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bad dominion over us; but (now henceforward) by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
Query 11. Was it not a brand of ignominy on those who had got the good words and high notions about Chrift, but were not in the authority and power of his Spirit, that they had eyes full of adultery, and could not cease from fin? Can any ceafe from fin but he that receiveth the power? And he that receiveth the power of the new life, is it not natural to him to cease from fin, and unnatural to him to commit it?
Query 12. Is not the Lord the teacher of his people under the new covenant? Was it not promised of old concerning the gospel-times, and is it not fulfilled in the gospel-times, that all thy children shall be taught of the Lord? And what doth the Lord teach? Doth he not teach to cease from doing evil, and to learn to do well? And fhall his children never learn this leffon of him?
Query 13. Whofe fervants are they that obey unrighteousness? Are they cloathed with the ftrength of God? Do they ftand in the power of his might against the power of the enemy? Are they overcomers of the wickedone? Or are they not rather daily overcome by him?
Query 14. What is the whole armour of God provided and appointed for? Is it not to keep out the enemy wholly? And is it able to do it,
Query 15. Will not Chrift fay to all men upon the earth, profefs they what they will, hope in Chrift, and caft themselves upon him for falvation ever fo much, and ever fo often; yea, though they have received fuch power from him as to preach in his name, and to caft out devils in his name; yet if they have not fo received the power as to overcome fin in their own hearts, and to cause them to ceafe from working iniquity, though they call him Lord, and cry to him with confidence, Lord, Lord, open to us, yet will he not fay to them, Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity, I know ye not; ye are not of the birth of my power; ye are not those which have done my will; ye were never by me redeemed out of the evildoing; but have ftill all your days (notwithstanding your profeffion, notwithstanding your knowledge, notwithstanding your owning me as your Lord, and preaching in my name) been workers of iniquity.
Query 16. He that receiveth the fpiritual circumcifion and baptifm of Christ, doth it not caufe him to ceafe from fin? And doth not the new life fpring up in him, which caufeth him to live holily to God? He that hath the offending eye plucked out, the offending hand cut off, is not that taken away from him which caufed him to fin? And he who is created a new creature in Chrift, doth he not naturally do that which is holy and righteous? 1 John iii. 7, 8.
Query 17. Doth not the true faith, the faith of the Son of God, give victory over fin? Can any believer be conquered by the enemy, he standing in the faith, abiding in the covenant? Doth not the power ftretched
out by the Father of life defend the foul in the way of the covenant against all the affaults of the enemies, fo that the gates of hell cannot prevail against any here, but the name of the Lord is felt a strong tower against them; and though they encompass like bees, yet in the name of the Lord victory is witnessed over them, and against all that they can do? And doth not the Lord teach and enable his to keep covenant?
Query 18. Was not fuch a thing witnessed by Paul (and may not fuch a thing be witneffed by the believing and obedient travellers now), I can do all things through Chrift that strengthens me. I know how to want, I know how to abound; every-where, and in all things, I am inftructed, &c. I am armed with the whole armour of God, and taught to ftand fo upon my guard in the power of his life, that the enemy cannot come at me; but the power of the endless life fo preferveth me, as that the evil-one cannot touch me, cannot enter me with any of his temptations in any condition?
Query 19. Was there not fuch a condition once witneffed, and may it not be witneffed again, of being more than conquerors through the love and power of Chrift? When the life doth arife in its power and dominion in the heart, doth it not foon scatter the enemies? Do they not fly away, and are chafed at the blaft of God's Spirit? When the foul is filled with the love and with the power, is not the land cleanfed of what annoyed it? And this, which is fometimes felt by many of the travellers, may it not be an abiding ftate? Are there not dwelling-places on Mount Sion (on the Mount of God's holiness in the gofpel-time), and is not there fecurity from fin, Satan, the foul's enemies, and dangers? They shall not hurt nor deftroy in all my holy mountain, faith the Lord; and will he not fulfil it to those that wait upon him in the way of his covenant ?
HERE is a principle of darkness in the hearts and minds of men, which is as a feed or root of corruption in them, bringing forth in them fruits of fin and unrighteousness unto death.
And there is also a principle of the pure heavenly light, as a free gift from God, to discover the darkness, turn man's heart against it, and lead him into the way and path of life.
Now as Satan rules in the principle of darkness, and there is the power of death therein; fo God rules in the principle of light, and there is the power of life and redemption manifefted by God therein.
For this principle is of the Father, of the Son, of the Spirit; yea, the Father, Son, and Spirit are in this principle; and here the foul meets with them, and is brought into union and fellowship with them, and feels the everlasting arm revealed and ftretched forth for its delivery from corruption, and the captivity thereof, into the liberty of the Sons of God.
And he that is here meets with the fubftance of things, and that which all the types of the law fhadowed out; meets with the one offering, the cleanfing which is thereby, the imputation of righteousness, or of faith unto righteoufnefs; yea, and with fomewhat more, even with the everlasting righteoufnefs itself brought into the heart, and dwelling there; infomuch as his nature is changed (truly changed) his spirit changed, his mind, heart, foul, and confcience changed, his converfation changed, the leopard's fpots and the Ethiopian's fkin washed away, the deceitfulness of the heart! removed, and the new garments of righteoufnefs, life, and falvation put on in the ftead thereof; fo that he is uncloathed of the evil, unholy nature and spirit, and cloathed with the Spirit of the Lord.
For Chrift is really made unto him wisdom, righteousness, fanctification, and redemption. How is that? Why he that once was a fool, is now made wife unto God, and the things of his kingdom, by the mystery of his Son's life and power, revealed in him. He is a child of wisdom, and he hath heard the wifdom of his mother, and learned wisdom of her. So putting on Chrift, who is the righteoufnefs, being ingrafted into him, being brought forth in him, he partakes of the fweetness and fatnefs of the olive-tree, and is renewed into the image of the true righteousness and holiness, and drinks in the virtue and life of the precious promifes, wherein and whereby he is made partaker of the divine nature, and fo cannot but witness redemption from the earthly corrupt nature.
Now it is not any striving, believing, or obedience of man's own fpirit, which can effect this; he may will strongly, he may run hard, and yet never obtain; he may fo caft himself upon the mercy of God, and hope concerning his mercy in Chrift, as to miss of it.
But the principle of life which is from God, and faith in God from that principle, without fail effects this, and no other faith doth. But out of this are the myfterious images and idols, and fubtil workings and devices of the cunning-one, to take up the mind with fomewhat which appears as fubftantial and truly excellent, but is not fo indeed. His birth hath defires after the kingdom (and makes no question but it shall be his), wills, runs, ftrives, believes, hopes, prays, reads fcriptures, obferves duties. and ordinances; and in these they meet with a wrong knowledge, a wrong fanctification, a wrong joy, a wrong confidence and affurance, a wrong reft and peace; in which there may be a great warmth, and feeming life and pleasure, from the fire and fparks of their own kindling and blowing up, which the mind that is blinded by him can hardly fufpect that it is not true; yea, may be taken with it, and strongly justify it in its own thoughts for the true, and fet it above that that is indeed the true. This, this is the great mystery of iniquity, which hath great fubtilty of deceivableness in it, to pick up and fteal away the good feed out of the heart, and to steal in a falfe image and likeness thereof, which may have a more glorious appearance to man's eye than the true feed itself (for that is the leaft of all
feeds, makes the leaft fhew of any), but hath not the fame nature, virtue,
Ah! the Lord God of tender mercy help all the poor fouls that breathe
A POST SCRIPT,
Some further QUERIES concerning the NEW COVENANT.
HAT is the new covenant? Is it not an agreement be-
Query 2. Who is the Mediator of this covenant? Is it not the Lord Jefus Chrift? Doth not he prepare the heart for the covenant, bring into the covenant, keep in the covenant, preserve peace between God and the foul, and keep the foul in the way of truth and peace?
Query 3. Who is the Shepherd, King, and Prophet in this covenant? Is it any other than Chrift the Mediator? Is not he the King and Prophet raised up to rule in righteousness, and to inftruct in the path of life? And is not his Spirit able to teach and inftruct in all things, and able to govern and rule în righteousness all that are fubject to his breathings, quickenings, and holy movings, and inftructions in their hearts, who writes his law there, and guides and governs by the law which he writes?
Query 4. How come men into this covenant or holy agreement with God? Is it not by repentance and faith? Is it not by turning from the darkness, which is not of him, to the light, which is of him? Is it not by turning from the spirit of Satan to his Spirit; from the ftandard and power of the wicked-one, to the ftandard and power of the Holy One? What is it that God lifts up against the darkness of the enemy, but the light of his Spirit, which discovers where a man hath been (and what he hath done) and gives
him to repent thereof; and forfake all his dead works, and turn to the life and power which inftructs and quickens him, in and by the Holy Spirit? And this is true converfion; and thus a man feels the covenant of fin, death, and hell broken, and enters into a new covenant, a pure covenant, a living covenant, a powerful covenant, and comes to feel thofe things which the covenant contains, as his condition requires, and as his capacity is made able to receive.
Query 5. How do men come to abide in this covenant? Is there any abiding but according to the entrance? Is there any staying in the covenant, but in and by the faith that lets in? Doth not unbelief and difobedience keep out from it at first? And doth not unbelief and disobedience cut off from it afterwards? For there are fins against this covenant, as well as against the old; and the fins against this are more dangerous to the foul than the fins against the old. Take heed (faid the apoftle) left there be in any of you an beart of unbelief, to depart from the living God. And faith Mofes, fpeaking of the prophet, or angel of this covenant, Beware of him, and obey his voice; for he will not pardon your tranfgreffions, for my name is in him; and whofoever hearkeneth not to this prophet, he shall be cut off. How can it be otherwife? For he speaks life, and he speaks it in the covenant to the circumcised ear, to the foul in the faith, in the obedience. Hear, and your fouls fhall live. So then he that hears not must needs abide in death; and he that departs from hearing him, muft needs return to death.
Query 6. Whether there be any purifying of the heart, or any juftification, or keeping the veffel clean, out of the obedience of the truth? If a man keep my sayings (faith Chrift) he shall never fee death. If ye (faith the apoftle) through the Spirit, mortify the deeds of the body, ye fhall live. But if the deeds of the body be not mortified by the Spirit, if a man do not keep the fayings of Chrift, doth he, or can he live then? Is not this then the main thing in religion, that a man receive the truth in the faith, and that he feel the power of the Spirit of life bringing him into, and keeping him in, the obedience thereof. For it is the truth that faves; the living truth, the living knowledge, the living faith; the law of the Spirit of life that makes free from the law of fin and death; and it makes free by its powerful working in the mind, working out, and preserving from, that which defiles, captivates, and destroys. For Chrift comes with his power to fave, with his power to break the bonds of darkness, and to fet the captive free with his power to dislodge and dispossess all the enemies, and fanctify the vessel to himself, and the effects of his power in and upon the heart are his falvation; and he that falleth fhort of the ministration of the power of life to his foul, and of the effects thereof in his foul, is fo far defective in point of falvation: for no man is faved farther than he is redeemed and delivered from that which Chrift comes to fave him from.
Query 7. Whether the first thing of all to be witneffed in religion is not the Spirit of Chrift? Is not the whole work to be done by him? And