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Variety in the Conduct of Men at Death

Variety in the Conduct of Men at Death

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Job xxx. 23.

I know that thou will bring me to death, and to the house
appointed for all living.

Job xxx. 23.

I know that thou will bring me to death, and to the house
appointed for all living.

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Published by: glennpease on Jul 21, 2013
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VARIETY I THE CODUCT OF ME AT DEATH-BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,Job xxx. 23.I know that thou will bring me to death, and to the houseappointed for all living.The certainty of death ; the uncertainty of thathour when we shall feel its stroke ; and the solemnand eternal consequences connected with the stateof our soul when we close our eyes upon the earth :these are subjects on which you have often been ad-dressed in the house of God, and when you stood bythe mouth of the grave, open to receive the coldcorpses of your relatives and friends. It is not myintention at the present time, to re-urge upon youthese important truths; but I have selected thesewords to lead us to the consideration of a subjectwhich, if properly improved, will tend much to aug-ment our holiness, and prepare us for the inevitablehour of our dissolution. This subject is the variety inthe feelings, expressions, and conduct, which we observe bothin good and bad men on the bed of death. To illustrate.MISCELLAEOUS. 243explain, and apply this one point, is the sole designof the ensuing discourse.I. Let us then consider those whom we esteem pious,whom we have reason to regard as the real childrenof God, through faith in Christ Jesus, and the renew-ing of the Holy Spirit. Recall the scenes which youhave witnessed when you have stood by the death-bed of such persons; and add to your own observa-
tion the knowledge which you have derived fromthe information of others, or the biographies of thepious. You will find three classes, widely differingfrom each other in their dying experiences ; some areagitated hy terror, and doubts, and apprehensions ;some are exulting and triumphant ; some, without anyextraordinary raptures, have a sweet calm, and tran-quillity of spirit, a filial confidence and trust in their Re-deemer.You perceive that I am speaking only of those whohave the exercise of their reason ; among those whoare deprived of it, there are some, who, in the mostunconnected wanderings of their mind, show what isthe object of their chief affections, and where theirheart and their treasure are fixed : and there areothers, whose wild ravings give no indication of thosesentiments, the truth and strength of which have beenattested by their past lives, ft is painful indeed tosee our pious friends expire in this manner ; but it isconsolatory to recollect, that our "God knowethwhereof we are made; ever remembereth that Ave aredust;" and will not impute to us as crimes the invo-luntary wanderings of delirium.I return to those whose rational powers are unim-paired. Among them, I have said,1. There are some whom we believe to be thechildren of God. whrmo dooth-beds arc marked bv244 SERMO XC1I.doubts, and terror, and apprehension. I need not pointyou to the closing hours of the excellent Cowper, inillustration of this remark; you yourselves have pro-bably beheld similar scenes.
Sometimes this darkness continues to the very ter-mination of life; but more frequently it is dissipatedbefore dissolution.If we consider the causes of this darkness, we shallonly be surprised that it is not more frequent. Thesecauses are various.The first and most common is the coldness andlukewarmness of those who experience it ; by a life in-consistent with their engagements and their privi-leges, they made an assignation with terror to meetthem on their bed of death. They had the Christiangraces, but they suffered these graces to wither. In-stead of continually cultivating spiritual mindedness,they had been too much attached to the pleasures,or riches, or honours of the world : instead of a closewalk with God, and of keeping the things of eternityfresh upon their souls, they lived too much as dothose who have never tasted the grace of the Re-deemer; they have indeed built upon Christ as theonly foundation, but they have placed much " hayand stubble'' upon this foundation ; and therefore, inthe language of the apostle, though they are saved," it is so as by fire." (I Cor. iii. 10, &c.) Though theyare among the wise virgins, they have slumbered,and are therefore filled with alarm at the unexpect-ed coming of the bridegroom. Such persons asthese can look for no special cordials in their lasthours; no peculiar supports in the moments of disso-lution : recalling their many neglects of duty, the lit-tle that they have done to glorify their Redeemer oradvance his cause ; having lived without daily self-MISCELLAEOUS. 245examination, and constant converse with God andthe Saviour through the eternal Spirit, it is not won-

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