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tize into the name, into the Spirit, into the power (and so were all the apostles), as well as to preach the gospel, Gal. iji. 5. Matt. xxviii. 19. 1

Then for the outward supper: was not that a shadow of the true subftantial supper of the Lord, of the breaking of the true bread, and drinking of the true wine (the fruit of the vine of life) in the kingdom of God? Which kingdom was at hand in John's time, and the disciples of Christ were to pray it might come, and the apostles, and they afterwards (that were in the power, in the life, in the righteousness, in the joy eternal) did witness it come. For mark : the promise was not only of a kingdom of glory hereafter, when the body is laid down; but they were to receive the kingdom, and feel an entrance (yea, an abundant entrance) into the everlasting kingdom ministered to them even then: and they were to eat bread in the kingdom, and drink wine in the kingdom, even new bread, and new wine, fresh from the table of the Lord, yea, and with the Lord, in his presence, according to the promise, he would come and dwell in them, and walk in them, and sup with them, and they with him. And thus they in their day, and we in our day (blessed be the name of the Lord our God) eat and drink of the heavenly bread and wine of the kingdom with Christ therein; every one sitting in the heavenly place, and mansion of rest, which the Lord hath built up and prepared for him.

Query 2. Have not these outward things been much abused, and the antichristian spirit (even the whorish fpirit, which hath adulterated from the life and power of God) appeared in them, and cried them up? And surely, as so cried up by that spirit, they are neither of nor for Chrift.

And consider well what that outward court was which God gave to the Gentiles, and what the worship and ordinances of the outward court were ; and whether they were not given to the Gentiles also, and whether these are any part of them ; for if so, then they belong not to, nor are required by, the Lord, of the inward Jews, who are of the circumcision in the heart, and are come to inherit the substance.

Query 3. Whether there be any virtue in these things in themselves, without God's requiring of them? Can outward water walh the soul? Can outward bread and wine feed or refresh it ? Indeed if God require a man to wash his body with water, he ought to be subject, and there will be profit to him in his subjection ; but of itself it is but a bodily exercise, and without God's requiring it, it would be but will-worship, and profit him nothing at all.

Now truly the Lord did never require this of us; but hath shewn us the water which our souls and bodies had need of to be washed with, and the bread and wine which they are to be fed and refreshed with: and in following the Lord according as he hath led us, and required of us, we have found reconciliation, life, rest, peace, and joy with our Father, and pure refreshment from him.

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Query 4. As touching duties: These are the two great duties we are · taught, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, foul, and spirit; and out neighbour as ourselves. And these we learn by believing in him whom God hath sent, and receiving the feed of life from him; in the growth whereof in us we live, and are made one with him, and partakers of the ability which is of him. For not by working of ourselves do we attain to this; but by the working of his powerful life in us, through his mercy to us. He circumciseth us, he cuts off the enmity, he brings under the old nature and spirit in us, and then the new fprings up, and we are renewed in it. And in this we learn and are made able to love the Lord, and his children, and his creatures, yea, all that is of him. And this love constrains us to obey the Lord, and deny all for him; so that we can suffer any thing (through his strength) but sin, but corruption, but unbelief, but disobedience to him. Yea, this makes us so tender towards him, that we can rather part with all of this world, than the integrity and subjection of our spirits to him in the least thing that he requires of us; his truth (and our testimony thereto) in every respect being far dearer to us than our lives, and all the enjoyments and pleasures of this present world.

From these two great duties Aow many others as towards God; to fear him with the fear which is not taught by the precepts of men, but which he writes in our hearts; to wait upon him night and day in his temple, even in the holy place of his building; to call upon him in the motion, guide. ance, will, and help of his Spirit (for indeed when once we learn of God, we are taught to pray no more after the Aesh, no more after the will, wifdom, or way of man); as also to be sensible of his goodnefs, and give thanks to him in every condition.

And in this we feel his presence and acceptance, as the Lord is not forgotten by us; but when we eat and drink, walk abroad, or stay at home, we feel him near, and our hearts acknowledge him, bow to him, wait upon him, bless him, praise his name, and speak words concerning him, or to him, with the outward voice, when he gives them, and requires them of us; but of a truth we dare bring no sacrifices of our own, nor kindle any fire or sparks of our own; but wait for the holy breath, Spirit, and power of our God, to perform all in us, and by us.

But now, because we do not pray at certain set-times (as we formerly were wont to do) nor speak words before and after meat as formerly, and the like, ye are offended with us, and say we deny this duty. No, no; we do not deny to God the prayer which is from the birth immortal; but this we say, and sensibly feel, prayer is a gift, and the ability thereof is in God's Spirit; for we know not what to pray for as we ought, nor have we a power in us to pray when or as we will; but in the Holy Spirit, in his breathing in us, is our ability; and we are to wait on him for the moving and breathing of his Spirit, and not to pray of ourselves, or in our own wills or times, but in the Father's. And it is a mighty thing to speak to

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God aright in prayer. Flesh must be filent before him, and laid ftill and low in his presence, that the pure spring may open, the pure breath breathe, and the pure voice issue forth; for God heareth not sinners, but the born of him that doth his will. This must every foul witness in his measure, as Christ witnessed it in the fulness; and there is no serving God aright, or performing any duty or ordinance of worship to him aright, but in a measure of the same life and Spirit wherewith Christ served him.

Now I do not only own the state of the Jews in their integrity, and of the primitive Christians in theirs, and of what the Lord hath caused to break forth in this our day, but I also own all the appearances of God all along the night of the apostaly in the holy martyrs and witnesses, which he raised up, and enabled to bear testimony to his truth, and against the antichristian practices of many in that dark night of the apostasy. And thus also I own all the work of God in my own heart, and in the hearts of others (whom he pleased to work upon) in former times ; yea, the breathings and desires which are yet in the hearts of any after the Lord, so far as they are in the truth, and of and from the Lord, I cannot but own. But the Lord hath shewn me that there is a great mixture in mens desires and endeavours after him; and that the evil {pirit (by his subtilty) doth.of, ten get the managing of them, and turn the very zeal and earnestness of the mind (through prejudices and misapprehensions) against the Lord and his truth. Now this is a very dangerous state, and there are some (who little think so) in this state, doing that against the Lord, and against his Christ, his truth, his people, which, if ever their eyes be opened, they will mourn bitterly over ; and if their eyes be not opened, but they walk on by a wrong light (even by a light of their own gathering, imagining, and conceiving) whither will it lead them, and what will their end be? Oh! that ye could hear! Oh! that ye could fear aright! Oh! that ye could rightly consider! Oh! that ye could feel the life and power of the Lord near you, the Word of life near you, even as near as ye have felt the enemy and his temptations, that ye might partake of, and witness with joy, the virtue and redemption of it! Oh! that ye could once aright look upon him whom ye have pierced, and yet daily pierce, and cannot but pierce, until the righteous judgments of the Lord be poured out on the head of the transgreffor in you, and the Lord waited upon, feared, and subjected to, in the way of his judgments, that ye may feel the refiningwork finished, the dross burned up, the temple prepared, the vessel brought pure out of the furnace! What then? Why when the Lord hath built up Sion, prepared his temple, cleansed his house, will he not appear there in his glory? Shall it not become an house of prayer, of pure prayer, and of pure praises ? Shall there be any lame or blind facrifices offered up there? Shall it not be the beauty of holiness indeed ? Shall not the appearance of the Lord be more glorious there than ever it was in the temple and ordinances under the law ? Shall not every living stone in this building feel the

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God of life and power present of a truth, and feel not only the earth, but the very heavensmelt before him and pass away, and nothing remain but the pure light and life of the Lamb?

Words and promises spoken concerning things to be brought forth in the gospel-state do not go beyond the things spoken; but the things brought forth excel and go beyond the words, being fo felt and enjoyed by that which is fitted and prepared by the Lord, as words cannot utter, The Lord God lead all that rightly desire after him into the right way (and preserve them therein) of meeting with and enjoying what their hearts rightly desire, and beat back the enemy in all his devices of entangling, perplexing, and drawing them aside ; that they may receive the covenant, che new covenant, walk with God in the light thereof, live in the life thereof, obey through the power thereof; and may know what kind of meat and drink, what joy, delight, and pleasure it is to the soul to do the will, in the principle, and by the power, of the new life. So the Lord God Almighty, the creator, guider, and preserver of his Israel, lead you out of the darkness, bring you through the wilderness, reveal the hope in you, and stay your minds thereon, and give you to feel the true travel and faithful walking with him in the footsteps of the flock, which he hath led and is leading his in, and unto some of whom (in the tender mercy which from on high hath visited them) he hath given full rest and satisfaction in his truth.

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BRIEF ACCOUNT

OF THE Ground of CertAINTY and SATISFACTION, which

it hath pleased the LORD to establish in my Heart, concerning Religion, and the Things of His Kingdom.

T HAVE been afflicted from my childhood, mourning and seeking after I the Lord, and feeling very much grief and pain of spirit, through my Tense of the want of him. I have not been contented with the way of religion I was educated in, but through that of God which stirred in me)

found found great defects in it, and was drawn and led by his Spirit to travel thro it, and seek further. That which I still sought after was the resting-place, the life of my soul, and power and presence of the Lord, that demonftration of his Spirit (as touching truth and the way of God) which was witnessed in the days of the apostles. Now, breathing after this, but not meeting with it, caused unutterable anguilh, misery, and distress in my heart, so that my condition could not be hid within mine own breast, but my forrow also brake forth in the sight of others.

But at length the eternal bowels have pitied me, and have shewed me the place of the foul's rest, and I have felt the eternal arm: gathering me into, and giving me some poffefsion of, a measure thereof; fo that my heart is satisfied about religion and the things of God's kingdom, being taught of God how to know the Pearl, and the way also how to come to inherit and enjoy it, and in that way I have had great experience of the love, mercy, wisdom, goodness, power, and righteousness of the Lord, and notwithstanding all my soul's enemies, I still feel his presence, life, and power to his praise, which doth the work in me, and which giveth me to hope in him, and wait upon him. And now in love and tenderness of bowels to others, it is in my heart to answer a Question or two about the ground of the assurance and satisfaction which God hath given 'my soul; it being in my heart not to grieve or trouble any, but only to be helpful in holding forth what the Lord hath demonstrated to and written in my heart, as he shall draw, move, and enable my spirit thereunto; to whom my soul boweth, and giveth the praise all that he hath done in me, and pleaseth by his Spirit and power to work through me.'

Quest. 1. It may be enquired by fome, How I come to know the Spirit of God, and his church, and the scriptures of the holy men to be written by the inspiration and leading of his Holy Spirit; and bow. I know the motions and drawings of bis Spirit in me, from the motions, suggestions, and temptations of the evil spirit; and bow I am fatisfied that I am in the way of truth and life eternal, and do not wander out of it, and err from it ?

Answ. Thus I know; By receiving, joining to, abiding and growing up in that holy seed, which the Father of spirits hath sown in me. There is an elect feed which cannot possibly be deceived, which feed the Father soweth, and causeth to grow in the hearts of them that receive it ; whose earth is by him digged and prepared for it. Now I have felt this feed from God, this holy pure thing, which there is nothing like for virtue and excellency. Nothing hath its nature besides it, nothing manifests, the Father but it; the heart is changed, renewed, restored into the holy image by this alone.

In this feed there is no deceit; no deceit ever came from it, no deceit ever entered into it, nor can; and from the day that I have known it, I have always felt preservation by it, while my heart hath been kept to it. Mine eye never mis-law in it, mine ear never mis-heard in it, my heart ne

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