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We know, that if our earthly house of this tabernas cle were diffolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. We are willing rather to be absent from the body and present with the Lord, 2 Cor. v. 1, 8.
For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better, Phil. i. 21, 23.
And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee, Psal. xxxix. 7.
My beloved is mine, and I am his. His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. Awake, O north wind, come, thou south, blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. Until the day break and the shadows fly away, make hafte, my beloved, and be thou like a roe, or a young hart on the mountains of spices, Cant. ij. 6, 16, 17. and iv. 16. and viii. 14.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, thro' our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Cor. xv. 55, 57.
The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righ. teousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing, 2 Tim. iv. 6, 7, 8.
The day of death is better than the day of one's birth, Eccl. vii. 1.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither forrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain ; for the former things are passed away, Rev. xxi. 4.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save finners, of whom I am chief, 1 Tim. i. 15.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him fhould not perish, but have everlasting life, John iii. 16. For he hath made him to be fin for us who knew no fn; that we mighi be made the righteousness of God, in hin, 2 Cor. v. 21.
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift, 2 Cor. ix. 15.
Bleffed be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visted and redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his fervant David, Luke i. 68, 69. . .
Them'which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him. Then shall we be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: And so fhall we ever be with the Lord, i Theff. iv, 14. 17.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our fins in his own blood, &c. Worthy is the lamb that was llain to receive power and glory, Rev.i. 5. and v. 12.
We know that we have pafled from death unto life, because we love the brethren, 1 John iii. 14.
I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things prefent, nor things to come, nor heighth, nor depth, nor any other creature, should be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, Rom. viii. 38, 39..
I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day, 3 Tim. i. 12.'
I count all things but loss and dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, &c. Phil. iii. 8, 9.
Christ Jesus who is made unto us wisdom, and righ- • teousness, and fanctification, and redemption, 1 Cor. i. 30.
We rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the fleth, Phil. iii. 3.
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us · meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, Col. i. 12.
Behold he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall fee him. Amen. Even so come, Lord Jesus, Rev. i. go and xxii. 20.
*DUNDEE, 5th June 1741. Vol. I.
· SOME EJACULATIONS & DYING WORDS
OF THE AUTHOR.
To My Wife. My Dear, M Y distress calls me to think of parting with you:
V the will of the Lord be done. I thank you for your tender care of me, may the Lord bless and reward you for it, and sanctify your own tenderness, and sup. port you under it. As you have studied to live a life of faith and prayer all your days, so I hope and believe you will continue to the end. In all your difficulties and fears, encourage yourself in the Lord your God : Commit your ways to him ; trust him that is faithful and true. I resign you, my dear, to the HUSBAND of husbands, our deareft Lord Jesus Christ.
To my CHILDREN. DEAR Children, your earthly father must leave you, your heavenly Father is immortal. O! cleave fast to him. Trifle not about your fouls concerns in time of health ; mind these things as the one thing needful; this you will not repent of when you come within a near view of death and endless eternity. O firs! press for clear views of your interesu in Christ, the only surety and Saviour of finners. Among other evidences of it, live by faith on him, and study holiness in heart and life. Dear children, think how you will be able to stand before Christ your judge, at the last day, unless you have Christ's image on you, and be made new creatures. Lord make you all such, and bless you with his best blessing ! My blessing be upon you all. -What means God gave me, I have bestowed them on you, or left them to you. Be kind and careful of your mother while you have her. And let none of you forget, that though I go before you to the dust,
you must all quickly follow me. Od that we may all meet together at the right hand of our blefled Redeemer, to fee his face, and Gng his praise. The time is near, be ye therefore also ready.
Now, my dear wife and children, remember what is above, as the words of your affectionate husband and loving father, who, being dead, yet hereby speaketh to you for your eternal good and happiness ; may they fink deep into your heart : So prayeth
SOME OF HIS DYING EJACULATIONS.
O LET me sleep in Jesus ! I would not live always in this evil world, that has little in it tempting, and seems still to grow worse, and where the torrent of lin and backfliding seems to grow stronger.
I would desire to depart and be with Chrift, which is far better than to be here. I am willing rather to be absent from the body, and present with the Lord. Whom have I in heaven but thee; for though my heart, strength, and flesh, fail, yet the Lord will be the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. .
Now, Lord, what wait I for, my hope is in thee, I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord. . O for Simeon's frame, to be saying, “ Lord, lettest thou thy fervant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy falvation."
When Christ says, Surely I come quickly; may my soul answer, Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
I am living on the righteousness of Christ, yea, dying in the Lord. Even so, come. I am detained here upon the shore, waiting for a fair wind to carry me over this Jordan. I have waited, and will wait for thy salvation, O Lord. The Lord is a rock, and his work is perfect : Lord, perfect what concerneth me...
O that I could say with Paul, The time of my de. parture is at hand. "I have kept the faith, I have run my race, I have finished my course; henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the righteous Lord will give me at his coming.
· I am vile and polluted, 0 how shall I be cleansed : But that is a comfortable promise, « The blood of Jesus Christ his Son, cleanseth us from all lin." And so is that, “ Though ye have lien among the pots, ye shall be as doves, whose wings are covered with filver, and their feathers with yellow gold.”
I refolve to obey, to submit to the Lord's will, to die like Moses and Aaron, the one at the mount Hor, the other at mount Abarim. They went up and died there at the command of the Lord.
O that when my strength and flesh fail, God may be the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. When now the keepers of the house do tremble, O that God may be the keeper : when the grinders cease, because they are few, Othat God would feed my soul with manna, that will need none of these implements; when the daughters of music are brought low, O to be fitted for the heavenly music above : When the lookers out at the windows are darkened, O that my soul may be enlightened to see Jesus my Redeemer.
Lord, help the unbelief and infidelity of my heart, and help to more of the faith of a risen Jesus, an ascended Redeemer. O let me believe and feel the sweetness of that word of Christ, “ I ascend to my Father, and to your Father, and to your God and my God.”
O how shall such an unholy creature as I presume to enter into such a pure and holy place! But the apostle has taught us, we may have boldness to enter into the holiest of all by the blood of Jesus.
that when the time of my last combat comes with my last enemy death, I may be helped above all to take the shield of faith, whereby I may be relieved from the fting of death, and may quench the fiery darts of the wicked one.
O that I may be helped to adore the sovereignty of God, kiss his rod, and humbly submit to it. Save me from both extremities; let me never despise the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when I am rebuked of him.
Now the prince of darkness will study to raise tempests of temptations to shipwreck the poor weatherbeaten vessel of my soul, when it would enter into the