For awhile now, the Lord has been teaching me about Christ’s indwelling. Knowing that I no longer live but Christ lives in me has become a daily necessity rather than an abstract proposition (Gal. 2:19-20). In the midst of this emphasis, I discovered the writings of George Fox, who started the Quaker movement in the 1600’s.
I thought Quakerism was more or less a new age religion. Today, much of it has devolved into a sort of metaphysical oatmeal. But it began as a Christian movement that emphasized Christ in you (Col. 1:27).
What follows is from the introduction of Fox’s book, Some Principles of the Elect People of God Who in Scorn Are Called Quakers. Fox wrote this book to defend Quakers, who were accused of everything from blasphemy to insurrection. Spiritually, it is as rich as its title is long 😉 I pray the Lord will bless your reading of this excerpt:
A Salutation of the Salvation to all People in that which is called Christendom, for them to come in at the Door, which is Christ the Light, by which every one is Enlightened that comes into the World, by Christ the Light which is the Way to God, and the Door out of the World through which they must enter in unto the Father from the World, and from Darkness, and Death, and the Power of it, into Covenant with God, through the Door Christ; And this is the Light, in which Light you see all your Evil Actions, you have evilly acted; and all your ungodly deeds you have ungodlily committed; and all your ungodly thoughts you have ungodlily thought, & all your hard ungodly speeches you have spoken; The Light which Christ hath Enlightened you withall, is that which makes manifest all that is contrary to it; The same Light makes manifest the Saviour from whence it comes, And makes manifest Christ to be the Covenant of Light and Life through which you may come to have Peace with God.
I say the same Light makes manifest to you (if you love it) that Christ is the Mediator betwixt you and God; the same Light makes manifest Christ the offering for your Sins, and the Sins of the whole World; The same Light makes manifest that Christ is the Way, the Truth, the Life,and the Word of God, by whom all things were made and Created; And the same Light makes manifest Christ to be the Wisdom of God, and the Power of God, and the Sanctification, and the Justification; and the Redemption, to Sanctifie, and to Justifie, and to Redeem from that which the Light doth make manifest to be Evil, which lets and holds in the Separation from God.
And this Light is within, by which all these things are seen, and you that love this Light, you will see all these things above mentioned; Christ the Mediator, Christ the Way, the Life, the Wisdom, the Sanctifier, the Redeemer, the Offering for your Sins, and the Sins of the whole World; in that Light you will have the Testimony of it; and so he that believes will have the Testimony and Witness in himself.
And so you all being Enlightened with the Light, receiving it, you receive Christ; you receive not Darkness nor the Prince of Darkness; And as many of you as do receive Christ, to them he will give Power to become the Sons of God; (Mark) you shall have Power through which you shall know Sonship, and not onely to stand against Sin and Evil, but become Sons of God.