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cause there is no change in God, and there shall be

none in his people.

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VIII. The love of God and the sufferings of Christ are the

causes of bestowing this rest. In what sense it is a re-

ward. The saints can claim no merit because God has

an absolute right to our services; our spiritual powers

are restored by free grace; our best actions are imper-

fect; they are of no advantage to God; and they bear

no proportion to heaven.

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IX. Proofs that this rest is reserved for the people of God

from his immutability, justice, special love, and power.

It is given after a life of service because that is most

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honourable to God, and most advantageous to the

christián,

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X. Application of the subject. The first use. How

dreadful will be the future state of God's enemies.

Causes of their present carnal security. They will be

deprived of this rest. They will be in a state of posi-

tive misery. That misery will be eternal,

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XI. The second use. Learn the vanity of this world. It

cannot afford true content. It will not be of perma-

nent continuance,

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XII. The third use. The hope of this rest should fortify us

against present afflictions, whether they be chastise-

ments, or persecutions,

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XIII. The fourth use. This rest affords consolation to the

saints in their condict with death. Why they must

undergo this change. With what spirit they should

meet death. The unwillingness of saints to die argues

a defect in grace, and an inordináte attachment to the

worla,

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XIV. The fifth use. The subject affords 'comfort in the

death of holy friends,

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XV. The sixth use. Exhortation to prepare for this 'rest.

General rules. To purify ourselves; and to perfect

holiness. Special rules. . Choose this rest supremely ;

meditate upon it seriously; cherish earnest desires after

it; strictly observe the sabbath,

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II. ON DIVINE MEDITATION.

Psalm l'19. 97. O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all

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1. The nature of meditation. It is speculative or practi-

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cal; occasional or deliberate,

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IV. THE FOUR LAST THINGS.

Dedication to Lady Russell.
ON DEATH.

Heb. 2. 15. And deliver them, who through fear of death were

all their lifetime subject to bondage.

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1. Proofs of Christ's deity. How the devil is said to have

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power of death. An account of death's entrance

into the world,

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II. What the fear of death includes. The passion of fear

in general. The special causes that make death so

fearful. The bondage of men from the fear of death.

Reasons why men do not always feel this fear,

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III. How the death of Christ frees us from the tormenting

fear of death. It redeems us from the curse, makes

death a blessed advantage, frees the saints from afflic-

tions, and obtains for them the highest positive good, 256

IV. Why believers are subject to death since the sting of it

is taken away. They die that sinful frailties may be

abolished, that their graces may be exercised, and be-

cause the natural body is incapable of a celestial di-

vine life. Their resurrection is delayed till the coming

of Christ. Proofs of the certainty of their re-

surrection,

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V. The qualifications of those who have a right to this

privilege. Union with Christ is absolutely requisite.

The Spirit is the bond of this union. He illuminates

the understanding, inspires love to God, and commu-

nicates power to do the divine will,

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VI. Application of the subject. How great are our obliga-

tions to the Redeemer. " It should be our great busi-

ness to overcome the fear of death. Necessity of re-

conciliation with God. The danger of delaying re-

pentance,

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VII. Application continued. The desperate hazard of trust-

ing to sick-bed and death-bed repentances. Such in-

stances very few, and extremely uncertain,

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VIII. Application concluded. Rules how death may be ren-

dered comfortable. The duties of dying saints. 296

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