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the holiness and purity of the di- | is transitory, fading, uncertain, vine nature will shine forth in All the good which God here rays of lustre; not such, indeed, exhibits is equally shared by the as will scorch the beholder, but wicked and corrupt. His wisrather illuminate him with their dom and power are displayed splendor, and transform him in- upon things comparatively of to the same divine image from little worth. The leaf of a weed glory to glory.
may discover wonderful art; the Thus God dwells in heaven shell of a contemptible fish may by the boundless manifestation display the richest coloring ; of every thing great and glori- the body, of the vilest of men ous and good. Upon this earth, may shew astonishing wisdom : indeed, we see on every side yet all these things are only, as proofs of infinite wisdom, pow. it were, the rough sketches of er, and goodness. The endless infinite wisdom. They are invariety of natural productions tended only for a moment. They ornamented with all the vivid- will soon be burnt up as things ness of color and elegance of of no worth form ; the magnitude of the I do not pretend to explain, heavenly bodies, the skill of their or even to conjecture, in what arrangement, and swiftness of way the glorious proofs of the their motions ; the wonderful divine perfections will be exhibstructure of the human body, ited to us above. It is sufficient and the diversified powers of for me to know that God will the human mind : all these and exhibit them; and I see enough much more proclaim the pre- of his unsearchable wisdom here sence and hand of a master, below to make me give him full whose wisdom must be infinite credit for a display glorious, inand power uncontrolable. But finitely glorious, above what the yet these no otherwise give us eye hath seen or the heart of an idea of the skill of the great man can conceive. The infant Architect, than the broken co- this moment born into the world lumns, the disjointed arches, and may possibly as well conceive the mouldering capitals, of some the nature of the world in which ruined edifice convey to us an it finds itself, as man, with all adequate idea of the beauty and his boasted sagacity, can congrandeur of the original build-ceive the nature of the world to ing. We live here in the ruins come. Let us rest satisfied that of a world, once, indeed, fair and it will be a perfect, as well as good, but now forsaken by its glorious, display, of every divine great master, and suffered to fall attribute : such a display as into decay, and the traces we throughout eternity will excite meet with of greatness and splen- our gratitude, our admiration, dor are comparatively few and our love, our humility: mean. Here everything is 2. The inhabitants of heaven marked by imperfection. Light are related to God as his people. is obscured by darkness, truth is It was evidently his intention in debased by error, good is pollu- separating them from the world, ted with evil, pleasure is alloy- to exalt them, to purify them, to ed by pain, health is clouded by deliver them from every evil sickness, and every enjoyment 1 and imperfection, to make them
partakers of a new and divine we shall glory in it as our nou nature, to assimilate them to blest privilege. himself, and to glorify and beat- 3. But let not the Son of God ify them with himself in a bet- be ever forgotten while we speak ter and purer state. In heaven or think of heaven. To him we they will be his people : singled owe every thing. He purchasout, as it were, that they may ed u: by his precious blood. He receive the most abundant com sought us when we had wandermunication of his grace and mer.ed far from our father's fold. cy; and that the glory of his To his loving kindness, patience, goodness, truth, love, and holi- and bounty, we owe every hope ness, may be wonderfully dis- in time and eternity. He is the played in the perfection of their bond of union between us and felicity, the purity of their na- his father. He is the center of ture, and the completeness of the relation which will exist betheir beatification.
tween the redeemed and their But in order that this relation God. •Behold here the perfect may subsist in perfection, it is accomplishment of his labors. absolutely necessary that a pre- For this he travailed and suffervious conformity in nature should ed death on the cross—that he take place between man and might thus restore man to God, God. And such a change does and reconcile God to men ; that take place. A restoration to the a blessed, holy, and eternal relaoriginal state of purity in which tion might thenceforwards subhe was created takes place thro' sist between them ; he in them Christ, who is the resurrection and they in him, that they all and the life. No longer blinded might be one with God, even by ignorance and enslaved by as Christ is one with the Fasin, men are enlightened to know ther. the inestimable privileges to '4. The blessed above are dewhich they are called, and the in- livered from every evil-freed finite value of the relation in for ever from pain, from sorrow, which they stand to God. No from death. In heaven every guilt causes them to hide them- source of evil will for ever be cut selves from him like Adam.-off. The justice of God will be They love their God whose per- satisfied, and his displeasure afections they now understand ; gainst us be for ever forgotten. and they love all his precepts, Ourown minds will have become the excellency of which they can perfectly pure and holy, and now clearly discover. There therefore no corruptions can evthe will is rectified; it coincides er disturb our tranquillity. And with the judgment. The affec- all around us will be partakers of tions are purified ; they will be the same holy nature ; so that fixed only upon proper objects. they will be disposed only to conNo more will there be a strug- tribute by every means in their gle between inclination and du- power to our peace and happity, between conscience and in- ness. Oh, glorious state ! where terest. The relation we shall envy shall never corrode the bear to God will be the matter breast; where passion and reof our highest exultation ; our sentment shall never ruffle the most honorable distinction : and peace of our minds; where
pride shall never instil a vain heaven with an earnestness in conceit of ourselves; where a some degree proportioned to its mean jealousy shall never be excellence. Do you meet with harbored in the soul ; where ig- difficulties ? Is self-denial requirnorance shall never lead us a- eet? Consider whether you will stray, or temptations seduce us not be richly repaid in the end. from the path of duty. Oh, Do you encounter the frowns or happy state ! in which a pure the ridicule of your associates ? benevolence shall expand every Think how extreme that folly bosom ; in which fervent love must be which will give up such shall dictate the performance of a glorious and eternal inherievery duty ; in which you will tance, on account of the laugh of never see any thing in your a sinful worm of the earth. No, neighbor to give you pain or heaven is worth all you can sufgrief. Here, alas ! even good fer, though your life were requirmen are too often suspicious of ed as the purchase : heaven is each other, and discern such fail worth all you can do to obtain it. ings and imperfections in them- And as for you, who have selves and others, as prevent the truly repented of your sins, who full exercise of Christian love. have truly applied for pardon But there all shall love their through Christ, and who manineighbor truly as themselves ; fest the sincerity of your faith and love their God with all their by your works : let me exhort heart, and with all their soul, and you to make your calling and elecwith all their strength. Oh, tion sure. See that you are well blessed state ! in which no fear grounded in faith and hope, and of danger or apprehension of be not deceiving yourselves in change shall ever for a moment this matter. Death may come disturb our tranquillity and joy. very unexpectedly, and very Happy state ! in which a weak soon ; and it will be a dreadful and corrupt body shall no longer thing then to be in doubt about be the clog of the soul; in which your state. You can have no sickness shall no longer impede comfort from the consideration us in doing our duty; or death of the glory of heaven, till you separate us from those we love. have first a well founded hope of Happy state ! where no enemies your having an interest in it.shall alarm, and no voice of It is worth a whole world to obthreatening or violence shall ev- tain this ; and blessed be God er be heard.
it may be obtained. See, Christian, what a glorious ises of God offer it, and the Reprize is set before you! You are deemer we serve will give it contending not for an earthly to those who faitfully seek it. kingdom, but for what is infinite- And let the contemplation of the ly more valuable, for a crown of world to come serve to wean glory. Ponder upon the eternal your affections from every thing happiness which the redeemed here below, and teach you to enjoy above, and then say is it look upon death without fear.not worth all your pains and en- What, indeed, is death to the redeavors to secure such an inher- al Christian but the beginning of itance ? Gird up, therefore, the a glorious and immortal life, the Joins of your mind, and seek for joyful day of his release from
prison ? Were such views real- penitent sinner shall be admitted ized they would reconcile you to into it. Know ye not that the the death of relations as dear to unrighteous shall not inherit the you as your own souls ; for what kingdom of God ? Be not deceivis there really afflicting in the ed. No fornicator, or adulterer, death of those who sleep in Je- or unclean person shall have any sus? They would also teach you inheritance in the kingdom of to bear properly the evils and Christ. The wicked shall be troubles of life. Your light trib- turned into hell, and all the peoulations, which are but for a mo- ple who forget God. Upon the ment, would work out for you wicked God will rain snares, fire, a more exceeding and eternal brimstone, and a terrible tem. weight of glory. Estimate by pest, this shall be their portion ; comparison with the happiness a portion how different from that of heaven the pleasures of this which we have just been describvain and transitory life, and seeing ! how poor they all are, and how Now may I pot appeal to the little worth that eager pursuit consciences of some of my readwith which they are sought by ers on this point: that they many. Finally, let this glorious have no part or lot in this gloriprospect animate and cheer you ous inheritance of the saints ? whenever you faint or are weary. If the wicked are excluded, they All this scene of blessedness is are excluded. If none can enready to open upon you as soon ter into the kingdom of God but as you put off this mortal life, those that are born of the Spirit which may be in a very short of God, they are not born again, time, and cannot be at a very as their own consciences bear distant period. See then that them witness. If it is necessary you are walking worthy of the that we should possess a true vocation with which you are call- and living faith in order to be ed, daily living as those who are united to Christ; they have no expecting and waiting for such a such faith, and therefore are not glory ready to be revealed. Re- one with Christ and Christ with member that here that relation them. In a word, if the whole must be begun between you and current of scripture declares, in God, which is only perfected the most pointed and express above. There is a difference, ra- | manner, that none are admitted ther in degree than in kind, be into the kingdom of heaven but tween the employments and the such as are previously prepared enjoyments of the church below and fitted for it, by repentance, and the church above. See then faith, and holiness ; then they that you look upon this life as a stand excluded.
Do not say preparation only for a better, and that you are no worse than your that having this hope you purify neighbors, and that many others yourselves even as he who hath are as careless about their souls called you is pure.
as you are. It is too true : our But let it be remembered, that Saviour has said the same: the same scriptures which de-“ wide is the gate and broad is clare to us the happiness of hea- the way that leadeth to destrucven, declare also, with equal tion, and many there are that clearness and fulness, that no im- I enter in thereat ; and strait is
the gate and narrow is the way of my friend,) began at the uni.
Intending to surprise him by
to him, but from circumstances which it is unnecessary to par
ticularize, I had no opportunity From the Christian Observer. of executing my intention before
the beginning of last September, The Nature and Effects of Chris- when, without any previous notian Courtesy exemplified. tice, I repaired to his house. At
the distance of three quarters of SHORT time since, I paid a mile from it, I passed through
a visit to an old friend at a village, which I was informed his residence in a remote part of had been established by Theophthe kingdom, whom I had not ilus; the neatness of the cottaseen for eighteen years, and I ges, and the appearance of their am disposed to think the narra- inhabitants bespoke industry, ortive of the circumstances of that der, economy, and comfort. My interview, and of the consequen- name, as that of a perfect strances attending it, will not be un-ger, was announced to him by interesting to yourself or your a servant. I heard it repeated readers.
with a vivacity which convinced My acquaintance with The- me that I was not forgotten, and ophilus (for that is the title under that I should be a welcome visie' which I shall conceal the name I tor: in a moment afterwards VOL. VI. NO, 3.