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our neighbours as ourselves, as taught by Moses and Christ; yea, the very substance of the law written in tables of stone, he hath inwardly written in our hearts, and taught us to observe and obey; so that we have no other God but him, who brought us out of spiritual Egypt, by his out-stretched arm and holy power, revealed inwardly for us, as it was outwardly for that people of the Jews, whom God redeemed out of outward Egypt.

Indeed before, other Lords had rule over us, and somewhat still got between us and our God; so that, when we were without the limits of the pure power, we were idolaters in God's sight, though we then knew it not; but now we make mention of the Lord's name only.

So the Lord hath taught us not to make any image, or likeness of his appearance, or of the heavenly things; not to form any thing in our minds from the scriptures; but to wait on God, to know his truths revealed in their own pure nature.

The Lord hath likewise taught us to fanctify his name, which he hath made known to us, and not to take it in vain; but to reverence his holy power and Spirit, in every degree of its appearance; for the name of our God is living, and is only fančtified, and not taken in vain, by those that are living.

Also the Lord hath taught us to observe and keep his holy sabbath, and day of rest (even the day of the gospel-rest, for that is the sabbath now), not doing our own works, or thinking our own thoughts, or kindling a fire of ourselves, on his holy day; but ceasing from our own willing and running, and from all the works of the Aesh; and waiting to feel him work in us, both to will and to do of his good. pleasure ; which works in the Spirit (works of faith, of love, of mercy, $c.) break not the gospel-relt or fabbath.

And having thus learned the duties of the first table (the Lord having circumcised our hearts to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, and to exalt him, his Spirit, his nature, his will, his name, his day in us), the duties of the second table are easy and natural to us, and we cannot but do to others as we would be done unto ; and so love and honour all men in the Lord, as the Lord teacheth us from the true and holy balance. Therefore, we cannot kill, or commit adultery, or steal, or bear false witness, or covet any thing that is our neighbour's.

Then, for the laws and ordinances of the new testament; the ministration of the gospel is a ministration of Spirit and power; even of the light of the everlasting day, which the true ministry was sent to turn mens minds from the darkness to..

And here we see what was taught and required before the apoftafy, while the church was in its first glory; and what was permitted and practised by permission; which were such kind of things, as were not of the nature of the kingdom, not of the nature of the light of the gospel-day; but of a lower nature, of an outward nature, of an earthly (elementary) nature, which were to be shaken in due time, thar that which could not be shaken (which they signified of, and represented) might remain, and be established in the spiritual and heavenly Jerusalem (which is the Jerusalem of the gofpel) without any such thing as could be shaken; as is teftified, Heb. xii. 22, to the end : and we understand also from God's Spirit, and from the scriptures of truth, that all such kind of things were part of, or belonging to, the outward court; which was snaken, and given to the Gentiles, when God's Spirit measured what he would have abide with his true, inward, spiritual Jews; and what he would leave to the professing world; who in mind, nature, and spirit, and in God's account also, are but Gentiles.

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Quest. How did God teach you to pray ? Surely ye never learned the Lord's prayer ; for ye do not practise that among you.

Answ. As God brought us into a sensible condition, so we came to feel our wants, and the need of our souls, inwardly and spiritually.

Now, waiting on the Lord in this sense, when we meet together, and when we are alone also, the Lord breatheth upon us, and kindleth in us fervent desires and longings of foul after that which is pure, and to be delivered from that which is impure ; and that we might be ingraffed more and more into Christ; and that judgment and condemnation might pass upon all that is not of God in us, and that our hearts might be lo united to the Lord, as that we might fear his name fully. For

we feel and observe, that all our life and strength fows from the union of our souls with the Lord; and therefore, above all things, we cry for that, and for separation from that spirit which captivateth into the things of the earth, and in the earthly mind and nature.

So we watch unto prayer, and watch for help from God in our calling upon him ; and are deeply sensible that we have need both of watching and praying continually, the enemy is so near, and the soul's snares and dangers so many

And truly, Christ, our Lord and master, who taught his disciples to pray formerly, hath taught us also to pray that very prayer; though not to say the words outwardly in the will of men, or in our own will; he hath taught our hearts to breathe after the same things, even that the name of our heavenly Father might be hallowed or sanctified more and more, among all that call upon his name in truth, and especially in our own hearts, and that his kingdom might come more and more, that he might reign more in mens spirits, and the kingdom of sin and Satan be thrown down; and that his will might be done, even in our earth, as it is done in heavenly places, where all the hosts of God obey him; and that we might have every day a proportion of the heavenly bread, whereby our fouis may live to him; and convenient food and provision outward also, according as he feeth good, who careth for us.

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Now, as we are kept in the light, and watch to the light which discovers things, we see what we are kept out of, and what we at any time are entangled in, and so trespass against the Lord; and then we are taught to beg pardon, and to wait where pardon is to be received, through our advocate, even as God hath taught us to forgive.

Yet this doth not imbolden any of the little ones to sin; but they pray that they may not be led (or fall) into temptation ; but may witness deliverance from the evil, which the enemy watcheth to betray and insnare them with. And these cries are put up to him, who is ready to hear, and who can an{wer and fulfill the desires of them that love and fear him; and indeed not only fo, but they are also put up in faith, that in the way of God the foul shall obtain and receive what it prayeth and waiteth for.

Now we witness this to be true religion, and undefiled before God; and we are sensible that the Lord hath taught us this, and is with us in our faith, which he hath given us; in our obedience, in our praying to him in the name of his Son, in our watching, in our waiting, in the filence of our spirits, before his mighty and glorious majesty.

Oh! that ye all knew our God, and his Christ, in the same covenant and power of life, wherein it hath pleased him to make himself manifest to us! Oh! awake l awake! out of your dreams, come out of the night. of sinand darkness, into the light of the day !

Be pot offended that I call them dreams of the night, for they are no better, before the light of the day. Oh! be not contented with dreams concerning God; with dreams concerning fellowship with him and the saints in light; with dreams concerning remission, concerning justification, concerning peace, concerning fanctification, concerning the help of God's Spirit in prayer, &c.!

Ah! friends, dear friends (for ye, in whom there are any true breatheings after the Lord, are fo to me);, oh! -lec go the dead for the living ; away with dead knowledge, dead faith, dead hope, dead prayers, dead understanding of the scriptures, dead strivings after holiness, which ye ihall never obtain, but be ftill bowed down under corruption, when at any time truly fenfible, notwithstanding all these (truly groaning and complaining is your best state here, for your peace here is wrong); and come to feel that raised in you, in the true retired waiting upon the Lord, which shall certainly obrain in you, as your minds are united to it, and come into the true sense and subjection under it; and then ye shall obtain in it, and with it

, what the hearts of all the upright (whether in captivity, or out of capsivity) breathe after!

Oh! therefore, be not any longer prejudiced, by the subtil devices and deceirs of the enemy, aga nt that in your hearts, which reproves because of lin; and, likewife draws at leads into the which is holy; for it is no lefs than the pures, besvesiy light of God's : own. Spirit, whatever ye,

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Concerning the Gospel State.
HE gospel is a ministration of the new covenant, or a spiritual mi-

nistration of the substance of all that was shadowed out under the law. There were many things under the law ; . but in the gospel, God hath gathered all into one ; in Christ there is but one seed, one Spirit, one life, one power, which redeems, one circumcision, one baptism, one faith, &c.

The law was given by "Mofes, and the ministration thereof continued through the prophets, until the feed should come, which was to put an end to the law, and the righteousnefs thereof (as in the letter) and bring in the righteousness in the spirit, which should last for ever.

The gospel is by Christ, by whom God spake in the last days, who is the beloved Son, the prophet and high-priest of God, who is to be heard for ever ; who taught his disciples, while he was with them on earth, in that body of Aesh which his Father prepared for him ; and afterwards by his Spirit (or holy anointing) whereby he continueth teaching his children, and bringing them up in the virtue, life, and power of the new covenant; giving them a new heart and spirit, and causing the old nature of the earthly Adam to die in them, and pass away from them.

The law was given to the Jew outward, and is against nature in man, which seems forward to obey, but will not.

The law also is given to check that part (or nature in man) which is above the feed, to which were all the shadows and types outward.

But in the gospel, which is the power of God to the redemption of the soul, that part is done away, and the seed raised, and comes to live in the soul, and the foul in the power which quickens it, in and through the feed.

And so, here the life, and virtue, and nature of the feed overshadows all, and changes all in the gospel-ministration; so that here is a new heaven, and a new earth, wherein God reigns, and where righteousness dwells; and the old things, wherein unrighteousness dwelt, and wherein the devil reigned, are done away, and so his kingdom is destroyed, and laid waste in man, and the kingdom of Christ fet up, exalted, and eftablished.

Then comes the mountain of the Lord's house to be known on the top, and above all the mountains and hills; and then is the flowing of the enlightened soul thither, to learn of the Lord in his holy fanctuary, that it may know his ways, and walk in his paths. Then is the voice of the true thepherd heard, and the law known (the law of the Spirit of life in Chrift Jelus) which cometh out of Sion, and the Word of the Lord (even the Holy

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One of Israel) which cometh from Jerusalem. Then is the day of the Lord known; the mighty, terrible, shaking day of the Lord, which is then upon all flesh, silencing it in the dread and awe of him, who is holy and pure ; and the feed is then raised to life, and in life and power, and the Lord alone exalted in that soul. For the Son exalted the Father only, in the days of his flesh; and it is so now, where ever the same seed and power of life is made manifest, and çules.

Then after this shaking, after the work of this terrible day of the Lord in the heart, when God hath purged away the filth and blood of the defiled soul and spirit, by his Spirit of judgment and burning, then that which is left shall be called holy, and dedicated to the Lord, even in every one that is written and reckoned by God among the living in his Jerusalem. And all God's tabernacles and dwelling-places on his holy mountain, and in his holy city, will he cover with the glory of his presence ; and all their assemblies (by his cloudy pillar, and by his shining fame) will God be a defence about; before which brightness (and the arising of his life and power in the midst of his people) Satan with his devices and fiery darts shall fall like flashes of lightning, and his storms and winds shall not be able to prevail against the houses or dwelling-places which God builds on this his holy mountain of peace and salvation.

Then the rod of the stem of Jelle is known, and the branch which groweth out of his root, and the Spirit of the Lord resting upon him. For grace and truth came by Jesus Christ; and where the grace and truth which comes by Jesus Christ is received, and his everlasting covenant entered into, there the same Spirit is poured forth, and rests (even upon all the fons), and true judgment is set up in the heart, and the soul established in the righteousness and peace of his kingdom.

So if any want wisdom, let him ask in faith; it is presently given from the Spirit of wisdom, which is poured out upon the seed; which is a Spirit of understanding and knowledge, and of pure heavenly fear, &c. which maketh quick in understanding the fear of the Lord; which fear, (being understood and observed) keepeth the heart clean, teaching it to avoid and keep out of all that defiles; so that here is not so much as a. touching the unclean thing by any of the fons and daughters, who are led by God's Spirit, and live and walk in the Spirit; but a following of the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus fully and perfectly.

Let sin and imperfection received back to Sodom, Egypt, and Babylon, from whence it came; but let holiness and unstained beauty dwell in Sion; yea, let Urim and Thummim, even God's light and perfection, be with his redeemed people for ever and ever.

Here the wolf dwells with the lamb, and the leopard lies with the kid, and the calf, and the young lion, and the fatling together, and the little child leads them. Here the lion devours not, but eats straw like the ox; and the sucking child, and the weaned child, can play in the hole of the asp, and Vol. II.

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