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Sorrow is turned into you, and our Joy, phall no Man take from us (n).

$7 (3) ANOTHER Ingredient of this Rest is, the highest Degree of the Saint's perfonal Perfection, both of Body and Soul. Were the Glory ever so great, and themselves not made capable of it, by a personal Perfection suitable thereto, it would be little to them. Eye hath not feen, nor Ear heard, neither have entered into the Heart of Man, the Things which God hath preJared for them that love him (o). For the Eye of Flesh is not capable of seeing them, nor this Ear of hearing them, nor this Heart of understanding them: But ihere the Eye, and Ear, and Heart, are made capable; else how do they enjoy them? The more perfect the Sighi is, the more delightful the beautiful Object. The more perfect the Appetite, the sweeter tlie Food. The more mufical the Ear, the more pleasant the Melody, The more perfect the Soul, the more joyous those Joys, and the more glorious to us is that Glory.

$ 8. (4) The principal part of this Reft, is our ncarest Erjoyment of God the chief Good And here, Reader, wonder not if I he at a Loss; and if my Apprehensions receive but little of that which is iit my Expressions. If it did not appear, to the beloved, Disciple, what we shall be, but only in general, that When Chrif fall appear we shall be like him (p), no Wonder if I know little. When I know to little of God, I cannot much know what it is to enjoy him. It I know so little of Spirits, how little of the Father of Spirits, or the State of my own Soul, when advenced to the Enjoyment of him? I stand and look upon a Heap of Ants, and see them all with one View; they know not me, my Being, Nature, or. Thoughts, tho' I am their Fellow-Creature; how

little (sv) John xvi. 20, 22. (0) 1 Cor. ii. 9, * (P) 1 John iii, 2.

little then must we know of the great Creator, tho' he with one View clearly beholds us all? A Glimpse the Saints behold as in a Glafs (q); which makes us capable of some poor, dark Apprehensions of what we shall behold in Glory. If I should tell a Worldling what the Holiness and spiritual Joys of the Saints on Earth are, he cannot know; for Grace cannot be clearly known without Grace; how much less could he conceive it, should I tell him of this Glory? But to the Saints I may be fomewhat more encouraged to fpeak; for Grace gives them a dark Knowledge and light Taste of Glory. If Men and Angels Thould ftudy to speak the Blessedness of that State in one Word, what could they say beyond this, that it is the nearest Enjoyment of God? ( the full Joys offered to a Believer in that one Sentence of Christ, Father, I will that those whom thou hast given me be with me where I am, that they may behold ny. Glory which thou haft given me (r)! Every Word full of . Life and Joy. If the Queen of Sheba had Caufe to fay. of Solomon's Glory, Hapty are thy M:n, hapliy are thy Servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy Wisdom (s); then sure they that stand continually before God, and see his Glory, and the Glory of the Lamb, are more than happy.' To them will Christ give to eat of the Tree of Life; and to eat of the hidden Manna, yea, he will make them Pillars in the Temple of God, anů they foa!l go no more aut; and he will write upon them the Name of his God, and the Name of the City of bis God, which is retu Jerufalem, wlich cometh down out of Heaven from his God, and he will write upon them bris new Name; yea, more, if niore may be, he will grant them to fit with him in bis Throne These are they which came out of great Tribulation, and lave washed their Robes, and made then white in the

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(y) r John iii. i. Gen. xviii. 27. i Johni. , iv, 16. (2) Matt. xil. 43. Tom. viii, 17. Cor. vi. 2. Rev. ii. 21. Joha xvii: 21:. (a) Numb. xxiii, 19. (b) Etier vi. 11. (c) Plain !xxxis, 16.

Blood of the Lamb: Therefore are they before the Throne of God, and serve him Day and Night in his Temple, and he that fitteth on the Throne fall dwell among them; The Lamb which is in the Midst of the Throne Moll feed thein, and shall lead them unto living Fountains of Water; and God fmall wipe away all Tears from their Eyes (t). O blind, deceived World! Can you Thew us such a Glory? This is the City of our God, where the Taberfiacle of God is with Men, and he will dwell with them, and they fhall be his people, and God himself ball be with them, and be their God. The Glory of G:d shall lighten it, and the Lamb is the Light thereof. And there Aball be no more Curfe; but the Tyrone of God and of the Lamb Mall be in it; and kis Servants fball serve him, and they Thall see his Faces and his Name shall be in their Foreleads. These Sayings are faithful and true, and the Things which must mortly be dine (u). And now we say, as Mephibo heth, let the World take all, forafmucb As our. Lord will come in Peace (w). Rejsice therefore in the Lord, Oye Righteous, and say with his Servant David, the Lord is the Portion of miñe Inheritance: The Lines are fallen unto me in pleasant Places; yea, I have #goodly Heritage. I have set ihe Lord always before me, because he is al my right Hand I hall not be moved. Therefore iny Heart is glad, and my Glory rejoiceth; my Fles olfo shall rest in Hope. For thou wilt not leave my Soul in Hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see Corruption. Thou wilt frecu me the Path of Life; 'in thy Presence is Fulness of Joy, at thy right Hand there Ple Pleasures for evermore (x). What Presumption would it' have been, once to have thought or spoke of fuch a Thing, if God had not spoken it before us? I durft not have thought of the Saint's Preferment in

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