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When the Soul shall break loose from a Sickly Decrepit Body, which doth now clog and confine her; Oh! into what excellent Company will she then, be admitted , When slie comes unto Mount Sion, and unto the City of the living God, the Jbe^ven/y Jerusalem; and to an innumerable Company of Angels; to the general Assembly and Church of the First-born , which are written in Heaven; and to God the Judge of all; and to the Spirits of Jujt Men made perfect; and to Jesus, the Mediator of the New Cove-. nant. Heb. n. -li., 23, 14.
Oh! what Blessed Society is here i Who is not transported with the Expectation of it J
I go, faith your Blessed Saviour, to prepare a. Place for^ you. But J will come again, and receive you unto myself; that, where J. am, there ye may be also..
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"Fat for, I will that they also whom thou haft given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my Glory, which thou haft given me. Joh. 17. 14.
For when the Lord'himself staff descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the Trump of God; and. the Dead in Christ: shall rise first: Then we which are alive, and remain , stall be caught up together iviththem in the Clouds, to meet the Lord in the Air: and fe stall we be ever with the Lord. Wherefore, comfoh one another with theseWords. 1 Thess. 4.16, 17, 18.
Against the Fear of Death.
IT is appointed unto men once to Die. Heb. 9. x.j.. What man is he that liverh, and' stall not fee Death? P(al. 89. 48... • '* Fear:
. Fear not therefore she Sentence of Death; remember them that have been before thee, and that come after; for this is the Sentence of the Lord over allflefb. Ecclus.
For out of the ground wast thou taken .: Dust thou art, and unto Dust, shalt thou return. Gen. 3. *9, ..'... \: ..: , .., And as for me , / know that thou wilt bring me to Death , and to the house appointed for all Living. Job. 30. Z3, .. *
For few. and evil have my Days been. And now* behold! I seem as one who am going the way of all the Earth. Gen 47.. 9.. and Josh. 2,3. 14. -.'.'. '.r.'
And as I came forth of my Mother's womb , so naked shall I return to go as I came; and.shall take nothing of my Labour away in my hand with me. Eccl. 5. 15..
For we are Strangers before thee, and Sojourners, as were all our Fa.., . . . .. thers:
thers .-' Our Days on the Earth are at a shadow, and there is none ahiding. i Chron. %$. if. ^• V ^
As Pilgrims, we sojourn: And; have here no continuing City, but seek one to come, i Pet. z. iii. Heb. 13. 14. :..'. r. \. .•'»"',
For we know, that if our earthly house of this Tabernacle were dissolved, we have a Building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the Heavens.
And in this being burdened, we groan earnestly; desiring to be cloathed upon with our House which Is from Heaven. 1 Cor. f.1, z, 4.
For the Lord Jesus shall change this vile Body, and fashion it like unto his own glorious Body. Phil. 3. 2.1.
And this corruptible shall put en incorruption , and this mortal shall put on immortality. 1 Cor. 15.
So•that the Day of Death, is really better, than the Day of ones, Birth,. EccJ. 7.1. And
And the Righteous hath hose in his Death. Prov. 14. 31.
Blejfeet are the Dead which Die in the Lord: for they rest from their Labours , and their Works do follow them, Rev. 14.13.
The time of my Departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, / have finished my course, / have kept the Faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for me a Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord the Righteous fudge shall give me at that Day. x Tim. 4* 6, 7, 8.
And therefore for me to Die is Gain.
And I have a Desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far bttter. Phil. 1. 21, 23*