The Missing Cross to Purity


The Journal of George Fox - 1685 - 1690 - Final Years in London and Death <page 2 >


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After this I quickly returned to London and continued there a month in the service of the Lord; being daily exercised either in public meetings, or more particular services relating to the church of Christ; as visiting such as were sick or afflicted, writing books or papers for the spreading of truth, or refuting of error. As it was a time of general liberty, the Papists appeared more open in their worship than formerly; and with many unsettled people going to view them, there was a great talk of their praying to saints, and by beads, etc. In answer to this I wrote a short paper concerning prayer; as follows:

Christ Jesus, when he taught his disciples to pray, said to them, "When you pray, say, Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed is your name," etc. Christ does not say, they should pray to Mary, the mother of Christ; not does he say, they should pray to angels, or to saints that were dead. Christ did not teach them to pray to the dead, nor for the dead. Neither did Christ or his apostles teach the believers to pray by beads, nor to sing by outward organs; but the apostle said, he would sing and pray in the spirit; for the spirit itself "makes intercession; and the Lord, that searches the heart, knows the mind of the spirit."

To take counsel of the dead was forbidden by the law of God; they were to take counsel of the Lord. He has given Christ in the new covenant, in his gospel-day, to be a counselor and a leader to all believers in his light. Men are not to run to the dead for the living; for the law and testimony of God forbids it. Those Jews, who refused the running waters of Shiloh, the floods and waters of the Assyrians and Babylonians came over them, and carried them into captivity; and those who refuse the waters of Christ, are overflowed with the flood of the world, that lies in wickedness. Those who asked counsel of wooden idols and stones, were in the spirit of error and whoredom; they were "gone a whoring from God." Hosea 4:12. And those who "joined themselves to Baal Peor, and ate the sacrifices made to the dead, provoked the Lord's anger, and brought the Lord's displeasure upon them” Psa 107:28-29. So here you may see, the sacrifices of the dead were forbidden. The living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward: for the memory of them is forgotten, Ecc 9:5. “Woe to the rebellious children, said the Lord, that take counsel; but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin."
Isa 30:1.    

George Fox

When I had stayed about a month in London, I left town again. Because of the many hardships I had undergone in imprisonments, and other sufferings for truth's sake, my body had grown so infirm and weak, that I could not bear the closeness of the city long, but was glad to go a little into the country, where I might have the benefit of the fresh air. At this time I went with my son in law, William Mead, to his country house called Gooses in Essex, where I stayed about two weeks; and among other services, that I had there, I wrote the following paper:

A distinction between the true offering and sacrifice, and the false,
in the old and new covenant.

The Lord said, "He that sacrifices to any god, other than the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed." Ex 22:20. So no god is to be heeded, nor sacrificed to, but the Lord God. It is death to sacrifice to any other god, save the Lord. The Lord said also, "You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread." Ex 23:18. So that sour heavy leaven must not be offered with the Lord's sacrifice. Again, the Lord said; "You shall not build an altar of hewn stone; for if you lift up your tool upon it, you have polluted it." Ex 20:25. Therefore have a care of polluting the altar with your own tools, you who profess to offer the spiritual sacrifice.

Jonah said, "He would sacrifice unto the Lord with the voice of thanksgiving, "when he was in the fish's belly; and there he prayed unto the Lord. Jonah 2. For Jonah in the whale's belly had no lambs, nor rams, nor outward sacrifices to offer.

The Lord forbids his people to sacrifice with harlots. Hosea 4:14. And the Lord forbids his people to offer sacrifice of the blind, lame, sick, or what was deformed, or had any blemish; as in Mal 1:8 and many other places. So those who offer spiritual sacrifice, must not offer the blind, lame, blemished, or deformed sacrifice to God.

The scribe said to Christ, "To love God with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices." Mark 12:33. "And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, you are not far from the kingdom of God." verse 34. To love God and their neighbor as themselves, was more than whole burnt offerings and sacrifices in the time of the law; therefore all offerings and sacrifices in the time of the gospel, if there is not love to God and to their neighbor as themselves, are of no benefit.

David said, "Let them sacrifice a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing." Psa 107:22. These are the sacrifices that the Lord requires of his people, more than outward sacrifices. David said, "Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of mine hands as the evening sacrifice." Psa 141:2. Here David looks upon his prayer to the Lord, and the lifting up of his hands to him, to be accepted with the Lord, as much as the outward incense, and the outward evening sacrifice. Again David says, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." Psa 51:17. (see also Isa 57:15. and Isa 66:2.) These are the sacrifices that David said God would accept, and not despise; which are greater than the unbroken spirit, and uncontrite heart, with outward offerings and sacrifices.

The adversaries of the Jews would have joined with them towards the building of the temple, saying, "Let us build with You, for we seek your God, as you do; and we do sacrifice to him. "But the Jews refused them, and said; "You have nothing to do with us, to build a house to our God." Ezra 4:1-3. Here you may see God's people refused their building with them, and their sacrifice. Solomon said, "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord." Pro 15:8. (See also Isa 1:11-20. and Isa 66:3.) Solomon also said, "Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife." Pro 17:1. Now let all people consider what good your house full of sacrifices does with strife; when a dry morsel, and quietness therein is better? Consider all people, if you live in wickedness, your sacrifice is an abomination to the Lord.

Again, Solomon speaking of the sacrifice of fools, said, "They consider not, that they do evil." Ecc 5:1. Fools are such as do not walk in the spirit of God, or start in the spirit, and end in the flesh, like the foolish Galatians; for the spirit of God is the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and cannot join with the sacrifices of the dead, nor of the fools, nor of the wicked, whose sacrifice is abominable; who grieve and quench the spirit of God, by which the spiritual and righteous offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul said, he was the "minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost." Rom 15:16. So you may see that all the acceptable offerings and sacrifices to God must be sanctified by the Holy Ghost. The same apostle said to the Corinthians, “you are bought with a price; therefore glorify God, in your body and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Cor 6:20. And to he Romans, he said, "I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." Rom 12:1. This is the duty of all true Christians.

Peter also said, in his general epistle to the church of Christ; "you also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." 1 Pet 2:5. So every man and woman must come to the spirit of God in their own hearts, if they offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. For as Christ said, "Every sacrifice shall be salted with salt." Mark 9:49. And in the Old Testament you may see, all their outward offerings they were “to season with salt." Lev 2:13. This was a type and figure of Christ, who "gave himself for us, an offering, and a sacrifice to God, for a sweet-smelling savor." Eph 5:2. Therefore all his people must be baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire, so that they may be salted with fire, and every sacrifice salted with salt, with the spirit of grace, that is poured upon all; so that they may offer up this spiritual sacrifice, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Samuel said to king Saul, "Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold to obey is better than sacrifice; and to heed, than the fat of rams." 1 Sam 15:22. So you may see all offerings and sacrifices are nothing, if there is not a listening to the Lord in his spirit, and an obeying of his voice. Christ told the Jews, who were outward sacrificers that he would have mercy and not sacrifice; and bid them "go and learn what that means." Mat 9:13.

George Fox
Gooses, the 28th of the 2d month, 1687

The beginning of the third month I returned to London, and continued there until after the Yearly Meeting, which began the sixteenth, and was very large; since friends had more freedom to come up out of the countries to it, because of the general toleration and liberty now granted. The meeting lasted several days; and at the close, it was upon me to write the following lines, to be dispersed among Friends everywhere, as “a word of counsel and caution to them to walk circumspectly in this time of liberty."

Dear friends and brethren in the Lord Jesus Christ,

The Lord by his eternal arm and power having supported you in all your sufferings, great seizing of  personal property, and tedious imprisonments, only for serving and worshipping the living God who made you; who gave up wife and children and goods, and endured the seizing of them and imprisonment for his truth and name's sake. The Lord by his infinite power and mercy has been pleased to open the king's heart towards you, by which you are set at liberty from jails, and those who seize your personal property are stopped, so that now you may follow your callings, confess Christ Jesus, and call him Lord by the Holy Ghost in your assemblies, without being cast into jails, or having your property seized. Dear brethren, a great concern lies upon me from the Lord to write to you, “that none may abuse this liberty, nor the mercies of the Lord, but prize them;" for there is great danger in time of liberty of becoming proud, and getting into ease, looseness, and false liberty. And now, since you do not have the outward persecutors to war with in sufferings, use the spiritual weapons to keep down what would not be subject to Christ; that he, the Holy One, may reign in your hearts. That your lives, conversations, and words may preach righteousness and truth; that you may all show forth good examples of true believers in Christ, in virtue and holiness, answering what may be known of God in all people, that you are the sons and daughters of God. Stand fast in that righteous, holy, liberty in Christ, the just and Holy One, that has made you free, over the loose or false; shunning the occasions of vain disputes and foolish questions of men of corrupt minds: for the serpent was the first questioner of Eve, who drew her and Adam out of the truth. Therefore as you have received Christ, live and walk in him, who bruises the serpent's head, who is your safe sanctuary; in whom you have election, reconciliation and peace with God. Therefore live in the peace which you have from Christ, which is not of this world; be at peace one with another, and seek the peace of all men in Christ Jesus: for blessed are the peace-makers. Labor to exercise a good conscience towards God, in obedience to him in what he requires, and in doing to all men the thing that is just and honest; in your conversations and words giving no offence to Jew or Gentile, nor to the church of God. So you may be as a city set on God's Zion hill, which cannot be hid; and may be lights to the dark world, that they may see your good fruits, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. For he is glorified in your bringing forth good fruits, as you abide in Christ, the vine, in this his day of life, power, and light, that shines over all. Therefore all that believe in the light, walk in the light, as children of the light and of Christ's everlasting day; that in the light you may have fellowship with the Father and the Son, and one with another; keeping in the unity of his holy spirit, in the bond of his holy peace, in his church, that he is head of. My desire is, that God's wisdom everywhere may be justified of her children, and that it may be showed forth in meekness, and in the fear of the Lord in this his day, Amen.

George Fox

By that time the Yearly Meeting was over, and I was very much wearied and spent, so about a week after, I went out of town to a Friend's house a little beyond Edmonton. I stayed there and at South-street some time, and had meetings among Friends there; (and at Winch more-hill and Berry Street). Having my mind continually exercised in the things of God; the sense of his infinite goodness and mercy to mankind, in visiting them, after they had transgressed and rebelled against him, and providing a way and means for their return to him again, was very much upon me; and in the opening of the spirit of truth, I wrote the following paper on that subject:

God, who made all men and women, though they have transgressed his commands and laws, rebelled against him, hated his light, grieved his spirit, and walked despitefully against his spirit of grace; yet he who is merciful, would have all to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth. All that come to the knowledge of the truth, must know it in their inward parts. I say: the grace and truth, which comes by Jesus, all that know and find it, must know and find it in their hearts. Such find the hidden man of the heart, the pearl, the leaven, the lost piece of silver, and the kingdom of heaven within. For until all come to the light and truth in their hearts, they have been strangers to these things, in Adam in the fall, from the image of God, his light, power and spirit, and kingdom. But Christ, that never fell, brings man and woman again, who follow him, to know these things, and to know the truth, him the Savior, and brings them into his image, and his everlasting kingdom.

The devil, who is out of the truth, tempted man and woman to disobey God; and so drew them into the fall from the truth. It is the devil that has stopped men's eyes, ears, and hearts from the truth, who is called the god of the world; who has blinded the eyes of infidels, or heathen. But Christ, who bruises the serpent's head, and destroys the devil and his works, opens men's hearts, eyes, and ears, who is their Savior and Redeemer, and gives life eternal to his people, who obey him and his truth. Blessed be the Lord forever through Jesus Christ, who has tasted death for all men, to bring them out of the death of Adam; and the atonement for the sins of the whole world, and gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified of in due time. For as by Adam's transgression and disobedience death and condemnation came upon all men; so through Christ's obedience to God even to death, justification of life has come upon all men: and "he who believes in Christ has eternal life; but he who does not is condemned already." But God would have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth, as it is in Jesus, who is their Savior; and in Christ there is no condemnation.

George Fox

After I had been here awhile; I went to a Monthly Meeting at Enfield, and from there with some Friends to Hertford; where I stayed three or four days, visiting Friends both at their public meetings on first-day, and at their Quarterly Meetings of men and women: and good service for the Lord I had among them. Then passing to Waltham-Abbey, I had a very good meeting with Friends, and the next day went to another place, to mediate a difference, which, for want of a right understanding of each other, had happened between some Friends. I returned to Waltham that night; and the next day went with some Friends to William Mead's house in Essex.

I stayed here for some weeks, yet I was not idle, but often visited meetings in the area; as at Wanstead, Barking, and at John Harding's. Between meetings I wrote many things for spreading truth, and opening people's understandings to receive it. One was a paper, proving from the scriptures that people must repent before they can receive the gospel, and the Holy Spirit, and the kingdom of God, and be baptized:

John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, "Repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Mat 3:1-2. When John the Baptist was cast into prison, Mark says; "That Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe the gospel!” Mark 1:14-15. Matthew also says; "From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Mat 4:17. "And when Christ sent forth his twelve disciples, two by two, they went out and preached that men should repent." Mark 6:7,12. Christ said to the Jews, "Except you repent, you shall all perish." Luke 13:3, 5. When the tax collectors and sinners came to hear Christ, and the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, "This man receives sinners, and eats with them." Luke 15:1-2. Christ reproved them by a parable, and then told them; "Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repents, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance." Luke 15:7. Adding, "There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.” Luke 15:10. Christ, after he was risen, said to his disciples, "That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:47. Peter said to the Jews, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38. Paul said, "The times of this ignorance God overlooked; but now commands all men everywhere to repent." Acts 17:30. Simon Magus was called to repentance, if he had regarded it. Acts 8:22. The apostle Paul did preach at Damascus, at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judea, and then to the Gentiles (turning them from darkness to the light of Christ, and from the power of satan to God), that they should "repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance." Acts 26:20.

Here you may see people must repent before they believe and are baptized, and before they receive the Holy Ghost and the kingdom of God. They must repent of their vain life and conversation before they receive the gospel, and must be turned from darkness to the light of Christ, from the power of satan to God, before they receive his Holy Spirit and his gospel of life and salvation. The Lord commands all men every where to repent, and do works appropriate of repentance. They must show that their lives, conversations, and tongues are changed, and that they serve God in newness of life, with new tongues and new hearts.

George Fox
Gooses, the 6th month, 1687

Another short paper I wrote about the same time, showing, that God's people should be like. Thus:

God is righteous, and he would have his people to be righteous, and to do righteously. God is holy, and he would have his people holy, and to do holy deeds. God is just, and he would have his people to be just, and to do justly to all. God is light, and his children must walk in his light. God is an eternal, infinite spirit, and his children must walk in the spirit. God is merciful, and he would have his people to be merciful. God's sun shines upon the good and the bad, and he causes the rain to fall upon the evil and the good; so should his people do good to all. God is love, and those who dwell in love dwell in God. Love works no ill to his neighbor, therefore, "Love is the fulfilling of the law." Rom 13:10. The apostle said, "All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, you shall love your neighbor as yourself." Gal 5:14. "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; continue you in my love." John 15:9. This should be the practice of all God's people.

George Fox
Gooses, the 6th month, 1687

And because most people would confess, that God's people should be like this, but few know how to come to this state, in the openings of the spirit of truth I wrote another short paper, directing to the right way and means people might come to Christ, and so be made like God. Thus:

Christ said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me.” John 14:6. And again, "No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me, draws him." John 6:44. Now, what is the means by which God draws his people to his Son, but by his Holy Spirit, who "pours out of his spirit upon all flesh," that is, all men and women. By this Holy Spirit the holy and righteous God draws people from their unrighteousness and unholiness to Christ, the righteous and holy one, the great prophet in his new covenant and New Testament, whom Moses in the old covenant and Testament said, God would raise up like unto him, whom people should hear in all things; and they that would not hear him should be cut off. Those who do not hear the Son of God, the great prophet, do not heed the drawing of the Father by his Holy Spirit to his Son; but  those who heed the drawings of the good spirit of the Father to his Son, the spirit  gives them understanding to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life. Then they know that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, and that none can come to God but by and through his Son, who is their shepherd to feed them in his pastures and springs of life. His sheep know his holy voice, in whom there was no sin, and in whose mouth there was no guile, and a hireling they will not hear, for he does  not care for the sheep; for they are not the hireling's but Christ's, who has laid down his life for his sheep. He that robs and steals his neighbor's words, climbs up another way, and enters not by the door, is a thief and a robber; but Christ is the door into his sheepfold, for his sheep to enter in by. They know that Christ is the bishop of their souls, to see that they do not go astray from God nor out of his pastures of life. They know that Christ is their mediator, who makes their peace with God. They know that Christ is their high priest, made higher than the heavens, and has died for their sins, and cleanses them with his blood, and is risen for their justification, and is able to save to the utmost all that come to God by him.

George Fox
Gooses, the 6th month, 1687

Before I left this place I wrote another paper, the scope of which was to show, by many instances taken out of the holy scriptures, that the kingdom of God, which most people talk of as something far in the future and refer to it only as happening after death, is in  measure to be known and entered into in this life; but that none can know an entrance into it, other than those who are regenerated and born again. Of that paper the following is a copy:

Christ said, "Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the spirit is spirit” verse 6. So "except a man be born of water and of the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." verse 5. And John, writing to the seven churches of Asia, calls himself their "brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ." Rev 1:9. Here you may see that John was in the kingdom, so he was born again; for he did not only see the kingdom but was in it.

And John said, "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him." 1 John 3:1 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God." verse 2. “If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone that does righteousness is born of him." 1 John 2:29. "Whoever is born of God does not commit sin, for his seed remains in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God." 1 John 3:9. "Let us love one another, for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He who does not love, does not know God; for God is love," 1 John 4 :7-8. “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God." 1 John 5:1. "Whoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:4. Are not these, who were born of God, in the kingdom of God, (having overcome the world)? And seeing John says, "Everyone that does righteousness is born of God;” do not those who practice righteousness and stand firm in righteousness see the kingdom of God and enter into it?

Peter, in his first general epistle to the church of Christ, said, "As newborn babes desire the sincere milk of the word, so you may grow by it." 1 Pet 2:2. And he tells them they were "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that they should show forth the praises of him who had called them out of darkness into his marvelous light."1Pet 2:9. "And that as lively stones they were built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." verse 5. Did not these newborn babes, these lively stones, spiritual household, royal priesthood, holy nation, and chosen generation, who were called out of darkness into Christ's marvelous light, see and enter into his holy kingdom; being heirs of the same? Those were "born again, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the word of God which lives and abides forever." 1 Pet1:23. And did not such have an entrance ministered to them into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

James, in his general epistle to the church of Christ, said, "Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he has promised to them that love him?" James 2:5. The apostle Paul said, "God sent forth his son made of a woman, etc to redeem them that were under the law, that we may receive the adoption of sons; and because you are sons, God has sent forth the spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father. For which reason you are no more a servant but a son, and if a son then an heir of God through Christ." Gal 4:4-7. The same apostle said, "As many as are led by the spirit of God they are the sons of God;" and tells the saints at Rome, "You have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father. The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God; and if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together," (namely with Christ.) Rom 8:14-17. Now since they are the sons of God that are led by the spirit of God, and the spirit bears witness to their spirit that they are the children of God, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ, are not all these children of God heirs of the righteous, glorious kingdom of God? And do they not see it and enter into it?

The Lord said in Hosea 1:10. "Where it was said to them, you are not my people, there it shall be said to them, you are the sons of the living God." Did not this relate to the gospel days of the new covenant? See Rom 9:26. And what the Lord said by the prophet Jeremiah, Ch.31:1. the apostle applies to the gospel days, and says, "Be you separate, said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty." 2 Cor 6:16. Are not these the children that see and enter into the righteous kingdom of God, that separate from what is unclean and touch it not?

The Lord said also by Isaiah, "I will say to the north, give up and to the south, keep not back; bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth." Isa 43:6. Then does not he bring them to his kingdom of glory that stands in righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost?       

The Lord said to Job, "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 38:7. Where did these sons of God shout for joy? Was it not in his kingdom of glory?

Christ said, "The least in the kingdom of God is greater than John. "Luke 7:28. And in Luke 16:16 he says, " The law and the prophets were until John; since that time (viz. since the law, and the prophets, and John), the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it."

The good seed are the children of the kingdom. Mat 13:38. And "the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father." Mat 13:43. Christ said to his disciples, "Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God. "Mark 4:11. Christ lifted up his eyes upon his disciples, and said, "Blessed be you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." Luke 6:20. The apostles preached the kingdom of God. These were born again, that saw and knew the kingdom of God and preached it.

Christ said to his disciples, "Fear not little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32. "I appoint to you a kingdom," said Christ, "as my Father has appointed to me." Luke 22:29. The Lord said, "He that overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son." Rev 21:7. And John said, "I have written unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one." 1 John 2:14. "And Christ, by whom are all things, is said to bring many sons to glory." Hbr 2:10

He said, "Woe to you scribes and pharisees, hypocrites, for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow them that are entering to go in." Mat 23:13. "Woe to you, religious lawyers, for you have taken away the key of knowledge; you entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in you hindered." Luke 11:52. Christ gives to his children the keys of the kingdom, his spirit; but the scribes, pharisees, and lawyers, (great professors) were erred from the spirit, like the great professors in our age. They scoff at the spirit, and draw people from the spirit of God within; these shut up the kingdom from men, and draw people from the key of knowledge, and the key of the kingdom. "For no man knows the things of God but by the spirit of God;" for the things of God are spiritually discerned. The spirit is the key, by which the kingdom of God and the things of God are revealed, discerned, and known, according to 1 Cor 2:10-14. The apostle names some in his epistle to the Colossians, and says, "These are my fellow workers unto the kingdom of God." Col 4:11. And he tells that church, that "God has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son." Col 1:13. So you may see these were born again who were translated into the kingdom of Christ, and were fellow workers unto the kingdom of God.

Christ exhorts his disciples to love and to do good, that they might be the children of their Father which is in heaven. Mat 5:45. He bids them be perfect, even as their Father which is in heaven is perfect. verse 48. The apostle said to the church at Philippi, "That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without fault, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation;" among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life, etc. Phil 2:15-16. And writing to the church of the Thessalonians, he puts them in mind how he had exhorted them that they would "walk worthy of God, who had called them into his kingdom and glory."
1 Thes 2:12.

The Lord had promised by the prophet Joel, that he would "pour out of his spirit upon all flesh," and that "sons and daughters should prophesy; old men should dream dreams, and young men see visions," Joel 2:28. The reason that sons and daughters, handmaids, servants, young men, and old men have not these heavenly visions, dreams, and prophecies, is because they are "erred from the spirit of God," which he pours upon them; but as many as are led by the spirit of God are the sons of God.

John said Christ was the true Light, "which lights every man that comes into the world." John 1:9. And that "as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, verse 12, which were born not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God." verse 13. The reason why people do not become the sons of God, is because they do not receive Christ. The Jews, the great professors, who had the promises, prophecies, figures, and shadows of him, would not receive him when he came. And now the priests and high professors of Christ are so far from receiving the light of Christ, and believing in it, that they hate the light and scoff at it, calling it a natural conscience, and some, "Jack O lantern." Such are not likely to become the sons of God, nor to see the glorious kingdom of Christ, which stands in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For the light that shines in the heart gives the "light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus." 2 Cor 4:6 Those who do not receive Christ Jesus, but hate his light (which is the life in him) and yet profess him in words neither know the children of the light, nor true fellowship in the light, nor the kingdom of God, that stands in righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy ghost; but by the light they are condemned. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither come to the light, for fear his deeds will be disapproved." John 3:19-20. But the children of the light, that walk in the light, come to heavenly Jerusalem, to the city of the living God, to the innumerable company of angels, and to the general assembly and church of the first born, that are written in heaven,[and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect] Hbr 12:22-23, and can sing Hallelujah.

George Fox

Gooses, the 2d of the 7th month, 1687

From Valiant for the Truth:

In the Fourth Month, 1687, the King issued an order that the execution of all penal laws concerning ecclesiastical matters should be suspended. This would have been more acceptable had it been the action of the King and his Parliament, rather than merely the exercise of his royal prerogative; but the liberty was enjoyed, and, in common with other Dissenters, Friends presented an address to King James expressing their thankfulness. This was favorably received, and at the assembling of the Yearly Meeting in 1687 it was concluded to send an address from that body to the King by the hands of William Penn, who had free access to the royal person. To this address the King returned the following answer:

"GENTLEMEN, - I thank you heartily for your address. Some of you know, I am sure you do, Mr. Penn, that it was always my principle that conscience ought not to be forced, and that all men ought to have the liberty of their conscience. And what I have promised in my declaration I will continue to perform as long as I live; and I hope, - before I die, to settle it so that after ages shall have no reason' to alter it."

King James was not to be the instrument of establishing liberty of conscience in England. His power was already tottering, and further steps in this direction caused a great excitement in his Parliament. The English people feared that toleration with him only meant favor to the Roman Catholic religion; and the appointment of those who professed that faith to the highest offices in the state increased the feeling of anxiety. Attention was directed towards the Prince and Princess of Orange, as the hope of the nation at this crisis. The Prince, it will be remembered, was a grandson of Charles I, and his wife a daughter of James II. She had been educated in the Protestant religion by the express orders of Charles II, and their marriage had been arranged by King James to satisfy the growing discontent of his subjects. Mary, the Princess of Orange, was the heir apparent of the crown of England, and it was to her and her husband that the eyes of the English nation were turned in this emergency.

It does not come within the scope of this work to detail the events which placed them upon the throne. It is sufficient to say that James, becoming alarmed for his personal safety, fled to France, and William and Mary were crowned King and Queen of England, in the Fourth Month, 1689.

A PROTESTANT King and Queen being now seated on the throne of England, with a Parliament united with them in the policy of maintaining that form of religion, the first subject claiming their attention was the modification of the laws in relation to Dissenters. An Act of Toleration was prepared "which exempted Protestant subjects, dissenting from the Church of England, from the penalties of certain laws, designed to force them to conformity."

Friends were on the alert to have the act framed so as to include them within its scope. This was very necessary, as the bill had a confession of faith attached to it, which had been drawn up with the idea of exempting the" Quakers" from its provisions, on the plea that they were not christians.

It was not to be expected that our aged veteran, who had so long counseled his brethren, would keep aloof from this conflict. In his journal he says: "Though I was weak in body, and not well able to 'stir about, yet so great a concern was upon my spirit on behalf of truth and Friends, that I attended continually with many Friends at the Parliament House, laboring with the members that the thing might be done comprehensively and effectually."

A confession of faith was drawn up by Friends and presented to Parliament by a committee of their body, who were examined in relation to it. The result of the investigation was that Parliament was convinced that Quakerism was not adverse to Protestant Christianity, [as they firmly believed the Roman sect was].

Their profession of faith may be interesting today.

Question. Do you believe the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God? or that Jesus Christ is truly God and man?
Answer. Yes, we verily believe that Jesus Christ is truly God and man, according as Holy Scriptures testify of Him; God over all blessed forever; the true God, and eternal life; the one Mediator between God and man, even the man Christ Jesus.

Question. Do you believe and expect salvation and justification by the righteousness and merits of Jesus Christ, or by your own righteousness and works?
Answer. By Jesus Christ, His righteousness, merits, and works, and not by our own. God is not indebted to us for our anything we deserve, but we to Him for His free grace in Christ Jesus; whereby we are saved through faith in Him, not of ourselves; and by His grace are enabled truly and acceptably to serve and follow Him as He requires. He is our all in all, who works all in us that is well pleasing to God.

Question. Do you believe in the remission of sins and redemption through the sufferings, death, and blood of Christ?
Answer. Yes, through faith in Him, as He suffered and died for all men, gave Himself a ransom for all, and His blood being shed for the remission of sins, do all they who sincerely believe in and obey Him receive the blessed effects of His suffering and dying for them. They, by faith in His name, receive and partake of that eternal redemption which He hath obtained for us, who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity. He died for our sins, and rose again for our justification, and "if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

And now the long-looked-for relief had come, and Friends in common with other Dissenters [from the Anglican sect] were relieved in some measure from the suffering which had pressed so heavily upon them. They could meet in peace to worship God, and were no longer required to take an oath. Tithes were still demanded, and they suffered the loss of property in that respect, but the cruel imprisonments ceased.

None rejoiced more in this deliverance than George Fox, whose body was now feeling the effects of his earnest labor for his Master, but whose spirit was fresh and strong. Like the beloved disciple of old, love was the prevailing feeling in his heart, and love the burden of his exhortations to the people.

Having been more than a quarter of a year in the country, I returned to London in somewhat better health than formerly, having received much benefit from the country air. And it being a time of general liberty and great openness among the people, I had much service for the Lord in the city, being almost daily at public meetings, and was frequently busy in visiting Friends that were sick, and in other services of the church. I continued at London about three months; then finding my strength much spent with continual laboring in the work of the Lord, and my body much hindered for want of fresh air, I went to my son Rouse's by Kingston, where I stayed some time, and visited Friends at Kingston. While I was there, it came upon me to write a paper concerning the Jews, showing, "How by their disobedience and rebellion they lost the holy city and land." By which example the professed christians may see what they are to expect, if they continue to disobey and provoke the Lord. The copy here follows:

The Lord gave the Jews in the Old Testament the land of Canaan, and they built the temple at Jerusalem to worship in. It was called "the holy temple," and Jerusalem was called "the holy city," and Canaan "the holy land." But when the Jews rebelled against the good spirit which God gave them to instruct them, and rebelled against his law, and set up idols and images, and defiled the land and the city, the Lord sent his prophets to cry against them. The prophets were to bring them back again to his spirit, and to his law, and so to God, to serve and worship him, that they might not worship images and idols, the works of their own hands. But instead of hearkening to God's prophets, they persecuted them, and at last killed his Son Christ Jesus, and persecuted his apostles. But Christ told the Jews that both their city and temple would be laid waste, and they should be scattered over all nations; and it was so. Titus the Roman emperor came and took Jerusalem, and destroyed the city and temple, which was a day of vengeance upon the Jews for all their idolatries, their wickedness, and for the innocent blood they had shed both in the city and country; and they were driven out of their own city and land, and scattered over all nations. The Jews never had power to get the land since, nor to build Jerusalem nor the temple; but the Turk has both the land of Canaan and what is called "the city of Jerusalem." Now the Turk neither makes images nor worships images; so it is a just hand of the Lord that he should be over the persecuting, idolatrous Jews, so that they cannot defile the land of Canaan now with images and idols, for the Turk has not, who neither makes images nor idols, nor worships them. The Jews must never hope, believe, nor expect, that they shall ever go again into the land of Canaan, to set up an outward worship at Jerusalem, and there for their priests to offer outward sacrifices of rams, sheep, and heifers, etc for burnt offerings;* for Christ, the one offering, has offered himself once for all, and by this one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified. And Christ has changed the priesthood of Aaron, that offered sacrifices, which was made after the power of a worldly commandment; but Christ was made after the power of an endless life, a priest forever, who was holy, harmless, and separate from sinners, and is a priest made higher than the heavens. This is the priest that gives power to all who receive him to become the sons and daughters of God; and Jerusalem that is above is the mother of all the sons and daughters of God, which is free; but Jerusalem that is below is in bondage with her children. They who are the children of Jerusalem that is above do not look down at Jerusalem that is below; but they look at Jerusalem that is above, which is their mother.

* Christendom thinks that the temple will be rebuilt and the sacrifices in the temple to be reinstituted, but George Fox tell us that will never happen again. Christendom is wrong.

Christ said, "Neither at outward Jerusalem, nor in the mountain of Samaria should God be worshipped; but God should be worshipped in spirit and in truth; for he is a spirit, and such he seeks to worship him." John 4:21-23. This is the worship that Christ set up above sixteen hundred years ago; therefore the idolatrous Jews must never think to offer their outward offerings and sacrifices, nor set up their outward worship at Jerusalem, in the holy land of Canaan. For Christ, by the offering up of himself once for all, for the sins of the whole world, has ended all the Jews' offerings, and changed the priesthood, and the law by which it was made, and has blotted out the hand writing of ordinances, which commanded both priests and offerings, and triumphed over them. So he is the offering and sacrifice of all the children of the New Testament, new covenant, and heavenly New Jerusalem that is above. He is their prophet that opens to them, their shepherd that feeds them, their bishop that oversees them, and priest that died for their sins and is risen for their justification, who sanctifies and presents them to God. He is the one Mediator between God and man, even the man Christ Jesus.

George Fox
Kingston, the 9th of the 10th month, 1687

After this I went to Guilford to visit Friends there, and stayed three days with them, and had a large and very good meeting on first-day. After which I came back to Kingston again, and stayed about two weeks longer, visiting Friends and having meetings among them, both at their public meeting house and in their families. Many things I wrote while I was at Kingston; among which the following was one:

"God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, (mark, not perish), but have everlasting life." John 3:16. Again he said, "He that believes on the Son of God has, (mark, has), everlasting life." John 3:36. So these believers have everlasting life while they are upon the earth. And "he who believes on Christ is not condemned; but he that does not believe is condemned already, and the wrath of God abides on him. He that hears Christ's word, and believes on God that sent him, has, (mark, has), everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death,"(the death in the first Adam), "to life," the life in Christ the second Adam. John 5:24. And that meat which Christ gives endures to everlasting life, as in John 6:27. And the water that Christ gives shall be in him that drinks it "a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14. Christ said to the Jews, "You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me; and you will not come to me, that you might have life." John 5:39- 40. Here you may see, the eternal life is to be found in Christ, and not in the scriptures which testify of him, the life. Christ's sheep that hear his voice, know, and follow him; he gives to them eternal life, and they shall not perish; neither shall any pluck them out of his hand. They shall not pluck Christ's sheep, to whom he has given eternal life, out of his eternal hand. Christ said to Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, (mark, though he were dead), yet shall he live, (mark, live, though he were dead) and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this?" Martha said, “Yes, Lord." John 11:25-27. This is the true substantial belief, which they that believe shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John said, "This is the testimony, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." 1 John 5:11. "The life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and proclaim to you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and appeared to us." 1 John 1:2. So these were the believers that had eternal life in the Son of God, and showed it to others. "He that has the Son has life," said John, "and he that has not the Son of God has not life." 1 John 5:12. Christ said, "Everyone who has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake; shall receive a hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life." Mat 19:29. The wicked that do not receive Christ shall go into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life. The true servants of God have their fruits unto holiness, and their end is everlasting life. For "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life, through Jesus Christ out Lord." Such have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Therefore I desire that God's people may endure all things that they may obtain this salvation which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. For Christ, being made perfect, became the author of eternal salvation to all those who obey him. This eternal salvation is above an external salvation; for they come to receive an eternal inheritance, and live in the possession of the everlasting gospel of joy, comfort, peace, and salvation, having everlasting life in Christ Jesus.

George Fox
Kingston, the 6th of the 11th month, 1687

Another paper I wrote concerning the stone spoken of by Daniel, Ch.2:35 which became a great mountain and filled the whole earth, showing, that, ‘thereby was set forth the kingdom and power of Christ.'

When Christ, the stone that became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth, had broken to pieces the head of gold, the breast of silver, the belly of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet part iron part clay, which were the four monarchies, the Babylonian and Mede, the Grecian and the Roman, and had ended the outward Jews' typical kingdom, Daniel said, "In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed." Dan 2:44. Christ said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Mat 28:18. And "my kingdom is not of this world." John 18:36 "Christ is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature; for by him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities or powers; all things were created by him and for him, and he is before all things, and by him all things consist." Col 1:16-17. Here you may see all things consist by Jesus Christ, and all things were created by Christ and for him, whether they are things in heaven or things on earth, visible or invisible; yes, thrones, dominions, principalities, or powers, these were all created by him and for him. Christ is "King of kings and Lord of lords." Rev 19:16. The "Prince of the kings of the earth."Rev 1:5. Out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, with which be shall smite the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessel of a potter shall they be dashed in pieces who do not obey him, the “King of kings and Lord of lords." This is Christ, who said, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last;" so he is over all nations, and above them all. We must understand this rod of iron, by which Christ does rule the nations, is a figurative speech of Christ who is ascended into heaven, and is at the right hand of God. All power in heaven and earth is given to him, and all things were created by him and for him: so then they are Christ's, and he has power over all things; for all are his. So, as the scripture said, "By me kings reign and princes decree justice." Pro 8:15. But if they abuse his power and do not do justice, as is decreed by Christ, the "King of kings and Lord of lords, the first and the last," they must feel the weight of his rod of iron, by which he will rule such as abuse his power. That is decreed by him, who has all power in heaven and earth given to him, and rules in the kingdoms of men.

George Fox
Kingston, the 11th month, 1687

Several other things I wrote while I was at Kingston; for my spirit being continually exercised towards God, I had many precious openings of divine matters; and various places of scripture, both in the Old Testament and in the New, relating to the state of regeneration and sanctification, etc were brought to my remembrance by the Holy Spirit; some of which I committed to writing, as follows:

Those who touched the dead were unclean, and were to be cleansed by the water of purification. Num19:11-13. And those who touch the dead doctrines or faiths, and let them in, burden the pure; defile and make themselves unclean, until the spring of the water of the word arises and washes and cleans them. For all the dead in Adam in the fall are unclean, and they must be washed by Christ, in his blood and water of life, who quickens and makes alive.

A dwarf might not come near to offer upon God's altar; but he might eat of the holy bread, that he might grow. Lev 21:20-21. So the new born babes may eat of the milk of the word, that they may grow thereby and increase. He that had any blemish might not come near to offer upon God's altar; neither might anything be offered upon God's altar that had any blemish, or was unclean. Lev 21:21 And it is said, "The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous." Psalm 1:5. But “God stands in the congregation of the mighty.” Psalm 82:1

The camp of God was to be kept clean and holy. That which was unclean, or defiled, was to be kept out of God's camp in the Old Testament. And in the New Testament, all that is defiled and unclean must be kept out of God's kingdom, the new and heavenly Jerusalem that is from above. All was to pass through the fire (all those things that would bear the fire) and to be purified by fire and water, before the people might come into God's camp. Num 31:23 So all must be circumcised, and baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire, cleansed with the blood of Christ, and washed with the water of the word, before they come into the kingdom of God, into heavenly Jerusalem.

The apostle Paul said, “We know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven, that mortality might be swallowed up by life." 2 Cor5:1-4. Here is  (“We in the earthly house of this tabernacle;") which (We) as those who have received Christ, have become the sons of God, new creatures, and children of the light, that believe in Christ's light; who have an eternal house in the heavens, where mortality is swallowed up of life, in which house from heaven they will not groan.

Peter said, "I think it proper, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance, knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ has showed me." 2 Pet 1:13-14. Peter knew he must put off this tabernacle shortly; but as long as he was in it, he stirred up the saints to their duty in holiness, that they might remember it after he was deceased.

Paul said, "The first man is of the earth, earthly." (Mark, earthly) 1 Cor 15:47. "And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." (Mark, the heavenly) verse 49. And "we have this treasure in earthen vessels," etc. 2 Cor 4:7 “And I live," said he, "yet not I, but Christ lives in me.” Gal 2:20 who is the life of all God's people.

Christ said to the Jews, "That the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he called the Lord, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; for he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” Luke 20:37-38. So "none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself; for whether we live, we live unto the Lord, and whether we die, we die unto the Lord. Whether we live therefore or die we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died and rose, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living." Rom 14:7-9. For all died in Adam; and Christ by the grace of God tasted death for every man, that they might come out of the death in Adam to the eternal life in Jesus Christ: who is also a quickening spirit; for as in Adam all died, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. So Christ who died and rose again, is Lord both of the living and of the dead; for the living live to the Lord, and die in him, and are blessed.

All Christendom say, that they believe in God and in Christ, and that they believe Moses and the prophets, and preach Christ, Moses, and the prophets; so their words and writings are preached and printed, and you say you believe them. But what life do you live? Are you through the law dead to the law, that you may live to God? Are you crucified with Christ? Does Christ live in you? Is the life that you now live in the flesh by the faith of the Son of God, and you do not live, but Christ lives in you, who gave himself for you? Is this your present life? for "the just live by faith" which Christ is the author and finisher of; by which holy, divine, precious faith they have victory over what is vile, unholy, and not divine; and in this faith they please God, and have access to God and his Son, who fulfills the law and the prophets. For the law and the prophets were until John, and since that the kingdom of God has been preached, and men strive to press into it; and the least in the kingdom of God is greater than John, though he was the greatest prophet born of a woman. See whether you are in the kingdom that stands in peace and righteousness and joy in the Holy Ghost, or not. Christ, the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature, was before any creature; for by him were all things created that are in heaven and in the earth, visible or invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities, or powers. "All things were created by him and for him, and he was before all things, and by him all things consist; and he is the head of the body, the church, and is the beginning, the first born from the dead." Here you may see that all things were made by Christ Jesus, and all things were created for Christ Jesus, and by him all things consist and have their being, who is the first born from the dead, and dies no more. It pleased the Father that in him all fullness should dwell, and by Christ to reconcile all things to himself, whether they be things in heaven or things in the earth. "In him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," who is the head of all principality and power; for "all power in heaven and earth is given to him," the first born of every creature, and the first born from the dead, who lives forevermore in his power over all, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” While the world's spirit rules in men's hearts, they do not know Christ, nor the beginning nor ending of the work of God. Christ was outwardly crucified and slain without the gates of Jerusalem by the disobedient Jews; and they that hate the light of Christ, disobey his gospel, quench his spirit, and are erred from his faith, "crucify to themselves Christ afresh." So Adam and Eve, and their children who disobeyed God, killed the Lamb; the blind Jews, who disobeyed God, crucified Christ Jesus; and the outward christians, who do not live and walk in Christ, but live in sin and evil, (though they make an outward profession of Christ), crucify to themselves Christ afresh. As to Christ himself, he is "ascended far above all principalities, thrones, powers, and dominions;" so that they cannot put him to death, or crucify him anymore, as to himself: but what the killers, crucifiers, and persecutors do now upon the earth, is against Christ in themselves, and in his members; as Christ said to Saul, "Why do you persecute me? "Acts 9:4. For what is done to his members, Christ takes as done to himself. Mat 25:40, and Mat 25:45. And they that did not visit Christ, but persecuted him in his members, persecuted Christ in themselves first.

The serpent, that enemy to man and woman, the destroyer, the god of the world, and prince of the air, who rules in the hearts of the disobedient, got in by disobedience. But Christ bruises his head, breaks his power to pieces, and destroys the devil and his works; and through death destroys death, and the devil, the power of death. So Christ, the light and life, has all power in heaven and earth; and opens the prison doors, and the eyes of the blind, and takes captive him that has led into captivity, and gives gifts to men. So Christ binds the strong man of sin, and spoils his goods, and casts him out; Hallelujah! For the strong man of sin is the god of the world, and his house is the whole world which lies in wickedness. And this god of the world has kept his house, and his goods have been in the peace of the world; until a stronger than he comes, and binds, and casts him out; and then destroy him and his goods. So Christ, the Son of God, who is stronger than the devil, having destroyed the devil and his works, sets up his own house. All believers in the light are the children of light, are of the Son of God's spiritual house, and the Son of God is over his house forevermore; glory to God in the highest, through Jesus Christ, Amen!

God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets concerning Christ Jesus, his son, the Holy One; so they were holy men, and not unholy, that God spoke by. All that name the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, are to depart from iniquity.      

George Fox
Kingston upon Thames, the 11th month, 1687

I returned to London towards the latter end of the eleventh month 1687, visiting Friends on the way at Chiswick and Hammersmith, where I had two meetings, one upon a feast day, and the other on occasion of a marriage; at which were many people of other denominations, among whom I had a very seasonable opportunity of opening the way of truth.

When I came to London, I visited meetings in and about the city, as the Lord led, me! In whose service I continued laboring until the middle of the first month 1687-8. At which time I went towards Enfield, and visited Friends there and near by; and at Barnet, Waltham-abbey, and other places; where I had many meetings, and very good service in which I spent several weeks. I then returned to London, where I continued laboring in the work of the gospel until after the Yearly Meeting, which this year was about the beginning of the fourth month. A precious meeting it was. A very refreshing season Friends had together, the Lord honoring our assemblies with his living glorious presence in a very plentiful manner. At the conclusion of the meeting I felt a concern upon my spirit to give forth the following paper, to be dispersed among Friends.

All you believers in the light, who have become children of the light, walk as children of the light, and of the day of Christ, as a city set on a hill that cannot be hid. Let your light so shine, that people may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven. For a good tree brings forth good fruit; therefore be trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, having fruits unto holiness; and then your end will be everlasting life. Such are the wells and cisterns that hold the living water which springs up in them to eternal life. You may all drink water out of your own cisterns, running water out of your own wells; and eat everyone of his own fig tree, and of his own vine; having salt everyone in yourselves, to season everyone's sacrifice, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ; likewise virgins, who have oil in their lamps, follow the Lamb, and enter in with the bridegroom. Now is the time to labor, while it is day (yes, the day of Christ) to stir up everyone's pure mind, the gift of God that is in them; and to improve your talents, that Christ has afforded you, that you may profit; and to walk everyone according to the measure that Christ has given you; for "the manifestation of the spirit of God is given to everyone with which to profit." Consider what you have profited in spiritual and heavenly things, with the heavenly spirit of God. Be not like the wicked and slothful, (who hid his talent; from whom it was taken), and be cast into utter darkness. A dwarf, or one that had any blemish, was not to come near to offer upon God's altar; therefore mind the word of wisdom, to keep you out of what will corrupt and blemish you; and that you may grow in grace, in faith, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; and feeding upon the milk of the word, may grow by it, that you may not be dwarfs; and so offer your spiritual sacrifice upon God's holy altar. For the field or vineyard of the slothful grows over with thorns and nettles, and his walls go down. Such are those who are not diligent in the spirit of God, and the power, which is the wall, a sure fence. The spirit of God will weed out all thorns, thistles, and nettles out of the vineyard of the heart. And you that are keepers of others vineyards, see that you keep your own vineyards clean with the spirit and power of Christ. Sanctify yourselves, and sanctify the Lord in your heart, that you may be a holy people to the Lord, who said; "be you holy, for I am holy;" that you may be the holy members of the church of Christ, who is clothed with the sun, and has the moon under her feet; the changeable world, with all her changeable worships, religions, churches, and teachers. Be you new and heavenly Jerusalem's children; for new and heavenly Jerusalem that is above, is the mother of all the children of light who are born of the spirit. These are those who have been persecuted, and have suffered by the false church, mystery Babylon, the mother of harlots.

And now all heavenly Jerusalem's and Zion's children, that are from above, labor in the gospel, the power of God, the seed in which all nations, and all the families of the earth are blessed; which seed, Christ, bruises the serpent's head, destroys the devil and his works, and overcomes the whore, the false church, the beast, and the false prophet. He takes away the curse, and the veil that is spread over all nations, and over all the families of the earth, and brings the blessing upon all, (if they will receive it), saying, "In your seed shall all nations and all the families of the earth be blessed." This is the gospel of God preached to Abraham, before Moses wrote his five books; and was preached in the apostles' days, and is now preached again; which brings life and immortality to light; and is the gospel of peace, life, and salvation to every one that believes it. So all nations, all the families of the earth must be in Christ, the seed, if they be blessed, and be partakers of the blessing in the seed. This gospel was revealed by Christ to his apostles, who preached it; which is not of man, nor from man. Now, God and Christ have revealed the same gospel to me, and many others in this age. I say the gospel, and the seed, in which all nations and families of the earth are blessed; in which gospel I have labored, and do labor, that all may come into this blessed seed, Christ, who bruises the head of the serpent, that in it they might have peace with God. This everlasting gospel is preached again to those who dwell upon the earth; and those who believe it, and receive the blessing, the peace, joy, and comfort of it, the stability in it, and the life and immortality which it brings to light in them and to them: such can praise the everlasting God in his everlasting gospel.

And Friends, all seek the peace and good of all in Christ; for truth makes no Cains, Korahs, Balaams, nor Judases, for they come to be such, who go out of the peaceable truth. Therefore, walk in the peaceable truth, and speak the truth in the love of it, as it is in Jesus.

George Fox

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