תמונות בעמוד
PDF
[ocr errors]

both Work and Wages. What a high Favour, that God will give us Leave to love him! That he will be embraced by those, who have embraced Lust and Sin before him! But more than this, he returneth Love for Love; nay, a thousand Times more, Christian, thou wilt be then brim-full of Love; yet, love as much as thou canst, thou shalt be ten thou-, sand Times more beloved. Were the Arms of the Son of God open upon the Cross, and an open Par-, sage made to his Heart by the Spear, and will not Arms and Heart be open to thee in Glory? Did he begin to love before thou lovedft, and will not he continue now Did he love thee, an Enemy? thee, a Sinner ? thee, who even loathedst thyself? and own thee, when thou didit disclaim thyself? And will he not now immeasurably love thee, a Son? thee, a perfect Saint? thee, who returnert fome Love for Love? He that in Love wept over the old Jerufaa bem when near its Ruing, with what Love will be rejcice over the new Jerusalem in her Glory? Chriflian, believe this, and think on it; Thou shalt he eternally embraced in the Arms of that Love, which was from everlasting, and will extend to everlasting; of that Love, which brought the Son of God's Love from Heaven to Earth, from Earth to the Cross, from the Crofs to the Grave, from the Grave to Glory; ihat Love, which was weary, hungry, tempted, fcorned, fcourged, buffeted, spit upon, crucified, pierced; which did fast, pray, teach, heal, weepi sweat, bleed, die; that Love will eternally embrače thee. When perfect created Love, and most perfect uncreated Love, meet together, it will not be like Joseph and his Brethren, who lay upon one another's Necks weeping; it will be loving and rejoiceing, not loving and sorrowing: Yet it will make Satan's Court ring with the News, that Joseph's

.: Brethren

[ocr errors]

$ 13. Nor hath Fcg the least Share in this Fruition. 'Tis that, which all the former lead to, and conclude in; even the inconceivable Complacency which the Blessed feel in their secing, knowing, loving, and being beloved of God. This is the white Stone, which no Man knoweth, saving he that retriveth it (u). Surely this is the Joy which a Stranger doth not intermeddie with(w). All Christ's Ways of Mercy tend to, and end in, the Saint's Joys. He wept, forrowed, fuffered, that they might rejoice; he sendeth the Spirit to be their Comforter; he multiplies Promises; he discovers their future Happiness, that their Joy may be full(x). He opens to them the Fountain of living Waters, that they may thirst no mire, and that it may Spring up in them to everlasting Lifi (s). He chaftents them, that he may give them Refiz. He makes it their Duty to rejoice in Lim alway, and again commands them to rejcice (a). He never brisigs them into fo low a Condition, wherein he does not leave them more Cause of Joy than Sorrow.. And hath the Lord such a Care of our Comfort here? Oh, what will that Joy be, where the Soul being perfectly prepared for Joy, and Joy prepared by Christ for the Soul, it fhall be our Work, our Business, eternally to rejoice! It seems the Saint's Joy shall be greater than the Damned's Torment; for their Torment is the Torment of Creatures, prepared for the Devil and his Angels (b); but our Joy is the Joy of our Lord(c): The fame Glory which the Father gave the Son, the Son hash given them (d), to fit with him in his Throne, even as he is set down with his father in his Throne (e). Thou, poor Soul, who prayest for Joy, waitet for

Joy,

fu) Rev, ü. 17. (w) Prov. xiv. 1o. (1) John xvi. 24. () Jolin ir. 10, 14. (2) Palm xciv. 12, 13. ral Phil. iv. 4. (6) Matt, xxv. 41. ; (c) Matt. xxv, 21. (d) John xvii. 22. (c) Rev, ii, 21.

[ocr errors]
« הקודםהמשך »