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Wakefield, 20th of 9th month, 1835.
66 THE unjust steward mentioned in Luke xvi. 148, is of the seed of the house of Israel, who say, they are Israel, but lie; they are not of the Gentiles, for God does not reap where he has not sown, nor does he reap where he has not strewed. Jesus, the woman's seed said, “ The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me," John xiv. 30, for in him was no sin, and ye must seek to him that hath no sin, to take away sin from you. Those that leave the house of Israel will be like the unjust steward, they will call those together that they preached to, and ask them to forgive them what they have offended them, and they shall be ashamed. "
Question.-Joseph Shaw, if one man seeks the salvation of his soul, and another seeks the redemption of his body, and does not the work, which is best ?
Answer. He that seeks salvation.
“ They that seek salvation are the children of the night, and they that seek the redemption of the body, and do the work, are the children of the light of the day. If you die in faith of the promises, ye will come with the Lord, and minister unto the natural bodies in the kingdom ; but they who have salvation only, will have the life of heaven, and there abide. But the natural body is of more value than the spiritual body, because the spiritual body is given to minister to the natural body. But there is a danger of losing both soul and body, that the second death reign over them till the final resurrection. The priest entered in first and offered sacrifice for himself, and then for the people, (Heb. vii. 27,) and Christ offered the life of Jesus for the people; and he said, Greater works than this shall ye do, because I go to the father. (John xiv. 12.)
Question. What is this greater work?
Answer.--It is to secure the body without the life of this world being taken from it, and the spirit made the life of it.
“All are accounted as preachers, and you cannot say that you are unlearned, for whomsoever upon whom the Spirit of God resteth is learned, and it preaches for him, for how can a man preach except he be sent.”
Written from John Wroe's mouth by John Thom
Wakefield, 2nd of 10th month, 1835. “The more zealous you are in seeking me, the nearer my Spirit will be to you, till it lift you up from the life of the blood, which is mortal, to the life which is immortal, as the magnet is brought nearer to the iron, till it lifteth it up. It is written in Revelations xi. that John was commanded to measure the temple of God, and the holy city, but the court which was without the temple he was commanded not to measure, for it was given unto the Gentiles.
“Now, the Gentiles will not put on immortality; there is no promise in the Scriptures to them, but the preserving of their souls, if they look to it. But the aliens are the descendants of Ishmael, the seed of Hagar, the bond-woman; they being Abraham's seed I will remember my covenant which I made with him, that I will make a great nation of them, and they shall serve the adopted, which are redeemed from amongst men.” (Gen. xvii. 20.)
Written from John Wroe's mouth by John Thomson.
Wakefield, Sunday, 4th of 10th month, 1835. I STAND in the name of God, with this rod in my hand, if I depart this life, may I never depart from this faith; for if my body die in this faith, I shall come with him, with a spiritual body, and minister to him.
Question. If a man be judged, and condemned wrongfully, and he refuse undergoing that sentence
because it is anjust, does that person abide in the faith?
Answer.-No. If Jesus had not suffered on the cross wrongfully, he would not have suffered for the unjust, and that sin which Adam cast on God would be unpaid. Let this go into all nations.
Written from John Wroe's mouth by John Thomson.
Wakefield, Sunday, 4th of 10th month, 1835. 6 THERE was a certain creditor which had two debtors ; the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay with he frankly forgave them both.” Luke vii. 41, 42.
i Now, hear Oh Israel, and I will explain to thee tbis parable. The debt of the fifty pence is the sin that Adam committed when I brought unto him the woman, I said unto him, Thou mayst freely eat of the fruit of all the trees that are in the woman's cleanness, which shall be knowledge of good to thee; but the trees of the woman's uncleanness, thou shalt not touch lest thou die ; for in the day thou eatest of them, thy body shall die. Adam partook of the fruit, and they brought forth their own image, under sin, (the wages of which was the death of the body,) and subject that death should reign over their souls. But if he did well, and offered me a sacrifice with his whole heart, according to his tongue, I would accept his sacrifice, and not permit the second death to have power over his soul, but it should sleep in happiness till the first resurrection, and then rise with an incorruptible body, which is . spiritual as the angels. But the debtor who owed five hundred pence is he who offered me no sacrifice for the forgiveness of his sin, and his body died unrepented, death should reign over his soul till the final resurrection, until which it should not rise with an incorruptible body. These are the two debtors.
“In the fourth day* I divided the day from the night by shewing them the fruit of the woman's body, after it had been offered upon the cross for a sacrifice. I gave it as bread for the living, that whosoever should eat it, I would be the life of them, within the sixth day, which is the fulness of times. (Daniel xii. 7.) His blood was offered for the transgressions committed by the two debtors, that their souls might drink of the life of his blood, that they might take root in the ground, and come forth incorruptible bodies without blood. The first debtor, who owed fifty pence, at the first resurrection; and the second debtor, whose debt is five hundred pence, and would not have it crossed out of the book at the final resurrection. But they shall rise at the first resurrection, and give an account of their deeds which they have done in the body, and why they would not agree for the debt to be taken out of the book. Then they shall return to sleep in misery till the final resurrection, according to the words of Daniel, “Some which sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel xii. 2. And they shall depart into everlasting fire, which is prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matt. xxv. 41.)
Written from John Wroe's' mouth by William Tillotson.
Wakefield, Friday, 9th of 10th month, 1835. “If a wild olive branch be cut off, and grafted into a pure olive,t will that wild olive bear any better fruit? if not, what profit is it for the Gentiles to be grafted into the olive stock of the Jews ? I
“They are grafted in, that their eyes may be opened, that they might be brought to account for the deeds done in the body, that they may seek for
* Which is the fourth thousand years. + Jesus.
I The resurrection of the dead.
the redemption of their souls, that the second death should not reign over them, though their bodies were under the curse which is the first death; for by being grafted into the good olive, they received the truth which is the fatness, which caused them to rejoice, fulfilling Isaiah, “ To it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” Isa. xi. 10.
“ But if the good olive was grafted into the wild olive, then they would seek to keep the first covenant, which is the law and the testimony, the end of the fulfilling of which is, the redemption of the life of their bodies; though the door of the tabernacle should be shut till their fulness, yet would they seek. But they being of the wild olive, and grafted in contrary to the nature of the stock, causes the light touching the immortality of the natural body to be hid from them, so that they seek not to keep the law and the tostimony. “To the law and to the testimony: if they wpeak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isa. viii. 20. So they seek not for the immortality of the natural body, but the incorruptible body. For there is a natural body and a spiritual body, (1 Cor. xv. 44,) and blood is the life of neithor; but the Spirit.
“If a good olive grow in one garden, and a wild olive in another, and thou cut off the top of the good, and cut off a branch of the wild, and graft it into the good, and a branch sprout out of the good, below the placo where the branch of the wild is put in, whether will that wild branch, or the one that sprouts out below, bear the better fruit?”
Answer.--That which sprouts out below. Written from John Wroe's mouth by John Thomson.
Wakefield, 12th of 10th month, 1835. An inquiry of John Thomson of Ireland, concerning the following passages.