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CHAPTER VIII.

“In this on Earth would I appear,
Then go to Heaven and wear it there ;
God will approve it in his sight,
'Tis his own work and his delight.”

Children's Divine Song.

THE BEAUTIFUL GARMENT AN ETERNAL EXCELLENCY-AN

ADORNING HERE, AND AN EVERLASTING ORNAMENT IN THE WORLD TO COME.

We have already seen that every sincere believer in Jesus Christ is invested with the “ garments of salvation" and adorned with the beautiful robe of the Redeemer's righteousness. This “adorning" is not outward in the “putting on of apparel,” but “that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” As Job, in his own vindication, said, “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.”

Every believer too is anxious to observe those admonitions with which the Giver of the garment accompanied the bestowment of the gift,—" to keep himsef unspotted from the world.”—“ Let thy garments be always white.”—“Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame."--"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment.”—Those “which have not defiled their garments; they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy."

Sometimes, for he is in a polluted and a polluting world, he may, by not being watchful, stain his soul with sin : but in that case he does not cover it, or wait for time to help him to forget it. He knows what is written for a case like his. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” And knowing that “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin," in the words of the royal penitent he cries, throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.-Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow."

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Yes; there is always this difference between the real and pretended child of God; while the latter is satisfied to let his pollutions remain, the former is never satisfied until they are cleansed away; and until he hears the voice of his Lord saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him. Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment." Thus he gives them, when penitent, “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness," and calls on them again to arise and “put on their beautiful garments.”

And thus has the blessed God provided that his children shall walk before him in righteousness and true holiness all the days of their life. Happy they who do not soil their garments; who neither taste, touch, or handle, the pollutions of the world. They present a lovely spectacle in the sight of God. He will keep them in all their ways, and by the guardian ministry of his holy angels preserve them from all real harm. Trials and troubles they, like others, may have, but unto his heavenly kingdom will he keep them. The garments of salvation with which he has adorned them, it is beyond the power of man to take from them. The damp and dirt of dungeons cannot soil them, neither can the fires of

persecution singe them. Death himself cannot strip them. Arrayed in these they enter the invisible world, and stand with honour before the throne of God.

And thus is this Beautiful Garment of the Redeemer's Righteousness the chief ornament of the humble believer whilst he sojourns on earth; an ornament far surpassing the merely outward splendours of earthly monarchs. Silken imperial purple, rich ermines, or garments of wrought gold, all lose their lustre and fade into dimness when compared with the heavenly adorning provided by the Redeemer for the faithful children of his love.

And on that day, when their Lord will come in glory, they will put on immortality. Then will they “shine forth as the sun.” For “when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Wonderful transforination! but true; for we shall be “changed into the same image, from glory to glory.”

On earth the christian appears like other men, but now he will assume another and more congenial and natural aspect, adapted to the bright world of which he has become an inhabitant, and the holy beings with whom he will associate. He will put on the dress of heaven, which is whitewhite as driven snow! "I beheld,” said DANIEL, « till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the fine wool."

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John, on Patmos, beheld the same vision. I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire.” This favoured apostle had already beheld a similar scene, when with Peter and James, he was with Him on the holy mount; when “his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light,”_"exceeding white as snow;"_" white and glistening." Often did these three talk of this transcendant scene;

and no wonder-He shewed them his heavenly robes of glory!

And not only is this the appearance of Him who is clothed with light as with a garment, but it is that too of the Holy Angels. John tells us that when Mary visited the tomb of the Redeemer, to seek her Lord, on the morning of his resurrection from the dead, she saw two angels in white sitting, the one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.” And LUKE also speaks of two " in shining garments." The Messenger sent from heaven to Cornelius, the

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