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Of Christs testaments, viz: baptisme and the Supper. Written in two bookes. The 1. of holy Baptisme, how it is to be understood in the ground thereof, and why a Christian should be baptised. The 2. of the holy supper of the Lord Christ, what it is, with the benefit and effects of it, and how the same may be worthily participated of. And how these are to be understood, both according to the Old and New Testament. Set forth from the true theosophicall ground, through the three principles of the divine revelation, and presented to the children of God for the information of their understandings. / Written in the yeare of Christ 1624. by Jacob Behm of Old Seidenberg alias Teutonicus Philosophus. And Englished by John Sparrovv, barrister of the Inner Temple London.; Von Christi Testamenten. English
Böhme, Jakob, 1575-1624.; Sparrow, John, 1615-1665?
Wing B3412; Thomason E665_4; ESTC R14724
the Altar signifieth Verse 12.13 Book 2. Ch. 1. What the Ram signified how it was a sweet Saviour to the Lord. Verse 126.96.36.199.19.22 Ch 2. verse 3. Sonne Book 1. Ch 3. Of the Soules being given to the Sonne and how the Sonne giveth it Eternall Life and what Eternall Life is Verse 9.11 Ch 2. v. 2 Sop. Book 2. Ch 2. How it was with Vzza and with Judas after the Sop. Verse 5 Soule Book 1. Ch. 1. How the Soule came to be helped againe after the Fall Verse 21.22 Book 1. Ch. 1. How the Soule is become Lord over Sinne Death the Devill and Hell Verse 25.26.27 Book 2. Ch. 3. The Soule eateth of the supernaturall substantiall Love of the Name Jesus Verse 10 Spirit Book 1. Ch. 1. How the Spirit leadeth into all Truth Verse 18 Book 1. Ch. 3. How the Spirit of God is to be understood in all the Three Worlds Verse 13 Supper Book 2. Ch. 3. A resemblance between Christ in his Supper and the influence of the Sun in hearbs Verse 188.8.131.52 Book 2. Ch. 3. Why Christ Ordained the Testament of his Supper under Bread and Wine Verse 24 Book 2. Ch. 5. How all the Three Contenders and Disputers about the Presence of Christ in the Supper have no understanding how that participation is wrought Verse 6 Teachers Book 2. Ch. 5. Of Teachers not sent Verse 5 Testaments Testament Book 2. Ch. 4. Christs Testaments destroy sinne in the Penitent receiver Verse 8 Book 2. Ch. 4. XVIII enquiries into a Mans own heart to finde whether he may worthily receive the Testament of Christ Verse 19 Book 2. Ch. 4. How the Minde when it cometh to Christs Testaments must acknowledge it is able to doe nothing Verse 22 Book 2. Ch. 4. Hee that will not be a Man of New thoughts and will receiveth the Testament unto Judgement Verse 25 Book 2. Ch. 5. Hee that will receive the Kingdome of Christ in his Testaments must be his childe Verse 15 Types Type Book 1. Ch 2. How Cain and Abell differed and of their severall Types Verse 15.16 Book 2. Ch 2. Why the Type ceased Verse 1 Thoughts Book 1. Ch 1. What is the Ground of the understanding and Thoughts Verse 1.2 Book 1. Ch 1. How the Thoughts come to be fed with divine foode which is the Essentiall wisdome of God Verse 19 Variety Book 1. Ch 1. The cause of the changing and variety in Nature Verse 17 Vine Book 1. Ch 1. How Man becometh a Branch on the Vine Christ Verse 27 Book 2. Ch 3. How the Holy Man is a Branch on the Vine Christ Verse 20 Understanding Book 1. Ch 1. How Divine Understanding is attained and the Kingdome of Heaven Verse 8.9 Book 1. Ch 1. Of the Three Touch-Stones of the Divine Understanding Verse 18 Wicked Book 2. Ch 4. The wicked Priest and Pharisee is not capable of being in the Office of Christ Verse 13 Will. Book 2. Ch 2. How the Soules will cometh to be changed Verse 12 Word Words Book 1. Ch 1. Why the Eternall Word is become Man Verse 24 Book 2. Ch 3. What signifieth to us Christs saying My words are Spirit and Life Verse 16 Book 2. Ch 4. Mans spirituall Mouth receiveth Christs words and Life Verse 26 Book 2. Ch 5. The Living Word giveth Testimony to the Literall word Verse 5 Works Book 1. Ch. 3. What in Man is the Christian and why Mans Works must be Judged Verse 25 FINIS REader pray cause these faults to be mended with a Pen. Page 21. on the second side line 10. for unlooked reade unlocked Page 50. line 2. for foolish reade soulish page 55. line 31. for vision reade visible
evill againe and constantly walketh thus circumspectly in his whole life to the end of his dayes This Man hath the Love of God shed abroad in his heart and hath received it else it could not bring forth such fruits of the Spirit and he that is so led by the Spirit is the childe of God though it may be such a one doth not know if you aske him what Gods Love is though he dwelleth in it and the cause why there is so small progresse in the knowledge of Christianity and the true Ordinances of God is because men think to learne those things by roate and not by Heart some are so far enemies to themselves which is deeply to be lamented that if they read that the Scripture saith a thing they care not what it mâaneth or how to understand it aright by seeking and finding the thing out which is spoken of that they may be sure of the meaning of what they reade in that in estimable booke of God Indeed the Holy Scriptures have perfectly declared all the Mysteries of God and his Ordinances and they have been rendred out of the Originall Languages of Hebrew and Greeke into the Mother Tongues almost of all Nations sufficiently to leave them without excuse that be not obedient in their lives and Conversations so far as they may know so that it will be far more easie for the Heathen to excuse themselves at the Last day then for those that have read or heard the Scriptures and live not accordingly though the Heathen also shall be left without excuse as the Scripture saith God hath left them without excuse in that he doth good and giveth them raine from Heaven and fruitfull seasons filling their hearts with food and Gladnesse Furthermore The Scriptures have had many laborious Expositions of the words and rendrings both of the Originall and translated Copies by large Writings Commentaries and Glosses but the things which are undeniably meant by those words are not so well understood as they might be if wee would be more frequent and diligent in the practise of that which bringeth all wisdome and understanding which is inward Experience Examination of Experimenting of Spirituall things according to that of the Apostle Try or Examine all things but hold that which is Good In outward things wee are easily perswaded to try before wee trust but concerning inward things wee are for the most part ready to take them upon trust and never try or Examine whether those things are so or no as the Noble Bereans who were commended for searching or Examining the Scriptures to see whether those things were so or no not whether those words were written but whether the things mentioned were such for they had experience of the things in Scripture before hand But there is a feare in some that if wee should be so inquisitive and prying into Mysteries wee should run into the Extream of beeing too wise which cannot be except in our own conceit for our Saviour sayth Be ye wise as Serpents but Innocent as Doves and indeed true wisdome is required to be able to dispence the Ordinances of God and not reading and conceiving only but Living the life of Christ whereby wee shall come to the true knowledge of Christ within us and though he were in our Parents before us and in their seed and so from our beginning to be and continually ever since in us knocking and calling at the inward doore of our hearts invisibly without a forme as the seed of God in the Embrio before our knowing receiving of him yet after we have opened to him and heard his call by yeelding our hearts in obedience therunto he will get a form in us be born in us and wee shall be regenerated in him and so wee shall often feele him and see him but after that againe wee must attaine the stature of a Man in Christ and be his disciples and schollers and be taught by the Holy Ghost proceeding from him in us before we can know and understand such Mysteries as his Ordinances are But if wee did seeke wee should finde God and Christ in our Hearts for though they be in us wee finde them not because wee examine not what and who they are and we are discouraged in our seeking partly because many have sought as wee have accounted it aright and have not found but the truth is they have not sought in the right place they looke to finde God any where but in their hearts and yet he that cannot finde him there shall never be able to finde him at all but there whosoever seeks shall find him who is the fountain from whence all things flow forth the Scriptures did flow from him and whatsoever could possibly have been written is hidden in him the Prophets and Apostles wrote and spake what they understood but God was in their hearts and mindes and filled them with the understanding of the Holy Spirit Our Saviour Jesus Christ had not the Spirit by measure for in him dwelt the fullnesse of the Deity bodily and he grew in understanding till he had the unction above his fellowes from which understanding in him proceeded those sayings whereupon the people confessed that he taught as one having power and not as the Scribes and Pharisees who though they were learned in the Scriptures yet Christ sayd to them Yee erre not knowing the Scriptures that is the meaning of the things expressed in them nor the Power of God and he that understandeth not the thing in his minde which he would utter cannot rightly speak nor write of it the Scriptures are such writings of men full of Divine wisdome and understanding but few other Bookes are written by those that so much as thought that the Apostles had such through knowledge of what they wrote in divine Mysteries some there are that seeme to thinke that the writers of the Scriptures had it by such a kinde and manner of revelation as if a man or Angel should relate and dictate words to them and they themselves have no understanding of it more then their reason can apprehend upon the bare hearing of the words and that is all the skill some of this age account possible to be attained in the Mysteries of God but we are directed by the Apostle James who well understood what he said by Experience that if wee want understanding wee should aske it of God and though God be in every one and every one liveth moveth and hath his being in him yet without the Spirit of God moveth and teacheth us in our understandings wee know him not where the fruits of the Spirit are in that Mans heart the Spirit of God hath moved and taught him in his understanding but from that small measure of understanding he is not able presently to apprehend the Mysteries of that Spirit and of those fruits that is whence they spring how they are begotten and brought forth how they grow c. nor can