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on to intimacy; for two intimate friends may be at a distance one from another. The Lord's people, while in the body, are said to be absent from the Lord: But then they shall be at home; he and they shall dwell together through eternity, in the mansions of glory, the house not made with hands. So much Christ tells his disciples, John xii. 26. Where I am, there shall also my servants be. And, fohn xiv. at the beginning, I will come again, and receive you to myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. Sixthly, It implies that they fhall be privileged with the fight of Christ; for two cannot well walk together without seeing one another ; then they shall see the man Christ, exalted at his Father's right hand, far above all principalities and powers, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but in that which is to come. This is a privilege ensured unto the little remnant by Chrilt's own prayer, John xvii. 24. Father, I will, that these whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me. O how ravishing a light will this be, to behold the glory of Christ in heaven! When he was transfigured upon mount Tabor, bis face did Mine as the fun, and his raiment was white as the light: Whač will he be on mount Zion above, when he shall be seen with all his robes of glory, and all his heavenly retinue attending him? Seventhly, They fall walk with me : It implies full pleasure, fatisfaction, and complacency; for walking is an act of recreation, heaven is a place of joy and pleasure, Psal. xvi. 11. In thy presence there is fulness of joy, &c. Then the joy of the Lord shall not only enter into them, but they shall enter into the joy of their Lord. The ransomed of the Lord shall come to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads.
Secondly, What is imported in walking with him in white? Answer, (1.) That then all their black and beggarly garments shall be laid afide, a body of fin and death shall nor then moleft them; they shall not any more complain of the errors of their hearts, or the iniquity of their beels ; no, they shall be presented without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing. (2.)
White is a badge of purity and innocency; they · Shall walk with me in white; that is, they shall not
only lay aside their beggarly garments, but they shall be clothed with change of raiment ; perfect holiness shall then be their ornament ; they fall be brought unto the king in raiment of needle-work; and, like the king's daughter, they shall be all glorious within; they who had lien among the pots, hall become like the wings of a dove, covered with silver, and her featbers with yellow gold; yea, they shall.jhine forth like the fun in the kingdom of their Father. (3.) White is a badge of victory, as we told you in the explication of the words. Rev. vii. 9. The triumphant company there, of all nations, tongues and kindreds, they stand before the throne and before the lamb cloatbed with white robes and palms in their bands, 'as a sign of their complete victory over all their enemies, whether outward or inward. Sin is an enemy that the believer has inany a hot conflict with, while here ; but, in heaven, the inhabitants are all forgiven their iniquities, their is no more fin, Rev. xxii. As for Satan, that grand enemy, that went about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour them, they shall then tread him under their feet; know ye not that saints shall judge angels ? faith the apostle : And, as for the world, they shall never any more be ensnared, either with its frowns or flatteries. (4.) White is a badge of honour; the RoVOL. II.
mans cloathed their nobility in white, as ye heard. O what honour is reserved for the saints of God, his little remnant! They fhall be honoured with a place among them that stand by in the new forusalem ; yea, they shall be honoured with the white stone, and the new name ; they shall fit with Chrift upon his throne, Rev. iii. 22. They shall be bo noured with a crown of burnish'd glory : When the chief Nepherd Mall appear, we shall receive a crown of glory which fadeth not away. They shall be honoured with a kingdom ; I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father bath appointed unto me. They thall be honoured to be affeflors with Chrift at the last judgment, Know ye not that the saints shall judge the world? They'll applaud the Judge in all his proceedings, and cry, True and righteous are the judgments, Lord God Almighty: Then that passage will be fully accomplished, Psal. cxlix. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them fing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written : This honour have all bis Saints. Praise ye the Lord. (5.) White was a garment appointed for the priests under the law, when they were to minister about holy things; the saints of God are all priests, Rev. i. 5. Unto bim tbat loved us, and bath made us kings and priests to God; and, as priests in the heavenly temple, their continual work shall be to offer up eternal facrifices of praise unto God and the Lamb. There every bird in every buth shall fing, and say, Worthy is the Lamb that was Nain, and bath redeemed us unto Gad
by bis blood; salvation unto our God that fitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever. (6.) We find the angels frequently appearing in white,
Acts i. 10. While the disciples are looking towards heaven after their exalted Lord, behold two men, that is, two angels in the form of men, siood by them in white apparel: So the saints, they all walk with Chrijl in white; they shall be like the angels of beaven; Matt. xxii. 30. In the resurrection they are as the angels of God in heaven. The original word signifies, they shall be equal to angels, or angels mates. Like angels, they shall not be liable to hunger, thirst, weariness, or such like bodily infirmities. The angels are said to behold the face of God in hea. Ven; so Thall ye who are God's little remnant: Now ye fee darkly as through a glass, but then ye fall fee face to face. The angels ferve God with the greatest voluntariness and freedom, with the greatest activity and nimbleness, for be maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire; so Thall the saints in glory, they shall do the will of God, as it is done by the angels in heaven. (7.) We find Christ sometimes appearing in white, particularly at his transfiguration, bis countenance did fine as the fun, and bis raiment was white as the light; and so it may import this much, they shall walk with me in white, that is, there shall be a blessed conformity between them and me in glory, Rev. xix. 11. Christ is there represented as mounted upon a white horse, and the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horfes, clothed in fine linen, white and clean: Christ and all his redeemed company, shall be clothed with the same livery, 1 John iii. 2. When be shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is : Their souls shall resemble him in righte
ousness and true holiness; yea, their vile bodies skall be made like unto his glorious body. (8.) White has a great reflection of light with it, when the sun shines upon it; O how bright and dazzling will the glory of the saints be in that day, when the sun of righteoufness fall shine upon them with a meridian splendor ! Christ will then be admired in bis faints, for they shall shine forth like the sun, and like the brightness of the firmament; the beauty of the Lord their God will then be upon them, and such beauty as shall eternally astonifi and confound the wicked, who con. temned them upon earth, and did not reckon them worthy to fit with the dogs of their flock. And thus much for the fourth thing.
The Fifth thing was, to enquire into the connection between the duty and the privilege, between keeping the garments clean, and walking with Chrif in white. (1.) Then, negatively, you should know that there is no connection of merit, as if our keeping of clean garments did deserve that we should walk with Christ in white; no, no: Let every mouth be Stopped, for all the world is guilty before God, and therefore can merit nothing but wrath and vengeance at the hand of God; By the works of the taro shall no flesh living be justified, or saved; it is by the merits of Christ, his doing and dying, as the furety of the little remnant, that they are brought to walk with him in white : But, though there be no connection of merit, yet, (1.) There is a connection of decree, or purpose in this matter; God, by an unàlterable decree, has ordained, that they who are holy shall be happy, that they who keep their garments clean shall walk with him in white, 2 Theff. ii. 13. God hath from the beginning chosen us to salvation, through fanctification of the Spirit, and belief of