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14. The coronation and enthronement of the saints :
their sitting in judgment upon the world.
So shall your Lord, with his own hand, crown you, a and set you in thrones ;b, and you shall judge men and angels, and you shall have power over the nations, and you shall set your feet upon the necks of your enemies.
Lo, I have set the very day for your instalment;f I have provided your crowns, I have prepared the kingdom. Wherefore do you doubt, O ye of little faith? These are the true sayings of God.h Are you sure that you are now on earth? So surely shall you be shortly with me in heaven. Are you sure that you shall die? So surely you shall rise again in glory. Lo, I have said it; and who shall reverse it? You shall see me, face to face, and be with me where I am, and behold rny glory;i for I will be glorified in my saints, and
admired in all them that believe.j And all flesh shall know that I have loved you;k for I will make you the instances of my grace ;' in whom the whole
world shall see, how unutterably the Almighty God can advance the poor worms of the earth. And the despisers
a Rev. ii. 10. b Rev. iii. 21. Matt. xix. 28. c1 Cor. vi. 2, 3. d Rev.ji. 26, 27. e Psalm xlix. 14. f Acts xvii. 31. g 2 Tim. iv. 8. Matt. xxv. 34. h Rev. xix. 9. il Cor. xiii. 12. John xvii. 24. j 2 Thess. i. 10. k Rov. iii. 9. 1 Eph. i. 5, 6. ij. 7.
shall behold, and wonder, and perish ;a for they shall be witnesses to the riches of my magnificence, and exceeding greatness of my power.b These shall go away into everlasting punishment, but you into life eternal.c
15. Our triumphant ascension into heaven.
For no sooner shall their doom be past, but the bench shall rise, and the judge shall return with all his glorious train; with sound of trumpet, and shouts incredible, shall he ascend, and shall lead you to your Father's house.e Then shall the triumphal arches lift up their heads, and the everlasting gates stand open, and the heavens shall receive you all; and so shall you be ever with the Lord.8
And now will I rejoice over you with singing, and rest in my love; and heaven shall ring with joys and acclamations, because I have received you safe and sound.b
And in that day you shall know that I am a rewarder of them that diligently seek me;i and that I did record your words,j and bottle your tears, and tell your wanderings;k and kept an
a Acts xiii. 41. b Luke xvi. 23. c Matt. xxv. 46. d Matt. xxv. 41, 46. e Psalm xlv. 14, 15. Matt. xxv. 43. John xiv. 2. with 2 Cor. v. 1. f Psalm xxiv. 7. 2 Pet. i. 11. g John xii. 26. 1 Thess. iv. 17. h Luko xy. 27. i Heb. xi. 6. j Mal. iii. 16. k Psalm lvi. 8.
account, even to a cup of cold water, of whatever you said or did for my name.a
16. Blessed eternity. You shall surely find, that nothing is lost ;t but you shall have full measure, pressed down and running over ;c thousands of years in paradise for the least good thought, and thousands of thousands for the least good word; and then the reckoning shall begin again, till all arithmetic be exhausted : for you shall be swallowed up in a blessed eternity, and the doors of heaven shall be shut upon you, and there shall be no more going out.a
17. Glorious company.
The glorious choir of mine holy angels, the goodly fellowship of my blessed prophets, the happy society of triumphant apostles, the royal hosts of victorious martyrs,-these shall be your companions for ever. And you shall come in white robes, with palms in your hands, every one having the harps of God, and golden vials full of odors; and shall cast your crowns before me, and strike in with the multitude of the heavenly hosts, glorifying God, and saying, "Hallelujah! the Lord God omnipotent reigneth! Blessing,
a Matt. x. 42. b 1 Cor. xv. 58. c Luko vi. 38. d Dan. xii. 2, 3. Rev. jü. 12. Luke xvi. 26. o Matt. viii. 11, 12. Heb. xii. 22, 23. fRev. vii. 9, 10, 11, 12. xix. 5, 6.
honor, glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and for ever,"a
18. Beatifical vision. In short, I will make you equal to the angels of God; and you shall be the everlasting trumpets of my praise. You shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of my house, and I will make you drink of the rivers of my pleasures. You shall be an eternal excellency:e and if God can die, and eternity run out; then, and not till then, shall your joys expire. For you shall see me as I am, and know me as you are known ;& and shall behold my face in righteousness, and be satisfied with my likeness." And you
'shall be the vessels of my glory; whose blessed use shall be, to receive the overflowings of my goodness, and to have mine infinite love and glory poured out into you, brimful and running over, for evermore,
And blessed is he that hath believed ; for there shall be a performance of the things that have been told him. The Lord hath spoken it, “ You shall see my face, and my name shall be written in your foreheads; and you shall no more need the sun, or the moon; for the Lord God shall
a Rev. v. 13. b Luke xx. 36. c Rev. vii. 10, 11, 12, 13 d Psalm xxxvi. 8. e Isa. Ix. 15. f1 John iii. 2. g1 Cor. xiii. 12. h Psalm xvii. 15. i Rom. ix. 23. 2 Tim. ii. 20 Rov. xxii. 1. k Luke i. 45.
give you light, and you shall reign for ever and ever.'
19. He taketh us for his people. And as I give myself to you for your God, and all things with myself; so I take you for my covenant-people;b and you shall be mine in the day when I make up my jewels, saith the Lord of hosts; and I will spare you, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.c The Lord shall count when he writeth up the people,-surely they are my children.d
I do not only require you to be mine,e if you would have mě to be for you; but I do promise to make you mine, and to work in you* the con. ditions which I require of you ; I will circumcise your hearts to love me;f I will take out the heart of stone;& my laws will I write within you.h
Yet you must know that I will be sought unto for these things, and as ever you expect to partake of the mercies, I charge you to lie at the pool, and wait for my Spirit, and be diligent in the use of my means.k
a Rev. xxii. 3, 4, 5. b Heb. viii. 10. Isa. xliii. 1. c Mal iii. 17. d Psalm lxxxvii. 6. e Lev. xx. 26. Ezek. xxxvi. 28. f Deut. xxx. 6. g Ezek. xxxvi. 26. h Jer. xxxi. 33. i Ezek. xxxvi. 37. k Prov. ii. 3, 4, 5. Luke xi. 13.
* The edition of Mr. Ryland, 1791, has the passage thus, "lo work in you the graces and duties which," &c.