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ferent degrees of goodness in the saints here. The best of these fall below the measure of those who are made perfect in heaven. And the highest human saint above must be inferior to the angels, who, having kept their first state, have been in continual progress from their creation. Consequently some of God's family are more excellent and amiable in his sight than others. But yet he loves them all. The smallest measure of grace in the humble believer is pleasing to God; and every work and service which he performs will meet a suitable reward. “Whatsoever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free." He who only gives a cup of cold water to a necdy brother, from love to Christ, shall in no wise lose his reward.The saints are called his treasure-his jewels. He will gather them to himself. None of them will be lost.

8. At the last day, all the saints, these who are now on earth, and those who are in heaven, will meet in God's presence, be openly acknowledged as his children, and admitted to dwell together in his house for ever.

Heaven is remote from this earth-remote in its nature, if not in its situation. The saints are here in an evil world—a world of corruption, temptation and sora row. Into heaven nothing enters which defiles or afflicts. The day is fast approaching, when the saints here, will rise up and ascend on high, to meet and mingle with the saints above; and all will unite together in one great family, never to be dispersed. The Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels. He will come with ten thousands of his saints. The dead' in Christ will be raised ; they who are alive and remain will be changed ; they all will mount up together to meet the Lord, coming with his numerous train, in the air; and thence they will ever be with the Lord.

We have seen, in what respects the saints in heaven and earth constitute one family.

Let us attend to the reflections which this subject suggests to us.

1. If we estimate the dignity of men from the families with which they are connected, how honorable is the believer ? He belongs to the family in heaven. He is a son of the most high God.

He is a fellow ser. vant with angels. He has an inheritance with the saints in glory. He has a possession purchased for him, not with corruptible things as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of God's beloved Son. He has a house in reserve for him, which is builded, prepared and furnished, not by human hands, but by a divine power. How should all earthly riches and honors be despised by the Christian, who is born to such noble prospects, and entitled to such glorious possessions ? May he not be contented in poverty, and patient in ad. versity, when he believes, that heavenly riches and ev. erlasting felicities nearly await him, and that his present light afflictions, which are but for a moment, are work. ing for him a far more exceeding, and eternal weight of glory!

2. We see our obligations to mutual condescension, peaceableness and love.

The family in heaven are all of one heart, and one soul. They are united in the worship and service of God, and in the designs of benevolence toward one another. If we profess to belong to that noble family, let us learn to imitate their temper and manners. Let us love one another with a pure heart fervently, and keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. If the church of God on earth is one family, and a part of the great family which is in heaven ; if even the angels are willing to be ranked with the saints belos, as members of the same household, and employed as fellow servants with them, and even as ministering spirits to them; how unchristian, how unheavenly,

are pride, contention, disunion and separation among professed believers ! How contrary are such tempers to their character as children of that Father, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named ! This is a thought which our Apostle often suggests, and which meets us in almost every paragraph of this excellent epistle.

3. If we are God's family, how careful should we be to attend on the orders of his house ?

Angels and saints worship God, day and night, in his temple above. It is their joy to come into his presence, bow themselves before him, receive and execute his commands, and celebrate his perfections and works. Let us here imitate their zeal, devotion and piety, that we may be better prepared to join with them hereafter. they who contemptuously forsake the worship, and carelessly neglect the ordinances of God's house, absurdly profess to be the children of the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.

4. Let those who are not of this family be solicitous to obtain a place in it.

Unless you become members of it here on earth, you cannot expect admission into it in heaven. The door of God's house is now open. He sends forth bis servants to compel you to come in, that his house may be filled. But know this door will not stand open always. When, by the order of the master of the house, the door shall be shut, you will in vain stand without and knock at the door, saying, “ Lord, Lord, open to us ;” for he will answer, “I know you not whence you are.

While you live in the indulgence of your sins, you are far from God; you have no portion in the blessings designed for his family. You must be renewed in the spirit of your mind, before you can become fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, and be incorporated with his family in heaven. He now invites you to come in, and take a place among his children. Those who come he will graciously receive, and freely love. But if you spurn this kind invitation, and choose still to remain in the society of the ungodly, you will forever be excluded from the fellowship of saints and angels, and finally be turned over into the place prepared, in God's justice, for the punishment of rebellious spirits.

5. Let such as profess to be of God's family, walk as becomes so honorable a relation.

Let them emulate the temper of the blessed above, and aspire to that perfection, which makes them blessed. Let them seek a nearer conformity to, and clos. er union with the branch of their family, which is already in heaven. And let them daily bow their knees to him, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, “That he would grant them to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in their hearts by faith, and that, be. ing rooted and grounded in love, they may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, and may be file led with all the fulness of God.”

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Christ dwelling in the Saints ; and the boundless di

mensions of his Love to them.

LPHESIANS iii. 14-19.

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man ; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith ; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able 10 como prehend with all saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ which prasseth knowledge, and that ye may be filled with all the fulness of God.'

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Apostle, now in bonds, for the gospel, was concerned for his new converts in Ephesus, lest, disheartened by the persecutions which had befallen him, and which threatened them, they should turn away from the faith : He cautions them, that they faint not at his tribulations ; and for their encouragement, he tells them, that he remembered them in his prayers, and bowed his knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ in their behalf. The things which he principally requested for them, are related in the words which have just been read ; ; That they might be strengthened in the inner man—that Christ might dwell in their hearts—that they might be rooted and ground, ed in love--that they might comprehend the love of

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