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Let us now attend to the reflections, which arise from our subject.

1. We see what use we should make of God's temple below. Here we are to acquire a preparation for that city, in which is no temple.

Heaven is a holy place ; and without holiness none can enter into it. God's presence is the glory of heaven ; without a conformity to his character, we cannot come into his presence, nor behold his glory. By men of corrupt and vicious minds- -by men who are enemies to God and holiness-by men who covet nothing but earthly glory, and relish nothing but sensual pleasure, what beauty can be seen, and what happiness enjoyed, in that holy place, and in that glorious presence ? God has instituted the worship of his temple here below, that by our attendance upon it we may be formed to a capacity of beholding the glory and enjoying the felicity of the world above. Here his law is pronounced, that we may fee our corruption and guilt. Here his character is exhibited, that we may be convinced of our enmity to him and demerit from him. Here his grace is proclaimed, that we may be encouraged to seek pardon by repentance, and to implore his Spirit for our renovation. Here the glories and the terrors of the future world are displayed, that we may be awakened to flee from the wrath to come, and to lay hold on eternal life. Here we are called to the exercises of holy devotion, that we may be habituated to, and qualified for the sublime employments of heaven. When we come to God's house, we are to banish all finful passions, and invite into our souls spiritual and benevolent affections, that we may be meet to enter into that holy city, where all is goodness and love, and nothing which difturbs or defiles.

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2. We see how Christian societies on earth may beft resemble the heavenly city.

In that city, it is said, there is no temple, because the city itself is all one temple. God is regarded and worshipped every where, and his glory is

every where displayed. Such, in some measúre, should be the church of God on earth.

As we cannot spend our whole time, in social worship, nor affociate for worship, unless there be some known time and place, in which we may meet together, God has been pleased to institute in his word a particular day, and to point out in his providence particular places, for this sacred purpose. But still a Christian society may, like the heavenly city, be all temple. says to the Ephesians, “ Ye are fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God, and are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cor. ner stone, in whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth into an holy temple in the Lord, in whom also ye are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Let religion be maintained in every family ; let the scriptures be statedly read, and prayer and praise daily offered in every dwelling ; let there be piety and benevolence in every heart; let there be justice, peace and charity in all focial intercourse ; let the holiness which becomes God's house be carri. ed into the concerns of the world ; let the fear of God influence the common business of life; and then the society is all temple ; the church it. self is a fanctuary ; for God's name is glorified ev. ery where, the good and holy effects of the temple worship are every where spread and diffused, and the society below resembles the society above.

The reason why God calls us to worship him in

his temple, is that at all times, and in all places, we may maintain a fense of his presence, and act assseeing him who is invisible. If we are devout only on the fabbath, and profane at other times ; if we are grave and serious only in the house of God; and light and vain in our own houses ; if we are peaceable and orderly in religious affemblies only; and unjust, passionate and contentious in our ordinary intercourse with men ; if we affume airs of piety when we meet for divine worship ; but are artful and intriguing, when we meet for dvil purposes ; we bely our profession and contradiet our assumed character; and our attendance in the house of God brings to him no honour, and to our fouls no benefit “ Trust not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord are these; but amend your ways and doings.” If ye Itand before God in his house, and indulge iniquity elsewhere, you make his worship an abomination. The reason why you are to worship God in his temple, to suppress evil pafsions and to cul. tivate holy and benevolent tempers there, is that you may do the same every where, and at all times.

When a people, by united attendance in the temple acquire the true spirit of the gospel, and carry this spirit with them into their families, into their private conduct and into their social intercourse, then the society is like heaven. It is all one holy temple in the Lord.

3. Our subject teaches us, how to form an opinion of our meetness for heaven. We must exam. ine ourselves whether we have the temper, in which the happiness of heaven confifts.

Though there be no particular or local temple there, yet there is social worship, and this worlip is conducted with devotion, humility and

love. There is deep reverence of God's majesty, rapturous admiration of his perfections and works, delightful adoration and praise, and mutual con. defcenfion and benevolence among the worfhipa pers. Do we in any degree find these tempers here? These are the marks and characters of those, whom God approves on earth, and whom he will admit to his presence above. “Blefled are they that do his commandments; they have a right to the tree of life, and shall enter through the gates into the city. But the fearful, and unbew lieving, and abominable shall be cast out, and shall have their part in the lake, which burns with fire and brimftone. This is the second death.

4. We learn, that in all our approaches to God, we must regard Christ Jesus as the mediator through whom we obtain admission and find ac. ceptance. John says, “God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of heaven.”

Christ is honored in heaven as the Lamb of God, who by his facrifice has expiated the guilt of a finful world. He appears there as a Lamb, that has been lain. Praises are there fung by the faints, not only to him who sits on the throne, but also to the Lamb, who has redeemed them, and made them kings and priests unto God. " He is there glorified in the saints, and admired in all them who believe.” They remember, that to him they are indebted for all the felicity which they enjoy, and for all the glory to which they are exalted. “ He is glorified in them, and they in him." That our worship may refemble the heavenly worship, we must pay honour to this glorious mediator; we must remember his dying love, embrace him by humble faith, rejoice in the falvation which he has purchased, and ascribe to the virtue of his blood all that we enjoy, and all that we hope to enjoy. If he is honoured in heaven, let us honour him on earth. If angels adore him for his benevolence to men, let men adore him for his benevolence to them. No forms of worship are of any value in the fight of God, if the Redeemer, whom he has sent, be forgotten and disregarded. If we believe in God, let us believe also in Chrift. If we honour the Father, let us likewise honour the son. “ For we are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, who was manifested in these last times for us, who by him believe in God, that raised him from the dead and gave him glory, that our faith and hope might be in God."

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