Watts - Houston-Packer Collection BX5207.W3 S4x 1805 v.1

1M) THE HIDDEN LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN. [SEAM. IX., alai is proton,ed into glory. The same life of piety and inward pleasure, which begins on earth, is fulfilled in heaven; and it:may be called the spiritual, or the eter- nal life, according to different respects ; for it is the same continued life acting in different stations or places, and running through time and eternity: 1 John v. 11, 12,. I ternal life is in the sun, and he that hath the Son, bath this lite it is begun in him, he is already possessed of it iñ some degree.. As the life of the child is the same with that of the full-grown man; as the same vital principles and powers fun through the several successive stages of infancy, youth and manhood; so the divine life of a saint, begun On earth, runs.through this world, through death, and the separate state of souls; it appears in full-grown per- fe.lion, in the final heaven, when. the whole saint shall stand complete in glory. Thus the spiritual life of a christian is eternal life begun; and eternal life is the spi- ritual life made perfect, If we would describe this life in short, it may be re. presented thus : It is a life of faith, holiness and peace; a life of faith, or dependance upon God for all that we want; a life of holiness, rendering back again to God, in a, way of honour and service, whatsoever we receive from hire in a way of mercy; and a life of peace in the comfortable sense of the favour of God, and our accept. ance with him through Jesus Christ. All these begin on earth, and in this sense faith itself, as well as peace and holiness, shall abide in heaven: we shall for ever be de-' pendants, for ever happy and for ever holy. In- a state of nature the man lived such a sinful and carnal life, that was more properly called death ; but when he becomes a believer, a true christian, he is new created, 2 Cor. v. 17, new -Dorn, John iii. 3. raised from the dead, and quickened to a new life, Eph. ii. 1, 5. ,which is called being risen with Christ, in the verses before my text, Col. iii. 1. And this very spiritual life, as the effect of our symbolical resurrection with Christ, is the subject of several verses of the 6th chapter to the Romans, whence I cannot but infer the same to be de, signed here, viz. that the christian who is dead to sin, is risen with Christ, and alive to God; as Rom. vi. 11. 4.11 the life that he lived before, with all the show nad