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meetings of friends in Pennsylvania, New-England, Virgina, Maryland, the Jerseys, Carolina, and other plantations in America. And it was thus :
My dear friends and brethren in the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by believing in his light, are become children of his light and of his day; my desires are, that you may all walk in his light and in his day, and keep the feast of Christ, our passover, who is sacrificed for us, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but let all that be purged out; that ye may be a new lump, keeping the feast of Christ, our passover, with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Therefore let no leavened bread be found in your houses, nor in your meetings, nor in the camp of God, or household of faith, which are the household of Christ, but all that sour old leaven, which makes people's hearts sour, and to burn one against another; all that must be purged out of the camp of God, and kept out. For the feast of Christ, our passover, must be kept in the new covenant, with his heavenly, unleavened bread of life. The Jews in the Old Testament their feast was kept with outward unleavened bread : and now, in the New Testament, in the gospel-day, our feast is to be kept with the heavenly, unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Therefore friends, I desire you seriously to consider, and to keep this feast, which the apostle directed the church of Christ to keep. Do not you see Christendom, so called, keep their feasts with the leavened bread of malice and wickedness ? which makes them so sour, and their hearts to burn one against another, that they have destroyed, and do destroy one another about religion. Therefore all live in the love of God, which keeps above the love of the world; so that none of your hearts may be choaked or surfeited with these outward things, or with the cares of the world, which will pass away: but mind ye the world and the life, that is without end, that ye may be heirs of it. And friends, you should strive to excel all, both professor and profane, both in morality, humanity and Christianity, modesty, sobriety and moderation, and in a good, godly, righteous life and conversation, shewing forth the fruits of the Spirit of God, and that you are the children of the living God, and children of the light, and of the day, and not of the night. And serve God in newness of life ; for it is the life, and a living and walking in the truth, that must answer the witness of God in all people; that they, seeing your good works, may glorify our Father, which is in heaven. Therefore be valiant for
God's holy pure truth, and spread it abroad, among both professors and profane, and the Indians. And you should write over once a year, from all your yearly-meetings to the yearly-meeting here, concerning your diligence in the truth, and of its spreading, and of people's receiving it, both professors and profane, and the Indians; and concerning the peace of the church of Christ amongst yourselves. For, blessed be the Lord, truth doth get ground in these parts, and many are made very loving to friends, and the Lord's power and seed is over all; in which God Almighty keep all his people to his glory. Amen.'
G. F. Gooses, the 28th of the Ilth month, 1689.
While I was in the city, I had a concern upon my spirit with respect to a twofold danger, that attended some who professed truth : one was of young people's going into the fashions of the world ; and the other was of old people's going into the earth. And that concern coming now again weightily upon me, I was moved to give forth the following paper, as a reproof to such, and an exhortation and warning to all friends to beware of, and keep out of those
To all that do profess the Truth of God.
My desires are, that you may walk in humility in it. For when the Lord first called me forth, he let me see, that young people grew up together in vanity and the fashions of the world; and old people went downwards into the earth, raking it together: and to both these I was to be a stranger. And now, friends, I do see too many young people that do profess the truth, do grow up into the fashions of the world, and too many parents indulge them; and amongst the elder, some are growing downwards, and raking after the earth. Therefore take heed, that you are not making your graves, while you are alive outwardly, and loading yourselves with thick clay (Hab. ii. 6.) For if you have not power over the earthly spirit, and that which leadeth into a vain mind, and the fashions of the world, and into the earth, though you have often had the rain fall upon your fields, you will but bring forth thistles, briars and thorns, which are for the fire. And such will become brittle, peevish, fretful spirits, that will not abide the heavenly doctrine, and the admonitions, exhortations and reproofs of the Holy Ghost, or heavenly Spirit of God; which would bring you to be conformable to the Vol. II.
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Gooses, the 1st of the 2nd month, 1690.
Another paper that I writ while I was here, was concerning the ensign, which Isaiah prophesied the Lord should set up for the Gentiles, which I shewed was Christ. Of that paper this which follows is a copy :
• The Lord saith, “ They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Isa. xi. 9. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek, and his rest shall be glorious. ver. 10. " And he shall reign over the Gentiles, and in him shall the Gentiles trust." Rom. xv. 12. This ensign is Christ, which was prophesied of by the prophet, which prophecy the apostle, who was a minister to the Gentiles, sheweth was fulfilled in the New Testament. And in this day of Christ, Isaiah saith,“ The Lord shall set his hand again the second time, to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria and froin Egypt, &c. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah
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419 n in his resurretsrom the four corners of the earth.” ver. 11, 12. This is # to the name sign the day of Christ, and his gospel of life and salvation, onfess him to which is preached to every creature under heaven, who had a concern i enlighteneth every man that cometh into the world, both
Jews and Gentiles; that by his heavenly divine light they going into smay see Christ, their Ensign, and Captain of their salvafalse liberti tion; so Christ is one ensign both to the Jews and Genit of the work xatiles. And Isaiah saith, “ The Redeemer shall come to een built Sion, &c.” Isa. lix. 20. And, " This is my covenant with he rock, that is them, saith the Lord, my Spirit, that is upon thee (to wit, pretence of line
Christ) and my words, which I have put in thy mouth,
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thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the
Lord, from henceforth and for ever.” ver. 21. « Arise, cond of per a shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is the true liber risen'upon thee." chap. 1x. 1.'" And the Gentiles shall come unot of the part to thy light.” ver. 3. " And the abundance of the sea shall
him, as there be converted unto thee." ver. 5. (the sea is the world.) zace, who N? « The Lord shall be thy everlasting light.” ver. 20. And, is trouble
. It « Thou shalt call thy walls, Salvation, and thy gates, spirit; het Praise.” ver. 18. And the Lord saith, “I will make thé d in it Grid place of my feet glorious.” ver. 13. “ Heaven is his throne,
and earth is his footstool.” chap. Ixvi. 1. “And he that puts his trust in me, saith the Lord, shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain.” chap. Ivii. 13. Which
mountain is established above all the mountains and hills, I was
Isa. ii. 2. The Lord saith (speaking of Christ) “ I have hesied the
put my Spirit upon him, he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” Isa. xlii.'l. And he saith of him, “ I will give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the
Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners hurt me
from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, out of the prison-house. Í am the Lord, that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” ver. 6, 7, 8. So Christ the light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen; and the Gentiles are come to the light of Christ : and this prophecy of Isaiah
concerning Christ, many of the Gentiles witness fulfilled, Christ
that “ Salvation is come to the Gentiles.” Rom. xi. 11. And God gave his glory to his Son; and Christ saith, “ The glory, which thou gavest me, I have given them, (namely, his believers and followers) that they may be one, even as we are one." John xvii. 22. Now here you may see, how the promises and prophecies are fulfilled in Christ Jesus, whom God hath given for an ensign both to the Jews and Gentiles, and the Captain of their salvation; and he doth enlighten every one that cometh into the
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world ; that with his heavenly divine light they might see Christ, the Lord from heaven, their Captain and Ensign, and trust in him who is their conqueror, who bruises the serpent's head, and destroys the devil and his works ; and Christ and his followers overcome the dragon, beast and false prophet. And therefore all Jews, Gentiles and Christians, that come to believe in Christ, are to stand to their Ensign, Christ; who is also the Captain of their salvation, who is above all ensigns and captains below. For he is from above, and therefore all are to trust in him ; for he is certain and able to save to the utmost, &c. and is the same Ensign and Captain to-day as he was yesterday, and so for ever, the First and the Last, the Beginning and Ending, and Lord of all lords, and King of all kings upon the earth; and there is nothing certain to be trusted in below Christ Jesus, who is from above. You see in the scriptures there were many ways and religions among the heathen, as there were many sects among the Jews when Christ came; and now there are many sects, or religions among the Christians, who believe from the scriptures that he is come, as the Jews believed he was to come. But they that close their eyes, and stop their ears to the light of Christ, they are not like to see Christ, who hath enlightened them, to be their Ensign and the Captain of their salvation, that see not with the heavenly eye, nor hear with the heavenly ear, to see and hear their heavenly Ensign and Captain of their salvation, to convert them and heal thein; that they might follow him and be of his holy camp, and be his heavenly soldiers, to whom he gives spiritual arms and armour, the helmet of salvation, the breast-plate of righteousness, the armour of light, and the shield of faith (which will quench all the fiery darts of Satan, and give victory,) and the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, which shall cut and hammer down, and burn up all the strong holds of Satan. Also he clotheth his soldiers with fine linen, white and clean, his righteousness, and shoeth them with the everlasting gospel of peace, the power of God; which clothes and shoes will never wax old. And all that are shod with the everlasting gospel, the power of God, they will never wax old, but will stand all storms and tempests in the world. And they that are shod with the gospel, the power of God, can in it tread upon serpents, vipers and scorpions, and all the venomous beasts upon the earth, and all the thorns, briars, brambles, thistles, and sharp rocks and mountains, and never be hurt, nor never wear out their shoes, but their feet are always beautiful upon the mountains. Moses, a captain, the servant of the Lord,