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Devil, liable to pain and sorrow, to the fears of losing what few comforts we enjoy, and to the troublesome certainty of leaving them if they leave not us; in the kingdom of Glory we are in a state of fecure and perfect felicity, our crown is fixt upon our heads too firm to be shaken, the flowers which bloom therein shall always continue fresh; Sin shall be disarmed of her sting, and Death be swallowed up in Victory
In the kingdom of Grace, the good and the bad are mixed together, rewards and punishments are unequally distributed, and the worldly condition of the greatest sinner is preferable to that of the most righteous man on earth; but in the kingdom of Glory the good shall be separated from the
those who have been faithful servants of their Lord shall be distinguished from
the wicked and rebellious ; the glorified Saint shall no longer be the companion of the incorrigible Sinner; the latter shall be assigned over to everlasting punishment, and the former received into that glorious kingdom wherein is joy and
In the kingdom of Grace, we walk by Faith, we see through a glass darkly, our understanding is clouded, our reason weak, and our will perverse; we are scarce able to comprehend the most obvious things, and the ways of God, and the dispensations of his Providence, are far above out of our sight; but in the kingdom of Glory we shall see face to face, we shall know even as we are known, all nature will be laid open to our view, and the God of Nature himself be fully manifested to us. The ways of Providence, which in many re
spects appear to us dark, mysterious, and unintelligible, shall be then cleared up, the cloud which sits upon them at present will be totally dispelled, and they will appear to us just and uniform, worthy of the fountain of light from whence they issued. The Nature of God, which in our present state we can have no adequate notion of, will then break forth upon us in its fullest tide of Glory, and these weak and frail bodies will be so much strengthned as to be able to see God and live; and our souls be so far exalted above their present state in knowledge, as to be able fully to comprehend, in purity, as to be able perfectly to enjoy the glorious object.
In the kingdom of Grace, upon account of our many sins, and the utter impossibility of our making peace with God of ourselves, we are governed by our Mediator
Jesus Christ; through the consideration of whose meritorious sufferings and effectual intercession, God overlooks our frailties, pardons our sins, and accepts of a sincere repentance instead of a perfect obedience. But in the kingdom of Glory, when we shall no more be liable to temptation and sın, when our corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and we bear the image of the heavenly, as we have borne the image of the earthly, there will be no occasion for a mediator, but we shall be governed immediately by God himself; the mediatorial office of Christ shall then cease, and the kingdom be delivered up to God even the Father, and the Son also himself shall be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
It remains for us to consider, in what sense we pray that these kingdoms of God may come. Vol. IV.
For the kingdom of Grace we pray, that our hearts and minds may be thoroughly, fubdued thereto, that we may be worthy subjects of Christ's kingdoms that all perfons who are within the Christian covenant may lead their lives answerable thereto, and 'every member of Christ's holy church 'may in his vocation truly and godly serve him; that God would please to have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Here"ticks, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of his word and commandment, and so ferch them home to his Rock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true If Taelites, and be made one Fold under one Shepherd Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the kingdom of Glory we pray, that God will of his mercy fpeedily release us from the dangers and troubles of this life, and instate us with himself in joy and