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Incorruption. You will meet them with all these Improvements, and to all these Degrees far more delightful than ever.
God will bring them with him as part of his glorious Train ; when Christ shall be glorified in all bis Saints, and admired in all that believe; as the Trophies of all his Conquests, the Vefrels of his Grace, the Members of his Body, the Spouse of his Love, the shining Instances of his Faithfulness and Power, the Affeffors of his Court of Judgment, and Partakers of his Glory.
How joyful will that Meeting be? How happy? How glorious ? Never to pirt more!. You were not always cogether here, but you shall be always together after that Meeting. The "parting Kiss, the Word Farewel, have no more Toom for ever. This Meeting together again, is what Christ.purchased : For to this End Cbrist died and role again, that he migbt be Lord boib of the Dead and tbe Living ; Rom. 14. 9. This Meeting together again is what the Word of God has promised': For, this. ze say unto you, by the Word of the Lord, that we shall be caught WD together will tbem in the Clouds, to meet the Lord in the Air ; and to all we ever be with the Lord. Theff. 4. 15. .: This is what the great God hath promised, and is very well able to perform. He is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of bis Glory, with exceeding Joy, Jude 24, 25. And they that sleep in
Jesus, will God bring with him; 1 Thess. 4. 14. The Return of Christ, and of those who seep in him, have the same Grounds of Credibility. If we believe that Christ died and rose again, thien if you believe one you may believe the other : Nay, you must and ought to believe the other, upon the Credit of the same Evidence and Authority. For if there be 110 Resurrection of the Dead, then is not Christ risen, i Cor, 15.13. This general Meeting is de signed for general Satistaction. John 14. 20. Āt that Day ye shall know. God the Father will see, with Satisfaction, the Work of his Hands in Perfection, made fit to receive the Communication of his Endearments. The Lord Jesus Christ will see the Travail of his Soul, and be satisfied in the full Accomplishment of his Design, in their complete Felicity. The Holy Spirit will see, with Satisfaction, the final Success of his Operations, in our perfect Holiness and Happiness. Angels will be pleased, to see the Success of their Ministrations; and gladly welcome us, the Partners of their Joys. And as to ourselves, what an inexpressible Reciprocation of endearing Love, and multiplied Joy, to find ourselves all met together after our parting Sorrows? When all Things and Persons, any way offensive, fall be gathered out and thrown aside. No Falfehood, Rancour, Partiality, Mistake, Prejudice, Infirmity, Passion, or Pride, shall be met with there ; not any thing to hinder the hea.
venly Pleasure circulating through every Heart, and dwelling upon every Face and Tongue. You do not mourn as those in AEts 20. 35. Sorrowing, because they should see his Face no more.
Of immoderate Grief, we may fay, as Solomon does of extravagant Mirth, What doth it? What doch it for them who are gone, or for you? It may do us much Hurt, but can do them no Good. It may weaken our Bodies, and damage our Health ; it may fadden our Spirits, deprive us of the Comforts of Life, and indispose us for the Duties of it. And what then? What Advantage to the Departed from .fo costly a Sacrifice to their Memory? Do they need your Tears, who have for ever taken leave of Weeping ? Could your Cries call back the departed Spirit, and awaken the Body into Life; could you water the Plant with your Tears till it revived; you might weep like a Cloud, and call nothing excessive that was likely to prove successful. But there are no Elijabs now, who may stretch themselves upon the Child, and bring back the Soul. 'It is more reasonable to conclude with David ; Now he is dead, wherefore mould I falt? Can I bring him back again? I ball go to him, but be shall not return to me ; 2 Sam. 12. 23.
But if we could, would we have them walk over the Precipice once more? Would we have them fight the Battle over again, run the Race · again, be tempted, sin, and suffer again ? Should they come back for our Gratification,
from that holy Place to this Place of Sin? from that happy Place to this place of Trouble? from Joy to Sorrow, from Rest and Peace; to new Vexations ? Their Sentiments are different, their Affections raised and ennobled ; and, as well as they loved you, they i would not come back to you for all this World: And, as well as you loved then, you cannot, it seems, wish them Joy of their new Elevation and Dignity. Should not our godly
Friends be allowed to wear the Crown they - have been fighting for, and the Prize for which 'they have been running?
SECT. IX. Help against inordinate Sorrow, from some
Considerations with regard to our felves.
(ELF.LOVE is at the Bottom of our
Sorrow. I have lost a Pleasure, and an · Advantage. I am mourning over the Living rather than the Dead. : If one, every way the fame, would make me easy, tlre Sorrow is not for the Departed, but for myself who survive. *
* CICERO on the Loss of Scipio. Nihil enim mali accidiffe Scipioni puto; mihi accidit, fi quid accidit. Suis autem incommodis graviter angi non amicum, sed seipsuin amanitis eft. De Amic.
'No strange Thing has befallen me; nothing but what is common to Men. 'Tis no more ftrange that a Man should die, than that he should be born. Am I better than my Fathers, who are dead and gone? Whom. makest thou thyself ? Where's the Sense and Reason of pre-> tending to an Exemption from the common Lot of Mankind ? Beloved, think it not strange, as if some strange thing had happened unto you, 1 Pet. 4. 12. for this is no strange thing, that a Mortal should die.
I come into a Family, and see one in a Corner weeping and sighing ; another is fallen upon a Couch, unable to hold up the Head ; another is run up to a Chamber, like David, to weep and cry out, Ob Abfalom ; my Son, my Son. What is the Matter? Why, one that was born to die, is dead! Was it the first Child, or Husband, that ever died ? No Had you a Patent from Heaven, against the common Loc? No. Would you have had God made him imniortal to please you? He tearetb bimJelf in his Anger. Shall the Rock be removed out of its Place for you? Job 18. 4.
How many Mercies and Comforts are continued to thee, that might also have been taken away ? and how many Troubles prevented, that might have befallen you? You have lost some Children; it might have been all. You have lost all; it might have been your Husband too, or Wife, at the same Time. You have loft Husband, or Wife; it