Quotes From William Law

“To be swelled with Pride, to be fattened with Sensuality, to grow great through Craft, and load ourselves with earthly Goods, is only living the Life of Beasts, that we may die the Death of Devils. On the other hand, to go starved out of this World, rich in nothing but heavenly Tempers and Desires, is taking from “Time” all that we came for, and all that can go with us into Eternity.”

 

“O Man I consider thyself, here thou standest in the earnest, perpetual Strife of Good and Evil, all Nature is continually at work to bring about the great Redemption; the whole Creation is travailing in Pain, and laborious Working, to be delivered from the Vanity of Time, and will thou be asleep? Everything thou hearest, or seest, says nothing, shows nothing to Thee, but what either eternal Light, or eternal Darkness hath brought forth; for as Day and Night divide the whole of our Time, so Heaven and Hell divide the whole of our Thoughts, Words and Actions. Stir which way thou wilt, do, or design what thou wilt, thou must be an Agent with the one or with the other. Thou canst not stand still, because thou livest in the perpetual Workings of temporal and eternal Nature; if thou workest not with the Good, the Evil that is in Nature carries thee along with it: Thou hast the Height and Depth of Eternity in Thee, and therefore be doing what thou wilt, either in the Closet, the Field, the Shop, or the Church, thou art sowing That which grows, and must be reaped in Eternity. Nothing of thine can vanish away, but every Thought, Motion and Desire of thy Heart, has its Effect either in the Height of Heaven, or the Depth of Hell: And as Time is upon the WIng, to put an End to the Strife of Good and Evil, and bring about the last great Separation of all Things into their Eternal State, with such Speed art Thou making Haste either to be wholly an Angel, or wholly a Devil: O! therefore awake, watch and pray, and join with all thy Force with that Goodness of God, which has created Time and all Things in it, to have a happy End in Eternity.”

William Law

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THINKING AND WILLING ARE ETERNAL

The following is an extended quote taken from “An Appeal” by William Law.

Thinking and willing are eternal, they never began to be. Nothing can think or will now, in which there was not will and thought from all eternity. For it is as possible for thought in general to begin to be, as for that which thinks in a particular creature to begin to be of a thinking nature: therefore, the soul, which is a thinking, willing being, is come forth or created out of that which hath willed and thought in God from all eternity. The created soul is a creature of time and had its beginning on the sixth day of the creation; but the essences of the soul, which were then formed into a creature and into a state of distinction from God, had been in God from all eternity, or they could not have been breathed forth from God into the form of a living creature.

And herein lies the true ground and depth of the uncontrollable freedom of our will and thoughts: they must have a self-motion and self-direction, because they came out of the self-existent God. They are eternal, divine powers that never began to be, and therefore cannot begin to be in subjection to anything. That which thinks and wills in the soul is that very same unbeginning breath which thought and willed in God, before it was breathed into the form of a human soul; and therefore it is, that will and thought cannot be bounded or constrained.

Herein also appears the high dignity and never-ceasing perpetuity of our nature. The essences of our souls can never cease to be, because they never began to be: and nothing can live eternally, but that which hath lived from all eternity. The essences of our soul were a breath in God before they became a living soul. They lived in God before they lived in the created soul, and therefore the soul is a partaker of the eternity of God and can never cease to be. Here, O man, behold the great original and the high state of thy birth, here let all that is within thee praise thy God, who has brought thee into so high a state of being, who has given thee powers as eternal and boundless as His own attributes, that there might be no end or limits of thy happiness in Him. Thou begannest as time began, but as time was in eternity before it became days and years, so thou wast in God before thou wast brought into the creation: and as time is neither a part of eternity, nor broken off from it, yet come out of it; so thou art not a part of God, nor broken off from Him, yet born out of Him. Thou shouldst only will that which God willeth, only love that which He loveth, co-operate and unite with Him in the whole form of thy life, because all that thou art, all that thou hast, is only a spark of His own life and spirit derived into thee. If thou desirest, inclinest, and turnest to God, as the flowers of the field desire and turn towards the sun, all the blessings of the Deity will spring up in thee; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost will make their abode with thee. If thou turnest in towards thyself, to live to thyself, to be happy in the workings of an own will, to be rich in the sharpness and acuteness of thy own reason, thou choosest to be a weed, and canst only have such a life, spirit and blessing from God as a thistle has from the sun.”

TRUE MEMBERSHIP IN CHRIST’S CHURCH By William Law

“Educated people within the church have given us what they call the marks of the true church. However, whether a person is educated or uneducated, the only proof that he can have as to his own membership in Christ’s church is his being dead to all sin and alive to all righteousness. This cannot be more plainly stated than in these words of our Lord: “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34). Surely the servant of sin cannot at the same time be a living member of Christ’s body, a new creature who dwells in Christ and has Christ dwelling in him! It is absurd to suppose that a man born again from above is still under a necessity of continuing to sin. Christ has said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (v36). Truly, if Christ has come to live in you, then a true freedom from all sin has been given to you.

Now, if this freedom from sin is hindered and cannot come to pass in the fathful follower of Christ, can it be because both the willing and working of Christ in man is too weak to overcome that which the Devil wills and works in him? Certainly not! Yet, this absurdity–and even blasphemy–is implied in the very common doctrine that teaches that the Christian can never be done with sinning as long as he lives. If Christians continue to believe this absurdity, they will also continue to live sinfully, without caring whether or not they are doing God’s will on earth as it is done in heaven. They will have no concern about being pure, as Jesus who called them is pure, nor will they care to walk as He walked.

The only Christian known to Scripture is the person whose every action is that of a saint. If the saint of Scripture were not a man who shunned all evil and was holy in all his behavior, there would be no real difference between the saint and the carnal man. Preachers and writers comfort halfhearted Christians by telling them that God does not require a perfect, sinless obedience, but that He accepts the sincerity of our weak endeavors instead. Here, if ever, the blind lead the blind.

Paul, comparing the way of salvation to a race, said, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?” (1 Cor. 9:24). Now if Paul could see into the truth of the matter, then they must be blind who teach that God accepts everyone who runs in the religious race and that He does not require that anyone obtain the prize. Paul saw that the sincerity of our weak endeavors is, indeed, quite different from the required perfection of our lives. God accepts our weak attempts at perfection; that is, He bears with them. But He does not do so because He seeks or requires no more. Rather, He bears with them because through them we are moving toward the perfection that He absolutely requires. This perfection is the fullness of the stature of Christ in us, and it is what Paul said is the new creature who obtains the prize.

Paul was saying something that Christ had said in different words: “Strive to enter in at the strait gate” (Luke 13:24). In this verse, our best endeavors are called for and are therefore accepted by God. Yet, Christ added, “For many…will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (v. 24). Why is this? It is because Christ Himself is the one Door into life. Christ said that people strive, and Paul called them runners in a race. Christ called Himself the one Door of entrance, and Paul said that only one receives the prize. That one, who alone obtains the prize or who alone enters through the right door, is that new creature in whom Christ is truly born. Only Christ in us can be our hope of glory.”

 

Taken from “You Will Receive Power” by William Law

WHAT IS THE SOURCE?

“What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel.” (James 4:1-2b NASB)

The source of our conflicts, quarrels, murders and wars is lust. The word lust at its root means strong desire. Of course most of the time we see this word we think of it in a negative sense but in actuality it is strong desire which could be even for something good. For instance we may have a strong desire for family members to be saved. In that sense it would be a good thing wouldn’t it?

God created man for good but when man fell his inward makeup was turned toward evil. He was created with desire for his Creator but once fallen that same desire was turned toward self and selfish cravings. At root though is the same faculty we call desire. William Law says, “When, therefore, this natural life is deprived of or fallen from God, it can be nothing else in itself but an extremity of want continually desiring, and an extremity of desire continually wanting. And hence it is that its whole life can be nothing else but a plague and torment of covetousness, envy, pride, and wrath, all which is precisely nature, self, or Hell.”

It is just as James says. Our conflicts come from the strong desire built in to the creature for its creator. The fall brought with it an attitude of independence and a desire for worldly things, but when looking to the world for fulfillment of these desires it inevitably ends in wrath. Wrath born out of unfulfilled desire is to be expected though because of our being designed to desire God. There is essentially a lust or desire within each of us searching for relief from the disturbances brought on by the fall, but until we come to the only one that can satisfy that insatiable hunger we are destined for the spinning cycle of lusts, envy, pride and wrath.

William Law said, “All self or nature, must be in this state till some supernatural good comes into it or gets a birth in it. And therefore, every pain or disorder in the mind or body of any intelligent creature is an undeniable proof that it is in a fallen state and has lost that supernatural good for which it was created…Till fallen man is born again from above, till such a supernatural birth is brought forth in him by the eternal Word and Spirit of God, he can have no possible escape from these four elements of self or Hell.”

William Law listed covetousness, envy, pride and wrath to describe the Hell we live in without the new birth. These four are exactly what one gets when seeking to fulfill desires in the wrong manner. When the creature is attempting to be God he will inevitably end up in frustration and anger. Do yourself a favor and come to Christ. Let him recalibrate you and set you back in right relationship with God. Let him birth in you the only one that can bring an end to the quarrels, conflicts, strife and wars within you and among others.

William Law quotes taken from “The Spirit of Love”

Written by Louie

A TEMPORARY STATE OF RECOVERY

I once heard that matter was only spirit slowed down. What a thing to say huh? I mean how does someone come up with that? What gives a person the idea that matter is really spirit slowed down? Upon a little investigation I have come to think there may be something to this idea. If you think about it, science proves that everything is made of microscopic moving parts. If you look at anything with enough magnification you’ll discover while it may be dense it isn’t solid. Actually it is made up of hundreds of millions of atoms full of hundreds of millions of electrons with electrical charges that creates mass. I more than likely messed that up, but I am obviously not qualified to speak of such scientific equations. What I have written here is primarily my ponderings of God and his creation that I wanted to share with you. I hope you can follow my train of thought even though it may take you through some strange twists along the way. I pray that upon arriving at the end of this you will have been enlightened or at least challenged to think about these things.

With all that being said, I think we would all agree that God is only good and there is no evil in him, correct? We also believe this all good God is the one that created everything and even said, “It is good”, right? If we start with that we also know that this world or creation has both good and evil in it; so somehow God’s “Good” creation was corrupted bringing forth a duality of good and evil.

According to the scriptures there was a rebellion in Heaven and a war among the angels resulting in the removal of a third of them from their first abode. I am going to say the earth is where they were removed to even though we don’t have a verse specifically telling us this. This I think is proven by the very presence of evil in God’s good creation. So come along with me and my thoughts for a minute and see if this makes sense to you.

I know some will say Adam is responsible and that is true to an extent, but how did the “Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil appear on the Earth in the first place?” In Romans 8 we read “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” Let me just say, Evil was present in the Garden when Adam arrived on the scene, and God has no evil in him therefore it’s only logical to conclude evil must have come from the fallen angelic realm.

These fallen Angels spoiled the earth with their presence and it is my belief that God created all of this we see, in order to perform a recovery mission. It’s as if he slowed things down in order to deal with the evil that had been brought forth from the rebellious angelic realm. If he had let the mixture of good and evil continue, it would have eventually corrupted everything in its path, ending with nothing but pure evil. By slowing the process down the material creation now becomes a place where redemption is possible.

I know this may sound strange to some but thinking about these types of things is how I choose to spend my time. When Jesus was asked once “What is the greatest command?” He responded “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Loving God with all your mind tends to get overlooked sometimes. While you may think what I’m talking about here doesn’t fit with loving God with all your mind; I believe thinking great thoughts are a somewhat neglected part of worship. God has given us great capacity to understand many, many things, and if we spend all of our lives without using it we’re missing a big part of what he has gifted us with.

Let me end with a quote from William Law talking about this very thing. Could this really be the reason that old devil doesn’t like us? Could we, human beings, really be that old rebel Lucifer’s replacement? Law wrote “Now, the Good and Evil that is in this world is that same Good and Evil, and in the same strife that it was in the kingdom of the fallen angels, only with this happy difference, there it was under the devil’s power, and in a way to be wholly evil; here it is in a new compacted, or created state under the providence and blessing of God, appointed to bring forth a new kind of life, and display the wonders of divine love, till such time as a new race of angelical creatures born in this mixture of Good and Evil, shall be fit to receive the kingdom of Lucifer, restored to its first Glory?” (An excerpt taken from “An appeal to all who doubt the truths of the gospel” by William Law)

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Taken from “An appeal to all that doubt the truths of the gospel”, by William Law

Now consider, I pray you: the light and spirit of this world can no more be the Light and Spirit of immortal Souls, than grass and hay can be the food of angels; but is as different from the Light and Spirit of Heaven, as an angel is different from a Beast of the field. When therefore the soul of a man departs from his body, and is eternally cut off from all temporal light and spirit, what is it that can keep such a soul from falling into eternal darkness, unless it have in itself, that Light and Spirit, which is of the same nature with the Light and Spirit of Eternity, so that it may be in the Light of Heaven or Eternal Nature, as it was in the Light of this world in temporary nature.

Light and Spirit there must be in every thing that lives, but the death of the body takes away the light and spirit of this world; if therefore the Light and Spirit of Heaven be not born in the soul when it loses the body, it can only have that light and spirit, which is the very death and darkness of Hell.

When man lost the Light and Spirit of his creation, he lost it by turning the will and desire of his soul into an earthly life; this was his desire of knowing good and evil in this world. His fall therefore consisted in this, his soul lost its first innate, in-breathed Light and Spirit of Heaven, and instead of it, had only the light and spirit of temporary nature, to keep up for a time such a life in him from this world, as the proper creatures of this world have: And this is the reason, why man, the noblest creature that is in this world, has yet various circumstances of necessity, poverty, distress and shame, that are not common to other animals of this world. Tis because the creatures of this life are here at home, are the proper inhabitants of this world, and therefore that womb out of which they are born, has provided them with all that they want; but man being only fallen into it, and as a transgressor, must in many respects find himself in such wants as other creatures have not. Transitory time has brought them forth, and therefore they can have no pain, nor concern, not danger in passing away; because it is the very form of their nature, to begin, and to have an end: And therefore the God of Nature has no outward Laws, or directions for the creatures of this world.

But the soul of man being not born of the light and spirit of this transitory world, but only standing a while as a stranger upon Earth, and being under a necessity of having either the nature of an Angel, or a Devil, when it leaves this world, is met by the mercy and goodness of the God of nature, is inwardly and outwardly called, warned, directed, and assisted how to regain the Light and Spirit of Heaven which it lost, when it fell under the temporary light and spirit of this world. And this is the whole ground and end of revealed religion, viz., to kindle such a beginning or birth of the Divine Light and Spirit in the soul, that when man must take an eternal leave of the light and spirit of this world, he may not be in a state of eternal death and darkness.

Excerpt from “An appeal to all that doubt the truths of the gospel”, by William Law
          

William Law-The devotion of our common life

It is very observable, that there is not one command in all the Gospel for public worship; and perhaps it is a duty that is least insisted upon in Scripture of any other. The frequent attendance at it is never so much as mentioned in all the New Testament. Whereas that religion or devotion which is to govern the ordinary actions of our life is to be found in almost every verse of Scripture. Our blessed Saviour and His Apostles are wholly taken up in doctrines that relate to common life. They call us to renounce the world, and differ in every temper and way of life, from the spirit and the way of the world: to renounce all its goods, to fear none of its evils, to reject its joys, and have no value for its happiness: to be as new-born babes, that are born into a new state of things: to live as pilgrims in spiritual watching, in holy fear, and heavenly aspiring after another life: to take up our daily cross, to deny ourselves, to profess the blessedness of mourning, to seek the blessedness of poverty of spirit: to forsake the pride and vanity of riches, to take no thought for the morrow, to live in the profoundest state of humility, to rejoice in worldly sufferings: to reject the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life: to bear injuries, to forgive and bless our enemies, and to love mankind as God loveth them: to give up our whole hearts and affections to God, and strive to enter through the strait gate into a life of eternal glory.

This is the common devotion which our blessed Saviour taught, in order to make it the common life of all Christians. Is it not therefore exceeding strange that people should place so much piety in the attendance upon public worship, concerning which there is not one precept of our Lord’s to be found, and yet neglect these common duties of our ordinary life, which are commanded in every page of the Gospel? I call these duties the devotion of our common life, because if they are to be practiced, they must be made parts of our common life; they can have no place anywhere else.

William Law “A serious call to a devout and holy life”