Heaven Collection BV4831 .B4 1765

TO THE SAINT'S REST. 39 to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with ever- lasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power ; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and tó be admired in all them that believe, in that day. "(d) 8. Yet more, we shall be so far from the dread of that judgment, that ourselves shall become the judges. Christ will take his people, as it were, into commission with himself, and they shall sit and ap- prove his righteous judgment. Leo ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? Nay, know ye not that we shall judge angels ? "(e) Were it not for the word of Christ that speaks it, this advancement would seem 'incredible, and the language arrogant. " Even Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied this, saying, Behold the Lord cometh with ten thou- sand of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them, of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly com- mitted, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him ?(J) Thus shall the saints be honoured, and the upright shall have domi- nion in the morning.(g) O that the careless world were wise, that they understood this, that they would con- sider their latter end !(h) that they would be now of the same mind as they will be, when they shall see "the. heavens pass away with a great noise, and the elements melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein, burnt up !" when all shall be on fire about their ears, and, all earthly glory con- sumed !" For the heavens and the earth, which are now, are reserved unto the fire against the day of judgment, and perdition of ungodly men. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner, of persons ought ye to be in all holy conver- (d) 2 T Ness. i. 10. (e) 1 Cor. vi. 'I, 3. (f) Jude 14, 15. (g) Psalm xlix. 14. (h) 1eut. xxxii. 29