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naturally look about them, and inquire how they can appear before their Judge ?

The dying Christian is sometimes heard observ, ing to those about him-“My glass is almost run. Would to God I had been more faithful, and done more for him who loved me, and gave himself for me. But blessed be his name, he hath en. abled me to choose him for my portion, and enabled me to serve him in sincerity; though I have done it with much weakness and imperfection. Now I rely on his grace; his grace will be suffi. cient for me ; it will support me in death, and re. ward my poor services with an eternal reward."

But if conscience, as death approacheth, speaks a different language-If it testifies to a departing soul—" You have neglected the great falvationlived in pleasure and been wanton, minding only earthly things," it fills the soul with anguish unut: terable, causing it to anticipate eternal horrors !

The perfect and upright, as he rejoiceth at the approach of death, if reason remains, often rejoic: eth in death. 66 When he walks the dark valley, God's rod and staff comfort him-He fears no evil because God is with him." He is sometimes, rea. dy to exclaim in the triumphant language of the resurrection, "O death! where is thy fting ? O grave where is thy victory ?"

SOMETIMES indeed, the upright, while here, " walk in darkness"-Sometimes the lamp of rea. son goes out, before the departure of the soul; sa that the dying Christian hath no sense of his fitu. ation. At other times, God may hide his face from those whom his soul loves, and cause them to go on their way sorrowing. Possibly this may continue to the close of life! But if it doth, the clouds are all dispersed at the moment of death. No sooner are the clayey tabernacles dissolved, than the veil is rent, and the brightness of celestial glory shines in upon them. Peace eternal and divine, is theirs forever. Clouds will no more hide God's face-Fears and doubts, no more distress them; nor Satan cast his fiery darts at them again forever.

In the other world, God will dwell with his people, and "

" wipe away all tears from their eyes: There will be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor any more pain; for the former things will all have passed away. There will be no more curse, because no more fin. For the spirits of the just will be made perfect."

They will then be with God and rejoice before him; for they will have “ entered into his temple to go no more out.”

REFLECTIONS.

1. The considerations which have been suggested afford comfort to the righteous, while groaning under the burdens and sorrows of life, and fupport in the folemn hour of death. They minister confolation also to those who mourn the loss of pious friends-an occasion of sorrow which we often experience in this vale of tears.

Here all have trials and afflictions—the perfe& and upright not excepted. But the time is short. The good man's trouble terminates with mortal life. His end is peace his immortality glorious.

The wicked are dismayed when they look for. ward and conlider their end, or the time of their departure. To the good man it is desirable—" He then rests from his labors, and his works follow him.” St. Paul," had a desire to depart, and be with Christ.” He knew that “a crown of right. cousness was laid up for him, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, would give him at that day." This was not peculiar to him ; it is common to all those“ who love Christ's appearing.” Those now in glory were lately sufferers here: But their sufferings are ended—“ They have entered into peace : They rest in their beds, walking in their

uprightness."

II. Our subject teacheth the conditions on which only we can hope for peace in death, and happiness after death. These depend on the use which we make of life on the manner in which we are affected by the overtures made us in the gospel; they are the fruit of receiving Christ and obeying the gospel ; for it brings salvation only to those who obey it.

Would we“ die the death of the righteous, and have our last end like his," our lives must be preparatory--we must “mind the things whicla belong to our peace-live in all good conscience before God, and not suffer ourselves to be moved away from the hope of the gospel.

III. Though when “the mystery of God shall be finished, his judgments will be made manifest ;" hitherto, “ his way is in the sea, and his judgments are a great deep." We know that his way

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is perfect; but witness many things in the divine adminiftration, which we do not understand. We have no line to fathom the depths of providence.

Often the perfeet and the upright are early remov. ed out of life—those who are friends of religion, and supporters of order and justice; whose hearts are filled with benevolence-who are the excellent of the earth! While those of different characters, who we should suppose might well be spared, yea, whose removal, we should judge a mercy to the world, are left to prolong their days! Some who are early vicious, and daily grow worse, are never. theless continued, and permitted to dishonor God, and spread error and mischief among mankind, till at " an hundred years old they die accursed !"

Such events often occur, and under the divine administration! They are permitted of him who cannot mistake! In a sense, they are the Lord's doings, and marvellous in our eyes!”

“ The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice Clouds and darkness are round about him: Righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart ; wait, I say, on the Lord.”

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I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets. THE revelation made to St. John in the isle of Patmos, was a comfort to the suffering apostle, and a blessing to the church. " Blessed is he that read. eth, and they that hear the words of this prophe. cy.” The beginning indeed was dark; the prophetic sketch, was for sometime, gloomy: It unfolded a strange scene of declensions and abomi. nations, which were to disgrace the church of Christ and mar its beauty; and a dismal series of woes on woes, for many ages. The church, then so pure, was to be corrupted, to become “the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth, and to make herself drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus !" When the apostle “ faw, he wondered with great

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