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The Blessedness of Dying in the Lord.

The Blessedness of Dying in the Lord.

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BY ELIHU THAYER


REVELATION, xiv. 13.

And I heard a voice from heaven^ saying unto me,
write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
BY ELIHU THAYER


REVELATION, xiv. 13.

And I heard a voice from heaven^ saying unto me,
write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

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THE BLESSEDESS OF DYIG I THE LORD.BY ELIHU THAYER REVELATIO, xiv. 13.And I heard a voice from heaven^ saying unto me,JVrite, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.Jlt is a common thing to call this and the other per-son happy while living and enjoying an abundance of the good things of this world. But here the inspiredauthor of this book informs us, that he was directedby a voice from heaven, the abode of truth and holiness,to write the dead happy. ot indeed all who die, buta particular class, or description of the dead, " Bless-ed are the dead who die in the Lord." These wordsvery naturally lead to two inquiries, which are of greatimportance to us who are soon to become the prey of death. If there be any thing which will render usblessed, how important is that to every child of Adam !OurI. Inquiry is what is meant by dying in the Lord,II. Why such as die in the Lord are pronouncedblessed.The Blessedness of Dying in the Lord. 353I. What is meant by dying in the Lord. Underthis head, I shall notice a number of particulars.1. In these words it is taken for granted that thereare those who die in the Lord. Whatever is to be un-derstood by dying in the Lord, it is plainly implied inthe text, that there are those who die in him and are
 
blessed.2. Dying in the Lord is the very circumstancewhich constitutes them blessed. To die in him, is aState essentially necessary in order to die happy. Andthis blessedness is, in the text, restricted to those " whodie in the Lord." If all who die be entitled to thisblessedness, there would be no propriety in limitingthis blessing to those who die in the Lord. Or if dy-ing in the Lord, was a state common to all who die,the mode of expression must appear equally improper ;evidently tending to hold up a needless distinction,where, in fact, there is none. That there are thosewho die in the Lord and are blessed, and that there areothers who do not die in the Lord, are truths lying onevery page of revelation, and generally admitted bythose who receive the gospel as the word of God. Yetwhile these solemn truths are admitted, we have greatreason to fear, that they are realized but by few. Werethey realized, might we not expect a more general in-quiry, what is implied in dying in the Lord, and moreconcern and engagedness to secure this blessedness ?But it is natural to ^'- the fool who saith in his heartthere is no God," to say there is no such thing as re-ligion, and to live and act, as if he had nothing to hope¦from it, nor to fear from the want of it. But listen to46354 I'he Blessed?iess of Dying in the Lor^.this voice from heaven, which assures you of the re*ajity of both. 1 now - proceed to show particularlywhat is'implied in " dying in the Lord."It is well known to every one, in any measure ac-quainted with the scriptures, that Lord is a title fre-quently given to Clirist. It is said, " that all power
 
is given to Christ that he might be Lord both of thedead and of the living ;*' " That every tongue shallconfess him to be Lord;" and we read of " being inChrist;" " of the dead in Christ," all which expres-sions make it natural to understand the term, Lord inthe text, as having a particular reference to Christ.And when the dead in the Lord are spoken of, it isnatural to understand the same by it, as when we readof the dead in Christ ; and being in the Lord atdeath, the same as , being in Christ. And thus itis generally understood, and doubtless justly. What,,then is it to die in Christ ? This, as already observed,is the same t|iing as being in Christ when we die ; andno man is in Christ at death, unless he was so in life.Being in Christ then implies a change in the temperand feelings of the heart. Mankind are not naturally,in the sense of scripture, in Christ, and cannot die inhim without a change in their state. The Apostle there-fore expressly informs us, that " if any man be hiChrist, he is a new creature," but no man can beproperly called a new creature, nor can it be affirmedof him, " that old things are passed away, and that allthings are become Yiew," when his temper of heart, hisviews, and his tenor of life are unchanged. Thejtherefore, who are nqt thus changed, are not new crea-The Blessedness of Di/ing in the Lord. 355tures, nor are they in Christ, in the scriptural meaning,whether hving or dying. And it is well known, that be-ing new creatures, believing in Christ, being in Christ,and being bom again, are all used to express the cliristiancharacter, in distinction from those who are not chris-tians. The christian is called "a follower of Christ,"whose spirit, he imbides, whose example he imi-tates, and by whose laws he is governed. While thereare others, who in the course of their lives, are actuatedby a different spirit, who really are, and who really act

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