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Pordage, John - Outward and inward courts



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The Wisdom of John Pordage [editor Arthur Versluis]

In the outward court, the eye of eternity is shut; in the holy place, the eye is dilated; and in the holiest of all, the state and majesty of the trinity is displayed.  The contraction of the eye is God shutting himself up in his own mystery; here the eye of eternity only appears as the point and centre of the globe of eternity.  The whole fullness of the Deity is contained and as it were locked up in this contracted eye, which gives being to the outward court


As long as the eye is shut, the whole globe of eternity is the outward court, but as soon as the eye is opened, it is the inward court, for the Deity manifesting himself makes the outward court to disappear, and presents the inward.  No spirit can pass at will from the outward court to the inward, but must await the opening of the eye.

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Pordage, John

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