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Christ,” &c. Indeed our expectation is from no other Christ, for two Christs we do not preach. But mark how one while William Burnet makes « that blood, and the shedding of it,” his justifier, redeemer, &c. which he has confessed is not in being. Another while, people must seek their Saviour " above the clouds and firmament,” (page 38,) contrary to the righteousness of faith. Rom. x. 6. Another while, they must look “to Jerusalem” for justification, to “ the blood that was there shed," (page 24,) contrary to Deut. xxx. 13, 14. and Rom. X. And if men should Jook to Jerusalem for that blood, it is not there to be found, for it is not in being, says William Burnet. What confusion, what a labyrinth and uncertainty is he in, and does he bring his hearers into ? But as to these things, sufficient is said before, and the mystery of Christ's sufferings and blood, as resgaled by his Spirit, owned by us, according to the Scriptures of Truth.
Their vain confusions all shall die and cease :
Some heads of the controversies and disputes that were between
George Whitehead, and the Baptists, at Chertsey and Horn in
William Burnet and Jeremiah Ives." That one of you Quakers hath written, that Christ was never seen with a carnal eye, which we can prove he was.”*
George Whitehead. --Cbrist said unto Philip, “He that secth me, seeth my Father also ;" wbich could not be with a carnal eye. And was not he the true Christ, a Saviour, that said, “Before Abraham was, I am ?" And it is said, he took part of the same that the children had, to wit, flesh and blood, was not that he the true Christ 27
William Burnet.-" That body of Christ that suffered on the cross, and was buried in the sepulchre, was Christ the Saviour of the world."
George Whitehead. That body was called the body of Jesus, when Joseph of Arimathea begged it of Pilate; for that body was prepared for Jesus ; it is not said, he begged the Jesus of Jesus, but the body of Jesus.
Jeremiah Ives. That body without the spirit, when it was dead, was but an empty trunk.”+
George Whitehead. But so is not Christ the Saviour of the world, who was before Abraham.
† To this they would not answer. + Here he flatly contradicted his brother Burnet
Williain Burnet." Christ as be was God, before he assumed the body that suffered, could not break the Serpent's head, nor was be capable of being a Saviour without a body,* because he had nothing to offer as he was God,” &c.
George Whitehead Herein William Burnet has denied the power of God, and its sufficiency, and has spoken no less than blasphemy, to say, “God could not break the Serpent's head;" whereas God is often said to be a Saviour, as in Hosea, “I am God, a Saviour, besides me there is none other,” &c. with many other places.
Jeremiah Ives and William Burnet.-" Is the same body of Cbrist, that suffered on the cross, in Heaven, yea, or nay?"
George Whitehead. The body of Christ in Heaven is not carnal but spiritual.
Jeremiah Ives and William Burnet. But what became of that body that suffered, is it in Heaven, yea, or nay?"
George Whitehead. I do not read that he is in Heaven with a body of flesh, blood, and bones, it was changed."
Jeremiah Ives." As for the question of the blood, we will pass that by.t Is the same body of flesh and bones in Heaven ?”
George Whitehead. Would you have me answer your question herein, when you dare not assert it to be the same in all the in. gredients, to wit, as having the blood in it? What say you to it? Is it in Heaven without the blood in it ? Christ after his resurrection appeared in divers forms, as one while his appearance to Thomas was to be touched ; at another time he said, « Touch me not, I am not yet ascended ;” and he appeared among them, the doors being shut; and once also he vanished out of their sight; mark, he vanished out of their sight; and in · what manner his body was changed, or what transmutation it bad, I shall not go about to demonstrate, for I would not go about to make myself wise above what is written in this matter.
Jeremiah Ives.-“ What change or alteration Christ's body might have, we cannot determine, nor what glory he is in; for to inquire with what body the dead are raised, is absurd, and that which should not be.”I
George Whitehead.-Why then do you obtrude a question upon me, which you dare not plainly assert, or which you are unlearned in yourselves?
William Burnet." You deny the shedding of the blood upon the cross, that was let out by virtue of the spear being thrust into his side, to be mcritorious, or the meritorious cause of man's justification." This William Burnet held in the affirmative.
+ What a body is that without blood in it? + Of which absurdity divers of you Baptists are guilty, as Matthew Caffin, and others.
George Whitehead.-The shedding of that blood let out by the spear, was an act of a wicked man, and the spear an instrument of cruelty; which to lay the meritorious cause, or stress of justification upon, is false doctrine ; for there is a great difference between Christ's offering up himself by the Eternal Spirit, a lamb without spot to God, and the acts of wicked men inflicted upon him ; as it is said, by “ wicked hands they put him to death."
Jeremiah Ives.-- You must not stand upon the grammatical sense of his words, but take his meaning. My brother Burnet meant, Christ's passion, and not the act of wicked men, or not the soldier's act of shedding Christ's blood.* Brother Burnet was not that your meaning ?”
William Burnet.— Yes brother,t yet it is proper to say, it was Christ's act to shed bis blood, as it was Saul's act to kill himself, when he bid his armour bearer thrust him through."
George Whitehead.—This is a gross comparison, thus to instance a murderer in this case of Christ's suffering ; thus to bring a murderer to prove it Christ's act to shed his blood when he suffered. Neither does it hold parallel, for Christ did not bid the soldier thrust his spear into his side, it was done after he was crucified and put to death.
Jeremiah Ives. But whetber or no that blood that was shed upon the cross, was a meritorious cause of justification, I am justified and purged by it.”
George Whitehead. Whether or no that blood which purgeth, cleanseth and justifieth, is still in being, seeing it is the blood of Christ that cleanseth them from all sin, who walk in the Light, as God is in the Light; and that there are three that bear record in the earth, the Spirit, the Water, and the Blood, and these tbree
agree But to this question, whether the blood that cleansetli, beareth record in the earth, be still in being; they gave no answer.
Here one brother contradicted the other. † Note. He meant by a wicked man's actions, Christ's passion.
See how the question is altered. 1. If the shedding the blood, &c. 2. If that blood. 3. Is the meritorious cause. 4. Is a meritorious cause.
$ That which cleanseth, must needs be still in being, if cleansing be a real work, and that is spiritual.
Now the principal heads of the controversy were more briefly col
lected, as follows. Together with Matthew Caffin's contradictions against them.
Jeremiah Ives.--" The blood that was shed upon the cross, doth justify and sanctify.”
George Whitehead. - Is that blood still in being, yea or nay?
Jeremiah Ives. We will pass by that question, it may be as it was left behind; answer to the body that was crucified, whether it be in Heaven, yea or nay?"
George Whitehead. - Is it in Heaven without the blood in it?
Matthew Caffin." The blood is in it, or with him, in Heaven, he entered into the holy place with blood."*
George Whitehead.-Ís it that blood that was shed outwardly in bis body?
Matthew Caffin.--- Yes, by the almighty power of God, he could take it up again.
George Whitehead.-Where provest thou that he did take it up again? Others deny the blood to be in the body in Heaven? But of this point we could have no proof.
And further take notice of some passages and contradictions of one
Thomas Brown, a Baptist of Worplesdon, contending with some of our friends in the Marshalsey prison, about the blood that was shed, g-c. as the others before.
George Whitebead asked him, what became of the blood that was shed ? is it in being, yea or nay?
Baptist. “ Nay, it sank into the ground."
George Whitehead. Then Matthew Caffin and thou are of two contrary minds, for he said, it is in being with Christ in Heaven, he having power to take it up again.
Baptist. " Then Matthew Caffin is able to demonstrate what he has affirmed at touching it."
George Whitehead.—Now it appears thou wilt contradict tby own belief, and be of Matthew Caffin's faith, wheras thou shouldst have some faith of thy own, and not pin thy faith on Matthew Caffin's sleeve, nor be of such an implicit faith.
What holy place, and with what blood ? * What a babel are you Baptists building!
There are many things in William Burnet's book which I could enlarge upon, and show his ignorance in; and several of his arguments and opinions concerning the resurrection, which I shall not here contend with him about, though he has argued very weakly and shallowly, and wrested Scripture, which I can manifest. But I recommend the reader to that part of the dispute that was with Matthew Caffin about that subject, wherein both he and William Burnet are answered, without further collecting his impertinences therein, who appears ignorant of the mysteries of truth and salvation, and goes to assert matters beyond his understanding, like an intruder into things he has not seen. But the resurrection, according to the Scriptures of Truth, and testimonies of Christ and the Apostles, we do believe and own, as recorded in John v. 21, 24, 25, 28, 29. ch. xi. 25. Mat. xxii. 30, 31, 32. 1 Cor. xv. 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, and so on. 2 Cor. V. 1. Many other places might be cited,
And as for William Burnet's silly rhymes and jigs in the end of his matter, they are so frivolous, and several of them so gross and false, that they are not worth inserting again, part of them depending on that saying in his book, (page 20,) viz. “Let me persuade every sincere hearted soul to keep to the Scriptures, that they may be made to participate of all the good held forth, by and in the promises of God.” Which is like those Jews, thinking to have eternal life in the Scriptures, who would not come to Christ that they might have life; yet they searched them to partake of the good which they fell short of therein. John v. 39, 40.
But William Burnet, in page 21, has again contradicted himself, in confessing, “That the reception of the Spirit is the only means to put a man into a capacity for, and give him right to obedience. There is nothing that gives a soul right to gospel ordinances, but the gift of Christ to us, and his being revealed in us by his Spirit."
Thus far William Burnet to his own confutation has confessed to the reception of the Spirit, and the gift of Christ, and his being revealed in us by the Spirit, whereby he has overthrown much of his work
Here follow some heads of the dispute with Matthew Caffin about
Matthew Caffin.-" do affirm, that the same bodies of fleshi, blood, and bones, that are buried in the graves, shall be raised,