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16; in both of which passages the figure is repeated *. These observations should teach us to beware of building a doctrine upon a single figurative expression.

Again, Mrs. M. observed, “ You will remark there is to be ANOTHER Comforter.” This I now find was a very artful answer to my having reminded her of the passage, John, xiv. 26, “ But the Comforter, who is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send unto you, he shall teach you all things.” But attend to the sixteenth verse of the same chapter, to which she went back to find the words of her answer. Our Saviour speaks to his Apostles, “ But I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Comforter, &c.” He himself, being about to be crucified, was the one Comforter, of whoin they were speedily to be deprived ; and the other Comforter, ver. 16, even the Spirit of Truth, ver. 17, is the Holy Ghost himself; ver. 26, who should instruct the Apostles more amply in divine truth, than they had been able to bear during the lifetime of the Saviour.

But at all events, the phrase, “ another Com

* The verse immediately succeeding, speaks of the rod and branch as one and the same : “ The Spirit shall rest upon HIM.” If Christ and Shiloh were different persons, this word would evidently be “ Them." Christ's dwelling at Nazareth fulfils this prophecy in his person; for Netzer signifies “a' branch :" and also that of Job, vii. 29, Notzer being “ preserver."

forter,” would not have altered the blasphemy of Joanna Southcott's account of her expected son's for she talks of him as the Comforter ; The Spirit of Truth, who has promised to guide men into all truth *. ... Lastly, my opponent urged the passage, 1 Peter, i. 13, where a grace is spoken of, - to be brought at the revelation of Jesus Christ :"-" Hence,” said she, “ as Saint Peter wrote after the death of Christ, it is plain that another revelation is to be expected.” Now, the Greek happens to be, eta thy Os poużyny yapiy sy OTTOHO Avilés, &c. i. e. the grace that is BROUGHT to you, in or by the revelation of Jesus Christ up.

* See Fifth Book of Wonders, p. 54, 55; and Fourth Book; p. 33 and 39.

† In consequence of this conversation, Mrs. M. on going home, wrote down the chief arguments with which she bad been staggered, and submitted them to Mr.

W o ll, a respecto able surgeon at Highgate, who has unhappily suffered his mind to be perverted by the new delusion. Her application led 'to an interview betwixt Mr. W. and myself; but though I found him well versed in Scripture, and prepared to give something resembling a reason for bis hope, his reasons were nothing better than specious fallacies. As nearly as I can recollect, the substance of our dialogue was as follows. With respect to the 144,000 Jews, he argued, that in consequence of intermarriages between Jews and Gentiles, many persons would shortly be found to belong to the twelve tribes, who imagined themselves aliens from the seed of Abraham. I replied, that the ex planation would by no means answer the objection ; since, in the passage of Revelations, the 144,000 were unequivocal Jews, of uncontaminated blood; being set in opposition to a VOL. II.

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First, as to their nonsense. We are told in the seventh chapter of the Apocalypse, that 144,000 out of the several tribes of Israel, were

who are not saved. If salvation may be attained without seal. ing, and sealing does not ensure salvation, I cannot see very well what your seals are good for."-" They will ensure to the sealed people the reign of the saints on earth : they are obedient sons; a father may love two sons, and yet may evince 3 fonder affection towards the child who fully obeys him." " True; if that obedience be required to a moral commande ment; but not if the son's understanding cannot be satisfied that the injunction or proposition actually issued from the father." -“What do you conceive meant by the leopard lying down with the lamb, and a little child leading them?”—“A figura. tive espression, denoting the cessation of wars and animosities."~" It is partly literal, signifying the mitigation of the savage ferocity of animals; and partly figurative, intimating the concord of nations, and their being ruled over by the child TO BE BORN."-" If it be literal, it signifies no particular child, but a child, any child, to describe the harmlessness of the animals. If it be figurative, it is all figurative : if the Jeopard and lamb denote kingdoms, the child is but a heightening of the metaphor."-" There has hitherto been no mani: festation of the Holy Ghost personally: how could you convince a Jew, or unbeliever, as to the truth of the Athanasian doctrines?"-"I would turn to the story of Ananias and Sapphira, “Thou hast lied unto the Holy Ghost;' and in the next verse, · Thou hast lied unto God.'” ' But the Holy Ghost has never been manifested in a separate form or charac: ter, as the second Person was in Christ."--" He was separately manifested at the baptism of Christ : he hovered as a dove over the second Person, while the first Person cried, "This is 'my beloved Son;' [neither was this the mere power or agency of the Father : the Spirit maketh intercession for us' (Rom. yiii. 26): an INTERCESSOR supposes two, as a mediator does."

COMMONWEALTH. 483 instances of the nonsense, blasphemy, and artifice, contained in the writings of “our spiritual mother."

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generation should not pass away before the day of judgment.”

" It is very clear that St. Peter did not: he reproved this very impatience : 'a thousand years are with the Lord as one • day.' It is presumptuous, it is unscriptural, to affirm that the Apostles were deceived. St. Paul on one occasion says, “I * speak as a man.' Is not this an express reference to all his other communications as inspired? The passages you allude to, “Some here shall not taste of death, &c. and, “This ge• neration shall not pass away, &c.' were set down by the Evangelists as words spoken by Christ. They give no comment: we ought not to pronounce that they thought of the phrases otherwise than as referring, one to the resurrection, and the other to the destruction of Jerusalem.”—" Joanna Southcott's works require deep study.”—“ I have read a considerable number of them: to-day I read this passage, As by the disobedience of the woman Paradise was lost ; so by

the perfect obedience of the woman must it be regained.' I confess to you, Mr. W. I shuddered while I read such words."

" That is because your eyes are not yet opened."~" Again; one of the passages on which this woman rests her power of sealing, is Ephes. iv. 30, “Grieve not the Spirit of God, ' whereby ye are sealed, &c. She has begun to seal in the nineteenth century. We read not of that work as ever carried on before: yet these Ephesians, nearly 1800 years ago, are told that they are ALREADY sealed.”—“There is a literal and a figurative sealing."-" At this rate you may make the Scriptures say any thing. If there be a figurative or spiritual sealing, and it is sufficient, why should there be any literal one :"-" We are believers in universal redemption : many may be saved who are not sealed; but they will not inherit the millennium."-"I find likewise, that many may be sealed

First, as to their nonsense. We are told in the seventh chapter of the Apocalypse, that 144,000 out of the several tribes of Israel, were

who are not saved. If salvation may be attained without seal. ing, and sealing does not ensure salvation, I cannot see very well what your seals are good for."-" They will ensure to the sealed people the reign of the saints on earth : they are obedient sons; a father may love two sons, and yet may evince a fonder affection towards the child who fully obeys him."“ True; if that obedience be required to a moral commandment; but not if the son's understanding cannot be satisfied that the injunction or proposition actually issued from the father." - What do you conceive meant by the leopard lying down with the lamb, and a little child leading them ?"_" A figura. tive expression, denoting the cessation of wars and animosities.”—" It is partly literal, signifying the mitigation of the savage ferocity of animals; and partly figurative, intimating the concord of nations, and their being ruled over by the child TO BE BORN."-" If it be literal, it signifies no particular child, but a child, any child, to describe the harmlessness of the animals. If it be figurative, it is all figurative : if the leopard and lamb denote kingdoms, the child is but a heightening of the metaphor."-" There has hitherto been no mani: festation of the Holy Ghost personally: how could you cos. vivce a Jew, or unbeliever, as to the truth of the Athanasian doctrines ?"-" I would turn to the story of Ananias and Sapphira, · Thou hast lied unto the Holy Ghost;' and in the next verse, · Thou hast lied unto God.'"" But the Holy Ghost has never been manifested in a separate form or charac: ter, as the second Person was in Christ."-" He was separately manifested at the baptism of Christ: he hovered as a dove over the second Person, while the first Person cried, - This is 'my beloved Son;' [neither was this the mere power or agency of the Father: the Spirit maketh intercession for us' (Rom. yiii. 26): an INTERCESSOR supposes two, as a mediator does."

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