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der, nor Let's Deliverance so much tilked os. When one is enlightened, and another left in Darkness; one resormed, and another by his Lust enslaved; it makes the Saints cry out, Lord, how is it that thou wilt maniffst thyself unto us, aud mt unto the Worlds)? When the Prophet is sent to one V/idow only of all that were in lsr«cl, and to cle-anse one Naaman of all the Lcp.rs (o), the Mercy is more observable. That will sure '+ie a Day of passionate Sense on both Sides, when there shall b: twa in one Bed, and two in the Field, the fie taken, and the other left(p). The Saints shall look down upon the burning Lake, and in the Senfe of their own Happmess, and in the Approbation of God's just Proceedings, they shall re;oice and smg, Thou art righteous, Q Lord, which wast, art, andshalt 4ie~ because thou hast judged thus (q).
§ 6. (4) But though this Rest be proper to the Saints, yet it is common -to all the Saints; sor it is -an Association of blejfed Spirits, loth Saints and Angels; .a Corporation of persected Saints, whereof Christ is the Head; the Communion of Saints-compleated. As we have been together in the Labottr, Duty, Danger, and Distress; -so shall we he in the great Recompence and Deliverance. As we have been scorned and despised; so shall we be owned and honoured together. We, who have gone through the Day of Sadness, shall enjoy together that Day of Gladness. Those, who have been with us in Persecution and Prison, .shall be with us also in that Palace of Consolation. How oft have our Groans made, as it were, one Sound? our Tears one Stream? and our - Desires one Prayer? But now all our Praises shall intake up one Melody; al! our Churches, one Church; and all ourselves, one Body; for we shall be allor.ein
(m) Jolmxiv. %u- (o) LukeiV. 4c-*7. (n) Luke xvii. 34,jk. i-ij Kcv, xvi. 5.
Christ, even as he and the Father are one(t). 'Tis true, we must be caresul, not to look for that in the Saints, which is alone in Christ. But if the Fore. Thought of Jilting down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of Heaven (s), may be our lawsul Joy; how much more the real Sight and actual Possession? It cannot chuse but be comfortable to think of that Day, when we shall join with Moses in his Seng, with David in his Psalms of Praise, and with all the Redeemed in the Seng of the Lamb tar ever(t); when we shall see Enoch Walking with Gcd (u); Neah enjoying the End of his Singularity; Josephs his Integrity; Job of his Patience; Hezekiah of his Uprightness j and all the Saints the End of their .Faith (vi). Not only our old Acquaintance, but all the Saints, of all Ages$ whose Faces in the Flesh we never faw, we shall there both know, and comfoitably enjoy. Yea Angels, a' well as Saints, will be our blessed Acquaintance. Those, who now are willingly our min'iflring Spirits(x), will willingly then be our Companions in joy. They, who had such Joy in Heaven for our Conversion (y), will gladly rejoice with us in our Glorification. Then we shall truly fay, as David, 1 am a Companion of all them that fear thec(j.); When we are come unto Mount Siou, and wits the City of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable Company of Angels; to the general Assembly, and Church of the Ftrjtborn which are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the Spirits ofjuj} Men made perfetl, and to Jesus the Mediator of th« new Covenant (a). 'Tis a singular Excellence of heavenly Rest, that we are Fellow Citizens with the Saints, and of the Ho u/ho Id ofGod(b).
(r) Johnxvii. al. (s) Matt. viii. I1, (t) Rct.xv. J.
(uj Gen v. 24. (w) 1 Pet. i. 9. (x) heb. i. 14.
<y) Luke iv. 7, it* (i) Psalm cxix. 63. (a) heb. xi 1,21—14,
(b) EfM. ii• 19.
§ 7. (5) As another Property of our Rest, we shall itrlvt its Joys immediately from God. Now we have nothing at aft* immediately, but at the second, ©r third- Hand, or how many, who knows? From the Earth, from Man, from Sun and Moon, from the Ministration of Angels, and from the Spirit, and Christ. Tho', in the Hand of Angels, the Stream savours not of the Impersection of Sinners, yet it does of the Impersection of Creatures; and as it Comes from Man, it savours of both. How quid and piesting is the Word in itself(c)? Yet many Times it never enters, being managed by a seeble Arm. What Weight and Worth is there in every Passage of the blessed Gospel? Enough, one would think, to enter and sorce the dullest Soul, and wholly possess its Thoughts and Affections; and yet how oft does it sall as Water upon a Stone? The Things of God, which we handle, are divine; but our Manner of handling is human. There is little we touch, but r,we leave the Print of our Fingers behind. If God speaks the Word himself, it wils be a piercing, melting Word indeed. The Christian now knows by Experience, that his most immediate Joys are his sweetest Joys; which have least of Man, and are most directly from the Spirit. Christians, who are much in secret Prayer and" Contemplation^, are Men of greatest Lise and Joy; because they have all more immediately from God himself. Not that we should cast off Hearing, Readings and Conserence,, or neglect any Ordinance of God: But to live above them, while we use them, is the Way of a Christian. There is Joy in these remote Receivings; but the Fulness of joy is in God's immediate Presence (d"). We shail then have Light without a Candle, and perpetual Day without the Sun; sor the City has no Need of the
.-. '. Sun,
(c^ Hdi. iv. i«% (4) Pfclm Kvi, iu ; . __.
Sun, neither if the Moon to pine in it? fir the Glory os God tightens it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof: There Jhall be no Night there, and they need no Candle, neither Light; for the Lord God giveth them Light, and they Jhall reign for ever and ever (e). We shall then have enlightened Understandings without Scripturey and be governed without a written Law; for the Lord will persect* his Law in our Hearts, and we shall be all persectly taught of God. We shall have Joy* which we drew not from the Promises, nor setch'd home by Faith or Hope. We shall have Communion without Sacraments, without this Fruit of the '"it, when Christ Jhall drink it new with us in his Father's Kingdom (f), and, refresh us with the comfort" ing.Wine of immediate Enjoyment. To have Necessities, but ho Supply, is the Casse of them in Hell. To have Necessity. supplied by Means of the Creatures, is the Cass e of us on Earth. To have Necessity supplied immediately from God, is the Casse of the Saints in. Heaven. To have no Necessity at allj. is the Prerogative of God himself.
§ 8. (6) A Farther Excellence of this Rest is, wat it will be seasonable. He that expects the Fruit of his Vineyard at the Season (g), and makes his People like 0 Tree planted by the Rivers of Water, that bringetb forth his Fruit in his Season (h), will also give them the Crown in Season. He that will have a Word of j.tyspoken in Season to him that is weary (\)y will surely cause the Time of Joy to appear in the fittest Season. They who are not weary in well-doing, fiiall, if they faint not, reap in due Season (k). If God giveth Rain, even.to his Enemies, both the former and the latter in his Season, and reserveth the appointed Weeks of Harvejt, and covenants that there Jhall be Day and Night in their
(e)Rev.ai. ii. tlii. j. (f) Matt. OTU9, (Bl Markxii. 1.
I") Pladmi. j, (i) Isai. i. 4. Ck) CiUvt. ,9
Season (]); then surely the glorious Harvest of the Saints shall not miss its Season. Doubtless he that would not stay a Day longer than his Promise, but brought Israel out of Egypt on the selfsame Day when the four hundred and thirty Yeats were expired (m); neither will he fail of one Dav or Hour of the fittest Season for his People's Glory. When we have had in this World a long Night of Darkness, will not the Day-breaking, and the Rising of the Sun of. Righteousness, be then seasonable? When we have passed a long and tedious Journey, thro' no small Dangers, is not Home then seasonable? When we have had a long and perilous War, and received many a Wound, would not a Peace with Victory be seasonable? Men
r "live in a continual Weariness; especially the Saints, who are most weary of trrct which trie World cannot seel. Soir.e weary of a blind Mind; some, of a hard Heart; some, of their daily Doabts and Fears; some, oI,'the Want of spiritual Joys; and some, of the Sense of God's Wrath. And when a poor Christian hath desired, and prayed, and waited for Deliverance many Years~, is it not then seasonable? We g.udge, that we do not find a Canaan in the Wilderness; or •the Songs of Slon in a strange Land; that we have •hot a Harbour in tbe main Ocean, nor our Rest in the Heat of the Day, nor Heaven before we leave the Earth; and would not all this be very unseasonable?
§9. (7) As this Rest will be seasonable, so ft <w\U be suitable. The new Nature ef the S.ainti doth suit their Spirits to this Rest. Indeed their Holiness is nothing else but a Spark taken from this Element, And by the Spirit of Ch-ist kindled in their Hearts, the Flame whereof, mindsul of its own divine Original, ever tends to the Place from whence it comes.
(1) ]a. v. 14. unit. io. (m) E<od. iji. 40, 41,