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Part of Juftification is, the cleansing of the Confcience, and regenerating the Mind from the Nature, Power, and In-dwelling of Sin, by the effectual working of the Heavenly Power of • Chrift, and bringing into the Heart, and eftablifhing bis everlasting Righteoufnefs in the Room theresf.
THIS laft Part of Juftification is the Perfection the Quakers plead for, which our Author calls the proud Doctrine of a Sinless Perfection in this Life, but indeed is no otherthan Express Scripture Doctrine; How earnestly does the Apostle Paul exhort the Theffalonians thereto? 1 Theff. v. 22. Abstain from every Appearance of Evil. How fervently does he pray for their perfect Sanctification, and compleat Freedom from Sin? Ver. 23, 24. And the very God of Peace fanctify you wholly; and, I pray God, your whole Spirit, and Soul, and Body, be preferved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jefus Christ. And grounds his Prayer upon the faithfulness of God. Verfe 25. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Our Opponent we hope will not charge the Apostle with praying for what was not attainable; nor with publishing proud Doctrine when he fays, even as Chrift himself loved the Church, and gave himself for it, That he might fanctifie and cleanfe it, with the washing of Water by the Word. That he might prefent it to himself a glorious Church, not having Spot or Wrinkle or any fuch Thing but that it should be holy and with.. out blemish. Ephef. v. 25, 26, 27.
Of the Glorified Body of Chrift, and of
To our Opponents first Query,
DID Jefus Chrift after his Refurrection, bodily afcend into Heaven in the fame Body he had here on Earth.'
WE answer, in the Words of Robert Barclay, (b) We believe that that Body, which Chrift took of the Virgin, which was of the Seed of Abraham and David, in which Chrift walked upon the Earth, and was crucified, did arise the third Day, was glorified, and remaineth in Heaven, This C Body was and is without us.
To the next Query, Has Jefus Chrift, now in Heaven, the fame human Body he had here on Earth?' We alfo reply in the fame Author's Words, As we believe, he, Chrift, was a real Man; fo we alfo believe that he continues fo to be, glorified in the Heavens in Soul and Body.'
THIS is our Belief, according to the Scripture, nor doth G. W. in any wife contradict it, in his Nature of Chriftianity, p. 41. when he asketh, What Scripture Proof is there for thefe Words, and
(b) Works, p. 361.
that he exifteth outwardly bodily without us at God's right Hand? Can our Opponent produce those express Words in Scripture? 'twas that G. W. required, in oppofing an Adverfary, whofe Hofanna and pretended Adoration, he fays, appeared to be only to him as the Son of Mary, as now exifting outwardly bodily without us. And on that Account G. W. queries thus, Is Chrift the Saviour as an outward Bodily Existent or Perfon without us, • diftinct from God, and on that Confideration to < be worshipped as God, yea or nay?' If our prefent Adverfary will maintain what G. W. in that
Place oppofes, let him undertake that Province: If not, 'tis trifling to pick a few Words out of a Paragraph, without regard to the reft, and strain them to a Sense foreign to the plain Meaning and Import of the Subject treat⚫ed on.
Page 143. THE Vicar has this Query, • Chrift now a Body of Flesh and Bones, circumfcript and limited in that Heaven which is above, and out of every Man on Earth? And are they not in Error who would limit it to a particular Place, and out of every Man on • Earth, for the Spirit and Body of Chrift is not divided, but wherefoever the Spirit and Life of Chrift is, it is in the Body of Chrift? And • Chrift is not abfent from his People as touching his Flesh.' To which he answers, Yes; Christ has now the fame Body for Subftance he had. <here on Earth, now a fpiritual and heavenly, but • ftill a true human Body, circumfcript, and li
mited in that Heaven which is above, and out of 6 ⚫ every Man on Earth.'
THUS he evades the Terms of the Queftion, Has Chrift now a Body of Flesh and Bones, and
fubftitutes others in his Anfwer, viz. Chrift bas now the fame Body for Substance he had here on Earth, now a fpiritual and heavenly, but still a true human Body.
THAT Christ continues to be a real Man, glorified in the Heavens in Soul and Body, the Quakers, as we have before fhewn, do affert: That he has now a Spiritual and Heavenly Body they acknowledge; but that Chrift has now a Body of Flesh and Bones, our Adverfary himself declines the Probation of. His Terms, Circumfcript, Limited and Local, he borrows not from the Scripture, and has boldly afferted, without any Proof, that Circumfeription, Limitation, and Locality, are infe- . parable from an human Body, however now fpiritualized and glorified in Heaven. The Nature and Properties of fuch a Body are, no doubt, very different from thofe of fuch an earthly or carnal human Body, as Men on Earth generally have. But how far and wherein they differ, our Adverfary, we fuppofe, will not undertake to demonftrate; nor how they are the fame in Subftance: Does not the Text i John xxii. 19. fay concerning the Body of Chrift after his Refurrection, that when the Doors were fout, where the Difciples were affembled for fear of the Jews, came Jefus and food in the midft? Can a Body the fame for Subftance with fnch a Body of Flesh and Blood as Men on Earth have, enter into a Room the Doors being fout? Is it not contrary to the Nature and Properties of fuch a Body fo to do? His Body therefore after the Refurrection, was not fo limited as our human Bodies are. This we mention to fhew our Adversary, that 'tis more eafy to affert than prove, that Chrift's Body was the fame for Subtance without any Change or Alteration after his Refurrection as before.
As to John Whitehead,
OUT of three Pages of whofe Book, called, The Quakers Refuge, the Vicar p. 143, picks out three diftant Parts of Sentences to form Queries from, and to make the Author feem Heterodox; who, writing in answer to an Adverfary, that had very carnal Notions of the glorified Body of Chrift, and had faid, It was fuch an one as his, confifting of Flesh and Bones, and in yonder Heaven, pointing toward the Clouds, did declare himself negative to the Limitation and Circumfcription of Christ's Body in that Senfe. But that John Whitehead owned the Manhood of Chrift is evident in the Place referred to, where he fays, p. 39. And • the Manhood which through Mercy to us was taken into Union with his Effence, Power and Godhead, fhould not be divided from, nor cried up in Oppofition to the Eternal Word or Son of God, as they who only know Chrift after the Flesh are fubject to do. He alfo acknowledges, p. 40. That Chrift is glorified with that Glory which he had with the Father before the World began,in a Body fuitable to •his Spirit.
P. 144. THE Vicar adds, And when they say Chrift is not absent from his People as touching his Flesh; they cannot mean it of his human • created Body of Flefh, which none ever
thought to be in any Man, but of an heavenly uncreated Body of Flefh, which they fay he had from Eternity, and which they think they have within them; which is only a wild enthufi aftick Notion, that the Quakers took from other Enthufiafts that were before them.'