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OY THE GLORY PREPARED AND RE

APPEARING

OF THE LORD

JESUS

CHRIST.

Come, &c. He which testified these

Lay up for yourselves treasures in things, saith, Surely, I come quickly. heaven; where neither moth nor rust Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus !- doth corrupt, and where thieves do Rev. xxii. 12. 17. 20.

not break through nor steal.—Matt. We are sure that the judgment of vi. 20. God is according to truth, against Many shall come from the east them which commit such things. and west, and shall sit down with Rom. ii. 2.

Abraham, &c. in the kingdom of Be not deceived, God is not heaven.--Matt. viii. 11. Luke xvi. mocked; for whatsoever a man sow- 22. 25. eth, that shall he also reap : for he Then shall the righteous shine that soweth to his flesh, shall of the forth as the sun, in the kingdom of flesh reap corruption, &c.--Gal. vi. their Father.-Matt. xiii. 43. 7, 8.

Jesus was transfigured before them;

and his face did shine as the sun, and CHAP. XXXV.

his raiment was white as the light.Matt. xvii. 2, 3.

In the resurrection, they neither SERVED FOR BELIEVERS, AT THE

marry nor are given in marriage ; but are as the angels of God in

heaven.--Matt. xxii. 30. Men have not heard nor perceived Then shall the King say, &c. Inby the ear, &c. what he hath pre- herit the kingdom prepared for you, pared for him that waiteth for him. &c. The righteous into life eternal. Isa. Ixiv. 4. 1 Cor. ii. 9, 10. Matt. xxv.

34. 46. Verily there is a reward for the Fear not, little flock, for it is your righteous.-Ps. lviii. 11.

Father's good pleasure to give you If in this life only we have hope the kingdom.-Luke xii. 32. James in Christ, we are of all men most ii. 5. miserable.- Cor. xv. 19. 1 Tim. Thou shalt be recompensed at the iv. 8.

resurrection of the just.-Luke xiv. 14. Though after my skin, worms de- And the resurrection, &c. Neither stroy this body, yet in my flesh (or can they die any more ; for they are out of my flesh) shall I see God : equal unto the angels, and are the whom I shall see for myself, and children of God.—Luke xx. 36. John mine eyes

shall behold, and not ano- v. 29. Isa. XXV. 8. ther.-Job xix. 26, 27.

Lift up your heads, for your reIn thy presence is fulness of joy: demption draweth nigh.-Lukexxi. 28. at thy right hand there are pleasures I appoint unto you a kingdom, as for evermore.-Ps. xvi. 11. xvii. 15.

my

Father hath appointed to me ; Death shall feed on them, and the that ye may eat and drink at my upright shall have dominion over table, in my kingdom, and sit on them in the morning.-Ps. xlix. 14. thrones, judging the twelve tribes of

Many of them who sleep in the Israel.—Luke xxii. 29, 30. dust of the earth, shall awake : some To day shalt thou be with me in to everlasting life, some to shame, Paradise.—Luke xxii. 43. &c. and they that be wise (or teach- I give unto them eternal life ; and ers) shall shine as the brightness of they shall never perish.—John X. 28. the firmament: and they that turn Rom. ii. 7. many to righteousness, as the stars, Whither I go, thou canst not folfor ever and ever.--Dan. xii. 2, 3.

low me now, but thou shalt follow Blessed are the pure in heart; for me afterwards.-John xiii. 36. they shall see God.-Matt. v. 8.

my

Father's house are many

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mansions, if it were not so, I would As we have borne the image of have told you : I go to prepare a the earthly, we shall also bear the place for you, &c. I will come again, image of the heavenly, &c.

The and receive you unto myself ; that dead shall be raised incorruptible, where I am, there ye may be also.- and we shall be changed. For this John xiv. 2, 3. 19. xii. 26.

corruptible must put on incorruption : I will see you again, and your and this mortal must put on immorheart shall rejoice: and your joy no tality, &c.—1 Cor. xv. 49. 52–56. man taketh from you.--John xvi. 22. 2 Cor. v. 4.

The glory which thou gavest me, Our light affliction, which is but I have given them, &c. Father, I for a moment, worketh for us a far will that they also whom thou hast more exceeding and eternal weight given me, be with me where I am ; of glory, &c. The things which are that they may behold my glory, not seen, are eternal.2 Cor. iv. 17, which thou hast given me.-Johnxyii. 18. Matt. v. 11, 12. 22. 24.

We have a building of God; an Glory, honour, and peace, to every house not made with hands, eternal man that worketh good.-Rom. ii. in the ayens.--2 Cor, v, 1. 7. 10.

Jesus Christ, who shall change We stand and rejoice in the hope our vile body, that it may be fashioned of the glory of God.-Rom. v. 2. like unto his glorious body - Phil.

The end, everlasting life : for the iii. 20, 21.
wages of sin is death, but the gift of For the hope which is laid up

for
God is eternal life, through Jesus you in heaven.-Col. i. 5.
Christ our Lord.-Rom. vi. 22, 23. When Christ, who is our life,
Gal. vi. 8. 2 Tim. i. 10.

shall appear, then shall ye also ap-
Heirs of God, and joint heirs with pear with him in glory.---Col. iii. 4.
Christ; if so be that we suffer with Then we which are alive and re-
him, that we may be also glorified main, shall be caught up together
together: for I reckon that the sufferwith them in the clouds, to meet the
ings of this present time, are not Lord in the air ; and so shall we
worthy to be compared with the ever be with the Lord. Wherefore
glory which shall be revealed in us. comfort one another with these
For the earnest expectation of the words.--Thess. iv. 17, 18.
creature waiteth for the manifesta- To you who are troubled, rest
tion of the sons of God, &c. We our- with us, when the Lord Jesus shall
selves groan within ourselves, wait- be revealed, &c. when he shall come
ing for the adoption, the redemption to be glorified in his saints, and to
of our body, &c. Whom he justified, be admired in all them that believe.
them he also glorified.—Rom. viii. —2 Thess. i. 7. 10.
17-19. 23. 30. Heb. i. 14. ii. 10. He called you by our gospel, to

They do it to obtain a corruptible the obtaining of the glory of the crown: but we, an incorruptible.- the Lord Jesus Christ.—2 Thess. 1 Cor. ix. 25.

ji. 14. We know in part, and we prophesy That they may obtain the salvation in part : but when that which is per- which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal fect is come, then that which is in glory.--2 Tim. ii. 10. part shall be done away, &c. Now There is laid up for me a crown of we see through a glass, darkly; but righteousness; which the Lord, the then face to face : now I know in righteous judge, shall give me at that part ; but then shall I know, even as day: and not to me only, but unto also I am known. Cor. xiii. 9, all them also that love his appearing. 10. 12.

-2 Tim. iv. 8.

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There remaineth therefore a rest He that doeth the will of God, to the people of God.—Heb. iv. 9. abideth for ever.- John ii. 17.

Ye took joyfully the spoiling of We know that when he shall apyour goods; knowing in yourselves, pear, we shall be like him ; for we that ye have in heaven a better, and shall see him as he is.—1 John iii. 2. an enduring substance : cast not away They shall walk with me in white, therefore your confidence, which hath &c. clothed in white raiment, &c. great recompense of reward.—Heb. will I make a pillar in the temple of x. 34, 35. Proy. viii. 21.

my God: and he shall go no more Abraham looked for a city which out, &c. will I grant to sit with me, hath foundations, whose builder and in my throne ; even as I also overmaker is God, &c. They desire a came, and am set down with my better country, that is, an heavenly: Father.-Rev. iii. 4, 5. 12. 21. ii. wherefore God is not ashamed to be 26–28. called their God; for he hath pre- I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, pared for thein a city, &c. Others &c. stood before the throne, and bewere tortured, not accepting deliver- fore the Lamb, clothed with wbite ance, that they might obtain a better robes, and palms in their hands, &c. resurrection. —Heb. xi. 10. 16. 35. These are they which came out of xiii. 14.

great tribulation; and have washed Ye are come unto Mount Sion, and their robes, and made them white in unto the city of the living God, the the blood of the Lamb; therefore heavenly Jerusalem; and to an innu- are they before the throne of God, merable company of angels ; to the and serve him day and night in his general assembly, &c. and to God, temple : and he that sitteth on the the judge of all, and to the spirits of throne shall dwell among them. They just men made perfect : and to Jesus, shall hunger no more, nor thirst no the Mediator of the new covenant.- more ; neither shall the sun light on Heb. xii. 22-24.

them, nor any heat ; for the Lamb Blessed be God, &c. which hath which is in the midst of the throne, begotten us again unto a lively hope, shall feed them, &c. And God shall &c. to an inheritance incorruptible, wipe away all tears from their eyes. and undefiled, and that fadeth not -Rev. vii. 9. 13-18. Isa. xxv. 8. away, reserved in heaven for

you,

&c. The souls of them that were beThe sufferings of Christ, and the headed for the witness of Jesus, and glory that should follow, &c. Hope which had not worshipped the beast, to the end for the grace that is to be &c. nor received his mark upon their brought unto you, at the revelation foreheads. Rev. xx. 4. of Jesus Christ.—1 Pet. i. 3, 4. 11. The New Jerusalem's glory de13. v. 10.

scribed at large, &c. Behold, the Ye are thereunto called, that ye tabernacle of God is with men : and should inherit a blessing. - 1 Pet. he will dwell with them, &c. and iii. 9.

wipe away all tears from their eyes. When the chief Shepherd shall And there shall be no more death ; appear, ye shall receive a crown of neither sorrow, nor crying ; neither glory, which fadeth not away, &c. shall there be any more pain: for the The God of all grace, who hath called former things are passed away. us unto his eternal glory, by Christ Rev. xxi. 1-5. xxii. 1-6. 2 Pet. Jesus, &c.—1 Pet. v. 4. 10.

iii. 13. We, according to his promise, look for new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness, 2 Pet. iii. 13.

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OF KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

after them, which' knew not the CHAP. XXXVI.

Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. ---Judges ii. 10.

Samson said unto his father, Get IN DIVINE THINGS, AND THE WANT her for me, for she pleaseth me well: THEREOF : IGNORANCE ABOUT SUCH but his father and his mother knew THINGS, AND THE EVIL THEREOF.

not that it was of the Lord, that he When Abimelech had taken Sarah, sought an occasion against the PhiAbraham's wife, though in the in- listines.-Judges xiv. 3, 4. tegrity of his heart, not knowing her The sons of Eli were

sons of
to be Abraham's wife, because he Belial ; they knew not the Lord.
had said, she was his sister : yet 1 Sam. ii. 12.
God said unto him, Behold thou art Now Samuel did not yet know the
but a dead man, for the woman which Lord, neither was the word of the
thou hast taken; for she is a man's Lord yet revealed unto him.-1 Sam.
wife.—Gen. xx. 2-10.

iii. 7.
Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, That all the earth

may

know that that I should obey him ?—Exod. v. 2. there is a God in Israel, &c. and that

And the Egyptians shall know the Lord saveth not with sword and that I am the Lord, when I stretch spear, &c.-1 Sam. xvii. 46, 47. forth my hand upon Egypt, and bring Elijah prays that God will (by an out the children of Israel from among extraordinary means) let it be known them.-Exod. vii. 5. Ezek. vi. 7. this day, that thou art God in. Israel, 10. 13. Exod. xiv. 4. 8.

&c. That this people may know According to thy word, that thou that thou art the Lord God. - 1 Kings mayest know that there is none like xviii. 36–38. unto the Lord our God.-Exod. viii, 10. Because the Syrians have said,

I have hardened his heart, and the The Lord is God of the hills, but he heart of his servants, that I might is not God of the valleys : therefore shew these my signs, &c. that ye will I deliver all this great multitude may know how that I am the Lord.

into thine hand, and ye shall knowExod. x. 1, 2. Deut. iv. 35. Exod. that am the Lord.-1 Kings xx. 28. vi. 7.

Solomon asked wisdom and knowJethro said (when Moses had toldledge, and God gave it ; and riches him what God had done), Now I also.—2 Chron. i. 9–12. know that the Lord is greater than Nevertheless, they shall be his all gods ; for in the thing wherein servants : that they may know my they dealt proudly, he was above service, and the service of the kingthem.-Exod. xviii. il. 2 Kings v.15. doms of the countries.—2 Chron.

Under the law, they were to offer xii. 8. sacrifices for sins of ignorance, whe- God left Hezekiah, to try him, ther of a person, or of the congrega- that he inight know all that was in tion.—Levit. iv. 2-4. 13-15. v. his heart. -2 Chron. xxxii. 31. 1-6. 17-19. Numb. xv. 24-26. Canst thou by searching find out

Ye have seen all that the Lord did, God? Canst thou find out the Al&c. Yet the Lord hath not given mighty unto perfection? &c.Job you an heart to perceive, and eyes to xi. 7,8. 12. xxxvii. 5. Eccles. xi. 5. see, and ears to hear, unto this day. I have understanding as well as -Deut. xxix. 2. 4.

you: I am not inferior to you.They sacrificed to devils, not to Job xii. 3. xiii. 2. God: to gods whom they knew not: Lo, these are parts of his ways: but to new gods.—Deut. xxxii. 17. how little a portion is heard of him!

There arose another generation -Job xxvi. 14.

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There is a spirit in man, and the people: and ye fools, when will ye be inspiration of the Almighty giveth wise ? He that planteth the ear, him understanding : great men are shall he not hear ?-Ps. xciv. 7–11. not always wise, neither do the aged It is a people that do err in their understand judgment.-Job xxxii. 8, hearts, and they have not known my 9. xxxviii. 36.

ways.-Ps. xcv. 10. I uttered that I understood not, Whoso is wise, and will observe things too wonderful for me, which I these things, even he shall understand knew not : I have heard of thee by the loving kindness of the Lord. the hearing of the ear, but now mine Ps. cvii. 13. éye seeth thee: wherefore I abhor For I know that the Lord is great; myself, &c.-Job xlii. 3.5, 6. and that our Lord is above all gods.

They that know thy name will put Ps cxxxv. 5. their trust in thee, &c. The Lord is Cause me to know the

way

wherein known by the judgment which he I should walk; for I lift up my soul executeth.-Ps. ix. 10. 16.

unto thee.-Ps. cxliii. 8. cxlvi. 8. Have all the workers of iniquity He shewed his word unto Jacob, no knowledge, who eat up my people? &c. He hath not dealt so with any &c.-Ps. xiv. 4. liii. 4.

nation; and as for his judgments, The heavens declare the glory of they have not known them. - Ps. God, and the firmament sheweth his cxlvii. 19, 20. handy work : day unto day uttereth A wise man will hear, and will inspeech, and night unto night shew- crease learning; and a man of under eth knowledge, &c. The testimony standing shall attain unto wise counof the Lord is sure, making wise the sels, &c. How long, ye simple ones, simple, &c. The commandments of will ye love simplicity ? &c. and fools the Lord are pure, enlightening the hate knowledge ? &c. They shall call eyes.-Ps. xix. 1-4.7, 8.

upon me, but I will not answer; they Be still, and know that I am God: shall seek me early, but they shall not I will be exalted among the heathen. find me: for that they hated know-Ps. xlvi. 10.

ledge, and did not choose the fear of Consume them, that they may not the Lord.-Prov. i. 5. 22. 28, 29. be, and let them know that God Apply thine heart to understand. ruleth in Jacob, unto the ends of the ing: yea, if thou criest after knowearth. Selah.-Ps. lix. 13. xcix. 8. ledge, and liftest up thy voice for une

When I thought to know this, it derstanding: if thou seek her as was too painful for me, until I went silver, &c. Then shalt thou underinto the sanctuary of God: then stand the fear of the Lord, and find understood I their end, &c. So the knowledge of God; for the Lord foolish was I, and ignorant : I was giveth wisdom, &c. understanding as a beast before thee.-Ps. lxxiii. shall keep thee. Prov. ii. 2-6. 10, 16, 17. 22.

11. iy. 7. Pour out thy wrath upon the hea- Happy is the man that findeth then that have not known thee.-Ps. wisdom, and the man that getteth lxxix. 6.

understanding : for the merchandise They know not, neither will they of it is better than the merchandise understand :

: they walk on in dark- of silver.-Prov. iii. 13, 14. viii. 5, 6. ness.-Ps. lxxxii. 5.

11. xvi. 16. Job xxviii. 12. 15, &c. Let them be confounded, &c. that I beheld a young man void of men may know that thou, whose name understanding, passing through the alone is Jehovah, art the Most High street, &c.-Prov. vii. 7, &c. over all the earth.-Ps. lxxxiii. 17, 18. The fear of the Lord is the begin

Understand, ye brutish among the ning of wisdom, and the knowledge of

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