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Christ is come in the flesh, is of God, and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God. And we know the son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, whereby we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his son Jesus Christ.' So these confessed Christ come according to the promise, and the prophecies; and his death, and resurrection, and ascension, and his coming in them, and they to be in him who were no reprobates. And these with the unction which they had from the Holy One, which did abide in them, by which they continued in the Father and the son, can know all things, and with this unction they can try spirits, yea, the spirits of seducers and false prophets; and they could try such as got a form of godliness, but denied the power thercof, which were to be turned away from ; and they could try such as were in a false liberty, such as Paul and Peter spake of, that were out of Christ Jesus; and also they could try such who with feigned words and fair speeches deceived the hearts of the simple, who served not the Lord Jesus Christ, but their own bellies; and also they can try such as go in Corah's, Cain's and Balaam's way, and are to try such that went in Jannes’ and Jambres' way, resisting the truth; and could try the wells, and the clouds, and the trees, whether they had either water, rain, or fruit. So the apostle saith to the true christians that have the anointing in them, try the spirits whether they are of God; and he doth not bid the christians in the apostles' days, try their words only, for many had gotten the good words and fair speeches to deceive the simple withal, and a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof, but they were to try their spirits whether they were of God, for the unity and fellowship and true worship is in the spirit of God; for all the true christians are all baptized into one body with one spirit, and are made all to drink into one spirit. And the things of God knows no man, but the spirit of God; and the things of God are not to be spoken in the words which man's wisdom teaches; but in the words that the holy ghost teaches, &c. So this unction or anointing within, can try when men do speak the things of God, in the words that man's wisdom hath taught them, and not in the words that the holy ghost teaches.
And the taking the bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death until he came, which he gave to his disciples after supper at the passover, which he gave before he was crucified, when Christ promised his disciples, • I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.' John xiv. 5, 18. And John said, “ the son of God was come, and they were in him, and he that hath the son of God hath life, and he that hath not the son of God hath not life.'
And the apostle Paul tells the Corinthians, after he had baptized some of them with water, and had given them the cup and the bread, if that Jesus Christ was not in them they were reprobates; though they had all these outward elementary things; and therefore, as I said before, taking the elementary bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death until he came; and when he is come, must he stand knocking at the door of your hearts, and call unto you, and you not hear his voice, that he might come into your hearts and souls, that he might “sup with you, and you with him,' at the heavenly marriage supper of the lamb; which is a nearer supper than to take the elements of bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death. And if Christ is not within you, you are reprobates, for Christ took the bread and wine and gave it to his disciples, when he was with them, before he was crucified; but now he
is risen and ascended, and stands at the doors of your hearts and knocks; - and if any man will hear his voice and open to him with his grace, by and light, and spirit, by joining to it, Christ tells you in Rev. iii, that he
will come in and sup with you, and you with him; and here Christ sups in you, and you with him, which is the last supper spoken of in the Revelations; and this is the spiritual and heavenly marriage supper.
And here Christ's words are fulfilled, who said he would come again, =) and doth not leave his followers comfortless. And John, that took the s elements of bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death, at the : passover, before he was crucified, he preaches to the christians in the
Revelations, and brings them to the marriage supper of the lamb, for it is like they had taken the bread and the cup in remembrance of
Christ's death until he came; but now John tells them that Christ is E come, and stands at the door of their hearts and knocks, and saith, · If I any man will hear his voice and open to him, he will come into him, Et and sup with him, and he with Christ,' which is a nearer supper, than
to take the elements of bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's death until he came, who is now come, and knocks at the doors of your hearts. I say, the marriage supper of the lamb is a nearer supper, to hear Christ's voice after he is risen and ascended, and to let him into their hearts, and he to sup with them, and they with him, that is within them; for the element of bread and wine which they took in remembrance of Christ's death before he was crucified, risen, and ascended, that was without them, an outward thing; so examine yourselves whether you hear Christ's voice, and let him into you, and he to sup with you, and you with him, a heavenly marriage supper of the lamb; and if Christ be not within you, though you have had elements of bread, and wine, and water, but if he stands at the door and knocks, and you will not hear his voice, and let him in, the apostle tells you, You are reprobates.' 2 Cor. xiii. and you that have not be son of God, have not life. 1 John v. xii.
Who shall declare the generation of Christ the second Adam, revealed
from heaven, for his life was taken from the earth, Isa. liii. 8. and he shall sce his seed, but who shall declare his heavenly and spiritual generation, who saith, “I am from above, and ye are from below; and I am not of this world, ye are of this world. Now who shall declare his generation that is from above, and is not of this world. Thus Christ saw his seed that he had sown in his prophets, and saints, or sanctified ones, and his elected.
Now the generation of Adam, who are of this world, the natural sons of Adam, may declare their generation, which cannot declare the seed and generation of Christ, who is from above, and not of this world; they must be born again, and born of the spirit, and of the immortal and incorruptible seed, by the word of God, and who have received Christ, and he hath given them power to become the sons of God, that know and see Christ's heavenly seed, and declare his generation, and see his seed and generation, that entereth into his everlasting kingdom that hath no end, and into his heavenly Jerusalem, and that is from above, where no unclean thing entereth, and know his heavenly voice, which is distinct from all the natural voices; who feedeth them with his heavenly milk, wine, bread, and water, which nourishes them up unto eternal life in his everlasting kingdom, and heavenly Jerusalem ; who are clothed with the fine linen, the righteousness of Christ. Hallelujah.
And God, who doth inhabit eternity, dwells with the humble in heart;' and therefore all your hearts must be humble, if God that doth inhabit eternity dwell in you; for God doth behold the proud afar off,' whether they be proud in heart, or in apparel, or in riches, or have a profession like the Jews and Pharisees. I say, in a profession of the old testament, without the possession of that holy spirit and holy ghost, that those humble hearts were in that gave them forth. So «God beholds the proud afar off, for they are far off from God, Psalm cxxxvij. 6. though the Lord be nigh, and hath respect to the lowly, and God resisteth the proud, and gives grace to the humble.'
And David said, • Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes, and salvation is far from the wicked, for they seek not thy statutes.' And the Lord said to the Jews. Ezekiel v. 6. • They have changed my judgments into wickedness more than any nation, and my statutes more than any countries round about her;' to wit, the church of the Jews; for they have refused my judgments, and my statutes, they have not walked in them; and let the greatest part of Christendom apply this to themselves. And unto the wicked saith God, · What hast. thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldst take my covenant in thy mouth; seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thy back? When thou sa west a thief, thou consentest with him,
and hast been partaker with the adulterers. Thou gavest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother, thou slanderest thy own mother's son;' such are not fit to declare God's statutes, to take his old and new covenant in their mouths, as in Psalm 1.
Therefore all must be reformed in their words, lives, and conversations, if they take God and Christ's commands and statues, or covenant in their mouths; for the holy scriptures of truth were given forth by the holy ghost, as it moved the holy men to speak them. So not wicked men, that were led by an unclean spirit, or an unholy ghost; for such are not fit to declare God's statutes, or the holy scriptures of truth. For, as it is said, the Lord spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets. And Christ saith, it is the spirit of the Father that should speak in the apostles ; so they were reformed holy men in word, life, and conversation by the holy spirit, which made them holy that gave forth the holy scriptures of truth. But the unreformed, wicked, unholy, ungodly in their lives, words, and conversations, what have they to do to take and declare with their wicked mouth's, God's and Christ's statutes and commandments, and to make a trade of them, or otherwise, seeing that they are forbidden of God in his holy scriptures of truth? And Christ saith, Depart from me all ye workers of iniquity.' Though they may boast, and say, we have preached in thy name, and preached in the streets. And these went under the name of christians then, or else they would not have preached Christ; and those had the sheep's clothing, who were inwardly ravened from the spirit of Christ; they appeared as christians, and them that went in Corah's, and Cain's, and Balaam's way, and got into a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof. These appeared like christians; and were not the Nicolaitans, and Jezabel, that was a teacher, a kind of christians, spoken of in Revelations ii? and all such that professed a false liberty, spoken against by Paul, and Peter, a kind of christians? And therefore Christ saith, Depart,' to such as said they had prophesied, or preached in his name; or,
Depart from me all ye workers of iniquity, I know you not. So Christ doth not give workers of iniquity a commission, or license to preach him, or his gospel. For Christ bids the workers of iniquity depart from him,' and saith, he knows them not.' Matt. vii. 23.
And Christ saith,. It is not every one that saith Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of God, but he that doth the will of my Father which is in heaven.' So they must do his will if they enter into the kingdom of God, &c. which will is their sanctification: not only say they do his will; for many shall say, 'Lord, Lord, we have prophesied in thy name, &c. and in thy name have done many miracles; we have eaten and drunken in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets;'
but Christ saith, “I will profess unto them, and will tell them, I never knew you whence you are. Depart from me all ye workers of iniquity." And were not these teachers, or preachers, a kind of christians, that Christ bids, · Depart from me all ye workers of iniquity.' Matt. vii. Luke xiii. And therefore what had these to do to take the name of Christ in their mouths, and were not reformed from iniquity?
And the apostle saith, who keeps in the same doctrine of Christ, and of the prophet; who saith, · Let every one that names the name of Jesus Christ depart from iniquity.' 2 Tim. ii. 19. For iniquity separates from God and Christ, who was bruised for our iniquities. •And therefore, every one that names the name of Jesus, (mark, every one,) let them depart from iniquity,' for it is the command of the apostles; therefore he would have them to be reformed from iniquity that names the name of Christ, and preaches him. And they are likewise reproved by the prophets, for taking God's laws, or statutes, or commands in their mouths, that be wicked; and Christ saith,,· Depart from me ye workers of iniquity, I know you not.' So it was not like for Christ to give the wicked, and ungodly, and the unrighteous, and workers of iniquity license, or a commission to preach him who is holy, and his glorious gospel. And the apostle saith, · Every one that names the name of Christ, let him depart from iniquity.' Here the prophet, Christ, and the apostle are against the wicked preachers, or namers of the name of God and Christ. And the apostle again saith, · None can call Jesus Lord, but by the holy ghost;' for all such as call Jesus Lord or master, without the holy ghost that the apostles were in, are but like the Jews, who resisted the holy ghost; and Judas's kiss, who said · Hail, master,' and betrayed him to the Jews, tithe-mongers, and priests, who made profession of the scriptures of the old testament, and resisted the holy ghost, that led the holy men of God to speak forth the scriptures, by which they should have called Jesus Lord, as David did in spirit.
Now to read all the saints and the holy men of God's words, and their travels, and experiences, and sufferings, and to walk out of the saints holy spirit, way, path, and life, such have not the comfort of Christ and the holy men of God's word, the holy scriptures of truth, being led by the unclean ghost into confusion, out of all truth; but they that are led by the holy ghost, that proceeds from the Father and the son, have the comfort of the holy ghost, and the comfort of the scripture, that was given forth by the holy ghost, and this comforter, this spirit of truth, that proceeds from the Father and the son. Christ saith,. He
Luke xiii, 27.