Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
This morning in worship, I felt led to share the first couple of paragraphs from George Fox's letter to Lady Claypole.
It contains much useful spiritual counsel, and reveals much about how Fox viewed the interior world of human spiritual experience.
One of our attenders, whose first language is not English, asked questions about one particular passage;
"When you are in the transgression of the life of God in your own particular way, the mind flies up in the air, the creature is led into the night, nature goes out of its course, an old garment goes on, and an uppermost clothing: and your nature being led out of its course, it comes to be all on fire in the transgression, and that defaces the glory of the first body." (1658)
These are all ways of describing the experience of not being Light of Christ, in spiritual darkness, in the state of disobedience. We are led into wild thoughts and our own imaginations. The end of this, is to be inwardly burnt with God's Fire.
One part of this, though, I had never noticed before, and that is part where Fox describes the transgression "that defaces the glory of the first body".
I must confess that I am puzzled as to what this means; particularly the 'glory of the first body'.
I putting this out as a question to other New Foundation workers, to see if anyone can explain where this phrase comes from and open it's deeper spiritual meaning to us.
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