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King! when they have no need of temples in which to perform their worship, nor instrumental duties to accent and kindle their devotion ! for the Lord God Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple thereof Bleifed indeed are they that dwell in God's house 2bove ; they will be still praising Him.
I shall only add, that that which will complete their happiness, is, its everlasting duration. They Thall go into life eternal; and this endears the man Gions of glory to the righteous, as much as it will imbitter the gloomy regions of hell to the wicked. No. years nor ages measure the delights of heaven. The ransomed of the Lord, when they come to Zion, have everlasting joy on their heads. The inheritance is incorruptible, and fadeth not away. It is an e ternal, as well as exceeding weight of glory; and, when millions of ages are past and gone, a happ: immortality is flill before them. And what an ao cent will it give to the praises of the redeemed, when in the triumph of full security in the Divine promises they can say, “ This God is our God for ever and “ ever !” Here is happiness, as it were, redoubled by: the comfortable reflection, that He will be their por tion through eternity, and that they shall be ever with the Lord..
· Thus I have endeavoured to give you some imper fect account of that eternal life, which is promised to the righteous in a future world.
And now, have we not the highest reason to add mire and adore the exceeding riches of God's good ness? This reward is entirely of grace, and not of debt. The infinitely great Jéhovah, was perfectly happy in the enjoyment of his own essential glory He had no need of our services, far less was under any obligation to reward them. Juftly then may we exclaim with the pious pfalmist, “ Lord, what BCN « man, that thou art mindful of him? or the fonol,
as man, that thou shouldst thus visit him ?” Upon our apostasy from Him, he might justly have doomed us all to endless misery, without giving us the most distant prospect of happiness. What reason, then, have we to adore and worship Him, who, in his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again to a lively hope, and given encouragement to seek after eternal life through. his Son!
But again, what returns of gratitude and praise do we owe to our Bleffed Redeemer, who laid down his own precious life, that we might obtain salvation and eternal glory! If the Son of God had not come into the world, life and immortality had not been brought to light by the gospel. How did he abase himself, that we might be exalted! For our fake he became poor, that we, through his poverty, might be made rich: Nay, he cheerfully submitted to death, even the death of the cross, that we might inherit eternal life. What obligations, then, do we ly under to the Blessed Redeemer, through whose merits and interceslion it is, that we are admitted into the mansions of glory!
But further, hence we see, that it is no vain thing o serve the Lord. No; verily there is a reward for the righteous. God will give grace and glory, and ke will withhold no good thing from them that walk aprightly. Let it then be your greatest concern, you who are fill unbelievers, and thus have no title,to eternal life; let it be your greatest concern, that: you may be of the happy number of the righteous, who fhall at last go into it. Give all diligence to get an interest in the imputed righteousness of Christ; that, being justified by faith, you may be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Labour after inherent holiness. Implore Divine grace to make a sanctifying change in your nature. Take up with nothing short of it. Dream not of entering ina b the kingdom of God without being born from a. Ove. Remember, you must live the life of the righ
teous, if you would have your latter end like his. For it is an established truth, that without holiness no man shall see the Lord.
And how should the prospect of this eternal and exceeding weight of glory animate you, who are fincere believers in Christ Jesus, to be daily purifying yourselves even as he is pure! If any spark of true ambition dwells in you, will not such a prosped kindle it? will not this enliven your affections, and arm you with facred resolution ? An eternity of joy, a kingdom with God, a crown of life, and righteoulness that fadeth not away ; How can you think of there, and not be pressing forward toward the mark, for the prize of our high calling that is with God, through Jesus Christ ?
You are now indeed in a militant ftate; a state of trial and conflict. But, take comfort; this warfare will foon be over, and then will come the day of everlalting peace and triumph. If you are now faithful to the death, your exalted Redeemer has promised to give you the crown of life, and that in the mean time his grace shall be sufficient for you. Wherefore, be ye itedfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know, that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
And now, may the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, make you perfett, ftablish, strengthen, fettle you : To Him be glory anel dominien, for ever and ever. Amen.
THE SUBSTANCE OF
A SERMON preached at Strathmiglo, on the
Death of the Rev. GEORGE LYON,
The Rev: James LISTER, A. M. Minister of the
Gospel at Auchter muchty.
Psalm cxvi. 15. Precious in the fight of the Lord is
the death of his faints. THIS house in which you have often experienced
1 the goodness of the Lord, is to-day an house of mourning. Nor are you the only mourners in Zion on this occasion; others are assembled to weep with you, and to bewail the loss which you and the church of Christ have fuftained. Painful is the talk assigned to me; but if, in this case, the feel. ings of defpondence ought to be checked, our forrows will surely be greatly alleviated, while we refiect, that "-precious in the fight of the Lord is the “ death of his faints.”
It is evident, that some remarkable deliverance from great forrow and trouble, is celebrated by David in this psalm ; and the different opinions respecting the event to which it refers, do not affect the sense of the text. The sentiment exprefied in these words, naturally rises in a pious mind, when reflecting on the gracious interpoltion of heaven in the hour of imminent dan
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ger and ditrefs. “ The sorrows of death compaffed “ mx, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I « found trouble and forrow." In this situation, he is described as calling upon the name of the Lord to Celiver him.-Nor did he call in vain : the Lord bowed cwn his ear; ke beard his fupplications, and helpid rin.
With grateful emotions of heart, the Psalmist now celebrates the prates of his Almighty Saviour: « Return unto thy relt, my fou!, for the Lord “ hath dealt bountifully with thee.” This leads him to remark as a geaeral truth, that “ precious in the “ fight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”
These words evidently point out to us, what I propoíe, in the following diicourse, to consider; Fird, The character of those who are here denominated saints; And, Secondly, In what respects their death is precious in the sight of the Lord.
1. The firft thing proposed, is to offer some re, marks concerning the character of those wbo are mentioned in the text. The term, faints, literally fignifies boly persons, both in the original language, and in our translation. It is a designaticn frequently given to the godly, as expressive of their genuine character; aad it would be no less absurd, to call an unholy person a faint, than to call a righteous person a inner. The Lord, who is glorious in holiness, and the inexhaustible fountain of perfection, can have no delight in the ungodly and impure. Hence, an irreverlible decree hath pafled in heaven, that “with“ out holiness no man thall see the Lord;" and as the flame confumeth the stubble, so will the fire of his holiness burn up the ungodly, who with fallen fpirits hall have their portion in that lake of torments, whose smoke is afcending for ever. Hence, God faith of his own people ; “ Thou art a holy people « unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath