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Cudworth on the union of Christ and the church, and in that refined and elegant work of Rous, provost of Eaton, which he styles ccelestial nuptials. But this is a day, when men dispute away their own nature: we speak therefore to such, as know and taste the powers of the world to come, and bless him in secret who sheds his love in the inner cham. bers of the new temple in believers. Heb. vi. 5. Cant. i. 4.

Again: when merchandize, magnarab, is signified by a word related to the root, gnarab, to mingle, it must bear a sense of interchange of love and liberality, and not of worldly traffick, which forms the vile character of a Canaanite, the merchant, or felf-proprietor; a character not known, till Lucifer, the first-felf, by the multitude of his merchandise, filled his city with violence, and by the iniquity of his traffick. Ezek. xxviii. 17, 18. God set his seal of disapprobation of this temper by the community of goods in the fabbatical year. And

John the Baptist opened his ministry with reprobating this old thief and robber of his brethren, when he said to the first question alked, how to avoid the fire he threatened: he that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Luke iii. 11. 2dly, when our Lord drave out with a little insignificant {courge of small cords in holy zeal, the buyers and sellers out of his father's typical house or palace, inti

mating to all ages, that this spirit and temper is the root of all evil; of all fraud, oppression, violence and injustice under the fun; and that such worldly minds and dispositions shall go empty from the spiritual temple, and its great blessings, till like thieves and robbers, they have paid fourfold to divine justice in the law of retaliation: for imprisonment in the outer darkness is the third and fourth generation, where his holy vengeance stays, and passes over into mercy and pardon. Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7. Exod. xxii. 1. · Luke xix. 8. 3dly. By the descent of the holy spirit at Pentecoste, the Lord shewed to all nations and tongues, his own free gifts of eternal things; and taught the brethren the true use of the gifts of the temporal Canaan and covenant. 4thly: The whole chriftian world is a merchandizing city in the worst sense, and stands in the state of the Laodicean church, whose character is this: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; so then, because thou art neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth: because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing; and knoweft not that thou art wretched and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. Rev. ii. 15, 17. Compare this picture with our Lord's words. Luke xvii, 26, 28. As it was in the days of Noe, fo fhall it be also in the days of the Son of Man. They eat, they drank, they married wives, and were given in marriage, until the day that

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Noah entered into the ark; and the flood carne, and destroyed them all. Likewise also, as it was in the days of Lot: they did eat, they drank, they bought, they fold, they planted, they builded: but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom ; it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all: even thus shall it be in the DAY, when the Son of Man shall be revealed. All these actions are just and necessary; so that our master only shews the hearts and minds of professing christia ans so swallowed up and buried in worldly purfuits, that they have no concern or zeal for what they pretend to be their great and only interest. And even this advent of our Lord, so blessed in the mystery, is not seen nor understood; so darkened and dim is the eye of flesh, through the corrupt lusts and passions of this enmity in man against God, that the preachers and people understand no more of the true and glorious nature of our Lord's kingdom and priesthood, than the

Jews in the evening of the sixth day did, when they hung him on the cross for salvation to the ends of the earth. Amen. Even the friends (as they call themselves instead of brethren, the christian appellation) who profess perfection and finless obedience according to Barclay, are not ashamed to possess the coats and meat of twenty families: measure them by the reed of John, the precursor of Christ: weigh them in the balance, by the church bapa F 2

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tized by the holy Spirit at Pentecofte; and how wanting and light will they seem! Dan. v. 27, Yet their system of opinions is, in general, nearest the truth. But as the Lord will soon destroy Babylon and her seducing merchandize of gold and Glyer, precious stones and pearls, fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyne wood, and vessels of ivory, and vessels of most precious wood, of brass, iron, marble, cinnamon, odours, ointments, and frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, beasts, sheep, horses, chariots, flaves and souls of men. Rev. xviii. 11, 17. This description throws the whole world in view; and has no more relation to the church of Rome, than to any other church. The reformed churches are, perhaps, at this day more greedy and lufting after these things, for the food of pride, corrupt passion, luxury, and self-hood, than that community so deceived, and enslaved by priests to superstition, and other glaring and palpable abominations, and false doctrines. The * fabbatical year of Moses de

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* The rich Jews so far oppressed their poor brethren, that for 490 years, they observed no sabbatical year, and were carried into captivity for seventy years, that the land might enjoy ber fabbatbs. 2 Chron. xxxvi. 21. Jerem. xxv. 9, 10. As the jubile restored all houses and lands under mortgage, (an excellent Agrarian law,) it is much to be doubted, whether the opulent Jews observed this statute at all.

stroyed stroyed all private property: the buyer and seller were no more; it was the Lord's year of common blessings for all alike; the figures of which inftitution I have explained at large in a ţract on that year. And the millennial reign of our Lord is, not by me only, but by almost all writers, acknowledged the antitype in spiritual gifts, as at the Pentecoste before.

Lastly, where gnäraboth denote plains and smooth places, we are presented with two views, of God ruling over the world of emanations, in which spirit and matter are in the highest possible exaltation and purity, as shewn by the cloud of incenfe, and the seven lights before the throne of the presence of the most high. God over the cherubim of glory in the inmost holy place, called the third heavens. Secondly, it casts before our eyes the great work of reducing, and melting down all matter in the fallen state of dark, cold, hard and heavy condensation, so that the fire, light and æther may penetrate and clothe every point, as the dissolution of the bodies of animals, and fruits

of the earth, and their ascension in clouds, the · liberty from constriction, was exhibited in the

figure continually at the altars of the temple. The state of matter we now stand under, is called brass, Nechoseth, from Nachash, serpent, because Lucifer by his rebellion brought the golden city to ceafe. Ja. 14, where this king who first brough:

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