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to the end, and wait on the Lord, to receive understanding from him, that in reading thou mayest understand.
Oh! that men knew the gofpel fast, and the gospel fabbath, with the feafts of unleavened bread, tabernacles, trumpets, &c. A little of the knowledge of the myftery of the hidden life and power, is of more value, and would do their fouls more good, than heaps of literal knowledge wherewith the world is fo filled. The knowledge of God and Chrift in the myftery is no less than life eternal, in them and to them, who are taught in the new covenant, or ministration of the power of the endless life, so to know them.
The darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 1 JOHN ii. 8.
Arife, fhine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is rifen upon thee: for bebold, the darkness fhall cover the earth, and grofs darkness the people; but the Lord shall arife upon thee, and his glory Shall be feen upon thee. IS AI. lx. 2.
When the Lord fhall build up Sion, he shall appear in bis glory. PSAL. cii. 16. (indeed he doth fo).
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST,
BLESSED EFFECTs thereof, teftified to from Experience.
1 John i. 5.
The end of Chrift's fending them with this meffage was, that thereby (preaching it in the evidence and demonftration of God's Spirit) they might open mens eyes, and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they might receive forgiveness of fins, and inheritance among them that are fanclified by faith that is in him, Acts xxvi. 18..
Now the eye of the mind being opened, and the mind turned from the darkness within to the light within, and from Satan's power to the power of God, which is revealed in the light, the foul in the light comes to fee (over the darkness, and Satan who darkened it) the things of God and his kingdom, as they are revealed in the light, which makes them manifeft.
HE bleffed meffage which the apostles (who were sent by Chrift to preach the gospel) heard of Chrift, and were to declare to others, was, That God is light, and in him is no darkness at all,
As, First, It fees him, who is the rock, the holy foundation of God, the holy foundation of life in the foul; the living ftone,. by which all the other living stones are made alive, and they are taught of God to come to him as to a living stone, and fo are built upon him, and become God's building and new creation in him, 1 Pet, ii. 5. 2 Cor. v. 17. And here, in this light, none can mifs of the true coming, hearing the voice of the Father, and being drawn and taught by him to come to the Son, John vi. 44, 45:
When the Lord fhall
By ISAAC PENINGTON.
The darkness is paft, and the true light now shineth. 1 JOHN ii. 8.
Arife, fhine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord