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possibility of salvation; it may be, you may yet reach the good land afar off, and gain everlasting light, and life, and glory; it shall be, if you do in earnest go to Jesus, with all your sins, and trust in him.

Are you trusting in Jesus, and converted to God? blessed is your state! There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom. viii. 1.) Christians can say of him, He hath delivered us from the wrath to come. (1 Thess. i. 10.) They can stand on the rock of divine truth, amidst all the raging storm of wrath rushing on the ungodly, and be in perfect security, under the hiding-place from the wind, and the covert from the tempest. (Isaiah xxxii. 2.) Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? (Rom. viii. 33.) He who has the keys of death and hell, is their friend, and none can hurt or annoy. O Christians, may gratitude to your Redeemer, and tender compassion for perishing sinners, and persevering endeavours to lead them to your Protector and Deliverer, bear testimony that you are the redeemed of the Lord, whom he hath delivered out of the hand of the enemy, and formed for himself a people to show forth his praise!

SERMON XIII.

HEAVEN.

REVELATION XXII. 3-5.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord giveth them light: and they shall reign for

ever.

IMMORTAL beings, here is the prize of your high calling! Here is the glorious recompense held out for your attainment. To assist you to gain this is the noble object of the Christian ministry. For this we are ambassadors of Christ to you; and if you ask, May such sinful creatures as we have such a hope? our commission reaches every

one of you; Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. O that you and I may together attain this holy and eternal happiness!

We have now to consider this-the inheritance of the saints, the state of heavenly happiness and glory. May the Divine Spirit elevate our thoughts, and reveal to us the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Cor. ii. 10.)

Do you ask, Is such a state attainable by fallen sinful creatures? May I reach those happy regions? I will also ask you one question. Do you really so desire it as to follow the divine directions for its attainment? Are you made willing by the Divine Spirit to sacrifice every thing that would interfere with your progress towards, and preparation for it? If indeed this be so, then I reply, It is not only attainable by you, but you already have the blessing. (1 John v. 24.) Not one shall honestly, heartily, and enduringly seek this glory in God's appointed method, and fail of success. O that God the Holy Ghost may so teach us that the consideration of the subject may excite in all the holy ambition of being for ever blessed in the presence of Him in whose presence is fulness of joy.

This blessedness comprises,

1. THE ENTIRE REMOVAL OF EVIL, 2. THE FULL POSSESSION OF GOOD,

3. DELIGHTFUL OCCUPATION,

4. THE BEATIFIC VISION,

5. PERPETUAL GLORY.

I. THE ENTIRE REMOVAL OF EVIL. Without this no happiness can be complete; whatever good there may be, as long as any admixture of evil remains, there is a root of bitterness, which would disturb and trouble the pure streams of enjoyment.

This part of our future happiness we can the better comprehend. It is brought before us under two terms, no curse, and no night there.

No re

1. THERE WILL BE NO CURSE THERE. mains of God's displeasure nor anger-not one frown on his brow. There will be nothing to occasion a curse; not one sin remaining, no temptation will be presented before us, nor ever ruffle our peaceful minds; no conflict with indwelling corruption; no warfare with any spiritual enemy. Not one spiritual enemy will be there. From that happy kingdom of light and love, Satan and all his emissaries and followers are for ever excluded. Nor is there any ensnaring world to seduce, nor deceitful heart to betray, nor an evil thought engendered within nor suggested from without. There is therefore nothing to call down the curse.

Nor is there any of God's anger on account o our past sins. Then in its fullest sense will it be

true, Though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. (Isa. xii. 1.) As there is no condemnation on God's part, so there are no accusations of conscience on the sinner's part. That promise will be fulfilled, Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. (Micah vii. 19.) The soul, adorned with the Redeemer's beauties, and enriched with the lovely graces of his Spirit, takes up the inspiring strain, I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God: for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. (Isa. Ixi. 10.)

All those temporal sufferings, which follow the curse, will also for ever have terminated. There is no pain there. (Rev. xxi. 4.) The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick. (Isa. xxxiii. 24.) And as no disease invades the human frame, so there is no death there. (Rev. xxi. 4.) They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, sun light on them, nor any heat. Thus there is no sickness, and the body is freed from all those weaknesses and infirmities which weigh it down, and depress and burden it here. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. (1 Cor. xv.)

neither shall the (Rev. vii. 16.)

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