… If we have been united with him in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – because anyone who has died has been freed from sin … – Romans 6:5-7 (NIV)
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“Sin” can involve something other than guilt: it can be our failing to live up to our end of the relationship. The death Paul speaks of in this passage, among others, dissolves the hard shell of ego or selfishness or self-centeredness that separates us from yielding to the Inward Light or the love God extends to us. It can free us to grow as the Holy One wants us to be.
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Let none any longer inquire at a Distance after the Quakers and their Principle …
But let them remember the Answer of Philip, who bid him, Come and see; so shall they meet with Satisfaction in that inward Principle of Divine Light, and the professors of it, which hath made many, and now hath it made me, a spiritual Traveller for Souls eternal Welfare. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)