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assignation with terror to meet them on their death bed, a season when comfort is more desirable than at any other. The Lord, however, is no man's debtor: none can claim consolation as their due: and, though a believer's experience and the testimony of his conscience may evidence the sincerity of his faith and love, yet he must disclaim to the last every other dependence than the righteousness and blood of CHRIST, and the free mercy of God in him.
194..14. Also he...The temporary distresses of dying be. lievers often arise from bodily disease, which interrupt the free exercise of their intellectual powers. Of this SATAN will be sure to take advantage, as far as he is permitted; and will suggest gloomy imaginations, not only to distress them, but to dishearten others by their example.-What may in this state be painted before the fancy we cannot tell: but it is generally observed that such painful conflicts terminate in renewed hope and comfort, frequently by means of the conversation and prayers of christians and ministers; so that they, who for a time have been most distressed, have at length died most triumphantly.
196..3. The two... When " LAZARUS died, he was car. " ried by angels into ABRAHAM's bosom;" and we have every reason to believe, that the services of these friendly spirits to the souls of departed saints are immediate and sensible; and that their joy is such as is here described. The beautiful description that follows admits of no elucidation: some of the images indeed are taken from modern customs; but in all other respects it is entirely scriptural, and
very intelligible and animating to the spiritual mind.
199.23. Blessed...The commandments of God, as given to sinners under a dispensation of mercy, call them to repentance, faith in CHRIST, and the obedience of faith and love: the believer habitually practises according to these commandments, from the time of his receiving CHRIST for salvation; this evidences his interest in all the bles. sings of the new covenant, and proves that he has a
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right through grace to the heavenly inheritance.—May the writer of these remarks, and every reader, have such “ “ abundant entrance," as is here described, “ into the “ everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour JESUS " CHRIST!”
201..6. And saw... We frequently hear of persons that have lived strangers to evangelical religion, and the power of godliness, dying with great composure and resignation : and such instances are brought forward as an objection to the necessity of faith, or of a devoted life.
But what do they prove? What evidence is there, that such men are saved? Is it not far more likely that they continued to the end under the power of ignorance and self-conceit; that SATAN took care not to disturb them; and that God gave them over to a strong delusion, and left them to perish with a lie in their right hand? Men,who have neglected religion all their lives, or have habitually for a length of years disgraced an evangelical profes. sion, being when pear death visited by pious persons,sometimes obtain a sudden and extraordinary measure of peace and joy, and die in this frame. This should in general be considered as a bad sign: for deep humiliation, yea distress, united with some trembling hope in God's mercy through the gospel, is far more suited to their case, and more likely to be the effect of spiritual illumination. But when a formal visit from a minister of any sect, a few general questions, and a prayer, with or without the sacrament, calm-the mind of a dying person, whose life has been unsuitable to the christian profession; no doubt, could we penetrate the veil, we should see him wafted across the river in the boat of VAIN-HOPE, and meeting with the awful doom that is here described. From such delusions, good Lord, deliver us. Amen.
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Some time since, to tell you a dream that I had of Christian the pilgrim, and of his dangerous journey towards the celestial country, was pleasant to me and profitable to you. I told you then also what I saw concerning his wife and children, and how unwilling they were to go with him on pilgrimage : insomuch that he was forced to go on his progress without them; for he durst not run the danger of that destruction, which he feared would come by staying with them in the city of DESTRUCTION : wherefore, as I then showed you, he left them and departed.
Now it hath so happened, through the multiplicity of business, that I have been much hindered and kept back from my wontcd travels into those parts where he went, and so could not, till now, obtain an opportunity to make further enquiry after whom he left behind, that I might give you an account of them. But, having had some concerns that way of late, I