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who are disposed to find no difference between prescience and fore-ordination; but it does not necessarily follow that because God knoweth all things from all eternity, he has fore-ordained them. There is a spirit in each of us, and if we attend to it, it will lead to God; but if we neglect it, we fall into darkness. And what is darkness? It is the absence of light-it is not a positive power; and when light is introduced, it is necessarily lost and disappears. And thus it is with evil: and we don't need to go to a separate and distinct evil spirit, in order to find a tormenter, for every act of wickedness brings with it its own torment. And if we are attentive to that principle which brings peace, it will grow and increase; and we shall more and more fully witness its power, till every thing of an opposite nature is wholly subdued. And when evil is presented to our mind, there will be no temptation left for us to join in, or unite with it; and thus we shall become elected together with Christ, even as he was, through obedience, elected. And we shall become heirs of God, and joint heirs with him; and as we must learn, so he also learnt obedience by the things which he suffered..

But if, on the contrary, we will not come under the influence of the Holy Ghost, that divine principle, that holy spirit, our progress will be

retarded, --we shall be confounded, and our minds will be more and more hardened, till we may be left to obey every evil thought, word, and action. But if, through obedience, when good be present and nigh, we join in with it, it will increase and cast out the evil. This is the consequence of its holy operation, notwithstanding it may be different in all those who experience its power. The proud and lofty it will bring down into meekness, and those who are weak and desponding it will raise into firmness, and thus exemplify the declaration of one of the prophets: “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.” And then the glory of the Lord can and will cover the earth, as the waters cover the deep.

My mind has desired for you, and for mine own soul also, that we may be willing to try these things for ourselves. I desire to direct you not to man, nor to the teachings of men; for it is only as we come to have our understandings opened, that we know the testimony of Jesus to be the spirit of prophecy. And whether it shows us our own state and condition, or the situation of those around us, or things yet to come, it is the same spirit which inspired the holy men, patri

archs, and prophets, in all ages. “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy;" and how directly is this in opposition to that abominable doctrine, that revelation has ceased. And on what is the church of Christ built? Is it not built upon the revealed will of God? What said Christ? “Whom do men say that I, the son of man, am? And they said, some say that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias, and some Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, but whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, thou art the Christ, the son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, blessed art thou, Simon Barjona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Now the church is not built on Peter, but on that power which revealed unto Peter, that he was Christ. And it is this power which must give us an understanding of things which are true, and which must enable us to dwell in those things which are true, even in Jesus Christ; this is the true God and eternal life: and this was the fulfilment of that declaration, “I in them and thou in me, that they also may be one in us."

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Now when we come to experience these effects produced in us, by the operation of this holy principle, then the scriptures will be valuable to us as corroborative testiniony; for then shall we have pourtrayed before us the experience of men in former ages—those who have trodden the same path of self-denial and obedience. They will be unto us a comfort;—they will be profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; and we through faith, and comfort of the scriptures, shall have our hope increased. Then, not only the scriptures themselves, but every other external evidence, yea all the workmanship of the hand of God, will be corroborative testimony. And every action of our minds will form an instructive lesson unto us. Even our slips, misses, and short comings in the path of righteousness; these will be warnings to us for the time to come.

Now this, my friends, is loud preaching. It is the gospel of Christ preached in every creature. It is the Comforter which was testified of by Christ—“It is expedient for you, that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment;" and he shall, “ bring all things to your

remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." And in attending to this divine principle, it would make us wiser than all our teachers; we should be enabled to see our own state and condition, and our understandings would be opened to those things which yet appear mysterious: for there is nothing mysterious in religion. It is so plain, that no one can err therein. It is the


of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those; the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: and the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion, with songs of everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing, shall fee away.'

Religion never was mysterious, till it was clothed in abstract propositions, and false science. Abstract propositions are to the truth, as covering is to the human body. They form no part of its essence. They have a tendency to cover it, and hide it from the view of the mind; and thus much of its benefit is lost, for truth needs no covering; it never appears in so great purity, as in its own naked loveliness. Therefore, to this principle, which is the life of God in

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