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diversity of states, and conditions and persons, unto whom these many mansions do belong. As all are not of the same stature and growth, neither are all these mansions of the same degree of glory and felicity. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory; yet all these stars shine with a lustre and glory, and the least star bath a beauty and excellency in it; and so the least of these many mansions bath a marvellous light and glory in it. This refers to the state of every man and woman here below. All members are not the hand, all are not the head, but every member of the body hath its service, and will have its reward. This is that which did spring up in my soul this morning, as I sat here among you О that all here present may become the living members of Christ Jesus our blessed head, and live the life they live in the body, by the faith of the Son of God. He that made us, knows our frame; He that created us, and formed and fashioned us after his own image, and gave us power and faculties to glorify and serve him, that we may come to enjoy him for ever, he requires of no man or woman more than he hath given them power and ability to perform. It concerneth us all therefore to live in the exercise of that divine gift, and grace, and ability wbich our Lord Jesus Christ hath distributed and communicated to every member of his body, that we may come to shine as stars in the firmament of glory. We should do good in our several places and stations, according to our different powers and capacities. And as every member is by the circulation of blood made useful and beneficial in the natural body, so the divine life and blood of the Son of God circulates through his whole mystical body, and reaches life to every living member. Here is no obstruction through unfaithfulness, or inordinate love of the world, or any temptation from without
us, or corruption from within us. Here is a free channel, here is an open passage for life and quickening influences from Christ our glorious head, to all his members. There is in Christ (in whom the fulness of the god-head dwells bodily) a river whose streams make glad the city of God : a fountain to supply and refresh the whole generation of the righteous, that desire to be found in him, (as the Apostle speaks,) not having their own righteousness, but clothed with the robe of his righteousness, which is the garment of salvation. Therefore wait this day, my dear friends, to have your hearts filled with the love and life of the Son of God, that you may appear with joy at bis tribunal, where all mankind must appear, and every one give an account of what he hath done in the body, whether it be good or evil. Let every one of you be careful to live according to what you know, and improve the talents that God hath given you, and you shall find that in keeping his commandments, there is great reward, and that God is good to Israel, to them that are of a clean heart. Had not the Lord been on our side, may Israel say ; had not the Lord been on our side when men rose up against us, may we say, they had swallowed us up, and the temptations of the devil would have prevailed over us, and we had fallen long ago. It is not we that have stood firm in times of trial and trouble, but it is the Lord that hath stood by us, and made us to stand : and the love of God to his people now, is as great as ever it was : his arm is not shortened that it cannot save, nor his ear heavy that it cannot hear; therefore travel on and faint not, and you shall come with joy to the end of your journey, and you shall be satisfied with the fatness of God's house, and say with the Psalmist, .blessed are they that dwell in thy house, they shall be still praising thee. It is the faithful and sincere that shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever, and enter into his everlasting kingdom. O my
friends, live as a people bowed down in the presence of the great and holy God, and walk humbly with him : be humbled under his mighty hand, and you shall be exalted in due time.
The God of heaven hath visited your souls with his divine power and grace, and given you a refreshing sense of his love, that you may perceive and feel a daily renewing of your strength, Owait upon the Lord for his divine power to enable you to conquer the power of Satan, that you may go on conquering and to conquer, till you come to the New Jeru- , salem, the city of God, and land of peace and rest. Beware of idolatry! bow not down to the work of your own bands: for though you may not be guilty of gross idolatry, yet there is a secret, and more bidden idolatry, that too many are guilty of, who set their hearts and affection, on low and earthly things : this sticks but too near to many. Let the word of exhortation of the Apostle enter into your bearts; little children keep yourselves from idols. Let this be the cry of your souls, Lord preserve and keep me this day, every day, and to the end of my days, tbat I may not only be convinced of the truth, but really converted to it, and walk in the truth and persevere therein to the end, that I may be saved. Remember Lot's wife ; look not back to Sodom : walk in the light as children of light, with your faces Zionward; and. rejoice in hope of the glory of God. • Ye were sometime darkness, but now (saith the Apostle) ye are light in the Lord' O shine as stars in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. Shine in the beauties of holiness, and walk in the light of Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, who was given for a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of his people Israel. He shall be the desire of all nations; the mighty Saviour, upon whom God hath laid help. Believe in him, cleave to him, and follow him, and you shall be saved, both from your sins, and from the wrath to come. 'God
is light (saith the Apostle John) in him is no darkness at all; if we walk in the light as he is in tbe light, then we shall have fellowsbip one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin ;' we know him to be the true Rock and the foundation of God, which standeth sure, and which will stand sure, in stormy and tempestuous times: blessed are they that build upon this founda. tiva wbich God bath laid.
Blessed be God, which hath opened your eyes, and given you to see this sure foundation, which we must build all our hopes of salvation upon : and not upon any other foundation whatsoever. Not upon men's arts, and parts, and human acquirements. O the unsearchable riches of Christ ! that we may, and are only to covet and seek after; then we shall inherit substance indeed, and may say of a truth, the Lord is good unto his people ; He will satisfy them with his loving kindness, which is better than life, and surround them with his almighty arm, and be unto them as the shadow of a great rock in a Weary land. Be not discouraged, notwithstanding the furious and impetuous assaults of your spiritual enemies; when God is pleased to arise for your hulp, your enemies shall be scattered. In the world (saith our Saviour) ye shall have trouble, but in ne ye shall have peace; be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. Our Lord Jesus Christ conquered and triumphed over the world, and over principalities and powers, and death, and bell, and we shall overcome through bim that hath loved us; his grace will be sufficient for us; let us wait for bis salvation, and in order to it, wait to know, and then do hi ?.
and will, and so redeem our time, and rence, that we may improve our taup our account with joy And then i doubts and sears, we may say with it thou cast down, O my soul, and disquieted within me? hope thou in
God, for I shall yet praise him, for the help of his countenance. God is pleased to exercise his people many times with divers troubles, trials, and afflictions, to wean them from this world, and from an inordinate love to the pleasures and enjoyment of it, that their minds may not be drawn away by the things that are seen, which are temporal, from the things that are not seen, which are eternal. Let us take straight steps towards the glory that shall be revealed ; that as every day we are a step nearer the grave, we may be also a step nearer to a blessed eternity. It was the voice of Moses the man of God, and that which he had in charge from heaven concerning the children of Israel, in their march towards Canaan, say unto the people, go forward ; there is a good land before you; a land Aowing with milk and honey. The Lord was with them and wrought great things for them, and he hath also wrought great things for us. Let us all press therefore forward towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, till we come to that city that hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God; and that kingdom that cannot be shaken, which God hath prepared for them that love him. O that every one of you, upon a serious examination of yourselves, may find yourselves in a good state and condition towards God : travelling through the wilderness of this world, your eyes upon heaven. Let your prayers and strong cries be to the Lord for his help; for we are not sufficient of ourselves for any good word or work. It is his almighty arm and power only that can enable us to overcome our spiritual enemies, and to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling; yea and to work in us, both to will and to do of his own good pleasure. And pray let us, with Moses, choose rather to suffer afflictions with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season : and turn our backs upon this world, and the glory of it; and live so, as