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God is worshipped in spirit and in truth; and those are the true worshippers that God seeks to worship him, and that will stand when mass-houses, Samaria, and Jerusalem are down, the spirit and the truth will remain.

• In the mouth of the wicked, praise is not comely;' and as you are singing David's conditions, or the saints' conditions given forth from the spirit, when you confess you are not in the spirit, as they were that

gave them forth : so then you are judged by it to be such in whose mouths praises are not comely, but are in another state than they were that gave forth scriptures.

And Adam's state before the fall thou knowest not, but art found in the steps of the Pharisees and Papists. As the Pharisees got the words of the true prophets and Moses, out of the life, so the Papists and you have got the words of Christ and the apostles, and are out of the lise, and nersecuting them that are in the life, as the Pharisees did, and Killing the just, the just being imprisoned in your own particulars, as it was in the Pharisees. And you, with your dark eyes, have looked upon the scriptures ever since the apostacy, and ravened from the spirit of God and the pure eye, and so with that you are comprehended, felt over, and seen over, and with that shall the principle of God in you all be answered, that you are apostatized from the apostles in life, and power, and doctrine, and so are in heaps about their words, out from that which is the ground of communion, the bond of peace.

And all thy confusion in thy book, is thy own garment, who with it art for the fire; the witness in thy conscience in the day of thy condemnation shall witness it.

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Thomas Tillam's book called, The Seventh-day Sabbath.'

principles answered as followeth.

P. "ALL sacrifices did type out Christ, but the sabbath did never type out Christ, and therefore never to be abolished nor changed.'

A. Ezekiel saith, The sabbath should be for a sign,' which is spoken of among the statutes, chap. xx. And the apostle says, 'Let no man judge you in meats or in drinks; or in respect of any holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath day, which are all shadows [mark] of good things to come, but the body is Christ.' Col.11.16,17. Now they are called shadows here, the sabbath is called a shadow, but the body is Christ. And Ezekiel calls them signs. And such as rest in those things, in the shadow, mayó beguile people in a voluntary humility, and worshipping of angels, intruding themselves into those things that they never saw,

not holding the head, and neglecting the body to the satisfying of the flesh;' who would live in the signs and the shadows. For in the beginning it was not a command to men to keep the sabbath, as to Adam and Eve; you do not read it was a command given to them: but in the transgression and fall, when the children of Israel came out of Egypt, then to them the Lord gave the sabbath as a sign. “The Lord said unto Moses, speak to the children of Israel, and say, nevertheless keep ye my sabbath for a sign between me and you, in all your generations.' Now in all the generations of the Jews, in the first covenant, here was a sign between them and the Lord, and he that defiled it was to die the death. Now the body is Christ, Christ the sanctification, the end of the sign and the shadow; so he that goes from Christ, goes from the rest, from the sanctification, and he dies, for he that hath not him hath not life, and shall die the death, and shall be cut off from the people. So when the children of Israel came out of Egypt, then was the sabbath given to them as a sign, not commanded to Adam and Eve, the scripture doth not declare it before the fall, but it was given to the children of Israel after they came out of Egypt, who received the law, added because of transgression' upon the transgressors; to such was given the sabbath as a sign amongst them that had the offerings; and such were to keep it, and to sanctify it. But before the fall, when the law and power were in man,-before the transgression, there was no mention of a sabbath to keep it. Now Christ came who was the end of these offerings, and of these sabbaths, which are the shadows, for the apostle says (except any will dare tell him he lies) “the body is Christ.' And they are not judged concerning such things, in respect of sabbaths, and meats, and drinks, who are come to the body, Christ, who ends all those things, and was before those things were—to him by whom all things were created and made, Christ the sanctification. And they who are come to him in whom there is rest, as the Jews were to rest upon the seventh day, are come into Christ the body, the head, the substance; they are come into the rest, the sanctification and the glorification; who was glorified with the Father before the world began; where no changing nor shadow nor variableness is. And these need not have a shadow, nor a sign, nor change, who are come to the body, Christ the substance. Now, thou sayst, Christ was a sign: yes, but he ends the sign and shadows; to the unbelievers he was a sign, as the people of God were signs formerly to such as stood in outward things. So Christ is the body, the end of the shadow, the head known and felt, he that is the Lord of the sabbath, Christ, which is a mystery; so they that are out of him are out of the life, and die as they died that went from the sabbath; so do they that turn from Christ, the soul's rest, and peace, and life. And this sabbath was to be observed in the Jews' gene

ration by an everlasting covenant, and he that did any work upon the sabbath day was to die the death. Now this covenant which stood in shadows and types, Christ came to take away, who is the end; and he that believes in Christ "hath entered into his rest, and ceased from his oin works, as God did from his.' And the apostle said, the first covenant was to decay, as in Heb.

P. Thou sayst, ‘Such as obstruct the gospel privilege of God's sabbath, rectified by the son, and observed by the saints.'

A. But did ever Christ or the apostles, give a command to the Jews that they should observe it strictly, as it had been in the law before the substance was come, the body, which was Christ? Nay, you read no where that among them the apostles preached the gospel to, they laid any command upon the saints that they should keep the Jews' sabbath days, but told them they were shadows, and the body was Christ, and said, “Let no man judge another in such things.' Now are you not come under the judgment of such things? And so the Lord of the sabbath ends the types in him, and in the saints, who are come to him who is the substance, the body and head, Christ Jesus. Read Col. ii.

And whereas thou speakest of changing laws or sabbaths, this thou mightest have charged on the apostles, who told the saints no where of keeping the sabbath days, but told them they were shadows, and that such as were there, were in their will-worships, neglecting the body; for the body and substance was Christ. And such were intruders, and so thou art comprehended to be one of the intruders into those things thou never saw, who art puffed up in thy fleshly mind, not holding the head and the Lord of the sabbath. The son of man is come, and the saints go not about to blot out the name of the sabbath; for the pure sabbath, the sanctified day was a sign and a figure of the pure Christ, the sanctification, by whom the day was made, and on which day the people and the beasts were to rest, and which was to be sanctified. And Christ, who was before the day, was the sanctification in which all the Lord's people have rest, who is Lord of the sabbath, and who was before the day was made, who fulfils the type, the shadow, the sign; the body is Christ, and the head is held. So you that are running to observe days and times, are they that the apostle speaks of, that he was afraid of, and that his labours he had bestowed in vain, and so are gone from the body into the shadow and the sign. Neither do you keep it as you ought to do who profess a sabbath; your horses and your cattle are doing work, drawing you to your worships; you are making fires through your congregations, you are bearing burthens, you are gathering your meat on that day that you call your sabbath. Now to all people you are dissemblers to what you profess, and pre

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tenders to a thing to which you are not faithful; and so by the law according to your own judgment, to be cut off, and to die as sabbathbreakers; for they were not to make a fire, gather any meat, bear any burthen, ox or ass, man-servant.or maid-servant, or stranger, but were to keep holy the sabbath of the Lord ; if they did, the law took hold of them; for six days they were to labour, and do all they had to do. Now the law was received by the disposition of angels. So now the law, the first covenant, the shadows, types, and figures, ye may run into those things from the body, and so neglect the head, and neglect the body, and go into the signs, and so come into the will-worship, and the worshipping of angels, intruding yourselves into the things you never saw, neglecting the body to satisfy the flesh, by which your vain minds are puffed up.

Now the enemies of the sabbath are such as neglect the body, the substance, and him that is Lord of the sabbath.

P. And whereas thou sayst, . They had eaten the bread of Christ, and they had turned the heel against Christ.' And thou sayst, “The Quakers, some notionists, and others, are against it.'

A. Our rest is in Christ the body, that ends the shadow, that ends the signs, who is the substance of the shadows and signs, and those notionists are such as thyself, and so the saints' rest is in the substance Christ, the end of the signs and shadows, who was before the sign was, the day was, in him is rest. Here all men rest from their works, and every soul that believes hath entered into his rest,' and hath come from shadows, signs, and types into the body, Christ, that ends them, and holds the head, and is out of the will-worship, worshipping of angels, and satisfying the flesh; for such as do these things are blinded as concerning the body, and come to be judged about the days, and they hold not the head, as they do who are come to the body and head, Christ Jesus, to whom all angels bow. For they that neglect the body will satisfy the flesh, and live in signs, and shadows, and will-worship, and worshipping of angels, and intrude into those things they never saw, who come to be judged in respect of days, which are but shadows. And such as are in those things satisfy the flesh, and keep themselves from the body, Christ, and hold not the head; and they that will rest in a shadow after the substance, the son of man, the Lord of the sabbath, is come, will rest in that which decays, and it is a false rest.

P. And whereas thou sayst, · A filthy shist of God's sabbath, to say Christ is the sabbath.'

A. This sabbath was for rest, and they were to rest on that day, and it was given as a sign and shadow, and in the first covenant. But Christ the second covenant, the perpetual and everlasting rest, the soul's rest of his people, says, 'Come unto me and ye shall have rest;' and so Vol. III.

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he is the end, the substance of the sign, and the shadow, who was, as I said before, before the day was, in whom is a rest for the people of God; for the sabbath being given as a sign, wherein all strangers, servants, beasts, horses, oxen, asses, and all cattle whatsoever might rest, it was given forth, and sanctified. For the whole creation was burthened, both horse, man, cattle, and servants; and mankind were oppressed by transgression. So the sabbath was a sign of rest, yea, to the stranger, to all that were within the gates, a figure of the restoration, and of the sanctifier, Christ Jesus, who destroys death, and the power of death, and the devil and his works, who is the cause and the author of the burthen of the whole creation, and of mankind. So the sabbath was a sign of rest from their labours, of Christ the restorer, and redeemer, and deliverer of the whole creation, who brings it to unity and reconciliation again to God, who is the rest both to man and beast; and the stranger should rest within the gates of the sabbath, within Christ. And much more is to be said of these things, of which this is but a touch, that which is further in the words, which might be declared.

Now as for the ten commandments, amongst which the sabbath is spoken, he that covets, he that steals, he that commits adultery and kills, he that sets up graven images, he that covets his neighbour's house, wife, or goods, or any thing that is his, or commits adultery, is departed from that principle of God in his own self; so the law was added upon him. He that is led by the spirit doth not transgress, nor doth oppress, nor covet, nor steal, nor bear false witness, and so love fulfils the law, and its commandments. And he that believes comes to Christ, the rest, before the day was, by whom it was made: and so Christ telling them what was done in the old time, for following the oath to the Lord, he brings them now not to swear,' into himself, the covenant of God; he brings them to the covenant of God, the oath of God, and so into himself, who is the restorer, before days were, as I said before. And the apostle likewise brought them off from circumcision without, which was an everlasting covenant, as well as the sabbath was a sign, he brings them off from that to the circumcision within, and so to that that answers the power, the life of God which hath been transgressed, where love is felt in the heart, that remains, and so the thing comes inward; for as it is said, he that believes hath entered into his rest.' And so Christ came not to break the law, but to fulfil it every tittle, who is the rest of his people, yea, and gives rest to the creation, destroys the oppressor of it, and the foundation of the oppressor; and so he was the Lord of the sabbath that fulfils it, for the sabbath was in the law, and Christ is the end of the law to every one that believes ;' and he that is in Christ, who was before days were, pro

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