תמונות בעמוד
PDF
[ocr errors]

jhall have Dominion in the Morning (p). O that the careless World were wife, that they understood this, that 've would confider their latter Énd (9) That they would be now of the fame Mind as, they will be, when they shall see the Heavens pass away with a great Noise, and the Elements melt with fervent Heat, the Earth also, and the Works that are therein, burnt up! When all shall be on Fire about their Ears, and all Parthly Glory consumed. For the Heavens and the Earth, zuhich are now, äre reserved unto Fire against Ye Day of Judgment, and Perdition of ungodly Men. Seeing then that all these Things shall be dissolved, what Manner of Persons ought ye to be in all holy ConverJation and Godliness, Zooking for and hasting unto the Coming of the Day of God, wherein the Heavens being or Fire shall be dissolved, and the Elements mall melt with forvent Heat (o)?

$ 9. (4) Tue la Preparative to the Saints Rest, is their folemn Coronation, and receiving the Kingdom. For as Christ, their Head, is anointed both King and Priest, so under him are his people madeunto God both kings and Priests, to reign, and to offer Praises fut 'ever(s). The Crown of Rightroufness, which was laid un for them, Joall by the Lord the righteous Judge be given them at that Day (t). They have been faithful unto Death, and therefore he will give them a Crown of Life(u). And according to the Improvement of their Talents here, so shall their Rule and Dignity be enJurged (w). They are not dignified with empty Tiles, but real Dominion. Christ will grant them to fit with him in his Throne (x); and will give them Power

over the Nations, even as he received of his Father; and ' he will give them the Morning Star (y). The Lord

.. himself

[ocr errors][ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

him,

12) Matt. xxv. 73.
(c) Mart. xvi. 24.
{f} Gal. iv, 1---7

(a) Matt. xxv. 34. (b) Eph. ii. 15.
id) Numr.xxii, 6. xxiii. 20. ) lohn x. 20.
(8) james ii. 5.

(h, kom. viii. 37.

him (i), is our's. The Enjoyment of this Kingdom is, as the Light of the Sun, each have the whole, and the rest never the less.--Prepared for you God is the Apha, as well as the-Omega, of our Blessedness. Eter

H. Love hath laid the Foundation. He prepared the lingdom for us, and then prepared us for the King

nin. This is the Preparation of his Counsel and Decree;. for the Execution whereof Christ was yet to. ineke a further Preparation.--For you-Not for BeFevers only, in general, who, without individual Perfibi, are nobody; but for you personally.- From. 5. Fönndation of the World: Not only from the Pro

nise aftar Alan's Fall, but from Eternity. : N. Thus, we have seen the Christian fafely

Hamled in Paradise, and conveyed honourably to his- Beit: Now let us a little further, in the next Chap* iel, view those Manfions, confider their Priviledges,

and fee whether there, be, any. Glory like unto this - Glory.

[ocr errors][ocr errors]

CHA P. III.
The Excellencies of the Saint's Rest. "

[ocr errors]

$ 1. T ET us draw a little nearer, and fee what

e further. Excellencies this Rest affordeth, The Lord hide us in the Clefts of the Rock, and cover us with the Hands of indulgent Grace; while we approach to take this View! This Rest is excellent for being a purchased Pofesion; free Gift; peculiar to Saints ;-an Affociation with Saints and Angilt; ---yet deriving its Yoys immediately from God;---and because it will be a seasonable,--suitablez-**perfect, to and eternal Reft.

$ 2. (1) It is a moft fingular Honour of the Saint's Rest, to be called the purchased Polzljion(a). That :is, the Fruit of the Blood of the Son of God; yea, the chief Fruit, the End and Perfection of all the Fruits and Efficacy of that Blood. Greater Love . than this there is not, to lay down the Life of the

C 6

Loyer. ba). Ephelii. In

« הקודםהמשך »