Consolation in Life and Death derived from the Life of Christ
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Transcribed from the 1824 R. Weston edition by David Price,email [email protected]
LIFE AND DEATH,
Life of Christ;
BEING THESUBSTANCE OF
On the Death of Mrs.Turner,
Sunday Evening, the 15th of August,1824,
“And blessed is she that believeth, forthere shall be a
performance of those things which are told her from theLord.”
R. WESTON, PRINTER, CROSBY ROW, SOUTHWARK.
John, Chap. xiv. Ver. 19.
“And because I shallLive, ye shall Live also.”
Among the many awful chargesbrought against backsliding Israel by the prophet Isaiah, thiswas reckoned not the smallest. “The righteousperisheth, (sleepeth) and no man layeth it to heart; and mercifulmen are taken away, none considering that the righteous are takenaway from the evil to come.” The day of life—ofthe world—and the professing church—is farspent—the sun is going down over the prophets—thebirds are hastening home—the labourer returning—thesubstance of religion declining, and the shadows of it arestretching out. With these solemn reflections, well may weentreat the company and presence of the dear Redeemer, as thedisciples did. Abide with us, for it is towards evening,and the day is far spent;
—“Nor shall the conscious soul
Mistake its partner, but amidst the crowd,
Singling its other half, into its arms
Shall rush, with all the impatience of a man
That’s new come home; and having long been absent,
With haste runs over different rooms,
In pain to see the whole. Thrice happy meeting!
Nor time nor death shall ever part them more.”
But however dear to each other, the union must be dissolved;the bands and ligaments, by which soul and body are united, mustbe separated; this earthly house must be dissolved;—thistabernacle must be removed—its cords unpinned—itsstakes pulled up—and the whole must be taken down. “Knowing,” saith the apostle, “I must put offthe earthly house of this my tabernacle.” Death isrepresented as a departure—it is going from one house toanother—it is a loosing from port, and launching into theocean.—Death is the ship or boat which wafts us over to theshores of eternity. It is going the way of all theearth—going a journey to man’s long home—to aninvisible world—through a dark valley, where we need aguide; and a Covenant God has promised to guide usthrough.—It is going to sleep in hope of waking again,sweetly refreshed in the morning of the resurrection; fresh,lively, active, and divinely fitted for heavenly exercises. The shipwrecked mariner has gained the shore;—the wearytraveller—the fatigued labourer—the afflicted
“Lord, let me rest my head, close last theseeyes,
Yield thee my breath; and, with exulting soul,
Smile a peace-uttered, dying, sweet Amen.”
But amidst the dissolutions made by death, what an unspeakablemercy it is for the Lord’s dear people, the union betwixtChrist and their souls can never be dissolved: they are hisproperty, his children, his bride; he is precious to them in lifeand death, as the blessed effect of his love to them, and theirvalue in his sight. Hence, it is said, “Since thouwast precious in my sight thou hast been honourable, and I haveloved thee;” and precious shall their blood be in hissight; and as they are precious to him living, it is written,“Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of hissaints;” nor should their death be grievous to us,especially dying in lively hope, cheerful confidence, sweetassurance, clear views, and fervent desires. This is theblessed effect of the glorious union between Christ and the soul,as the eternal spring of life, and the glorious head of his body,p. 9the church,who has graciously declared in most positive terms,“Because I live ye shall live also.” These mostblessed words were very precious to our dear departed friend;upon one occasion, after a season of peculiar trial, while at theordinance of the Lord’s Supper, and just receiving the cup,these words were sweetly dropped into her mind—they wereever precious to her afterwards: she chose them for her funeraltext; and blessed be God, she most divinely understands them, nowin perfect enjoyment; they have been much blest to thousands, andI trust the Lord will bless them to us in noticing thegracious declaration and the precious promise asconnected with it.
Let us notice the life of our most adorable Saviour. First, as God—He liveth from eternity; he is the livingGod, he is emphatically called life, the true God, and oureternal life; and this is the eternal life which John says wasmanifested: the very knowledge of whom is eternal life begun inthe soul. In his divine essence, his eternal nature, he isthe self-existent, independent Jehovah; underived, unoriginated,and incommunicably God, without beginning, succession, or end;without the shadow of a change; he is eternal, immortal, who onlyhath immortality from everlasting to everlasting; and of hisyears there is no end; one in the divine Trinity,co-equal, co-essential, and co-eternal with the Father and theHoly Spirit; one in the sacred society of the adorable Trinity,enjoying the most inconceivable delight and complacency in hisown divine perfections; and in the holy ones, the Fatherp. 10and theSpirit; the divine nature, essence, and perfections were notcommunicated to him as God, but were originally, independently,and eternally his own, in conjunction with the Father, and theHoly Spirit—and as the self-existent God, he has solemnlydeclared to all the enemies of his Godhead—“If yebelieve not that “I AM”—ye shall die in yoursin.”—This awful truth, one would think, is enough toput to silence all the cavil in the world against the divinity ofthe Son