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"HAT variety there is in the works of God! The oducts of nature, in this little world of ours, how any, and how various, they are! The tropics and e poles how they differ from each other! It gives great pleasure, and may afford us much instruction, gather together into a museum, samples or speciens of the marvellous products of our globe. In the - last years many have been running to and fro, 1 knowledge has thus been increased, because exitions of nature and art have been made by the erprize and skill of learned men. But what is this world of ours, this floating atom creation ? Wherever we take our stand we look
into the boundless ocean of space, and see bright Es on the face of the deep, like islands of light vening and beautifying the scene, and arousing our
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meired honour of translation, Elijah the prophet.
Him our nature is the votub of the Virgin, ascended up to His Father, ari cow in bodily presence intercedeth for us. in bråten therefore, if our supposition is correct, there are three bodies that claim the adoring interest of the xnumerable inhabitants.
The constitution, the powers of movement, and
curiosity. What is it all? Perhaps we live in the outskirts of creation, on the Ultima Thule of Space. Perhaps there is a mighty and a glorious Metropolis, where the Almighty Ruler holds His court. And perhaps in that great Metropolis there is (if I may so speak) a museum, or exhibition of the products of all worlds. And perhaps this place is to be the everlasting abode of the saints, the home of the blessed.
Where is Enoch, and where Elijah, and where our Lord in bodily presence ? If angels and inhabitants of heaven are affected by curiosity as we are, and long to know about the many worlds, that, to their keener gaze, lie out in the boundless regions of darkness; with what intense delight to them must be the arrival of the products of those worlds ! Enoch borne into their presence; and Elijah in his chariot of fire; and the Lord Jesus returning with thousands of angels robed in raiment akin to theirs. I am not saying is true ;
it is false. The resources of the Almighty and the Allwise are infinite; and we expect ere long to be permitted to visit other scenes than these on which our eyes are now set, and our knowledge will be greatly increased. The assertion of the text is very striking.
6 Enoch was translated ;” that is, as is generally believed, he passed from this world to the next without tasting death. His history is very brief. The sum and substance of it being this ; “ And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” One other man
stand. Our Lord summoned into His presence on one incasion the bodies of Moses and Elias, and the disiles appear to have known them readily. On more than one occasion, after His Resurrection, He became yasally present even where every ordinary inlet va closed. Philosophers, too, assure us that there die vast bodies of matter moving through space with bacivable velocity; and we can send intelligence ait to another with marvellous accuracy and incon
Tie hare but a very faint conception of the wonders beris capire. Its various inhabitants; their modes i life and action; their intercourse one with another ; a low towany of them we shall be introduced; what ille the sphere of our ministry ; matter, and affecwas of matter ; time, and space ; all these are full e romders, and we are but of yesterday, and know
Never stand aghast before Scripture statements beause of their wonderment. Never be so foolish as
received honour of translation, Elijah the prophet. Our blessed Lord too, who took upon Him our nature in the womb of the Virgin, ascended up to His Father, ind now in bodily presence intercedeth for us. In heaven therefore, if our supposition is correct, there re three bodies that claim the adoring interest of the nnumerable inhabitants.
The constitution, the powers of movement, and ther attributes of spiritual bodies, we do not undertand. Our Lord summoned into His presence on one ccasion the bodies of Moses and Elias, and the disiples appear to have known them readily.
them readily. On more han one occasion, after His Resurrection, He became ersonally present even where every ordinary inlet as closed. Philosophers, too, assure us that there le vast bodies of matter moving through space with conceivable velocity ; and we can send intelligence ne to another with marvellous accuracy and incon
We have but a very faint conception of the wonders God's empire. Its various inhabitants; their modes life and action; their intercourse one with another; how many of them we shall be introduced; what Il be the sphere of our ministry ; matter, and affecns of matter; time, and space; all these are full wonders, and we are but of yesterday, and know thing Never stand aghast before Scripture statements bese of their wonderment. Never be so foolish as
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to turn away, saying, I will not believe, because it is beyond the bound of your own little experience.
The translation of the bodies of Enoch and Elijah and our blessed Lord is certainly unique ; it stands alone amid all the marvels of the world's experience, as far as we know. Bnt we can easily conceive that it might have been the law of our removal hence, instead of the anomaly.
Suppose that the Lord God had ordained at first, that when the term of man's life was gained the body should be caught up into the sky, and either dissipated by the chemistry of the atmosphere, or carried away at once to another scene of life. Then there would have been nothing wonderful about it. We should have watched with sorrow and perplexity the uplifting of our departing friends, as now, with more cumbrous ceremonial we commit their bodies to the grave.
We say things are wonderful when they are unlike our ordinary experience, and yet perhaps, our ordinary experience, if made known to other beings, and in other parts of creation, would be wonderful to them and there. Oh! be assured everything is wonderful. Robes of mystery ; robes of grace and beauty; affections marvellous, and qualities wonderful, adorn the multitude of things by which we are surrounded, had we the desire, the skill, the wisdom to see them.
Besides, taking an instance near at hand; the experience of a Christian is as wonderful to the mere man of the world, as little understood, as are the
oysteries of creation known and read of us all. What
li the bodies of Enoch and Elijah are in heaven,
, neither can corruption inherit incorruption.
i Termove them hence in so strange and marvellous
, caused to pass over them the necessary posts
, and made them meet to be partakers of the
Licitance of the saints in light. To my mind the
viral of two bodies to the regions of bliss is a source atisfaction ; and had I been Methuselah the son
Rauch, I should have charged my memory, and my
, with most pleasant associations, as I cons kated again and again the condition of my father realhes of the departed. ta much certain information respecting Enoch
a sanded down from the first ages by tradition we
Nit now be assured of; that some such knowledge
a passessed by the Christians in the times of the
well believe. Among the faithful
wysteries of creation known and read of us all. What oes the sinful man know of being crucified with Christ; f cutting off his right hand ? What does he know f this the love of Christ constraineth us;" or this -"I can do all things through Christ that strengthieth me”? God's wisdom is to the Greeks, the learn1, the refined, the philosophical Greeks, Foolishness ! he wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. If the bodies of Enoch and Elijah are in heaven, ey must of course have undergone such changes as re necessary to fit them for residence in so glorious a ace; for flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom
God, neither can corruption inherit incorruption. it, we may rest assured, that He who thought fit remove them hence in so strange and marvellous manner, caused to pass over them the necessary inges, and made them meet to be partakers of the eritance of the saints in light. To my mind the noval of two bodies to the regions of bliss is a source satisfaction ; and had I been Methuselah the son Enoch, I should have charged my memory, and my il love, with most pleasant associations, as I conplated again and again the condition of my father the realms of the departed. low much certain information respecting Enoch
handed down from the first ages by tradition we not now be assured of; that some such knowledge
possessed by the Christians in the times of the stles we may well believe. Among the faithful