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dcmption, and was not yet Glorified ; but now, whatsoever we /hall ask in his Name, he will do it.
For vow he presents our Prayers, by his Powerful Mediation andMerits,whereby he stops the Mouth of the Adverfary ;as is it written, If any Man Sin, we have an Mvocate with the Father\ Jesus Christ the Righteous • Tho' we be Unrighteous, yet fays the beloved Disciple* If we consess our Sins, and forfake them, he is faithfuls and just; in his Promises to forgive our Sins, and to cleanse us from all Unrighteousness: He is the Propitiation for our Sins, and not for our Sins only, but also for the Sins of the whoJe World. . -" ,7.'.
\ Again, it was. expedient that our blessed Lc-rd should n, i , go away in respect of his Bodily Presence, and"ascend in- 2. Cor to Heaven, that :we might have occasion for the Exer- 5. 7.' cise of our Faitli, and' Hope, and Patience, that they ,' might have their persect Work, and Merit, and ReWard; For we walk by Faith, and not f>y Sightsb]u t Hope that is seen, is no Hope; for what a Man seeth, Why doth he yet Hope for; But Blessed are thiy that Joh.20. have wot seen, and yet"have believed. 29.
Again our blessed Lord is ascended on high to prepare: a: Dwelling for us in Heaven, and in our Name to take Seasin of that glorious Inheritance of the Saints in Light. Here we are Strangers and Pilgrims, and have no abiding, City; but look for one which hath Foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God; For we know that if 0ur+2 Qqv Earthly House of this Tabernacle were dissolved, we have * Building of God, an House not made with Hands, eternal '* ^ in the Heavens', for in this we groan earnestly, desiring To be Clothed us on with our House, which is from Heaven.
Let not your Hearts be troubled, (fays Christ) . fe believe in,GoJ, believe also in me. Look yonder beyond Joh.14, Clouds,>and behold there, in my Father"** House are 1,2.
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Mansions; if it were not so, I would have told youl go to prepare a, "Place for you ; and if I go to prepare d . Place for you, I will comt again and receive you into my self, that where I am, there ye may be also.
O the ravishing Pleasure of that blessed Sight, which I cannot think* upon without an Extasie! That I shall behold his Glory, and hear his Wisdom, and partake of his Joys, and dwell for ever in his Arms and Imbraces t.
In fine, Our blessed Saviour ascended into Heaven to purchase for us the Holy Ghost, to be our Guide and Comforter; therefore said he to his, Disciples, I will pray Jon.14* ffje father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that" 10, 17* he may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of Truths whom the World cannot receive; because it seeth him not+ neither knoweth him; but ye know him, for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. \'! .' ',., .
I will not leave you comfort less t like Orphans, I will come unto you; and again I tell you the Truth, it is expedient for . you that I go away ; for if I go not away, the Comforter will. • .j not come; but if I depart, J willfend him unto you.
O how great is thisComfort to have such a Comforter" in all our Tribulations, and such a Guide to direct us ,;" all our Doubts, and assist us in all the Duties of our holy Religion; which is nothing else but a continual Ex.. ercise of Faith and Repentance, of suffering patiently,, and doing all the Good we can ?' „' 4 Blessed be God,even the Father of our Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies, and the God of all Comfort, who Comforteth us in all our Tribulations, that we may be able to comfort them, which are in any Tribulation^" .by the Comfort where witliwfc our selves are comforted of God. . . , . / ssl' . For if the Sufferings of. Christ abound in us, our Consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Thou wilt guide, me by thy Counsel, and aftenvaf receive me into Glory.'
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This Do&rifle is a special Consolation to all pentitent ||. . Sinners, « our blessed Saviour faid to Mary Magdalene, out of tfhom. he had cast seven Devils, Go to my Brethren, and fay unto them, I ascend to my Father, and your Father, to my God, andyour.God.
Well might the Apoftle cry out, and give Defianc rto all the Enemies of oar Salvation, Who shall lay any thing to theCharge ofGod's Elect:, it is God that justifi- g eth. Who is he thatCondemneth? it isChrist that died ;yea rather that is risen again, who is even at the right Hand of God, who also maketh Intercession for us; who shall separate us from the Love of Christ? Shall Tribulation, or Distress, or Persecution, or Famine, or Nakedness, or Peril, or Sword; as it is written, For thy fake are we killed all theDay long,we are counted as Sheep for theSlaughter,nay,in all these things we are more thanConquerors, through him that loved us. For I am perswaded that neither Death, nor Lise, nor Angels, nor Principalities,norPowers,nor Things present, norThingstocome, nor Height, nor Depth, nor any other Creature, sliall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ,
Now is come Salvation, and Strength, and the Kjngdom p of our God, and the Power of his Christ; for the Accuser' of our Brethren is cas down, which accused them before our I2' God, Day and Night.
In full Assurance of this Consolation, the Apostle exhorts us to present our Prayers unto God, and to persevere in our Holy Religion, without wavering.
Seing then,' we have a great High Priest, that is vpassed into the Heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let .us hold fast our Prosession, for we have not an High Priest, which cannot be Touched with the seeling of >ur Infirmities, but was in all things Tempted, like as jpe are, yet without Sin. . .,:
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Now, what remains, but to wean our Affectionsfron* the Things of this World, and to aspire to tfae Things aCol. bove; as also faith theApostle, If ye tfotrMrifi* mthCbristr 12? A. seek these things that are above, rvbtre Christ: sitter b. on. the right hand of God \ set jour Affe^ion on Things above, not on things on the Earth. For ye are deady (to things in this World; and your life is hid with Christ,, in God. When Christ, who is our Life, /ball appear,, then shall je also appear with him in Glory. Let us look up unto Jcfus, and long to be with him; for whilst we are at Home in the Body, we are Strangers to the Lord, and to his Glory. / | Arise, O Christian, this is not thy Rest, here we have no certain Dwelling-place, as it is said of these ancient Pilgrims and Believers, of whom the World was not worthy; they wandred in Deserts and Mountains, and in Dens and Caves of the Earth, like their blessed Master, who had not where to lay his Head. i What is there below the Sun ^besides the Contempla-. "tion of God's Works, and the Occasion of doing good ) y worthy to Command our Afsections, for all that is in the World, the Lust of the Flefli, the Lust of the Eye, and the Pride of Lise, is not of the Father, but is of the , World, arid will perish with the World. i Let us purify our Hearts by Faith, and the Meditation of these Glories above, which will overcome the . World,and all these Temptations of the World, therefore fays the Apostle, Above alLtaking the Shield ofFaith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery Darts of the Devil. r'
.. Beloved, Now we are the Sons of God, and it dotfj. not yet appear what we sliatt be, but we know twf tvhcn he Æall appear, that we shall fae like him'f for we shall see Mm as h© is, and every Man that hath this. Hope in JOB) jpufifieth himself, even as he is pure.
One Sight through this Looking.glass of Faith, tho' darkfy, and at a Distance; one serious Thought of our Lord's Glory, (as it is faid of Moses the Man of God, that he faw him that is in visible^ would antidate our Happiness, ^nd make us despise both the Pleasures, and . the Persecutions of the World, and desire to be with him, in whose Presence there is Fulness of Joy, and at whose right Hand there are Pleasures for evermore.
The Sun jball be no more thy Light by Day, neither for Brightness shall the Moon give Light unto thee; but the 6°' Lord (hall be> unto the an everlasting Light, and thy God *9> 2°. thy Glory..
The Sun shall no more go down, neither shall thy Moon withdraw it self', for the Lord shall be thine everlasting Lights and the Days of thy Mourning shall be ended.
When St. Peter faw but a Glance of Christ's Glory bn Mount Tabor^ he was astonished beyond Measure, and cried out, faying, It is good for us to be here. O so good and desirable a Blessing it is to be with Christ), and the Spirits of just Men made persect.
As the Hart panteth after the "Water Brooks, so panteth my Soul after thee, O God. My Soul thirsteth for God, for the living, God,when shall I come and appear before God?
Wo is me, that I sojourn in Mefeoh, that I dwell in the Tents of Kjdar. . '.
, Who will bring me into the strong City, into the New Jerusalem"? Who will bring me unto the Holy City? 'Wilt not thou O God, who art my God, and the Guide of my Youth.
My Soul follovveth hard after thee, O thou thatliveliest in the Heavens, draw us, and we will run after fchee, Amen, and Amerr. Now,