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John, i. 1, 2, 14. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.—And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us; and we beheld his glory, as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." •
Isaiah^ xl. 5. "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it"
"Here let men discern what is spoken without conditions—that the Lord would create Man in his own image, and after his own likeness: then let them discern from my Gospel, how that Word became flesh, and dwelt with men; then let them discern what was said by the Angel at my birth—• "Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
"Here let men discern, these words stand without any conditions, but to say they shall be fulfilled in the end, to fulfil the promise made in the beginning. But now come to Adam: he was created of the dust of the ground; and a command was given him; so that He was placed on conditions: on condition he stood; and on that condition he fell: And so men went on in every age. But now I ask mankind, what Image or Likeness Adam bore of his Creator? Did he not hide himself from God, when he was betrayed, through the subtlety of the serpent, that beguiled the woman? Aud did he not cast the blame on his Creator, for giving him the woman? Then where was the Likeness and Image of God in him? In thy heart thou answerest, none: either in wisdom, power, or strength, to withstand the subtlety of the devil. But know, in my Gospel, I had power to withstand, power to contend and overcome. And here let men discern, how the promise was first fulfilled, of man being created in the Image of God and hia Likeness: not by Adam's transgressions, who was overcome by the subtlety of the serpent; but by my obedience, to overcome him in the end. And this stands without conditions, that my becoming flesh to dwell with men should be good tidings to all in the end. And let men look to the Gospel, what is said of the Sign; then they will discern it was not to be fulfilled when I became flesh, and dwelt with men. Look to the words of Simeon :—" And Simeon blessed him; and said unto Mary his mother, Behold this Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign that shall be spoken against."
"Thus let men discern, that my being born to dwell with men was a sign I should be rejected by men; but that it should be good tidings to all in the end is an assurance it shall be so. But if men cannot discern from ******* what was spoken on conditions, and what was spoken without conditions, that I said should be done by him, they can never see their Bibles clear; and therefore 1 have brought it round in this manner, to place things plain before them, that they may see how it was spoken two ways of him; and two ways it was fulfilled; but the end is Dot yet. Therefore, if men cannot discern the one, that bath happened in their own days, and before their eyes; they cannot discern to undj£ stand what was spoken in ages past, that
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plain before thee: the Spirit of Truth and knowledge is before thee: and let those that reprove answer, how thou hadst wisdom and knowledge in thyself to know how ******* would act, to put it in print; and after he had fulfilled the words, to point it out to mankind, that thou hast brought it round like the Bible, to shew therh what stands without conditions shall be fulfilled in the end.
"Now come back to the Prophet: Isaiah, xxr. 8. "He will swallow up death in victory, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces, and the rebuke of his people shall be taken away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it." This, let men discern, is promised to be fulfilled without any conditions being placed.— Iv. 12. "For ye shall go out wirh joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the forest shall clap their hands."— Here no conditions are made; but a positive decree that such a change shall take place as is mentioned in the following verse—" Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tree: and it shall be to the Lord an everlasting sign that shall not be cutoff." Here let men discern this chapter, and what the thoughts of the Lord are in the end for man. Then come to the sixty-fifth chapter.—" For behold I create "new heavens, and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for behold I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.'' This let men discern stands without any conditions; because it is a promise the Lord hath made, that he will accomplish in the end. And all these scriptures that I have ordered thee to bring forward, saying it shall be, they will find I shall fulfil, in as perfect and true a
mannet>as ******* fulfilled the words I spoke of him in the beginning, to say thy writings should go out by him; and therefore I ordered thee to bring in a Straight line how he tried the Ministers, the pains he took to bring them forward with him, but they all refused; and I ordered thee to write to different Ministers, that it might not be said thou hadst tried none but him, but if thou hadst written to others, they would have acted like him ; and therefore I ordered thee to write to others, to invite them, and threatened them of the judgments that would come through unbelief. Yet there was no way that they would come forward; for by him I said it should be done; and by ******* \i was done; and perfectly so they will find the scriptures, that thou hast pointed out, in like manner.
"Now come to Daniel, vii. And let them discern in what manner he saw the vision, in what manner my coming is with the clouds of heaven, to bring in the kingdom, that I have promised by the Prophets. And let them discern that no conditions stand there in the end, when I come according to the vision, and according to the Prophets.
Zechariah, xiv. "And the Lord my God shall come, and all the Saints with thee.—And the Lord shall be King over all the earth: in that day there shall be one Lord, and his name one.*'
Luke, xxi, "And then shall they see the Sign of the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these thing to come to pass, then look up, and lift up heads; for your Redemption draweth nigh,*
"Here let men discern I said this shall die redemption of man shall be brought i coming, according to the Prophets; and wme according to my Gospel.
words stand like the words I spoke of ******* that thy writings should go out hy his judgment alone; and all mankind will find the time is fast approaching, that I shall come according to the Gospel, and fulfil the words of the Prophets, that I have ordered thee to bring together. This will be as perfectly fulfilled as the words were fulfilled of him, what I told thee he would do at the first. But I came to destroy the works of the devil, and took man's nature upon »ie, to become flesh and blood, to dwell with men; then how could men simply suppose in that likeness I could destroy all the powers of hell, and chain down Satan to his den. Weak and simple are the judgments of men, thus simply to suppose! No, it is in the power and strength of the Spirit, that is above Satan, with saints and angels, and with martyrs who have suffered with ME, through his reign. For, as I was put to death for man, when I took man's nature upon Me; so have my followers been put to death for my sake; therefore men must deeply discern, that my coming is in vengeance, to take vengeance of my adversary, and the adversary of my friends and followers. But how could this be done in the flesh, for Me to be exalted by men, to be looked upon then as a Prince and a Saviour, and to be exalted then by mankind, that the enemy had worked no way in men to come against Me? Then I ask them what day of vengeance could be in my heart, either against men or devils? Neither could I come in vengeance for my own death only ; because it was a voluntary act of my own, to take man's nature upon ME, to dwell with men, and be a judge of their suffering, their nature, and their temptations, which I had power to resist; and therefore I could not take vengeance for myself) if mv friends and followers had not suffered lik««