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sonally existing in the true and proper Nature 6 of Man, a human Body and Soul in Heaven, is without them and all other Men, is to come a

gain outwardly, in his Human visible Glorined

Body, in great Glory at the End of the World, i to judge the Quick and the Dead ?' That Christs (u) coming to Judgment, shall be in his Glorified Body without us, is acknowledged by the Quakers ; when the Vicar shall have shewn them, that the Holy Scriptures call Christ's Glorified Body Human, they may put that Epithet to it ; but till then, they think themselves as justifiable in omitting that Term, as he is in using it.

His Quotations pag. 240. from G. Whitehead, and Benjamin Coolė, are not justly produced.

The former, in his Nature of Christianity, p. 29. has indeed these Words, Dost thou look for Christ as the Son of Mary, to appear out

wardly in a Bodily Existence, to save thee, according to thy Words, p. 30 ? If thou dost, thou mayst look until thy Eyes drop out, before thou wilt see such an Appearance of him.'

These laft Words plainly relate to such an Appearance of Christ, as G.W's Opponent had Ipoken of in the Place referr'd to ; but what that Expression was, we know not, Gnce G. W. does not seem to have fully recited him. If theVicar has that Adversary's Book, which we have not, he might have set this Matter in a plain Light ; if not, he should have forborn determining any Thing about it.

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(1) R. C's Melius inquirendum, p. 178

The latter, viz. B. Coole, he misrepresents, as querying where he does not ; his Words taken together, as in his Honesty the truest Pollcy, p. 106. are very

sound ; for, he treating in that Place of the Creed commonly called the Apostles, and shewing the Quakers Belief thereof, when he comes to these Words, And from thence he shall come to judge both quick and Dead, says thus, • From thence he shall come, implies he shall leave 'that Glory with which he is glorified with the • Father. Now if it be intended only, that there • is a Day appointed, wherein he shall come in Power and great Glory to judge both Quick and Dead according to their Works, we subscribe to that • also ; it being more consonant to the Holy Scriptures Testimony so to believe and say.'

The other Question which he pretends to bring p. 240. from a Book call's Defence of the true Church, p. 29. we can say nothing to, not knowing. who was the Author of that Book, nor where to find it.

Such of our Opponent's Queries p: 242, 243, 244. as he only puts the Letters W. P. or G. F. to, it cannot be expected we should search all the Works of those Authors, to find what he

produces neither Book nor Page for. But seeing we find the Substance of them, and whatever else he has advanced in this Section, respecting either the Kingdom of Heaven being within, or the Locality of Heaven and Hell, compriz'd in the following Questions, viz.

1: WHAT, and where is that Heaven, in 6 which its said God doth dwell? Is it above the

Firmament, or must a Creature wait to know < it manifest in him, and not otherwise ?

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2. WHAT is Hell? And where is it? Is it ca certain local Place? Or that, which thro'

the Creatures Disobedience, is manitested in Ġ

him; and that there is no other?

We shall transcribe the following Answers to them, given by a Learned Quaker,

To the former Query he says,

(x) 'Heaven is the highest Place in either outward and local, or inward and spiritual Situation, and therefore it is called oupar o ; the Heaven in which it is said God dwells, is neither only above the Firmament, nor only under the Firmament, but both above and below it, and even every where, where he manifests himself in his Love and Mercy, Goodness,

Grace and Glory; and as he dwells in no Place, < so as to be any where, (circumscriptively) includ

ed ; so in every Place he is, so as to be no where < at all excluded. So that if ye ask whether it is « above the Firmament only, and not otherwise ?

I say, No; for it is also under the Firmament, į or else the Son of Man could not have been tru<ly said to be in Heaven (as he is John ili.) in - that self same Juncture of Time, wherein he

was standing Bodily, and speaking to Nicodemus s here on Earth: Neither could the Beast be faid

(as he is Rev. xiii.) to blaspheme the Saints that • dwell in Heaven, if they were not in Heaven,

whilft here on Earth for even he and his Worshippers (Taperstitiously) adore whatever chey deem to be above the Skies, and blafpheme it not. Likewise the Apostles dwelling

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(x) S. Fisher's Works, D. 851

(Politouma) was in Heaven, Phil. iii. whilft

they were bodily here on Earth. Therefore < Heaven is as well under as above the Firma

ment; yea it is in very deed in his People's • Hearts, in every humble, broken and contrite


And whereas ye ask, Whether a Creature · must wait to know it in himself only, and not other

wise? I say, not so neither ; for Heaven shall • be manifest, and known not only inwardly in • their Hearts, who wait for it ; but outwardly « also, to such as wait not for it within them< selves (as Lazarus in Abraham's Bofom was to • the rich Man's Sight afar off) so far only as shall • tend to the Aggravation of their Anguish, who « shall see themselves shut out everlastingly from

sharing in it. To conclude, the Heaven which • is God's Throne, God's House, God's Taber« nacle, and the Place of his Rest; where no

Lion, nor any ravenous Beast shall be; where ( no Liar, nor unclean one that works Abo< mination, hath any Place ; where none of the · proud, prying, vulturous Eyes, can pierce far

enough to discern the Glory of it; where no haughty Fowls of the Air, that are lifted

up « with the windy Wings of their own lofty Noti« ons; no high climbing Capernaites, nor Thieves • and Robbers, that are flying about aloft above < the Door, which is the Light within, can ever « soar high enough to enter, is not only that • high Place locally situated above the Skies, « but that high and holy Place also, of a low and < humble Heart, and a broken and a contrite

Spirit that trembles at his Word; there he de- lights to manifest himself, who is the High and

Lofty One, who inhabiteth Eternity, and to make his Abode, even in them who are meek

cand 6) Ibid. p.852.

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• and lowly, who dwell on high with him in the · Hill which he hath chofen, whose Hill is the

highest above all the Hills, whose Jerusalem is · his Throne, when all the Earth besides it, that

are Foes to him and it, must be as the Foot< stool, and as no more than Ashes under the · Soles of their Feet; the Mountain of whose · House is now establishing on the Top of the • Mountains, & exalting it self above all the Hills, • so that all Nations shall go up unto it; while

the Proud and Lofty dwell down below in a

low Place : The Way of Life is above, where • the Upright walk, who are to have Dominion i over the Wicked (in the Morning that is ap* pearing) who dwell in Hell which is beneath,

and lie in the Grave and in the Dust of the Earth, where Death gnaweth upon their En

trails, and feedeth upon them as his Prey, To the latter he replies,

(y) · Hell is the Valley of Jehofhaphat, i.e. of the Lord's Judgment, (as the Word is in English) where with Fire and his Sword he plead. (eth with all Flesh, where he easeth himielf of • his Adversaries, and maketh his Indignation • known to his Enemles, whither the Lord comes ' with a Whirlwind, to render his Anger with 4 Fury, and his Rebukes with Flames of Fire; < where the Worm that eats in the Entrails of the • Wicked never dies, and the Fire is never to be ' quenched; the Place that is ordained of old by ¢ the Lord, yea for the King it is prepared, i. é. < for the Devil and his Angels, the King of all

the devouring crowned Locusts, which come

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