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providence and grace: and the next moment, with the Lord his portion for ever : —this hour upon earth ;—the next with Jesus in his glory, wherever that glory may be displayed. It is blessed to think of him, as now commending himself to Christ, and then immediately transferred, by angelic agency, into the world of blessed spirits, there to live, as the angels of God; to be raised from a bed of sickness, to a throne of glory; to leave a world of guilt and pain, and to be, as in the twinkling of an eye, in that sanctuary, where guilt and pain can never come. And thus it will assuredly be. No cold unconscious slumber will fall upon the soul, in common with its body, in the darkness, the silence, the insensibility of the tomb. There will be no abiding in the fire of purgatory, that unhallowed invention of human craft, so well fitted to uphold a gainful traffic, a mammon of unrighteousness, to which nothing less than the truth of God was to be sacrificed. When Jesus unites Him

self to the soul of man, He thenceforward communes with it. That communion can never cease : death cannot interrupt it, even for a moment. The happiness of God's children slumbers not, with their bodies, in the dust : for such delay would be as entirely inconsistent with the strong desire of his Son, to have his redeemed with Him, as with the longing desires of their souls to be with Christ. Whosoever would establish this cold and comfortless doctrine of the soul's insensibility, until the Lord's second coming, for the resurrection of the bodies of his saints, must rest his creed upon the arguments of an infidel philosophy, and not upon the true sayings of God in his blessed word. But so long as all things in heaven and earth, and under the earth, do bow and obey the Lamb that was slain ;—so long as Christ is God, unchangeable, and faithful, and that cannot lie, so long may every dying believer apply his promise to the malefactor, when the time of his great change arrives, “ To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise : ” and so long may he be willing to be “ absent from the body, that he may be present with the Lord.” O how calmly and peacefully may Christians rest, even with the full assurance of faith, upon the sovereignty and omnipotence of the Lord's redeeming work. His death is a perfect atonement, to take away all their sins, his righteousness a perfect righteousness, investing them with an indefeasible title to the glories of eternal life, His Godhead imparts infinite dignity to

and renders them immeasureably more powerful to save, than all past offences, with all their dark and daring aggravations are mighty to destroy. How tenderly and gratefully then, should they love Him, who was the King of mercies, while He was the King of sorrows; who forgat his own torture, to remember a poor petitioner for his

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who overlooked the anguish of his own cross, to secure the deliverance of a reviling male

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factor's soul! O how greatly should faith triumph in a crucified Mediator, who evidences such sovereignty of salvation, in the very act and agony of his death ; who, in the depths of his shame, in the extremity of his pain, in the greatest pressure of his weakness, shews such tenderness of pity, and such a triumph of redemption, towards one, whom the enemy of souls seemed almost to have made his own eternally. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah,” even Jehovah, Jesus, "is everlasting strength.” Let no grief or sorrow, arising from outward circumstances, take away the joy of an interest in Him. Hold on yet a little while, ye who are clinging to his cross, glorying in it, and crucified, by it, to the world, and the world to you: and remember, that the voice of Christ will very soon say to every one

you, To-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise, there to await the time, when I will come again to live and reign with thee, in glory.”

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I besought you, not so widely to misunderstand me, as to imagine me advocating any doctrine, which would tend to make an endangered soul slumber away. its unreturning hours of salvation, encouraged by the example of mercy to the dying thief; " and thus, to the business of a moment leave the vast concerns of an eternal scene." They who live in unbelief and sin, in unbelief and sin may also die. There is no deliverance from a state of misery, to those who are not delivered from a state of sin. And, if to-day, while it is called to-day, a man will harden his heart, he may be tomorrow, in that world, where despair of mercy will fasten rebellion upon his heart, and where no offer of mercy will be made again for ever. From this instance of sal. vation communicated to a sinner, unbelieving and impenitent, until a very few hours before his death, no one must presume upon salvation, who lives in neglect of the blood of Christ, to which the call of the word and Spirit of God are continually

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