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they see “face to face.”
“" Here they knew “in part," but there shall they “know even as also they are known.” Who can describe the fruition of their hopes, the fullness of their joys? An inhabitant of the heavenly world alone could discuss the pleasing theme; and even then our language would be inadequate to describe, and we, while in the body, would be unable to understand, the fullness of celestial joy. Paul, who had a view of the heavenly world, declares, that he heard and saw things unspeakable, which it is not lawful for a man to utter." Well might such a one triumphantly exclaim, while looking at present sufferings and contemplating future glory: "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us." Oh, yes, in heaven, they who love Him and follow Him here in purity of heart shall behold their Saviour, hear His voice of commendation: "Come, ye blessed of My Father”; “Well done, good and faithful servants, enter into the joy of your Lord”; and shall forever rejoice in His presence.”
In conclusion. let me urge all who profess faith in Jesus to be wholly devoted to God. If
not yet fully conformed to His lovely image, oh, brethren, let us seek to be pure in
heart, to be entirely sanctified, consecrated, and set apart for Him, “whose we are, and whom we serve."
That it is God's will we should attain to this state of Christian experience
experience cannot be doubted, because (1) God commands us to be perfect: “Walk thou before Me, and be thou perfect”; “Be ye perfect, even
as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." Now, the Lord would not thus command what is impossible. For us it is, indeed, an utter impossibility to conform to these conditions; but, (2) The Lord has promised to make us clean: “I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you." Now, the Lord will be true to His promises, and if we claim them through faith in Jesus, we shall prove them to be "yea and amen," sure and certain in their accomplishment. Do we say, with the leper of old, “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean"? Jesus responds, “If thou canst believe," and "all things are possible to him that believeth."
(3) The blood of Jesus has virtue sufficient to atone and cleanse. It is written: “And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." “For if the blood of bulls and of
goats, and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works, to serve the living God?"
"Jesus, my Lord, Thy blood alone
Hath power sufficient to atone;
(4) “Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.” All who have gone to heaven have been made holy in this life. Of the multitude whom John saw, the elder testified, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." If there be no Purgatory, and the Bible discloses none, then this great work of purification must be effected here. Here is the place where eternal destiny is decided; for “if the tree fall toward the south or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there shall it be”; and the Revelation of God closes with the solemn words: “He that is holy, let him be holy still; and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still." And now is the time; for, “Be
hold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
consecrate ourselves to God; now “reckon ourselves dead unto sin”; now may we be freed from iniquity ; now by grace be made “perfect in love," not in power, not in understanding, not in conduct, so as to free from error, not in faith, not in hope; but perfect in love-in love to God and man. May we now and henceforth be “pure in heart, in life, and in all manner of conversation," and so have “our fruit unto holiness, and our end everlasting life.” Amen and amen.
SALEM, NEW JERSEY, January 20th, 1847.
“ BLESSED IS HE THAT CONSIDERETII THE POOR : THE LORD WILL
DELIVER ILIM IN TIME OF TROUBLE. THE LORD WILL PRE
SERVE HIM, AND KEEP HIM ALIVE; AND HE SHALL BE BLESSED
HE Lord is good; and His mercy endureth
forever." and those who are by grace
made partakers of the Divine nature, are merciful in their disposition. They take pleasure in exhibiting this Divine principle in acts of benevolence and kindness to their fellow-beings.
Whatever our profession of the religion of our benevolent Redeemer, if we are destitute of sympathetic hearts and liberal hands (according to the measure of ability as God has given us), we are not possessors of the grace of God. St. John says, "If we love not
we love not our brother whom