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awake with thy likeness." ; This enabled those ancient worthies to “ take joyfully the spoiling of their goods :” they knew they had in heaven “ a better and more enduring substance.”
But it sometimes happens that Christians have not only little of the world--that they could easily bear-but they have also little of God: I mean, in a way of sensible enjoyment. They
66 walk in darkness, and see no light:” and we often hear them complaining, “Why standest thou afar off, 0 Lord?” Why hidest thou thyself in time of trouble?” “ Behold, I go forward, but he is not there ; and backward, but I cannot perceive him :" “O that I knew where I might find him!” *
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me!” – And yet, even in this case, painful and distressing as it is, the believer rejoices in hope. Blessed be God, says he, for the little I have seen ; blessed be God for what I am assured I shall see, when this vail of flesh shall be rent in twain: and that will not be long: time hath made some crevices already, and they are widening apace : I can look through them now ; by and by I shall escape through them, and find myself in open daylight.
" Then shall I see, and liear, and know,
All I desir'd and wish'd below;
In that eternal world of joy."
4. How welcome must death be to the believer,
Not merely as it puts a final end to all his sins, sufferings, and sorrows; but as it will introduce.
him into a new and nobler world, where he shall have the most glorious objects to behold, and nothing shall intercept or cloud his sight. He shall see heaven, see the saints, see the angels, see Christ, see God; and see them all clearly and distinctly ; see them “ face to face !” and never be out of sight of them any more for ever.—“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory ?”-Instead of starting and shrinking back, as if we were afraid of Death; we should rather be looking out for him, as the welcome messenger from our heavenly Father to fetch us home; and when any of his well-known harbingers come, and warn us of his approach, we “ should lift up our heads, and rejoice that our redemption draweth nigh.” That saying of our Lord to Peter, hath been the support of many living saints, and the joy of many dying ones; " What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.” (John xiii. 7.) How many things are there, both in providence and grace, which we cannot now account for ; and with what rapturous eagerness and delight shall we sit and hear them all explained; and the history of our own lives related, and a thousand pleasing histories besides ! Who doth not wish to die? I mean, who doth not wish to be dead? Who would not gladly get away into the silent, quiet grave; to be out of the hearing of the tumults and alarms of this bustling, quarrelsome world? Who doth not wish to get away from the trifling and ensnaring conversation of mortals, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; to sit down with angels, and with God !-and-And, what ?- Christians! “it doth not yet
170 On the Glory to be revealed hereafter. [Serm. 9.
appear what we shall be ; but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him ; for we shall see him as he is.”
“ Our knowledge of that world is small,
The eye of faith is diin :
And we shall be with him."
WHO IS ON THE LORD'S SIDE?
Exodus xxxii. 26.
Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said,
Who is on the Lord's side?
METHINK I hear one of you saying, "I am on the Lord's side :' and another I am ;' and another I am :' and if I do not mistake, I hear
of you, in a low, faultering voice, whispering, “We desire to be so, if the Lord will accept such worthless servants.' Where is the man that dares say, He is not, he will not, be of the Lord's side? Where is the mighty champion that will thus defy the armies of the God of Israel? Vain man ! a sling and a stone may bring thee to the ground: a sentence, a word, directed and enforced by the Spirit of God, may be sharper than any two-edged sword, and pierce “ even to the dividing asunder the joints and marrow," the soul and sin ; and discover the very“ thoughts and intents of thy heart.” I pray
you may feel something of this, while I attempt, from those words of Moses,
I. To show who may be said to be on the Lord's side ;
II. To offer some reasons why we should all be so.
Very evident it is, that all the world is not on the same side. There are two great interests which
divide the pursuits and passions of mankind-God and Mammon share the world between them. Pity! that there should be so great a disproportion as it will appear there is, when we consider,
I. Who are on the Lord's side?
1. Those who are “ come out from the world, and are “ separate.”
I do not mean that we should shut up ourselves in monasteries and convents, and sulleply refuse all intercourse with our fellow-creatures. Christianity is a social religion: it requires that every man abide in the calling whereunto he is called; it recommends and enforces relative duties ; it enables its professors to shine as " lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, and, by an amiable, upright, heavenly conversation, to " adorn the doctrine of God their Saviour in all things.” When I say, therefore, that those who are on the Lord's side have come out from the world, I mean only, that they are no longer conformed to the world: they have separated themselves from the follies and vices of the world, and resolved to have no more fellowship“ with the works,” or workers, “ of iniquity:" they have “ renounced the hidden things of dishonesty; they have denied all ungodliness and worldly lusts ;” and “the grace of God, bringing salvation, hath taught them to live soberly, righteously, and godly.” What they know not, they pray God to teach them ; and wherein they have done iniquity, they resolve to do so no more. They differ from the rest of the world in their language and behaviour, in their apprehensions and views, in their desires and pursuits, in their original and