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CHAPTER II. FAITH. Truth is nowhere to be found by man, but in a
new birth from above. Man was created in, and for the Truth; that
is, he was created in the truth of the divine light, to see and
hear, to taste and feel, to find and enjoy, all things, in the
truth of the divine life brought forth in him. And therefore it is,
that for fallen man, there is but one remedy; it is only the truth
that can make him free. Truth is the only resting place of the
soul, or its rest and peace with God. All is, and must be disquiet,
and a succession of lying vanities, till the soul is again in the
Truth, in which God at first created it. And therefore, said the
Truth, " Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly of heart, and ye
shall find rest unto your souls." The Light of God, is God himself;
it is the light of his own life, and therefore only Himself can
bring it forth, wherever it is; and no creature can possibly
partake of his light, but by having a birth in, and from the divine
nature; for the light of God, can never be Separate from the divine
nature, or be any where, but where the divine birth is. And
therefore, the simple way of the gospel, is the one only way to
attain the knowledge of all that can be known of God, which can
only be done by a new birth of the divine nature, brought forth in
man. Now, the way to the new birth, is wholly in your will to it;
and every step that you can take, consists in a continual dying to
the selfish, corrupt will which you have from flesh and blood.
Nothing can make any change in you, but the change of your will.
You have nothing therefore to enquire after, nor any thing that you
can judge of yourself by, but the state of your mind, or the
working of your will, and desire. These will give you more light,
than all the men, or books, in the ...
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