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cious to me; and I can say, that I have more than a hope of interest in his love."
Finding that he was daily getting worse, he expressed' a desire to return home. It has," said he, frequently been my prayer, that I might die with my dear people, and that in my dying moments I might testify the reality and importance of those things which I have taught them from the pulpit.' He left Canterbury on Tuesday, Sept. 27, accompanied by a friend. Duriug the journey, he frequently spoke of divine things; and in one instance, what he uttered was particularly interesting. On being taken for a few minutes ont of the carriage, his breath was so much affected with the cold air, that his friend thought he was dying. However, in a little time he recovered, and they pro, ceeded on their journey. As soon as he was able to speak, he said, 'What a mercy was it, on your account, that I was not taken off ! But whilst I was in that state, I said to myself, Are you satisfied with your hope? I replied, Yes, I am, I know the foundation of it.' He then spoke of the nature of the Christian hope as a good hope, a blessed hope ; but above all, a hope full of immortality.
On reaching Hammersmith, about 5 in the afternoon, he was almost exhausted: yet afierwards, during the evening, he seemed as well as the evening before, except the loss of appetite, which had till this time been very good. On the morning of the 28th his friend saw bim much altered, and said to him, . You appear to be very weak.' His reply was,' If I am but strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, that will be sufficient.' He now desired that all his dear friends might see him; the poor,' said he, as well as the rich; let there be no distinction.' Accordingly, many came, and many more doubtless would have come to see him, had they known that his eyes would so soon be closed in death. To one he said, “I have lived with you, and loved you, and now I am come to die with you.' To another, - What à blessed thing to know, that when flesh and heart fail, God will be the strength of our hearts, and our portion for ever!'
Between 12 and one o'clock, several other friends came into the room; when, summoning up all his little remaining strength, he expressed himself in the following words :: 'In Christ, he is the only refuge for a poor sinner. That plan of salvation which secures the honour of God, and the eternal happiness of the sinner, is the glory of the gospel. I am a sinner saved by grace. We deserve damnation, but Christ has suffered and died for us. Excuse,' he added, my plainness : I am going; and I speak as one that must give account. I thank you for all your kind favours. The mercy of the Lord be with you all!' These were nearly the last intelligible words which he spoke. A Christjan friend coming into the room, he pronounced his name, and attempted to address him ; but the only words which were heard were, Right, - well.' The last word he uttered was, “Rejoice.' Such was the happy death of one of the best men that ever lived. Those who knew bim best, loved him most. He was indeed an eminently serious Christian, a steady friend, a scribe well instructed to the kingdom of Heaven, dependent on divine grace in a Redeemer, but actively persevering in that holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. He has been faithful unto death, and the Saviour in whom he gloried, the Master whom he served, has given him a crown of life.
Mr. Humphryes was interred in the Dissenters' Burial-Ground, Bunhill - Fields, Oct. 6, 1808; when an excellent address was delivered at the grave, by his friend, the Rev. W. Jay, of Bath, which was printed, together with the funeral-discourse, preached on the following Lord's Day at Hammersmith, by the Rev. Mr. Winter, to a very crowded and much-affected audience. We gladly refer our readers to those discourses for a more full account of the deceased, and for many useful observations made on the solemn occasion.
THE LAST ENEMY CONQUERED.
Numerous and strong are the Christian's foes :- they shall all, however, be eventually overcome, without the exception even of the mightiest ; for the last enemy, Death, shall be destroyed *.
And.is Death the believer's enemy? Is this the idea of it which believers are taught to entertain ? Does this sentiment harmonize with other declarations of Scripture, wherein death is recounted as one of the believer's blessings? Do we not speak of Death as a friendly messenger, whose office it is to convey the believer from a world of toil and sorrow, to the realms of joy ? True : but this office it is compelled to perform, contrary to its original design. Death, in itself, is an evil; and though, in virtue of the death of Jesus, it is under the necessity of performing a friendly part to the Christian, yet it acts against him, in no inconsiderable degree, with its natural and determined hostility; for,
While the believer is in the body, death often fills bim with fear and dread, and proves the bane of his peace. Some of the saints are all their life-time subject to bondage through fear of death. Many of them never attain, till a late period, any comfortable assurance of the divine favour ; while others do not attain it all. Taught highly to value the celestial bliss, they but feel the keener anguish when they recollect that death may soon in. gulph them in remediless woe. Apprehensive of being in a state of condemnation, the idea of deaih alarms, agitates, terrifies. It is not the thought, that death will cut him off from all the engagements of life, — it is the dread that death will find him
* I Cor. xv. 26.
unprepared for Heaven, that harrows up the soul! Death is the believer's enemy; - it disturbs his peace. Again,
Death, by the separation which it effects between the soul and body, impedes the completion of the believer's happiness in Heaven. However exquisite the bliss which the soul participates in the intermediate state, the felicity of the person must be incomplete, so long as the body, a constituent part of the person, is held in a state of incapability of enjoyment. From the condition of the disembodied spirit we must remove every idea of positive defect of bliss; it experiences no uneasiness. No sensation that will interrupt the joys, or ruffle the serenity of the mind, shall ever be felt. The body, however, is constituted the natural habitation of the soul. The happiness, therefore, of our immortal part in a state of disunion from our material frame, cannot be completely perfect. The body, from its original constitution and design, is the grand mean of increasing our intellectual felicities. All the senses were constituted so many avenues, by which new accessions of bliss should, in quick succession, find their way into the soul. But when these senses no longer perceive, when the body is no longer susceptible of any impression,—when it has mouldered away into dust, — all the pleasures which in the world of glory it may be the organ of conveying to the mind, must be denied to the glorified soul. It is death that first effected, and continues to maintain this disunion of soul and body. Death is, therefore, the Christian's enemy:
Besides, the body as well as the soul is capable of happiness. While death, however, retains it in his palsifying grasp, its powers are suspended, its capacities of enjoyment are destroyed. It can. not taste the bliss which it is destined to know when it shall partake of the glory of Christ! Then pleasures unspeakable shall thrill every fibre of our material frame, as well as possess every power of the soul! In short, the soul and the body are formed to be mutual blessings. All the felicities, therefore, which, in a state of perfection of powers, of capacities, and of bliss, the soul may impart to the body, or the body convey to the soul, are altogether unknown, while Death holds, under his despotic sway, the bodies of the saints. Death then, for a season, prevents the believer from enjoying, in his complete person, the felicities of Heaven. 0, what an enemy to the believer is Death! But what a consolation to the Christian, that of all his mighty foes, death is the last !
· The enemics of the saint are numerous indeed. They may however be reduced to the following: Sin and Satan, the World and Death. Against these various foes he must, with unremitting assiduity, contend. However splendid his victories over them, they will after all rally their broken forces, muster up their whole strength, and with fresh vigour, renew the contest. He must ever then exercise the utmost vigilance, circumspection, and care. Clad in the armour of God, and marching under the conduct of
his illustrious Commander, the Christian shall never lose a hattle. The armies of the aliens shall all be put to flight.-Hail happy day of the Christian's conquest !--when Satan, the world, and sin, shall be bruised under his victorious feet! But, ah! amid these shouts of triumph, a more dreadful enemy appears ! His countenance terrific, bis arm irresistible in might, his pur
pose mortal, and his heart relentless! - before whom conquerors · have fallen, - before whom the conquerors of the allied powers
of Earth and Hell have fallen, -- before whom the all-conquering Son of God himself once fell :-his name is Death! This, ihe last foe of men renewed, this, the last to exert his hostile power to im. pede their highest bliss. When bad passions can no longer har. rass with their turbulent operations on the heart, when sin can no longer contaminate with its impurity, when the pleasures of it have lost all their power to charm, to allure, to ensnare, when sin is perfectly destroyed, Death still reigns, still obstructs the believer's entire felicity! - when the believer is placed infinitely beyond the assaults of an insidious world, when he is no longer in danger of being fascinated with her enchanting prospects of pleasure, opulence, and power, - when her frowns can no longer, in any degree, intimidate, when he is transcendently superior to insult and scorn, to the gibbet and the stake, even then, Death, with his potent arm, seizes upon the saint, and ir ignominy drags his mortal part to the doleful mansions of the grave! When Satan, with his fiery darts, can harm no more the child of God, when, with his temptations, he can mar no more his peace,- even then, Death succeeds in his attempts to divest the body of its powers of action and capacities of enjoyment! As Deaih exercises dominion over believers, after they are infinitely and for ever beyond the influence of every other foe, it is obvious that of all their enemies Death is the last. Ever since the day on which he overcame a Heaven-born Child to the present hour, Death has been employed in achieving fresh victories! You, my Christian friends, shall also fall beneath his stroke, increase the Đumber of his slain, and add to the trophies of his power! But shall this unrelenting foe never cease to triumph ? Shall the heirs of glory never be raised from the dishonours of the dust ? Does no ray of hope begin to dawn? Yes; there does ! -- for it is affirmed, That this last enemy shall be destroyed; this great power shall be overthrown; this mighty hero, who has conquered millions, shall himself be conquered in the persons of believers **
-Such an enemy vanquished must be a sublime spectacle! Let us contemplate the grand catastrophe.
The word, to be destroyed, signifies to be divested of that power of which the subject spoken of is possessed, and to be re. duced to an incapacity of exerting it any nuore. Dcaih then shall be divested of his power to retain the bodies of the saints in the grave: then they shall instantly spring out of the dust! Jesus Christ is the Achiever of this important victory. Jesus, once
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in close conflict with this determined foe, fell beneath his awful stroke; but, in dying, he destroyed him that had the power of death, and of course death itself also received a mortal wound. As an evidence that his power over the Son of God in human nature was now completely broken, Jesus rose in triumph over Death, and ascended in glory, there to enjoy immortal life, there to reign till he put all enemies under his feet, till he shall destroy Death, by rescuing the bodies of all his people from bis iron grasp, and by liberating them from the fetters of the tomb. This destruction of Death will include in it, not only deliverance from his power, but a transcendent and eternal superiority over Death. The advantages which they will acquire upon this day of final victory will be numerous, grand, and everlasting !
That there will be a resurrection of the dead, has the uniforme attestation of Scripture. Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake ; some to everlasting life, and some to sbame and everlasting contempt.' • The hour is coming, in which all that are in their graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and shall come forth: they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. From these passages, then, it is evi. dent that there shall be a resurrection of the dead. This won. derful and stupendous effect will be produced by the voice of the Archangel and the trump of God. When the trumpet shall blow, its sound shall penetrate the caverns of the earth and the recesses of the sea ! - the ears that have been deaf to ten thousand thunders, shall be unstopped when the voice of Life and Power shall call' Awake, ye dead, and come to judgment!' - the living shall start and be changed, and the dead shall suddenly arise at the resistless voice. Then the souls of the saints shali retake pos. session of their former much-loved habitations! - and then they shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Again,
If the bodies of the saints are not orly raised from the tomb, but endowed with more glorious qualilies than they formerly possessed, Death will be overcome, - more than overcome.
Though our bodies, at the resurrection, will be substantially the same; yet as matter is capable of exquisite refinement, they may be changed in a most amazing manner. The bodies of believers will be raised, incorruptible, glorious, powerful, and spiritual bodies. The body will be raised in incorruption ; it will then be 'incapable of pain, sickness, and death ; it will be raised in glory; it will then be adorned with a visible splendor, brighter than the sun in his meridian lustre; it will be raised in power, endowed with almost angelic degrees of strength, vigour, and activity. Then will it be able to bear up under the exceed ing great and eternal weight of glory! It will be raised a spirit. ual body, formed to a noble superiority to the mean gratifications of this imperfect state, and fitted to be the instrument of the soul in the most exalted services of the heavenly and divige life.