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doth not stop the Course of their partaking of the Benefits of Christ's Purchase, but opens it further. :: Both the Souls and Bodies of Believers, or them that are effectually called, justified, adopted, and fanctified in their Life, do receive or partake of more Benefits of Christ's Purchase, at their Death.
The Benefits of Christ's Purchafve that their Souls receive at Death, are, that then they are made perfect in Holiness, and do immediately pass into Glory : Heb. xii. 23. Ye are come to the spirits
of just men made perfect.? Luke xxiii. 43. And • Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, ! To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.'
The begun Work of Sanctification in the Souls of Believers is perfected at Death: So that their Souls are, upon their Separation from the Body,made perfeet in Holiness, Heb. xii. 23. above cited. Sanctification perfected in the Souls of Believers at Death, is the work of God's free Grace, whereby they are wholly renewed in every Part, after the Image of God, toʻthe utter abolishing of the Remains of Sin in them, and are enabled: eternally to live unto Righteousness in Perfection: Rev. vii. 14. 15.
And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the • Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne • of God, and serve him day and night in his « temple : and he that fitteth on the throne, shall
dwell among them.' 2 Cor. iv. 16. ' Though
our outward man perish, yet the inward man is 4 renewed day by day.' Compared with Heb. xii. 23. forecited. And Rev. vii. 15. above cited ; compared with 1-Cor. xii. 8. 9. 10. Charity never
faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they
« shall fail ; whether there be tongues, they shall
ceafe; whether there be knowledge, it hall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophefy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done
away. It is the same Spirit of Christ, who begins and carries on their Sanctification in Life, that perfects their Sanctification at Death: Philip. i. 6. Being confident of this very thing, that he
which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Chrift.' Psal. cxxxviii. ult. " The Lord will perfect that which
concerneth me.' The Spirit wholly renews the Souls of Believers in every Part, after the Image of God, to the utter abolishing of the Remains of Sin in them, by communicating to them from Christ their Head, a Fulness of Grace for Grace in Chrift, to the perfecting of his Image on them: Eph. iv. 13. 'Till we all come in the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of 6 the fulness of Christ. i Cor. xv. 49.
have borne the image of the earthy, we shall al. fo bear the image of the heavenly.. Chap. xii. 10. When that which is perfect is come, then
that which is in part shall be done away. The Spirit enables them eternally to live unto Righteousness in Perfection, eternally communicating to them, from Chrift their Head, Supplies of Grace in full Meafure : Rev. vii. ult. “The Lamb which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and
Thall lead them unto living fountains of waters.' Compared with John xvi. 14. 'He [the Spirit of
truth] thall glorify me: for he. shall receive of mine, and thall Thew it onto you.' 1 Cor. xii.
6 As we
10. above cited. It appears, that there shall be such an eternal Communication of Supplies of Grace, from Christ, to the Saints, by the Spirit, in that they continue for ever Members of Christ; and Members cannot act, but by continued Commurication of Influences from their Head: John xiv. 16. 17.' And I will pray the Father, and he
fall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth,
whom the world cannot receive, because it sectk ' him not, neither knoweth him: but
know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in ' you.' Chap. xv. 4. 5. Abide in me, and I
you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine ; no more can ye, ex
cept ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the • branches : He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit : for without me ye can do nothing.'
The Glory that the Souls of Believers pass into at Death, is, a glorious State, a glorious Place, and a glorious Society. The glorious State they pass into, is, a State of shining in the perfect purity of the divine Image : 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we ' all with open face, beholding as in a glass the
glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spi
rit of the Lord.' Compared with Heb. xii. 23. * Ye are come to the spirits of just men made per
feat.' The glorious Place they pass into, is, the highest Heavens : Philip. i. 23. ' I am in a strait
betwixt cwo, having a desire to depart, and to be
with Chrift; which is far better.' Compared with Eph. iv. 1o. 'He that descended, is the same
also that afcended up far above all heavens, that
he might fill all things. And they are carried into it by Angels: Luke xvi. 22. ' And it came
to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by
the angels into Abraham's bofom.' The Glory of that place they are carried into, is, the Glory of God and of the Man Christ, shining in it: Rev. xxi. 23. ' And the city had no need of the sun, ' neither of the moon to shine in it: for the glory
of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light
thereof.' But they are made perfect in Holiness, before they enter there, not after they are entered: Rev. xxi. 27. 'And there shall in no wise enter in
to it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lye : bue they which are written in the Lamb's book of
life. The glorious Society they pass into, is, the Society of God and Christ there, and of the holy Angels, and glorified Saints : 2 Cor. v. 8.
We are confident, i say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the « Lord. Heb. xii. 22. 23. 24. ' Ye are come un. 6 to mount Sion, and unto the city of the living 5
God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumer6
able company of angels, to the general assembly 6 and church of the first-born which are written
in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of juft men made perfect, and to Je.
fus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the 'blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things
than that of Abel. And this their passing into Glory, is immediately after Death, Luke xvi. 22. Chap. xxiii. 43. forecited. There is no middle State then, between Believers their dying in Chrift, and their passing into Glory, 2 Cor. v. 8. Philip. 23. forecited. Rev. xiv. 13. And I heard a voice
To enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds,
* from heaven, saying unto me, Write, Blessed are
the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth: " Yea, faith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours ; and their works do follow them.”
The Benefit of Christ's Purchase that the Bodies of Believers receive at Death, is, that being still united to Chrift, they rest in their Graves till the Refurrection. The Grave is a Place of Rest to the Bodies of Believers : And they rest in their Graves, otherwise than the Wicked do in theirs, in that they reft in them, as in their Beds perfumed by Christ's lying in the Grave : f. lvii. 2. He shall ! each one walking in his uprightness. Compared with Rev. i. 17. 18. And when I saw him, I fell
at his feet as dead : and he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not ; I am the
first and the last : I am that liveth, and was • dead; and behold, I am alive forevermore, ! Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. That the Grave is such a resting Place to the Bodies of Believers, while it is a Prison to others, is from their being still united to Christ: jf. lvii. 2. above cited. Compared with i Thell: iv. 14. • If we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus, will God
bring with him.' The dissolving of their Bodies into Imallest Dust scattered here and there, doth not diffolve the Union between Christ and their Bodies in that Cafe, í Thell. iv. 14. above cited : And that because the Bond of their Union with him, is his infinite Spirit every where present : Rom. viii. 11. "If the Spirit of him that raised up
Jefus from the dead, dwell in you ; he that raised up Chrift from the dead, shall also quicken your