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Blued cfthe Lamb: Therefore are they before the Throne tfGocf, and/ewe him Day and Night in his Temple, and he that sitteth on the Throne Jhalldwellamong them) The Lamb which h in the Midst of the Throne Jhall feed them, andJhad lead them unto living Fountains of Water; and Ged Jhall wipe away all Tears si om their Eyes (t).

0 blind, deceived World! Can you shew us such a Glory? This is the City of our God, where the Taberviude of God is with Men, and he will dwell with them, and they frail be his People, and God himselfJhall be with them, and be their God. The Glory of G;dJhall lighten

it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof'. Aud there shall be »- more Curse; but the Throne of God and cfthe Lamb frail be in it; and Us Servants fraSserve him, and they /hallfee his Face, and his Name Jhall le in their Fore

1 eads. Tliefe Sayings are faithful and true, and the Things which mustJhortly be d;ne (u). And now we say, as Mephibt-/heth, let the World take all, forasmuch as our Lord will come in Peace (w). Rej:ice theresore in the Lord, O ye Righteous, and fay with his Servant David, the Lord is the Portion of mine Inheritance* The Lines are fallen unto me in pleasant Places; yea, I have a goodly Heritage. 1 have set the Lord always before me, because he is al my right Hand I frail not be moved. Therefore my Heart is glad, and my Glory rejoiceth; my Flejb

also shall rest in Hope. For thou wilt net leave my Soul in Hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to fee Corruption, Ti;cu wilt fr.nv me the Path of Life; in thy Presence is Fulness of soy, at thy right Hand there we Pleasures for evemore\x). What Presumption would it have been, once to have thought or spoke of such a Thing, if God had not spoken it besore us? 1 durst not have thought of the Saint's Preserment in

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ft) Rev. ii. j, 17. iii. 12, 21. vii. 14, 15, 17. Jv) Rev. xxi. '-, 24. xxii. j, 4, 6. (+t) 2 Sun. xix. Jo. (x)'Pselm xni. I. iv:. 5, VS-H. :).

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this Lise, as Scripture sets it sorth, had it not hcen the express Truth of God. How indecent, to talk of being Sons ef God—speaking to bunhaving Fellowjhip with himdwelling in him and he in us (y); if this had not been God's own Language? How much less durst we have once thought of JInning forth as the Sun —of being Joint-heirs with Christof Judging the Worhl .—si fitting on Christ's Throne—of being one in him and the Father (z); if we had not al! this from the Mouth, and under the Hand, of God? But hath he said, ar.d Shall he not do it? Hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good{z)? Yes, as the Lord God is true, thus shall it he done to the Man, whom Christ delighteth to honour (b). Be of good Chcar, Christian, the Time is near, when God and thou shalt be near, and as near as thou canst well desire. Thou shalt dwell in his Family. Is that enough? It is better to he a D;or-keeper in the House "fCcd, than to dwell in the Tents cf Wickedness (c). Thou shalt ever stand besore him, about his Throne, in the Room with him, in his Presence-Chambcr. Wouldst thou yet be nearer? Thou shalt be his Child, and he thy Father; thou shalt be an Heir of his Kingdom; yea more, the Spouse of his Son. And what more canst thou desire? Thou shalt be a Member of the Body of his Son; he shall be thy Head; thou shalt be one with him, who is one with the Father; as he himself hath desired sor thee of his Father; that they all may he one; as thou, Father, ait m me, and J in thee, that they also may he one in us; and the Glory which ih:u gavef1 me I have given them, that tlh-y may be one, even a; lie are one; 1 in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one, and B 6 * that

(t) iJiliniii. i. (Sen. xviii. 27. 1 John i. 5, iv. 76. (0 Mitt. nii. \\., TYcim.' vlii. 17. 1 Cor. vi. 1. Rev. fii. 27. Jtlin xvii. 21'. (a) Narali. xxiii. 19. (b) Esther vi. U. (1) P&jk: "xxxiv. 10.

that the World mas know that thou bastsent me, and ha/f laved them as thou hast loved me (d).

§ 9- (5) W£ must add, that this Rest contains a sweet and constant Aclion of all the Powers of the Soul ami Body in this Enjoyment of God. It is not the Rest of a Stone, which ceaseth from all Motion when it attains the Centre.—This Body shall be so changed, tliat it shall no. more he FieJh and Blood, which cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; but a spiritual Body. We sow. not that Body that Jhall be, but God givesh it a Bidy us it hath pleased him, and to every Seed his own Body(e). M Grace makes a Christian differ so much from what be. was, as to fay, / am not the Alan I was; how much more will Glory make us differ? As much as a Body spiritual, above the Sun in Glory, exceeds these frail, noisome, diseased Lumps of Flesh, so far shall our Senses exceed those we now possess. Doubtless as God advanceth our Senses, and enlargeth our Capacity, so will he advance the Happiness of those Senses, and fill.up with himself all that Capacity. Certainly the Bady should not be raised up, and continued, if it should not share in the Glory. As it hath shared in the Obedience and Sufferings, so shall it also in trie Blessedness. As Christ bought the whole Man, so shall the whole partake of the everlasting Benesits ef the Purchase. O Blessed Employment of a glorified Body! to stand before the Throne of God and the Lamb, and to sound forth for ever, Thou art worthy, 0 Lord) to receive Ghry, and Honour, and Power. Worthy is tht Lamb that was slain, to receive Power, end Riches, and Wisdom, and Strength, and Honour, tind Glory, and Blessing ; for thou hast redeemed us to God by thy Blo:d, cut of every Kindred, and Tongue, t:id People, and Nation, and hast made us unto our G:d Kings and Priests. Alleluia, Salvation, and Glory, and

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(i) Jclin xvii. 21...13. (i) 1 Cer. rv. 5 c, 44, 37, 38.

Honour, and Power, unto the Lord our God. A.leluia, fir the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. O Christians! This is the blessed Rest; a Rest, as it were, without Rest; for they rest not Day and Night, faying, lioh; Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come({). And if the B'^yshallbe thus employed, oh, how (hall the Soul be taken up! As its Powers and Capacities are greatest, so its Actions are strongest, and its Enjoyments sweetest. As the hodiiy Senses have their proper Action, whereby they receive and enjoy their Objects, so does the Soul in its own Action enjoy its own Object, by knowing, remembering, loving, and delighsul joying. This is the Soul,* Enjoyment. By these Eyes it sees, and by these Armi it embraces.

§ ,0. Knowledge of itself is very desirable. As far as the Rational Soul exceeds the Sensitive, so far the Delights of a Philosopher, in discovering the Secrets of Nature, and knowing the Mystery of Sciences, exceed the Delights of the Glutton, the Drunkard,, the Unclean, and of all voluptuous Sensualists whatsoever. So excellent is-all Truth. What then is their Delight who know the God of Truth? How noble a Faculty of the Soul is this Understanding? It can compass the Earth; it can measure the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Heaven; it can foreknow each Eclipse to a Minute, many Years before. But this is the Top of all its Excellency, that it can know God, who is infinite, who made all these, a little here, and more, much more hereaster. O the Wisdom and Goodness of our blessed Lord! He hath created the Understanding with a natural Bias and Inclination to Truth, as its Object; and to the pjime Truth, as it* prime Object; Christian, when, aster long gazing Beaven-ward, thou hast got a Glimpse of Christ, doit thou not sometime .. . seen*

(f) Rev. iv. 1I. v. 12,, f* xo. . xix. X, 6. iv. 8■ . .

seem to have been with Paul in the third Heaven, whether in the Body, or out, and to have seen what is unutterable (g)? Art thou not, with Peter> ready to fay, " Master, it is good to le bere(b)t Oh that I "might dwell in this Mount! Oh that I might ever "see what I now see!" Didst thou never look so long upon the Sun of Righteousness, till thine Eyes were dazzled with his astonilhing Glory? And did not the Splendor of it make all Things below seem black and dark to thee? Especially in thy Day of Sufsering for Christ, when he usually appears most manisestly to his People, didst thou never fee one w.ilklng in the ATidJl ofthe fiery Furnace with thee like thcSwtcfGod(\}? Believe me, Christians^, yea, believe God; you that have known most of God in Christ here, it is as Nothing to what you flisll know; it scarce, in Comparison of that, deserves to be called Knowledge. For ai these Bodies, so that Knowledge, must cease, (hat a more persect may succeed. Knowledge lI:all vanijh .away. For we know in Part. But when that which is serf eel is come, then that which is in Part Jhall be done sway. fVhen I was a Child, I spake as a Child, I understood as a Child, I thought as a Child; but when I became a Man, 1 put away childiJh Things. For now we fee thro" a Glass darkly, but then Face to Face; now I know in Part, but then stall I know even as also I am known (k). Marvel not therefore, Christian, how it can be Life eterr.al, to know God, and Jesus Christ (l). 'I o enjoy God and Christ, is eternal Lise; and the Soul,s enjoying is in knowing. They that favour only of Earth, and consult with Flesh, think it a poor Hap. giness to know God. But we know that we are of God, and the whole World lieth in IVukednefs; and we

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. (g) 2 Ccr. xii. 1.4. (li) Marie ix. ;. (i) Dan, iii. 25.

(kj iCcr.iai. S.-iz. (i) Jo.ln xrii. 3.

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