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be too hasty to effect it with their foolish and sinful arts; but wait and Atudy the heavenly art of beautifying the body, by endeavour. ing now to become all glorious within, with the graces of God's Spirit! this would at length make them admirable and everlasting beauties. Thou must indeed, O believer, grapple with death, and fhale get the first fall: but thou shalt rise again, and come off victorious at last. Thou must go down to the grave, but shough it i be thy long home, it will not be thine everlasting home. Thou wilt not hear the voice of thy friends there; but thou shalt hear the voice of Christ there. Thou mayest be carried chither with mourn, ing, but thou shalt come up from it rejoicing, Thy friends indeed will leave thee there, but thy God will not. What God said to Jacob concerning his going down to Egypt, (Gen. xlvi. 3, 4.) he ** saysto thee, anent thy going down to the grave, “ Fear not to go * down. I will go down with thee and I will surely bring thee
“ up again."' O Tolid comfort! O glorious hopes! Wherefore com, it fort yourselves, and one cinither with these words, i Theff. iv. 18.
Use II. Of terror to all unregenerate men. Yę who are yet in your natural state, look at this piece of the eteríal state; and conlider what will be your part in it, if ye be not in time brought into the state of grace. Think, O finner, on that day, when the trumper Mall sound, at the voice of which, the bars of the pit shall be broken asynder, the doors of the grave all fly open, the devour. ing depths of the sea shall chrow up their dead, the earth cast forth hers; and death every where in the excess of astonishment, shall let go its prisoners; and thy wretched foul and body shall be re-united, to be filled before the tribunal of God. Then, if thou hadst a thou- . fand worlds at thy disposal, thou wouldlıgladly give them all away,
upon condition thou mighrelt ly fill in the grave, with the hund. | redih part of that ease, wherewith thou hast fometimes lain at home,
on the Lord's day: 'or (if that cannot be obtained) that thou might. eft be but a spectator of the transactions of that day; as thou halt been at some solemn occasions, and rich gospel feasts: or (if even that is not to be purchased) that a mountain or a rock might fall on thee, and cover thee from the face of the Lamb. Ah! how are men bewitched, thus to trifle away the precious time of life, in (almost) as little concern about death, as if they were like the beasts' chat perish! some will be telling where their corpse must be laid; while yet they have not seriously considered, whether their graves Shall be their beds, where they fall awake with joy in the morning of the resurrection; or their prisons, out of which they Mall be brought to receive the fearful sentence. Remember, now is your feed-time; and as ye sow, ye shall reap. God's feed-time begins at death; and at the resurrection, the bodies of the wickedo that were fown full of sins, that ly down with them in the dult, (Job, XX. II.) shall spring up again, sinful, wretched, and vile. Your bo. dies, which are now instruments of lin, the Lord will lay aside for
thehe unclean wreatme: dear compache wicked, grea
ring, eacl be no mnihe mire ne peuption
at one and the same thing, namely, the lothronnets of the wicked, at the resurrection. They will be lothsome in the eyes of one another. The unclean wretches were never lo lovely to each other, as then they will be lothloine: dear companions in fin will then be an abhor. ring, each one to his fellow: and the wicked, great and honourable men, shall be no inore regarded by their wicked subjects, their servants, their slaves; than the mire in the streets.
Use I. Of comfort to the people of God. The doctrine of the resurrection is a spring of confolation and joy unto you. Think on it, o believers, when ye are in the houie of mourning, for the loss of your godly relations or friends, that ye forrow not, even as others, which have no hope; for ye, will meet again, I Thes. iv. 13, 14. They are bui lain down, to rest in their beds for a little while, (IC. Ivii 2.) but in the inorning of ihe relurrection they will awake again, and come forth of their graves. The vellel of honour-was but coarse, it had much alloy of bale metel in it; it was too weak, too dim and inglorious, for ibe upper bouse, whatever lustre it had in the low:r one. It was cracki, it was polluted; and therefore it behoved to be melięd down that it may be refined and fålpioned more gloriously. Do but wait a while, and you Thall lee it come forch out of the furnace of earth, vying with the stars in brightness; nay, as the fun when he goeth forth in his might. Have you laid your infant children in the grave? You will see them again. Your God calls himself the God of your feed; which, according to our Saviour's exposition, secures the glorious resurrection of the body. Where. fore let the covenant you embraced, for yourself, and your babes * now in the dust, comfort your hearts, in the joyful expectation, that, by virtue thereof, they shall be raised up in glory; and that, as being no more infants of days, but brought to a full and perfect fiature, as is generally supposed. Be not discouraged by reason of a weak and fickly budy; there is a day coming, when thou: halt be every whit whole. At the resurrection, Timothy shall be no more liable to his often infirmities; his body, that was weak and fickly, even in youth, shall be raised in power: Lazarus shall be heal and sound, his body being raised incorruptible. And although, perhaps, thy weakness will not allow thee, now, to go one furlong to niees the Lord in publick ordinances; yet the day cometh, when thy body shall be no more a clog to chee, but ihou shalt meet the Lord in the air, 1 Thess. iv. 17. It will be with the fainits coming up from the grave, as with the Israelites, when they came out of Egypt, Pral.cv.37 There was not one feeble perfon among their tribes. Halt thou an uncomely, or deformed. body? There is a glory within,' which will then set all right without; according to all the delire of thine heart. It shall rise a glorious, beautiful, handsome, and well proportioned body. Its unlcomeliness, or deformities inay go with iç to the grave, but they shall not come back with it: O, that hele, who are now to desirous.co be beautiful and handsome, would not
me up by God. Egypt; aver hely bringe.com
own fort! O glorie words, Ibho are yet in
be too halty to effect it with their foolish and sinful arts; but wait
ing now to become all glorious within, with the graces of God's & Spirit!" this would at length make them admirable and everlasting
beauties. Thou must indeed, O believer, grapple with death, and fhale get the first fall: but thou shalt rise again, and come off victorious at last. Thou must go down to the grave, but though it
be thy long home, it will not be thine everlasting home. Thou wilt El not hear the voice of thy friends there; but thou shalt hear the
voice of Christ there. Thou mayest be carried chither with mourn.
ing, but thou shalt come up from it rejoicing, Thy friends indeed i will leave thee there, but thy God will not. What God said to
Jacob concerning his going down to Egypt, (Gen. xlvi. 3, 4.) he.
* down-I will go down with thee--and I will surely bring thee * .6 up again." O Tolid comfort! O glorious hopes! Wherefore come fort yourselves, and one cmother with these words, i Theff. iv. 18.
I Use II. Of terror to all unregenerate men. Ye who are yet in - your natural state, look'at this piece of the eternal state; and con.
fider what will be your part in it, if ye be not in time brought into
the state of grace. Think, O finner, on that day, when the trum: . pet shall found, at the voice of which, the bars of the pit shall be
broken asunder, the doors of the grave all fly open, the devour.
the fire, at death; and bring them forth for the fire, at the refus. rection That body, which is not now enployed in God's service but is abused by uncleanness and lasciviousnels, will then be brought
forch in all its vileness, thenceforth to lodge with unclean spirits, “ The body of the drunkird fall then stagger by reason of the wine
of the wrath of God, poured out to him, and poured into him, without mixture. These, who now please themselves in their, revellings, will reel to and fro at another rate; when, instead of their songs and musick, they shall hear ihe found of che last trumpet. Many toil their bodies for worldly gain, who will be loch to distress them for the benefit of their souls; by labour, unreasonably hard, they will quite disfit them for the service of God; and, when they have done, will reckon it a very good reason for shifting dury, that they are already cired out with other businels: but the day comethi, when they will be made to abide a yet greater stress. They will go feveral miles for back and belley, who will not go half the way for the good of their inmortal souls; they will be fickly and unable on the Lord's day, who will be tolerably well all the rest of the week But when that trumpet rounds, the dead Mall find their feet, and none shall be missing in that great congregation. When the bodies of the saints shine as the suis, fearful will the looks of their perfecutors be. Fearful will their condition be, who sometimes shut up the faints in nasty prisons, stigmatized, burned them to alhes, hanged them, and luck up their heads and hands in publick places to frighe others from the ways of righteousness, which they suf. fered for. Many faces now fair, will then gather thickness, They shall be no more admired and caressed for that beauty, which has a worm ac che road, chat will cause it to iffle in lothromness and deformity. Ah! what is that beauty, under which there lurks a. monstruous, deformed, and graceless heart? Whar but a forry paint, a flight varnish; which will leave the body so much the more ugly, before that fianiing-fire, in which the Judge thall be revealed from heaven, making vengeance on them that know not Cod, and that obey not the golpel, 2 Theil..7,8. They fhail be firiptof all their ornaments, and not have a rag to cover their nakedness; but their carcases thall be an ubkorring to all fieh, and serve as a foil to set off che beauty
and glory of the righteous, and make it appear the brighter... . Now is the time to secure, for yourselves, a part in the refura
rection of the juft. The which if ye would do, unite with Jesus Chrift by fajih, sising fpirituolly from sin, and glorifying God with your bodies. He is the refurrection and the life, John xi. 25. If your bodies be members of Christ, temples of the Holy Ghoft; they shall certainly arise in glory. Get into this ark now, and ye shall cuale forih with joy into the new world. Kife from your fins : calt away these grave.clothes, putting off your former lufts. How can one ingine, that ibere, who continue read while they live, small come forth, at the last day, unto the resurrection of life? But that will be
? the privilege of all those, who having first confecrated their souls
and bodies to the Lord by faith, do glorify him with their bodies, as well as their fouls; living and acting ro him, and for him, yea, and fuffering for him too, when he calls them to it. ' ;
MATTH. XXV. 31, 32, 33, 34, 41, 46.
16. i * When the Son of Man shall come in his Glory, and all in the holy Angels with him, then shall he fit upon the
. Throne of his Glory:
his Sheep from the Goats :
Goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right Hand, - Come ye ble led, &c. i
Unto them on the left Hand, Depart from me ye cursed, &c. And these Mall go away into everlasting punishment: but
the Righteous into Life eternal."
I the lunged in this portiars(1.) The col The Judge is, he i
T HE dead being raised, and these found alive at the coming of
1 the Judge, changed, follows the General Judgment, plainly and awfully delcribed in this portion of Scripture; in which we shall take notice of the following particulars. (1) The coming of the Judge, When the Son of man shall come in his glory, &c. "The Judge is Jesus Christ, the Son of man; the fame, by whole alınighty power, as he is God, the dead will be raised." He is also called the King, ver. 34. The judging of the world being an act of the Royal Mediator's kingly office. He will come in glory; glorious in his own Person, and having a glorious retinue, even all the holy angels with him, to minister unto him at this great folemnity. (2.) The Judge's mounting the tribunal. He is a King, and therefore it is a throne, a glorious throne, mall fit upon the throne of his glory; ver. 31. (3.). The compearance of the parties. These are all nations; all and every one, small and great, of whatsoever nation, who ever were, are, or shall be on the face of