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the happiest moment upon earth. Although I have the least cause of all men to be dissatisfied with the pilgrimage of this world, (lew travellers through it having been more highly favoured, yet I long to be at home in my Father's house, and cannot but rejoice in the pleasing prospect; knowing that when I am absent from the body, I shall be present with the Lord.'.
The surgeon expressed much satisfaction in Seeing his patient so composed and tranquil : and soon after withdrew. When he was gone, I set down by his bedside. Taking me by the hand, with that warmth of affection which disa tinguished his character, he thus spoke : " My kind friend and companion, I am going to leave you; but I will say to you, as Joseph did to his brethren, "God will surely visit you. I have nothing to bestow upon you, but my prayers. Had I indeed the wealth of the whole earth, it would not be worth your consideration. The most invaluable legacy I pray the Lord to give you, is what the apostle coveted above all things for himself; to know Jesus, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings. If the Lord gives you this, possessing it, you possess all things. And the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you
have suffered awhile, will make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle you.'
• With respect to myself, (he continued,) and my views concerning the awful state about to open
before me, blessed be God, from the secu. rity I possess in him who is the resurrection and the life,' I have no fears. I have been enabled again and again, during my confinement on this bed of sickness, to take the most deliberate reviews of the evidences of the renewed life. And the result of the whole enables me to rejoice in the finished salvation of my God. It is indeed a solemn idea, that in a few hours I am to appear before God, the Judge of all.' But it is my mercy, that I am come also to • Jesus, the Mediator of the new covenant.' While therefore I look at him, who is Fellow to the Lord of Hosts,' I find holy confidence. For I discover in him, and his redemption, a full, complete, and all-sufficient righteousness, adequate to every want, and answerable to every demand, to satisfy the law of God.
• Under the influence of this well-grounded persuasion, which God the eternal Spirit, (I trust,) hath graciously wrought in my soul, I have more than once, since this illness, been refreshed by the same comfortable promise, . with which the Lord favoured the Patriarch
of old, to encourage him in his journey; Fear not to go down to Egypt, I will go down with thee.' So, methinks, the Lord encourageth me. And I know, indeed, that Jesus will go down with me to the chambers of the grave. He hath the keys of hell and the grave. He openeth, and no man shutteth. He shutteth, and no man openeth.' Oh! it is a rapturous consideration to my soul, that in all places, and in all states, my Redeemer is with me.
The covenant holds as firm as ever in the grave. And death, which dissolves all other bonds, looseth not the bonds of the everlasting covenant. Our union, my brother," he proceeded, with our great mystical Head, is as perfect when in the dust of the grave, as when that dust is animated in the body. When Jesus from the bush proclaimed himself the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob;' this blessed distinction of character was carefully marked and preserved, God is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for all live unto him.'
Those patriarchs, though mouldered at that time for many years into dust, were still as much living to God, in all the purposes of covenant-connexions, in their dust, as when in an animated body. And hence the Apostle ob
serves, whether we live, we live to the Lord; or whether we die, we die to the Lord : whether we live therefore or die, we are the Lord's.
My friend paused a moment to recover strength, and then proceeded
– This body of mine, my dear brother, will very shortly be fit only for worms and corruption. And when in this state, the tenderest hearted friend, the fondest lover, would say of such a carcass, ever engaging before it might have been, as Abraham did of Sarah, Bury my dead out of my sight.' But as these sensations are not his with whom we have to do; as Jesus never set his affection at first upon his people, for the comeliness of their persons ; so neither doth that affection lessen, when their coneliness is turned into corruption.'-Neither is their union with his person, even for a moment only, interrupted by death. For as the divine and human nature of the Lord Jesus received not the smallest separation, when he died upon the cross; so of that union between Jesus and the members of his mystical body, there is no dissolution, when their bodies are gathered unto their fathers, and they see corruption. For their souls are received into his bosom; and with respect to their bodies also, they still live to him. Because I live,' saith Jesus, ye live also.' Every particle of their dust is the same to their great spiritual Head, when dust, as before that .change. For as the union of Jesus with their whole persons, that is, their bodies as well as their souls, is indissoluble ; it is evident that the same must continue with the dust of their bodies. And hence when Jesus saith, Fear not to go down into the grave, I will go with thee;' it explains in what a tender and consoling sense we are to understand this. And indeed as in death, so in the resurrection, the certainty of this glorious event ariseth from the same consideration; "for if, saith the Apostle,) the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you*.' And thus the resurrection of the just is certified to them, not simply by the power of God, but from the indwelling residence of the same Spirit of God, by which they are first awakened in grace to a new and spiritual life, and then finally quickened to eternal glory, by virtue of their unio to the person of Jesus, from the operations of the Holy Ghost.' My friend would have proceeded, but his