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“ salvation of my God. It is indeed a solemn ““ idea, that in a few hours I am to appear “ before GOD, the Judge of all. But it is my “ mercy, that I am come also to Jesus the “ Mediator of the new covenant. While, there“ fore, I look at Him, who is Fellow to the “ LORD of Hosts, I find holy confidence. For “ I discover in Him, and His redemption, a full, “ complete, and all-sufficient righteousness, “ adequate to every want, and answering to “ every demand, to satisfy the law of GOD. • 6 Under the influence of this well-grounded 66 persuasion, which GOD the eternal Spirit “ (I trust) hath graciously wrought in my soul; ". I have more than once, since this illness, “ been refreshed by the same comfortable « promise, with which the Lord favored the “ Patriarch of old, to encourage him in his
journey ; Fear not to go down into Egypt, I 6 will go down with thee. So, methinks, the “ LORD encourageth me. And I know indeed “ that Jesus will go down with me to the « chambers of the grave. He hath the keys of “hell and the grave. He openeth, and no man ~ shutteth. He shutteth, and no man openeth. “ Oh! it is a rapturous consideration to my • soul, that in all places, and in all states, my “ Redeemer is with me. The covenant holds " as firm as ever in the grave And death, 66 which dissolves all other bonds, looseth not “ the bonds of the everlasting covenant. Our “ union, my brother,” (he continued) -« with “ our great mystical Head, is as perfect when
56 in the dust of the grave, as when that dust is si animated in the body. When Jesus from “ the bush proclaimed himself the God of “ Abraham, and the God of Isaac; and the « God of Jacob; this blessed distinction of 186 character was carefully marked and preserved," * God is not the God of the dead; but of the “ living; for all live unto Him." 6 Those * patriarchs, though mouldered at that time 6 for many years into dust, were still as much * living to God, in all the purposes of cove“ nant-connections, in their dust; as when in * an animated body. And hence the Apostle “ observes, whether we live, we live to the LORD; “ or whether we die, we die to the LORD; " whether we live therefore or die; we are the “ LORD'S.”
My friend paused a moment to recover strength, and then proceeded.--- This body of " mine, my dear brother, will very shortly be “ fit only for worms and corruption. And “ when in this state, the tenderest hearted
friend, the fondest lover would say of such a « carcase, however engaging before it might “ have been, as Abraham did of Sarah; Bury my “ dead out of my sight. But as these sensations " are not His, with whom we have to do; as “ Jesus never set His affection at first upon His “ people, for the comeliness of their persons ; “ só neither doth that affection lessén, when 66 their comeliness is turned into corruption “ Neither is their union with His person, even 5 for a moment only, interrupted by death.
" For as the Divine and human nature of the “ Lord Jesus received not the smallest sepa“ ration, when He died upon the cross; so'of " that union between Jesus and the members of ** His mystical body, there is no dissolution, “when their bodies are gathered unto their “ fathers, and they see corruption. For their • souls are received into His bosom; and with i respect to their bodies also, they still live to “ Him. Because I live (saith Jesus) ye live “ also. Every particle of their dust is the same “ to their great spiritual Head, when dust, as <? before that change. For as the union of os Jesus with their whole persons, that is, their * bodies as well as their souls, is indissoluble ; " it is evident that the same must continue with " the dust of their bodies. And hence when " Jesus saith, Fear not to go down into the « grave, I will go with thee; it explains in is what a tender and consoling sense we are to y understand this. And indeed as in death, so “ in the resurrection, their certainty of this ( glorious event ariseth from the same con“ sideration ; for if (saith the Apostle) the “ Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the “ dead, dwell in you ; He that raised up Christ s from the dead, shall also quichen your mortal 5 lodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.* « And thus the resurrection of the just is cer- . - tified to them, not simply by the power of “ GOD, but from the indwelling residence of
* Rom. viii. 11.
“ the saine Spirit of God, by which they are “ first awakened in grace to a new and spiritual “ life, and then finally quickened to eternal “ glory, by virtue of their union to the person 6 of Jesus, from the operations of the Holy « Ghost.”
My friend would have proceeded, but his strength did not admit of it. He took occasion, however, at every interval possible, 'to say somewhat suited to the circumstances of a dying saint. The poor stable-boy was indulged by his master to spend much of his time in the sick chamber; and the many precious sayings which fell from him by way of caution, encouragement, advice and entreaty, became truly edifying and refreshing both to him and to every attendant around,
It would swell the history of my pilgrimage to a large volume indeed, were the whole of the circumstances which attended my friend's departure, to be set down in it. The reader will excuse the omission, I hope, and rest. satisfied without any further enumeration of particulars, than just to observe, that he continued to the latest moment in the perfect enjoyinent of his senses and the Divine consolations. He sunk gradually; and as he fell lower and lower, the words which he uttered evidently proved, that his views of the glory about to open upon him were fuller and brighter. I sat by him, with his hand clasped in mine, when he died. The last words on his trembling lips were-Dear LORD!
-I buried him without pomp, and without any mourners but the poor stable-boy and myself, in a vacant corner of the parochial church-yard.
The youth returned with me to the inn, where we took an affectionate leave of each other. I could only say,-May He who hath, I trust, begun a good work in you, perform it until the day of Jesus Christ!
On the morrow, having discharged all expences incurred at the inn, I left it without regret. -The situation of our first parents, so tenderly described by the poet,* seemed applicable to my case ; and I quoted the passage tomy mind as I crossed the court-yard.
“ Some natural tears they dropp’d, but wip'd them soon.
The time was now arrived, when a reverse of situation was to take place in the circumstances of my pilgrimage. Hitherto I had met with little else but joy and peace in believing. Some few natural fears and apprehensions, arising from the remains of unbelief, had now and then it is true) arisen in my mind; but the LORD had so graciously overruled them, that they generally ended in my stronger assurance.
I have been often led since to reflect, with peculiar pleasure, on the wisdom as well as the mercy of that process of grace, through which the LORD is leading His people. Like Israel