Quaker First Love

Gooses, the 14th of the 2d month, 1690

All friends every-where, that are alive to God thro’ Jesus Christ, and are living members of Christ the holy head; be still, and stand still in the Lord’s camp of holiness and righteousness, and therein see the salvation of God, and your eternal life, rest, and peace. In it you may feel and see the Lord’s power is over all; and how the Lord is at work in his power, ruling the nations with his rod of iron, and breaking (in the nations) the old leaky vessels and cisterns to pieces, like the potter’s vessels, that will not hold his living water of life, who are erred from the Spirit. But blessed be the Lord God of heaven and earth, who by his eternal arm and power hath settled all his people upon the living, holy rock and foundation, that stands sure; whom he hath drawn by his Spirit to his Son, and gathered into the name of Jesus Christ, his only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth; who hath all power in heaven and earth given to him. Whose name is above every name under the whole heaven, and all his living members know there is no salvation given by any other name under the whole heaven, but by the name of Jesus; and he, their salvation and their living head, is felt in the midst of them in his light, life, spirit, grace, and truth, and his word of patience, wisdom, and power: who is his people’s prophet, that God hath raised up, in his New Testament and covenant, to open to them; and their living shepherd, that hath purchased, redeemed, and bought them with his precious blood. Christ, the living One, feeds his living sheep in his living pastures of life, and his living sheep their living shepherd’s voice, with his living bread and water, and follow him; and will not follow any of the world’s hirelings, nor thieves, nor robbers, nor climbers, that are without Christ, the door. Likewise Christ’s living children know Christ, the bishop of their souls, to oversee them with his heavenly and spiritual eye, that they may be preserved in his fold of life, and go no more forth. Also they know Christ, their holy priest, that by the grace of God tasted death for them, and for every man, and is a propitiation for their sins; and not for theirs only, but for the sins of the whole world: and by the one offering up of himself he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Such an high-priest becomes Christ’s sheep in his new covenant and testament, who is holy, harmless, and separate from sinners, and is made higher than the heavens: who is not made a priest after the order of Aaron with his tythes, offering, etc. but he makes an end of all those things, having abolished them, and is made an high-priest after the power of an endless life, who ever liveth to make intercession for his people; and is able to save to the uttermost, all that come to God through him. He is the one holy mediator between God and man, who sanctifies his people, his church, that he is head of, and presents them to God without spot, or wrinkle, or blemish, or any such thing; and makes them an holy, royal priesthood, to offer up spiritual, holy sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ, who is King of all kings, and Lord of all lords in the earth. So an holy, heavenly King, who hath all power in heaven and earth given to him; and rules in all the hearts of his sheep and lambs by his holy, divine precious faith, that is held in all the pure consciences of his people: which holy faith, Christ, the holy one, is the author and finisher of. By this holy faith all the just live, in which holy, divine precious faith all the just and holy ones have unity; and by it quench all the fiery darts of Satan; and have access to the pure God, in which they please him. Christ, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, in his New Testament and new covenant is the minister of the sanctuary and true tabernacle, which the Lord hath pitched, and not man. Therefore all the lambs and sheep of Christ must feel this holy minister in their temple and sanctuary, who ministers spiritual, holy, and heavenly things to them in their sanctuary and tabernacle.  For all the tabernacles and sanctuaries, that are built or pitched by man, men make ministers for them; and such ministers are of men, and by men, with their worldly sanctuaries and tabernacles of men’s pitching, by men’s hands.

And now, dear friends and brethren every-where that are of the flock of Christ: Christ our passover is sanctified for us. Therefore let us all keep this heavenly feast of our passover in his new testament and covenant, not with old leaven, neither of malice nor wickedness: but let all that be purged out, with the sour old leavened bread, that all may become a new lump: and so keep this heavenly feast of Christ our heavenly Passover, with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Amen.

 

Difficult as this reading of George Fox may be at first, keep to it. Just as reading the King James Bible takes more than one reading, so to does reading Fox; but the time and struggle for both is more precious than a man’s love for a woman. 

George Fox is so close to Jesus that I believe he is one of Christ’s apostles. His writings always keep to Jesus, so you know you are not reading his own  thought’s or man’s worldly thinking. As with the Holy Bible, the depth of Fox’s writings can open to you what you had not seen previously. It’s all the Holy Spirit in him.

 

Quaker First Love

I think my LORD GOD opened to me in chapter 4 what I did not understand yesterday (16th, 11th, 2019). The seven women, I think, are Gentiles; they want the man to be their husband to take away their reproach. (Shame)   

For you to understand what I’m talking about I have to start at the beginning of that first verse. I had not intended to write what I ended up writing as a blog post, but the more I read each verse the more I kept seeing the LORD’s openings. Following is Isaiah chapter 4:1.

“And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.”

Following is verse 2.

“In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.” 

The LORD opened to me that that verse too was about the Gentiles. 

Verse 3 follows.

“And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:”

This passage the LORD opened spoke of the Jews who honor and revere him.

Verse 4.

“When the LORD shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.”

Again, the LORD gave meaning to me in verse 4. I believe the burning is internal. Maybe that is the fire of Hell; that the burning in Hell is a forever  internal conviction of sin that one cannot cover or deny to himself.

I continue with verse 5.

“And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.”

Here I believe the defense will be the change in worship, of which Jesus (Yeshua) spoke in the Book of John, chapter 4:23. George Fox, in one of his sermons, said the new worship in Spirit and Truth does not allow the Devil in. The Devil can’t get in to the Spirit and Truth because he is a liar. That is the defense from verse 5.

Last is verse 6.  

And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from a storm and from rain.

Quaker First Love

EPISTLE 204

Dear friends and brethren,

The seed (Jesus) of God feel all in yourselves, which is the heir (Jesus) of the power of God, that ye may sit down in the possession of the same; inheriting the power, and the promise, and the gospel. In which power of God is the fellowship, being heirs (we) of the same, and members of that fellowship which never hath an end, which brings life and immortality to light [2 Tim 1:10]; which power of God was before that was which darkeneth (Satan) life and immortality from people. So walk in the truth [e.g. 3 Jn 1:3f], then ye walk with the God of all truth [e.g. Psa 31:5]; and walk in the righteousness, and then ye walk with the righteous God in all peace. Walk in holiness, and then ye walk in that in which ye see God; which they that do not (walk with God), see him not [Heb 12:14]. Therefore walk in the power of God, which goes over the power of darkness (Satan), which (God) was before it (Satan) was; which power of God is the gospel [Rom 1:16], in which is the mystery of the fellowship [Eph 3:9] a mystery (I say) to all the fellowships that are out of the power of God. Therefore the seed (Jesus) of God know, which is the top-stone (Jesus), that it may be over all laid in you, which bruises the serpent’s head [Gen 3:15], which is the fulfilling of the prophets and prophecies; which seed (Jesus) brings to the beginning, where are the pastures of life [Ezek 34:14]… 

G. F.

As I was giving meaning to some of Fox’s words, I felt a presence of joy in the fellowship, the fellowship of God’s people every place and time. And then the Holy Spirit opened to me the mystery of the Fellowship. Our love of Jesus and his love for us makes us different from the world. Any where in the world in fellowship we are one in Jesus.

The words we speak to one another are not given to nonbelievers. When we talk about the Bible, we say Scripture. We know Biblical people, places, times. We know scripture books, chapters, and verses. But more than anything, we know our LORD God. We know we can talk to him and tell our friends in fellowship about it, because we are in union together in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

 

Quaker First Love

Jesus Christ was our first love. We were true believers then, not proud, but filled with joy and excitement of who the Lord Jesus was and the mystery of his words.

In the days of our childhood, we loved Jesus, though the excitement of Santa Claus played the center part of that mystery. Jesus was distant and beautiful like the stars. He was a baby and we knew little of him. Even so, we knew there was something precious in the swaddling clothes.

Why do mysteries die out when youths notice one another? Outward things take place of the inward. Santa Claus failed us, so we decided everything would fail us. We stopped believing in truth and the life of Jesus. Yet, that mystery didn’t die.