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ceased brother, Mr. Gill, in the course of his last illness. It is, indeed, a delightful and a chearing passage: They shall hunger no more, nor thirst any more; neither shall the sun light upon them, nor any heat; for the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. A chearing text this, to Christians who are languishing under afflictions and have death in prospect, but who at the same time possess a lively hope. Our deceased brother appeared to enjoy a good degree of that hope. But you know it is not my custom to say much respecting the deceased. Suffice it to say, I have a pleasing persuasion that his immortal spirit is now beholding the Lamb in the midst of the throne, who will lead him to fountains of living waters.
This passage, my brethren, and the encourage ment which our deceased brother derived from it, may well be considered by us as most happily calculated to conciliate our minds to the severe orders of Providence, to which we ourselves are perpetually liable while in this world. And oh! that the words may encourage our souls, chear our hearts, and be a happy mean of sanctifying our affections! May they be an encouragement to you, my dear friend, the widow of our deceased brother. They are adapted to your case, as well as they were. to his. You are now called to suffer in such a manner as you never did before. It is one of those afflictions which excite tears; but the hand of God will, I trust, ere long wipe away all tears from your eyes. Make it your business to regard the divine faithfulness, as pledged in the promises. Make it
your business to live upon God, and then you will live to God. And you, my dear younger friends, the daughters of the deceased; may these truths sink deeply into your hearts! May you experience the consolations which arise from them, and be the followers of your father's example, as far as he followed Christ! And, oh! that you, the brother, and relatives of the deceased, that you may be excited to double your diligence in your situations, as Christians, and I, as a christian minister, to proclaim the excellencies of that Lamb who is in the midst of the throne, and to exemplify that life which is truly godly. Amidst all the warnings we receive of our approaching end, may we all of us be more diligent, fervent, watchful, and exemplary, to the glory of our common Lord!
And may you, the members of this church, with whom our deceased friend had maintained communion for a course of years; may you and I strive for the faith of the gospel. May we live by faith on the Lamb of God, as dying for our sins on the cross; and on the Lamb of God, as in the midst of the throne, to govern all things for the good of the church, and to intercede for his people while they continue on earth in a state of imperfection. May we so live by faith upon him, as to be devoted to him; and then, ere long, this very Lamb in the midst of the throne, shall lead us to living fountains of water; and our Father, God himself, shall wipe away all tears from our eyes.
On the Love of God to his Chosen People.
On a Conduct and Character formed under the Influence of Evangelical Truth.
Evidences of Faith in Jesus Christ both negatively and positively considered.