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gracious Offers he hath made, and the Laws he hath prescribed. Let us therefore highly prize this glorious Revelation, improve it as our greatest Privilege, receiving the Doctrines that are there taught, and complying with the Offers that are there made, and making it our constant Care to observe the Laws which are there given us: And then we may hope to obtain that heavenly Life and Happiness that is there promised: For Christ will be the Author of eternal Salvation unto all them that obey him. Heb. v. 9.
I shall conclude this Discourse with those remarkable Words of the inspired Writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews; See that ye refuse not him that Jpeaketh; for, if they escaped not who refused him that spake on Earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from Heaven. How shall we escape, if we neglec?so great Salvation, which at thefirfi began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that beard him; God also bearing them Witness, both with Signs and Wonders, and with divers Miracles, and Gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own Wills Heb. ii. 3, 4. xii. 25.
Matthew xvii. 4——9.
Iben answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lords it is good for us to be here: If thou wilt, let us make here three Tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While be yet spake, behold, a bright Cloud overshadowed them: And behold, a Voice out of the Cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And, when the Disciples heard it, they fell on their Face, and were fore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And, when they had
lifted up their Eyes, they saw no Man, save Jesus only. And, as they came down from the Mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, 'Tell the Vision to no Man, until
the Son of Man be risen again from the
OU R Saviour's Transfiguration was an Event of a very extraordinary Nature, and which well deserveth our most attentive Consideration. In my former Discourses on this Subject, after having made some Observations upon the Manner in which the Evangelists introduce the Relation they give us of it, I considered the wonderful Change that then passed upon our Lord, with Respect to his outward bodily Apppearance: His Face did shine as the Sun, and his Raiment was white as the Light. I then proceeded to consider what is here related concerning Moses and Elias's appearing in Glory, and conversing with him about his Deceaje, which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. The last Thing that was observed was the Testimony which was given to our blessed Lord by a Voice from the Cloud of Glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well please d\ hear ye him.
It now remaineth that, according to the Order proposed, we consider the Effect
which all this had upon his Disciples who were Eye-witnesses of that wonderful Event.
St. Luke informs us, that Peter and they that were with him were heavy with Sleep .* And, when they were awake, they saw his Glory, and the two Men that Jlood with him. Luke ix. 32. Whilst our Lord was praying, perhaps at some Distance from the Disciples, and probably continued for a considerable Time, as he frequently did in that sacred Exercise, they became heavy with Sleep. And this is the less to be wondered at, if, as some suppose, the Night was by this Time pretty far advanced; for it was probably in the Evening that our Lord ascended the Mount with his Disciples; and it appears from Luke ix. 37, that they did not come down from the Hill till the next Day. As they were asteep, they did not see when the glorious Change came first upon our Lord, or when Moses and Elias first came from Heaven to visit him. But God ordered it so, that they awaked in the Midst of all that Glory. And we may more easily conceive than express the Surprise and Astonishment they were in, when, upon opening their Eyes, they beheld the unutterable dazzling Splendor and Radiancy of our Lord's Countenance, Jhining like the Mid-day Sun \ and saw two of the
Inhabitants Inhabitants of the heavenly World appear* ing in Glory and conversing with him. And, if this happened whilst it was yet Night, or the Morning but beginning to dawn, the Sight was still more glorious and amazing. This no Doubt put all their Powers in Motion, and roused their Senses to a vigorous Exercise; their Attention became strongly engaged, so that they found themselves thoroughly awakened, and could be as* sure of it as any Man can be of what he hears and fees. But who can describe the Passions of Wonder, Love, and Joy, that then / seized and possessed their Minds, to find themselves at once transported as it were into Heaven itself! Such and more joyful may we suppose will be the Surprise of the pious Soul, when, upon it's leaving the Body, it shall be carried by Angels into the Regions of Bliss. It was but a few Moments before imprisoned in a diseased Body, exposed to manifest Sorrows and Evils, in a State of Darkness and Infirmity; but now all Things are new, it is entered into the Paradise of Gad, and a most glorious and delightful Scene openeth to it's View.