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Future State.

Future State.

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LUKE xvi. 27—31.

LUKE xvi. 27—31.

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FUTURE STATE.BY REV. DAVID OSGOODLUKE xvi. 27—31.Then he said, I pray thee, therefore, father, that thouwouldest send him to my father's house :For I have five brethren : that he may testify untothem, lest they also come into this place of torment.Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and theProphets ; let them hear them.And he said, ay, father Abraham; but if one wentunto them from the dead, they will repent.And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses andthe Prophets, neither will they be persuaded,though one rose from the dead.Information of the greatest moment to us asprobationers for eternity, is contained in the forego-ing part of this parable, which assures us of an im-mutable and everlasting state of rewards and pun-ishments after this life. In what has been now read,it seems to have been the design of our Saviour to88
FUTURE STATE.quiet our minds upon a subject, about which wenaturally form many anxious inquiries. When ourfriends are separated from us, and removed to adistant, unknown country, with what solicitude dowe wish for information concerning that country,and their situation in it. This solicitude will begreatly heightened, if we ourselves are soon to followthem into that unexplored region. In his word, ithas pleased our merciful Judge to give us all theinformation concerning the other world which hiswisdom has judged proper, and perhaps as much asw T e at present are capable of receiving. But still,who of us would not think it an inestimableprivilege, and a great confirmation of his faith, if hemight be permitted to see and converse with one of his deceased friends, and hear from him a relationof what had befallen him after death, — how he hadpassed through that change, and what he had seenand experienced in the world of spirits ? Are we notinclined to think it a hard case, that no such inter-course is indulged, — that the secrets of the graveremain enveloped in impenetrable darkness, and thatall the living are kept in such profound ignorance of the destinies of those who have passed the vale of death ? Undoubtedly the dialogue between Abra-ham and one his lost descendants, is intended toreconcile us to this allotment of Providence, andinduce us to rest satisfied with those discoverieswhich are contained in the Scriptures.FUTURE STATE. 89Among those who are destitute of all the prin-
ciples of piety towards God, many retain the affec-tions of nature towards their kindred. The adher-ence of these affections to the soul after its separationfrom the body, is supposed in the parable, and theirinfluence prompts the request here made. Findingall application to obtain relief for himself to be vain,the rich man is here represented as expressing aa concern for his brethren, still living on earth andin possession of that wealth which was lately enjoy-ed by him ; lest by the abuse of it, and by followinghis thoughtless course, they might come to the samefatal end. He therefore proposes, what we are allready to imagine must prove an irresistible mean of conviction and reformation, the mission to them of amonitor from the dead. In the reply of Abraham,it is ^affirmed that all just ground or reason for sucha mission, has been superseded by what God himself has told them in the writings of Moses and theProphets. With these writings, however, the richman himself had been always favoured, and as theyhad failed of any effectual influence upon him, hesupposed that they might also fail with respect tohis brethren; and upon this ground repeats hisrequest as a measure that would be more efficacious ;" nay, father Abraham ; but if one go to them fromthe dead, they will repent." They cannot withstandso awful a messenger, nor disregard his warnings.But Abraham puts an end to the discourse with thisperemptory assertion, " If thev hear not Moses and1290 FUTURE STATE.the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded, thoughone rose from the dead." By putting this languagein the mouth of Abraham, our Saviour gives it ashis own judgment upon the case.

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