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'fonally exifting in the true and proper Nature of Man, a human Body and Soul in Heaven, without them and all other Men, is to come again outwardly, in his Human viflble Glorified Body, in great Glory at the End of the World, to judge the Quick and the Dead?' That Chrifts (u) coming to Judgment, shall be in his Glorified Body without us, is acknowledged by the Quakers; when the Vicar fhall have fhewn them, that the Holy Scriptures call Chrift'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 ufing it.
HIS Quotations pag. 240. from G. Whitehead, and Benjamin Coole, are not justly produced.
THE former, in his Nature of Christianity, p. 29. has indeed thefe Words, Doft thou look
for Chrift as the Son of Mary, to appear outwardly in a Bodily Existence, to fave thee, according to thy Words, p. 30? If thou dost, thou mayft look until thy Eyes drop out, before ⚫ thou wilt fee fuch an Appearance of him.'
THESE laft Words plainly relate to fuch an Appearance of Christ, as G. W's Opponent had fpoken of in the Place referr'd to; but what that Expreffion was, we know not, fince G. W. does not feem to have fully recited him. If theVicar has that Adverfary's Book, which we have not, he might have fet this Matter in a plain Light; if not, he should have forborn determining any Thing about it.
THE latter, viz. B. Coole, he mifreprefents, as querying where he does not; his Words taken together, as in his Honesty the trueft Polley, p. 106. are very found; for, he treating in that Place of the Creed commonly called the Apostles, and fhewing the Quakers Belief thereof, when he comes to thefe Words, And from thence he shall come to judge both quick and Dead, fays thus, • From thence he fhall come, implies he fhall 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 fubscribe to that alfo; it being more confonant to the Holy Scriptures Testimony fo to believe and say.'
THE other Question which he pretends to bring. p. 240. from a Book call'd Defence of the true Church, p. 29. we can fay 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 fhould fearch all the Works of thofe Authors, to find what he produces neither Book nor Page for. But feeing we find the Substance of them, and whatever elfe he has advanced in this Section, refpecting either the Kingdom of Heaven being within, or the Locality of Heaven and Hell, compriz'd in the following Questions, viz.
WHAT, and where is that Heaven, in which its faid God doth dwell? Is it above the Firmament, or muft a Creature wait to know it manifest in him, and not otherwise ?
2. WHAT is Hell? And where is it? Is it a certain local Place? Or that, which thro' the Creatures Difobedience, is manifested in ¿ him, and that there is no other?
WE fhall tranfcribe the following Anfwers to them, given by a Learned Quaker,
To the former Query he fays,
(x) HEAVEN is the highest Place in either outward and local, or inward and fpiritual Si-. tuation, and therefore it is called oupar; the Heaven in which it is faid God dwells, is neither only above the Firmament, nor only un<der the Firmament, but both above and below it, and even every where, where he manifefts himself in his Love and Mercy, Goodness, Grace and Glory; and as he dwells in no Place, fo as to be any where, (circumfcriptively) included; fo in every Place he is, fo as to be no where at all excluded. So that if ye afk whether it is above the Firmament only, and not otherwife? I fay, No; for it is alfo under the Firmament, <or elfe the Son of Man could not have been truly faid to be in Heaven (as he is John iii.) in that felf fame Juncture of Time, wherein he was ftanding Bodily, and fpeaking to Nicodemus < here on Earth: Neither could the Beast be faid (as he is Rev. xiii.) to blafpheme the Saints that dwell in Heaven, if they were not in Heaven, whilft here on Earth; for even he and his Worshippers (fuperftitiously) adore whatever they deem to be above the Skies, and blafpheme it not. Likewise the Apostles dwelling
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(xy S. Fisher's Works, p. 851.
"(Politeuma) was in Heaven, Phil. iii. whilft they were bodily here on Earth. Therefore Heaven is as well under as above the Firmament; yea it is in very deed in his People's Hearts, in every humble, broken and contrite Spirit.
AND whereas ye afk, Whether a Creature must wait to know it in himself only, and not otherwife? I fay, not fo neither; for Heaven fhall be manifeft, and known not only inwardly in ⚫ their Hearts, who wait for it; but outwardly
alfo, to fuch as wait not for it within them• felves (as Lazarus in Abraham's Bofom was to ⚫ the rich Man's Sight afar off) fo far only as fhall • tend to the Aggravation of their Anguish, who shall see themselves fhut out everlastingly from fharing in it. To conclude, the Heaven which • is God's Throne, God's House, God's Tabernacle, and the Place of his Reft; where no
Lion, nor any ravenous Beast fhall 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 difcern the Glory of it; where no haughty Fowls of the Air, that are lifted up with the windy Wings of their own lofty Notions; no high climbing Capernaites, nor Thieves and Robbers, that are flying about aloft above the Door, which is the Light within, can ever foar high enough to enter, is not only that high Place locally fituated above the Skies, • but that high and holy Place alfo, of a low and < humble Heart, and a broken and a contrite
Spirit that trembles at his Word; there he delights to manifeft himself, who is the High and Lofty One, who inhabiteth Eternity, and to • make his Abode, even in them who are meek
' and lowly, who dwell on high with him in the Hill which he hath chofen, whofe Hill is the highest above all the Hills, whofe Jerufalem is his Throne, when all the Earth befides it, that are Foes to him and it, must be as the Footftool, and as no more than Afhes under the < Soles of their Feet; the Mountain of whofe House is now establishing on the Top of the • Mountains, & exalting it felf above all the Hills, so that all Nations fhall 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 over the Wicked (in the Morning that is appearing) who dwell in Hell which is beneath, and lie in the Grave and in the Duft of the Earth, where Death gnaweth upon their Entrails, and feedeth upon them as his Prey.
To the latter he replies,
(y) HELL is the Valley of Jehoshaphat, i. e. of the Lord's Judgment, (as the Word is in English) where with Fire and his Sword he pleadeth with all Flesh, where he easeth himself of • his Adverfaries, and maketh his Indignation ⚫ known to his Enemles, whither the Lord comes ' with a Whirlwind, to render his Anger with 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. e. ⚫ for the Devil and his Angels, the King of all the devouring crowned Locufts, which come A a 3
(y) Ibid. p. 852.