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GOSPEL TRUTH DEMONSTRATED,
GIVEN FORTH BY THAT FAITHFUL MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST,
PRINCIPLES ESSENTIAL TO CHRISTIANITY AND SALVATION, HELD AMONG THE
* Seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; but have renounce the dd things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by the manifestation of truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God."--2 Cor. iv. 1, 2.
IN TERPE VOLUMES.
PRINTED IN THE YEAR 1706–RE-PRINTED 1831.
J. HARDING, PRINTER.
LIVING GOD OF TRUTH:
THE WORLD'S GOD,
IN WHOM THERE IS NO TRUTH.
And also, how man and woman fell from the living God; and how
the Serpent became the God of the World. And how God was the teacher of man and woman, who made man and woman perfect: And when they forsook God's teaching, and followed the serpent's teaching, they became unperfeet. And how Christ cometh to destroy the devil, and bring man and woman under God's teaching again, who taught them in the beginning. And hou the son of perdition did appear. And what the glory of the world is, that the devil would have given to Christ, if he would have worshipped him. And how the world's god came to have a kingdom, and what it standeth in, and must have an end: And what Christ's kingdom stands in, which hath no end. And how the gospel is bad news to the world's god; but good news to them that believe. And how the Old Testament was read among the Jews in their mother-tongue; and so ought all the Christians to read
the New Testament among the Christians in their mother-tongue. With some Queries for all to consider of, in the latter end of this
book; and other remarkable things. By G. F.
The Lord God of heaven and earth, who is the creator and maker of all things therein, which created and made all things good; so he is the great Lord of all, both of things in heaven, and things in the earth, and therefore all things are to be subject to the great Lord, especially man and woman, whom he made in his own likeness and image.
So he is called God Almighty over all his works; and the Lord God Almighty to oversee all his works, who is present everywhere, God the father, who is the nourisher and preserver of all creatures that he hath made, and takes care for all, who gives life, being and breath unto all, and made the earth to be inhabited, and placed man upon it, who is
the God of the spirits of all flesh. So he hath given man and woman a spirit and breath to dwell upon the face of the earth, and to serve and worship him in: So that the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; and man and woman is the Lord's, which he made in his image, who gave all the creatures into the hands of man and woman, which are his, to serve men and women; and men and women to worship and serve God, and not to serve the creatures, but their Creator; nor to make images, or likenesses, or gods, of any creature that God Almighty had created; but that they all should serve man and woman, and man and woman to serve God the Creator, who is above the creatures.
For God placed man and woman (whom he had made in his likeness) above all the rest of the creatures that he had made, and in his power gave them dominion.
So when God Almighty had made and created all things, he saw that they were good, yea, very good, and blessed them; and made man and woman in his own image and likeness, and set them in dominion above all that he made, and they were made good and perfect, and he blessed them.
So man and woman were happy, blest, perfect and good, and all that God made and created was very good and blest, and so stood as long as man and woman stood in the counsel of God, and in obedience to his heavenly voice and command, and so was happy, blest, good and perfect, and was not burdened, nor did not groan, neither man por woman, nor the creation under the bondage of corruption.
For there was nothing that made them groan so long as man and woman stood in the righteousness and holiness that God Almighty made them in, and obeyed his voice and command.
Now you may say, Then how came in the curse and imperfection, and the bondage and corruption, that maketh both the creation, and man and woman thus to groan??
I say, as long as man and woman stood in God's counsel, and in obedience to his word, and wisdom, and power, by which all things wer made and created, they stood in the perfect, good and blessed estate, and in the dominion, in God's righteous holy image and likeness, which did neither corrupt nor burden themselves nor the creation, but stood blessed and perfect in their good estate, which God, who is the only God, had placed them in.
And likewise, all the creation stood in its blessed and good estate, as God Almighty had made it in, who is good, and made all good, perfect and blessed.
And the Lord gave a general liberty to man and woman, and a dominion; and said, · Freely ye may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden,' and limited them only from eating of the fruit of the tree of know