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and partaking of the Divine nature, assumes no form, but is known by its power, and manifested by its attributes of justice, mercy, and truth; breathing love to God, peace and good will to man.
In it there is neither jarring, anarchy nor discord- having its life and centre in God it looks to his Divine light ia the mind, as the only rule of conduct--as the only means of sal. vation from sin. It is a religion which comes home to the understanding and feelings of every man; which evening or morning he finds still in him; which all comprehend, whether Jew of Gentile, bond or free--in it is a solace for what. the world calls sorrow a joy in the midst of afflictions; like the sun-beam, it enlightens our path, and cheers our way. It is a religion as universal and benevolent, as the spirit from which it proceeds, adapted to every varied state and condition—it is confined to no one day or place, more than another; in which no one sect has any advantage over the rest or above those who are members of none of them; it is a daily religion, in which the worship of God is performed by obedience to him, in spirit and in truth. And though the smallness of its operations is compared to a grain of mustard seed; yet while it descends to the lowest capacity, it encloses every thing that is good or great or ex
cellent in the world. Its perfection is the sab. "bath of rest, in which man ceases from his la. 'bour, and enters through death into the kingdom of heaven-that death in which the lusts of man are as perfectly and completely dead as the corpse of the dead man that can be awoke no more; and into that heaven, wiich is no where, and yet every where, a union with the Father as unbounded as his love.
This death is the prelude to happiness, it is the death in which man should feel most interested-it is a death to his lusts—to every thought and feeling which could engender sin
-- This death is the portal of Eden, the Para. dise of God, where there is no sorrow or crying, nor can there be any, for there is no fear, hope, desire, or anxiety-there is no temptation for that which could be tempted is dead—there is nothing to resign, the will of the creature existing no more.
It is that state of perfection to which Jesus called his followers, when he said, “ be perfect even as your father in heaven is perfect.” It is a state of which my mind at times has so clear a prospect, that it can hardly be deceived therein-a state of holiness, in which regeneration is accomplished, and man becomes the child of God; in which the Divine will is done in all things, without any cross or
deviation-it is the state of Deification, spoken of by John Everard, about two centuries ago, in which we no longer act, but the power of God does all in us. “ If we do any thing, yet we see, feel, and confess, it is God that doeth it; if we speak, it is Christ that speaks; if we think, it is Christ that thinks; if we go, it is Christ that goeth; it is no longer you that act any thing,” “ it is Christ that liveth in you."
And here I close, ascribing thanksgiving and praise, to that power which has shed its benign light upon my understanding, to see the purity, the excellency, the vitality of the Christian religion; and which power is alone worthy to rule and reign in the hearts of the children of
Circumstances prevented the author from reading over the proof sheets, till after a considerable part of the pages were printed off—a few errors have occurred, and some words became interpolated, which, as they were not in the original, ancı ulter in some degree the sense, it is the more material to corrcct : Page 10, 11th line, for “ omnipotent” read “omnipresent.”
15, 27th line, insert “ they” there eyes they have closed.
that it is denied.”
10th line, for “less," read " more."
men. 40, 4th line, for “ have,” read “ has.” 43, 10th line, for “ immortality,” read “immutability;" 47, 12th line, for “ Pilot,” read “ Pilate.”
22, 23, 24, omit the parenthesis.