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THE SAINT'S REST.

15

I

that

write,

nor you

that

read,

this

book,

may

ever

be

turned

from this

path of

life

;

"

lest

a

promise

being left

us

of entering into

his

rest,

we

should

come

short

of

it,"

through our

own

unbelief

or negligence.(a)

§

2.

The

saint's rest

is,

the

most happy

state

of

a

Christian

;

or

it

is,

the

perfect

endless

enjoyment

of

God

by the

perfected saints, according

to

the

measure

of their

capacity,

to

which

their

souls

arrive

at

death

;

and both

soul

and body

must fully

after

the

resurrec-

tion and final

judgment.

According

to

this definition

of

the

saint's rest,

a

larger account

of

its

nature

will

be given in this

chapter

;

of

its preparatives,

chap.

ü.

its

excellencies, chap.

iii

;

and

chap. iv.

the

persons

for whom

it

is

designed.

Farther

to

illustrate this

subject, some

description will

be

given,

chap.

v.

of

their

misery who

lose

this rest

;

and

chap. vi.

who

also

lose

the enjoyment of

time,

and

suffer

the torments

of

hell: next

will be shewed, chap. vii.

the

necessity

of

diligently

seeking this

rest;

chap. viii.

how

our title

to

it

may

be

discerned

;

chap. ix.

that

they

who

dis-

cern

their title

to

it

should help those

that cannot;

and

chap.

x.

that

this

rest

is

not to

be

expected on

earth.

It

will then

be

proper to

consider, chap.

xi..

the

importance of

a

heavenly

life

upon earth,

chap.

xii. how

to live

an

heavenly

life

upon

earth

;

chap. xiii.

the nature of

heavenly contemplation, with

the time,

place,

and

temper, fittest

for

it;

chap. xiv.

what

use

heavenly

contemplation makes

of

considerations,

affec-

tions, soliloquy,

and prayer

;

and

likewise, chap.

xv.

how

heavenly contemplation

may

be

assisted by

sensi-

ble objects,

and

guarded

against

a

treacherous heart.

Heavenly contemplation

will be

exemplified, chap.

xvi. and the

whole work concluded.

3.

There are

some

things

necessarily presup.

posed in

the nature of

this

rest;

as,

for

instance,

that

mortal men

are

the

persons

seeking

it.

For

angels

and

glorified

spirits

have

it

already, and

the

devils

and damned are past

hope:

That

they

choose

God

only

for

their

end

and

happiness.

He

that

takes

any

thing

else,

for

his

happiness,

is

out

of the

way

the first

(a)

Heb.

iv:

L.