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they that have done good, unto the resurrection of we are assured by one who was well qualified to life; and they that have done evil, unto the resur- judge, "They were vain in their imaginations: rection of damnation.” Thus both the chief butler their foolish heart was darkened. And professing and chief baker were released at the same time, themselves wise, they became fools.” and from the same confinement- the one to be ad They had, indeed, their surmisingi concerning vanced, and the other to be executed. The grave, a future state; they brought forward some strong to the believer, is an avenue to heaven. It is the probabilities in its favor; and aided in their reasondress-chamber, in which the church puts on her ings by hints of unacknowledged tradition, some beautiful garments, lo arise and meet the Lord in fine and worthy sentiments escaped from them. the air. But to others, it is the condemned cell in But they never taught life and immortality as a which the malefactor is lodged till he is led out to doctrine; they never employed it as a principle and punishment. That can hardly be called a deliver- motive. They had no authority to publish it to ance, that releases a man from a bad condition and others: and not one of them was sure of the thing consigns him to a worse. It would be well if the in his own mind. And, as Paley well remarks, bodies of the wicked could remain where by death ‘Conjecture and opinion are not knowledge: and they are deposited: but this is impossible. The in religion, nothing more is known than is proved." bodies those bodies which you have so indulged, Thus the world by wisdom knew not God; and if $0 pampered, so adorned: the bodies which death this was the case with the wise and the learned, delivers to the worms, the resurrection will deliver what was it with the common people, with the old, to the flames !
with children, with the busy and engrossed, who And where are you now? Take the hemp or could only eat their bread by the sweat of their the steel, and destroy yourself. Ah! this too is brow? The 'apostle, therefore, speaking of the impossible. The soul is instantly before God. You Gentiles, says, they were left,"It haply they might have got rid only of one part of you. And even feel after Him, and find Hini”—an expression borthe part you have demolished, will be re-animated rowed from the blind, who grope for their object, and rendered invulnerable—and you shall seek and their way, uncertain of success, and in danger death, but shall not find it; and shall desire to die, of hurting themselves by their own efforts. but death shall flee from you.
But did not the Jews know? We make no -But why do I thus address you? It is that, by scruple to say, they did. To them pertained the awakening your consciences from a fatal security, oracles of God. He gave his word unto Jacob; his I may in time dispose you to ask, “What must I statutes and his judgments unto Israel; and dealt do to be saved ?" I am sure of this, that I would not so with any other people. David said, “ Thou not have enlarged upon your awful condition, had shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward reI not believed thai there is hope in Israel concern-ceive me to glory." Jacob, even in death, was ing this thing; and that none of you are excluded "waiting for the salvation of God." How explicit from it, unless those who exclude themselves. But was the profession of Job, "I know that my Reso it is. The Saviour stands before you in all the deemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter combined forms of power and of pity. He is able- day upon the earth; and though atter my skin he is willing to save unto the uttermost. Seek him worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shals I see while he may be found. Call upon him while he is God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes near. Wait for no qualifications to recommend shall behold, and not another, although my reins be you to his gracious notice. He requires none. If consumed within me." Paul and Silas were here, they would say, “Be -How, then, could "life and immortality be Jieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be brought to light through the gospel ?" We answer. saved." Plead not, as an objection, your unworthi- The word gospel may be taken two ways. The ness. This should only increase the earnestness of one more general, for revelation at farge ; and thus your application. Behold the number and the cha- it is to be understood when it is said, "The gospel racter of those who have obtained mercy. Read was preached to the Jews, but the word preached his word: and hear him not only allowing, but in- did not profit them.” And thus it is to be underviting and commanding you to approach, with the stood when it is said, “The Scripture, foreseeing assurance, " him that cometh unto me, I will in no that God would justify the heathen through faith, wise cast' out.” Obey his voice. Commit your preached before the gospel unto. Abraham, saying, selves into his hands. And you shall never come in thee shall all nations be blessed." The other is idlo condemnation, but shall pass from death unto more restricted, and signifies the evangelical dislife. And though even then, if you wait, the grave pensation : commencing with the ministry of our is your house, it will only be a peaceful and tem- Lord, and including not only the discourses which porary residence to sleep in; and you will finally he personally delivered, but all the inspired comenter another house-a building of God, a house munications of the apostles. Now, if we take the pot made with hands-eternal in the heavens. word gospel here in the former sense, the meaning
is, that it brought life and immortality to light
really. But if taken in the latter sense, then the LECTURE XII.
meaning is, that it brought life and immortality to
light pre-eminently. And it must be confessed that THE CHRISTIAN, IN HEAVEN.
this is the more common acceptation of the term, " Who hath brought life and immorlality to light and so it is required to be taken in the passage be
The dawn was visible before: but now througi the gospel.”—2 Tim. i. 10.
the day appeared. To the Jews the Sun of RightDid the heathen then know nothing of life and eousness was below the horizon; on us he has immortality before? They had their schools and risen with healing under his wings; and Christians their philosophers. Some of them acquired great are all the children of the light and of the day: distinction and fame. Their sagacity and learning God having provided some better thing for us, that were deep and extensive. They were enriched they without us should not be made perfect. Hence by a long succession of preceding discoveries and our Saviour said to his disciples-not comparing improvements. In the various arts and sciences them with the Gentiles, but with their own nation : they much excelled; and he that would see a fine “Many prophets and righteous men have desired to piece of statuary must fetch it from the ruins of see the things that ye see, and have not seen them; Greece and Rome. But, as to the things of God, I and to hear the things which ye hear, and have
not heard them. But blessed are your eyes, for Of the full disclosure of the heavenly world, there they see, and your ears, for they hear."
is a moral and a natural prevention. It would not Therefore, while for a knowledge of life and im- be proper, it it were possible; and it would not be mortality we repair to the Scripture only, we must possible, if it were proper. Let us explain. look peculiarly into the New Testament, where we Theonly wise God has attempered even our senses are furnished with clearer decisions, and ampler to our present condition. The measure in which representations; and above all, with illustrations we possess them, is admirably fitted to the functions and pledges, in a risen and glorified Saviour.- and enjoyments of life. It is easy to perceive that Here again, the unrivalled excellency of Christian- if our feeling was more exquisite, it would annoy ity appears. How unsatisfactory, how cold, how us; and that if our hearing was increased, it would mean, how gross, how absurd, how disgusting, are prove our inconvenience; and that if our eye was the intimations of Deism, the Elysian fields of to become microscopic, we should be afraid to move. Pagan poetry, the rewards of Hindooism, the para- It is precisely the same with our knowledge. This dise of Mohammedism-when placed by the side of is adjusted in conformity to the claims of our prethe “life and immortalitv brought to light through sent sphere of action and happiness. We are now the gospel!"
in a mixed state, where sorrow is necessary as well Through the discoveries of this gospel we are as pleasure; and darkness as well as light. Some going to finish our series of Lectures, by viewing duties, if they do not entirely result from our ignoThe Christian in his final destination. You have rance, are enforced by it. Witness the admonition seen him-In Christ, the source of all his princi- of the Saviour: "Watch, for ye know not the day ples, and consolations, and hopes. You have seen or the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.' him-Withdrawing into his CLOSET, and dealing We are in a course of trial and discipline; where much with God alone. You have seen him—Leav- the grand principle of our training is confidence; ing his retirement, and stepping into his Family, where we are tu walk by faith, and not by sight; and with his house serving God. You have seen for we are to honor God by trusting in him; and him-Joining himself to God's people; and walk- to follow the example of our father Abraham, who ing in the Church in all the commandments and by faith, when he was called to go out into a place ordinances of the Lord blameless. You have seen which he should afterwards receive for an inherithim-In the World, but not of it. You have seen ance, obeyed, and went out, not knowing whither him-Safe and sanctified in PROSPERITY. You have he went"_satisfied with his Guide, and the assurseen him-Supported and comforted in ADVERSITY. ance he had received; and leaving all the inquiries You have seen him--In his Spiritual Sorrows which restless curiosity, and proud reasonings, and hanging bis harp on the willows. You have seen— conferring with flesh and blood, would have genderThe Joy of the Lord his strength. You have sur-ed, as unworthy a thought. veyed him—In the valley of the shadow of DEATH ; We may venture to atfirm, that if heaven was and have seen that his end is peace. You have now fully laul open to our view, it would be so imseen him though-Laid in the Grave, not left there; pressive and engrossing, as to render every thing but rising into newness of life. And now you are here insignificant and uninteresting, and loosen and to view bim--In HEAVEN. Four things will engage detach us from all our present engagements. St. your attention. The
Pierre tells us of his returning to France in a ship I. REGARDS THE DEGREE OF OUR PRESENT KNOW
that had been absent several years in the East Indies. LEDGE OF THE HEAVENLY WORLD.--The
“And when,” says he," the crew approached their
native country, they were all eagerness to discern II. THE MANNER IN WHICH THE SCRIPTURE Aids us it. Some of them mounted the rigging: some of IN CONCEIVING OF A SUBJECT SO VAST AND DIFFICULT.- them employed the glass. By-and-by an exclamaThe
tion was heard, 'Yonder it is!' Then they became III. ITS PRINCIPAL CONSTITUENTS.-And
thoughtful, and listless. But when they drew nearer IV. THE INSTRUCTIONS AND IMPRESSIONS WE SHOULD ers, that reminded them of the spots on which they
and began to discover the tops of the hills and towDERIVE FROM THE CONTEMPLATION OF THE CHRISTIAN had been brought up; they knew not how to contain
themselves. They dressed themselves in their best I. REGARDS THE DEGREE OF OUR PRESENT KNOW- apparel; they brought out the presents designed for
their connections. But when the vessel entered the Have you never, my brethren, when perusing the harbor; and they saw their friends and relations sacred writings, been struck with a kind of contra
on the quay, streiching forth their hands to embrace diction ? Here, in one place, you say, I read that them, many of them leaped from the ship, and other "life and immortality are brought to light;" and in hands were employed to bring it to its moorings.” another, I am told of the glory that shall be reveal-Ah! Christians, could you see the better country ed." In one I am assured, that“ eye hath not seen, bound-could you behold your connections there,
from which you were born, and to which you are nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them ready to receive
you; your station would soon be that love him." And yet in another it is said, deserted, and other agents would be wanted to carry “God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit." But this apparent contradiction supplies us with the
Wego further! and we say that the full disclosure fact we are remarking; and the apostle John has of heaven would not only derange the present order fully expressed it when he says, “It doth not yet
of things, but endanger, injure, and destroy the appear what we shall be ; but this we know, thai very being to whom it was presented. Our physiwhen he shall appear we shall be like him, for we cal powers have their limits; and from many inshall see him as he is.” That is, we know something stances in the Scriptures, we see the effects of an of it; but much, very much, remains concealed. - excess of excitement or impression. Accustomed We have some developments in the sacred pages, sight of Solomon's glory, had no more spirit in ber.
as she was to grandeur, the queen of Sheba, at the and in the illuminations of the Holy Ghost
Jacob fainted away when he saw the wagons to Yet we are able only to survey
convey him to his son Joseph. When the angel Dawnings of beams, and glimmerings of day; approached Daniel, there was no strength in him, Heaven's fuller affluence mocks our dazzled sight; for his comeliness was turned in him to corruption. Too great its swiftness, and too strong its light. And though John had often reclined on his bosom,
IN THE POSSESSION OF IT.
LEDGE OF THE HEAVENLY WORLD.
CEIVING OF A SCBJECT SO DIFFICULT AND VAST.
when the Saviour appeared to him, he fell at his feetrience in passing from death unto life. Now are as dead. No; we have not eyes to see that bril- they the sons of God; and they have ihe Spirit of liancy now; we have not ears to endure that melody adoption. They have tasted that the Lord is granow, we have not frames to bear up under that cious; and they know the things that are freely weight of glory now. “Flesh and blood cannot given them of God. But though the sacred writers inherit the kingdom of God."
view grace and glory as inseparable, and indeed The full knowledge, therefore, is no more prace consider them as ihe same in kind, they remark the ticable than it is expedient. We have no adequate difference there is in degree. Here the new creamedium of receiving the communication; and ture is in its infancy; there it comes to the meaheaven entering the mind now, is like the sun en- sure of the fulness of the stature of Christ. Here tering the house through a few little crevices, or we are faithful over a few things; there we are the sea flowing through the hollow of a straw.- made rulers over many things Here we are saved There is an amazing force in language, as we see by hope ; there we possess the reality. Here we in some most powerful and affecting works : but walk by faith; there by sight. Now we have the words, however chosen, can no more express hea- first-fruits of the Spirit; ihen the whole harvest. ven, than paint can do justice to light, or heat, or Now we have the earnest; then the inheritance. joy. All our modes of apprehending and feeling, The Christian is therefore led from his present are not refined and exalted enough to take a com- experience to his future attainments; and there is pleie hold of an object so peculiar and spiritual.— no way of his conceiving of heaven so affecting, Even our thoughts, that seem to "leave dull mor- as to take his best views and frames now, and to tality behind,” here labor and strive in vain: and imagine them perfect and perpetual. He can learn one of the sublimest understandings that ever soar- more from one hour's communion with God, than ed, even also when inspired, could only exclaim, from all the books he ever read. There are ordi"Oh! bow great is the goodness which thou hast nances, in the use of which he is sometimes filled laid up for them that fear thee."
with all joy and peace in believing; and he can This, however, is not to be taken absolutely. I say, With all our deficiencies, we are not ignorant of
“ If such the sweetness of the streams, the reality of this glory; nor are we unfurnished
What must the fountain be; with such a degree of information concerning it,
Where saints and angels draw their bliss as our duty and our welfare allow and require. And we proceed,
Immediately from Thee ?" II. To observe how the SCRIPTURE AIDS US IN CON- his meeting his Lord and Saviour, and talking with
There are spots in his walks rendered sacred by him as a man talketh with his friend.
In his ver· It does this four ways.
nal or autumnal retreats from the haunts of men, he First, It enables us to conceive of it negatively, and has felt a perfect sympathy with all that is in
has sat beneath the branches of his favorite tree, Thus it'tells us what it is not, removing from it every nocent and beautiful around him; and everything thing we know and feel to be dieadful, or trying, or distressing. And such representations We are pre: gards; and the world has been conquered, having
earthly has been reduced to its just level in his repared to understand and to feel, by a sad and common experience. For often in a world like this, our death has been frownless; and, ready to be dissolved,
nothing to tempt and nothing to terrify; and even most lively apprehension of good is the removal of evil; and our most inviting notion of joy is the he could sirg, cessation of grief. Hence the sacred writers assure “O that the happy hour was come, us, “ They shall hunger no more, nor thirst any
To change my faith to sight! more. Neither shall the sun light on them, nor
I shall behold my Lord at home any heat. There shall be no more curse. God
In a diviner lighi.” shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying; Finally, It helps us to conceive of it positively.neither shall there be any more pain; for the former Telling us plainly, “That the upright shall dwell things are passed away.'
in his presence. That blessed are the pure in heart, Secondly, It enables us to conceive of it figura- for they shall see God. That when He who is our tively. Figures are like dress; they are now used | life shåll appear, we shall appear with him in glory. for ornament, but they were introduced from ne- The righteous shall go away into life eternal.” cessity. They were originally used not to embel- Yet what does this mean? What does it include ? lish, but to explain; and we want them for the -And what same purpose still. How can the mind, while in
III. Are THE PRINCIPAL CONSTITUENTS OF THE carnate, any more discern than operate, but through the senses, the mediums of all sensation and reflec- HEAVENLY STATE. · tion? How can we reach the distant, but by the Here we will not trije, or pry into things which intervention of what is near? How can we under- we have not seen. We shall not therefore enlarge stand what is difficult, but by the application of on many topics which have commonly been conwhat is familiar? How can we hold communion nected with the subject; and the reason is, either with things unseen and eternal, but by means of because they are not so explicitly revealed, or bethose which are seen and temporal? What wonder cause they are not so important in themselves, as therefore that the wisdom of God should have levied those articles which we are going to enumerate. a tax on all that is inviting in the intercourses of It has been asked, Are there degrees in glory? life, and in the productions and appearances of na- We are persuaded there are. All analogy counteture, to afford us emblems and illustrations ? What nances the conclusion. We see diversities and inewonder that we should read of rivers of pleasure : qualities pervading all the works of God. We know of trees of life; of robes and crowns; of feastings there are gradations among angels; for we read of and mirth; of treasures and triumphs—and a thou- thrones and dominions, principalities and powers. sand other images serving to hold forth a little of And though all Christians are redeemed by the the better and enduring substance ?
same blood, and justified by the same righteousness, Thirdly, It helps us to conceive of it compara- we know that there are degrees in grace. We know lively. Ii is a blessed change Christians now expe- l the good ground brought forth in some places thirty
in some sixty, in some a hundred fold. And the , Now they see through a glass darkly, but then face Apostle tells us, “ Every man shall receive his own to face. Now they know in part, then they will reward according to his own labor." But here we know even as they are known. "How delightful the approve of the old illustration-however unequal thought-amidst my present perplexities and obscuin size these vessels may be, when plunged into this rities, and under a sense of the penury of my talents, ocean, they shall all be equally filled.
and in the want of means and opportunities of imIt has been asked, Shall we know each other in provement, that "Messiah cometh who is called heaven Suppose you should not; you may be as Christ, and that when he is come, he will tell us all sured of this, that nothing will be wanting to your things. You may reckon upon happiness. But O, you say, how would the thought - Perfect purity. This announcement has little affect me now! There is the babe that was torn attraction for those of you who never saw the beaufrom my bosom; how lovely then, but a cherub now. ty of holiness, and never abhorred yourselves, reThere is the friend, who was as mine own soul, penting in dust and ashes. But O! to a Christian with whom I took sweet counsel, and went to the it is worth dying for, to leave behind him the body house of God in company. There is the dear minis- of this death; this law in the members warring ter-whose preaching turned my feet into the path against the law of his mind; this inability to do the of peace-whose words were to me a well of life.- things that he would; this presence of evil ever with There is the beloved mother, on whose knees I first him; this liableness, this proneness to sin, even in laid my little hands to pray, and whose lips first his huly things-tarnishing every duty, wounding taught my tongue to pronounce the name of Jesus ! his own peace, and vexing and grieving the Spirit And are these removed from us for ever ? Shall of his best Friend. To be freed from the enemy, we recognize them no more ?-Cease your anxie- and to have nothing in me that temptation can opeties. Can memory be annihilated ? Did not Peter, rate upon ! To be incapable of ingratitude, and James, and John know Moses and Elias? Does unbelief, and distractions in duty! To be innocent not the Saviour inform us that the friends, benefac- as the first Adam, and holy as the second !-What tors have made of the mammon of unrighteousness, wonder, the Christian exclaims, with Henry, "If shall receive them into everlasting habitations ?- this be heaven, O! that I were there.”—You may. Does not Paul tell the Thessalonians, that they are reckon upon his hope, and joy, and crown at the coming of our -The most delightful associations. We are formLord Jesus Christ?
ed for society. Much of our present happiness reSome would ask, Where is heaven? The uni- sults from atiachment and intercourse. Who knows verse is immense; but what particular part of it is not " the comforts of love ?" Yea, and who knows assigned for the abode of the blessed, we cannot de- not its sorrows also? We must weep when ibe obtermine. It will probably be our present system jects of our affection weep. The arrows that pierce renovated. May we not infer this from the words our friends wound us also. We tolerate, we excuse of the Apostle Peter—" Looking for and hasting their imperfections, but we feel them. And the unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the thought of absence-separation-death-is dreariheavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the ele-ness, pain and anguish. Hence, some bave been ments shall melt with fervent heat-Nevertheless, ready to envy the unrelated, unconnected individual, we, according to his promise, look for new heavens whose anxieties and griefs are all personal. But it and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." is not good for man to be alone in any condition.
But is it a place? Our Lord has a body like our It is better to follow the course of providence; to own; and this cannot be omnipresent; and wher- cherish the intimacies of life; to improve and to ever he is corporeally, there is heaven—" Where I sanctify them; and under the disadvantages which am, there shall also my servants be.” Enoch and now mingle with them, to look forward to a state Elias have bodies; all the saints will have bodies; where the honey will be without the sting, and the and these cannot be everywhere. We read of "the rose without the thorn ; and attachment and interhope laid up for us in heaven.” Of “entering into course without the deductions arising from pain, the holy place.” "And I go," says Jesus to his and infirmities, and pity, and fear. In the Reveladisciples, “to prepare a place for you.” But though tion, heaven is always presented as a social state. it is really a place, we must chiefly consider it as a You have now few holy companions; the many are
Even now, happiness does not essentially going another way. But, says John, “I beheld, depend on what is without us. What was Eden to and, lo a great multitude, which no man could Adam and Eve, after sin had_filled them with number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, shame, and sorrow, and fear? But Paul in prison and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the was infinitely happier than Cæsar on the throne of Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their the nations.
hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, SalvaWhat then are we allowed to reckon upon as the tion to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and grand component parts of this exalted state? You unto the Lamb.” And you will have access to them may reckon upon
all. You will there have the most endeared society; -Pre-eminent knowledge. This is a world of ac- for it will include those to whom you were so tention rather than of science; and the wiser men are, derly related by nature, or pious friendship, and at the more readily will they confess, that their present parting with whom you sorrowed most of all, that knowledge is unspeakably less than their ignorance. you should see their face and hear their voice no In whatever direction they attempt to penetrate, more; and also those you left behind you with rethey are checked and baffled. Laboriousness at- luctance and anxiety in a world of sin and trouble. tends every acquirement; and doubts and uncer- With these, your fellowship, after a brief separation, tainties diminish the value of every possession.-- will be renewed, improved, and perfected for ever. The difference between the knowledge of Newton The society will also be the most dignified ; and and the most illiterate peasant, will be far exceeded without its present embarrassments. There are by the difference between the knowledge of the now personages so superior, that you seem reduced Christian on earth and in heaven. “The light of to nothing at the thought of them. You esteem and the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the admire them; and wish to hear, and see, and minlight of the sun sevenfold as the light of seven days, gle with them; yet you shrink from the presence of when the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, such genius, wisdom, and goodness. But you will and bealeth the stroke of their wound.” Now they feel nothing cf this, when you sit down with Abraunderstand as children, then they will know as men. I ham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and Moses, and with
prophets, and apostles, and martyrs, and reformers, lace. Then you will be with him: you will “walk in the kingdom of God. Nor will saints only be with” him"in white;" you will "eat and drink at your companions; but those glorious beings who his table in his kingdom;" you will “be for ever never sinned; who excel in strength; who are pro- with the Lord.” It is hardly necessary to say, that verbial for their wisdom; who are your models in you may reckon upon doing the will of God on earth; who are your mi
-_-The most exquisite enjoyment. This will spring nistering spirits, invisibly watching over you in abundantly from all the foregoing sources, and esyour minority—the innumerable company of angels. pecially the last. It will far transcend every feelAnd though they will not be able to say, He hath ing we have had of delight and ecstacy here. The redeemed us, unto God by his blood; they will cry state itself is expressed by it. “Enter thou into the with a loud voice-though you will endeavor to be joy of thy Lord,” Jude says, we shail be "presentlouder" Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to fed before the presence of his glory, with exceeding receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, joy.” And says David, “In thy presence is fulness and honor, and glory, and blessing.”—You may of joy, and at ihy right hand are pieasures for everreckon upon
For you may reckon upon -The most glorious employment. I should as The perpetuity of all this. Permanency,” says soon think that heaven was a nursery of vice, as the poet, “ adds bliss to bliss.” But here it is absoa state of inaction. Indolence is no more irrecon- lutely indispensable even to the happiness itself: cilable to virtue, than perfectly incompatible with for the greater the blessedness, the more miserable happiness.
we should feel if it were in danger. Who in the "A want of occupation is not rest.
possession of such a prize, could exist under the A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed."
thought of losing it? How careful therefore are
the sacred writers never to leave out this essential All the powers conferred by a wise Creator neces- attribute, in any of their descriptions. If it be life, sarily imply their application and use: and the more it is "eternal life. If it be salvation, it is “everlife any being possesses, the more energy and ac- lasting" salvation. If it be a kingdom, it is a kingtiveness will distinguish him, unless he is in a state dom that“cannot be shaken." If it be a crown, it of perversion or restraint. But what are the em- is a crown of "glory, that fadeih not away." ployments of heaven? Dr. Wats has speculated To which we may add, that you may reckon not much on this subject. Some of his conjectures are only on the eternity, but the increase. Who could probable, and all pleasing. But we dare not follow think of being doomed to remain stationary? How him of this we are sure, that there will be none irksome would any condition be, in which there of those mean and degrading toils which arise now could be no possibility of advance and improvefrom the necessities of our nature, or from luxury ment? But your faculties will not be confined to and pride. Neither will there be any of those reli- a circle of sameness: they will be free; they will gious exercises which pertain to a staie of imperfec- break forth on every side. How much more do the tion. Repentance will be hid from our eyes. There angels know now than once; and yet still they dewill be no more warfare and watchings. Neither sire to look into the Saviour's sufferings and glory. will there be any more prayers with strong cryings How often will there be new songs in heaven, or and tears. Yet it is said, "They serve him day and fresh exclamations of admiration and praise, from night in his temple.” And their powers will be fresh discoveries and displays of the perfections of equal to the work; for neither the fervency nor the God, in bis works and ways. Every finite being is duration of the service will produce exhaustion or capable of accession; and' in knowing, and doing, languor. The common notion of always standing and attaining, and enjoying, there will be an infinite up and singing, is too childish to be entertained. progression before us. We have no doubt but that there may be stated as If with this account of heaven you are dissatissemblies for adoration and praise. But Christians fied, be assured, the Lecturer is still more so. Who, are said to be still praising him now; and they do upon such a subject, can speak worthily? I will this, not by acts of worship only, but by performing therefore no longer darken counsel with words his will, by filling up their stations in life properly, without knowledge, but conclude by calling upon and promoting the welfare of all around them: and you, his work even here is honorable and glorious.
IV. TO BEHOLD TAE CHRISTIAN IN HIS FINAL DES-On the presence and sight of the Saviour, in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bo- TINY, AND TO REMARK THE INSTRUCTIONS AND IMPRESdily, you may reckon; and you will reckon-and SIONS THAT SHOULD ARISE FROM THE CONTEMPLATION. reckon supremely—if you are a Christian. “Ah!" Behold him there, as a monument of divine grace. says Paul, “I long to depart, and to be with Christ, What was he once? He will not be unwilling to which is far better." "We are confident, I say look to the rock whence he was hewn, and to the and willing rather to be absent from the body, and hole of the pit whence he was digged. He will present with the Lord.” What would every thing acknowledge that by nature he was a child of wrath be in his absence! Could the place, the company, even as others; condemned by the law of God; a the harps, be a substitute for him? But here is the fallen, guilty, depraved creature; his powers all consummation-you shall “serve him and see his defiled and desolate; helpless and ready to perish. face." You need not envy those who knew him But what is he now? Redeemed; justified; reafter the flesh; you will have access to him; you newed; quickened together with Christ; raised up will see the King, and see him in his beauty. He and made to sit with him in the heavenly places. is now with you. He knows your soul in adversity; And whence is all this? Is it by his own worthiness, and comes to you as a friend, and helper, and com or righteousness, or strength, that he has made himforter. But you are now in prison. His visits, self whole ? « This people,” says God, “have I when he looks upon you through the bars, and formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise." brings you supplies, and communes with you in the Here he has placed them to display in their salvacell, are relieving. They solace the confinement; tion the freeness, the power, and the fulness of his you wish them multiplied; you expect them with grace—that in the ages to come he might show the joy. But the best of all these visits will be the last, exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness towhen he will come not only to you, but for you: wards them by Christ Jesus. And falling in comwhen he will open the doors of the dungeon, and pletely with this design, they cast their crowns at knock off the fetters, and take you home to his pa- I his feet and exclaim, "Not unto us, O Lord, not