PATRISTICS IN ENGLISH HOMEPAGE
MACARIUS THE EGYPTIAN
SPIRITUAL HOMILIES
Edited By Rev. Daniel R. Jennings

HOMILY 1: An allegorical explication of the vision described in the prophet Ezekiel.

1. THE blessed prophet Ezekiel having seen a vision from GOD, full of glory, made a relation of it, and committed it to
writing; a vision full of mysteries, surpassing utterance. For he saw in a plain the chariot of the cherubim, four
spiritual living creatures; each of which had four distinct faces: one the face of a lion, another that of an eagle, the
third of an ox, and the last the face of a man. To every face there were wings, so that there were no hinder parts to
any of them, nor any thing behind at all. Their necks were full of eyes, and their bellies in like manner were thick set
with eyes; neither was there any one part about them at all free from eyes. There were also wheels to every face, a
wheel within a wheel. And the Spirit was in the wheels. And he saw as it were the likeness of a man, and under his
feet as it were a work of sapphire. And the chariot bore the cherubim, and the living creatures the Lord that sat upon
them. Whithersoever they would go, it was straight. forward. And he saw under each cherub as it were the hand of a
man supporting and carrying.
2. And this that the prophet saw, was true and certain. But the thing it signified, or shadowed forth beforehand, was a
matter mysterious and divine, that very mystery which had been hid from ages and generations, but was made
manifest at the appearing of CHRIST. For the mystery which he saw, was that of the human soul as she is hereafter
to receive her Lord, and become herself the very throne of his glory. For the soul that is thought worthy to partake of
the spirit of his light, and is irradiated by the beauty of his ineffable glory, (he having by that spirit prepared her for
his own seat and habitation) becomes all light, all face, and all eye: neither is there any one part in her but what is
full of these spiritual eyes of light; that is, there is no part in her darkened: but she is all entirely wrought into light
and spirit, and is all over full of eyes, having no hinder part, or any thing behind; but appears to be altogether face,
by reason of the inexpressible beauty of the glory of the light of CHRIST, that rides and sits upon her.
3. And as the sun is altogether of one likeness, without any hinder part or defect, but is all throughout bedecked with
light, without the least variety of part; or as the light is all over of an exact likeness with itself, and admits of no
distinction of first or last: so the soul that is thoroughly illuminated by the inexpressible beauty of the glory of the light
of the face of CHRIST, and partakes of the Holy Spirit in perfection, and is thought worthy to become the mansion
and the throne of GOD, becomes all eye, all light, and all face, and all glory, and all spirit; CHRIST himself who
governs and drives, and carries and supports her, thus preparing her, and thus gracing and adorning her with
spiritual beauty. For " the hand (says the text,) of a man was under the cherub;" because he it is that rideth in her,
and directs her way.
4. But another way, it is applied to the church of the saints in heaven. And as it is said that the living creatures were
exceeding high, full of eyes, and that it was impossible for any one to comprehend the number of the eyes, or the
height; and as to behold and wonder at the stars in heaven was given to all men, hut to know or - comprehend the
number of them was not given: so may I affirm also of the church of the saints in heaven, that to enter in and enjoy it,
is granted to all that will but strive; but to know and comprehend the exact number there, is reserved for GOD alone.
5. The rider therefore is carried about in this chariot, and throne of living creatures that are all eye, or in other words,
by every particular soul that is once become his throne or seat, and is perfect eye and light, he having placed
himself thereon, and governing it with the reins of the Spirit, and directing her in the way, as be sees best. For as the
spiritual living creatures went not whither they were willing of themselves, but at the discretion and pleasure of him
that sat upon them, and directed the way: thus also does the same person hold the reins, drive and conduct the soul
by his Spirit. Thus do they take their course even in heaven, not when they please, or as they are inclined
themselves. And when this body is thrown off, he still manages the reins, and orders every motion of the soul in
wisdom. And again, whenever he pleases, he comes into the body, and into the thoughts of the heart; and when he
pleases, into the ends of the earth, and discovers to her mysteries without a veil. O the noble and good, and only
true Charioteer Thus too shall our very bodies be honored in the resurrection, the soul being thus glorified, and
mixing with the Spirit in this present life. But the soul which still lives in the darkness of sin, belongs not to the body of
light; but is indeed the body of darkness, and still sides with the faction of darkness. They only that have the life of
light, that is, the power of the Holy Ghost, belong to the light. The soul in itself is a creature intellectual,
and beautiful, and great, and wonderful, and a noble likeness and image of God. And it was through the
transgression, that the affections of darkness gained entrance into it.
6. It remains then that whatsoever the soul mixes with, the same is it united to i very motion of the will. If therefore it
has the light T GOD within itself, and lives therein, it belongeth to the light of rest; or if it has the darkness of sin, it
inherits condemnation. But the soul that is desirous to live with GOD, in rest and light eternal, ought to come to
CHRIST the true high-priest, to be slain and become dead to the world, and to its former life of darkness, and be
removed to another life altogether divine.
7. As a person that is dead in a city, neither hears the voice of them that inhabit it, nor any sounds whatever; but is
disposed of in some other place, where no voices and cries of that city come; so the soul, after it is once slain and
dead in that city of corrupt affections, where it lives at present and converses, hears no more within itself, the clamor
and bustle of the spirits of darkness; but is translated into the city of goodness and peace, into the city of the light of
the Godhead, and there it lives and hears, and there it is wholly taken up, and talks, and reasons, and there does it
work the works that are. spiritual, and worthy of God.
8. Let us therefore pray that we may be slain by his power, and become dead to the world of wickedness, of
darkness, and receive the life of the heavenly Spirit, and be translated from the evil state of darkness into the light of
CHRIST, and be refreshed in life to all ages.
9. Sin detains and stops and hinders the soul, that it should not come near to GOD and carry off the victory. But
where the Lord himself takes the reins of the soul into his hands, that person never fails of victory, because he
skillfully governs and directs the chariot of the soul, into an heavenly and divine sense at all times. For neither does
he war against sin, but as he has the supreme power in himself, he works himself the victory.
1O. The cherubim then are driven not whither they are inclined of themselves to go, but the way which he that holds
the reins directs. Which way soever he is willing, there it is they go, and he carries them. " For there was (says the
text) under them, the hand of a man." The holy souls are led and directed in their way, by the Spirit of CHRIST,
guiding them where he -pleases; sometimes into heavenly contemplation, sometimes into temporal things; where his
pleasure is, there do they wait upon him.
11. Do You, therefore, who hearest these things, look well to thyself, whether you art possessed of them in thy own
soul. And if you art not, you oughtest to have continual grief and sorrow of heart, and anxiety, as one separated
hitherto by death, from the kingdom. And as one that is wounded, cry to the Lord without intermission, and ask in
faith, that he would make thee also. worthy of this true life.
12. For as the body is not supplied from its own nature with meat, drink, and cloathing, but has the universal supply
of life from without, being quite naked of itself; so the soul cannot attain to everlasting life,. from its own nature, but
from the Divine nature; from his Spirit, from his light it is maintained in spiritual meat and drink, and the heavenly
clothing, which are the life of the soul. For the Divine nature contains in it. the very bread of life, and the living water,
and the wine which cheereth the heart of man, and the oil of gladness, and the whole variety of the food of the
heavenly Spirit, and the, heavenly robes of light, which are of God. In these does the eternal life of the soul consist.
Wo to the body, when it shall stand upon the bottom of its own nature, because it corrupts and dies! And wo to the
soul, if it shall presume upon the strength of its nature, and trust to nothing, but its own works, not having the
fellowship of the Divine Spirit, because it dies of course, not being thought worthy of the eternal life of the Godhead.
13. If therefore you art become the throne of GOD, and the heavenly Charioteer has seated himself upon thee, and
thy soul is become all over a spiritual eye; and you art nourished with that food of the Spirit, and have been made to
drink of the living water, and art clothed with the garments of light; lo, then you livest indeed, even the life which is
truly eternal; thy soul being at rest with the Lord; lo you art in actual possession, and have received these things
from the Lord in truth, that you might live the true life. But if you art conscious to thyself of nothing of all this, lament
and grieve, and mourn, because as yet you have not any share of the spiritual and eternal riches, neither have
received the true life.
14. Be in pain, therefore, and entreat the Lord night and day, because you art sunk into the calamitous poverty of
sin. But would to GOD that any had a quick sense of this pain, by reason of this their want! And that we- might not
live on in security, as if we were full Because he that is troubled in good earnest, and seeks and prays to the Lord
without ceasing, shall soon obtain redemption and the heavenly riches, as the Lord has said in the parable with
relation to the unjust judge and the widow, " How much more shall GOD avenge them that cry to him night and day? I
tell you of a truth, that he will avenge them speedily." To whom he glory and power, for ages. Amen.

HOMILY 2: That GOD alone is able to deliver us out of the bondage of the wicked
ruler.

1. LET us beseech GOD that he would divest us of the old man, because he alone is able to take away sin from us,
they being stronger than us, that have taken us captive, and detain us prisoners in their own kingdom. But he has
promised to rescue us from this sore bondage. As when the sun shines, and the wind blows, the sun indeed has a
distinct nature of his own, and the wind likewise another nature, and yet no man is able to make an actual separation
of the wind from the suns unless GOD alone shall make the wind to cease, that it may blow no longer;-even so is sin
blended with the soul, although both retain their own nature. It is impossible therefore to separate the soul from sin,
unless GOD make a calm, and put a stop to this evil wind, which dwells in the soul and body.
2. And again, as a man that sees a bird flying may desire also to fly himself, but not having wings, it is impossible he
should fly;-just so a man may be willing to be pure, and without blame, and without spot, and to be always with GOD;
but he has not wherewithal to compass it. He is willing to fly up into the divine air, and into the liberty of the Holy
Spirit; but, unless he receive wings for his purpose, he can never do it.
3. Let us therefore beseech GOD that he would give us " the wings of the dove," his Holy Spirit, that so " we may fly
to him and be at rest;" and that he would separate the evil wind, and cause it to cease from usj both in soul and
body: for he only is able to bring it to pass. It is only " the Lamb of GOD that takes away the sin of the world." He
alone it is that showed this mercy to them that believe in him, that they are redeemed from sin. And for those that
wait for him, and hope in him, and seek after him, will he work this unspeakable salvation.
4. As in a dark and cloudy night a boisterous wind blows, and searches and shakes every plant and seed, so man
also, when he is fallen under the power of the devil, and is in the midst of the night and darkness, is ruffled, and
shocked, and tossed about by the dreadful wind of sin that blows. It moreover searches his whole nature, his soul,
his thoughts, and mind. And all the members of his body share in the commotion; and nothing is left free from it;
neither is there the least part, either of soul or body, but what suffers from the sin that dwells in us. There is also the
day of light, and the divine wind of the Holy Spirit, that breathes upon souls, and refreshes them that are in the light;
and pierces through the whole substance of the soul and its thoughts; and withal gently fans and refreshes all the
members of the body with divine and inexpressible rest.
5. The Lord has also put on them the raiment of the kingdom of light, surpassing all description,-the garments of
faith, of hope, of love, of joy, of peace, of goodness, of kindness,-and all the other robes of light and life; the divine,
living robes of that rest which is unspeakable: that as GOD himself is love, and joy, and peace, and kindness, and
goodness, so may the new man be through grace.
6. And as the kingdom of darkness and sin are hid in the souls of sinners, until the day of the resurrection, at which
time their very bodies also shall be covered over with the darkness which lies now hid in the soul,-thus also does the
kingdom of light now enlighten and reign in the souls of the saints; but is hid from the eyes of men till the day of the
resurrection; at which time the body itself shall be covered and glorified by the light of the Lord, that the body may
reign together with the soul; which even now is actually refreshed and enlightened with the light eternal, Glory be to
his mercies and tender compassion, for that he has pity on his servants, and enlighteneth and delivers them out of
the kingdom of darkness, and vouchsafes his own light to them, and his own kingdom: to whom be glory and power,
for ages! Amen.

HOMILY 3: Christians ought to go over the course of this world with care, that they
may attain the praise of God.

1. WHAT shall GOD do with him that gives himself up to the world, and is deceived by the pleasures of it, or drawn
away with the hurry of earthly distractions? The man upon whom he bestows the succors of his grace, is he who
divorces himself from gross pleasures, and at all times forcibly urges his mind towards the Lord, both denying
himself, and seeking after the Lord only. This is the person whom GOD takes into his special care, that keeps himself
disentangled from the snares of this world; that " works out his salvation with fear and trembling;" that with the utmost
heed passes through all the toils of the world, both seeking after the Lord for his assistance, and hoping in his mercy
to be saved through grace.
2. As iron, or lead, or gold, or silver, when cast into the fire is freed from that hard consistency which is natural to it,
being changed into softness, and so long as it continues in the fire, is still dissolved from its native hardness-after
the same manner the soul that has renounced the world, and fixed its desires only upon the Lord, and has received
that heavenly fire of the Godhead, and of the love of the Spirit, is disentangled from all love of the world, and set free
from all the corruption of the affections; it turns all things out of itself, and is changed from the hardness of sin, and
melted down in a fervent and unspeakable love for that heavenly Bridegroom alone, whom it has received.
3. But I tell thee, that if these very brethren, so. much desired by him, draw back from that love, he too is turned away
from them. For that very thing is the soul's life and refreshment,-namely, the hidden and unspeakable communion of
the heavenly King. For if the love of that fellowship which is in the flesh causes a separation from father, mother, and
brethren, and sets one at liberty from all love besides, how much more shall they, as many as have been thought
worthy to partake of that Holy Spirit, who is the heavenly object of our love, come entirely off from the love of the
world, and all things else appear to them as impertinent superfluities, in that they have been perfectly overcome with
heavenly desire, and united to the falling down of it? There are their desires, there are their thoughts employed;
there do they live, there do their thoughts rove up and down; there is the mind continually taken up, being overcome
with divine and heavenly love, and spiritual desire.
4. What remains then, beloved brethren, but that, having such good things laid before us, and so great promises
being made us by the Lord, we throw off all impediments, renounce all love of the world, and give ourselves wholly to
that only good; that so we may obtain that unspeakable love of the Spirit, which the blessed Paul has exhorted us to
hasten after; saying, "Follow after charity;" that we maybe changed from our own hardness by the hand of the Most
High, and may come to the spiritual sweetness and rest, having been wounded with the love of the Divine Spirit. For
the Lord bears an exceeding friendly affection for man, waiting with compassion for the time when we shall entirely
turn to-him. For though through the abundance of ignorance, and childishness, and corruption we are turned away
from life, and multiply impediments upon ourselves, yet he is touched with abundance of compassion for us-suffering
long till we return to him, and are* enlightened in our inward man, that our faces may not be covered with shame at
the day of judgment.
5 Lo! his bowels yearn, and he bears long; and though we sin, he holds his hand, waiting for our repentance; and he
is not ashamed to receive us- again when we fall, as the prophet has said: " Shall they fall, and not arise; shall he
turn away, and not return?" Only, let us be sober, seeking assistance from Him, and he, for his part, is ready to save
us. For he accepts this warm effort of our will, and the forwardness that proceeds from a good purpose; but the
whole regulation of it he works in us himself.
6. Let us therefore, beloved, as the children of God; having put off all carelessness and sloth, be brave, and ready
to follow after him, never adjourning from day to day; for we know not the time of our departure out of the body. The
promises made to us are great, and beyond expression; insomuch that all the glory and beauty of heaven and earth,
with all the furniture,, and variety, riches, splendor, and delight of the visible creation, bear no proportion to the
treasure of one single soul.
7. How then shall we stand out against such promises, and not be willing to come entirely to him, and devote
ourselves to him, to love him only, and to admit of neither rival nor partner with him? But, behold, notwithstanding all
these things, and the great glory that has been given, and the tender compassions of our Lord, from the beginning,
towards us; and notwithstanding his inexpressible goodness to us, demonstrated by his suffering upon the cross; yet
do we still refuse to depart from our own will, and from the love of the world, and from engagements and habits which
are evil. And yet, after all, lo! he continues to be kind, cherishing and preserving us invisibly, not delivering us over
according to our sins, to the power of evil, nor yet suffering us to perish by the deceitfulness of the world; but,
through his great kindness and long-suffering, looking down upon us, expecting when it will be that we turn to him.
8. But if it appears to us impossible to turn from a multitude of sins, let us call to mind how our Lord, when conversing
with mankind, by his goodness restored the blind to their sight, cured the sick, healed every kind of disease, raised
the dead that were gone down into corruption, made the deaf to hear, cast a legion of devils out of one man, and
recovered him to his right mind; how much more will he convert the soul that turns to him, and petitions him for
mercy, and bring it into the cheerful state of freedom from passions, into an establishment of every virtue, and a
renovation of the mind from the deadness of infidelity, and ignorance, and want of fear.
9. For if he was moved with so much compassion towards bodies which die, and readily did for every one what he
requested; how much more to an immortal soul, that is subject neither to dissolution nor corruption, yet labors under
the disease of ignorance, and malice, and of infidelity and want of fear; but comes notwithstanding to the Lord,
seeking to him for help, and desiring to receive from him the grace of his Spirit for its redemption, salvation, and
delivery from every corrupt affection.
1O. Therefore has he admonished us to beg of him the gift of grace with boldness, without intermission, and without
fainting. For it was for the sake of sinners that he came into the world, that he might turn them to himself, and heal
them that believe on him. Only let us withdraw ourselves from the deceits of the world, and reject all wicked and vain
thoughts, and ever cleave to him to the uttermost of our power; and he is ready to supply us with his help. For he is
merciful, and quickening, and healing the disorders that were incurable, and working redemption for them that call
upon him, and hang upon him with application and desire. To such a soul as this does GOD vouchsafe his help,
which looks upon all things else as superfluous, and acquiesces in nothing that this world affords; but expects to
rejoice in the rest of his benignity. And thus, having through faith attained to the heavenly gift, and daily advancing in
goodness, and continuing in the way of righteousness to the last, it is thought worthy to partake of eternal salvation.

HOMILY 4: There is a wide difference between Christians and the men of this world.

1. THE world of Christians, and their way of life, and their mind, and discourse, and practice, is one thing; and that of
the men of this world, another. And the difference between them is very wide. For the children of this world are
tossed to and fro by unsettled seasonings, by earthly desires, and a variety of gross imaginations, whereby SATAN
is continually sifting the whole sinful race of men.
2. For the word that was spoken to Cain by his Maker, “You shall go mourning and trembling, and be tossed about
upon' the earth," is a type and image of all sinners, as to their inward state. For thus is the race of Adam tossed
about with the incessant suggestions of fear and dread, and every kind of disturbance, the prince of this world
tossing to and fro the soul that is not born of God; and variously disturbing the thoughts of mankind, as corn that is
continually shifted about in a sieve; and shaking and ensnaring them all in worldly deceits, and the lusts of the flesh,
with fears and troubles.
3. As from one Adam the whole race of mankind was spread over the earth,-so one taint in the affections was
derived down into the sinful stock of men; and the prince of malice is sufficiently able to shift them all in restless, and
gross, and vain, and troublesome reflections. For as one and the same wind is enough to stir, and shake all plants
and seeds whatever,-so the prince of wickedness, as an hidden and blustering wind, tosseth to and fro all the race of
men upon earth, and, carries them about with unsettled thoughts, and enticing them with the lusts of the world, fills
every soul with ignorance, blindness, and oblivion, if it is not born from above.
4. For in this do true Christians differ from the whole race of mankind besides. They have their heart and mind
constantly taken up with the thoughts of heaven; and, through the presence and participation of the Holy Spirit, do
behold, as in a glass, the good things which are eternal, being born of GOD from above, and thought worthy to
become the children of GOD in truth and power; and being arrived, through many conflicts and labors, to a settled
and fixed state, to an exemption from trouble, to perfect rest, are never sifted more by unsettled and vain thoughts.
Herein are they greater and better than the world; their mind and the desire of their soul are in the peace of CHRIST,
and the love of the Spirit; a they have passed from death to life." Wherefore the alteration peculiar to Christians does
not consist in any outward fashions, but in the renovation of the mind, and the peace of the thoughts, and the love of
the Lord, even the heavenly love. Herein Christians differ from all men besides. The Lord has given them truly to
believe on him, and to be worthy of those spiritual good things. For the glory, and the beauty, and the heavenly
riches of Christians are inexpressible, and purchased only with labor, and pains, and trials, and many conflicts. But
the whole is owing to the grace of God.
5. Now if the sight of. even an earthly king is desired by all men, (except those persons that are spiritual, who look
upon all his glory as nothing, through their having experimentally known another heavenly glory;) if, I say, the men of
this world are so desirous to behold an earthly king, with his splendor and glory-how much more are those upon
whom that dew of the Spirit of life has dropped, and wounded their hearts with love for CHRIST; bound fast to that
beauty, and the unspeakable glory, and the inconceivable riches of the true and eternal King; with desire and long-
suffering after whom they are captivated, turning wholly to him, to obtain those unspeakable good things, which
through the Spirit they actually behold already; and for whose sake they esteem all the glories, and honors, and
riches of earthly kings as nothing?
6. For they arc wounded with the Divine beauty; their desire is towards the heavenly King; and placing him only
before their eyes in the abundance of their affection, they, for his sake, disengage themselves from all love of the
world, and draw back from every earthly clog, that so they may be able ever to retain in their hearts that only desire.
And they that are Christians in truth and power, rejoice at their departure out of the flesh, because they have " that
house which is not made with hands." And therefore, if the house of the body be destroyed, they are in no fear; for
they have the heavenly "house of the Spirit," and that "glory which is incorruptible."
7. Let us therefore strive by faith to be possessed of that clothing, that when we resume the body, there be nothing
wanting which may glorify our flesh in that day. For every one, so far as he has been thought worthy by faith to be
made partaker of the Holy Spirit, in the same proportion shall his body also be glorified in that day. For that which the
soul has treasured up within, in this present life, shall then be made manifest outwardly in the body.
8. For as the trees that have got over the winter do, by an invisible power, put forth from within, and shoot out
leaves., and flowers, and fruits, as their clothing.and in like manner, as the flowers of the grass come out of the
bosom of the earth, and the earth is covered and clothed-so, in the, day of the resurrection, and through the power
of the a Sun of Righteousness," there shooteth out from within the glory of the Holy Spirit, covering the bodies of the
saints, which glory they had before, within hidden in their souls. For whatever (the soul) has at present, the same
comes forth at that time outwardly in the body.
9. Therefore ought every -one of us to strive, and be diligent in all virtue, and to believe and to seek it of the Lord;
that the inward man may be made partaker of that glory in this present life, and have that holiness of the Spirit, that
we may have at the resurrection wherewith to cover our naked bodies, and refresh us to all eternity in the kingdom of
heaven. For CHRIST will come down from heaven, and raise to life all the kindred of Adam that have slept from the
beginning of the world and he shall separate them all into two divisions; and them that have his own mark, that is, the
seal of the Spirit, he shall place on his right hand. And then shall the bodies of these -be surrounded with a Divine
glory from their good works, and themselves shall be full of the glory of the Spirit, which they had in their souls in this
present life. So that, being thus glorified in the Divine light, and snatched away to " meet the Lord in the air, we," as it
is- written, "shall ever be avith the Lord," reigning with him world without end. Amen.

HOMILY 5: Concerning those things that happen to Christians in the time of prayer,
and concerning the degrees of perfection.

1. A MAN goes in to bow the knee, and his heart is filled with a Divine power, and his soul rejoiceth with the Lord, as
the bride with her bridegroom. The inward man is snatched away to yet farther devotion, into the unfathomable depth
of that world in much sweetness, insomuch that his hole mind is estranged, being raised and carried off thither; so
that, for that time, there is a cloud of oblivion upon the thoughts of the earthly wisdom; for his thoughts are filled with
Divine and heavenly things, things infinite and incomprehensible, certain wonderful things, which are impossible to
be uttered.
2. Sometimes the love flames out and kindles with greater strength; but at other times more slow and gentle. As the
same fire at certain seasons burns with a stronger heat and flame, but at others abates and burns dim, so this lamp
(of grace) sometimes burns and shines out, when, it is more strongly enkindled by an extraordinary infusion of the
love of GOD; but again it is imparted in measure, and then the light is comparatively dull.
3. At another season the light which was shining in the heart, has disclosed a yet more inward, profound, and
concealed light, insomuch that the whole man being absorbed in that sweetness and contemplation, was master of
himself no longer, but was to this world as a mere fool and barbarian, by reason of the superabundant love and
sweetness of the hidden mysteries: so that the person being for that time set at liberty, arrives to such degrees of
perfection, as to become pure and free from sin. But after all this, grace has withdrawn itself, and the veil of the
adverse power has come upon him; it appears in past however, and he stands in one of the lower rounds of
perfection. And one that is rich in grace, at all times, by night and by day, continues in a perfect state, free and pure,
ever captivated with love, and elevated to God.
4. But if a man should have these things always present before him, he would not be able to undertake-the
dispensation of the word. Neither could he bear to
hear, or have any concern for himself or the morrow; but purely to sit in a corner in a state of elevation: so that the
perfect degree of all has not been given, that a man may be in a capacity to attend the care of the brethren, and the
ministration of the word. Nevertheless, " the middle -tall of partition is broken down, and death is overcome."
5. Grace, even in this present life, operates thus: it calms all the members and the heart, so that the soul, out of the
abundance of joy, seems like a little child, conscious of no ill; and the roan no longer condemns the Gentile, or the
Jew, or the man of the world. But the inward man looks upon all with an eye of purity, and rejoices over the whole
world, and desires to respect and love all, the Gentiles as the Jews. At another time, as the son of a king, he
confides in the Son of GOD as his own father, and the doors are opened to him, and he goes into many mansions.
And the farther he goes in, they are again opened to him in proportion, from one hundred mansions to an hundred
others, and he is rich: and the more he is enriched, there are again others, and those newer wonders, discovered to
him. And he is entrusted, as the son and heir, with things that cannot be spoken by human nature, nor pronounced
by the mouth and tongue. Glory be to GOD! Amen.