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a fight that we are little pleased with ; many a rueful spectacle that makes our Hearts ake.
1. We see much Sin, and defilement in our felves and others.
2. Much Sorrow and Anguish, many Troubles and Afflictions, the bitter Fruits of sin.
3. Much Vanity and Emptyness in our best Things, our choicest Earthly Comforts. Wherefore Solomon looking Ecel. 4. no further than present Things, (for 2, 3. there he takes not in the Consideration of Eternity) praises the Dead above the Living, and prefers him that hath not yet been, before them both. But now, the fight of God in Heaven shall make us amends for all:
(1.) There we shall see no Sin ; the bitter root of the Corruption of our Nature, and every string thereof shall be plucked up, and we shall be presented unto God pure and holy, without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, Eph. 5. 27. Then we shall be clothed with white Robes, Rev. 7. 9. or as the same thing is express’d, Rev. 19. 8. we shall be arrayed in fine Linnen, clean and white, which is the Righteousness of the Saints.
(2.) There we fhall see no Sotrow. God fhall wipe away all tears from our Eyes, Rev. 21. 8.
3.) There we fhall see no Vanity or Emptiness; we fhall have a fight there which will fill all the most inlarged Desires of our Souls. With the Hopes hereof David comforted himself
. 17. 15. As for me, I will behold 'thy Face in Righteousness ; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness
. When fome rare publick Shew is to be set forth, as in folemn Triumphs after great Victories, or at the Coronation of Princes, or the like, as the time fet for such Solemnities draws near, and when all Things in order thereunto are now in a readiness, how do Persons that take delight in such Things, long that the Day were come ! The Night before perhaps they can hardly sleep for the thoughts of what they are to see the next Day. And should not we much niore long for that blissful sight, - in comparison whereof all the glorious Things of this World are but empty Trifles! And that's a fight that shall not pass away as these here do, leaving us as much troubled that they are so foon gone, as we were delighted with
theni while they were present. Tis true God here causeth his Goodness only to pass before us sometimes ; but in Heaven it shall not pass before us, but stand still, and remain in our Eye and full View to Eternity. O that our Hearts could be lifted up in the lively Hopes of this Sight, and that the Breathings of our Souls after it might be those of David, As the Hart panteth Pfal. 42. after the Water-brooks, fo panteth my 1, 2. Sonl after thee, O God; My Soul thirsteth for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God ? So much of the Comparison : Now follows the Explication of it, in the last clause of the 12th Verse;. Now know I
but then shall I know even as also I am known. To see through a Glass darkly is explained by knowing in part; and to see Face to Face is explained by knowing as we are known. Having so fully spoken of this whole matter already, all that I shall add, or need to add, is, concerning the last words, Then shall I know, even as also I am known. The meaning of which words is, then shall I know God, even as I am known of God, or as God knows me. Now this fimilitude or like
ness that is betwoen our knowing God, and God's knowing us, lyes in these two Things.
1. God knows us immediately and dire&ly; he knows us by direct intuition, without the help of any other thing representing us unto him ; and so hereafter shall we know him by immediate Vision or Intuition. This the Scriptures in divers places express by our seeing God. So Matth. 5. 8. Blessed are the pure in Heart, for they fall see God. Heb. 12. 14. Without Holiness no Man Mall see the Lord. i John 3. 2: When he fall appear, we shall
see him as he is. And Rev. 22. 3, 4. after a large and glorious Description of the New Jerusalem, this is added concerning it, And there shall be no more Curse, but the Throne of God and of the Lamb all be in it, and his Servants shall serve him and they shall see his Face, and his Name Jhall be in their Foreheads.
2. God knows us perfectly, his allseeing Eye looks into us, and pierceth thorough us, as I may fay: Whatfoever is in us, Iyes open and naked before him who searcheth the Reins, and tryeth the Heart. And we also in some fense iħall hereafter know God perfect
ly. 'Tis indeed impossible that we being Creatures should have such a full and comprehensive Knowledge of God, as God hath of himself. In this Sense is Zophar to be understood, fob 11.7,8, 9. Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty 'unto
Perfection ? It is as high as Heaven,what | canst thou do? Deeper than Hell, what
canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the Earth, and broader than the Sea. That is, God being Infinite, it is utterly impossible that thou being a Finite Creature should fully understand him. But yet I say in some Sense we also shall know God perfectly when we come to Heaven. And this in a three-fold respect.
1. We shall then know God perfectly in comparison of that dark, sort and imperfect Knowledge of him which we have here. In this Sense the Apostle before in the roth Verse, speaking of our Knowledge, faith; when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 'Tis then comparatively a perfect Knowledge of God which we shall be endued with hereafter, though not absolutely perfeat.