Marginalia1557. Iune.are sent to me that I shoulde geue you spirituall counsell: for I am your spirituall pastor. Therefore here what I shall say to you.
Wood. Fyrst I desire you to heare me a few wordes. You haue said you will geue me spirituall counsell. Be you sure that you haue the spirite of God?
Chichest. MarginaliaThe Papistes in doubt whether they haue þe spirite of God.No, I am not sure of that.
Wood. No? be you not sure of that?
Chichest. No by Saint Mary, I dare not be so bolde to say so: I doubt of that.
Wood. Then you be lyke the waues of þe sea, as saith Saint Iames, that be tossed about with the wind, and be vnstable in all your wayes, and can looke for no good thing at the Lordes hand: Yea, ye are neyther hote nor colde, and therfore God wil spue you out of his mouth, as sayth S. Iohn. Then they were in a great fury, especially Doctor Story, saying.[Back to Top]
Story. MarginaliaD. Story in a fury.What a peruerse fellow is this? he hath the Deuill within hym, and is madde. He is worse then the Deuill. Now I perceaue that it is true that is reported by thee, and it is the pride of al such heretickes, to boast themselues.
Chichest. Yea surely, he is sent to me to learne, and taketh vpon hym to teach me.
Wood. I seing their blindnes and blasphemy, it made my hart melt, and mine eyes gushe out with teares, saying: The Iewes sayd to Christ, he had the Deuill, and was madde, as you haue said here by me. But I know, the seruaunt is not aboue his maister. And God forbid that I should learne of him that confesseth that he hath not the syirite of God.[Back to Top]
Chichest. MarginaliaHe is no true Christian that hath not the spirite of God.Why? do you thinke that you haue the spirite of God?
Wood. I beleue verely that I haue the spirit of God.
Chichest. You boost more then euer Paule did, or any of the Apostles, the which is great presumption.
Wood. I boast not in my selfe, but in the gift of God, as Paul did, for he sayd: Marginaliai. Cor. vij.he beleued verely that he had the spirit of God, making therof no doubtes, in the first to the Corrinthians the seuenth chapter.
Chichest. It is not so: you belie the text.
Wood. If it be not so, let me be burned to morrow.
Story. Thou shalt not be burned to morrow: but þu shalt be burned within these sixe dayes, I promise thee.
MarginaliaWhether Paul was sure to haue the spirite of Christ.Chichest. If it be so, it is wrong translated, as it is in a thousand places more.
Wood. Then one looked in a Latin testament, and an other in a Greeke Testament, and they sayd it was in them both, that Paul supposed that he had þe spirite of God, but he was not sure.
Chichest. Euen so I hope, and suppose that I haue the spirite of God, but I am not sure.
Wood. If that place be wrong translated, and so many places of the Bible as you say, then I may say with Christ, it cannot be auoided but offences must be geuē: But wo vnto them by whom they come. I may say wo vnto false Translatours. For cursed are they that adde or take away. But take you heede that you belie not the Translatours. I beleue they had the feare of God more before their eyes, then you report of them. And yet if that place bee wrong translated, I can proue places inough that Paule had the spirite of God, as I my selfe and all Gods elect haue.[Back to Top]
Chichest. How proue you that?
Wood. Marginaliai. Cor. vij.No man can beleue that Iesus is Lord, but by the holy ghost. First to the Corinth. the vij. I do beleue that Iesus Christ is my redemer, and that I shalbe saued from all my sinnes by his death and bloudsheding, as Paule and all the Apostles did, and as all faythfull people ought to do: which no man can do without the spirite of God. And there is no damnation to thē that are in Christ Iesus: so is there no saluation to them that are not in Christ Iesu. MarginaliaRom. viij.For he that hath not the spirite of Christ, is none of his, but is a cast away, as he saith in the same text. And agayne, we haue not receiued the[Back to Top]
spirite of bōdage, to feare any more; but we haue receiued the spirite of adoption, wherby we cry: Abba father. The same spirite certifieth our spirites, that we are the sonnes of God. MarginaliaRom. viij. Gal. iiij. Marginaliaij. Tim. j. Here are proofes inough, that Paule was sure that he had the spirite of God. Also S. Iohn saith: He that beleueth not that Christ is come in the flesh, is an Antichrist, and denieth both the father and the sonne: which is sinne againe the holy Ghost, which shall neuer be forgeuen in this world nor in the world to come. Besides al this, He that beleueth in God, dwelleth in God, and God in hym. So is it impossible to beleue in God, vnles God dwell in vs. MarginaliaThe Papistes bewray their own blindnes.Oh good God, what more iniury can be done vnto thee, then to mistrust that we haue receiued thy holy spirite by thy gift? Thus may all mē see their blindnes, and whose seruauntes they be, as they do declare them selues both by their wordes and deedes.[Back to Top]
Story. Oh my Lord, what an hereticke is thys same? Why heare you hym? Sende him to prison to his fellows in the Marshalsea, and they shalbe dispatched within these xij. dayes.
Wood. When I heard him say so, I reioysed greatly in my hart, desiring God, if it were his will, to keepe hym in that minde. For I looked surely to haue gone to þe Bishop of Londōs Colehouse, or to Lollards tower: yea I thought my selfe happy, if I might haue gone to Lollards tower: but it pleased God to put in the hartes of them, to send me to the Marshalsea amongest our brethren and my olde prison fellowes: MarginaliaRichard Woodman glad to go to the Marshalsey. So mercifully hath God dealt with me in easing of my burden, that I looked for. So when they perceaued that I feared not imprisonment, but rather reioyced, as they well perceiued, then sayd the Byshop: me thinkes he is not afrayde of the prison.[Back to Top]
Wood. No, I prayse the liuing God.
Story. This is an hereticke in deede: he hath the right termes of all heretickes: MarginaliaThe liuing God, is a point of heresie among the Catholickes.the liuing God. I pray you be there dead Gods, that you say, the liuing God?
Wood. Be you angry with me, because I speake the wordes which are written in the Bible?
Story. Bible babble, bible babble. MarginaliaStory scorneth at the holy Bible. What speakest thou of the bible? There is no such word written in all the Bible.
Wood. Then I am much to blame if it be not so written. MarginaliaBaruck. vj.Beholde, for the offenses that you haue done, you shall be caried away captiue by Nabuchadonoser to Babylon, and there ye shall be vij. generations: and when you be there, you shall see gods of Golde, of Siluer, of Wood, and of Stone borne before you and behinde you vpon mens shoulders, to cast out a feare among the Heathen. When you shall see all these abominations, then say you in your hart: it is the liuing God that ought to be worshipped. MarginaliaD. Story set to schole in þe scriptures.Here I proue my saying true, both that there is a liuing God, and that there be dead Gods. Also Dauid sayth in his Psalmes: MarginaliaPsal. 84. my soule hath a desire and longing to enter into the courtes of the Lord: My hart and my flesh reioyce in the liuing God: with diuers other places, that I could recite. Wherfore I maruell that you rebuke me for speaking the truth.[Back to Top]
Chiches. I do not deny but it is written, and is the truth, and I knowe it as well as you: but such is the speach of all heretickes. MarginaliaIf the liuing God in heauen do make an hereticke, what maketh then the dead God on the altar?
Story. My Lord, I will tel you how you shall know an hereticke by his wordes, because I haue bene more vsed to thē then you haue bene, that is: they will say (the Lord) and (we prayse God) and (the liuing god). MarginaliaStoryes rule to know an hereticke, that is, a true Christian. By these wordes you shall know an hereticke.[Back to Top]
Wood. All these wordes are writtē for our learning, and we are commaunded of the Prophetes to vse them dayly, as this: the Lordes name be praysed from the rising vp of the Sunne, vnto the going downe of the same. Also, as many as feare the Lord, say alwayes, the Lord be praysed.
Story. My Lord, send him to prison: MarginaliaWhen D. Story can not cōfute them by learning, he confuteth thē by imprisonment. you shal do no good with him. I will go to church & leaue you here. This is an old hereticke. Wast thou neuer before me ere now?
Wood. Yes forsooth, that I haue.
Story. Yea I trow so: and I sent thee to the Bishop of