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for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing. 1 Pet. i. 4. "an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.' v. 4. when the chief shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.' v. 10. (who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus.' 1 John iii. 2. we know that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Rev. vii. 14-17. these are they..... therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple ; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them ; they shall hunger no more, neither thirst. xxi. 4. God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.' xxii. 1–5. he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.'
It appears that all the saints will not attain to an equal state of glory. Dan. xii. 3. “they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.' Matt. xx. 23. “to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them of whom it is prepared of
Father.' 1 Cor. xv. 41, 42. there is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars ; for one star differeth from another star in glory: so also is the resurrection of the dead.'
In heaven. Matt. v. 12. "great is your reward in heaven.' Luke xii. 33. provide yourselves.....a treasure in the heavens that faileth not.' Philipp. iii. 20. our conversation is in heaven.' Heb. X. 34. • knowing in yourselves that ye have a better and an enduring substance.'
Our glorification will be accompanied by the renovation of heaven and earth, and of all things therein adapted to our service or delight, to be possessed by us in perpetuity.* Isai. lxv. 17. behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.' Ixvi. 22. as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith Jehovah, so shall your seed and your name remain.' Acts iii. 21. whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.' Matt. xix. 29. ' every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred-fold, and shall inherit everlasting life.' xxvi. 29. I will not drink benceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.' Luke xiv. 15. one of them that sat at meat with him .... said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God;' nor is he reproved by Christ for this saying. xxii. 30. that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom.
* The following quotations will show that Milton took pleasure in frequently recurring to this idea.
The world shall burn, and from her ashes spring
To second life
till fire purge all things new,
And again, in a splendid passage near the end of the treatise. On the Reformation in England : • Thori, the eternal and shortly expected King, shalt open the clouds to judge the several kingdoms of the world, and distributing national honours and rewards to religious and just commonwealths, shall put an end to all earthly tyrannies, proclaiming thy universal and mild monarchy through heaven and earth ; where they undoubtedly, that by their labours, counsels, and prayers, have been earnest for the common good of religion and their country, shall receive above the inferior orders of the blessed, the regal addition of principalities, legions, and thrones into their glorious titles, and in supereminence of beatific vision, progressing the dateless and irrevoluble circle of eternity, shall clasp inseparable hands with joy and bliss, in over-measure for ever.' Prose Works, I. 53.
Rom. viii. 19-24. the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God ..... in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God.' 2 Pet. iii. 13. 'we according to his promise look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Rev. v. 10. thou hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.' xx. 1, &c. “I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea : and I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.'
OF THE SERVICE OF GOD.
OF GOOD WORKS.
The subject of the first Book was Faith, or the Knowledge of God. The second treats of the Service or Love of God.*
The true service of God consists chiefly in the exercise of good works. Matt. xvi. 27. then he shall reward every man according to his works. Rom. i. 13. not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.' Philipp. i. 11. being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ.' iv. 8. "whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
*• What evangelic religion is, is told in two words, Faith and Charity, or Belief and Practice. Treatise of Civil Power in Eeclesiastical Causes. Prose Works, III. 332.