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A Generation Unlike Any Other


by Andrew Gray


May we not truly say, that if ever the Christians who live in these days shall
be advanced to stand within the holy place, and shall inherit everlasting life,
all those that are now before his throne, may lay aside their harps, and give us
leave to sing. Will it not be a mystery, suppose ye, unto heavenly Enoch, that
spent so much of his time in communion and fellowship with God, when he shall
behold such Christians within that everlasting rest, that have spent so little
of their time in corresponding with God? Will it not be a mystery unto believing
Abraham, when he shall behold such misbelievers, such disputers of the promises
of God, advanced to reign with Christ? Will it not be a mystery unto wrestling
Jacob, when he shall behold those Christians once crowned with immortal glory,
that did so little know what it was, as princes, to wrestle with God, till they
did prevail? Will it not be wonder to patient Job, when he shall behold such
impatient Christians, as we have been, entering into that blessed place of
repose? Will it not be a mystery unto holy David, when he shall behold such
unmortified Christians entering within that city, into which no unclean thing
cloth enter? Will it not be a mystery unto tender Josiah, to behold such
Christians as we are, that have our hearts dying as a stone within us, entering
into heaven? Will it not be a mystery unto upright Nathaniel, to behold such
hypocritical Christians, as the most part of us are, entering within the holy
place; and to see those that have been clothed with hypocrisy and guile, now
clothed with the robes of immortal glory? And will it not be a mystery unto self
denying Paul, when he shall behold such proud and selfish Christians enter into
heaven? Give me leave to say this, go where we will, we shall be matchless and
singular; for if we shall go into eternity of pain, we shall be the greatest
debtors unto the infinite justice of God, in regard of the mercies we have
received; and if we shall enter into eternity of joy, we shall be the greatest
debtors unto the spotless grace of Christ, in regard of the mercies we have
abused. There shall be none in heaven like unto us; and if we shall go to hell,
there shall be few there that may be compared unto us. And let me but add this
further before I come to the words,--go where we will, we shall be out of doubt
with our condition. Within a short time, we shall be exalted above the reach of
this misbelieving; a hypocrite shall be depressed below the reach of his faith;
and one that is grossly in nature shall be abased beyond the reach of his
presumption. A Christian ere long shall misbelieve no more; a hypocrite ere long
shall believe no more; and one that is grossly in nature shall ere long presume
no more:--there is no misbelief in heaven, and there is no faith nor presumption
of well-being in hell.

Andrew Gray, from "Great and Precious Promises", Sermon 1.




 

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