O THE FESTIVAL OF ALL SAITS. 153 which Christ once made to the inquiry, that it is not our present business. The way is clearly defined, in which we may secure to ourselves the happiness of being of the number : and to rejoice our philanthropy, and delight us with the triumphs of our Lord, we are assured that His redemption shall not be an un- fruitful work, but that, through it, there shall be many sons brought into glory. In their high state of bliss, the Saints want not the refined pleasure of having many to enjoy with them their delightful existence. The worthy of every past age are col- lected into their ' goodly company.' The faithful of every future generation shall swell their numbers and their joy. For St. John, in his vision, *' beheld, and, lo, a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb." And a greater than John, even the Lamb Himself, has as- sured us that *' they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God^." In unfolding the scenes of heavenly vision, the sacred writers are obliged, by the poverty of human language, and the confined state of our minds, to borrow analogies from this visible world, and repre- sent things which surpass our comprehension, by those things with which we are familiarly acquainted. Hence, the introduction of the sublime and interest- ing scenery, which charms our minds, as we pass from the number of the Saints to the description, which the Evangelist has given us, of their condition. They stand "before the throne," and ** before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." White is the emblem of innocence. Spot- less purity enters into the very idea of it. And, by * Luke xiii. 29.