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tions, commended and applauded of men, as good and just, be discovered to have been evil and abominable in the sight of God; and many works, now condemned by the world, will be approved and commended by the great Judge, as good and just. Secret things will be brought to light, and what was hid from the view of the world shall be laid open. Wickedness, which hath kept its Jurking-place in spite of all human search, will then be brought forth to the glory of God, and the confusion of impenitent sinners, who bid it. The world appears now very vile in the eyes of those who are exercised to godliness ; but it will then appear a thousand times more vile, when that which is done of men in secret comes to be discovered. Every good action shall then be remembered, and the bidden religion and good works, most industriously concealed by the saints from the eyes of the world, shall no more lie bid; for though the Lord will not allow men to proclaim every man his own goodness, yet he himself will do it in due time.
Secondly, Their words shall be judged. Matt. xii. 37. “ By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Not a word spoken for God and bis cause, in the world, from love to himself, shall be forgotten. They are all kept in remembrance, and shall be brought forth, as evidences of faith, and of an interest in Christ. “ Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another, and the Lord bearkened and heard it; and a book of remembrance was written before bim. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels.” Mal. iii. 16, 17. And the tongue, which did run at randum, shall then confess to God : and the speaker sball find it to have been followed, and every word noted, that dropped from bis unsanctified lips. “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Matt. xij. 36. And if they shall give an account of idle words, that is, words spoken to no good purpose, neither to God's glory, one's own, nor ove's neighbour's good; how much more shall men's wicked words, their sinful oaths, curses, lies, filthy communications, and bitter words, be called over again at that day? The tongues of many shall then fall upon themselves, and ruin them.
Thirdly, Men's thoughts shall then be brought into judgment. The Judge will “make manifest the counsels of the hearts.” I Cor. iv. 5. Thoughts go free from man's judgment, but not from the judgment of the heart-searching God, who knows men's thoughts, without the help of signs to discern them by. The secret springs of men's actions will then be brought to light; and the sins, that never came further than the heart, will then be laid open. O what a figure will man's corrupt nature make, when his inside is turned out, and all his speculative impurities are exposed! The rottenness that is in many a whited sepulcbre, the speculative filthiness and wantonness, murder and malignity, now lurking in the hearts of men, as in the chambers of imagery, will then be discovered ; and what was good in the hearts of any, shall no more lie concealed. If it was in their hearts to build a house to the Lord, they shall hear that they did well that it was in their hearts."
Then shall the Judge pronounce that blessed sentence on the saints: “ Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom pree pared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matt. xxv. 24. It is most probable, the man Christ Jesus will pronounce it with an audible voice; which not only all the saints, but all the wicked likewise, shall hear and understand.
The Judge shall pronounce the sentence of damnation on all the ungodly multitude. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left band, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Fearful doom! and that from the same mouth, from whence proceeded the sentence of absolution before! It was an aggravation of the misery of the Jews, when their city was destroyed, that they were ruined by one who was accounted the darling of the world. 0! what an aggravation of the unisery of the wicked will it be, that He shall pronounce this sentence also! To hear the curse from Mount Zion, must needs be terrible; to be damned by Him who came to save signers, must be double damnation! But thus it shall be. The Lamb of God sball roar as a lion against them; he shall excommunicate, and cast them out of his presence for ever, by a sentence from the throne, saying, “ Depart from me, ye cursed.” He shall adjudge them to everlasting fire,
and the society of devils, for evermore. And this sentence, also, we suppose, shall be pronounced with an audible voice, by the map Christ. And all the saints shall say, “ Hallelujah! true and righteous are his judgments !”
Lastly, Sentence being passed on both parties, then follows the execution of the same. “And these sball go away into everlasting punishment; but the righteous into life eternal." The damned shall get po reprieve, but go to their place without delay; they shall be driven from the judgment-seat into hell; and the saints shall enter into the King's palace, (Ps. Ixv. 15) namely, into heaven, the seat of the blessed.
HE A V E N.
“ Christian" having now passed the ordeal of bis examination before the Judge of all the world, and having heard a long catalogue of crimes charged upon him; he sees, on the one hand, Justice demanding his blood; but on the other be sees Mercy pointing to the inscription over the judgment-seat-RedenPTION THROUGH MY Bloop. 'Justice is satisfied, and “ Christian” is acquitted. Let the verdict now be recorded in the annals of the court of heaven-Pardoned through my Blood. And now, O bappy happy Christian! bear the remainder of thy sentence; and thrice happy are the ears that shall ever hear it-Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Of this kingdom we can form but very imperfect ideas, none having come back to tell us what they have seen. Tell us, then, 0 ye bappy saints, who are already in possession of heaven, tell us wbat are your natures, what your character, what your pleasures, and wbat your employments.
Tell me what thou seest.
I see, descending from the throne of God,
Stand open, guarded by cherubic watch ; · Through whose unfolded portals I descry
A city, all of purest gold, and clear
So generous and potential, that no pain
Seiene and perfect, in the sight of God. “ And be carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald ;
The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl ; and the street of the city was of pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
And I saw no temple therein; for the Lord God Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple of it.
And the city bad po need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the lamb is the light thereof.
And there sball in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie; but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
Rev. xxi, 10, 19–23. 27,
We see the cabinet, but not the gems ! These phrases literally point to some celestial situation superla. tively eminent. Both prophetic and evangelical writers pourtray the state of the blessed in strains of the sublimest eloquence. The