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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 gospel fast, and the gospel fabbath, with the feasts 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 souls more good, than heaps of literal knowledge wherewith the world is fo filled. The knowledge of God and Christ in the mystery 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. Arise, shine ; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen
upon thee : for bebold, the darkness fall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and bis glory shall be seen upon thee. Isai. Ix. 2. When the Lord shall build up Sion, be shall appear in bis glory.
Psal. cii. 16. (indeed he doth so).
Blessed Effects thereof, testified to from Experience.
HE blessed message which the apostles (who were sent by Christ to preach the gospel) heard of Christ, and were to declare to
others, was, That God is light, and in him is no darkness at all, 1 John i. 5:
The end of Christ's sending them with this message was, that thereby (preaching it in the evidence and demonstration 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 fanēlified 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 soul in the light comes to see (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.
As, First, It fees him, who is the rock, the holy foundation of God, the holy foundation of life in the soul; the living stone, 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 so are built upon him, and become God's building and new creation in him, i Pet, ii. 5. 2 Cor. v. 17. And here, in this light, none can miss 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,
Our Lord Jesus CHRIST,
BLESSED EFFECTS thereof, teftified to from
By IS A AC PENINGTON.
The darkness is paft, and the true light now shineth. 1 John ii. 8. Arise, shine ; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord :,
upon thee : for bebold, the darkness shall cover i he earth. darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon ther's shall be seen upon thee. Isai. Ix. 2. When the Lord shall
Psal. cii. 16. (ind..