Jesus Died That We Might be LIKE Him!

10/1/2010

(George Fox, circa 1660 AD):

Jesus died and rose triumphantly that we might be LIKE Him, not to excuse powerless sinfulness, as religion wanted to do both then and now. (There is nothing new under the sun.)

“The Son of God was manifest to DESTROY the devil’s work”—not to simply overlook it.

(1 John)

I’ve been reading some of George Fox’s autobiography. Some special heart throughout George’s life about God’s church not being a “steeple house” and being like Jesus if we claim to follow Him.

—ac

While I was here in prison diverse professors came to discourse with me. I had a sense, before they spoke, that they came to plead for sin and imperfection. I asked them whether they were believers and had faith. They said, “Yes.” I asked them, “In whom?” They said, “In Christ.” I replied. “If ye are true believers in Christ, you are passed from death to life; and if passed from death, then from sin that bringeth death; and if your faith be true, it will give you victory over sin and the devil, purify your hearts and consciences (for the true faith is held in a pure conscience), and bring you to please God, and give you access to Him again.”

But they could not endure to hear of purity, and of victory over sin and the devil. They said they could not believe any could be free from sin on this side of the grave. I bade them give over babbling about the Scriptures, which were holy men’s words, whilst they pleaded for unholiness.

At another time a company of professors came, who also began to plead for sin. I asked them whether they had hope. They said, “Yes: God forbid but we should have hope.” I asked them, “What hope is it that you have? Is Christ in you the hope of your glory? Doth it purify you, as He is pure?” But they could not abide to hear of being made pure here. Then I bade them forbear talking of the Scriptures, which were the holy men’s words; “for,” said I, “the holy men that wrote the Scriptures pleaded for holiness in heart, life, and conversation here; but since you plead for impurity and sin, which is of the devil, what have you to do with the holy men’s words?”

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