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kingdom of our Father. So wonderfully will this fickly, diseased, afflicted body of mine be changed, that it will neither need food, physic, nor sleep; but be as the angels of God, which are in heaven. Then shall I be seated on a throne, along with those blessed ones who, as our divine Redeemer tells us, ihall judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
O happy, triumphant day! Day of refreshment from the presence of the Lord, after the labours and toils of this pilgrimage-state! The favour of the great Judge of all will then appear to be of infinite value. It is of little consequence who are my friends, or who my enemies in the present state; if Jesus Christ be my Friend, it is enough. He is now my Advocate with the Father, and will then be my Judge, to acquit me from every charge, through his own all-perfect righteousness. He will then own and honour the meanest of his followers, and look on them with a smile of approbation and favour, which will fill their souls with unspeakable joy. The meaning of our text will then be perfectly unfolded, and sweetly realized, In his favour
Think, O pious reader, on that happy period when the once suffering, but now exalted Saviour will receive all his followers, with a hearty welcome, to the promised kingdom, prepared for them
from the foundation of the world. When he will say, with his own gracious lips, in the presence and hearing of assembled worlds, “ Come, ye blessed of my Father, approach to me, come to my arms, come to my busom. Come, and receive the kingdom of which you have so often heard, and for which
you have so long hoped and waited with ear. neft expectation. Come, and enter into the full and everlasting possession of it. Come, and sit with me on my throne, even as I, your Leader, and the Captain of your falvation, have overcoinc all enemies, and am sat down with my Father on his throne. Welcome, my dear disciples, to your heavenly reft. Enter ye into the joy of your Lord. Ye have been faithful unto death, and I now give you, according to my promise, the crown of life. You have owned me on earth, and I now will own you in heaven. Ye ihall be mine for ever.
You chose and preferred my favour before the world, and now you shall possess it to your full satisfaction. You shall be placed on my right hand, while others, as you fee, stand on my left. I manifested my favour to you, in some degree, while you sojourned in the wilderness below, but now I will do it more fully and completely. Come to my everlasting embrace, from which nothing can henceforth exclude you. To bring you to this enjoyment, I gave my
ransom for you. It was the great end for which I died. This was the joy which was set before me, when I endured the cross, and despised the shame, iliat I might bring inany fons unto glory. This is the felicity which I promised to bestow upon you; and you see, I have not deceived you. These are the mansions I came before you to prepare. This is the kingdom which it is your Father's good pleafure to give you. It is not the reward of any meritorious actions which you have performed, but a fruit of that free favour of God which is and by which you live for ever.”
What can we suppose the ranfomed of the Lord to say, in answer to this gracious proclamation from the eternal throne? Will they not, in the deepest self-abasement, and with raptures of astonishment and divine delight, ascribe all their falvation to God, and to the Lamb? Will they not cry with a loud voice, tuned to celestial harmony, Blessing and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever!"
Let the reader who is born from above, and called, by divine grace, to glory and virtue, realize to himself, by the elevations of devout contempla. tion, the enjoyments, the honours, and the tranfports of that day, which will more than crown all
his wishes, and far exceed his most enlarged expectations. Let hiin bear with patience and fortitude the trials and troubles of his wasting and transitory life, and reckon that the afflictions of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Let him look on death as a vanquished foe, and even bid him welcome when he approaches; for the favour of God is life to the dying believer. Let him say, as fortified by a well-grounded hope of interest in this, “ I can now bid adieu to this vain world, and to all it contains; I can venture down into the peaceful
grave, where my body shall sleep, as in a bed of spices, till the great rising day; while my soul ascends to Abraham's bosom. My heart is glad, and my glory rejviceth; my flesh also shall rest in hope; for I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes thall behold, and not another, though my reins be consumed within me."
# When death appears before my fight
My courage dies away.
044 How shall I meet this potent foe,
Whose frown my soul alarms? Dark horror fits
his brow, And vict'ry waits his arms.
But see my glorious Leader nigh!
My Lord, my Saviour lives; Before him all death's terrors fly;
My fainting heart revives.
Lord, let thy love be my defence,
My shield for ever near;
And never yield to fear.
Then shall I meet the dreadful hour,
With fortitude divine;
The conquest must be mine.
Slain in the mortal strife ;
To a diviner life.
Lord, I commit my soul to thee ;
Accept the sacred trust, Receive this nobler
When all thy saints shall rise,
Attend thee in the skies,