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and upon that Supposition, let any Man tell us, what the Laity are the better for the Scriptures?
He Queries p. 249. · Are not the Quakers < unjustly charged with the Allegorizing away • Christ's outward Birth, Death and Sufferings, « Atonement and Reconciliation made for them, « and his Resurrection and Ascension and Glo<rification as without them, according to the
Scripture, as if only transacted within them.' To which he answers, They are not charged « with the denying that the Man Jesus Christ was
outwardly born, died and Rose again accord· to the Scripture.' Now if they deny not that the Man Christ Jesus was outwardly born, died, and Rose again according to the Scripture, it must neceffarily follow that they do not Allegorize away his outward Birth, Death and Relurrection. The Vicar's own Instance of Hagar and Sarah, who were two real Women, yet were declared by the Apostle Paul to be an Allegory of the iwo Covenants, shews that an Allegorical Signification may be fairly drawn from that which is not allegorized away; unless he will suppose that the Apostle did not believe Hagar and Sarab to have been two real Women. So that the Instances he brings out of the Quakers Writings p. 250. supposing they had been fairly cited, (which yet that (b) several of them are not we havebefore shewn) importing that whatChrift did
(b)Particularly FobnWhitebouse,whom he quotes Doitrine of Perfe&tion p. 19. saying, ' That when they come to know this, (to wit, the Operation of Christ in them,) they
will cease to Remember his Death at Ferufalem.,
and fuffered without us, had a Mysterious and Allegorical Meaning and Interpretation as well as a Literal, plainly evince that they own the Literal Sense as well asthe Allegorical, and are therefore unjustly charged with Allegorizing it away. William Penn, is exceeding plain upon this Head, (c) • Lest any should say we are Equi« vocal in our Expressions, and Allegorize away · Christ's Appearance in the Flesh, meaning only thereby our own Flesh, and that as often
as we mention him, we mean only a My* stery or a Mystical Sense of him, be it as to • his coming, birth, Miracles, Sufferings, Death
Refurretion, Ascension, Mediation and Judg• ment ; I would yet add, to preserve the well dir
posed from being staggered by such suggestions « and to reform and reclaim such as are under « the Power and Prejudice of them, That, we do, • we bless
God, religiously believe and confefs • to the Glory of God the Father, and the Ho• nour of his dear and beloved Son, that Jesus
But had he done that Writer Juftice, he muft have observed, that he was then writing an Answer to an Objection concerning Christ's Righteousness without them, being imputed to Men yet continuing wicked : And what he intends by the Words cited is plainly declared but a few Lines after by himself in these Words, And * this verily I fay unto you, except you know his Cruci.
fixion, and Resurrection nearer you than Ferufalem, even ' in you, and a rising with him out of the Grave of Sin and • Death, and a living to God in a Spirit of Holiness which • sets free from Sin, all your Talking of his dying for your • Sin, and arising for your Juftification, while you have • lived in finning against his Light in your Consciences, « will never Profit you any Thing.
( W. P's Works vol. 2. p. 869,
Christ took our Nature upon him, and was like « unto us in all Things, Sin excepted; That he was • born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius
Pilate, the Roman Governour, was crucified
dead, and buried, in the Sepulchre of Joseph of • Arimathea ; Rose again the third Day and ascend
ed into Heaven, and sits on the Right Hand of - God, in the Power and Majesty of bis Father, " who will one Day Judge the World by him, even « that blessed Man Christ Jesus, according to their « Works.'
This is one of those plain and exprefs Testimonies, (abundance of which are to be met with in the Quakers Writings) to their real belief of the Outward Birth, Sufferings, Crucifixion, Death, Burial, Resurrection, Ascension and Glorification of Christ, and of his coming to Judge the World, exprest in the most plain Terms, the Sense of which is so very evident as to need no Interpretation, seeing an unprejudiced Person can have no doubt of their true Import and Meaning.
If then the Writings of the Quakers do (d) abundantly manifeft their firm belief of the Man Christ Jesus, and of his Outward Birth, Passion, Bloodsbed, Resurre&tion and Ascension, Atonement and Reconciliation for us, without us, and his Glorification without us, in the plain Literal Sense of the Scripture, then are they unjustly charged with allegorizing them away. Will not the Vicar himself admit, that Christ's Outward Mira
(d) See a Collection of Testimonies entituled a Cloul of Witnesses, lately publish'd on Occasion of the Réfleštians of the Bishop of Litchfield and Coveniry,
cles did in some Sense figuratively denote or typisy the sanEtifying Operations of bis Spirit, for the Purifying and Cleansing the Hearts of the Faithful? does he not exprefly. acknowledge; p. 251. - That the true knowledge of the Power • and Effect of his Reconciliation, and Fellow
ship of his Sufferings, and our being confor<mable to his Death, must be experienced by
us within us, it ever we live and reign with? in him.' In which we agree with him, as also saying p. 212. Ć That all this was the Purir chase of what was outwardly transacted by him « whollywithout us, as the Meritorious Immediate · Cause thereof, though it is applied to us, by
what is inwardly transacted by him, by his Spirit, and its fanctifying Operations within us,
which he also purchased for us, by the Merit • of what was transacted by him outwardly with
out us.' Yet we do not thereby intend to assert, that the Work of the Spirit of Christ in us, is in no fense Meritorious, fince 'tis that without which no Man shall be saved; for as R. Claridge well observes (c) · A Man may believe all " the Articles of the Creed, all that Christ hath
done or suffered, without him ; but what will « this avail, if he know not the Work of Sancti,
fication by the Spirit of Christ within him ? • But when a Man comes to receive Christ in « his inward and spiritual Appearance, and to "know him to be his Saviour, by saving of him
from his Sins, and fanctifying of him by his • Holy Spirit, then how comfortable are those « Doctrines recorded in Scripture reipecting « Christ's outward Appearance ? For then • Man comes to the fulfilling of Scripture in
(c) Melius Inquirendum. p. 217
« his Measure, and to a Taste and Experience
of those Truths which he had before but by Report or Hear-say. · The only Foundation we have to build upon for Acceptance with God to eternal Salvation, ' is Jesus Christ ; (d) but as one rightly observes . on Col. i. 26. Christ in you the Hope of Glo
ry. 'Tis not by reason of what Christ has done for you, without you, that have any grounds
of Hope: All the Acts of Christ's Mediation ' faith he, must be acted over again in us. His
Birth or Conception. Gal iv. 19. His Death * Rom. vi. 4. His Resurretion, Col. iii. 1. His
Afcenfion. Eph. ii; 6. Ilis Intercession. Rom: viii. 26.
(e) - For all, faith Arch-bishop Tillotson, that 'he (viz. Christ) hath done for us without us, will 'avail us nothing, unless we be inwardly trans formed and renewed in the Spirit of our Minds.
TheVicar tells us, p. 253. that Tho’the Anci
ents, of whom he Names only Augustin, indulg'd " themselves too much in allegorizing, and car(ried their Allegories fometimes too far, yet
they never carried them to far as the Quakers, « and some other Allegorists and Enthusiasts, « who have made so many outward Things men• tioned in Scripture to be internal Things.'
What other Allegorists and Enthusiasts, as he calls'em, have done, is nothing to the Quakers,
(d) Clark's Annotations on the New Testament.
(e) Sermon 4. concerning the Incarnation of our blesed Saviour. p. 217. Edit. 1693,