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two particulars—entire trust in Christ for justification, and a sincere and universal love of holiness, with a dependence on the Holy Spirit for its existence, continuance and increase. If, my friend, you have these evidences now, you need not perplex yourself by a multitude of scruples. You may dismiss your doubts. God's word will never deceive any who rely upon its guidance. You may not know the day nor even the year when spiritual life commenced in your soul; and yet, if you now feel its warm pulsations-if you breathe its genuine aspirations-if your heart's treasures are in heaven, and if the cause of God is dearer to you than any other interest-if his people are dearer to you than any other people—if your most constant and supreme desire is to glorify God your Redeemer, whether by living or dying— then may you welcome death. He is no king of terrors to you. You may say, "Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!"
Perhaps some of you are afraid of the pangs of death. You have heard of the convulsive strugglethe dying groans-the difficult breathing-and the ghastly countenance. Well, it must be confessed, the scene is appalling; but it is soon over, for ever. I am of opinion, however, that often there is the appearance of dreadful suffering where the patient is
unconscious of any very acute pain; and very frequently the departure of the immortal spirit is, at the last, like falling into a gentle sleep. And not unfrequently, while the body is racked with pain, or with what would produce pain in other circumstances, the soul is so supported and comforted by the sweet peace of God poured into it, that the disorders and convulsions of the body are scarcely thought of. And in many instances God takes his people away by a sudden stroke;-they know nothing about it until they awake in heaven. Oh what a transition! Or, if it be necessary to let in the light of glory gradually, God, who knows our constitution, will order all things well.
I would advise you to meditate much on death. Collect and have in memory a number of precious promises for the occasion. Put up many prayers for grace and strength for a dying hour. Beg an interest in the intercessions of your Christian friends. Keep your minds calm, and yield not to perturbing cares. Be found at your post when the summons comes, with your loins girded and lights burning.
Our Beloved have Departed.
FROM THE GERMAN OF J. LANGE.
OUR beloved have departed,
Over death victorious!
Hush that sobbing, weep more lightly;
To the rest that they have found:
On more holy, happy ground?
On we haste, to home invited,
In a surer bond than here;
Ah! the way is shining clearer,
As we journey ever nearer
To the everlasting home.
Comrades, who await our landing,
Friends, who round the throne are standing, We salute you, and we come.
Confidence in God.
BITTER anguish have I borne,
Yet at last am I set free;
Ne'er was left a helpless prey,
And on him had cast his load.
Who in God his hope hath placed
Though to-day may not fulfil