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that they must be purged in a purgatory, when they are dead; and whilst that they are upon the earth, they cannot do otherwise than sin, that is, to do the work of the god of the world, that is out of truth, and not the works of the living holy God of truth.
And Christ, who saith, • Believe in the light,' and serve him in his living, holy, pure spirit and truth, which the world's god, that unclean spirit, is out of, and there is no truth in him. Yea, this world's god will suffer his messengers, ministers and professors, to cry against sin, as much as they will, and preach up sanctification and redemption, but they must not be made free from sin, nor cleansed, nor sanctified, nor redeemed, or to be made clean from this world's god, and the works which he, the prince of the air, hath wrought in them, whilst they be upon the earth.
And they must not have any assurance of their salvation and redemption from sin, or election here: This is the prince of the air's doctrine, who is out of truth, that he hath taught his ministers, messengers and apostles to preach and teach, in his dark school of disobedience, and that there is no victory over this prince, the world's god, and his works, whilst they are upon the earth, nor overcoming of him that is out of truth.
And now, as he hath gotten Adam and Eve into disobedience by his subtilty, so by his subtilty he would keep in disobedience, and death and darkness, all his children and servants.
And therefore, if any witness victory or overcoming on this side the grave of the world's god, and that which he hath wrought in them, and to have the same power and spirit the prophets and apostles had, this is called presumption by the world's god, and the disobedient that he rules in, and called by them.A justifying of self.
And to have an assurance of their election, and salvation, and life eternal here, as Christ the truth saith, They have that receive him and believe in him.'
This shakes the kingdom of the world's god, in whom there is no truth, and makes his followers, that disobey God's spirit and command, to rage against it.
Now the god of the world is called . The prince of the air, who works and rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience;' and all the disobedient ones walk according to the course of this prince of the air, and wickedness, who is out of truth; and he works in them by his unclean spirit, and fills them with airy notions and conceits, which he hath in store for them; and with wickedness, death, darkness, corruption, vanity, folly, looseness and all unrighteousness, debate and deceit: By this his unclean ravenous spirit, he fills them with airy notions, words and lives, and with drunkenness, whoredoms, and all manner of uncleanness and wickedness, that proceed from this unclean spirit, that is out of truth,
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and to spend their time out of God's fear, in wantonness, pleasures, sports, plays, vanities, voluptuousness in meats, drinks and apparel, in idleness, and all manner of looseness in conversation, with all covetousness and greediness, devouring and destroying the creatures, and the creation upon their lusts, with all greediness and oppression, injustice, unrighteousness, unmercifulness, unholy, intemperate, impatient, cruel and tyrannical, and with all manner of evil the god of the world works in them, that disobey the living God of truth, and Christ his son: The fruits of this evil spirit are easily seen, and known by them that obey the Lord in his spirit, light, grace and truth.
And he is called the prince of the air, for his kingdom and empire had a beginning in the disobedient; for by disobedience he got into Adam and Eve, in the disobedient he rules and works with his dark power and spirit, and sets up his principalities, who is out of truth, and there is no truth in him.
Now to know the beginning of his empire, its height, length, breadth and end:
First, he got into Adam and Eve by disobedience, and so into his sons and daughters, both Jews and christians, and others; and so rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience; his rule and his work goes no further, for none are conformable to him, but who are disobedient; and none walk after his unclean spirit, but who disobey God's pure spirit, grace, light and truth.
So, the compass, length and breadth of his empire and kingdom, and his work reacheth no further than to and over these that disobey the grace, light, spirit and truth, voice and command of the living God, and his son Christ Jesus..
Now the height of this god of the world, and prince of the air's empire and kingdom, with all his principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual wickedness in his high places, do not reach so high as the truth, for he is out of it, for there is no truth in him, and truth is over him and his followers; neither doth his kingdom or principality reach 80 high as righteousness, nor so high as the light and the power of God, nor life; for the prince of the world, the world's god, is death and darkness, unrighteousness and uncleanness, and is an unholy, foul, dark, lying spirit, and is comprehended with the truth, and with the light and life, and his unclean kingdom of death and darkness. I say, he and his kingdom, empire and princedom, with all his dark powers, principalities and rulers of darkness in the disobedient, his beginning is seen, his compass is seen, his height is seen, his end is seen in the lake and fire, together with all the disobedient that follow and serve him.
Now Christ is a prince of life, and a prince of peace, who is called
light and life, and the wisdom of God, and righteousness and the Holy One, &c.
He bruiseth the head of this world's god and prince of the air, that is out of truth, and breaketh his power to pieces, and he opens people's eyes and ears, that this world's god hath stopped and blinded, and cleanses and sanctifies, purifies and washes such as this world's god hath defiled, and redeems such as believe in him, that this world's god hath taken captive, and leads him into captivity: •And he gave gifts unto men, who ascended up on high, far above all principalities, powers, thrones, and dominions.
So Christ gave gifts unto men, first unto his twelve, and seventy, before he was crucified and ascended.
And it is also clear, that Christ gives gifts unto men after he ascended, for the work of the ministry, and makes some evangelists, some pastors, some teachers, and some prophets, according to the apostle's doctrine. Ephesus iv.
So with these gifts which they have from Christ, since he was ascended, and before, they were to bring people to the knowledge of the Son of God, from whom they had received their gifts, and who was the author and finisher of their faith; and then to live by that faith in which they had victory and unity; and so to a perfect man, the state that Adam and Eve was in before they fell; and not only so, but to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ, which is to a higher state than Adam was in in his first state, which is a state shall never fall.
And the world's god he hath his ministers, prophets, apostles and hirelings, to make a trade with the scriptures of the Old and New Testament, with the natural languages and arts; and this they sell at great rates, where they can get the greatest parsonages or bishopricks, or get most for it; and they preach up to people, that they must have a body of death and sin to the grave; and that it is impossible to obtain victory over sin here,' which burdens the creation, and causeth it to groan, which sin came into man and woman, and brought the curse by their disobedience to the voice and command of God. And if people will not give them earthly things, and put into their mouths, and fill their bellies, which is one of their gods, set up by the world's god, who is out of truth, then they will cast such in prisons. And if the obedient and believers in Christ tell them, that they are no ministers of Christ, but made at natural schools, and by natural arts and languages; and are ministers only of the letter of the Old and New Testament, with their imaginations of it, and interpretations, to make it suit the dark spirit that is out of truth, and to keep people in sin, and in imperfection, which the God of truth made them not in; and that they never heard God's voice, nor Christ, as the prophets and apostles did ;' for if they did, and had freely received, they would freely give, as the ministers of Christ did: Oh, cry the disobedient, who walk according to the prince of the air, and obey the world's god, that is out of truth, * That it is presumption for any to say, they have the same spirit and power the prophets and apostles had, and to hear God's voice as they did: There is no such thing to be looked for now-a-days, or in their days;' which are the days of darkness, and not of light.
And the disobedient children that fashion themselves according to the God of the world, and not according to Christ, who is not of the world, the world that lies in wickedness, was brought so into this wickedness by the world's god, and by obeying him that is out of truth, and disobeying the living God of truth: And this world hated and hates Christ, and all his followers and disciples to this day, and hated the prophets, and hates the appearance of Christ Jesus in his people now; and it is no marvel, because they testified, and testify against the world, hat their works be evil. And how should it be otherwise, when the god thereof is evil, who abode not in the truth, and there is no truth in him?
So, here are two workers spoken of; the prince of the power of the air, the world's god, who worketh by his unclean spirit in the hearts of the children that disobey God and his holy pure spirit, Eph. ii. And he worketh all manner of uncleanness, sin, evil, wickedness, unholiness, unrighteousness and ungodliness in the hearts of all such that do disobey the living God of truth, and his son Christ Jesus, in his grace, truth, spirit and gospel, that he gives them. So that the world's god fills them with unrighteousness and uncleanness, with his foul, unclean spirit, that is out of truth; for there is no truth in him, and he can fill them with nothing else.
But the living, eternal, and immortal God of truth, worketh otherwise; as the apostle saith, it is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure.' Philip. ii. 12.
Now God works in his obedient children, by his pure, holy spirit, power, grace, and truth, both to will and to do that which is good, according to God's good pleasure (to wit) that which pleaseth the just, pure, righteous, holy God.
So he works righteousness, holiness, justice, truth, virtue, purity and godliness in the hearts of men and women that obey his good spirit, by which spirit patience, tenderness, meekness, humility, soberness, temperance, mercy, and kindness, &c. is wrought in the hearts of his people, by God's good spirit, which brings to love God above all, and their neighbours as themselves.'
And the God of truth, who works in his obedient people's hearts, to will and to do that which is according to his good pleasure; he works out that which is contrary to his will, and is not according to his good pleasure.
For he worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, in his people and obedient children: so his people are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained, that his obedient children and people shall walk in them.' Ephes. ïi. 10. So not to walk out of those good works, which God hath ordained, which are not of man's own ordaining.
And such do serve the living God of truth in the newness of the spirit, and of life.
But such as do disobey the spirit of the living God of truth, they may profess they know God, because they can read the letter of the prophets, Christ and the apostles, which have declared of him, but in their works they deny God, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work are reprobate.
And let all professors, teachers, and others, examine themselves, whether they are not such? and then, who is their God, but the God of the world, the prince of the air, in whom there is no truth, when they are reprobate to every good work, and disobedient, and in their works deny the living God of truth, and yet profess him with their tongues? Such disobedient ones cannot serve the living God; but the God of the world and the prince of the air, who is out of truth, and in whom there is no truth, who must be destroyed, and his kingdom.
For, as I said before, Christ bruiseth his head, and crusheth his power, who through death destroys death, and the devil, the power of it.
And Christ sets up his kingdom, which is everlasting, and shall never have an end, and which stands in righteousness, power and joy in the Holy Ghost: so his kingdom is a holy, righteous kingdom, in his power, righteousness, and Holy Spirit, and is an everlasting kingdom, and is over all kingdoms and dominions, and will never have an end; a king, dom that is established for ever, that cannot be shaken.
For no unclean, imperfect, unholy thing can come into this kingdom, nor any disobedient or defiled hath any part in it: so it is an incorruptible kingdom; for no corruptible, unclean thing can come into it; but the saints, the sanctified ones take this kingdom, and have an inheritance in this everlasting kingdom.
And, therefore, why should any disobey God's spirit, light, and grace, which he hath given them to profit withal, and to instruct them, and bring their salvation; and not serve the Creator, but the devil, who is a destroyer, and satan, that is, an adversary, the serpent, an enemy of man's prosperity and happiness, and disobey the living God of truth, and Christ his son, who died for you, and to be servants to the world's