Зображення сторінки
PDF
ePub

4th. I do give, grant, and bestow upon them freely the world, and what is therein, for their good, i Cor. iii. 21.22. And they shall have that power over it, as shall stand with the honour of my Father, my glory, and their comfort; yea, I grant them the benefits of life and death, and of things present and things to come. This privilege no other city, town, or corporation shall have, but my Mansoul only.

5th. I do give and grant them leave, and free access to me in my palace, at all seasons, there to make known their wants to me, and I give them moreover a promise, that I will hear and redress all their grievaaces, Heb. X. 19, 20. Mat. vii. 7.

6th. I do give, grant to, and invest the town of Mansoul with full power and authority to seek out, take, enslave, and destroy all, and all manner of Diabolians, that at any time, from whence soever, shall be found straggling in or about the town of Mansoul.

7th. I do further grant to my beloved town of Mansoul, that they shall have authority not to suffer any

foreigner or stranger, or their seed, to be free in, and of the blessed town of Mansoul, nor to share in the excellent privileges thereof. But that all the grants, privileges, immunities that I bestow upon the famous town of Mansoul, shall be for these the old natives, and true inhabitants thereof, to them, I say, and to their right seed after them, Eph. iv. 22. Col. iii. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. But all Diabolians, of what sort, birth, country, or kingdom soever, shall be debarred a share therein.

So when the town of Mansoul had received their gracious charter (which in itself is infinitely more large) they carried it to Audience, that is, to the Market-place, and there Mr. Recorder read in the presence of all the people, 2 Cor. iii.3. Jer. xxxi. 33. Heb.viii. 10. This being done, it was had back to the castle-gates, and there fairly engraven upon the doors thereof, and laid in letters

of

of gold, to the end that the town of Mansoul, with all the people thereof, might have it always in their view, or might go where they might see what a blessed freedom their Prince had bestowed upon them, that their joy might be increased in themselves, and their love renewed to their great and good Ensanuel.

But what joy! what comfort! what consolation, think you, did now possess the hearts of the men of Mansoul! The bells rung, the minstrels played, the people danced, the captains shouted, the colours waved in the wind, and the silver trumpets sounded, and all the Diabolians now were glad to hide their heads.

When this was over, the Prince sent for the elders of Mansoul, and communed with them about a ministry be intended to establish among them; such a ministry that might open unto them, and instruct them in the things that did concern their present and future state.

For, said he, You of yourselves, without you have teachers and guides, will not be able to know, and if not to know, to be sure not to do, the will of my Father, Jer. X. 23. I Cor. ii. 14. And this news, when the elders of Mansoul brought it to the people, the whole town came running together (for it pleased them well, as whatever the Prince now did pleased the people) and all with one consent implored his Majesty, that he would forthwith establish such a ministry among them, as might teach them both law and judgment, statute and commandment; that they might be documented in all good and wholesome things. So he told them he would grant their requests; and would establish two among them, one that was of his Father's court, and one that was a native of Mansoul. He that is from the court, said he, is a person of no less dignity and quality than my

Father and I, 2 Pet. i. 21. 1 Cor. ii. 10. Joh. i. 1. V. 7. And he is the Lord Chief Secretary of my Father's house, for he is, and always has been the chief dictator of all my

Father's

Father's laws, a person well skilled in all mysteries, and knowledge of mysteries as is my Father, or as myself is. Indeed he is one with us in nature, and also as to loving of, and being faithful to, and in the eternal concerns of the town of Mansoul.

And this is he, said the Prince, that must be your chief teacher : For 'tis he, and he only that can teach you clearly in all high and supernatural things. He and he only it is, that knows the ways and methods of my Father's court, nor can any like him shew how the beart of my father is at all times, in all things, upon all occasions towards Mansoul, for as no man knows the things of a man, but that spirit of a man which is in bici, (John xiv. 26. Ch. xvi. 13. 1 John ii. 27.) sô the things of my Father knows no man, but this his high and mighty Secretary. Nor can any, as he, tell Mansoul how and what they shall do, to keep theniselves in the love of my Father. He also it is that can bring lost things to your rehembrance, and that can tell you things to come. This teacher therefore must of necessity have the pre-eminence, both in our affections and judgment, before your other teacher; his personal dignity, the excellency of his teaching, also the great dexterity that he hath to help you to make and draw up petitions to my Father for your help, and to his pleasing, must lay obligations upon you to love him, fear him, and to take heed that you grieve him not; 1 Thes. i. 5, ô. This person can put life and vigour into all he says ; yea, and can also put it into your heart; Acts xxi. 10, 11. This person cah make seers of you, and can make you tell what shall be hereafter ; Jud. v. 20. Eph. vi. 18. Ron viii. 16. Rev. ii. 7, 11, 17, 29. Eph. iv. 30. Isa. Ixiii. 10. · By this person you must frame all your petitions to my Father and me; and without his advice and councel first obtained, let nothing enter into the town or castle of Mansoul, for that may disgust and grieve this noble person.

U

Take Take heed, I say,

that

yoni do not grieve this minister, for if you do, he may fight against you ; and should he ovce be moved by you, to set himself against you in battle array,

that will distress you more than if twelve legions should from my Father's court be sent to make war upon you.

But, as I said, if you shall hearken unio him, and love him ; if you shall devote yourselves to his teaching, and shall seek to have cooverse, and to maintain communion with him, you shall find him ten times better than is the whole world to any ; I Cor. xiii. 144. Rom v.5. Yea, he will shed abroad the love of my Father in your hearts, and Mansoul will be the wisest, and most blessed of all people.

Then did the Prince call unto him the old gentleman who afore had been the Recorder of Mansoul, Mr. Conscience by name, and told him, that forasmuch as he was well skilled in the law and government of the town of Mansoul, and was also well spoken, and could perti. nently deliver to them his master's will in all terrene and domestic matters, therefore he would also make bim a minister for, in, and to the goodly town of Mansoul, iu all the laws, statutes, and judgments of the famous town of Mansoul. And thou must (said the Prince) confine thyself to the teaching of moral virtues, to the civil and natural duties, but thou must not presume to be a revealer of those high and supernatural mysteries that are kepı close in the bosom of Shaddai my father, for those things know no man, nor can any reveal them but my Father's Secretary only.

Thou art a native of the town of Mansoul, but the Lord Secretary is a native with my Fatber; wherefore as thou bust knowlerige of the laws and customs of the corporation, so be of the things und will of my Father. Wherefore, O Mr. Conscience, although I have made tbee minister and a preacher to the iown of Mansoul, yet as to the tbings which the Lord tury knoweib, urid sball teacb to this pcopli, there tbou must

be

[ocr errors]

te his seholur, and a learner, even as tbe rest of Mansoul are. Tbou must tberefore in all bigb and supernatural things, go to birz for information; for tbougb tbere be a spirit in man, tiis person's inspiration must give bim understanding; Job z?rxiii. 8. W bereforr, O thou Mr. Recordir, be bumile, and remember that the Diabolians, tbat kept not tbeir first charge, but left their own standing, are now made prisoners in tbe pit; be therefore content with thy station.

I bave made thee niy. Futber's vicegerent on earth, in such thing's of which I buve made mention before; and take tbui power io teach them to Mansoul, yea, and to impose them wiib whips and cbustisements, if they shall not willingly bearkin to do thy commaniments. And Mr. Recorder, betiduse thou art vid and feeble, tber-fore I give tbee leave and license to go when thou wilt to my fountain, my conduit, and there to drink freely of the blood of my grupe, for my conduit coib alwriys rulin-wine, Hib.ix. 14. Tous doing, ibou sbalt drive from thy beart and stomach all fvul, gross, and burtful humours. It will also ligbten thine eyes, and strengthen tby memory for tbe reception and kerping of all tbat tbe King's most noble Secrziury tencbith.

When the Prince had thus put Mr. Recorder (that once so was) into the place and office of a minister of Manson, and the man had thankfully accepted thereof, then did Emanuel address limself to the townsmen themselves.

• Behold (said the Prince to Mansoul) ny love and care towards you; I have added to all that is past, this mercy: to appoint you preachers, the most noble Secretary to teach you in all sublinie mysteries, and this gentleman (pointing to Mr. Conscience) is to teach yoni

in all things human and domestic, for therein lyeth his work. He is not, by what I have said, debarred of telling to Mansoul any thing that he hath heard from the Lord High Secretary ; only he shall not attempt to presume or pretend to be a revealer of those high mysteries

[ocr errors]
« НазадПродовжити »