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said unto the people of Israel, “ I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.” Deut. xxix. 5. Here ye may see the Jews in the Old Testament, their clothes and their shoes did not wax old ; but they who are Christ's followers, whom he shoeth with his everlasting gospel of peace, and clotheth with his fine linen, his righteousness, and arms with his arms and armour, they are clothed, shod and armed, with that which will never decay, nor wax old, nor canker, nor rust, nor corrupt, nor grow blunt. Now all, (whether Christians, or Jews, or Gentiles) that hate the light of Christ, and close their eyes and stop their ears to it, are not like to see Christ their Ensign and Captain of their salvation, but are blind. And as there is no outward captain would list a company of blind and deaf men, and clothe and arm them with outward armour; so such as are blind and deaf, whose eyes are closed and ears stopped to the heavenly light of Christ, he is not like to clothe them with his fine linen, and arm them with his heavenly and spiritual armour; nor are they like to be spiritually and heavenly disciplined, and to see and know his holy and spiritual, living camp, nor to follow him while they are deaf and blind, and hate his light, which is the life in Christ, the heavenly Ensign and Captain of their salvation. For it is the light that shines in the heart, which gives the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus; who is the Ensign and Captain of men's salvation, and who hath brought, and doth bring many sons unto glory; praises, honour and glory be unto the Lord over all, who liveth for ever. Amen.'
G. F. Gooses, the 14th of the 2nd month, 1690.
A week after this I returned to London; and after a little stay there, went down to visit friends at Kingston, where I staid not long, but came back to London, and remained there in the Lord's work, till after the yearly meeting, which was in the fourth month this year; in which the wonted goodness of the Lord was witnessed, and his blessed presence enjoyed, and his heavenly power livingly felt, opening the hearts of his people unto him, and his divine treasures of life and wisdom in and unto them, whereby many useful and necessary things, relating to the safety of friends, and to the honour and prosperity of truth, were weightily treated of, and unanimously concluded,
After the meeting was over, I writ the following paper to friends, to be added to the epistle, which from the yearly meeting was sent into the several counties.
All friends every where, that are alive to God through Jesus Christ, and are living members of Christ the holy head; be still, and stand still in the Lord's camp of holiness and righteousness, and therein see the salvation of God, and your eternal life, rest, and peace; and in it you may feel and see the Lord's power is over all; and how the Lord is at work in his power, and ruling the nations with his rod of iron, and is breaking in the nations, the old, leaky vessels and cisterns to pieces, like the potter's vessels, that will not hold his living water of life, who are erred from the Spirit. But blessed be the Lord God of heaven and earth, who by his eternal arm and power, hath settled all his people upon the living, holy rock and foundation, that stands sure; whom he hath drawn by his Spirit to his Son, and gathered them into the name of Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, full of grace and truth; who hath all power in heaven and earth given to him. Whose name is above every name under the whole heaven; and all his living members know there is no salvation given by any other name under the whole heaven, but by the name of Jesus; and he, their salvation, and their living head, is felt in the midst of them in his light, life, spirit, grace,
and truth, and his word of patience, wisdom, and power; who is his people's prophet, that God hath raised up, in his New Testament and Covenant, to open to them; and their living Shepherd, that hath purchased, redeemed, and bought them with his precious blood. And Christ, the living One, feeds his living sheep in his living pastures of life, and his living sheep know their living Shepherd's voice, with his living bread and water, and follow him; and will not follow any of the world's hirelings, nor thieves, nor robbers, nor climbers, that are without Christ, the door. And likewise Christ's living children know Christ, the bishop of their souls, to oversee them with his heavenly and spiritual eye, that they may be preserved in his fold of life, and go no more forth. And also they know Christ, their holy priest, that by the grace of God tasted death for them, and for every man, and is a propitiation for their sins; and not for their sins only, but for the sins of the whole world; and by the one offering up of himself he hath perfected for ever, them that are sanctified. And such an high-priest becomes Christ's sheep in his New
Covenant and Testament, who is holy and harmless, and separate from sinners, and is made higher than the heavens; who is not made a priest after the order of Aaron, with his tithes, offerings, &c. but he makes an end of all those things, and hath abolished them; and is made an highpriest after the power of an endless life, who ever liveth to make intercession for his people; and is able to save to the uttermost, all that come to God through him. Who is the one holy mediator betwixt God and man; and who sanctifies his people, his church, that he is head of, and presents them to God without spot, or wrinkle, or blemish, or any such thing; and makes them an holy, royal priesthood, to offer up spiritual, holy sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ, who is King of all kings, and Lord of all lords in the earth. So an holy heavenly King, who hath all power in heaven and earth given to him; and rules in all the hearts of his sheep and lambs by his holy, divine, precious faith, that is held in all the pure consciences of his people: which holy faith, Christ, the holy One, is the author and finisher of. By which holy faith all the just live; and in which holy, divine, and precious faith, all the just and holy ones have unity; and by it they do quench all the fiery darts of Satan: and by this holy, divide, and precious faith, they have access to the pure God, in which they do please him. And Christ, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, in his New Testament and New Covenant, is a minister of the sanctuary and true tabernacle, which the Lord hath pitched, and not man. And therefore all the lambs and sheep of Christ must feel this holy Minister in their temple and sanctuary, who ministers spiritual, holy and heavenly things to them in their sanctuary and tabernacle. For all the tabernacles and sanctuaries, that are built or pitched by man, men make ministers for them, and such ministers are of men and by men, with their worldly sanctuaries and tabernacles of men's pitching, by men's hands.
• And now, all dear friends and brethren every where, that are the flock of Christ : Christ, our passover, is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us all keep this heavenly feast of our passover in his New Testament and Covenant, not with old leaven, neither of malice nor wickedness; but let all that be purged out, with the sour old leavened bread, that all may become a new lump; and so keep this heavenly feast of Christ, our heavenly Passover, with the unleavened bread (mark, with the unleavened' bread) of sincerity and truth. My desires are, that all the flock of
Christ every where may keep this heavenly feast of Christ, our heavenly passover, with his heavenly, unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Amen.'
I staid in town between three weeks and a month after the yearly meeting was over; and then went into the country, first to Tottenham High-cross, where was a meeting on the first-day of the week, which I was at; and then went to Edward Man's house at Ford-green near Winchmore-hill; and on the first-day following went from thence to the meeting at Enfield, where the Lord gave me many precious openings to declare to the people. Afterwards, moving to and fro amongst friends thereabouts, I visited the meetings at Cheshunt, Waltham-abbey, Enfield, Tottenham, and Winchmore-hill, frequently; the Lord being with me, and opening many deep and weighty truths, divine and heavenly mysteries to his people, through me, to their great refreshment, and my joy. After some time 1 went to Hertford, to visit the friends there, and was at their meeting on a first-day. And having something more particular upon me to the ancient friends of that place, I had a meeting with some of them the next day, and imparted to them what the Lord had given me for them.
Then passing thence to Ware, I made a little stay amongst friends there, and was at their meeting. After which, returning amongst friends about Edmonton-side and Tottenham, and taking meetings as I went, I came back to London in the end of the seventh month.
I remained now at London till the beginning of the ninth month, being continually exercised in the work of the Lord, either in public meetings, opening the way of truth to people, and building up and establishing friends therein, or in other services relating to the church of God. For the parliament now sitting, and having a bill before them concerning oaths, and another concerning clandestine marriages, several friends did attend the house, to see to get those bills so worded that they might not be hurtful to friends : in this service I also assisted, attending on the parliament, and discoursing the matter with several of the members.
Having staid more than a month in London, and much spent myself in these services, I went out of town to Tottenham, and sometime after to Ford-green, near London ; at which places I continued several weeks, visiting friends' meetings round about there, at Tottenham, Enfield, and
Winchmore-hill. In this time several things came upon me to write ; whereof one was an epistle to friends in the ministry, and was as followeth :
< All friends in the ministry every where, to whom God hath given a gift of the ministry, and who use to travel up and down in the gift of the ministry, do not hide your talent, nor put your light under a bushel, nor cumber yourselves, nor entangle yourselves with the affairs of this world. For the natural soldiers are not to cumber themselves with the world, much less the soldiers of Christ, who are not of this world, but are to mind the riches and glory of the world that is everlasting. And therefore stir up the gift of God in you, and improve it: and do not sit down, Demas-like, and embrace this present world, that will have an end, lest ye become idolaters. But be valiant for God's truth upon the earth, and spread it abroad in the day-light of Christ, you who have sought the kingdom of God, and the righteousness thereof, and have received it and preached it; which stands in righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost : as able ministers of the Spirit sow to the Spirit, that of the Spirit ye may reap life everlasting. And go on in the Spirit, plowing with it in the purifying hope ; and threshing, with the power and spirit of God, the wheat out of the chaff of corruption, in the same hope. For he that looks back from the spiritual plow
into the world, is not fit for the spiritual and everlasting kingdom of God; and then he is not like to press into it, as the faithful do. Therefore you that are awakened, and are come to righteousness, and to the knowledge of the truth, keep yourselves awakened in it; then the enemy cannot sow bis tares in your field; for truth and righteousness is over him, and before he was. So my desires are, that all may fulfil their ministry, that the Lord Jesus Christ hath committed to them; and then by the blood (or life) and testimony of Jesus you will overcome the enemy that opposes it, within and without. And all you that do preach the truth, do it as it is in Jesus, in love: and all that are believers in Jesus, and receivers of him, he gives them power to become the sons of God, and so joint-heirs with Christ, whom he calleth brethren; and he gives them the water of life, which shall be a well in them, springing as a river up to eternal life, that they may water the spiritual plants of the living God. So that all may be spiritual planters, and spiritual waterers; and may see with the spiritual eye the everlasting eternal God, over all to