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the description seem to me ro favour those most, who point us to the other world for it.) The saints shall reign in that city, whose wall is of jasper, (ver. 16.) and the foundations of the wall garnished with all manner of precious stones, (ver.19.) and the streets of pure gold, (ver, 21.) so that their feet shall be set on that, which the men of this world let their hearts upon. This is the city God hath prepared for them, Heb. xi. 16. A city that hath foundations, (ver. 10:) A continuing city, (chap. xiii. 14.) which fhall stand and flourish, when all the cities of the world are laid in alhes; and which thall roc be moved, when tbe foundations of the world are overturned. It is a city that never changeth its inhabitants: none of them shall ever be removed out of it: for lite and immortality reign there, and no death can enter into it. It is blessed with a perfect and per. petual peace, and can never be in the least disturbed. Nothing from without can annoy it; the gates therefore are not fout at all by day, and there is no night there, Rev. xxi. 25. There can nothing from within trouble it. No want of provision there; no scare city, na difcord among the inhabitants. Whatever cententigas are amongst the saints now; no vestige of their former jarrings fall remain there. Love to God, and to one another, shall be perfected; and these of them, who stood at greater distance here, will joyfully embrace and delight in one another there..'

y. The royal palace is Christ's Father's houfe, in which are many manjions, John xiv. 2. There hall the saints dyrell for ever. That is the house prepared for all the heirs of glory, even these of them who dwell in the meanest cottage now, or have not where to lay their heads. As our Lord calls hiş faints to a kingdom, he will provide them a house. suitable to the dignity he puts upon them. Heaven will be a convenient, spacious, and glorious house, for those whom the King delightech to honour. Never was a house ! purchased, at so dear a rate as this, being the purchase of the Me. diator's blood; and op less could it be afforded for io them: never

was chere so much ado, to fit inhabitants for a house. The saints Ls were, by nature, utierly unfit for this house, and human art and

industry could not make them meet for it. But the Father gives the designed inhabitants to his Son, to be by him redeemed: the Son pays the price of their redemption, even his own precious blood; thai, with the allowance of justice, they may have access to the house: and the holy Spirit sanctifies them by bis grace; that they may be mect to come in thicher, where no unclean thing can enter. And no marvel, for it is the King's palace, they enter into, (Pfal. xlv, 15.) The house of the kingdom, where the great King keeps his court, where he has bis throne, and she ws forth his glory, in a singular manner beyond what mortals can conceive,'

VI. Paracise is their Palace-garden. This day shalt thou be with me in paradise, laid our Saviour to the penitent thief on the cross, Luke xxiii, 43 Heaven is a paradife for pleasure and delight,

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where there is both wood and water ; “ A pure river, of water 66 of life, clear as cryftal, proceeding out of the throne of God, 66 and of the Lamb; and of eicher frue of the river, the tree of 66 kife, which bears twelve manner of fruits, and yields her fruit " every month," Rev. xxih 1, 2. How happy might innocenti Adam have been in the earthly paradise, where tbere was nothing wanting for neceffity, nor delight! Eden was the most pleasant fput of the uncorrupted earth, and paradile the most pleasant spot of Eden; but what is earth in comparison of heaven? The glorified, faints are advanced to the heavenly paradise. There they shall not only see, but eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God, Rev. ii. 7. They shall behold the Mediator's glory, and be, fatisfied with his goodness. No flaming sword will be there, to keep the way of that tree of life; but they mail freely eat of it, and live for ever. And they shali drink of the river of pleasures, (Prál. xxxvi. 8.) these sweetest and pureit pleasures, the which Immanual's land doth afford; and shall swim in an ocean of unmixed delight for evermore.

VII. They shall have royal treasures, sufficient to support the ! dignity they are advanced unto. Since the street of the royal city

is pure gold, and the twelve gates thereof are twelve pearls; their treasure must be of that which is better than gold cr pearl. It is an eternal weight of glory, 2 Cor. iv. 17. O precious treasure!. a treasure not liatade co insensible corruption, by anoths-or rust; a treasure which none can feel from them, Marth. vi. 20. Never did any kingdom afford such a precicus treasure, nor a treasure of such variety : for he that overcometh shall inherit all things, Rey. xxi. 7. No treasures on earth are stored with all things: if they were all put together in one, there would be far more valuable things wancing in chat one, than found in it. This then is the per culiar treasure of these kings, who inherit the kingdom of heaven. They thall want nothing, that may contribute to their full fatisfaction. Now they are rich in hope: but then they will have their riches in hand, Now all things are theirs in respect of right: then all shall be theirs in possesion. They may go for ever through Immanuel's land, and behold the glory and riches thereof, with the Satisfying thought, that all they see is their own. It is pity these tould ever be uneasy under the want of earthly good things, who may be fure, they shall inherit all things at length.

VIII Albiet there is no (material) temple thercin, no mediate ser. ving of God in the use of ordinances, as here on earth; yet, as for this kingdom, " The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the

cemple of it," Rev. xxi. 22. As the cemple was the glory of . Cangan, so will the celeit al temple be the glory of heaven. The

{aiuts, thall be brought in thither as a Royal priesthood, 1o. dwell in the house of the Lord for ever; for Jesus Christ will then make. every faint "a pillar in the temple of God, and he shall.go no more

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« out,” (Rev.jii. 12.) as the Priests and Levites did, in their courses, go out of the material temple. There the saints shall have the cloud of glory, the divine presence, with most intimate, unin. terrupted communion with God: there they shall have Jesus Christ as the true ark, wherein the fiery law Thall be for ever hid from their eyes; and the mercy.feat, from which noching fhall be breath'ed, but everlasting peace and good-will towards them: the cherubims, the society of holy angels, who Thall join with them in eternal admiration of the mystery of Christ: the golden candlestick, with its feven lamps, for the glory of God doth lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof, Rev. xxi. 23. The incenfe-altar, in the intercession of Chrift, who ever liveth to make interceffion for them, (Heb. vii. 25.) eternally exhibiting the merits of his death and sufferings, and efficaciously willing for ever, that these, whom the Father bach given bim, be with him: and the new-bread table, in the perpecual feast,

they shall have together, in the enjoyment of God. This leads me + more particularly to consider,

IX. The Society in this kingdoin. What would royal power and authority, ensigns of royalty, richest treasures, and all other ad'vantages of a kingdom, avail without comfortable fociety? Some crowned heads have had but a forry life through the want of it: their palaces have been but unto them as prisons, and their badges

of honour as chains on a prisoner: while hared of all, chey had (none they could trust in, or whom they could have comfortable

fellowship with. But the chief part of heaven's happiness lies in the blessed fociety che faints shall have there. For clearing of which, consider these few things:

First, The society of the saints, among themselves, will be no small part of heaven's happiness. The communion of saints on earth is highly prized by all these who are travelling through the world unto Zion; and companions in fin can never have such true plea. fure and delight in one anocher, as fometime the Lord's people bave in praying together, and conversing about thele things which the world is a franger to. Here the saints are buc few in company, at belt: and fome of them are so polted, as they seem to themselves to dwell alone : having no access to fuch, as they could freely unborom themselves to, in the matter of their fpiritual case. They righ and say, “Wois me, for I am as when they have gathered the " fummer fruits--there is no cluster to eat the good man is peri. , « sned out of the earth,” Mic, vij. 1, 2. But in the general a fembly of the first-born in heaven, none of all the saints, who ever were, or will be on the earth, shall be missing. They will be all of them together in one place, all possess one kingdom, and all sit down to. gether to the marriage supper of the Lamb. Here the best of the faints want nor their fintul imperfections, making their society less comfortable: but there they shall be perfect, without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, Eph, v, 27. And all natural, as well as linful im.

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perfections are then done away; they " fhall fine as the brightis ness of the firmament,” Dan. xii. 3. .

There we will see Adam and Eve in the heavenly paradise, freely eating of the tree of life; Abraham, Ifaac and Jacob, and all the holy patriarchs, no more wandering from laod to land, but come to their everlasting reft; all the prophets feeding their eyes on the glory of him, of whose coming they prophesied; the cwelve Apofcles of the Lamb, litting on their twelve thrones; all the holy mar. tyrs in their long white robes, with their crowns on their heads; the godly kings advanced to a kingdom which cannot be moved ;,.' and them that turn many to righteousness, fining as the fars for ever and ever. There will we see our godly friends, relations and acquaintances, pillars in the temple of temple of God, to go no more out from us. And it is more than probable, that the saints will know one another in heaven! that, at least, they will know their friends, relatives, and there they were acquainted with on ea:h, and such as have been molt eminent in the church: howbeit that knowledge will be purged from all earthly thoughts and affections. This seenis

to be included in that perfection of happiness to which the saints • shall be advanced there. If Adam knew who and what Eve was at

first sight, when the Lord God brought her to him, (Gen.ii.23,24) why should one question, but husbands and wives, parents and chib dren, will know each other in glory? if the Thesalonians, convert. ed by Paul's ministry, shall be his crown of rejoicing, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, at his coming, (i Theff. ii. 19.) Why may not one conclude, that ministers thall know their people, and people their ministers in heaven? And if the disciples, on the mount of transfiguration, knew Mofes and Elias, whom they had never seen before, (Matth. ii. 19.) we have ground to think, we all know them too, and such as they, when we come to heaven. The communion of saints shall be most intimate there; they mall sit down with Abraham, Ifaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven, Match. viii, iv. Lazarus was carried by the angels into Abraham's bofom, (Luke xvi. 23.) which denotes moft intimate and familiar society. And though diversity of tongues shall cease, (1 Cor. xiii. 8.) I make

no question, but there will be an use of speech in heaven; and that $. the saints will glorify God in their bodies there, as well as in their

fpirits, speaking forth his prailes with an audible voice. (As for the language, we shall understand, what it is, when we come chi.

ther.) When Paul was caught up to the third heaven, the seat of - the blessed, he heard there unspeakable words, which it is not lawful .

for a man to utter, 2 Cor. xii. 4. Mofes and Elias, on the mount wich Christ, talked with him, Matth. xvii. 3, and spake of his disease which be should accomplish at Jerusalem, Luke ix. 3r.

Secondly, The laints will have the society of all the holy angels : thcre. An innumerable company of angels shall be companions to thens in their glorified ftatę. Happy were the lhepherds, who heard the

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fong of the heavenly holt, when Christ was born: but thrice happy they, who all join their voices with theirs, in phe choir of saints and angels in heaven, when he shall be, glorified in all, who fhall be about him there. Then thall we'be brought acquainted with the bleffed fpirits, who never sinned. How bright will chese morning-Ilars fhine in the holy place! they were miniftring fpirits to che heirs of Talvation, loved them for cheir Lord and Master's fake; encamped round about them, to preserve them from danger; how joyfully will they welcome them to their everlasting habitations; and rejoice to see them come at length to their kingdom, as the tutor doth in the prosperity of his pupils! The saints shall be no more afraid of them, as sometime they were wont to be: they shall chen have put' off mortality, and infirmides of the flesh, and be themselves, as the an. gels of God, fit to entertain communion and fellowship with these thining ones. And both being brought under one head, the Lord Jesus Christ; they shall join in the praises of God, and of the Lamb, saying, with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was sain, &c. Rev. v. 11, 12. Whether the angels Thall (as some thinkj assume airy bodies, that they may be seen by the bodily eyes of the saints, and be in nearer capacity to converse with them, I know not: but as they want not ways of converse amongst themselves, we have reason to think, that conversation, betwixt them and the saints, shall not be for ever block.' ed up..

Lastly, They shall have society with the Lord himself in heaven, glorious communion with God and Christ, which is the perfection of happinels. I chuse to speak of communion' with God, and the man Christ together; because as we derive our grace from the Lamb, so we will derive our glory from him too; the man Christ being (if I may be allowed the expression) the centre of the divine glory in heaven, from whence it is diffused unto all the saints. This seems to be taught us by these scriptures, which express heaven's happiness by being with Christ, Luke xxiii. 43. This day shalt thou be with me in paradise, John xxvii. 24: Father I will that these also, whom thou hast given nie, be with me. (Andremarkable to this purpose is what follows, that they inay behold rzy glory.) 'Theff.iv. 17. So shall we ever be with the Lord, to wit, the Lord Chriit, whom we fall meet in the air. This also seems to be the import of these fcriptures, wherein God and the Lamb, the flain Saviour, are jointly spoken of, in the point of the happiness of the saints in heaven, Rev. vii. 17. “ For the Lamb which is in the midst 6 of the throne, Niall feed them, and shall lead them unto living foun. 6 tains of waters: and God Mall wipe away all tears from their eyes," Chap.xxi. 3. “ Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will * dwell with them,” to wit, as in a tabernacle, (so the word signifies) that is, in the fleik of Christ, (compare John i. 14. and ver. 22.);

The Lord God Almighty, and the Lanb arc the temple of it.” Here lies the chief happiness of the saints in heaven, that without ! which they could never be happy, though lodged in that glorious

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