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numerable company of angels dwell, and the gcnzeral assembly and church of the first-born, who are written in heaven, are gathered together : where God, the Judge of all, displays his brightest glories; where the spirits of just men, made perfect,now assemble : where Jesus, the Medi. ator of the new covenant, now appears in the presence of God, for us, and presents that precious, all-atoning blood, the blood of sprinkling; which speaketh better things than that of Abel. what a glorious city is this ! ..
Here have we no continuing city.: but we seek one to come ;” (says the apostle, Heb. xiii. 14.) And it is worth our while to seek such a city as this. For were we honored witly the freedoms of all the corporations on earth, and did we actually possess as much wealth as Solomon in all his glory did; our wealth would not be worthy to be named, in comparison of the riches of the least of the citizens of this heavenly city. How happy are they, that are no more strangers, nor foreigners; but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the houshold of God!
The glory and riches of this city are described, in Rev. xxi. to which I refer you ; and I doubt not, when you have read and considered the description, you will be convinced, that greater riches'and magnificence are there spoken of, than you ever read or heard of besides.
6. True religion may be called the current coin of heaven : the more we have of it, the better. To love God with all the heart, with all the soul, with all the might, and with all the strength; and one another as ourselves ; is
that religion which is acceptable with God now, and will be to eternity.
Good works, done in the name of Jesus, out of obedience to him ; may be compared to valuable moveables, as St. Paul saith
* For other foundation can no man lay, than that which is laid ; which is Jesus Christ. Now, if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble ; every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it ; because it shall be revealed by fire ; and the fire shall try every man's work, of what sort it is. If any man's work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work be burned, he shall suffer loss : but he himself shall be saved ; yet so as by fire :" I Cor. iii. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.
By this account, it appears, that true good works, are like gold, silver, & precious stones ; which shall be capable of enduring the trial, be approved and rewarded : while all false works, even though performed by such who are on the right foundation, shall be as hay, wood, and stubble, wholly burnt up and destroyed.
It therefore concerns us to be rich in faith, and good works; that we may be heirs of the kingdom of heaven. We should give all diligence to add to our faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge ; and to knowledge, temperance ; and to temperance, patience ; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly-kindness -and to brotherly-kindness, charity : that so an entrance may be ministered unto us abun
dantly, into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ : See, 2 Peter, i. 5, 6, 7, 11.
St. Paul charges Timothy; saying.." Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches; but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy : That they do good : that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate ; laying up, in store for themselves, a good foundation, against the time to come ; that they may lay hold on eternal life:” 1 Tim. vi. 17, 18, 19.
Those who improve their talents well on earth, shall have abundance of riches in the kingdom of God; as our Lord hath taught, in many parts of the gospels. All the gifts and graces of the Spirit of God, and all the good fruits that spring from the grace of God in the soul, and all the good works that are done in obedience to Christ~from the parting with all things for his sake, to the giving of a cup of cold water, in the name of a disciple--shall be esteemed as precious treasures, as riches that shall not fail.
7. To conclude the inventory of the riches belonging to the state of eternal life God has promised a kingdom to those who love him ; and this is the highest point of riches.
“ Fear not, little flock; it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom :" St. Luke, xii. 32.
“Wherefore, we receiving the kingdom which cannot be moved ; let us have grace
whereby we may serve God acceptably, with reverence, and godly fear :" Heb. xii. 28.
O what riches are contained in the kingdom of God! No wonder our Saviour exhorts us so warmly, not to seek carthly treasures ; but to seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness ; promising us, that all these things should be added.. See, St. Matt. vi. 33. St. Luke, xii. 31.
If we are possessed of the greatest wealth on earth, and are not rich towards God; what will it all avail us in a dying hour, when our souls shall be required of us? But as for true godliness," it is profitable to all things : having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come :" 1 Tim. iv. 8.
Thus much in brief, respecting the riches of eiernal life.
I now pass to speak of those high and immortal honors, that stand.connected with the state of eternal life. "They that honor me, I will honor ;?. (says God) 1 Sam. ii. 30. And our Saviour says--" If any man serve me, him will my Father honor :" St. John, xii. 26.
As I am only to speak of those honors which the saints possess when they enter into eternal life-I must omit the honors of which they are macie partakers of below; such as being called Saints, children of God; which are very high ti. tles of honor. To suffer for Christ's sake, is anluigh honor-Moses esteemed the reproach of Christ, greater riches than the treasures of
Egypt; Heb. xii. 26. To be entrusted with the treasure of the Gospel, or any spiritual gifts,
is an honor ; and it is a great honor to be made useful in the service and cause of God, &c.
But I begin my list of their honors, at the hour of death.
1. Heavenly angels shall attend their depart. ing spirits, for the purpose of conveying them to the regions of bliss. The poor Beggar, though dishonored in life, was honored at the time of his death, when he was carried by angels into Abraham's bosom. Here is honor indeed ! --and yet this is but the beginning,
2. They shall be honored by being admitted into the presence of their Lord and Saviour, Among men it is reputed an honor to enter into the presence of kings; but how much more so it, to be brought, with gladness and rejoic, ing, into the palace of the King of Glory, to be. hold his face with joy!
3. Thev shall each be honored with the plaudit of their Judge: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant ; Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things : enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
This is an honor worthy of the name ; & the hopes of obtaining this, should make us willing to endure all kinds of reproach, for our Redeemer's sake.
4. They shall be honored by coming with Christ in the clouds of heaven : They shall appear with him in glory: For them that sleep in Jesus shall God bring with him.
5. They shall be honored with a part in the Crst resurrection; and they shall not be hurt of