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By: George Fox
Now if the world do persecute you, and take away your goods and clothes, was not your Lord and Master so served? Did they not cast lots for his garments? Was he not haled from the priests to Herald, and before Pontius Pilate, and spat upon? And if they hate thee, he was hated and spat upon for thee: And was he not mocked and scourged for thee? And did he not bow to the cross and grave for thee, he who had no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth? And did he not bear thy sins in his own body upon the tree, and was not he scourged for thee, by whose stripes we are healed? Did he not suffer the contradiction of sinners, who dies for sinners, and went into the grave for sinners, and died for the ungodly, yea, tasted death for every man; who through death destroyed death and the devil-the Power of death-and is risen? For death and the grave could not hold him, nor the powers and principalities, with all their guards and watches, could not hold him within the grave.
But he is raised, and is ascended far above all principalities, powers, thrones, and dominion, and is set down at the right hand of God, and remains in the heavens till all things are restored.
And he is restoring with his Light, Grace, Truth, Power, Spirit, Faith, Gospel<and Word of Life, so that you read of some, that came to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
The eternal living God of truth, he is a God of order, and is not the author of confusion, but of peace in all the churches of the saints. And this order must be in the Light which is the Life in Christ, the Savior.
My love is to all Friends in the Truth, in the eternal Life, and my desire is, that in the everlasting life you and I may live, even in the Lord Jesus Christ, that is over all, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen
[Selected from epistles of George Fox. ]