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3. 20, 21. A few (that is, Eight Souls) were faved by Water, to which Figure, Bap-· tifm anfwering, doth now alfo fave us, not that whereby the Filth of the Flesh is cast away, but whereby a good Confcience answers well to God, by the Refurrection of Jefus Chrift. Peter having faid, that Baptism answers to the Flood, and faves the Church now, as the Flood did the Church then; yea, faith he, but I mean not the outward Baptifm, or the washing away of the Filth of the Body, but the answer of a good Confcience towards God, by the Refurrection of Jefus Chrift: Which place is difficult; but I thus conceive it, The Efficacy of Chrift's Refurrection is the Gift of the Spirit; and the Spirit of Chrift, in a Believer, rectifies his Confcience, and makes it good, fo that it can return a sweet answer to God upon every word of his; for the work of the Spirit in the Heart answers every Word of Faith spoken from God; particularly it can fay to God, I was indeed Filthy. and Unclean throughout, but I am now Washed, and Juftified, and Sanctified in the Name of the Lord Jefus, and by theSpirit of my God; and this Spirit-Baptifm

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is that that faves, and not the Water, which puts away the Filth of the Flesh only, but leaves the Filth of the Spirit as much as ever.

So that, in this place, Peter puts an end to Baptism in the Flesh, as Paul, Rom.2.28. puts an end to Circumcifion in the Flesh, faying, He is not a Jew that is one outwardly, neither is that Circumcifion which is outward in the Flesh; but he is a few that is one inwardly, and Circumcifion is that of the Heart in the Spirit, and not in the Letter, whofe Praife is not of Men, but of God: That is, faith Paul, in the Kingdom of Chrift,where all things are Spiritual: Circumcifion in the Spirit puts an end to Circumcifion in the Flesh: And in the fame Kingdom of Chrift, faith Peter, Baptifm in the Spirit puts an end to Baptifm in the Flesh; for he is not a Chriftian who is one outwardly,neither is that Baptifm which is outward in the Flesh; but he is a Chriftian who is one inwardly, and Baptifm is that of the Heart in the Spirit, and not in the Letter, whofe Praife alfo is not of Men, but of God. For under the Gospel, which is the Ministration of the Spirit (as ye have been oft minded) we can find nothing among all outward things, thro' the use and exercife whereof we may attain the Cleannefs and Purity of Righteonf nefs in our Natures; and therefore Chrift hath put an end to all Outward, carnal and earthly Things of the firft Teftament,by the Inward, and Spiritual, and Heavenly Things

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of a fecond and better Teftament: And by his own Death and Refurrection only, not without us, but within us, thro' the Power and Efficacy of his Spirit, all the Baptifm of the New-Teftament is fully and perfectly Performed.

And thus, in all these particulars, you see the Infinite Excellency and Glory of the Spirit-Baptifm above Water-Baptifm, and this only is fufficient in the Days of the Gospel, as being the true and proper Baptifm of the NewTeftament: For as Chrift himself only is fufficient to the Faithful without John, tho' John were of ufe in this Seafon to Point out Chrift; fo the Baptifm of Christ only is fufficient to in the Faithful, without the Baptifm of John, tho' the Baptifm of John were of ufe in its Seafon, to point out the Baptifm of Chrift; and the Baptift himself was of this Judgment, who faid to Chrift, I have need to be Baptized of thee; which he means not of Water-Baptifm (for fo Chrift himself, as you have heard, did not Baptize) but with the Baptifm of the Spirit, and fo the Baptift himself, who was never Baptized with Water, neither by Christ nor the Apostles, nor any Body elfe, yet was Baptized with the Spirit; and the Baptism of the Spirit was fufficient for the Baptift, without any Water-Baptifm; and fo Chrift's SpiritBaptifm,by the Word,is fufficient for all the Faithful now,without John'sWater-Baptifm; for he that is truly Washed from all Filthinefs

nefs of Flesh and Spirit, and hath the Holy Ghost in him to renew his Nature, and to conform him exactly to Chrift's own Image, and to work him in this prefent World into the true Similitude of Heaven, and to be in him a Fountain of Water Springing up unto Everlafting Life; what need hath he of cold Material Water to be poured on his Body, under the pretence of any Sign whatever, either of Mofes and John,whenas, he hath the Truth, Substance, and Heavenly Thing it felf?

Now this, it may be, may feem strange. and dangerous to fome of low, and fleshly, and customary Religion; but let all fuch (if it be poffible) confider, that where the Subftance comes the Shadow is at an End, and the Ceremony where the Truth comes, and the Creature where God comes: And if they understand not this for the prefent, I hope they may understand it afterwards; for we fpeak not at uncertainties in this point, but what we have in fome measure seen, and felt, and handled of the Word of Life, that we deliver to you, that ye may have fellowship with us; and truly our Fellowship is with the Father, and his Son Jefus Chrift, thro' the Spirit.

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N Apology for the True Chriftian Divi

nity, as the fame is Held Forth, and Preached, by the People, called in scorn Quakers; Being a füll Explanation and Vindication of their Principles and Doctrines, by many Arguments, deduced from Scripture and right Reafon, and the Teftimonies of Famous Authors, both Ancient and Modern: With a full Answer to the ftrongeft Objections usually made against them. By Robert Barclay. The Fourth Edition in English. price Bound 4

Baptifm and the Lord's Supper, Subftantially Aflerted; being an Apology in behalf of the People called Quakers, concerning those Two Heads. By Robert Barclay, price Bound 1 s.

A Catechifm, and Confeffion of Faith. By R. Barclay. price Bound 9 d.

The Defign of Chriftianity, Teftified, in the Books, Epiftles, and Manufcripts, of that Ancient Faithful Servant of Chrift Jefus, John Crook, who departed this Life the 26th Day of the 2d Month, 1699. in the Eighty-fecond Year of his Age. price 3s. 6 d.

Robert Barclay's Apology in French.
william Penn's Key in French. 4d.

A Collection of many Select and Chriftian Epiftles, Letters and Teftimonies, written on fundry Occafions, by that Ancient, Eminent, Faithful Friend and Minifter of Chrift Jefus, George Fox. The Second Volume.

The Works of the Long-Mournful and SorelyDiftreffed Ifaac Pennington, whom the Lord iu his tender Mercy, ac length vffited and relieved.

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