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therefore who are, at this day, exercising themselves in the imitations of these things, with their own additions, diminutions, and alterations thereof, are only showing forth his death until now; whereby they are bearing witness against themselves, that they are not yet come to know Him as the Resurrection and Life, by his manifestation in them; that He is not yet revealed in them; that they are yet dead unto the sense of the life of the Word of God, and alienated therefrom, through the ignorance that is in them; and that Christ is yet crucified in their hearts, they being contented with a hear-say of Him. Professing to serve Him in eating, drinking, touching, tasting, and handling ; in shows, in imperfect imitations of some outward and typical shadows, once in use in their proper dispensations of time, place, and people, they yet deny or neglect the great everlasting command and ordinance of love : Love one another; love your enemies; do good to them that hate you ; be perfect : by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,

love one another.' And how little Christendom, falsly so called, hath been in the practice of these things, the heathen world have beheld ; and it has been to them a cause of stumbling.

“1 am the bread of Life,” said the Lord Jesus Christ, “the Living Bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live

And the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. My flesh is meat

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indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him.' Then said the hearers : “How can this man give us his flesh to eat!' Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said : “ This is a hard saying who can hear it?' And to explain his sayings, He added : It is the Spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing : The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are Life.'

66 Yet from that time many of his disciples went back and walked no more with Him: And eyen the twelve apostles themselves seem to have been ready to stagger at his doctrine, so far above the natural capacity of mankind and of the hearers at that time, as appears by his question to the apostles in private : “Will ye also go away?' When Peter, recounting their experience, replied: “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of Eternal Life.'

“As elsewhere written : "It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; but to them it is not given ;' even so is it at this day : It is given unto those who are awakened out of sleep, to walk in the light, and in the day of God, where there is no night nor shadow, and to be fed with this Living Bread and Everlasting Substance; but those who are asleep and dreaming, as in the night, that they are eating and drinking, and are satisfied; when they awake in the morning, shall be an hungred: and then shall they know that they have been deluded with an empty dream ; that the real bread is wanting

unto them; and that the true wipe of the kingdom they have not tasted.

66. It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing :' This saying of Christ was immediately after speaking of Himself, and the partaking of his flesh and blood as meat and drink indeed. The flesh or body of Christ, is also called the veil; and seeing that the partaking of this veil profiteth nothing, much less, I think, can, any shadow or representation of it profit. And notwithstanding the use of any shadows or signs-visible in the Church of Christ, after his descending upon them in Spirit, we find the true supper and Divine Substance explained ; and the way to obtain it directed to, by the Spirit of Christ, after his glorification in heaven; and of which we are, at this day made partakers, through the infinite mercy of the Father in Him; without the ase of any ceremony, sign, or shadow ; or of any other means than those of his own directing, that is to say : As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore and repent. Behold! I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and be with Me. Here the love of God is the first moving cause, and is seen in the rebukes and chastisements of his Holy Spirit in the hearts and minds of mankind ; and we ought to show our zeal and love to Him, by a free and hearty repentance, and forsaking of those things we are reproved for. He will then stand at the door of such a heart, and call more plainly and powerfully there; and knock by


the hammer of his holy Word, which breaketh the rock in pieces. And whosoever shall hear, believe, and obey this voice, and shall open his heart and door, and let in this Divine Guest, shall sit with Him at his heavenly table, and eat of his holy supper, the true bread which comes down day by day from heaven; and shall drink of the new wine of his kingdom, even now in this present world; where their peace shall flow as a river, and their joy in Him and the Father, as a mighty stream: they shall eat of the hidden manna, and of the fruit of the Tree of Life, which grows in the midst of the paradise of God; and live with and in Him who was dead, who died for them, and who liveth for evermore.

“And in all humility and honour to the sacred Name of the Lord be it confessed, I am often made partaker of this supper, with many brethren and sisters, children of one Father, without the use of these means thou talkest of; for Christ is the Wisdom of God, and the Power of God, and is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption; and by Him, the Heavenly Substance, we are led and directed, and redeemed out of all shadows, types, and figures, to serve God in newness of life.

“ Now observe--every type or shadow once instituted, remained as an obligation and in force until Christ, who is the Antitype and Substance of all types and shadows, became that thing to man, which the type did typify or signify: as, when Christ was offered upon the cross, the Jewish offerings were ended; when He became the High Priest of the soul, the Jewish

high priest's office was fully ended, &c. Even so the paschal lamb, and the breaking of bread and drinking of wine at that feast, as part of it, were fully ended, when the true paschal Lamb, upon whom the saints and saved of the Lord were to feed, was fully come, so as actually and spiritually to become meat and drink to their enlivened souls. And in like manner also, so soon as the heavenly body of the Lord Jesus became, experimentally, that bread of life wbich came down from heaven, and his blood that new wine of the kingdom, unto the sanctified and redeemed in that day, the breaking of bread outward, and drinking of wine, fully came to an end, as to any obligation that was on any to retain the practice of it, any more than washing the feet one of another, also a Jewish rite, and a thing not less, but rather much more positively commanded, and with great: solemnity; and which nevertheless, hath been little in use in the Church of Christ.

“ Great hath been the apostacy of mankind from the Heavenly Substance, and even from the shadow also ; and all has become unto them as one shadow, as the dark night and shadow of the earth: and great idolatry hath been committed, by the professors of the Name of the Lord Jesus, therein and thereby. Aod, even at this day, great is the apostacy from the true Substance; superstition reigning in the imitation of this shadow, whilst the living Substance is still neglected and decried.

“I bought the Lord in this ordinance, as thou mistakingly calls it, yet found Him not therein ; but,

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