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Recognition in Heaven.

Recognition in Heaven.

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BY THE REV. R. W. HAMILTON.

" Then shall I know even as also lam known." — 1 Cor. xiii. 12.
BY THE REV. R. W. HAMILTON.

" Then shall I know even as also lam known." — 1 Cor. xiii. 12.

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RECOGNITION IN HEAVEN. BY THE REV. R. W. HAMILTON. " Then shall I know even as also lam known." — 1 Cor. xiii. 12. That the soul of every man who has hitherto died is living still — that the souls of every generation, including hun-dreds of millions, still exist — is a fact which we, perhaps without any examina-tion, readily allow. We cannot but ac-knowledge — at least, when particularly  pressed — that this being which is given to us shall be perpetually carried out, shall be eternally prolonged, a dawn without an eve, a race without a goal. We must further confess, that, whatever was the impression produced upon these spirits during their sojourn upon earth, never were they so conscious of what was present, so mindful of what was  past, as in their actual state now. Nor shall we refuse to concede that their moral identity is unchanged, that they
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are the creatures of the same accounta- bility as before, and that their present condition is linked together with their former history, as necessarily as indis-solubly. We come, then, to this dread conclu-sion : that every man who ever thought is still thinking; that every sensibility that ever felt still feels; that every con-sciousness revives itself; that every memory recalls itself; that every indi-vidual who has departed this life has en-tered into eternity, and is still distinctly and vividly alive to all the scenes of that mortal period which is past, and of that immort;il economy which has succeeded and superseded it. But to be able to t^ke hold of this truth, to receive an appropriate and a
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worthy impression of this fact, is far more difficult than its bare attestation. They who have quitted jhis earthly scene have scarcely left a trace of themselves  behind : the arrow has flown, and the air has quickly closed upon the passage; the leaf has fallen, and is mixed with the earth around the parent tree ; the raindrop has sunk into the ocean, and is lost in its depths. Our general and lesser conceptions touching the dead is, that they are no more, that they are ex-tinct, that they have perished : but, sure-ly as ourselves now live, exercising our faculties and entertaining our emotions, these spirits, no more within our range, with a mental activity to us unknown, now muse, now revolve, now look back-ward, now look forward, only more in-tensely, because their intellectual es-sence is undiverted, is unincumbered, and nothing can occur to dog its opera-tions, or to fix it in forgetfulness or in-difference.
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