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in wretched despair. Hence arises the ncceflity of an habitual constant tri.union in the exercise of the causal faculties final, medial and fruitive ; in order to health and happiness.

In the moral class; knowledge must be generato ed of good inclination-regiminal, and thereby constitute wisdom in its exercise subservient and conformable to goodness: and power-regiminal mult proComp

rana pro ceed from both, in the habitual exercise of it conformable both to goodness and wisdom.

In the united exercise of all the three classes: the vital must freely give the supreme dominion to the moral, and the middle place to the causal.

The natural order of obtaining this perfect Systematic exercise of all the faculțies together in constant virtuous union ; is, by progressive steps forming habits, in the manner of exercise, according to divine appoiorment. This process confifts of seven steps.

The foundation is laid in such a continued exercise of the three moral faculíes, as gives them a confirm'd habitual tri-union. Thence the process goes on to a like manner of acquiring a confirm'a habitual tri-union in the exercise of the three causal or legislative faculties. Thence, in order, to the tri-union of the three vital or executive : to the union of the moral with the Causal, or legislative with loyalty (i. é. legal virtue) ; of the moral with the vital, or loyalty with executive virtue ; of the causal with the vital, or legislative with executive virtue ; and Jastly to the consummative tri-union of moral, causal, and vital, or loyal, législative, and execu. tivé virtue. This is the general process to Per

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fection describ'd in holy scripture historically, legislatively and prophetically, as to the system of creation and providence regarding man. Where, by Jaying the foundation in moral-virtúe, it has the præeminence in strength and dignity, as being the older habit : and the causal has the middle place : and the vital tri.union or executive virtue the third and last place in strength and dominion. Yet all subfilt in one substantial undivided mind : and therein constitute living goodness wise and powerful, living-wisdom good and powerful, living-power good and wise ; original and eternal in God; deriv'd of God in successive duration in the beatified creature.

The following Paraphrafe and Comparison of the

Apoflles and Nicene Creeds are also thought need...ful, te illustrate and establish what is affirm'd

concerning them in p. 9. & 1o. of the foregoing

Discourse.

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The APOSTLES-Creed Paraphras’d. 1. I Believe (as a foundation for suitable practice

l in my Catechumen-state of outward works in the porch of the temple or spirituál building, i, e, as a member of the visible church in God Call-perfect fount of frec. fæderal-dominion] the Father almighty [supreme generator and regenerator of the divine life in all his obedient people; to as to constitute them his freely-imitative fons, in the state of the Faithful, where they thall be drawn by the cords of love in the invisible-churchmembership, paternal on the part of God, filial on the part of his church (private in the breast or heart of every true christian, publick in the invisible society of all the true members of Christ's mystical-body) : being no longer in bondage to

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outward co-ercive rewards and punishment's forcing an unwilling compliance with the divine will' or the laws of God. Here perfect love cafteth our fear : 1 John iv. 18); maker of heaven and zi earth [i. e. the whole visible création] : and in 30 Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord [whom we are to obey with absolute fubmiffion; as being the visible and only perfect exemplar of the divine-life and regeneration process necessary for : its acquisition, and therefore alone capable to give us full instruction as our spiritual physician], who was conceived by the Holy-ghost (as to the generation of his incarnate-life, being the ad Adam. In like manner was the ift Adam made? Godlike by the operation of the holy spirit of God: Gen, i. 2-277, born of the virgin Mary [who knew none other operator; with whom She did co-operate in the incarnation of Chrift, bringing Him forth and nursing His incarnate-life, by using powers receiv'd of the fame "holy spirit, who had imprægnated Her; and who also imprægnates every christian soul and every christian church with divine gifts and graces, that, like Her, chastely adheres to him alone]; suffered un- 40 der Pontius Pilate [thereby giving us an example, to become perfect thro' sufferings; Heb. ii. 10), was crucified, dead and buried, He descended into Hell [or Hades, i. e, the invisiblc state of souls separated from their visible bodies or incarnationstate : thereby teaching his followers, that all the crosses and adỹerfities they meet with in this life, even death it felf and the burial of the sinful body, are necessary in order to salvation : for, Aesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nei. ther can corruption inherit incorruption, 1 Cor. xv. Fo], The 3d day He rose again from the si dead, He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father almighty [all I

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yisibly to chosen incarnate witnesses (Mat. xxviij. Mar. xvi. Luk. xxiv. John xx. 21. Acts i, i. Ila vii. 55, 56–60); that his followers may be alsur'd, by fufficient teftimony, of the perpetuity

of his supreme dominion next under God the 6. Father); from thence He shall come to judge

the quick and the dead [allo visibly; Acts i. 11,

Rev.1.7. Mat. xxiv. 3—30, 31,-42. 1 Thesiv, 16.) 7. I believe in the Holy-ghost [as the operator in

the Godlike regimen of the visible Christian

church] [1 Cor. xii. 1-3-13, &c. xiii]; 8. the holy Catholick-church [visible, united in re

giminal co-operation by powers receiv'd of the 9. Holy-ghoit]; the communion of saints [in mu

tual communication of all visible good-offices and

temporal superfluities to each other, as need re10. quireth, in visible-church-membership]; the for

givenness of fins [against each other mutually as God, for Chrift's fake, forgives the sins of every true penitent in the visible-church, restors

ing him to Church-membership] [Mat. vi. 1211. 157; the resurrection of the body (visibly, in the

visible Church ; as Christ rose visibly. I Cor. 157; i 2. and the life everlasting (in that resurrection-body

immortal, spiritual, powerful,incorruptible, Cor. XV. 42.--45. Rev.xx.6.] Amen [faith the faithful and true witness, Chrift Himself, Rev. iii. 14].

The NICENE-CREED Paraphras’d.
Believe (in order to suitable practice in the

state of the Faithful; which, by faithful spiritual works building up the Holy-place or middle-state in the spiritual temple or inward Kingdom of God (i.e. the invisible church within), goes on conquering and to conquer its fpiritual

enemies. Rev. vi. 2. xix. 8-01-14] in t. God [fontal one only self-existent all-perfect free

ruler)

ruler] the Father-almighty (the one only su. preme generator and regenerator of the divinelife in all his obedient people ; so as, &c. as in the Apostles-creed paraphras'd above], maker 2. of heaven and earth [both this visible world inhabited by man, with its atmosphæric heaven; and the invisible political or spiritual heayen and earth also belonging to mankind generated or regenerated Godlike, i. e, the legisative and executive systems in political-life; the causal and viral systems in private-life. For the legal fyftem or legal tri-union in publick politicallife, and the moral-fyftem in private-life ; was that part of the divine life deriv'd of God as Father-Almighty), and of all things visible and invisible [i. e, creator and supreme ruler of all other beings, whether material or immaterial, active or passive, free or enllav'd, upright or lapsed thro' abuse of liberty] (hence this creed is throughout to be understood of the invisible life and church-{tate, as well as of the visible].

And in one Lord [absolute ruler over his ser- si vants, or absolute master over his disciples] Jesus Christ [anointed with fulness of spiritual gifts and graces of the Holy Spirit in his human-nature, to qualify him for being visible Saviour of the world visible, and invisible or inward Saviour of the invisible-world], the only begotten Son of God (as to his invisible divine-nature manifestcd to the invisible world, thro' the eye of the mind or understanding, by his doing the works of his Father, such divine-works as none other man ever did. John i. 8. xv. 24. X. 25. ix. 32, 33. xiv. 11], begotten of his Father before all worlds [A107 WW, i. e. divine dispensations genee rative or regenerative of the divine-life in the creatures. Heb. i. 1, 2, &c.] [Mał. xxii. 44],

God

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