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does not want to go where no night is ? No nigh:no natural night—none of its darkness, its damps, its dreariness—and no moral night-no ignoranceno error-no miseryếno sin. These all belong to the night; and there is no night in heaven. And why no night there? What shines there so perpetually? It is not any natural luminary. It is a moral radiance that lights up heaven. “The glory of God doth lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof." No need have they there of other light. This shines every where and on all. All light is sweet, but no light is like this.

And not only no night there, but "no more curse." Christ redeemed them from the curse of the law, being made a curse for them. And “no more death.The last enemy is overcome at last. Each, as he enters the place, shouts victoriously, “O death -O grave !" “ Neither sorrow.” It is here. O yes. It is here-around, within. We hear it; we see it; and at length we feel it. But it is not there. crying"-no expression of grief. “ Neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” And what becomes of tears ? Are they left to dry up? Nay, God wipes them away. And this is a sure sign they will never return. What shall cause weeping, when he wipes away tears ?

I have not said that there is no sin in heaven. I have not thought that necessary. If sin was there,

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night would be there, and the curse, and death, and all the other evils

the train of sin. These are not there. Therefore sin is not. No, shall be like him ; for we shall see him as he is.”

What is there then, since these are not ? Day is there—and there is the blessing that maketh richand there is life, immortality--and since no sorrow, joy--"fulness of joy-joy unspeakable”-and smiles where tears were—and there they rest, not from their labors only, but from cares, and doubts and fears. And glory is there, an “exceeding and eternal weight."

Then I thought of the society. It is composed of the Elite of the Universe. The various orders of angels who kept their first estate—as humble as they are high-not ashamed of men. Why should they be, when the Lord of angels is not ashamed to call us brethren? The excellent of the earth also all the choice spirits of every age and nation—the Grst man—the first martyr-the translated patriarch -the survivor of the deluge--the friend of God, and his juniors, Isaac and Israel-Moses, the lawgiver, and Joshua the leader of the host-the pious kingsthe prophets—the evangelists and apostles, Paul, John—the martyrs—the reformers—the Puritan fathers—the missionaries, Swartz, Brainerd, MartynCarey and Morrison have just gone up; and the young brothers, who ascended from Sumatra-and another, connected with missions, Wisner, has been suddenly sent for to heaven.

Is that all ? Where is he who used to lisp "father, mother,''—thy child? Passing out of your hands, passed he not into those of Jesus? Yes, you suffered hiin. If any other than Jesus had said, "Suffer them to come to me,” you would have said, No. Death does not quench those recently struck sparks of intelligence. Jesus is not going to lose one of those little brilliants. All shall be in his crown.

Perhaps thou hast a brother, or a sister there; that should draw you towards heaven. Perhaps a mother-she whose eye wept while it watched over thee, until at length it grew dim, and closed. Took she not in her cold hand, thine, while yet her heart was warm, and said she not, “I am going to Jesus. Follow me there ?" Perhaps one nearer, dearer than child, than brother, than mother--the nearest, dearest is there. Shall I say who ? Christian female, thy husband. Christian father, the young mother of thy babes. He is not. She is not; for God took them. Has heaven no attractions ?

Heaven is gaining in attractions every day. True, the principal attractions continue the same. But the lesser ones multiply. Some have attractions there now, which they had not but a few months ago. Earth is losing. How fast it has been losing of late! But earth's losses are heaven's gains. They who have left so many dwelling places of earth desolate, have gone to their Father's house in heaven. What if they shall not return to us? We shall go to them. That is better.

But the principal attractions I have not yet men. tioned. There is our Father-our heavenly Father, whom we have so often addressed as such in prayer. He that nourished and brought us up, and has borne us on–he that has watched over us with an eye that never sleeps, and provided for us with a hand that never tires; and who can pity too. We have never seen our heavenly Father. But there he re. veals himself. There he smiles; and the nations of the saved walk in the light of his countenance.

And there is he, to depart and be with whom Paul desired, as being “far better” than to live. There is his glorified humanity. If not having seen, we love him; and in him, though now we see him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, what will be the love and the joy when “we shall see him as he is ?" There is he.

Heaven has attractions—many, and strong-and yet who would think it? How few feel and obey the heavenly attraction! How much more powerfully earth acts upon us! How unwilling we are to leave it even for heaven !

46. The Heavenly Recognition.

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curious to be informed on this subject. It is a point they seem more anxious to know than some other more important points. I am afraid we shall not all know each other in heaven. I am afraid we shall not all be there to know and be known. Let us first try to get to heaven. It is more important that we should be there, than that we should know what other persons are there. Let us repent with a broken heart; and believe in Christ for a title to heaven; and " let us follow holiness” that we may be furnished with a fitness for heaven; and being ourselves "accepted in the Beloved,” and sanctified through the Spirit, let us try to get as many others to heaven as we can; and let us leave the subject of mutual recognition in heaven for subsequent consideration. By the time we have done what I recommend, we shall be close upon the celestial confines— perhaps within heaven's limits

[The article is unfinished. The beloved author here laid down his pen; and instead of resuming it, was called, who can question, to realise the scenes he had been describing.)


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