a time of preaching faith towards God;
and there is a time to be brought to God.
But those who are brought here deny the first priesthood,
and witness the second with the eternal spirit of God;
who witness him without father or mother,
a priest forever, after the order of Melchisedeck.

George Fox

152. - To Friends, concerning openings.

This is the word of the Lord God to you all.
In all openings and speakings let not the man be lifted up,
for that will not be the servant, but the master;
which is to be thrown down with that from where the openings come.
Therefore keep down that which would he lifted up in the sight of the world,
for that does (often) fall in the sight of the world;
but that being lifted up which answers that of God in every man,
this is of the son of God, who is exalted above the world,
and was before it was made and created.
And everyone dwell in the seed and life of God, and in that know one another.
And meet together, and keep your meetings,
that you may see the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of you.

George Fox

153. - To Friends beyond sea, that have Blacks and Indian Slaves.

Dear friends,

I was moved to write these things to you in all those plantations.
God, that made the world, and all things therein, gives life and breath to all,
and they all have their life and moving, and their being in him,

he is the God of the spirits of all flesh, and is no respecter of persons;
but 'whosoever fears him and works righteousness, is accepted of him'.
And he has made all nations of one blood to dwell upon the face of the earth,
and his eyes are over all the works of his hands,
and sees everything that is done under the whole heavens;
and the 'earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.'
And he causes the rain to fall upon the just and upon the unjust,
and also he causes the sun to shine upon the just and the unjust;

and he commands to 'love all men', for Christ loved all, so that he 'died for sinners'.
And this is God's love to the world, in giving his son into the world;
''that whosoever believeth in him should not perish."
And he does "enlighten every man that comes into the world,"
so that they might believe in the son.
And the gospel is preached to every creature under heaven;
which is the power that gives liberty and freedom,
and is glad tidings to every captivated creature under the whole heavens.
And the word of God is in the heart and mouth,
to obey and do it,
and not for them to ascend or descend for it;
and this is the word of faith which was and is preached.
For Christ is given for a covenant to the people, and a light to the Gentiles,
and to enlighten them, who is the glory of Israel,
and God's 'salvation to the ends of the earth'.

And so you are to have the mind of Christ,
and to be merciful, as your heavenly Father is merciful.

George Fox

154. Chasteness of Flesh and Spiritual

Oh friends!

Keep out of that state, which is out of and below the chaste nature;
for all unchasteness, by the power of the Lord and his truth and light, is to be judged.
Therefore live in the truth and in the light of God, that keeps you all chaste,
for in that is the unity, and out of that is the war.
For from the lusts are the wars and strife.
Oh! Keep over that nature, so that purity may flow, and righteousness spread,
and truth flourish, and love and peace abound in and among all the family of God.
Keep down the unchaste, keep down the adulterous eye,
and keep down the lust of the flesh, which is not of the Father but of the world;
and lust is against the spiritual fellowship,
and spiritual union, and spiritual dominion,
for that would be as a lord, to lord above the spirit,
which the spirit of God is Lord over, and judges it.
Keep down the lustful heart and eye, for that leads from God,
and joins with the adulterate in anything, or with anything that is evil;
keep truth and a pure conscience, and there you have an unspotted life,
in which you may see over the spotted life, where neither chastity nor purity is.
Therefore live in that which keeps you chaste, then you follow Christ the Lamb;
for there are the holy joy, and peace, and comfort, and unity known,
in the life and fellowship with the God of life.
For what is the cause of all the lusting spirits to envy,
and of the wisdom that is sensual, earthly, and devilish,
but a living and a going out from the truth and the life?
Which (truth and life) is the mark of high calling of God in Christ, where the peace is.
And so the spirit of this world lusts to envy,
it lusts to strife,
it lusts to contention,
it lusts against the spirit of God;
the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life, and the lusts of the flesh,
clothed with flesh, covered with flesh, not with the spirit,
such are unchaste, and follow the lust, not the Lamb,
and so live in that which the war proceeds from, and in strife and contention.
And, therefore, mark that spirit with the eternal power of God,
for it judges with evil thoughts, being in the earth, and thinks all to be like itself,
being in the bad, and in the lust, and in the adultery; it judges all to be like itself.

Oh! Therefore mind the holy life, the chaste life!
That is the bride's clothing, by which she adorns herself for her husband, Christ Jesus.
Therefore live in that which keeps your peace - there is your life and dominion;
that weeds may not grow, nor brambles,
but that they all may be cut down and weeded out.
For those grow through the liberty of the flesh,
and by that you come to be darkened, and lose your discerning and feeling;
and there gets the beam into the eye,
by which you come to judge with that judgment which is for judgment,
which should be judged down by the spirit of truth and peace.
And so live in the same peace with God, and one with another,
and have fellowship in the chaste life, and in the spirit and power of God.
And keep down that which lusts to envy, and strife, and contention,
for that will not, nor cannot bear true judgment,
but will flatter and fawn, and sow dissension;
and so in the end will bring dishonor both to God and his people.
That can never abide true judgment or sound doctrine, for that adulterates from God,
and joins in marriage with that which is adulterated from God.
And so the unchaste follows the whore and the adulterer,
and goes to the marriage supper of the adulterer and the whore;
but the chaste virgin follows the Lamb, and goes to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Therefore all live in the chaste life,
by which you may follow the Lamb of God to his supper and marriage.
And keep you all out of that from where contentions, and strife, and wars arise,
which are the fruits of them that live in the lust,
which is seen with the everlasting power,
the ground from where strife, and contention, and wars come.
The unchaste live in the lust which will defile all that receive it.
Therefore, all Friends everywhere,
your fellowship is to be in the gospel, the power of God,
and in the spirit, the fruits of which is peace;
in which you all will be kept in dominion,
pure and chaste to God, and one towards another.
For all that come to the Sabbath of rest must put off their old clothes,
which they have worn in their old works, labors, and travels.
For six days the Jews were to labor,
but the seventh day was their rest, which is perfection.

George Fox

155. - Concerning the Light.

Friends,

You that are turned to the light in it wait, in it meet together,
that with it, your hearts may be joined together up to Christ, the head,
from whom the light does come;
with which you may see all the world and all the gatherings that are out of the light,
which are in the vanities of their minds, and in the rebelliousness of their hearts,
and stubbornness of it from the light.
But you believing in the light and receiving it,
you receive and come into the covenant with God, and peace with God;
and into that which gives the knowledge of his glory and of his image.
And this belief gives the victory over the world, and brings unto God,
and into his likeness, and separates you from the world,
and its likeness, and image, and its fashion, which are out of the light;
and its knowledge, and its wisdom, and its honor, and its fear, and its love,
and its rejoicing, which are out of the light in the flesh, and in the iniquity,
where the soul is in death.
But rejoicing and walking in the light,
you receive the love of God shed abroad into your hearts,

which love rejoices in the truth,
(mark), in that which the devil abode not in.
With that you know and will know the increase of God,
and know God and his law put in your minds, and in your hearts written,
where the fear is placed, where the secrets of the Lord are revealed,
and the light, which is the truth, comes to be walked in.
Here is a joy in the Lord where no flesh glories.
In this waiting, (in the light), it gives you to see the world where there is no end;
and the power of the world which is to come,
you will come to see and be partakers of.
Which power you receiving (who are in the light),
it brings you to become the sons of God,
and to be heirs of the world where there is no end,
and of the everlasting inheritance which fades not away,
and the riches which are durable, where no thief can come,
nor nothing to rust or canker;

or that is out of the light that cloth thieve, rust, or canker, and in the transgression.
Therefore, you saints in the light of the most high God,
whose name is dreadful among you,
and his power made manifest in measure, and his glory appearing,
walk worthy of the high calling!
Keep your dominion, keep your place of rest in the power and strength of the Almighty,
and meet together in the love, unity, and peace,
and know one another in this love that changes not;
This love rejoices in the truth, and has dominion over him that abode not in the truth,
which being received, you walk in that which condemns that which is changeable.
but rejoices in that which the devil abode not in.
And here the spirit is received in which God is worshipped, the Father of spirits.
He that believes here believes in the Lord, and shall never be confounded;
for he believes in that which does confound and condemn those who are out of the light,
and gone from the word of God in the heart, and from the power of God,
and from the light of the glorious gospel, which is the power of God.
The God of the world has blinded their eyes that abide not in the truth,
they are gone from the light which is the truth;
and all that are blinded by the god of the world,
these are out of the light and out of the truth.
Therefore you being in the light, and to it turned, (the light of the glorious gospel),
the image of God is seen, and the glorious gospel received.
Therefore walk in the light as the children of the light,
and know the wisdom that is of her children justified;
that you may answer the light in everyone (that comes into the world) that hates it.
And keep your habitations,
that you may everyone feel your springs in the light which comes from the Lord,
and feel your nourishment and refreshment;
which waters the plants and causes them to grow up in the Lord,
from whom the pure, living springs come.
And here is the water which is the witness in the earth, which does wash;
and here comes the spirit to be known, the witness which does baptize,
and the witness the blood, which does cleanse,
which agrees with the witness in heaven.

So, he that believes has the witness in himself. (Mark and take notice.)
And so, you being in the light,
everyone in particular feed upon the bread of life which comes from above,
which nourishes up to eternal life;
wherein as everyone grows up, here everyone gives glory to the Father, and to the son,
and knows the light which is the way, the truth, and the life.
Every one of you that are turned to it, you are in the one way, truth, light, and life,
feeding upon the one bread which comes from above;
which whosoever does eat of lives for ever, and shall never die.
Let this be read among all Friends everywhere, in this nation and elsewhere,
that to the light are turned and in it are kept, that in the unity they may all be kept.
And in it God Almighty preserve and keep you,
that you may feel his promises, which are to the seed;
and know the seed to which the blessing is, and know the flesh of Christ,
that you may be flesh of his flesh.
And friends, live at peace among yourselves, waiting upon the Lord;
and the Lord God of life and peace be with you.
Let no Friends be discouraged;
but walk in the truth and the love of it, and to it bend.

George Fox

156 . - Friends, to keep in that which is savory.

All Friends,

I do warn and charge you in the presence of the living God, (jump to another presence)
in his wisdom and life keep, that no ill savor be nor get up among you.
For you are the salt of the earth, to season and to make savory to God;
but if the salt has lost its savor, it is henceforth good for nothing.

Therefore I do warn you all, mind that which keeps your peace;
whereby you all may grow in love, and know Christ in you all, in whom is peace.
You are the light of the world to answer the light in everyone,
that with the light they may see your good works,
and by seeing them, they may glorify your Father which is in heaven;

for all deceit is judged and condemned by it [the light].
And everyone keep in the measure of the life of God,
and see that there be no strife nor presumption among you;
but all serve one another in love,
and let that of God guide every one of you,
in which you may have unity one with another and with God.
And in his life wait to receive power to bind and chain all down that is contrary to truth.
And so, in the life and power of God,
the Lord God Almighty preserve you to his glory. Amen.

The light is precious to him that believes in it,
and walks according to its leading.
So, while you have the light,
walk in the light, and live in the light, Christ the truth:
that you may, through obedience to it,
be the children of the light and of the day.

For the light and the truth were before darkness and deceit were.

George Fox

157.

Friends,

By the wisdom of God were all things made,
and by the wisdom of God must all things be ordered again to God's glory.
Transgression and sin bring death and destruction;
but that wisdom is hid from all their eyes that live in sin,
by which wisdom all things were made and created;
which was, before sin, death, and destruction were.
And so, that is it, which the creatures and creation of God must be ordered by,
that wisdom which made them, and does not change;
which is hid from death and destruction,
and from that which is in the transgression of life, and must not rule.
So Friends everywhere, be tender to those that have forsaken anything for truth.
And if that their parents have put them out from them,
or their masters put them away for truth's sake,
those who are put out of their places for truth's sake,
such in the truth receive and cherish;
that they may be kept in the service of the creation to God's glory,
answering that of God in all.
For everyone is to remain in their places, and there to be faithful,
except they are put out, or put away and be buffeted for no fault, and take it patiently;
that is thankworthy.
And do good unto all, especially to them that are of the household of faith,
and be as the church of God, guided in the wisdom of the Most High,
who causes his rain to fall upon the just and upon the unjust.
And so, be you merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful.
And know the seed of God that is heir of the promise in every one of you,
and the wisdom, by which all things must be ordered to his glory,
who upholds all things by his word of power.
By which word of wisdom all things were created,
and must be ordered again to the glory of the Creator;
in which man will be kept clean unto God,
and honor God with his substance, and glorify God in his spirit.
Whereby everyone's conversation will come to be ordered aright,
and you come to set down in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus;
and to know the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,
who calls out of darkness into the light,
out of death into life.
For he that calls, is holy, and calls into holiness, without which none shall see the Lord.
And all Friends, be faithful in the seed and life of the Lord God;
that is it which abides in the love of God forever,
where everyone has his bread which comes down from above.
That is the birth, which abides in the house of the Lord God forever,
and shall go no more forth; which is greater than he that is in the world.
And in the seed and life keep your meetings with God and one with another.
So in that the Lord God Almighty preserve you all to his glory.

George Fox

158. -To Friends, to dwell in peace and love.

Friends and brethren everywhere,
dwell in that which makes for peace and love;
for 'Blessed are, the peacemakers,' for theirs is the kingdom,
that stands in righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Ghost, and in power.
Therefore seek the peace, in which is the welfare and good of everyone.
And take heed of strife and contention, for that eats out the good,
and does not edify, nor make for peace, for it is love that edifies the body.
Therefore keep in the seed, and know that which was before enmity was,
in which there is both peace and life.
And all be careful to watch over one another, for one another's good;
and be patient, and keep low and down in the power of the Lord God,
that there you may come to enjoy the kingdom of peace,
and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the same.
For blessed are all you that lie down in the power of the Lord,
and rise up in it, and in faith remain;
through which power you come to be preserved and united to the God of life and truth.
And take heed of any words or carriage
that do not tend to edification and building up in the love and life.
Therefore, you that have tasted of the power of God,
and of his good word,
and of his light,
wait for wisdom, and in it walk,
that you may be preserved in unity, in the light and life,
and in fellowship with God, and one with another;
that to the Lord God you may be a good savor,
and to him a blessing in your generation,
strengthening one another in the faith, in the grace, in the word
by which all things were made and created.
And keeping the word of patience,
herein you will see the Lord keeping you from all the temptations,
which come to try them that dwell upon the earth;

by which word of God you may all be preserved in the sweet and holy life,
in which there is unity in the word, which was before enmity;
which word fulfills the words.
Therefore in that live, that you may all feel life abundantly through the light and power,
that come from the word which was in the beginning;
through which immortal word your immortal souls may be brought to the immortal God,
where is joy, peace, and comfort.
So, above all things, live in that which stops strife, contentions, and arguments,
and live in that by which you come to serve one another in love,
even in the love of God, which thinks no evil, nor envies not, nor is it easily provoked.
Therefore, live in that which is not easily provoked and thinks no evil;
which fulfils the law, which is love out of a pure heart.
And let not prejudice boil in any of your hearts,
but let it be cast out by the power of God,
in which is the unity, and the everlasting kingdom;
that you may all witness your being made heirs of the same kingdom of peace,
and to be inheritors of it, sitting down in the same,
knowing your own portion, and increasing in the heavenly riches.
And this above all strife, that is below, and the man of it,
which is born of the Egyptian woman, which genders to bondage.
Therefore know the seed, the second man, the heir of the promise set over all,
and
[know] the blessing and presence of the Lord, which were before strife was.
Therefore know the seed of life and peace to reign in you all,
which possesses the kingdom, where there is no end.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all,
to teach, season, and establish you, which brings your salvation.

George Fox

159.

Dear friends,

All dwell in the everlasting seed of God, Christ Jesus,
in whom you have health, strength, life and dominion, and power over all weaknesses.
And keep your minds in the strength of the Almighty,
and not in weakness, nor, in the infirmities, but in the Lord's power,
which was before weakness and infirmities were;
and then in that power you will find life and refreshment from the God of strength.
And so in the power of God, that is over all,
keep your minds in the life and peace of God, and in the assurance of him and his love;
and so, in that dwell, and live in the dominion of God, in his love, and life, and strength.
And be of good faith, and of a valiant mind for God's truth upon the earth,
in the power, life, truth, and seed, in which you have dominion, peace, wisdom,
and the blessing of God upon you, and in you;
and in that dwell,
and know that blessed seed your crown and life.
No more, but my love.

For the comfort of the people of God,
and their encouragement to be faithful,
and to put their trust in him,
who performs all his promises.

POSTSCRIPT- The people that know their God, they prosper and prevail,
and they that understand shall instruct many:
and though they may fall, and go into captivity, and be spoiled now;
yet when they shall so fall, they shall be helped;
and when they are helped, many shall cleave unto them.
And some of understanding may fall, for to try and purge them,
and to make them white, till the time be out:

for there is a time appointed to liberty, for the faithful sufferers,
that come from and through the great tribulations;
and 'Michael shall stand up for the children of thy people,'
and everyone shall be delivered,
that shall be found written in the Lamb's book of life.

George Fox

160. - To Friends in Bristol.

All my dear friends, folly and wickedness will have an end,
but the word of the Lord will have no end, but endures for ever.
So, feed upon the milk of the word, you babes,

that you may live by that which comes from it, which does endure.

George Fox

161.

Oh friends!
Do not die from the good through the wantonness of fleshly lusts,
neither be choked with the cares of this life, nor fear the shearers,
neither let the heat scorch your green blade;
but dwell under the shadow of the Almighty, who will shade you from the heat and cold.
Neither be cumbered nor surfeited with the riches of this world,
nor bound, nor straitened with them, nor married to them;
but be free and loose from them, and be married to the Lord.
The sufferings in all ages, of the righteous and just,
were, because they could not join to the nations' vain worships,
evil customs, rudiments, traditions, and carnal inventions,

but joined to the Lord, and not to them;
and therefore they suffered,
and kept single to the Lord God in following him and his truth,
and living in it, the amen, the crown, life, virtue, and righteousness, that flows over all,
in which the righteous have peace.

George Fox

 

162.

Friends,

Keep your meetings in the power of God,
and in his wisdom, (by which all things were made),
and in the love of God, that by that you may order all to his glory.
And when Friends have finished their business,
sit down and continue awhile quietly, and wait upon the Lord to feel him;
and go not beyond the power,
but keep in the power, by which God Almighty may be felt among you.
For the power will bruise' the head of the serpent, and all false and contrary heads;
this blessed seed,
as he is the head of the church, so he is also the head of every member of his body.
And so, by the power of the Lord you come to love truth,
and love Jesus Christ, and love holiness;
and by the power you come to love God,
and praise him, and bless him, and magnify him, who lives forevermore.
For the power of the Lord will work through all,
if you follow it.


When you judge of matters,
or when you judge of words,
or when you judge of persons, all these are distinct things.
A wise man will not give both his ears to one party,
but reserve one for the other party, and will hear both, and then judge.

George Fox

163.

My dear friends,

Live in the life in which is the unity and peace one with another,
and lowliness and humbleness of heart and mind,
serving one another
in the fear of the Lord God;
by and in which fear the wisdom of God is received from above,
and by which all things were made and created,
and by which you may all be ordered to his glory.
And so, this is the word of the Lord God to you all:
live in the power of the Lord God,
in which is peace, love, unity, and dominion
in the life and power of God, which was before enmity was;
and in the light, which was before darkness was;
and in the life, which was before death was:
and so, in that feel unity and life in the power of God.
And so, feel the seed of God set over all that, which makes to suffer;
which was before it was, and will remain when that is all gone.
And so, feel the top stone over all laid,
that his life you may feel over all,
and in that live.

George Fox

164. -To Friends, to keep their meetings.

My dear friends,

Keep your meetings in the power of the Lord God,
in which you may all feel life eternal among you.
And do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together,
but provoke one another to love,
in which is edification, life, peace, truth, and dominion
in which you may feel the blessing of God covering you, you dwelling in the same.
And so, meet together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
whose gathering is above the gatherings of the sons and daughters of Adam in the fall,
and will stand when they are all gone;
in which there is life, peace, and wisdom, order, and edification,
in the love and life of Christ,
over all the brittle and foolish priests and professors in the world;
and in which life and power there is the perfect fellowship, that will stand forever,
when all other fellowships are ended and gone.
And so, you that know the life, and power, and light of Christ,
which was before death and darkness, and the power of the same was,
be faithful, who are gathered together in this life and power, and are met in it,
in it keep your meetings, in the life and power of the Lord, over all other meetings;
in which you may all feel one another in the fellowship and unity that is everlasting,
and never has end.
And so, in that the Lord God Almighty preserve you all to his glory;
that to the Lord you may be a blessing in your generation,
and a good savor to God, and in the hearts of all people.
That none may say, you are an unstayed, unestablished, or a fickle people,
and have to seek your religion, truth, and worship;
but that you have it already, and are established in the life and power of God,
and in his worship, church, and religion, which Christ is the head and the life of,
(which destroys the devil and his works), who is the pasture of life,
who was before death was.
And so, feel him set over all that, which makes to suffer,
who was before it was, and will remain when it is gone;
and so, feel the top stone over all laid, and Christ to reign.

George Fox

165.

All Friends, be faithful in the power of God and his seed,
and mind the power of God,
which was before the power of darkness, and the fall of Adam were.
In which power of God is your fellowship,
and in which fellowship you may see over the Jews' fellowship and the Gentiles',
and you may see the apostles' fellowship, and the apostatized Christians'.
Now, the gospel is preached, and the true fellowship come into again,
which the apostles were in,
which was before the apostatized Christians' fellowship was,
out of the life and power of God which the apostles were in,
and the church in the primitive times.
And the gospel fellowship, the power of God, is perfect, in which is our fellowship,
which was before any imperfection was.

And they have no more command to set up temples, tithes, oaths,
or swearing among the Christians since the apostles' days,
than the Gentiles had to set up Diana's temple;
for the temple worship, tithes, and oaths Christ came to end,
and to bring people out of them, and to make them his temples,
and to bring to them to a yes, yes, and no, no in their communications.
And so, before the fall there were no oaths,
in the fall there were oaths,
but in the restoration there are to be no oaths, tithes, nor outward temples.

George Fox

166. - To the church of God in Scotland.

Dear friends,

In the power and light is my love to you all,
in which the virtue, life, holiness, and righteousness are known,
and the riches, that never fade away.
Live in the truth, which you first received, that it may be your crown and your clothing.
And dwell in love, and peace, and unity one with another in the truth of God,
which the devil is out of,
and keep your meetings in the name of Christ Jesus, that never fell;
and then you will see over all the gatherings in the fall,
in whom the peace, life, and the blessing are.
And all know one another in him, who is the substance,
and him to be your way and teacher, priest and prophet, that never fell;
and then you will see over all the false ways, prophets, priests, and teachers in the fall,
you being in him that never fell, your priest and prophet.
Be faithful to God everyone in your measure of light, life, and truth;
which truth is over the whole world, and all that is in it.
And so, living in the light and truth,
you may answer the light and truth in every man and woman;

and be a good savor to God in the hearts of all people.
And keeping your habitations in the truth, and in the light and life,
then you will see over Adam and Eve,
their sons and daughters' habitations in the fall,
who cannot abide the truth, light, and life in the inward parts;
therefore they are not in peace one with another,
being not in the habitation that Adam was in before he fell, nor in Christ that never fell;
in whom the saints sit down, in the life, Christ,
who was with the Father before the world began.
Adam lost his habitation, and the Jews lost their habitations,
the one went into the earth, and the other into captivity, where the apostates are;
and so are become like untimely figs, or like unto the corn upon the house top.
Now this is the word of the Lord God unto you all,
keep your habitations in the light, life, and power,
which you first received and felt in yourselves;
that you may be clothed with the blessing of the Lord, which was before the curse was.
And live in the unity in the light, which was before darkness was, or the power of it;
and in the life which was before death was;
and in the truth which was before the devil was;
and in the power of God, which was before the power of Satan was.
All live in this, that you may be clothed with that which is immortal,
and attain to the crown of life, and to know the election before the world began.
He that is the first and the last, that is the beginning and the ending, sit down in him,
not in Adam in the fall, but sit down in Christ, that never fell;
and there that life you will come to know
that which was with the Father before the world began.
And so, live in the substance, which is the seed, Christ,
who ends the prophets, first covenant, first priesthood,
and all the types, and figures, and shadows given after the fall.

George Fox

167.

My dear friends,

Do not be carried away by good words and fair speeches,
nor the affectionate part, which is taken with them;
but everyone have hold of the truth in yourselves,
and the life, and light, and power of the Most High,
by which you may be stayed upon Christ, your bread of life;
he is the staff of your heavenly and eternal life; bread is the staff of life.
Now friends, who have denied the world's songs and singing;
sing you in the spirit, and with grace,
making melody in your hearts to the Lord.
And you having denied the world's formal praying,
pray you always in the spirit, and watch in it.
And you that have denied the world's giving of thanks, and their saying of grace, and living out of it;
in every thing give thanks to the Lord through Jesus Christ.
And you that have denied the world's praising God with their lips,
while their hearts are afar off;
do you always praise the Lord night and day,
and from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, praise you the Lord.
And you that have denied the world's fastings,
and of their hanging down their heads like a bulrush for a day,
who smite with the fist of wickedness, keep you the fast of the Lord,
that breaks the bond of iniquity, and lets the oppressed go free;
that your health may grow, and your light may shine as the morning.

George Fox

168. Fleshly Love

Friends all everywhere,

who have tasted of the love, mercy, and kindness of God, and his power,
you are called to holiness and chastity.
Therefore keep out of inordinate affections,
and inordinate fleshly love,
and feigned flattery and desires, which are below the truth;
which will bring you to infirmness.
And keep out of fond affections, and fond love,
that draws out the fleshly part, the fleshly eye,
and brings into pride, and looseness, and false liberty, and to abuse the power of God.
Oh! Keep out of all uncleanness, whatever may be pretended, and fleshly desires;
for the 'lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life are not of the Father, but of the world.
And therefore keep down that which is not of the Father, but of the world.
And take heed of dishonoring your bodies, and defiling your minds,
but keep your bodies clean from all fornication, adultery, and uncleanness;
for that which pretends otherwise, and does so, defiles it, and is out of the truth,
and is contrary to the law of God, and contrary to Christ's doctrine.
And therefore defile not yourselves,
but live pure, chaste, and holy, as becomes the saints;
for no adulterer or fornicator has any part in the kingdom of God.
Such go from that of God in themselves, and quench the spirit of God,
and abuse his power, and go into fleshly love, and feigned desires,
and flattering pretences, covering it with a false liberty,
and so are in the bondage to the beggarly, fleshly lusts;
and whom they overcome, they bring into the same bondage,
and through their feigned flattery, and dissembling carriage rob, and beguile, and spoil,
to fulfill their insatiable, ungodly desires, wills, and lusts.
Therefore live in the truth, for all such things are out of the truth,
and such as do the same, whatsoever they be;
therefore all that go into uncleanness under what fair pretence so ever, are to be judged.

George Fox

 

169.

To all the elect, chosen and faithful, who are of the royal seed of God,
living stones, elect and precious, knit and built up together, and united,
the family and household of God, and come to his mountain,
that is established upon the top of all mountains,
that walk in the light of the Lord, in unity and covenant with God,
in the covenant of life and peace with him.
Who in this the Lamb's day are the gold tried in the fire.
Who have been tried by property seizures, by bonds, by whippings, by mockings,
and reproaches in the day of the Lamb's power, and some have been tried unto death;
and you have proved to be the pure gold, that has come out brighter and brighter.
Who have not feared the waves of the sea, nor the winds;
who fear not the storms nor the weather;
whose anchor holds, which is the hope, the mystery,
which anchor the soul which is immortal, to the immortal God.
Among whom the star of Jacob is seen, and the morning star is risen,
and the sun of righteousness shines,
and the Lamb's voice is known,
the church in her glory and beauty is appeared and appearing;
the marriage of the lamb, and the bride,
and the wedding day is known, in which there is unity;
and the virgins sing praises, and follow the Lamb, because of his sweet ointment;
and the virgins are upon Mount Zion.
And the gospel is going forth unto all nations, kindreds, and tongues;
life and immortality are coming to light through the gospel, which is the power of God;
and the mystery of the fellowship is known, which is in the power.
And for lack of the power, the gospel, in which is the fellowship,
has Christendom been on heaps, and the heathen ignorant.

1. And now you who know the power of God, you know the gospel;
and you who are in the power of God, you are in the mystery of the fellowship.
So mark, the fellowship is a mystery, and the mystery of the fellowship is everlasting.
So, if any lacks the power of God, he lacks the mystery, in which is the fellowship,
although he may have all the scriptures.

2. And now, friends, if any be moved of the Lord God by his power,
be obedient to it, and wait in the life and in the power,
and it will direct you to the glory of God, in his wisdom, not to abuse it;
that whatsoever you do, you may do it to his glory,
you answering the just principle of God in everyone.

3. If any be moved to go to the steeple-houses, or markets,
or to reprove sin in the gate, or to exhort high or low, or to reprove them;
reason not with flesh and blond, nor quench the spirit.
And when you have done, in the same spirit live;
and then you will have peace, and rest and fellowship with God, and one with another.
For the unity is in the spirit, and it is the bond of peace.


4. And all Friends, in your meetings do not quench the spirit.
And take heed, and do not judge one another in the meetings;
but have patience until the meetings is done.
So, if any have anything upon him to speak to another,
he may speak to him after the meeting is done;
that will cover one another's weakness, and not hurt others.


5. And all Friends everywhere,
wait to feel the power of God in yourselves in your meetings.
And take heed of sleeping, and feel the power of God in one another;
that you all may be in the mystery of the fellowship.
For woe unto them, that are at ease in Zion!
I warn and charge you all in the presence of the living God,
that none make their habitation in the earth, or build tabernacles there,
for fear that you become vagabonds from the Lord.
But let everyone rest in his habitation in God, and here is no vagabond;
but there shall everyone know an heirship, a habitation, and an inheritance.
And I warn and charge you from the Lord,
not to make any of the world's jewels your God;
but live all in the power of the Lord God,
in which you will be carried over the spirit of the world.


6. And Friends all everywhere,
dwell in the love and fear of the Lord God, and in peace one with another,
and in the power and life of the Lord God keep your meetings;
and live in the mystery of the fellowship of the gospel, which is everlasting.

George Fox

This is to go to all the meetings of Friends among them to be read. London, the 11th of the 3d month, 1658.

170. - To Friends at Worcester.

Friends,

Everyone of you having a light from the son of God, wait in it,
that you may come to receive the son of God, from where it comes;
and receive power from him to become the sons of God, and have faith in him.
For who are of faith are of Abraham's seed,
which faith gives the victory over the world.
It is by faith our hearts are purified.
So, dwell in the light which casts out all arguing spirits;
in which you may have unity one with another,
and with Christ from whom the light comes, and with the Father, whom he is the way to.
And that with the light you may answer the light in every man,
(which comes from Christ), though they hate it.
So, the Lord God Almighty keep and preserve you.
And all keep your meetings in the power of God,
that the Lord you may see present among you.

George Fox

171. - An Epistle General to them who are of the royal priesthood
and chosen generation; given forth from the movings
of the power and spirit of truth, and now made public.
To be sent abroad among the saints scattered in
Old and New England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, Barbados, and Virginia,
for them to read in the fear of the Lord.

Friends,

Let all that you do be done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom all things were made and created,
that you may do that which you do in the true dominion;
and then what you do you do in the power of God.
And all Friends, dwell in love,
for that is the mark of a disciple
, and the fruits of faith and the spirit;
which love out of a pure heart is the end of the commandment and fulfils the law,
and in that is edification and building, and the fruits of being passed from death to life;
there is love to God, brethren, and enemies,
being in the seed that destroys death and the power of it, the devil.

We need no mass to teach us;
for the spirit that gave forth the scriptures
teaches us how to pray, sing, praise, rejoice, honor, and worship God, and in what;
and how to walk and to behave ourselves to God and man,
and leads us into all truth, in which is our unity;
and it is our comforter, and guide, and leader,
and not men without who say,
they have not the spirit and power that the apostles had that gave forth the scriptures.

And we need not your Common Prayer to teach us,
for the spirit that gave forth scriptures teaches us how to pray, sing, fast,
and to give thanks, and to praise and worship, and in what;
and how to honor and glorify God, and how to walk before him and men;
and how to use all creatures upon the earth;
and leads and guides into all truth which was given forth from it,
which reproves the world of sin;
that is our comforter, leader, and guider;
by which we know sonship, and in which we have unity, and this never changes.
But that which man invents, and their prayers and forms,
(who say that they have not the same spirit which gave forth the scriptures), do change.
But the spirit that gave forth scriptures teaches how to pray, speak, sing, fast,
give thanks, and how to read them with understanding,
and how to walk before God and man, and how to worship God, and in what;
for it leads us into all truth, which is our comforter,
in which we have unity and fellowship,
and to know the true religion which does never change.

And so, the spirit of truth which gave forth the scriptures
is our director, guide, leader, and comforter, which reproves the world for sin.
And this leads to see the end of all directories which men invent,
who have not the spirit the apostles had;
and when they cannot hold it up they cry to the powers of the earth to help them.
And these we see are erred from the spirit and without the spirit;
with whom we cannot trust our bodies, spirits nor souls, into their hands,
but have committed them to the Lord, whose they are.

And we are a people that are redeemed from the earth and world,
and need none of your church-made-faith,
which you have framed and made in eleven days' time,
and your other three days set apart.
For Christ is the author of our faith, which is the gift of God,
which is a mystery held in a pure conscience.
And we say, that all the priests in Scotland, London, and New England
cannot make the gift of God, the mystery, which is the faith which remains,
and by which men are justified and saved, neither have they power over it;
which brings us to have access to God,
and gives us victory over that which separated us from God.
And so, we need none of their faith to lead us;
for the faith Christ is the author of we live in, which they cannot make nor frame.
And though they may cry to the magistrates to help them to uphold their made-faith
(which idol they cannot hold up themselves) which they have invented,
and say 'they are not in the life and power as they were in that gave forth the scriptures';
and say, 'revelation is ceased from people,
and there is no victory while they are upon the earth'.
These are the fruits of their framed-faith, which we do not need.
For the spirit that gave forth the scriptures
teaches us to know who is the author of our faith, and the fruits of it;
which gives victory.
And the spirit teaches us how to pray, sing, give thanks,
praise, rejoice, fast, worship God, and in what;
and how to walk to God and man, and leads us into all truth,
the reprover of the world or sin, which is our comforter, guide, leader, and director;
in which we have unity and fellowship that is without end,
and a pure religion that does never change.
And a great deal of stuff there is in their books, which is not worth mentioning,
it will rot and that nature that gave it forth;
but the seed, and life, and power will stand.

Church-faith changes, Directory changes, Common Prayer changes, and Mass changes.
And here are the four religions which are got up since the apostles' days;
which they have fought for and killed one another about.
But the pure religion does not change which we are of and own;
in which are the spiritual weapons which were among the apostles.
The true faith does not change, for it abides and remains, which is the gift of God,
and a mystery held in a pure conscience;
of which we are,
and which is our faith.

Mass for the Papists, common prayer for the Episcopal men;
and the directory for the Presbyterians;
church-made and framed faith for the Independents, and mixed Baptists and others;
those have had their fellowships in these for which they fought,
and about which carnal weapons got up since the days of the apostles.
But the fellowship in the spirit remains, and does not change,
which has spiritual weapons,
and these are known and used to fight with about religion,
in which the seed of God is known,
which bruises the serpent's head which led man from God,
and made a separation between man and God.
And the election is known (in him who was) before the world begun;
who is the head of our church,
and not those who are head of the mass,
head of your directory, head of the common-prayer,
and head of the church-made faith,
which we see all change and come to naught, and God confounds.
And men stand in doubts and questions,
and have no assurance in their religion;
but that of God stands in them all bound.

They that followed the pope, were called Papists;
and they that protested against the pope, were called Protestants.

And thus they gave names one to another: common-prayer men,
and directory men, and Independents, and Baptists.
And thus in the envy, out of the love, out of the spirit,
which gave forth the scriptures,
gave they names one to another;
all of which we judge.

Our faith, our church, our unity is in the spirit,
and our word at which we tremble,
was in the beginning, before the Papist mass,
and your Episcopal common-prayer,
and the Presbyterian directory, and Independent Baptist,
and other church-made framed faiths were;
and our unity, church, (the true and eternal church, the body of Christ)
and fellowship will stand when they are all ended.
By which spirit we judge them all, and deny their works;
in which is our unity with God, with the scriptures, and one with another.
For they have been to people like so many changeable coverings,
but now the spirit is taking them off;
by which [spirit] we are covered,
and it is our weapon in this day of great battle with them.
The scriptures which you do speak, and show forth in your books,
are owned [by us],
but your imagination of them we deny;
but they are all owned in themselves and in their place.
So they are all ours, which end in Christ, who is ours, and in him we remain.
The mass is the Papists sacrifice that they kill about.
The common-prayer is the Episcopal sacrifice that they persecute and kill about.
The directory is the Presbyterians' sacrifice, they persecute and kill about.
The made and framed church-faith is the Independent and Baptist sacrifice,
which they kill and persecute about.
The Lord does not accept such sacrifices,
nor does he respect persons who have erred from the spirit in which were the apostles,
and by which spirit they offered spiritual sacrifice to God the Father of spirits,
and which spirit we are in.

And all my dear hearts,
all know the fellowship of the seed in its sufferings,
and to be made conformable to his death; that you in the suffering
through it may know the power of the resurrection
of the just seed.
And this is it which kills all bad spirits
that will talk, but not do;
such may crucify Christ in themselves afresh.
Therefore mind the daily suffering which the seed had, and have unity with that;
so you may rise with that, which destroys that which causes it to suffer.
The Papist cries, higher powers [courts], help, help,
or else my mass will go down, and all my ceremonies.
The Episcopal man cries, help, help, higher powers,
or else my common-prayer goes down.
The Presbyterian cries, help, help, higher powers,
or else my directory will go down.
The Independent, and Anabaptist, and others cry, help, help, higher powers,
or else our framed faith, (which is our eleven days' work), will go down,
and we shall not stand.
Are not you all ashamed?
And show you are naked, out of the power and life the apostles were in;
and from their weapons naked?
The outward power neither upheld nor separated them from the love of God,
which they had in Christ, the end of the law.
I am not one of them, that call themselves Papists, Common- prayer-men,
nor Presbyterians, Independents, nor Antibaptists, Puritans, nor heathens,
which are out of the life of God;
but that which God has called me to, that I am,
and in the elect before the world began.

This is to go everywhere abroad among Friends, who are of the royal priesthood,
which destroys that which made a separation from God.
From the royal seed goes the royal commandment, which seed remains forever,
from the royal seed to the royal seed,
which are the royal priesthood, which have the royal law,
and love to friends and enemies;
which is beyond the love of the world, and before it was.
That is the royal love, where no enmity can come.

Forgive us, as we forgive them,
cry Papists, cry Episcopal, cry Presbyterians, and Baptists, and Independents;
these cry and say the Lord's Prayer,
'Forgive us our debts and trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us';
and like a company of senseless men, without understanding,
fall to fighting one with another about their trespasses and debts,
and never mind what they prayed,
as though they never looked for forgiveness,
and to receive the things they prayed for;
That pray, 'Forgive us Lord, as we forgive them',
and fall to persecuting and imprisoning one another,
and taking their brethren and fellow servants by the throat about religion,
which in their prayers they said, 'Forgive us, as we forgive them', and will not forgive,
but say their prayers, as the Pharisees did the scriptures, and did not follow them:
this is he, that must be cast into prison, until he pay the utmost farthing,
and must not come out.
And this has been their work since the apostles' days, and is not here law?
The apostles and Christ did not bid, that any should kill about their words,
but that they should love enemies;
but you will kill about the apostles' and Christ's words,
who themselves were killed for speaking them.
And so all Friends, dwell in the seed of God,
which is heir of the power of the world which is without end;
in that dwell and keep your meetings, that you may all be possessors.

All religions will fight about religions and worships,
and kill like the heathen about their gods;
Jews, Gentiles, Papists, Protestants of all sects,
which are out of the power of the Lord, and the spirit that the apostles were in.
And so, they are all out of the royal spirit, that has the royal, spiritual weapons,
and out of the royal seed, which said 'love enemies',
which is the royal command to the royal priesthood.
And they confess that they have not the same power and spirit of the apostles;
so then it is true for them to say, we are not the spiritual men,
we have not spiritual weapons to fight with;
if you do not help us, higher powers, we fall.
For we hold our traditions,
and that which we have is by tradition, is by the earthly powers.
For we are not made ministers, as the apostles were,
by the immediate spirit and power, and gifts;

therefore the higher powers must help us;
and to them go we with our packet of letters, as Saul did;
for we are not spiritual weaponed men, as Paul was.
For in all these things are the priests guilty.
The Papists, Common-prayer-men, Presbyterians, Independents, Baptists,
persecute one another about their inventions, (which they have invented),
their mass, their common-prayer, their directory, church-faith,
which they have made and framed), their inventions and handiworks,
and not for the truth.
For they know not what spirit they are of, that persecute,
and would have men's lives destroyed about their church, worship, and religion;
for Christ said, 'he came not to destroy men's lives, but to save them.'
Now they that know not what spirit they are of,

that will persecute and destroy men's lives, and not save them,
we cannot trust our bodies, souls, nor spirits into their hands,
that know not what spirit they are of themselves;
they are not likely to be trusted with others, that would destroy by a law,
which the disciples would have done by prayer,
to command fire to come down from heaven to destroy who would not receive Christ.
Which sort Christ rebuked, and told them,
that they did not know what spirit they were of.
And now, if they did not know what spirit they were of;
do these which have persecuted about church and religion,
since the apostles' days, who would compel men's bodies, goods, lives, souls,
and estates into their hands by a law, or else make them suffer?
These are not the ministers of Christ, (the Savior),
that destroy men's lives, and they know not what spirit they are of;
and the lives, bodies, and souls are not to be trusted in their hand.
And you that persecute shall have no resurrection to life, except you repent.
But they that know what spirit they are of themselves,
they are in the unrebukeable zeal,
and by the spirit of God they offer up their spirits, their souls, and bodies to the Lord, which are his;
whose they are, to keep them.

George Fox


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