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and upon that Suppofition, let any Man tell us, what the Laity are the better for the Scriptures?
HE Queries p. 249. Are not the Quakers unjustly charged with the Allegorizing away Chrift's outward Birth, Death and Sufferings, Atonement and Reconciliation made for them, and his Refurrection and Afcenfion and Glo⚫rification as without them, according to the Scripture, as if only tranfacted within them." To which he answers, They are not charged ⚫ with the denying that the Man Jefus Christ was outwardly born, died and Rofe again accordto the Scripture.' Now if they deny not that the Man Chrift Jefus was outwardly born, died, and Rofe again according to the Scripture, it inuft neceffarily follow that they do not Allegorize away his outward Birth, Death and Refurrection. The Vicar's own Inftance of Hagar and Sarah, who were two real Women, yet were declared by the Apostle Paul to be an Allegory of the two Covenants, fhews that an Allegorical Signification may be fairly drawn from that which is not allegorized away; unlefs he will fuppofe that the Apoftle did not believe Hagar and Sarah to have been two real Women. So that the Inftances he brings out of the Quakers Writings p. 250. fuppofing they had been fairly cited, (which yet that (b) feveral of them are not we havebefore fhewn) importing that whatChrift did
(b)Particularly FobnWhitehouse, whom he quotes Doctrine of Perfection p. 19. faying, That when they come to know this, (to wit, the Operation of Chrift in them,) they will cease to Remember his Death at Ferufalem..
and fuffered without us, had a Myfterious and Allegorical Meaning and Interpretation as well as a Literal, plainly evince that they own the Literal Senfe as well asthe Allegorical, and are therefore unjustly charged with Allegorizing it away. William Penn, is exceeding plain upon this Head, (c) Left any fhould fay we are Equivocal in our Expreffions, and Allegorize away Christ's Appearance in the Flefh, meaning only thereby our own Flesh, and that as often 6 as we mention him, we mean only a Myftery or a Mystical Senfe of him, be it as to his coming, Birth, Miracles, Sufferings, Death Refurrection, Afcenfion, Mediation and Judgment; I would yet add, to preferve the well difpofed from being ftaggered by fuch fuggeftions and to reform and reclaim fuch as are under the Power and Prejudice of them, That, we do, we blefs God, religiously believe and confefs to the Glory of God the Father, and the Ho⚫nour of his dear and beloved Son, that Jesus
But had he done that Writer Juftice, he must have obferved, that he was then writing an Answer to an Objection concerning Chrift's Righteousness without them, being imputed to Men yet continuing wicked: And what he intends by the Words cited is plainly declared but a few Lines after by himself in these Words, And this verily I fay unto you, except you know his Crucifixion, and Refurrection nearer you than Ferufalem, even in you, and a rifing with him out of the Grave of Sin and Death, and a living to God in a Spirit of Holiness which fets free from Sin, all your Talking of his dying for your Sin, and arifing for your Juftification, while you have lived in finning againft his Light in your Confciences, • will never Profit you any Thing.
(c) W. P's Works vol. 2. p. 869.
Christ took our Nature upon him, and was like • unto us in all Things, Sin excepted; That he was • born of the Virgin Mary, fuffered under Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governour, was crucified dead, and buried, in the Sepulchre of Jofeph of Arimathea; Rofe again the third Day and afcended into Heaven, and fits on the Right Hand of God, in the Power and Majefty of his Father, • who will one Day Judge the World by him, even • that bleffed Man Chrift Jefus, according to their •Works.'
THIS is one of those plain and exprefs Teftimonies, (abundance of which are to be met with in the Quakers Writings) to their real belief of the Outward Birth, Sufferings, Crucifixion, Death, Burial, Refurrection, Afcenfion and Glorification of Chrift, and of his coming to Judge the World, expreft in the most plain Terms, the Senfe of which is fo very evident as to need no Interpretation, feeing an unprejudiced Perfon can have no doubt of their true Import and Meaning.
IF then the Writings of the Quakers do (d) abundantly manifeft their firm belief of the Man Chrift Jefus, and of his Outward Birth, Paffion. Bloodfbed, Refurrection and Afcenfion, Atonement and Reconciliation for us, without us, and his Glorification without us, in the plain Literal Senfe of the Scripture, then are they unjustly charged with allegorizing them away. Will not the Vicar himself admit, that Chrift's Outward Miracles.
(d) See a Collection of Teftimonies entituled a Cloud of Witnesses, lately publifh'd on Occafion of the Reflections of the Bishop of Litchfield and Coventry.
cles did in fome Senfe figuratively denote or typify the fanctifying Operations of his Spirit, for the Purifying and Cleansing the Hearts of the Faithful? does he not exprefly acknowledge, p. 251. That the true knowledge of the Power and Effect of his Reconciliation, and Fellowfhip of his Sufferings, and our being conformable to his Death, must be experienced by us within us, if ever we live and reign within him.' In which we agree with him, as alfo. faying p. 212. That all this was the Pur
chafe of what was outwardly transacted by him • wholly without us, as the Meritorious Immediate Cause thereof, though it is applied to us, by what is inwardly tranfacted by him, by his Spirit, and its fanctifying Operations within us, which he also purchafed for us, by the Merit ⚫ of what was tranfacted by him outwardly with
out us.' Yet we do not thereby intend to affert, that the Work of the Spirit of Chrift in us, is in no fenfe Meritorious, fince 'tis that without which no Man fhall be faved; for as R. Claridge well obferves (c) A Man may believe all the Articles of the Creed, all that Chrift hath done or fuffered, without him; but what will this avail, if he know not the Work of Sanctification by the Spirit of Chrift within him? But when a Man comes to receive Chrift in his inward and fpiritual Appearance, and to < know him to be his Saviour, by faving of him from his Sins, and fanctifying of him by his Holy Spirit, then how comfortable are thofe Doctrines recorded in Scripture respecting • Chrift's outward Appearance? For then a Man comes to the fulfilling of Scripture in
(c) Melius Inquirendum. p. 217.
his Measure, and to a Tafte and Experience of thofe Truths which he had before but by Report or Hear-fay.
THE Only Foundation we have to build upon for Acceptance with God to eternal Salvation, is Jefus Chrift; (d) but as one rightly obferves on Col. i. 26. Chrift in you the Hope of Glory. 'Tis not by reafon of what Chrift has done for you, without you, that you have any grounds of Hope: All the Acts of Christ's Mediation faith he, must be acted over again in us. His Birth or Conception. Gal iv. 19. His Death Rom. vi. 4. His Refurrection, Col. iii. 1. His Afcenfion. Eph. ii, 6. His Interceffion, Rom:
' viii. 26.
FOR all, faith Arch-bishop Tillotson, that he (viz. Chrift) hath done for us without us, will avail us nothing, unlefs we be inwardly transformed and renewed in the Spirit of our Minds.
THEVicar tells us, p. 253. that Tho' the Anci⚫ents, of whom he Names only Augustin, indulg'd themselves too much in allegorizing, and carried their Allegories fometimes too far, yet they never carried them fo far as the Quakers, and fome other Allegorifts and Enthufiafts, who have made fo many outward Things mentioned in Scripture to be internal Things.'
WHAT other Allegorifts and Enthusiasts, as he calls 'em, have done, is nothing to the Quakers, who
(d) Clark's Annotations on the New Teftament. (e) Sermon 4. concerning the Incarnation of our blessed Saviour. p. 217. Edit. 1693.