|Galatians 6:14-16 |
14 But God forbid that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. [How could the world be crucified to Paul? It is the world that is within every man that Paul writes of being crucified, which world within George Fox wrote a detailed explanation, and which is the world in the Book of Revelation that is purged of Babylon and sin — or crucified. From the Word of the Lord within: "The world in every man is destroyed by the Lord. I am He who destroys the world."]
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision benefits anything, but only a new creature.2
16 As many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on the Israel of God.3
3 As many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on the Israel of God. The Israel of God is the new creature. Here is the rule of a true Christian; the scriptures are not the rule. The rule is Christ, in the new creature. George Fox addresses this in his writing on Concerning the Rule:
Now mark, you professors of the letters, that say, ‘the scripture is your rule;’ was not circumcision of the letter of the scripture? And yet the apostle said, ‘it avails nothing, but a new creature; and what the apostle rejoiced in, was the cross of Christ, in which he was crucified to the world, and the world to him. Is not the cross of Christ the power of God? Are not as many as walk according to this rule, and rejoice in it, (namely), the cross of Christ, and the new creature? I say, as many as walk according to this rule, peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. Gal 6:14-16. For the apostle said, ‘the cross of Christ is the power of God;’ so that the rule of the new creature in Christ he sets forth to be the rule. [Christ in the new creature is the rule]. You who have the form of godliness, and deny the power thereof, and the having the spirit that gave it forth now in your days, and call it your rule, and yet walk quite contrary to it, are to be turned away from; yet not turn away from the scriptures, but from you, who walk contrary to them, and the spirit that gave them forth.
And the apostle said in Phil 3:16, ‘Nevertheless, to where we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing;' for he had told them with weeping of such as were enemies to the cross of Christ, whose end is damnation, whose God is their belly, and glory in their shame, who mind earthly things.
Now were not they enemies to the rule then, which was the cross of Christ, the power of God? And what was this rule they were to walk by? Was it not what God had distributed to them, the spirit of God? For these, whose belly was their God, and gloried in their shame, and minded earthly things, whose end was damnation; these were a kind of christians, which it is to be feared there are too many such now, who were enemies to the cross of Christ, which is the power of God, who were to be turned away from. Was not the grace of God, which God said should be sufficient for Paul, and his strength made perfect in his weakness; was not this grace and strength a sufficient rule for Paul?
And does not the apostle say, ‘let the peace of God [Christ] rule in your hearts by faith, who shall rule all nations with a rod of iron?’ So is not he a sufficient rule in the heart by faith, and a sufficient rule to rule all nations, Rev 12:5, yes, and sufficient to rule the heathen. Rev 19:15.
And does not Christ say, ‘I will send you the spirit of truth, which shall lead you into all truth, and bring to your rememberance the words I have spoken unto you?'
Is not this spirit a sufficient rule, that leads into all truth?
And were not they reproved for so doing? and was not that a sufficient rule? Are not they the sons of God who are led by the spirit of God? Rom 8:14. Is not that a sufficient rule to lead and guide?