"We will not be obedient to thy drawings: we will not be concentrated in thee.
"Come to the banqueting house," the temple of peace where "the Lord's banner over you will be love," and his mercy "will comfort you on every side." "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies; fulfill ye the joy" of all who wish Sion's prosperity: "be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind, submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. He is my record how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ, in whom there is neither Greek nor Jew, neither bond nor free," "but Christ is all in all. My heart is enlarged: for a recompense in the same, be ye also enlarged," and grant me my humble, perhaps my dying request: reject not my plea for peace. If it be not strong, it is earnest: for (considering my bodily weakness) I write it at the hazard of my life.
But why should I drop a hint about so insignificant a life, when I can move you to accept of terms of reconcilation by the life and death, by the resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ? I beseech you, "put on, as the (Protestant) elect of God, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long suffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another; even as Christ loved and forgave you, so also do ye." Instead of absurdly charging one another with heresy, embrace one another, and triumph together in Christ. "Come up out of the wilderness" of idle controversy, "leaning upon each other as brethren, holy and beloved:" and with your joint forces attack your common enemies, Pharisaism, Antinomianism, and infidelity.
Thus united, how happy are ye among yourselves! How formidable to your enemies! The men of the world are astonished, and say, "Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?" Surely it is a Church formed upon the model of the primitive Church. These people are Christians indeed. See how they "provoke one another to love and to good works!"
Such will be the fruit of your reconciliation. When Pharisaism and Antinomianism shall be destroyed, the Church will be "sanctified, cleansed, and ready to be presented to Christ—a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing." Then shall we sing with truth, what we sing without propriety:
"Love, like death, has all destroy'd, Render'd all distinctions void: Names, and sects, and parties fall, Thou, 0 Christ, art all in all."
"Be at peace among yourselves," or sing at your love-feasts:
Love has not our pride destroy 'd,
Render'd our distinctions void;
Names, and sects, and parties rise,
Peace retires, and mounts the skies.