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power to determine. If you are so far blinded and hardened by sin and Satan, as to make light of all this, or coldly to commend the doctrine, while you go on to the end in your carnal 'worldly condition as before, I can say no more, but tell thee *again that judgment is near, when thou wilt - bitterly bewail all this, too late. And among all the rest of the evidence that comes in against thee, this book shall be one which shall testify to thy face, before angels and men, that thou wast told of that day, and intreated to prepare.
But if the Lord shall show thee so much mercy as to open thy eyes, and break in upon thy heart, and, by sober consideration, turn it to himself, and cause thee faithfully to take the warning that hath here been given thee, and to obey these directions, I dare assure thee from the word of the Lord, that this judgment, which will be so dreadful to the ungodly, and the beginning of their endless terror and misery, will be as joyful to thee, and the beginning of thy glory. The Saviour that thou hast believed in, and sincerely obeyed, will not condemn thee. (Psalm i. 5, 6; Rom. viii. 1; John iii. 16.) It is part of his business to justify thee before the world, and to glorify his merits, his kingly power, his holiness, and his rewarding justice, in thy absolution and salvation. He will account it a righteous thing to recompense tribulation to thy troublers, and rest to thyself, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. Even then shall he come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe, in that day, even because his servants' testimony, and his spirits among them, was believed. (2 Thess. i. 6-10.) That day will be the great marriage of the Lamb, and the reception of thee and all the saints into the glory of thy beloved, to which they had a right at their first consent and contract upon earth : and when the bridegroom comes, thou who art ready shalt go into the marriage, when the door shall be shut against the sleepy, negligent world; and though they cry “Lord, Lord, open to us,” they shall be repulsed with a “Verily, I know you not.” (Matt. xxv. 10-13.) For this day, which others fear, mayest thou long, and hope, and pray, and wait, and comfort thyself in all troubles with the remembrance of it. (1 Cor. xv. 55-58; 1 Thess.
iv. 17, 18.) If thou were ready to be offered to death for Christ, or when the time of thy departing is at hand, thou inayest look back on the good fight which thou hast fought, and on the course which thou hast finished, and on the faith which thou hast kept, and mayest confidently conclude, that, henceforth there is laid up for thee " a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give thee at that day: and not to thee only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Tim. iv. 6-8.) “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. xxii. 20.)
TREATISE OF DEATH,
THE LAST ENEMY TO BE DESTROYED.
SHOWING WHEREIN ITS ENMITY CONSISTETH,
AND HOW IT IS DESTROYED.
Part of it was preached at the Funeral of Elizabeth, the late wife of Mr.
Joseph Baker, Pastor of the Church at St. Andrew's in Worcester.
With some few Passages of the Life of the said Mrs. Baker, observed.
“In whose eyes a vile person is contemned: but he honoureth them that fear the Lord.”—Psalm xv. 4.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?. The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”--1 Cor. xv. 55-57. W