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King! when they have no need of temples in whic to perform their worship, nor instrumental duties t accent and kindle their devotion! for the Lord Go Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple thereo Blessed indeed are they that dwell in God's house bove; they will be still praising Him.
I shall only add, that that which will complet their happiness, is, its everlasting duration. Th (hall go into lise eternal; and this endears the ma Cons of glory to the righteous, as much as it will imr bitter the gloomy regions of hell to the wicked. N< years nor ages measure the delights of heaven. TI ranfomed of the Lord, when they come to Zio have everlasting joy on their heads. The inheritanc is incorruptible, and fadeth not awaf. It is an ternal, as well as exceeding weight of glory; when millions of ages are past and gone, a immortality is still before them. And what an a cent will it give to the praises of the redeemed, wher in the triumph of sull security in the Divine promise they can fay, "This God is our God for ever art "ever!" Here is happiness, as it were, redoubled the comfortable reflection, that He will be their po tion through eternity, and that they shall be ev with the Lord. .
. Thus I have endeavoured to give you fome impe •sect account of that eternal lise, which is promise to the righteous in a suture world.
And now, have we not the highest reafon to ad mire and adore the exceeding riches of God's goo ness? This reward is entirely of grace, and not debt. The insinitely great Jehovah, was persects happy in -the enjoyment of his own essential glory He had no need of our services, far less was unde any obligation to reward them. Justly then may w exclaim with the pious pfalmist, "Lord, what "man, that thou art mindful of him? or the fon
man, *that thou shouldst thus visit him?" Upon Jut apostafy from Him, he might justly have doomed 'us all to endless misery, without giving us the most distant pf ospect os happiness. What reafon, 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 aster eternal lise through vhis Son! *
But again, what returns of gratitude and praise do j we owe to our Blessed Redeemer, who laid down his own precious lise, that we might obtain falvation 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. Haw 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 cheersully submitted to death, evert le death of the cross, that we might inherit eternal What obligations, then, do we ly under to theJlessed Redeemer, through whose merits and jntercesion it is, that we ate admitted into the mansjons of tlory!
But surther, hence we fee, that it is no vain thinglo serve the Lord. No; verily there is a reward for Ihe righteous. God will give grace and glory, and lie will withhold noj.good thing from them that walk irighrly. Let it then be your greatest conqern,- ypy-, yho are still unbelievers, and thus have no title to feternal lise; let it be your greatest concern, thatjrou may be of the happy number of the righteous, vho (hall at last go into it. Give all diligence to get interest in the imputed righteousness of Christ; that, being justisied by faith, you may be made ^eirs according to the hope of eternal lise. Labour after inherent holiness. Implore Divine grace to nake a fanctifying change in your nature. Take up »-ith nothing short of it. Dream not of entering inthe kingdom os God without being born from afcve. Remember, you must live the lise of the righ2 K teem
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 sincere believers in Christ Jesus, to be daily purifying yourselves even as he is pure! If any spark of true ambition dwells in youj will not such a prospect kindle it? will not this enliven your affections, and arm you with facred refolution? An eternity of joy, a kingdom with God, a crown of lise, and righteousness that fadeth nos away; How can you think of these, 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 state; a state of trial and conflict.. But, take comfort; this warfare will foon be over, and then will come the day of everlasting peace and triumph. If you are now faithsul to the death-j your exalted Redeemer has promised to give you the crown as lise; and that in the mean time his grace shall be sufsicient for you. Wherefore, be ye stedfast, 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 ctHlcd us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you : To Him be glory and dominion, forever 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 os the Gospel at Aucbtermuchty.
Pfalm cxvi. 15. Precious in the Jight of the Lord is
the death of his saints.
THIS house in which you have often experienced 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 arid the church of Christ have sustained. Painsul is the task assigned to me; but if, in this case, the feelings of despondence ought to be checked, our forrows will surely be greatly alleviated, while we reflect, that precious in the sight of the Lord is the "death of his faints."
It is evident, that fome remarkable deliverance from great forrow and trouble, is celebrated by David in this psalm ; and the different opinions respecting the event to which it resers, do not asfect the sense of the text. The sentiment expressed in these words, naturally rises in a pious mind, when reflecting on the graciou» interposition of heaven in the hour of imminent dan2 K 2 ger ger and distress. "The sorrows of death compaftu "me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: 1 "found trouble and sorrow." In this situation, h: is described as calling upon the name of the LorJ to tleliver him.—Nor did he call in vain : the Lord bowed d jwn his ear; he heard his supplications, and helpid him.
With gratesul emotions of heart, the Psalmist now celebrates the praises of his Almighty Saviour; "Return unto thy rest, O my foul, for the Lord "hath dealt bountisully with thee." This leads him to remark as a general truth, thaX " precious in the "sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Thesewords evidently point out to us, what I props se, in the following discourse, to consider; Firjl, she character of 'those who are here denominated saints; And, Secondly, In what respects their death is precious in the sight of the Lord.
I. The first thing proposed, is to offer some remaiks concerning the* character of those who are mentioned in the text. The term, saints, literally signisies holy persons, both in the original language, and in our translation. It is a designation frequently giv€n to the godly, as expressive of their genuine character; and it would be no less absurd, to call an unholy person a faint, than to call "a righteous perfon a sinner. The Lord, who is glorious in holintts, and the inexhaustible fountain of persection, canhate no delight in the ungodly and impure. Hence, an irreversible decree hath passed in heaven, that "with"out holiness no man shall see the Lord ;" and as the flame consumeth the stubble, so will the fire of his holiness burn up the ungodly, who with sallen spirits shall have their portion. in that lake of torments, whose smoke is ascending for ever. Uenct, God saith of his own people; " Thou art a holy people "unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath