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II. The second proof: it is a natural notice

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III. From the duty of all men to seek a future happiness

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IV, From man's capacity of knowing God, &c., as differenced

from brutes ....

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V. From God's governing justice

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VI. From revelation supernatural

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VII. From God's answering prayers

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VIII. From our present communion with angels

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IX. From Satan's temptations, witches, apparitions, &c. .. ibid.

X. Specially from the operations of God's Spirit on our souls,

preparing them for glory (faith excited, and objections

answered in the application)

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The proofs summed up in order

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Why this happiness is described by our “ being with Christ." ibid.
What is included in being with Christ.”

ibid.

1. Presence with Christ's glorified body, and soul, and Godhead ibid.

2. Union' with, in each.—Too near union not to be feared, as

destroying individuation

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3. Communion with him in each; active and passive, opened..

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We must “ depart,” that we may be with Christ

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I. From what

ibid.

1. From this body and life: yet it is far better so to do ibid.

2. From all the fleshly pleasures of this life-yet best ......

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3. From the more manly delights of study, books, friends, &c.,

considered: 1. Of knowledge and books: the vanity

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2. Of sermons.....

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3. Of friends, and converse

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4. Of God's word and worship.

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5. Of theology

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Of my own labours herein

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6. Notice of the affairs of the world

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7. From our service to the living

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The application to myself ....

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To depart, and to be with Christ, is far better, or rather to be

chosen ..

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I. Simply better, and properly, as it is the fulfilling of God's

will

338

II. Analogically better, as it tendeth to the perfection of the

universe and the Church

ibid.

III. Better to myself, as to my own felicity

339

Proved, I. By general reasons from the efficients and means.. 340

II. The final reasons

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III. The constitutive reasons from the state of my intellect, as

to the intuitive manner of knowledge, and as to the

matter

Both opened: 1. I shall know God better

2. And God's works—the universe..

3. And Jesus Christ

4. And the Church triumphant, the heavenly Jerusalem

5. And all God's word; for matter and method

6. God's present works of providence ..

7. The nature and worth of mercies

8. And myself, body and soul

9. And

my

fellow-creatures

10. And what the evil was from which I delivered, ene-

mies, dangers, sins, &c. ...

IV. The constitutive reasons from the state of my will. .....
1. Negatively, 1. Freed from temptations of the flesh, world,

and devil; 2. There will nothing be in it that is against

God, my neighbours, or myself ...
2. Positively; 1. It will be conformed to God's will. The

benefits of this fruition-a fixed will. The object-
God; to love him, and be beloved of him is our end.

He is a suitable, full, near object
2. The next object-God's glorious image in the perfection of

the universe....
3. The church triumphant :-
1. Jesus Christ; 2. Angels; 3. Holy souls

The will's reception in glory
1. What it is to be loved of God

Excitations
2. How blessed to be under the love of Christ.

Excitations, desires.....
3. Communion with angels and saints, by reception ....
More of the good of union, and communion, as distinct

from singular propriety ...
V. The constitutive reasons from our heavenly practice
Better works for us there than here, proved. What they are

in general: wbat particularly :-

1. Concordant praising God

Excitations and petitions

2. The blessed probably used for the good of men, and things

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THE

LAST WORK OF A BELIEVER;

HIS

PASSING PRAYER,

RECOMMENDING

HIS DEPARTING SPIRIT TO CHRIST,

TO BE

RECEIVED BY HIM.

PREPARED FOR THE FUNERAL OF

MARY THE WIDOW, FIRST OF FRANCIS CHARLTON, ESQ.,

AND AFTER OF THOMAS HANMER, ESQ. ;

AND PARTLY PREACIIED AT ST. MARY MAGDALEN'S CHURCH, IN MILK-STREET, LONDON, AND NOW, AT THE DESIRE OF HER DAUGHTER

BEFORE HER DEATH, REPRINTED.

" If any man serve me, let him follow me ; and where I am, there shall also my servant be. If any man serve me, him will my Father honour,”—Jonnxii. 26.

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