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ST. LUKE I. 26.
And in the sixth month the Angel Gabriel was sent from God, unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And the Angel came in unto her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the Angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Read to the end of the Chapter.
We must all
2 COR. V. 10.
appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
ST. MATTHEW XXV. 31.
When the Son of man shall come in his
glory, and all the holy Angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.- -Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his Angels. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
TO BE PREPARED FOR JUDGMENT.
I believe, O blessed Jesus, that from thy throne at God's right hand, where thou now sittest, thou wilt come again to judge the world, attended with thy holy Angels. I believe, O thou adorable Judge, that all mankind shall be summoned before thy awful tribunal: all the dead who shall be waked out of their graves, when the Angel shall blow the last trump: and all that are then quick and dead shall then appear before thee: that I and all the world
shall give a strict account of all our thoughts, words, and actions: that the books will then be opened; that out of those dreadful registers we shall be judged: that Satan and our own consciences will be our accusers. O let the last trump be ever sounding in my ears, that I may be ever mindful of my great accounts; and that I may neither speak, nor do, nor think any thing, that may wound my own conscience or provoke thy anger, or make me tremble at the awful day. I know, O Lord, that love only shall then endure that terrible test, that love only shall be acquitted, that love only shall be eternally blest: and therefore I will ever praise and love thee. Glory be to thee O thou beloved Son of God, to whom the Father hath committed all judgment. How can they that love thee, O Jesu, ever despond, though their love in this life be always imperfect, when at last they shall have love for their judge, love that hath felt and will compassionate all their infirmities? and therefore all love, all glory, be to thee. Amen.
H. AND A. HILL, TYP., STANDARD OFFICE, BRISTOL.
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