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Sabbath’s pause, for recruiting our tired spirits; but these seasons and pauses are but for an instant. Work — work of one kind or other, presses upon us, and we cannot, if we would, be long at rest. We must, after a short halt, be up and doing- working the work which God has set us to do; working – if we would gain His approval — working it with all our might!

The rest, then, promised, is rest yet to come; reserved, kept back for those who shall be heirs of salvation, through faith that is in Christ Jesus.

We have next to consider in what this reserved rest will consist.

First. It will be rest from work in the common sense of the word. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, that they may rest from their labours. Yes, there will surely be rest in heaven from all toilsome work and labour-such work, and labour, as wears the mind and body to decay-such work and labour as must be more or less the portion of

Man goeth forth to his work and to his labour till the evening. And when the evening comes, and the shadows lengthen, he ceases from his work, and rests from his labours !

You, my brethren, working men, and sons and daughters of working men, you know how sweet that rest is, which comes at the close of a

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single day's hard labour. You know how still sweeter is the rest, that comes after six days' continued labour. You know what a pleasant feeling it is, when Saturday night is reached, and you have a Sabbath’s rest before you—a whole day on which no work will be required of you, save that which is a work of necessity; when

will be masters of your own time, and have no duty pressing upon you, except that duty which ought to be, and, I believe, is to many of you, a pleasure as well as a duty-the duty of worshipping God. You know, I say, that pleasant Saturday-night feeling, and the feeling of the next morning when you awake-awake perhaps with the church bell's chime—and, lo! it is the Sabbath-God's own blessed day of rest !

Judge, then, what it will be hereafter—what will be their joy who, on the morning of the resurrection, awake to an eternal sabbath, to a rest never more to be invaded, never to be over, -the rest that remaineth to the people of God!

The first idea, then, that we get of the promised rest is this: That it will be rest from all toilsome work and labour-all that tires, and wearies, and saddens the mind and body of us mortal men.

In heaven, whatever our employment may be, it will be employment that never tires, never

fatigues. It will be employment, perhaps, for other and higher faculties than we have at present - like that of those who are already there, the angels who do always behold the face of our Father Which is in heaven!

Again: the rest for which we yearn, and which is promised, will be rest from doubt and uncertainty. It will be the rest which the mind enjoys, when all its difficulties are solved, when it arrives at clear and certain knowledge of matters of the greatest concern.

And O! the blessedness of that rest! O the satisfaction of assured knowledge! There are those - not a few in these days— who, like the Apostle St. Thomas, would believe if they could : goodliving, religious men, yet afflicted— for it is an affliction -- with a curious, doubting temper : men who want proof-more proof than satisfies others -of the truths of our holy religion. Such persons suffer much from their doubts. It is a worse weariness than any other—the weariness of uncertainty. Years go on, and they have still to bear it. No sign, however they may seek it, no sign is given them, beyond what has already been vouchsafed, to put an end to their perplexity. They hope, they trust, but they are not sure; and because they are not sure, they are not happy. They enter not into rest — the rest of the assured Christian; I will not say because of unbelief, but because of the infirmity of their belief; because they fall short of the full certainty of faith. Theirs is the belief of the poor father with the lunatic child in the Gospel, who, in reply to our Lord, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth, cried out and said, with tears, Lord, I believe ; help Thou mine unbelief!

Such belief, such unbelief, is no sin. It excites, we humbly think, the compassion, and not the displeasure of God. They who suffer in this way, they who doubt, yet desire not to doubt, who all their life long are in heaviness because of their doubt; who still hold on, even though it be by a weak and feeble faith, to the Lord of life; they, surely, will be amongst the most happy of all in the day of resurrection. For then, all their doubt will be done away. They will see with their eyes their soul's desire-the Lord's Christ. They will see, and they will be satisfied. They will say, as he said of old, who so much resembles them in their doubt, and in their conviction, My Lord and my God!

That is the second kind of rest in store for God's people : rest from the plague of doubt, the arrival at full and perfect knowledge of the things that most affect their everlasting welfare.

There is still a further rest that remaineth, of which I would speak a few words—the rest from sin.

Perhaps in most of our minds, this is the rest we chiefly associate with thoughts of heaven. There sin will cease to trouble us. There we shall be released from the clog, the chain, the burden, the oppressive burden of our sins. For that sin is all this —a clog, a chain, a sore burden-let your own hearts decide. Who does not echo the language of our solemn service? who does not feel that his sins, and the remembrance of his sins, is grievous unto him, and that the burden of them is intolerable ?

And why is sin so grievous, so intolerable ? Because it clings to us so tenaciously ; because it is so hard to escape from ; because we no sooner

l; get free from its chain, but we are again entangled in it; because such is human nature, so fallen, so corrupt, that it cannot cease from sinning!

Ask, brethren, of those whom you esteem the best, the most moral, the most religious, the most guarded in their life and conversation-- ask if they have ever attained to perfect freedom, quite mastered their besetting sin, quite trod down their enemy under them?

They will answer, “ Alas ! no. The good thing that I would, I do not; the evil that I would not, that I do!”

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