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acquainted with their religion. Much less can that of the Quakers, who differ so materially, both in their
practice, from the rest of their fellow-citizens.
Having thought it right to make these prefatory observations, I proceed to the prosecution of
CHAP CHAPTER I.
The Almighty created the universe by means of his
Spirit-and also man-He gave man, besides his intellect, an emanation from his own Spirit, thus making him in his own image—but this image he lost—a portion, however, of the same Spirit was continued to his posterity-These possessed it in different degrees - Abraham, Moses, and the prophets had more of it than some othersJesus possessed it immeasurably, and without limit-Evangelists and apostles possessed it, but
in a limited manner and in different degrees. The
He Quakers believe, that, when the Almighty created the Universe, he effected it by means of the life, or vital or vivifying energy, that was in his own Spirit.
« And the earth was without form, and void ; and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
This life of the Spirit has been differently named, but is concisely styled by St. John the evangelist the Word; for he says,
« In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made, that was made.'
The Almighty also, by means of the same divine
energy, or life of the Spirit, which had thus created the universe, became the cause of material life and of vital functions. He called forth all animated nature into existence. For he “made the living creature after his kind.”
He created Man also by the same power. He made his corporeal and organic nature. He furnished him also with intellect, or a mental understanding. By this latter gift he gave to Man, what he had not given to other animated nature, the power of reason, by which he had the superiority over it, and by means of which he was enabled to guide himself in his temporal concerns.
Thus, when he made the natural man, he made him a rational agent also.
But he gave to Man at the same time, independently of this intellect or understand. ing, a spiritual faculty, or a portion of the life of his own Spirit, to reside in him. This gift occasioned Man to become more immediately, as is expressed, the image of the 7
Almighty. It set him above the animal and rational part of his nature.
It made him know things not intelligible solely by his reason. It made him spiritually-minded. It enabled him to know his duty to God, and to hold a heavenly intercourse with his Maker.
Adam then, the first man, independently of his rational faculties, received from the Almighty into his own breast such an emaš nation from the life of his own Spirit, as was sufficient to have enabled him both to hold, and to have continued, a spiritual intercourse with his Maker, and to have preserved him in the state of innocence in which he had been created. As long as he lived in this divine light of the Spirit, he remained in the image of God, and was perfectly happy; but, not attending faithfully and perseveringly to this his spiritual monitor, he fell into the shares of Satan, or gave way to the temptations of sin. From this moment his condition became changed. For in the same manner as distemper occasions animal-life to droop, arid to lose its powers, and finally to cease, so unrighteousness, or his rebellion against this divine
light of the Spirit that was within him, occasioned a dissolution of his spiritual feelings and perceptions; for he became dead, were, consequence, as to any
knowledge of God, or enjoyment of his presence *
It pleased the Almighty, however, not wholly to abandon him in this wretched state, but he comforted him with the cheering promise, that the seed of the woman should some time or other completely subdue sin, or, to use the Scripture language, “ should bruise the Serpent's head;” or, in other words, as sin was of a spiritual nature, so it could only be overcome by a spiritual conqueror: and therefore that the same Holy Spirit, or Word, or Divine Printiple of Light and Life, which had appeared in creation, should dwell so entirely, and without limit or measure, in the person or body of some one of his descendants, that sin should by him be entirely subdued.
* It was said, that in the day in which Adam eat the forbidden fruit he' should die; but he did not lose his animal life, or his rational nature. His loss therefore is usually considered by the Quakers to have been a divine spiritual principle, which had been originally superadded to the rational and animal faculties.