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iquity of us all and I believe that Jesus put away those sins by the sacrifice of himself, and that, therefore, as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation, even so, by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men to justification of life; for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
Secondly, You would know if I conceive of any probationary state beyond the grave ?
I know not of any knowledge or devise in the grave, nor do I see any necessity for trial, either here or hereafter. God cannot stand in need of any trial to determine our characters; all things are unveiled before him, and with him there is neither past nor future, but one enduring, never-ending, eternal now. Well doth God know the individuals of the human race; he knows that the thoughts and imaginations of our hearts are evil, and only evil continually; and they would thus continue to all eternity, if the word of God were not engaged to take away the veil, and destroy the face of the covering cast over all people. Isaiah xxv. 6, 7, 8.
But what the Father of spirits will do with those who go out of the body without being made acquainted with the things that make for their peace, what will be the situation of such spirits, in a state of separation, until their reunion with their bodies, is not for me to determine. I think it possible to bring individuals acquainted with the truth while absent from the body, else I could have no reasonable hope that any infant could immediately be rendered happy. God, in his most holy word hath given us assurance, that every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess, to the glory of the Father; and as the name Jesus is literally Saviour, what is it, but that all shall confess him their Saviour, to the glory of the Father? But we do not see all men confess Jesus here, for all men have not faith, nor can they, until God shall graciously vouchsafe to bestow this blessing, for faith is the gift of God. Secret things belong to God, but things revealed, to us and our children. It is very plainly revealed, that Jesus is the Saviour of all men and that he gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. But, perhaps, it is not so clearly revealed, when this due time will be. To confess the truth, I find it sufficient for me to consider every creature in the hand of God, whether in or out of the body. I can have no idea of any one making atonement
for their own sins here or hereafter, by any thing they can do or suffer. Jesus is a complete Saviour, or he is no Saviour at all.
Thirdly, You inquire, if I view the redemption wrought out by Christ Jesus, as extending to every creature, or only to man?
By every creature, I suppose you mean to ask, if my views of the great redemption include the fallen angels. I do not aim at being wise above what is written. The scriptures say, when Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost, he passed by the nature of angels, and took upon him the seed of Abraham. It was the likeness of sinful flesh, which he took upon him. It was the sins of the creatures, represented by the figure of sheep, which were laid upon Jesus, and which he put away, and not the sins of the creatures, exhibited by the figure, goats. The devils, therefore, believe, but they tremble while they believe, for while they know Christ Jesus is the Saviour of all men, they do not know that he is their Saviour; on the contrary, they believe, they themselves are reserved in chains of darkness, unto the judgment of the great day; and the sacred testimony informs, as many as will hear, that they, these fallen angels, shall then be bid to depart, as cursed, into that fire, which was prepared for them.
It appears to me, "that the proper study of mankind is man."
Thus, Sir, I have, with great freedom, answered each of your questions, nor do I avail myself of your proposed conditions. I lay no injunctions; I have no secrets in religion. Should your friends object to the language I have made use of, in answering the proposed questions, I pray you to inform them, it was purposely selected, and for two reasons; first, because there is no Janguage I so much admire, as scripture language; and, secondly, because I can adopt no other mode of expression, which so well delineates my sentiments.
I shall always be happy to learn, you remember me with any degree of pleasure, and if it will be the smallest gratification to you, be assured, you will always bear a considerable place in my memory, and that, as long as you will permit, I shall take pleasure in regarding you as the friend of, &c. &c.
THIS is the Lord's doings, and therefore justly marvellous in our eyes. God, our God, bringeth good out of evil, and thus glory belongeth unto his name, forever and ever. Yea, verily, the Lord is good, and doeth good in the heavens above, and in the earth beneath. It is his nature and property, nor will he ever suffer any thing to turn up, either in time or eternity, that will not, in some sort, contribute to his own glory, and to the good of those creatures, whom he hath called into being. If he should thus conduct, then would he be divided against himself. If he were not able to prevent what would finally tend to his dishonour, then he would not be almighty. If he could prevent irremediable and never-ending evil, and would not, then he would not be all-gracious. But the fact is, he is all-wise, all-powerful, all-just, all-merciful, and all-gracious; and it is therefore that he does all things well.
By the first paragraph in your kind letter, I am naturally led to these, and many similar reflections. Great and luminous is the glory, which shines forth in the passage to which you advert. Daniel ii. 34. 35.
A stone The redeemed are called stones. This stone, which was cut out of the mountain, says, I am the life of the world. Hence, the redeemed are called living stones, for "because I live, said the first and the last, the foundation and the top stone, because I live, ye shall live also."
But this stone was cut out of the mountain without hands. It was taken from the mountain; one chosen out of the people, partaking of the same nature and character of the mountain, from whence he was cut, but, without hands. Not of works, lest any man should boast, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord.
This stone smote the image of mixt materials, and brake it in pieces. This image was the production of much labour and expense, and was worshipped with great devotion. It filled the hearts
of that part of human earth, where it was set up. But what must become of the earth when the image is demolished? The stone will take up its place, not there only, but it will fill the whole earth. The stone will become a mountain, and in this mountain will the hand of the Lord rest, as it did on the seventh day, when he saw the creation complete. And in this mountain will the Lord of hosts make a feast of fat things, unto all people, and in this mountain will the face of the covering be destroyed, and all nations shall flow into it, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Amen Hallelujah-And all people shall serve him. It was for this, that he endured the cross, and he shall have the crown, for his kingdom shall never be destroyed, nor be given unto another. Thine, O God, is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever, amen, and amen.
Yes, my friend, my Christian friend and brother, this King is made unto his kingdom wisdom, therefore his people shall not die for lack of knowledge. No, assuredly, for by his knowledge, shall the righteous servant of God, and the glorious King of all the earth, justify many; and it is therefore that in his address to the divine nature or Father, on behalf of the world, that we hear him say, The world knoweth thee not, but I know thee. Yes, the great King of this great kingdom is made of God unto them righteousness, because the unrighteous could not inherit eternal life. He is made of God unto them sanctification. Why? Because without holiness no man can see the Lord, and as the members of this kingdom had sold themselves for nought, that they may be redeemed without money, their King is made of God unto them redemption; and as God is of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, the blood of Jesus cleanseth from all sin, and that their iniquities, when sought for, may not be found; the Lord laid upon him the iniquities of us all. And as the human family are thus saved, and with an everlasting salvation, that they may dwell forever and ever, with their immaculate Head and King, this Head and King will, in the fulness of time, burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire, and gather his wheat into his garner.
Please to present my respectful regards to your amiable lady, and to every one among your connexions, who feel a friendly attachment to, dear Sir, your much obliged and truly grateful, &c. &c.
To Mr. R. city of London, Great Britain.
ALTHOUGH years have elapsed since I saw you in London, and I have not, until now, recognized your name among my corresponding friends, yet I adopt an old adage, and say, it is better late than never. If I had not so high an opinion of you, I would, while the pen is in my hand, cast a retrospective eye, and retrace my steps, even from my leaving this continent until my return. Such, and so many have been the events, which have succeeded each other, and such a variety did my journey embrace, that I think, a person of your benevolent disposition, and happy turn of mind, must, of necessity, derive pleasure from the recital.
I must, however, inform you, that although I left this country, suffering from the strong hand of power, my enemies (for I have many) rejoicing that they had gained their point, and driven me hence, to return no more forever, and although my friends (for I have many) were greatly dejected by the fear of what my enemies hoped, yet, through the good will of Him, who dwelt in the bush, I returned here in peace and safety, wafted hither by the great and effectual power of a yet stronger arm, than that by which I had been made to fly; and protected by the goodness of my God, I once more landed on these late-found shores, in peace and safety.
The petition I addressed to the Legislative Body of this State, accompanied by another from my suffering brethren, produced an instantaneous effect in my favour. A gracious attention was paid to our combined petitions; an immediate resolve of every branch of the Legislature of this Commonwealth ensued, by which, I was in future placed beyond the power of my malignant adversaries, so that I have ever since sat under my own vine and fig tree, none daring to make me afraid. Indeed, I have been the happy instrument, of which, the God of peace and mercy has made use, to give a death wound to that hydra, parochial persecution. Persons now, under the denomination of independents, who believe, and bear witness to the truth, as it is in Jesus, are endowed with every VOL. II.