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fore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a scheme for sinners to obtain salvation, honourable to God, and suited to their condition. Mercy and truth may meet together, righteousness and peace embrace each other; God may be glorified, the law magnified, and the sinner pardoned and saved. This is a device worthy of a God, and merits the admiration and wonder of the whole intelligent creation. 2. They must differ from the rest of mankind by having their hearts suited to the great good there enjoyed, and so to relish the bliss and happiness of that world. The felicity of heaven is not merely negative, but it is positive; such as is suited only to persons of a distinguished, particular, moral character. In heaven, there is not only no evil endured, but a good possessed, of invaluable worth. This good is of a peculiar nature and kind. To settle the point then, when persons are prepared to die, by being prepared for heaven, we must consider the nature of the good there enjoyed, and so the nature of the happiness of that world. In this world, men have different tastes, appetites, and propensities; hence, they steer their courses differently, seeking happiness in different objects. Riches are the idol of many. Worldly honour dazzles the eyes of not a few. Women and wine are in the highest estimation by multitudes. Some prefer a tavern to any home, where the juice of the grape and intoxicating liquors are plenty, and all is noise and tumult. Some are delighted with music and dancing, and some with chambering and wantonness. In various ways men seek for happiness. But, in heaven, there is neither silver nor gold; no carnal mirth, or any sinful gratifications. That is a world sacred to virtue, purity, and holiness. God is the good there enjoyed, and from thence results its chief felicity. Were the inhabitants of Paradise deprived of enjoying God, their laughter would be turned into mourning, and their joy into heaviness. Every harp would be unstrung, and all the songs of Zion cease. WOL. I. 3

But know ye, that God is infinitely holy, and therefore the good there enjoyed is of an holy nature. He declares himself to be holy. The angels pronounce him such. His moral government bears witness to that truth. The law requires holiness, and the great design of the gospel is to recover men to such a state, and so to a conformity to the moral image of God. As therefore God is the chief good of heaven, and as he is an holy God, so to be prepared to die, is to have an holy temper of heart, prepared to enjoy him, and to be happy in that enjoyment. Without such a disposition, it is absurd to suppose that he can be enjoyed as the portion of the soul. For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial 2 Destitute of such a temper, it is in the nature of things, impossible for persons to find contentment in God. To this end, they must be conformed to him in holiness. Accordingly, it is represented, as being the design of Christ, in coming into the world and laying down his life, to redeem his people from all iniquity, and purify them unto himself, a peculiar people zealous of good works. Analogous to what hath now been said, 3. That persons may be ready to die, their minds must be formed and suited to the society, business, and employment of the heavenly world. The beings with whom they are to associate in that world, are the elect angels, and saints made perfect in holiness. The moral character of the heavenly inhabitants, is one and the same. They are perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment. And as their moral character is the same, so it accords to that of God himself. He is an holy being; and as they are conformed to him, so they are holy. To be prepared to die, is to have a mind formed for the society of such beings. And it is also to have a taste suited to the business and employment of that world. In that blessed region, there is room for the most vigorous exertion ; every inhabitant hath business assigned him, which will demand all his attention, through the whole of his endless existence. And such will it be, as can only delight

the upright in heart. Far different will it be from the temporary concerns of the present state. The products of the earth are the medium by which life in the present state is supported; and to procure them, calls for much attention and care. But the employ of heaven consists, and will for ever, in surveying the works of God, contemplating his perfections, and celebrating his praise. From the enjoyment of him, principally results the happiness of heaven; hence, the more fully he is enjoyed, the greater will be the felicity. And as the enjoyment will be answerable to the knowledge of the object, the study of his perfections will engage the minds of its inhabitants; and while they study and investigate, they will not forget to praise. God is infinite; as therefore creatures must obtain the knowledge of him, by the manifestations he makes of himself, they will attend to his works, that they may learn his character, and increase their acquaintance with him. The great work of redemption, being that by which he hath manifested himself more clearly than in all his other works, they will contemplate it with ineffable pleasure, increase their knowledge, and heighten their happiness. And praises to God and the Lamb will be sung in such strains of rapturous joy, as surpasses all present conceptions; and a period, as boundless as eternity itself, will be allowed them in that blessed society and divine employment. Thus I have attempted to point out and show, what is implied in preparation for death. Union to Christ by faith, and a holy temper of heart, comprises the whole. Yet, to what hath been said, I may add, that to be under circumstances to say with the Apostle, I am now ready to be offered, it is requisite that persons have comfortable and satisfying evidence of their title to, and meetness for, the world of glory. This is to be attained by living religion, and maintaining a course of persevering fidelity to God. To this end, they must add to faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperence, to temperance patience, and to patience godliness. They must imitate the example, not of slumbering, but of wakeful wirgins, having their lamps trimmed and burning, waiting for the coming of the blessed bridegroom. They must live as strangers and pilgrimson earth; as men on a journey, travelling to a distant

country, who sit not down by the way, but keep their eye on the end of their journey, and make that the goal at which they aspire. That so when death arrests them, they may be ready to bid it welcome, and prepared to enter upon the joys of heaven which are satisfying and everlasting. I shall now proceed to close this Discourse, with some remarks and addresses. And, 1. Hence let it be remarked, that death is the appointed lot of us all : And whether prepared or not, may be nigh at hand. That sentence of God to Adam, Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return, applies to all his posterity. Nothing can give us security of life; no, not for an hour. Are we in childhood, youthful life, or middle age, we know not the day of our death. If we flatter ourselves, that to-morrow shall be as this day; yet, this day, or this night, our souls may be required of us. 2. Let it be remarked, that as preparation for death bath been set before you at this time, so you are under advantages to learn whether you are the subjects of it. And let me ask you, do you entertain hope, that your title to heaven is sure? If so, on what ground do you build your hope? On the works of the law, or on Christ Jesus, the only sure foundation If you think on Christ, why think you so Have you ever been made sensible of your lost perishing condition in yourselves? has the law come home on your consciences, sin revived in your view, and you made sensible, you were dead in sin Can you call to mind the time, when he who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, shone into your hearts, to give you the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ? * Have you the spirit of the Gospel? Is the law written in your hearts : Do you delight in it? And are you pleased with the gospel scheme? Do you take God's word to be your rule, and attend with persevering fidelity, upon the duties of the first and second table of the law Is God the object of your worship, in the closet, family, and sanctuary Are the righteous in your view, the excellent of the earth? Do you make a point of all personal and relative duties, living soberly, righteously, and godly in the world Are you persons of meekness, and gentleness, as the servants of Christ Following peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Do you mourn on account of remaining corruption? And forgetting the things which are behind, do you press forward toward perfection? Is religion your delight, and that which you are after to apprehend that for which you are apprehended of Christ? If so, these are symptoms that you are heirs of the heavenly inheritance. 3. Hence let it be remarked, that the people of God have reason to rejoice in the near view of their departure. Death will make an alteration much to their advantage. It will liberate them from all the troubles and calamities of the present state, and introduce them to the uninterrupted enjoyment Qf the greatest good. Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord. The grave is a quiet resting place for their bodies, and their souls are inconceivably happy in the presence and fruition of their God. Death to the saints, is but to bid farewell to this world, to be with Christ, join the songs, and aid the triumphs of heaven. Thenceforth they are ever before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: And the Lamb in the midst of the throne, feeds them, and leads them unto living fountains of water; and God wipes away all tears from their eyes. 4. Let it be remarked, that the preparations for death spoken of in the preceding part of this discourse, we may reasonably believe, took place in that v ENERABLE PERson, whose death we are called to lament. Hence, in the near view of his departure, he might with propriety have assumed the language of our apostle, in the verses following our text; I have fought a good fight, I have Jinished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is taid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, But unto all them who love his appearing. As a minister of Christ Jesus, and as a Christian, he had fought a good fight, done the work, gone through the hardships of his spiritual warfare, and been happily instrumental of promoting the cause of the exalted Redeemer. He had kept the faith, bringing forth the fruit of the spirit in an holy life, and vindicating the doc

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