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Likeness to God the Soul's Satisfaction.

Likeness to God the Soul's Satisfaction.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON


I shall be satisfied, when I awake with thy likeness.

PSALM xvii. 15
BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON


I shall be satisfied, when I awake with thy likeness.

PSALM xvii. 15

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LIKEESS TO GOD THE SOUL'S SATISFACTIO. BY THE REV. MILES JACKSOI shall be satisfied, when I awake with thy likeness. PSALM xvii. 15 TO the child of God, who has tasted that the Lord is good ; who is conformed to the image of his son ; who knows that the divine similitude is the source of all his felicity; and who, from the imperfection of that similitude, feels a vacuity within, and a dissatisfaction with his own spiritual stature ; the sure and certain hope of one day obtaining such a likeness to his God and Saviour, as will entirely, and fully, and eternally satisfy him, may well admi nister a peace, a consolation, and a joy, which are unspeakable, and full of glory. 134 And, to them who are still in the gall of bitterness, and bond of iniquity ; who are living without God, and without Christ, the assurance that immortal happiness is to be found, only in the likeness of God, may be instructive and awakening. What indeed is more calculated to awaken the solicitudes of them who are asleep in their sins, than the thought that they have no delight in the prospect of that i ulness
 
of joy, which God has provided for his people, seeing that joy consists in likeness to himself? Let a man oi the world only exercise his rational faculties ; consider the nature of the heavenly happiness ; and reflect upon the state of his own mind ; and if he find that there is no correspondence between the nature of that happiness, and the state of his heart ; and that he manifests no de sire for a happiness like this, but rather re  jects it and despises it ; surely, he must have the conviction of his own mind, that he is unprepared for heaven, that all the feelings, emotions, and affections of his heart are such as incapacitate him for the en  joyment of glory, honour, and immortality. Are there not too many incapable of de riving comfort, and satisfaction, from the hope and expectation of attaining to the likeness of God? Does not every unrenewed heart avoid likeness to God, as it would avoid hell itself? 135 With what consistency can a man say that he hopes for heaven, and prays, and longs for it, when that very likeness to God in which heaven consists, is shewn by the whole bent of his mind, and by the whole tenour of his practice, to be an ob  ject of aversion ? Will any man talk of desiring heaven, while warnings without, and convictions
 
within, while reason and revelation in vain unite in calling him to repentance, and newness of life ? while week after week, and sabbath after sabbath, for months and years the Lord calls but he refuses ; the Lord stretches forth his hand, but he re gards him not ! What ! desire heaven in tongue, and hate it in heart ! Desire hea ven in prayer, and hate it in practice ! Desire the joys of heaven, and hate the divine likeness which constitutes that joy ! Let no man attempt to deny this charge. It cannot be repelled by any appeal to the workings of the heart, while it is constantly substantiated by the general tenour of the life. Are there not many who, with all their approbation of evangelical truth, and with all the convictions of their conscience in its favour, still remain hostile to the very nature of that heaven which they profess to seek, and of that salvation which they imagine they are working out with fear, and trembling ? 136 Say, my brethren, what pains do we take to acquire that likeness to God which is the very essence of heavenly bliss ? When do we read the Bible with this view ? When do we hide it in our hearts ? W r hen do we meditate ? When do we deny ourselves, and take up our cross, and follow Christ ? When do we crucify the flesh, with the affec tions and lusts ; when do we mortify the

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