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only son from me; therefore in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed, as ibe stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore ; and thy seed shall possess the gates of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed ; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” Now from this chapter we are plainly told, that the seed of obedience bringeth in all the blessings upon the earth; because the Lord hath spoken it, not that there is power in the creature to accomplish any blessings; but the PROMISE is of God, that he will bless obedience.- Now what power was there in Abraham ? No man can say it was Abraham's power, or Abraham's doing, that brought this promise to be made ; but it was the Lord's doing, to shew mankind in the end that he required obedience in them, if he brought in a blessing upon them.
So now, if men weigh the whole together, they may clearly discern that it is not the wisdom in the creature ; it is not the merit in the creature; neither is it the power in the creature, that can do any work towards the Redemption of Man; all must give unto the LORD the Honour and GLORY due into his Name, that in him is all might, majesty, and power : for we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves. But how can we give unto the Lord that glory which is due unto his Naine, if we do not obey his commands ? For what did the Lord say untu Eli? " They that honour me, I will honour ; and they ihat despise me, shall be lightly esteemed." Thin how can we honour God according to the Sinptures, if we do not obey his command, to possess the promise made to Abraham's seed, which is a SEED of faith and OBEDIENCE? But how can we obey a command of God, if it be not revealed ? Other directions are of men; and, as I have observed by the different directions there are in men, we cannot say we are obeying God in any directions giren through them; theretore the directions must come from the SPIRIT of God, to tell us what we are to obey. Noah's directions were not from mån; they were from the LORD : Abraham's directions were not from man ; they were from the Lord. So it is from a command of God that we must be told what we are to obey, and what we are to do, that we may know his will and obey it. Now let us come to Rev. xix. Let us be glad and rejoice and give honour to him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come ; and the wife hath made herself ready. Now as this is already explained, that the marriage of the Lamb is to unite all nations together, to be as one sheep under one shepherd, and Christ to be the Shepherd of the whole ; this must allude to Christ's militant church here on earth, which I have before explained from Rev. xii. But what readiness can this mean, without a readiness of OBEDIENCE? Where is the Church which can come forward to say, they are ready in righteousness to receive their Lord, and be united to him? This, no church can presume to say; for we are all polluted by the fall and tainted with evil. So no church can say, it is ready by righteousness, in this manner, to be united to the LAMB ; yet, many may say, We are ready to obey his commands ; whatsoever he directs, that we are ready to do, to have him as our Prince, and SAVIOUR, and ReDEEMER, to reign in us, and reign over us; for it is said in the chapter, “ Blessed are they which are called unto the Marriage Supper of the Lamb." So it is plain, that there is a calling of God to man; and our readiness must be to obey the call, if we wish to be united to him. Therefore it is said in the Rea elation—The Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come, And whomsoever will, let him take of the water of life freely. So it is plain, in these chapters, that it is the Spirit of God warning us by his visitation that makes the Church in the last age of the World to become the Bride of Christ, but we cannot allude these churches, that are called of and established by men, and which are ot' so many different sects and parties, denying the Spirit of God as visiting his people, to be this spiritual church; we cannot call them this church that is mentioned in the Revelation, no: this is a church called of God, to be united to him, as the Bride is called to be united to the Bridegroom ; and this is plainly a spiritual calling, which is prophesied of through the Gospel; therefore it is written, If any man shall take away from the words of the Book of this Prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy City. And now I ask any man, how he that denieth a visitation of the Spirit of the Lord, can ha e any part in this Spiritual Church ; or in the Book of Life: or the Holy City, that is here mentioned ? Because it is written, The tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people; and God himself will be with them and be their God; and God shall wipe away all tears from their
eyes. So if men discern the Scriptures of Truth, there is a spiritual visitation from the Lord, a spiritual invitation to call his Church, to know who are ready to enter into a spiritual union with himn; and then cometh a spiritual establishment of Christ and his Church. And will men dare to say, man hath nothing to do in this matter, to be obedient to the call of the Spirit? Then the Scriptures must be false, and of no use; I say of no use; because, there need not have been 80 much said of the Spirit of God visiting man, when he cometh to establish his church in peace and righteousness, to destroy all the works of the devil; and I again say, the Scriptures must be false, if obedience be of no use.-Why was Saul cut off from being king over Israel ? but for disobedience, and the kingdom rended from him, through his disobedience and the same of Solomoil, the son of David, whom the Lord had given so much wisdom to, and who was permitted to build the altar to the Lord? Yet, after that, we find in the 1 Kmgs, xi. 10, 11. it is said, he kept not that which the Lord
commanded; wherefore, the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and I will give it to thy servant."
And this befel Solomon for his disobedience, that the Lord rended the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and gave ten tribes to Jeroboam, and left but one for the son of Solomon. In chap. xiii. we find how the man of God, that was sent as a prophet to Jeroboamn, was slain by the lion, for his disobedience. These, and many more Scriptures we may point out, shewing the destruction which the Lord brought upon mankind for disobedience; and by the same observations, we may see the contrary from true obedience ; for know what the Lord said unto Isaac : In thy seed shall all the nations of the carth be blessed; because that Abraham obeyed my yoice. So here a man may cavil from the Scripture, and say, the blessings of the earth rested with Abraham, and that he it was who had the most to do, in bringing this blessing upon mankind ! This may as well be said as the other, if we do not discern the justice of God; as he pronounced a curse upon man for disobedience, so he hath promised a blessing to man for true obedience ; and on that PROMISE stands the END for Man's SALVATION and ReDEMPTION, wherein the LORD hath promised all the Families of the Earth shall be blessed.-And now I shall answer to his saying, that for me the Lord sends blessings or a curse on man, as my words are believed or disbelieved. This was answered in the pages where the words stand, (in pages 9, 10, Seventh Book ;) but as he had not understanding sufficient to discern what he read, I shall answer them more fully. If we trace the records of the Bible through, wemust discern that blessings and judgments were threatened ; on the one hand, the promises of
blessings; on the other, the threatenings and judgments; as the words of the Lord were obeyed or disobeyed, believed or disbelieved, according as the Lord spake by the mouth of his prophets ; because it is not the person, as the creature, that is rejected ; it is the word of God given to them that is rejected. And know what the Lord said unto Moses-that he would send blessings amongst the children of Israel, if they obeyed the commands that the Lord had given through Moses ; but if they obeyed not, severe threatenings were pronounced against them by the Lord, through Moses ; and we find how often the children of Israel provoked the Lord to anger, by their speaking against Moses. So it is not the man, it is the Lord they speak against, when they speak against the commands that are given through him. Now mark the word of Moses, in Deuteronomy xxx, 19. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, That I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore chuse life, that thou and thy seed may live.” Here Moses as-.. sures them, that blessing or cursing would happen upon them, as they obeyed or disobeyed the commands that he had given them; and this they experienced through the wilderness; and this they experienced after his death ; and have experienced to this day. Now, let us obserye what the Lord said unto Samuel : “ They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected ME, that I should not reign over them, according to all the works which they have done since that day I brought them up out of the land of Egypt.” Here we find, it is not the men or the prophets, who are rejected, but it is the will of the Lord that is rejected, when men go contrary to the will of the Lord, that he hath spoken by his prophets. If we trace the records of the Bible through, we shall find, that in rejecting the prophets, by whom the Lord hath spoken, they reject the Lord; there. fore it is said, they do despite to the Spirit of Gud;