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HOW THE SAINTS ARE TO JUDGE THE EARTH. 507

by wise men, that there was no true knowledge in him after my visitation ; Pharaoh had his magicians that were able to perform some miracles before bim; yet they had no knowledge to inform him of his destruction, if he followed after the children of Israel. In like manner they must trace their Bibles through: Solomon with all his wisdom, though warned and told of his destruction, and the destruction of the temple and the loss of his kingdom, as being separated from the Jews, if he disobeyed, yet he had no knowledge that it would be so; neither had the Jews a clear knowledge of what would follow them, though warned by the prophets ; Jacob had no clear knowledge, though he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; yet he had no clear knowledge how he should be delivered from the anger of Esau, therefore he was afraid to meet him; Abraham had no true knowledge of the way I should preserve the life of Isaac; Job had no true knowledge, why his visitation was ; neither was there any knowledge in his friends, therefore they drew so wrong, a judgment; Lot had no knowledge when the angels appeared to him that they were angels, before they made themselves known; Sodom and Gomorrah had 110 knowledge of their destruction, before it came upon them, though they were warned of it before. Now when you weigh all these things together, you must be convinced that there is no knowledge in man : yet if Pharaoh had believed, from the former judgments, he would not have pursued the children of Israel; and if the world of old, Sodom and Gomorrah, had believed like Nineveh, they would have repented like Nineyeli, and not have been destroyed. In this manner the Saints must judge the earth; that it is from Faith, and not from KNOWLEDGE, men are preserved, when they are warned; the prophets prophesied of me as it was given them by the Spirit; but they had no clear knowledge how, or in what manner, their prophecies would

be fulfilled'; therefore when I came in the world the Jews perished for want of knowledge ; but they that believed were preserved through faith. Here let men weigh their Bibles through, from the heads of the Scriptures that I have brought to thee; then they will be convinced, that in all ages of the world, there never was any knowledge in man: the Jews, after my death, being warned of their destruction, and after seeing the destruction of Jerusalem, and what hath followed them to this day, have no knowledge why their destruction came upon them; for if they will not believe the prophecies that were given them, and the words that I told them, they can have no knowledge, but are blinded through unbelief. So the type of all ages stands a proverb before you in the Jews; and from these things the saints must judge the earth ; that they must be saved by faith, and not by knowledge ; for where is the man who can say he hath as ended up to heaven, and taken counsel with his Lord, and heard his agreement for man ? Were this permitted to man, who would have knowledge from his words? I tell thee but few; for. were it published to the world, and really permitted, how few would believe him! Then what knowledge can there be in man, without faith? Now I shall come more close to my Gospel : after all my disciples had seen and heard, from iny miracles and my words, they had no knowledge after my Death in what manner I should rise again ; neither understood they many of my sayings; yet they had faith to believe I should rise again; and were in full expectation of my resurrection. Now I shall come to the believers of my Gospel in this present age, and go from the Arians, whom thou beginnest with : ihey have no knowledge of all these things, that were seen and known to my mother, to Joseph, to the wise men of the East, and to all the witnesses ; and as they have no knowledge of the truth, they will not believe the truth; therefore my Gospel is a

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Jews; for I am as much a Saviour to the Jews as I am to these men ; therefore they are not all of Israel that are in Israel ; because they have not faith to believe what they themselves do not know : then what a Saviour can a mere man be to them? a man whom they believe to be a liar, and supported by lies, they cannot believe he is the Saviour of mankind; therefore I tell thee, as they will not believe a thing they do not know, I am no more a Saviour to thein than I am to the Jews ; and they have no more knowledge to know whether their belief be true, than the Jews have knowledge to know theirs.

Here I have shewed thee from mankind, that there is no knowledge in man under the Gospel, any more than there was under the Law amongst the Jews. Now come to the different beliefs of men under the Gospel ; for I now tell thee, the Romans as much believe in my Gospel, that I was the Saviour of man, as you Protestants that profess to be the true worshippers of the Gospel ; yet their belief is without knowsedge, that there is no other Name given under heaven whereby a sinner can be saved, but in and through Jesus Christ; yet I tell thec, if men take one word of my Gospel and place it to their own wisdom, they have as much reason to trust to their Popes as the Calvinists have to trust to their Election; and they may take their belief from what I said to my disciples-Whose sins ye remit, they shall be remitted ; and whose sins ye retain, they shall be retained. This they may believe stands a proverb for all men, as the Calvinists believe fro:n my saying, Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated, stands a proverb for election and reprobation. Now if. men take these words, from their own wisdom, without any knowledge, and believe they stand as a proverb for all, the Roman Catholics and the Calvinists stand both alike upon one footing ; and one have as much ground for their belief as the other; there

fore I tell thee, there is no knowledge in man; the Roman Catholics never discerned that these words were only spoken to my disciples, who were with ME through all my sufferings, who were with me in all my miracles, and to whom I gave power to work miracles in my name after my death, and they suffered the cross for me, and sealed it with their blood, as I sealed it with mine. Now if the popes come to act like the disciples, they must have the power the disciples had, and prove they are filled with the Holy Ghost, as the disciples were ; for if they have power to heal the soul, they must shew the power to heal the body, and at the end to lay down their lives, as my disciples did. Thus, if they take upon them the one, they must fulfil the other; and know unto whom the words were spoken ; but if they take it in general to all that believe my Gospel, then every man hath a right to the words, that believes my Gospel, and so go out among the heathen nations to pardon the sins of those that turn to the Gospel : but what have they to pardon in those that believe alike? Know, when I said these words to my disciples, I sent them out to bring into my Gospel the heathen nations, when I gave them this power to say, whose sins ye remit they shall be remitted ; because my Spirit was upon them; and I said, he that received them, received me; but did I give them this power one over the other, or alJude these words to them that were then believers in my Gospel? I tell you all, no; it was only meant to the heathens, and them that had no knowledge of Me or my Gospel, but were brought in by their preaching, that these words were meant to; and know, I said that those that received them not, received not Me ; and they should shake off the dust of their shoes against tliem; but those that received them, received me; because they received my Gospel through their preaching-; but how can men vainly allade these words to other men, when there

HOW DIFFERENT SECTS WREST THE BIBLE. 511 is no likeness to be compared together of them and my disciples ? and I tell thee, the Romans have taken it for a general rule to all men, without discerning in what manner it was spoken, or to whom it was spoken. Now if men take it general, they must take it to all that believe the Gosa pel, as well as the popes; so this is the folly of mankind, having no knowledge of the meaning of words, they place them to their own wisdom, and their own belief, and every man professes he hath the Scriptures for his belief, who professes to believe in the Bible, or in any written word of God; for know, it is said in the Scriptures, many wrest them to their own condemnation. So from these words the Romans have Scriptures to conceal their Bibles, and say it is not right for those that are unlearned to see them, fearing they may wrest them to their own condemnation ; without discerning I gave a command that men should read the Scriptures; for these were they that testified of me; and yet the Romans have built their faith on a few words of the Scriptures, without knowledge or understanding of what they mean; perfectly like the Calvinists resting their faith upon Election and Reprobation, because I said, Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated ; but never discerned where the type stood, or in what manner the type stood, and that it stood where the promise stood, for all the families of the earth to be blessed. But let men answer me how all the families of the earth could be blessed, if the type of Esau stood for all men to the end? Then all the families of the earth could never be blessed; for they must say, one part I still loved and the other hated ; and the redemption of man can never take place, that as in Adam all died, even so in Christ shall all be made alive; and that Christ died to reconcile the world unto God; but how can . the world be reconciled unto God, while one part is beloved, and the other hated? Then what king

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