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for any post of danger and hazardous enterprise, and better furnished to sustain the roughest assaults. We shall be less shocked at sudden amictions here on earth if our souls keep heaven in view, and are ready winged for immortality. When we are fit to die we are fit to live also, and to do better service for God in whichsoever of his worlds he shall please to appoint our station. My business, O Father, and my joy is to do thy will, among the sons of mortality, or among the spirits of the blest on high.
Motive 5. Let us remember 'we have slept too long already in days past, and it is but a little while that we are called to watch.
We have wore away too much of our life in sloth and drowsiness. The night is far spent with many of us, the day is at hand; * it is now high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we first believed.” Rom. xiii. ll, 12. Another hour or two, and the night will be at an end with us, Jesus the morning star is just appearing; What ! can we not watch one hour? O happy souls that keep themselves awake to God in the midst of this dreaming world! Happy indeed when our Lord shall call us out of these dusky regions, and we shall answer his call with holy joy and spring upward to the inheritance of the saints in light! Then all the seasons of darkness and slumbering will be finished for ever ; there is no need of laborious watchfulness in that world, where there is no flesh and blood to hang heavy upon the spirit;, but the sanctified powers of the soul are all life, and immortal vigour. There is no want of the sun-beams to make their day-light or to irradiate that city; the glory of God enlightens it with divine splendors, and the lamb is the light thereof: no inhabitant can sleep under such an united blaze of grace and glory : no faintings of nature, no languors or weariness are found in all that vital climate ; every citizen /is for ever awake and busy under the beams of that glorious day; zeal, and love, and joy, are the springs of their eternal activity, and there is no night there.
CHRIST ADMIRED AND GLORIFIED IN HIS
2 Thess. i. 10.
When he shall come to be glorified in his saints,
and admired in all them that believe
W mean and contemptible soever our Lorb
Jesus Christ might appear heretofore on earth yet there is a day coming when he shall make a glo. rious figure in the sight of men and angels. How little soever the saints be esteemed in our day, and look poor and despicable in an ungodly world, yet there is an hour approaching when they shall be glorious beyond all imagination, and Christ himself shall be glorified in them. In that day shall the Lord our Saviour be the object of adoration and wonder, not among those v? the sons of men that have believed on him, but before all the intellectual creation, and that upon the account of his grace manifested in his believers.
The natural inquiry that arises here is this, What particular instances of the grace of Christ in his saints
shall be the matter of our admiration and his glory in that day?
To this I shall propose an answer under the following particulars.
First, It is a matter of pleasing wonder, that persons of all characters should liave been united in one faith and persuaded to trust in the same Saviour and embrace the same salvation ; for some of all sorts shall stand in that blessed assembly. Then it shall be a fruitful spring of wonder and glory that men of various nations and ages, of different tempers, capacities, and interests, of contrary educations and contrary prejudices, should believe one gospel and trust in one deliverer from hell and death : that the sprightly, the studious and the stupid ; the wise and the foolish should relish and rejoice in the same sub. lime truths not only concerning the the true God, but also concerning Jesus the Redeemer; the Barbarian and the Roman, the Greek and the Jew should approve and receive the same doctrines of salvation, that they should come into the same sentiments in the matters of religion, and live upon them as their only hope.
Astonishing Spectacle! when the dark and savage inhabitants of Africa, and our forefathers the rugged and warlike Britons from the enils of the earth shall appear in that assembly with some of the polite nations of Greece and Rome, and each of them.shall glory in having been taught to renounce the gods of their an cestors, and the demons which they once worshipped, and shall rejoice in Jesus the King of Israel, and in Jehovah the everlasting God.
The conversion of the Gentile world to Christianity is a matter of glorious wonder, and shall appear to be so in that great day: that those who had been educáted to believe many gods or no God at all, should renounce atheism and idolatry, and adore the true God only; and those that were taught to sacrifice to
idols and to atone for their own sins with the blood of beasts, should trust in one sacrifice and the atoning blood of the Son of God. Here shall stand a believing Atheist, and there a converted idolater, as monuments of the almighty power of his grace.
There shall shrine also in that assembly here and there a prince and a philosopher, though not many wise, not many noble, not many mighty are called : and they shall be matter of wonder and glory: that princes who love no controul should bow their sceptres and their souls to the royalty and Godhead of the Poor Man of Nazareth : that the heathen philosophers who had been used only to yield to reason should submit their understandings to divine revelation, even when it has something above the powers and discoveries of reason in it.
It shall raise our holy wonder too when we shall behold some of the Jewish priests and Pharisees who became converts to the Christian faith, adorning the triumph of that day. The Jewish Pharisees who expected a glorious temporal prince for their Messiah, that they should at last own the Son of a carpenter for their Teacher, their Saviour, and their King; that they should veil the pride of their souls and acknowledge a parcel of poor fishermen for his chief ministers of state, and receive them as ambassadors to the world. That those who thought they were righteous and boasted in it should renounce their boastings and their righteousnesses, and learn to expect salvation and life for themselves from the death and righteousness of another : that they who once called the cross of Christ folly and weakness, should come to see the wisdom and power of God in a crucified Man, and believe him who hung upon a tree as an accursed creature to be Emanuel, God with us, God manifest in the flesh, and the Saviour of mankind.
Surely” shall men and angels say in that day, so these were the effects of an Almighty po:rer, it