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His Gardens and Groves, are Pleafant and Delightful.
His Estate, if not Large, is very Competent. ; .
The Conversation of his Wife and Children, and the rest of his Relations, is so Charming and Agreeable, that it is great Perplexity to be parted from them.
But now, when he is thus pleasing himself with the Defights of this World, let him then be assured, that better Things are provided for him in the World to come.
Now, according to the Rules of Prudence, what wise Man would not change for the better? is
Suppose his House to be aş well Built, as richly Furnished and Ornamental, as his Fancy can Project, is he not convinced, that an Heavenly Palace is to be preferr'd before an Earthly Cottage? 0!, could he with
St. Paul, be caught up into the Third Heaven; there to behold, tho, but for one Moment ; the Splendor of that Glorious Place, (the peculiar Court and Residence of the King of Kings ; ) how mean and contemptible, how despicable and sordid, would the Noblest Structures of this World then appear to be ?.
Again. In my Father's house are many Mansions. There are many Royal Apartments in that Stately Palace, capable to receive and entertain those Millions of Glorified Beings, which shall there Meet and Converse together.
And we may be sure, these Heavenly Mansions are most richly furnismed, and exquisitely fitted for Pleasure and Satisfation. ;
For I go before , faith your Blessed Saviour, to prepare a Place for you. Nj He - He who made these Glorious Heavens, (for all things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made, that was made. Joh. 1.3.) he is gone before, as a Royal Harbinger, to furnish and prepare them for your Reccption.
But how these Mansions are prepared and adorned, and what Glories are there Treasured up, for the Use or Diversion of those Blesled Inhabitants, we have not the least Notion to conceive or apprehend.
We are as ignorant in these Matters, as an Infant in the Womb is of the Passages of this World ; , and of the Way and Manner-of Living in it. : Eye hath not yet seen, nor Ear beard, neither bath it entred into the heart of Man to conceive, the things which God hath prepared før them that love him. I Cori
- For he who made us without our Knowledge or Desire, is able to make us happy beyond them both.
This, we fuppofe, the Sick Man firmly Believes, and most earnestly begs of God; That when he leaves this World, he may then be admitted into those Heavenly Mansions..!
But Natural Affection is so ftrong, and he hath such Concern for his dear Friends and Relations, and doth fo please himself in their Conversátion; that it even breaks his Heart, to be parted from them. . . ? : He looks on them with lan
guishing Eyes, and takes his last Leave with a trembling Hand ; and even falls into an Agony to think, that perhaps in a few Hours he must bid thein Farewell, and muft fee them no more.
. Now, to Correct this Diforder, and to Compose his. Dying Thoughts ; let the Sick. Man consider; That though for a while he parts with his present Friends, yet he doth not lose his Friendship, but exchange it. atra - For a good and pious. Man may be assured, That when he Dies, he shall find more Friends and Relations in the Heavenly Mansions, than he leaves behind him here on Earth. : ; 71, : For being made meet to be a partaker of the Inheritance of the Saints in light : Being fitted and prepared for such endearing Con verfation; the Blessed Company of Saints and Angels., will not only bid him welcome to those: Glorious Mansions; but will instantly receive him, as an intim mate Friend, with the dearests Embraces of Love and Affectia on.