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thou hast managed well the former Work, thou art got within Sight of thy Reft; thou believest the Truth of it; thou art convinced of its Excellency; thou art fallen in love with it; thou longest after it; tbou hopett for it; and thou art resolved to venture.couragiously for obtaining it. But is here any Work for loy in this? We delight in the Good we poffefs; it to prefent Good that is the Objed of Joy; and thou wilt fay, “ Alas! I am yet without it.” But think a little farther with thyself Is it nothing to have a Deed of Gift from God? Are His infallible Promises no Ground of Joy? Is it nothing to live in daily Expeciation of entering into the Kingdom? Is not my Allurance of being hereafter glorified, a sufficient Ground for inexpreffible Joy? Is it not a Delight to. the Heir of a Kingdom, to think of what he must foon poffefs, though at present he little differ from a.. Servant? Have we not both Command, and Example, for rejsicing in Hope of the Glory of God (q)? .
517. Here then, Reader, take thy Heart once more, and carry it to the Top of the highest Mount; jnew it the Kingdom of Christ, and the Glory of it, and, fay to it, “ All this will thy Lord give thee, who haft « believed in Him, and been a IVorshipper of Him. Th so is the Father's good Pleasure to give thee this 'King." “ domi (r). Seest thou this aftonishing Glory which " is above thee! All this is thy own Inheritance. * This Crown is thine, thefe Pleasures are thine, as this Company, this beautiful Place, all are thine; " because thou art Christ's, and Christ is thine; 66 when thou wast united to Him, thou hadft all these 65'with Him.". Thus take thy Heart into the Land of Promise; fhew it the pleasant Hills, and fruitful Vallies; thew it the Clusters of Grapes which thou haft gatherid, to convince it that it is a blesled Land,
Hiwing (9) Rom. v. 2. xii. 12. (1) Luke xii. 32.
flowing with better than Milk and Honey: Enter the
Gates of the holy City;' walk thro the Streets of the į new Jerusalem; walk about Sion, and go round about
her; tell the Towers thereof; mark well her. Bulwarks ; confider her Palaces; that thou mayst tell it ta thy Soul (s) Hath it not the Glory of God, and is not her Light like unto a Stone most precious, even like a Yasper Stone, clear as Crystal? See the twelve Foundations of her Walls, and in them the Names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb. And the Building of the Walls of it are of Jasper; and the City is pure Gold, like unto clear Glass; and the Foundations are garnished with all Manner of precious Stones. And the twelve Gates are twelve Pearls, every several Gate is of one Pearl; and the Street of the City is pure Gold, as it were transparent Glafs. There is no Temple in it; for the Lord God Almighty, and the Lamb, are the Temple of it. It hath no need of the Sun, neither of the Moon in it; for the Glory of God doth lighten it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof; and the Nations of them which are faved, Mall walk in the Light of it. These Sayings are faithful and true: And the Lord God of the holy Prophets fent His Angels, and His own Son, to Dew unto His Servants the Things which muft shortly be dune (t). Say now to all this, “. This is thy Rest, “ O my Soul! And this must be the Place of thy 5. everlasting Habitation. Let all the Sons of Sion “ rejoice, let the Daughters of Jerusalem be glad; for « great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the City “ of our God, in the Mountain of His Holiness. Beau" tiful for Situation, the Jay of the whole Earth is “ Mount Sion.' God is known in her Palaces for a “. Refuge(u)."
f 18. Yer proceed on. The Soul that loves, ascends frequently, and runs familiarly thro’the Streets
of (8) Pfalm xlviii. 12, 13. tt) Rev. xxi, 13.-24. xxii, 6. (w) Pralın xiviii, 11. 1-3. i