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• Parc of Justification is, the cleansing of the
Conscience, and regenerating the Mind from the Nature, Power, and In-dwelling of Sin, by the effetual working of the Heavenly Power of
Christ, and bringing into the Heart, and estab• lishing his everlasting Righteousness in the Room
This laft Part of Justification 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 Seripture Doétrine ; How earnestly does the Apostle Paul exhort the Thessalonians thereto? i Thel. 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 san&tify you wholly; and, I pray God, your whole Spirit, and Soul, and Body, be preserved blameless
. unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. And grounds his Prayer upon the faithfulness of God. Verse 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 says, even as Christ himself loved the Church, and gave himself for it, That he might sanétifie and cleanse it, with the washing of Water by the Word. That he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having Spot or Wrinkle or any fucb Thing but that it should be holy and without blemijh. Ephes. v. 25, 26, 27.
To our opponents first Query,
Did Jesus Christ after his Resurrection, bodily ascend into Heaven in the same Body he < had here on Earth.'
WE answer, in the Words of Robert Barclay, (b) • We believe that that Body, which Christ took
of the Virgin, which was of the Seed of Abraham • and David, in which Christ walked upon the
Earth, and wascrucified, did arise the third Day, was glorified, and remaineth in Heaven, This Body was and is without us.
To the next Query, · Has Jesus Christ, now in Heaven, the fame human Body he had here on Farth ?' We also reply in the fame Author's Words, “ As we believe, he, Christ, was a real • Mąn; so we also believe that he continues so ? to be, glorified in the Heavens in Soul and Body.'
This is our Belief, according to the Scripture, nor doth G. W. in any wise contradict it, in his Nature of Christianity, P. 41. when he asketh, IV hat Scripture Proof is there for these Words, and that he existeth outwardly bodily without us at God's right Hand? Can our Opponent produce those express Words in Scripture? 'twas that G. W. required, in opposing an Adversary, whose Hosanna and pretended Adoration, he says, appeared to be only to bim as the Son of Mary, as now existing outwardly bodily without us. And on that Account G. W. queries thus, . Is Christ the Saviour as an
(6) Works, p. 561,
outward Bodily Existent or Person without us, • diftinct from God, and on that Confideration to
be worshipped as God, yea or nay?' If our present Adversary will maintain what G.W. in that • Place opposes, let him undertake that Pro
• vince: If not, 'tis trifling to pick a few Words •ş out of a Paragraph, without regard to the
rest, and strain them to a Sense foreign to the plain Meaning and Import of the Subject treat
Page 143. The Vicar has this Query, - Has • Chrift now a Body of Flesh and Bones, cir? cumscript 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 Christ is not
divided, but wheresoever the Spirit and Life of « Christ is, it is in the Body of Christ ? And « Christ is not absent from his People as touching « his Flesh. To which he answers, · Yes; Chrift • has now the same Body for Substance he had * here on Earth, now a spiritual and heavenly, but < still a true human Body, circumscript, and li« mited in that Heaven which is above and out of • every Man on Earth.'
Thus he evades the Terms of the Question, Has Christ now a Body of Flesh and Bones, and
fubftitutes others in his Answer, viz. Christ has . now the fame Body for Substance he had here on Earth, now a spiritual 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 shewn, do assert: That he has nowa Spiritual and Heavenly Body they acknowledge ; but that Christ has now a Body of Flesh and Bones, qur Adversary himself declines the Probation of. His Terms, Circumscript, Limited and Local, he borrows not from the Scripture, and has boldly asserted, without any Proof, that Circumscription, Limitation, and Locality, are inseparable from an human Body, however now spiritualized and glorified in Heaven. "The Nature and Properties of such a Body are, no doubt, very different from those of such an earthly or carnal human Body, as Men on Earth generally have. But how far and wherein they differ, our Adverfury, we suppose, will not undertake to demonitrate ; nor how they are the same in Substance : Does not the Text i John xxii. 19. say concerning the Body of Christ after his Resurrection, that when the Doors were fhut, where the Disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst ? Can a Body the same for Subjtance with snch a Body of Fless 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 such a Body lo to do? His Body therefore after the Resurrection, was not so limited as our human Bodies are. This we mention to thew our Adversary, that 'tis more easy to assert than prove, that Christ's Body was the same for SubRonce without any change or Alteration after his Refurrection as before.
As to John Whitehead,
Out of three. Pages of whose Book, called, The Quakers Refuge, the Vicar p. 143, picks out three distant Parts of Sentences to form Queries from, and to make che Author seem Heterodox; who, writing in answer to an Adversary, that had very carnal Notions of the glorified Body of Christ, and had said, It was such an one as his, consisting of Flesh and Bones, and in yonder Heaven, pointing toward the Clouds, did declare himself negative to the Limitation and Circumscription of Christ's Body in that Sense. But that John Whitehead owned the Manhood of Christ is evident in the Place referred to, where he says, p. 39. · And
the Manhood which through Mercy to us was taken ! into Union with his Esence, Power and Godhead,
should not be divided from, nor cried up in Opposition to the Eternal Word or Son of God, as they
who only know Christ after the Flesh are subječt to • do. He also acknowledges, p. 40. That Christ ' is glorified with that Glory which be bad with the • Father before the World began in a Body suitable to « his Spirit.
P. 144. The Vicar adds, · And when they say « Christ is not absent from his People as touching • his Flesh; they cannot mean it of his human
created Body of Flesh, which none ever
thought to be in any Man, but of an heavenly «« uncreated Body of Flesh, which they say he • had from Eternity, and which they think they
have within them; which is only a wild enthusi. astick Notion, that the Quakers took from other Enthusiasts that were before them.”