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minions, where he, or his have power? If that he, or his, do desire that his people should have their meetings peaceable in the nations, kingdoms, cities or governments, where the Protestants have the power; come let us see if he hath so much holiness, or infallibity, to do unto others, as he would have others do unto him? I say to do unto others, as he would have cthers do unto him, that is, to let others of a different persuasion from him have their liberty, as he would have his, seeing they all profess Christ in words, as before; if not, he is below the law and the prophets, and short of a christian; and if his actions be below the law, and the prophets, and christianity, it is then a shame to talk of infallibility and holiness.
XV. Concerning the kingdom of God.
The law and the prophets were until John, who was the greatest prophet born of a woman, but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than John; and since John Baptist the kingdom of God is preached, and men do press into the kingdom. So the everlasting kingdom of God is the end of the law, and the prophets, and John, for the everlasting kingdom of God stands in righteousness, and peace, and joy in the holy ghost, which the law, and the prophets, and John called for, and was held forth by them in figures, types, and shadows, and John ran before and prepared the way to the kingdom; and they that are in the kingdom are in the substance, and in the end of the law, and the prophets, and John's ministration, and are in the end of all things that do change; for the kingdom of God is everlasting, and doth not change.
Moses was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after. But Christ, as a son over his house, whose house we are, that be children of heavenly Jerusalem. For Moses was over the house of Israel with their figures and shadows; but Christ Jesus, who is the substance, is over his great spiritual house; who hath all power in heaven and earth given to him, who doth enlighten all their spirits in the house or tabernacle of fallen Adam, which light is the life in Christ, by whom Adam and Eve were made, and all things that were made, were made by Christ. For Aaron did light the outward candles and lamps in the outward tabernacles that were made with hands. But Christ the great prophet, priest, bishop, and shepherd, doth enlighten the spirits of men, the candle of the Lord, in their tabernacle not made with hands, with his true heavenly divine light, which is the life in himself, the word, by whom all things were made, as before. So Christ is over his great house, an enlightener, a quickener, a saviour, a redeemer, a counsellor, a leader, a captain, a prophet to open, a shepherd to feed, a bishop to oversee, and a king and lord to rule, order, and govern in his great spiritual house, which he is the head of; and a father that doth take care of his great heavenly and spiritual house and family; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there is no end. Luke :. 33. And you do read that some would not have Christ to rule over them, and what became of them that said, “We will not have this man to rule over us? Luke xix. 14. But these were not of the house of Jacob, the second birth; but of Esau, that profane person's birth, or nature.
For all the outward pleasures, delights, lightness, wantonness, vain glory, and profaneness, will perish and come to naught, with all foolish jesting, and idle vain talk, and idle words are judged, and will vanish away like smoke, and all unholiness, unrighteousness, and ungodliness, looseness, debauchery, uncleanness, proud boasting, loftiness, and haugbtiness is judged out of the kingdom of God and Christ.
*For behold a king shall rule in righteousness.' Isaiah xxxii. 1. And his sceptre is a sceptre of righteousness; and the Lord shall reign for ever unto all generations: praise ye the Lord. And by Christ kings do rule, and princes do decree justice, and all the judges of the earth. And Isaiah xi. 10. and Rom. xv. 12. There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall arise to rule over the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles trust; therefore praise the Lord all ye Gentiles, and laud him all ye people. Psalm cxvi. 1. For Christ in you is the hope of glory, and Christ is to dwell in your hearts, to wit, the saints, by faith, saith the apostle; for Christ is the same to-day as he was yesterday, and so for ever. And Christ Jesus is made an high priest for ever, and again, · Thou art a priest for ever. For the law made high priests which have infirmities; but the word of an oath which was since the law, maketh the son, who is consecrated for evermore.' And Christ saith to John : 1 am he that liveth, and was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.'
So Christ hath set up his kingdom, which shall never have an end, and all power in heaven and in the earth is given to him; and the saints that are born again do see his kingdom, and press into it, and are heirs and possessors of it.
And they that do sing the song of Moses, and of the Lamb, said that he is king of saints. And Hezekiah said, Thou art the God, even thou alone of all the kingdoms of the earth. So not only of the kingdom of Israel, but of all the earth. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares, that the wicked one, the devil soweth, are the children of the wicked one. And no man having put his hand to the plough, and looketh back, is fit for the kingdom of God.' Luke ix. 62.
And when that Jesus perceived that they would make him a king by force, he departed into a mountain himself alone. John vi. 15. For Christ was anointed king by the Lord, and so he knew that he needed not be made king by man; for Zechariah in the 9th chap. saith, · Fear not daughter of Sion. (John xii. 15.) Behold thy king cometh upon an ass colt.' And was not this fulfilled when Christ came? But it was their spiritual king, and they would not have him to reign in spirit.
And Nathaniel caled Christ the son God, and king of Israel. And the apostle tells the Colossians, that they were translated into the kingdom of God's dear son. Col. i. 13. •To the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise, be honour and glory, for ever, and for ever. Amen.'
Here is an immortal, eternal, invisible King, and is known by his invisible holy spirit, and rules in the hearts, and in the kingdom of heaven in men and women, who is the only potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, and hath immortality, and dwelleth in the light. And John said, that he was in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, when that he was in the isle of Patmos; and that Christ the first begotten from the dead, he is the prince of the kings of the earth, and has made us kings and priests spiritual, unto God his Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.' Rev. xix. 16. And upon Christ is written a name, that he is · King of kings, and Lord of lords ;' and they that see this name, and the writing, it is with a spiritual eye.
END OF VOL. VI.
AN ALPHABETICAL TABLE.
Body carnal, not in heaven, ii. 152.
Changed in the resurrection, iii. 298. 301. ABRAHAM abused by ignorant Chris- Natural and spiritual, iii. 300. Of sin and tians, i. 388. Who are his children ? ii. 407. death, not the natural, iï. 433.
Adam and Eve, how deceived, iï. 437. Book, not to be kissed, i. 308.
Adultery, carnal and spiritual leads to Bread and wine, not made flesh and hell, üü. 150. 156.
blood, iii. 481. 484. Alcoran of the Turks is against their Builders rejecting the corner stone, who? evils, iï. 78. Is for justice, chastity, mercy, iii. 473. of Babel, üïi. 474. &c. ïïi. 80, 81. Speaks of future rewards, Burial of Christ, without pomp, i. 252. ibid. Of future punishments, iii. 82. Is ii. 113. against persecution, iii. 83. Witnesseth Buyers and sellers, to be at a word, i. for Christ, iii. 373.
161. Altars used among Christians, whence ? ii. 482.
Anointing in man the best teacher, i. 128. Keeps from seducers, 155. Tries spirits, iii. 228, 229. Who wander from Cain, a hater of the light, ïïi. 171. it? üii. 247.
Candle of the Lord. What? ii. 341. Of Antichrist and his reign, i. 226.
the wicked goes out, ii. 344. Lighted by Apostates punished, iii. 431.
the light, ij. 346. Not to be set under a Apostles unlearned in school-craft, ij. 36. I bushel, ii. 348, 349. Preached Christ without and within, ïï. Candlesticks are churches, ii. 354. Out. 228. 248.
ward, not to be used, iii. 482. Armour of Christians, spiritual, üi. 165. Care God has over his creatures, üïi. 109. Of Christ's ministers, the light, iii. 426. Catholic faith. What? ii. 449.
Assurance true believers have, ii. 312. Children, a blessing, iii. 205. Of God Authority of the church, iii. 178. are taught of God, iii. 206. of God and
the devil, how distinguished, üïi. 209. To be nurtured in the fear of God, ibid.
Christ, the promise of God to all, i. 116,
117. To be received, i. 217. 220. WitBabylon, in darkness, ü. 357. Her judg- ! nessed by the Quakers, as to his concepments, ïïi. 280.
tion, birth, sufferings, death, burial, resurBalaams who ? . 386. iii. 458.
rection, ascension, glorification, speaking Baldness forbid, ii. 439. 442.
from heaven, sitting at God's right hand, Baptism of John and of Christ, üii. 241. going about doing good, his light, bis judge Distinct, ii. 289.
ment, forgiveness, righteousness, reconci. Beggars, a shame to Christianity, iü. 245. | liation, mortification, life, sanctification,
Birth first persecutes the second, i. 274, wisdom, redemption, election and salvation 275.
by him. The heavenly man, his inward apBishop must be blameless, ü. 41. 432. pearance, grace, conversation, knowledge, Blasphemy against the light, ii. 350. virtues, warfare, victory, peace, substance,
Blood required of persecutors, i. 243. anointing. Of the Old Covenant, the life of beasts, ji. As mediator, author and finisher of faith, 362. Of the New, the life of Christ, ii. judge of all, always the same, no respecter 363. Of Christ cleanseth from sin, 364. of persons, chief corner-stone, true shepUndervalued by professors, ü. 365. Reherd and bishop, conqueror, eternal life, demption by it, ibid.
common salvation, prince of the kings of Boasters, presumptuous, i, 30. In others earth, having the keys of hell and death, lives reproved, ii. 248.
having the seven spirits of God, the shut.