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the proudeft, fouteft, and strongest in the world; must go, whether willing or unwilling, all is one. There are many in the world, at the church, in health this Sabbath, who will be on a death-bed, or in eternity, the next; and, why may not I be one of them? ' i ** Think seriously upon your latter end: Think what will be your care in a parting hour, where you will take up your lodging, whether in Abraham's bofom, or in the devil's arms? " what will be my thoughts, when I am taking my last look of husband, wife, children, and relations? What will be my cordial, when the world fails, when friends are weeping about my bed, when my senses are losing their office, my heart and eye-strings are breaking, and all turning dim and dark about me? 0, what if my sleepy conscience awake then, and my old buried fins revive and fall on me, to tear me in pieces ?” O what will Christlefs Ginners do in that hour, when there is but one single ftep betwixt their departing souls and the state of devils ? O it is featful to die in your fns, as it is threatened, John viit. 24. 16. If ye believe not that I am he, ye dhall die in yeur sins.", O better die in a dungeon, among toads and serpents, than die in your fins; for these are ferpents that nerer leave stinging, and will faften fo upon thee, as never to part with thee again, they will go to the grave with theel as thy companions, to a tribunal with thee as thy accufers, and to hell with thee as thy tormentors. O it is terrible to die out of Christ, and without light of an interest in him ; to make a leap in the dark over a bottomless gulf, not knowing where your feet may light ; or to launch into the great ocean of eternity, without sight of a landing place for your foul... O how will the poor soul shrink back into the body in such a case, when it begins to awaken out of its dream, and look out into another world, saying, “How Thall I venture forth, where I see nothing but darkness and horror, or a flaming sword ready to meet me ?
Think upon the continual hazard you are in of death; its arrows are flying thick about you, and many are
falling lain on every hand of you ; and God knows but maar is inminis
the next dart may hit thee: And what if thou be un. prepared, and hell follow the pale horse i n 2. Think upon the sottilh ftupidity of many, who though they stand tottering day and night upon the brink both of the grave and hell, yet can spend whole weeks, yea months, without a serious thought of eternity: Yea, in the house of mourning, and in the fight of the dead, they can think, talk, jest and laugh, and never have one grave thought or word about their latter end. Foolih sinnets are rightly compared to a company of blind men dancing about the mouth of a very deep pie, which they do not perceive, nor hear the groans of those who fall to the bottom of it: Now and then one drops in, but still the rest continue the dance. This day a fwearer dies, and tumbles into hell; the next a drunkard, the next a whoremonger : But still their companions in fin go on in their mad career, till they drop in too. Se
Think what a fearful furprise death is to many carelefs: Gioners; it lights upon them like a falcon out of the air; they muft flir, and they were not thinking on it ; they have their lodging to seek, and they know not where. O it is sad to be turned out of the clay tabernacle, and to be put to knock, and cry, “Lodging, lodging for God's fake;" and yet get no other answer bui a frown, or,“ Depart from me, I know you not!" What 'cause hare we to pray, “ Lord, Let us not have our work to do, when our day is done ; our weapons to seek when the enemy is at the gates; our oil to buy, when the market is ended, and the bridegroom come," ** Think alfo upon the happiness of a dying believer, who can go forth half way and meet death, and bid it welcome, as a friend. Death ends his sorrow, and be pins his joy. It is an outlet to mifery, and an inlet to happiness; it frees him of his greatest grievance in the world, that is fin. As lin was the womb, that brougho forth death, fo death is the tomb that buries Im; thus God in his wisdom, causes the daughter to destroy the mothers and hence it is, that death is pur in the believer's inventory of goods, 1 Cor. jii. 22. “ Death is theirs." It is their Father's servant feut to carry them home to their Father's house ; a palace all bespangled
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with light, where they shall figh no more, and, which is infinitely better, where they shall fin no more for ever. They shall be troubled no more with an ill heart, nor a tempting devil ; they shall complain no more of darkness, and distance from God; but shall spend a whole eternity in praises, doxologies, hosannas, and hallelujahs to God and the Lamb. Think on the blessed change, O believer, that death will make in thy cir. cumstances ere long. It will transport thee from a cot tage to a palace, from a wilderness to Canaan, from a formy sea to a safe shore, from a vile dunghill to a glorious city, a city whose walls and foundations are of precious stones, its streets of gold, and its gates of pearl ; whose light is the Lamb, and whole temple is God.. Hast thou not cause then to love the Lord Jesus Christ, who has provided this city for thee, and found out a way to it; who by his death has unstinged death, and by his blood has paved a way through its dark. valley for thee to walk in, and fear no ill? O believer, fear not though the trance be somewhat dark, the passage is safe, and the end is light; the day is short betwixt thee and home, 'tis but wink and fee God. . .
Lastly, Think often how holily and spiritually you will wish you had spent this day, when you come to a death-bed, and death and eternity begin to stare you closely in the face. You will then begin to wish, o that I had spent more of my time, and especially of the Lord's day, in meditation and prayer! O if God would try me again, how serious and diligent would I be! Consider, on the other hand, what a pleasant death-bed the righteous will have, who have spent the Sabbath religiously! what satisfaction they will have in the review thereof! and what comfort in the prospect of ad cverlasting Sabbath above, to which they are hastening ! They will be rejoicing when others about them are weeping; they will be smiling when their eye.strings are breaking, and inward strength failing. They will be longing to be with Christ, which is best of all. It was a choice faying of one near death, “ My head is in heaven, my heart is in heaven, it is but one step more; and I shall be all in heaven." And must not the latter
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Let yodt worship this day below, put you in mind of that more perfed worship above, where you shall see kim whom you worship, and enjoy immediate commu. nion with him. O the difference betwixt that worship there, and ours here, is great! There is no weariness there in beholding God, no wanderings nor excurfions of the heart from God, no inclinations there to drouga dels or sleep in worship, no dull or low conceptions of God, no deadness of heart or frame; their harps art never out of tune, their hearts are always up, and fit for the high praises of God. There is no nøte lower there than " Glory to God in the highests" every saint lings his hallelujahs on the highest key, and all of them join harmonioufly in the work of praising God with one heart and soul. Are congregational assemblies of suints so pleasant on earth, especially when they jointly and melodioully ling God's praise? O what will it be then, when they all meet above in that great." general: affembly of the church of the first born," together with the " innumerable company of angels," and there with Yor. IV:
one heart and voice fing God's praises? How ravishing will it be, to hear that eternal music of the bridechamber, that sweet melody of the church triumphant, where there is no jarring string, no displeasing sound, no discord between heart and tongue, no willows there. to hang their harps upon, no bad news to be heard, no sad light to be seen, no evil to be felt or feared to all eternity. Poor discouraged believers, are ye row trou. bled with ill hearts and vain thoughts? Are ye plagued with wandering and wearying hearts in duty ? These complaints ere long shall be taken out of your mouths; read Eph. v. 27. the church above “ hath neither spot nor wrinkle.” Once the glorified saints faces were as black and wrinkled as yours, but now they have none : Once their hearts were as bad as yours, but now they are as fixed “pillars in the temple of God, they go no more out."
Take a view this day, by faith, of the glorious company above; behold Chrilt upon his white throne, Paul with his crown of righteousness, and all the faithful ones in Abraham's bolom: How gloriously do they [hine in the kingdom of their Father! The sun is a very glorious creature, but it would be useless there, it would not be feen for the brightness of the Lamb; nay, every saint shall be as glorious as that sun. Who can tell the happiness of the inhabitants of that place, where every head wears a royal crown, every hand a palm of victory, every eye overflows with joy, and every tongue with songs of praise? O believer, think with yourself, what a difference there is betwixt your state and theirs ! 3 Oh, I am fighing, they are singing ; I am finning, they are serving God; I am groaning out my complaints, they are trumpeting forth God's praise; I am in dark. ness, and cannot see God; they dwell in light, and see him face to face. O my Lord, muft i Itay behind, when they are going? Must I ly groaning and sighing here, while they are triumphing above, and dividing the spoil? My Lord is gone and left the earth, and entered into his glory; my brethren and friends are gone to their blessed rest, and must I wander in the wilderness, absent from home, far distant from my Father