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After Elijah's

God.

expreffive

of God,

beneficial

to

himfel

,

and

beautiful in

the

eyes

of

ail. How

clear and excellent

a

Micmac are the Conftitutions, Adminiftrations, Entertain-

ments and Employments

of the

Heavenly

State,

of

God himfelf

!

No

wonder

that

the

Apoftle

faid

( though

in

an

Extafie, wherein

the Reprefentations

of

the

Hea-

venly

Glory,

though excellent and taking, were far inferiour

to

what this Prophet

now

beholds) that

he heard

words' unwordable

(

d

sv0

çwu

9x

)

which

it

is

not

lawful

(

or

poffble)

for

a

Man

to utter.

(

3.)

That

Humane

Nature

is

receptive

of,

and

determin'd to obtain great

things,

when its

great End and Author

pleafes. Neh.

xi,

5.

This World

(

when

taken

at

the belt

;

Much more when

it

is

fo

courfe and

bad)

is

thought too

mean

and

little

for the

Sons

of God;

for

his peculiar Favourites.

It

is

highly proba-

ble,

that

this Tranflated

Prophet,

as he

went up,

was gradually

refin'd;

and

fo

at-

tempered unto the

Regions

through

which he was

to

pats

fucceffively

;

until at

length

he was

connaturaliz'd

to

his Glorious State and Manfion

in the

Heavens.

What

entertain'd him

by

the

way, we know

not,

nor what

a

preparatory enter-

tainment the

Converfation

of

thofe Angels was

to him, who

came

by

a

Divine

Commiflion

to

fetch him up

to

Glory. And

we as

little

knowwhat

influence his

fo

tranfported

Soul

(

with this

high favour from his

God)

might

have upon

that

Body which

he

took

up

with

him,

in order

to

its convenient Change.

We

know

how

Stephen's

Countenance

was

chang'd, when

he

beheld

through the

cloven Hea

vens,

Chr:ff

at

his

Father's Right-hand, in

filch a

vifible

pofture ready

to

own hini;

to

abet

his caufe he fuffered

for,

and

to

receive

that

Soul

that did

in

Martyrdom

fo willingly

give up

its

Body.

And

Sacred

Record tells

us

of

Chr

Jt's

Transfigu-

ration

in

the Mount,

when pleafed

fo

greatly with

his

Father's

prefence and

tefti-

niony, and with the Convene

that

the

had

with Molls, and with this

Trantlated

Prophet,

when converfant

with

him;

like

Citizens

of that

blell'ed

World

above:.

But thefe things

I

refer

to

more

judicious

thoughts and

heads.

(

k.)

That

Humane

Nature is

very dear

to

God,

s

.!Yoh.

iii.

a.

Though

it

be

doom'd

to

all

that

fitly may exprefs and aggravate God's anger

to us;

and

to

what

fully may

extort the

teftimony of our

Senfes

thereunto

;

yet God from

Hea-

ven now finites upon

us;

and fends

us

thence

both

who

and

what

lhall

greatly prove

our

dearnefs

to himfelf

That

filch

vile

Flefh, and

guilty Spirits

fhould

thus

be

taken up, chang'd and glorified

;

this

fpeaks and proves

us

very dear

to God in-

deed.

(

g.)

What

early Inftances, and lively Emblems

of the Ref,

rre

lion

-ftate God

gave

to

Men

, to

raife up

their

Hearts, Aims,

and

Expedaticn.

Enoch

and Elijah

thus

Tranflated, told Men from

Heaven betimes,

That

Earth

is.

not

all

that

is

in-

tended for them

; would

they be but true

to

God,

and duly

provident for them-

felves in time.

Elba,

and

the so

Men

of the

Sons

of the Prophets, that

were

by

Providence

Witnelfes

of this

Tranflation

of

the Prophet unto

Heave,

were now

convinc'd

(

or might

be

fo)

that there

is

another and

a

better

Wcri

;

than

this;

and they

might

all

of

them

eafily

infer,

froinwhat

they faw,

that there

was

room

in Heaven for more than

Enoch

and

Elijah,

a'nnd,

that

they

two

were

not the

only

perfons

that

Heaven Ihould have

from

hence.

(6.)

What

Special

Notice God will take

of

fpecial zeal; and faithful fervice

[

Cor.

xv. 58.

s

Pet. v.

8.

-

- -so. Rev. ii.

[

o. a Tim. iv.

6.---8.

Elijah

is

exalt-

ed

like himfelf ;

God's heart

as

warm towards

him,

as

ever

his

heart

could be

to-

wards God

:

Whilft

he was

here below,

he

really

Was

(

and Eli own

'd

him

to

be

)

as

the

Chariot

of

Iliad,

and

the

Horfemen

thereof; all ufefulnefs,

alivity,

zeal,

andfaithfulnefs in

his day

:

And

having fpent

his

time and ftrength,

as

in

the

fervours

of

warm and

bufie

Love

to

God and

Souls

; and in Zeal for

truth,

and a-

gainfì

Idolatry;

So

what moreanfwerable to this fervent temper than the

fiery

Chariot

and Horfes

to

mount him from

hence

to

Heaven.

It. God's

avouched

Relation

to

this Prophet.

L

That

God whiü.

call'd him

to

be

what

he was.

For Prophets

are railed up by

God,Deat.xviiia

5.

And

he

calls

himfelf

aProphet of

the Lord,

s

King.

xviii.zz.

1-1e.

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