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When a man's ways please the Lord, He maketh his enemies to
be at peace with him.-PROVERBS xyi. 7. And, not only they, but all things else shall work for your good, so long as ye continue in His favour who governs and disposes of all things as He
reconciled to Him, He riends, His favourites, ccordingly with you.
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mines of gladdening contemplation exist in the millions of forms and varieties of which this material world is composed! How inexhaustible the treasures of earth, sea, and sky! And as the creation around us is the means of life and comfort, of usefulness and instruction, of gratitude and praise to all the dwellers here below; so we have every reason to believe the new creation, the new heaven and earth which shall replace those which now exist, will be the means of enjoyment and happiness to the redeemed, in a degree far beyond our present powers of conception. When we call to mind, indeed, that there God will be all in all, His glory pervading all, and sustaining all things, a field of contemplation opens before us
, not only exalted and immense, but literally infinite and divine.—BADGER.
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and sanctify all occurrences to you; He will provide all things necessary, that as you have nothing that is evil, so you may want nothing that is good for you. He will cause the light of His countenance to shine upon you. He will guide you by His counsel, assist you by His grace, protect you by His power; enlighten, quicken, actuate, support, and strengthen you by His Holy Spirit, that you may pass through all the changes and chances of this mortal life, so as to come at last to live with Him and His holy angels in the perfect vision and fruition of his eternal Godhead.-BEVERIDGE.
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like
unto His glorious body.-PHILIPPIANS iii. 21. The apostle, speaking of the resurrection of the just, saith, “It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.” Though it be still a body, and the same body that it was before, as to the substance of it (for otherwise it would not be properly a resurrection), yet the qualities of it shall be much altered; it shall then be ar incorruptible, a glorious, a spiritual, a powerful body; a body still, but endued with such spiritual qualities, that it shall be as active, as nimble, as tractable, every way as obedient to the will and motions of the soul, as if itself also was a
spirit; for it shall then be raised to the highest degree of purity, glory, and perfection, that matter is capable of, being made as like as it is possible to the body of Christ Himself. And, therefore, as He now doth, so shall the righteous shine forth then as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.—BEVERIDGE.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul ?- MATTHEW xvi. 26.
Are there such men in the world, men who lose their souls to gain the world ? Surely it is impossible; for men are reasonable creatures and able to discern between good and evil. We see every day how ingenious they are in managing their trades and merchandise to their best advantage; how careful not to be imposed upon in any matter; how strict and exact in all their bargains and contracts; how prudent and critical in the choice of what they buy; how, then, can it be imagined that any should be so weak, or rather so mad, as to sell all they have for nothing; or, which is all one, to lose their own souls to gain the world? It is true, one cannot but wonder there should be such men in the world, and I could heartily wish there were none; but our blessed Saviour, who is thoroughly acquainted with all men's hearts and actions, here plainly supposeth there are such men in the world. Indeed, this hath been the great reason all along
why, of those who profess the Christian religion, there are so few who come up to it, even because, if they should do so, they must part with something they have already gotten, or else be hindered in the getting more of this world.-BEVERIDGE.
Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
REVELATION xxii. 20. Look for, and hasten unto, and prepare for, the coming of the day of God, ye mourners of Zion; ye who, whether in the morning or the noontide or the evening of your days, have become truly sensible of your sinfulness; ye who have felt the fallacy of every earthly expectation, the deceitfulness of earthly plans, the vanity of earthly friendships. You have, perchance, encouraged some worldly hope which has now forsaken you; you have formed some intimacy which now pierces you through with sorrow; you have felt the pangs of an alarmed conscience, and have fled in faith to Him whose precious blood cleanseth from all sin. If so, stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. O stay and comfort to weak, sorrowful, and disconsolate sojourners in this world of trial! O fixed and abiding prospect amidst the vicissitudes of this transitory life! Yet a little while, and He that cometh will come and will not tarry; and then those who love