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glory.' verf. 20. ' And he said, Thou canst

not see my face : for there shall no man see me, • and live. Compared with Rev. xxii. 4. 'they shall see his face.'

And I Cor. xiii. 12. • Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then • face to face : now I know in part; but then I shall I know even as also I am known. The Experience they will have of the divine Goodness, is an unrestrained Partaking of the All-fulness thereof: Pfal. xxxvi. 8. 9. They fhall be abun• dantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house :

and thou {halt make them drink of the river of • thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of

life : in thy light shall we see light.' Rev. xxi. 3. And I heard a great voice out of heaven, fay

ing, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,

and he will dwell with them, and they shall be * his people, and God himself shall be with them, r and be their God.'

The Creature's Understanding and Experience can never, in any case, reach all the Glory and Goodness that is in God; because it is infinite : Job xi. 7. Canft thou by searching find out God? i canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfec.

tion?' But the glorified Saints will enjoy him fully, enjoying him to the utmost of their enlarged Capacities, Psal. xvi. ult. and xxxvi. 8. forecited. And they will enjoy him immediately : i John iii. 2. Beloved, now are we the sons of • God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall

be: but we know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he ' is. Not that they will ever enjoy him, otherwise than through the Mediator Christ their Head: · Fohn xvii. 2. 3. As thou has given him power

over all Ach, that he should give cternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only

true God, and Jelus Christ whom thou hast + sent.' Rev. vii. ult. “The Lamb which is in

the midst of the throne, fhall feed them, and ' 'Thall lead them unto living fountains of waters." Chap. xxi. 23. ' And the city had no need of the

fun, neither of the moon to shinc in it: for ' the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is

the light thereof.' But they will enjoy him without the Intervention of outward Means, i Cor. xiii. 12. forecited. And that their full and immediate Enjoyment of God will last to all Eternity : 1 Thell. iv. 17. 'And so shall we ever

be with the Lord.' Psal. xvi. ult. forecited.

The End for which the Saints Shall be made compleatly happy, in full enjoying of God, is ; God's Glory : Prov. xvi. 4. ' The Lord hath made

6 all things for himself. Rom. xi. ult. For of ' him, and through him, and to him are all things:

to whom be glory for ever. Amen.' And they being made perfectly blessed, or compleatly hap. py, in full enjoying of God to all Eternity, will answer that End, in glorifying God, by loving, praising, and serving him, perfectly, to all Eternity : Pfal. lxxxvi. 12. 13. 'I will praise thee,

O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will
glorify thy name for evermore. For great is
thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered
soul from the lowest hell.'

Rev. vii. 9. 10. After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, ' which no man could number, of all nations, and • kindreds, and people, and congues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed




' with white robes, and palms in their hands; • and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salva' tion to our God which fitteth upon the

throne, and unto the Lamb. vers. (There• fore are they before the throne of God, and • ferve him day and night in his temple : and he " that fitteth on the throne Tall dwell among • them.' Chap. xxii. 3. And there shall be no

more curse : but the throne of God and of the ' Lamb shall be in it; and his servants fall ferve ( him.'

The End of the Explication of the Shor

ter Catechism.


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The peculiar Advantage and Business of

Life opened up, and applied.

Several SERMONS, preached at Et

trick, in the Year 1727.

ISAIAH xxxviii. 19.
The living, the living; he fall.praise thee, as I

do this day : the father to the children shall
make known thy truth.


T is much to be desired, that men would consider the great business of their life : but few do it, till it is just going or gone out of their

hands. Hezekiah had been at the brink of the grave, and learned those just thoughts of life, which he gives us with much concern in the text. Wherein we have,

1. The mercy of life: The living, the living, he mall praise thee, &c. Verf. 18. he had been speaking of the dead, the inhabitants of the gloomy mansions of the grave; and in opposition to these he here speaks of the living, and in a triumphant manner proposeth to speak of them, as seeing the mercy of life. A ferious view of death is the way to get just thoughts of the mercy of life.

2. Wherein the mercy of life, the peculiar mercy of it, confifts. And the decision of this is

in a vein of thought peculiar to the spiritual man, in a spiritual frame.

1/l, Ask the carnal man, where lies the mercy of life? And,

(1.) If he is in prosperity, with health and wealth, he reckons the mercy of life lies, in that the living man may enjoy the pleasures of sense, mirth, and jollity, and may lay up wealth for him and his ; all which stern death robs a man of. But there is not one word of this here.

(2.) If he is in adversity, poverty, and sore sickness, he either cannot see the mercy of life at all, but thinks they are well that are away, that are out of poverty and pain, and lie at ease in the dust. So crosses make him wish to be away. At best, he reckons it the mercy of life, that he is not there where it may be he would be worse, viz. in hell. But there is not a word of all this neither in the text.

2dly, Ask the renewed man in an ill frame of spirit, where lies the mercy of life? If he is in outward prosperity, he will be ready to reckon it Jies in the comforts of this life. If he is in adversity, the troubles of life are so great, that the mercy of it is small in his view ; only heaven bulks in his eyes, and that as a place of rest from trouble. But there is nothing of this neither in the text.

The decision is, The mercy of life lies in the business of life, to wit, being serviccable for God in the world : The living, the living, he shall praise thee, &c. Hezekiah counts that the great mercy of life, to have access to be useful for God in the world. Which speaks (1.) A high esteem of God and his service, as men count it a favour to be allowed to serve their prince. (2.) An ardent love


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