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of Angels, for their Wisdom in having seen through, and Rejected all the Deceitful Temptations of Sin, in the former Transient State, for the fake of that Everlasting Reward which is now to be Immediately bestowed upon them? O Blessed Reception! Blessed Consummation! Who can forbear spending his whole Life in making Provision for it?
j. Let us entertain our minds with Daily Thoughts of Happiness in Heaven. It mustmeeds be, that This World will engage our Affections, whilst we do not suffer it to be rival'd by the Other; It must needs be, that we mall pursue Temporal Satisfactions, whilst no Other Satisfactions are so much as Thought of. But if we can persuade our selves to rouze our Thoughts, and carry them up into a Survey of that Heavenly Countrey> which is Revealed and tendred to us in the Golpel, Comparing the Happiness of That State with the Enjoyment of This, we shall easily and presently be convinced, that Common Prudence obligeth us, to govern our Lives by the Rules of Religion. For in such a Comparison, it will 1 undeundeniably appear, that Things present have the Advantage over Future Happiness, in no Other respect but This, That they Are present. Whereas all the Other advantages, which lie on the Other Side, do so strongly bear down this One, that 'tis of very little or no Weight, and Unworthy of our Regard. Though worldly Satisfactions are present, yet the Vanity of them is such, that indeed they should not even be Compared with the Bliss of Heaven, if our Folly did not make fiich a Comparison Necessary, to prevent our running into Fatal Mistakes.
And if Temporal Happiness were not, in its Nature, so Empty and Unsatisfying as it is; yet the Duration of it is so very Short, that it does not deserve our Notice, any Otherwise, than that our taking of it may serve to render it Little and Contemptible in our Sight. For what Esteem can be due to those enjoyments, which Flie from us, as soon as ever we Overtake them; which Appear and Vanish in one and the same moment, never sailing to Leave us, at least as Unsatisfied as they Found us. But the Duration of Future
Happiness, is equal to the other perfections of it. 'Tis an Eternal, as well as an Exceeding Weight of Glory. But Here we must not Attempt Description; for Words cannot reach the conceptions of Eternity. Surprizing Eternity of Bliss I In all Good men, at once the Parent of Holy Admiration, and Ineffable Joy! Can any man's Spirits fail him, in running the Race set before him, whilst he maintains in his Thoughts, a Distinct View of the Incorruptible and Eternal Crown of Glory prepared for him?
But as to This, and the Other Meditations which I have been proposing to you, give me leave to in treat you, that Every one of them may be /) equent and Habitual; for the Efficacy and all the great Benefits arising from them depend, chiefly, upon our being Constant, as well as Attentive in the Exercise of Them. And is an account could be taken of all the Souls, now in a state of Misery; not any One perhaps could be found There, but who had neglected to exercise himself Habitually, with These, or the like Meditations, and to Implore the Di
E e vine vine Assistance, that they might be crown'd wish Success. For 'tis not to be Imagin'd, that the Habitual Exercise of Them, attended with proper Applications to the Throne of Grace, should consist with an Habitual Course of Sin, and Final Impenitency. Therefore
6. Lastly, To our Meditations, and all other means of accomplishing a Conversation becoming the Gospel os Christ, let us add Constant and Fervent Prayer for the Directions and Aids of the Holy Spirit; That he may enlighten us with a most Affecting Sense of all the Revelations made from Heaven; That he may sufficiently Quicken us in Discerning, and Strengthen us in Resisting all the Powers of Temptation; That He may Inflame us with an Ardency of the Love and Desire of Spiritual and Heavenly Things; and. that His Continual Motions and Influences upon us, in all Circumstances, may Effectually enable us to make our Calling and EleBion sure. Many and clear are the Encouragements and Promises in the Scripture, that God will give the Holy spirit to them that asti him. And if the
Fervency of our Prayers be but Equal to the Greatness of our Wants; Our Prayers will Ever be Graciously received, and our Wants Abundantly Supplied.'
There are many other Particulars, nearly relating to the Argument before us; which cannot be taken into the Narrowcompass of this Discourse. The Time will not allow me to enlarge the Observations and Directions, which I have been pressing upon you, as Neceflary to your 'Edification; as the best Testimonies I can give of my Gratitude, for your Kind Acceptance and Encouragement of my Imperfect Labours amongst you; and as the Effects of my Earnest Desire, that You may be ever Truly mindful of the Conditions, and Faithful in using the Means of Your Salvation, under the two General Heads of Evangelical Duty, Faith and Obedience; Which I have, from the many Years of my Puty and Ministry in this Place, studied to Represent and Enforce, under the Many Particulars contain'd in Them, for Your Improvement in SpiritualWisdom and Understanding.
I have frequently used my utmost En-