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dant in their nature, there is a DURATION assigned to them which raises them above all other objects in a manner which no language can describe, and which the Infinite Mind can alone understand. It is the restoration of the Divine image, and of that image as never to be effaced, or in the slightest degree sullied. It is, in consequence, the possession of complete happiness, and of that happiness as never to be invaded, in the smallest measure, by its opposite. It is to be admitted to the Paradise of God, and to go no more out for ever. It is to be possessed of everlasting light, and beauty, and strength, and gladness. In life, when all things else may fail us, these spiritual blessings never fail. In death, where every other stay must be insufficient, these are all-sufficient. In the day of doom, when all that earth contains shall be burnt up, these will only begin to be fully ours. In eternity, they shall progress, and bear new fruits, that the worship of heaven may be a lowlier worship, and that the utterance of its praises may clothe the redeemed with a lovelier brightness, and fill them with a more amazing joy. Well may the Christian exclaim-The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places, I have a goodly heritage.
IV. A further consideration, which should induce an immediate and earnest pursuit of these surpassing benefits, is the Certainty of Obtaining them, if they are duly sought. If required to betake ourselves to a path of much difficulty and
danger, we not only insist on being assured that the end proposed in doing so is good, and worthy of so much toil and hazard; but, before committing ourselves to it, we must see a prospect of success. And even when our movements have been regulated by the wisest circumspection, what is more common than failure? What language is more frequently reaching our ears from the lips of the worldly than that of disappointment? Whether fame, or wealth, or pleasure, be the pursuit, and in whatever direction these may be sought, how few among the many who hope to succeed are really successful? Every path is crowded with competitors, multitudes seeking what a few only can possibly obtain. Men labour all their life long to get gain; and die in poverty. They plan, and strive, in the hope of becoming distinguished, or powerful; and find their lot in obscurity and contempt. Indulging an easy faith, they look onward to many a scene of earthly enjoyment, only to learn, as they approach the enchanted ground, that, instead of gazing on realities, they have been fascinated by the creations of their own fond hopes.
An attempt to prove that this deceptiveness and uncertainty are thus intimately connected with earthly pursuits, or to make it plain that the false anticipations and vexatious failures adverted to, belong, with slight modifications, to every section of the human family, would be an effort to demonstrate what every man must, more or less, see and feel to be true. Hence, could we persuade
ourselves that successful worldliness is inseparable from perfect happiness, it is clear that this is a state which a few only are permitted to realize. In this case, the course before us must be one in which the chances, so to speak, must be fearfully against us-one in which crowds appear whose fallen and shattered state must serve to multiply our own probabilities of failure; while nothing can be descried, beyond a scattered remnant a little more fortunate, to afford the least ground of hope, that we may not be found to labour in vain, and spend our strength for nought. Thus, could we attach to worldly prosperity a value much greater than has ever been found in it, or even claimed for it, this chilling uncertainty might well teach us to wish that some path to happiness were discovered, where, instead of this abounding mockery, those who seek may find.
Such a path has been discovered. Of that narrow way in which the Christian soldier is maintaining his warfare, we have to affirm, that, in addition to its being the only way that can possibly lead to the true ends of human existence, it is the only one in which there is the certainty of success. The worldly may succeed, the Christian must. Believers are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. He who began the good work in them will carry it on until the day of Jesus Christ. They may be conducted through a multitude of changing scenes; but this ever-varying complexion of the present has a constant and intimate reference to
the unalterable arrangements of the future. The forgiveness of their sins, their growth in grace, and their ultimate admission to the mansions of the blessed, these have all the certainty which the promise and the oath of the Eternal can impart to them. I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day. God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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