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become spiritual. It has taken cognizance of the outward acts of wickedness, such as adultery, lying, swearing, and stealing. The laws of the Jews, were only different modifications of the same principle. But this is no part of the gospel dispensation: it takes no cognizance of these things; but it lays the axe unto the root of the tree to the imaginations from whence the words and actions proceed. And as we attend unto this gospel power, it will bring every thing which has a nature different and contrary to itself into subjection. The tree which grows from the root of corruption will wither; its branches will wither, its leaves fade, and the roots decay. So also when the mind becomes pure, like the tree which is good, so the fruit will be also. But if the tree be impure, the fruit will be also impure. Here is a criterion by which we may judge: "For men do not gather grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles"-" neither doth a spring send forth salt water and fresh." This is a medium we may judge ourselves by, if we are willing to come to judgment. This law operates on our spirits; and by a daily attention to this divine principle, there will be a daily increase of our experience, and we shall find that its power will increase, till every thought, every imagination, and consequently every word and
action, will be brought into obedience to the gospel of Christ.
And when we come to experience these things, we shall know what the divinely eagleeyed apostle meant by the declaration, that there was war in heaven; and which is one of the most beautifully illustrative passages left on record. "There was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels." And what are these angels? Every work of the creation is an angel of God: but these in a peculiar manner have allusion to the dispositions of the human mind. These constitute the angels that engage in this combat. They are the angels of love, joy, peace, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, charity, and a host of other heavenly virtues: and the angels of darkness, hatred, cruelty, intemperance, lust, idolatry, murder, lying, stealing, and a host of evils which compose that dragon which is spoken of.
Now when we come to know the angel of love; when we can feel that we love God, and that su-. premely, and our neighbour as ourselves, then that divine feeling will cast out its opposite, its adversary: it will cast out hatred. The angel of mercy will cast out the devil of cruelty; the angel of temperance, the devil of intemperance. And every
heavenly and divine disposition of the mind, will become predominant, and then we shall be enabled to testify of that state which the Lord declared of, when he said, "the kingdom of heaven is within you." It is there we must look for his appearing, and there we must experience his power, and know him to rule as with a rod of iron, over all unrighteousness and ungodliness of men. It is there we must know that a sceptre of righteousness, is the sceptre of his kingdom; and that what is to be known of God, is made manifest in man. And wherefore? The answer is plain: "for God hath shown it unto him." And if we come not to know an admittance into the kingdom of heaven, while we are clothed in mortality, and to know a victory over our lusts and evil dispositions, our hope is not well founded; we have not an anchor sure and steadfast, through all the vicissitudes of life. We have not that which will disarm death of its sting, and the grave of its victory. In adversity, it will keep us from distraction; in sickness or health, it will maintain its influence-it will disarm death of its sting, and the grave of its victory. And we shall be enabled to bear this testimony, which is immutable in its character, "we know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren."
Now if we attend to this principle, we shall not be at a loss for systems in and by which to worship the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. And what is worship? Is it merely to preach, pray, and sing? No, verily. There is no worship in these things; unless, they be in obedience. to the immediate requirements of the divinity. I know of no man, nor body of men, whether synod, presbytery, or convention, that are able, or who have power to ordain one single solitary minister of the gospel of Christ. And those who receive such appointments, and emoluments from men, are not preaching the gospel of Christ, but it is another gospel. It stands in an outward observance of rituals and performances, which have no power in regulating the passions, or crucifying the lusts; but which indulge pride, ambition, and a variety of other feelings, in which we can never work the righteousness of God. And what does this preaching teach? Merely to support the systems which individuals have adopted; and not to direct the people to the "minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle which God has pitched, and not man, but to these regulated ordinances, rituals, systems, and ministers, which give not acceptance in the sight of God. They are seeking the honour of men, and they have their reward.
But when we are brought under this divine and regulating influence, every act will be an act of worship, because it will be calculated to bring "glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Here we shall learn to fulfil the injunction of Christ, "What I say unto you, I say unto all, watch." This divine. love in which he lived, and in which all his miracles were performed, operating in us, in the most trying circumstances we can adopt the language, "thy will, and not mine be done." And whenever a disposition is raised in us, to crave of our heavenly Father, "if it be thy will, remove this cup from me," it will centre in this, "not as I will, but as thou wilt." Here is another victory gained over the power of evil and recrimination, that spirit which repels force by force, and attacks enemies with their own weapons. Here the glorious gospel is found triumphant; and though our bodies have been slain by the hands of men, as the body of Jesus was, yet assuredly being under this influence, we shall rise superior to all the powers of corruption, as he rose again the third day, and which is beautifully typical of the resurrection which we may experience, when we have fallen by the power of evil.
And as we attend to this spirit, we shall be