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EASTER - DAY,
March the 27th, 1687.
Rom. viii. Ver. 18.
not worthy to be compared with the Glory that shall
By ANTHONY HORNEC K, D. D.
Late Preacher at the Savoy.
the Water-fide, For the Benefit of the Poor.
Rom. viii. Ver. 18. For I reckon that the Sufferings of this preferr time
are not worthy to be compared with the Glory that mall be revealed in us.
See no reason I have to change my Text: for tho' the Church at this time celebrates the Me
morial of Christ's Resurrection from the Dead, yet upon Consideration, I do not find that the Subject I am upon is unfuitable to the Solemnity; for what is Christ's Refurrection from the Dead, but a Refurrection from Sufferings to Glory ; from a dark and dismal Grave, to a Paradise ; from a miserable, contemptible and defpicable Life, to a Life glorious and beyond the Dignity of Angels?. And indeed Cbrift himself in this Manner represents his Resurrection, in the 24th of St. Luke and the 8th Verfe, Ought not Cbrift (faith he) to suffer all these things, and to enter into his Glory.
The Method I have resolved to handle these Words in, as you may remember, is this:
1. To show you what the Sufferings of this prerent time is, and what Notions we are to entertain concerning them.
II. What that Glory is, that Mall ere long be revealed in us.
III. How it doth appear, that the Sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the Glory that shall be revealed in usa
As to the First,
I. What the Sufferings of this present time are, I i hew'd at large: The Apostle doth not so much der
fine here the Calamities that are common to Mankind, as the Troubles that many do suffer upon the Account of the Gospel, or upon the Account of Righteousness ; Sufferings which they suffer willing. ly, and such Sufferings which reach no further than this present Life.
II. As to the Second, why doth the Apostle here chuse to express that Felicity of the Saints in the other World by Glory? It is for these Two Reasons ;
First, Because he writes to the Romans, who were at that time martial, Heroick People, and aaturally ambitious of Glory. And,
Secondly, Because Glory is the great Idol of the World. And the desire of Glory is a Passion more. potent and stronger than the desires of any other thing in the World; more than Riches and Pleasure ; and if the Glory of another VVorld be fixed in the Soul, a Man will stick at nothing to arrive to it.
Thirdly, I hew'd you wherein the future Glory doth not consist. Having told you that Glory, in the Sense of a sensual Man, is nothing but a grand Reputation and Injoyment of the Praises, and Commendations, and applauses of Men. And here I did
peremptorily assert to you, that the Glory of the other VVorld, that Saints shall injoy, doth not confist in their receiving the Praises, and Commendations of God, of Angels, or of Fellow. Saints; for whatever Commendations God may bestow on their first Entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven, their Felicity afterwards imports somewhat else : For this I gave Four Reasons, which I shall not now stand to mention ; and having thus shown wherein ihe Glory of the other VVorld doth not consist,
* I come this Day to treat of a Resurre&ion, and positively to show the true Nature and Import of that future Glory that shall be revealed in us ;
and and to resolve this, seems to be a very bold attempt; since the Apostle hath told us, that Eye hath not seen, nor Ear beard, neither Heart of Man cannot .conceive what God bath laid up for them that love him, in the 1 Cor. 7. 8, 9.
But tho we cannot comprehend it, our Souls being finite, and therefore unable to comprehend that which is infinite; yet fiace God gives us leave to speak of it according to our
Capacities, and the Measure of his own Revelation, : I Thall tell you in few words, That that future Glory e is a Complex or Confluence of all things that are
great and excellent, and the glorified Saint his Un. i derstanding, his Knowledge, his Injoyment, his e Eloquence, his Riches, his Honour, his Life, his
Joy, his Actions, and his Virtues, will all exceed1. ingly glitter and be God-like : All this will meet ] and concenter in him, as Sun Beams in a Burning
Glass : Here on Earth these Blessings are divided, and they do never fall to the Share of one and the fame Man: One may have great Knowledge and
great Understanding, but his Fortunes may be but t Imall: Another may have great Riches and Honour,
and his Merits inconsiderable, and Actions pitiful and mean: Others may have great Souls and great Virtues, but their outward Accommodations in this World may be very
inconsiderable ; but in Heaven : all these Blessings will unite in every individual Per
fon, and incompass the glorified Creature in the 1 highest Perfection. And