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to fetch me stops at my door, I may rise up instantly, and depart to meet the Lord in the air. Under this view, my heart is weaning more and more, I hope, from all things beneath the sun. Little of this world can I speak, for I know but little of its employments. I am seeking a better country, that is, an heavenly. And what is it to the man under sentence of death in Newgate, what is transacting on the royal exchange ?
And as to the full assurance of faith, respecting the possession of those immortal objects which open before me, I can and do say, with the humblest, but at the same time with the best grounded confidence, I know in whom I have believed; being confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun a good work in me, will perform it until the day of Jesus CHRIST. That crown of righteousness, which the Apostle declared was not only laid up for Him, but for all them that love the appearing of the LORD, is laid up for me also. I have examined myself by this standard also, as well as by every other which I know of; Do I love the Lord's appearing? Yes! I love His appearing in the conversion of every poor sinner whom God the Holy Ghost makes willing in the day of His power. I love His appearing in the gracious, seasonable, and suitable relief of all His tried family. I love His appearing in the defence of His oppressed ones from sin and Satan, in the ten thousand instances with which
they are exercised here below. And, I trust, I am of that happy number who are said to be looking for, and hasting unto, the coming of that great day of His appearing, when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe.
: Reader, farewell! May our experience, when
Jesus comes, correspond with the declaration of the prophet : It shall be said in that day, Lo! this is our God, we have waited for Him, and He will save us : this is the LORD, we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Amen.