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THE EIGHTEENTH VOLUME.
SERMON FOR THE FUNERAL OF MRS. HAN-
FAREWELL SERMON AT KIDDERMINSTER.-John
DYING THOUGHTS UPON Phil. i. 23
Doct. 1. That the souls of believers, when departed hence,
1. The necessity of believing this proved
II. Whether it be best believing it, without consideration of
III. The certainty of it manifested; from the immortality of
1. The soul is a substance ....
2. It is a substance formally differenced from lower substance,
by the virtue of special vital activity, intellect, and free
3. It is not annihilated at death
4. Nor destroyed by dissolution of parts. ...
5. Nor loseth its formal power, or virtue
6. Nor doth-sleep, or cease to act......
7. To cease to be individuate by union with any other
spirit, is not to be feared, were it true
But it is not like to be true,
II. The second proof: it is a natural notice ..
III. From the duty of all men to seek a future happiness ...
IV. From man's capacity of knowing God, &c., as differenced
V. From God's governing justice
VI. From revelation supernatural
VII. From God's answering prayers
VIII. From our present communion with angels
IX. From Satan's temptations, witches, apparitions, &c. ..
X. Specially from the operations of God's Spirit on our souls,
preparing them for glory (faith excited, and objections
Why this happiness is described by our“ being with Christ.” ibid.
What is included in our “ being with Christ."
1. Presence with Christ's glorified body, and soul, and Godhead ibid.
2. Union with, in each.—Too near union not to be feared, as
destroying individuation .....
3. Communion with him in each; active and passive, opened.. 304
We must “ depart,” that we may be with Christ
1. From this body and life: yet it is far better so to do
2. From all the fleshly pleasures of this life-yet best.. 310
3. From the more manly delights of study, books, friends, &c.,
considered: 1. Of knowledge and books: the vanity 313
6. Notice of the affairs of the world
7. From our service to the living
The application to myself ....
To depart, and to be with Christ, is far better, or rather to be
I. Simply better, and properly, as it is the fulfilling of God's
II. Analogically better, as it tendeth to the perfection of the
III. Better to myself, as to my own felicity
Proved, I. By general reasons from the efficients and means.. 340
III. The constitutive reasons from the state of my intellect, as
to the intuitive manner of knowledge, and as to the
Both opened: 1. I shall know God better
2. And God's works--the universe..
4. And the Church triumphant, the heavenly Jerusalem
5. And all God's word; for matter and method
6. God's present works of providence
7. The nature and worth of mercies
10. And what the evil was from which I was delivered, ene-
mies, dangers, sins, &c.r.o.o.
IV. The constitutive reasons from the state of my will......
and devil; 2. There will nothing be in it that is against
God, my neighbours, or myself
benefits of this fruition-a fixed will. The object-
He is a suitable, full, near object
The will's reception in glory
from singular propriety
in general : wbat particularly :-
Excitations and petitions
2. The blessed probably used for the good of men, and things
Their opinion rejected that assert the cessation of sense ;
proof. Objections from brutes answered
1. The gospel evidence on 1 Tim. iii. 16...
II. A breviate of the proof of supernatural revelation, and the
III. The difference between the world which I am leaving
and the world which I am going to; with reasons of
IV. More reasons and helps of my faith and hope.....
V. A discourse of the sensible manifestation of the kingdom
of Christ, at his transfiguration, which is expounded,
and applied for the help of faith and patience
VI. Short meditations on Romans v. 1-5, of the shedding
abroad God's love on the heart, that we may rejoice in
LAST WORK OF A BELIEVER;
HIS DEPARTING SPIRIT TO CHRIST,
RECEIVED BY HIM.
PREPARED FOR THE FUNERAL OF
MARY THE WIDOW, FIRST OF FRANCIS CHARLTON, ESQ.,
AND AFTER OF THOMAS HANMER, ESQ. ;
AND PARTLY PREACTIED AT ST. MARY MAGDALEN'S CHURCH, IN MILK-Street, LONDON, AND NOW, AT THE DESIRE OF HER DAUGHTER
BEFORE HER DEATH, REPRINTED.
“ If any man serve me, let him follow me ; and where I am, there shall also my servant be. If any man serve me, him will my Father honour."--Joux xii. 26.