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A58046 Practical discourses concerning death and Heaven discovering the great necessity of a speedy preparation for death : with the danger of neglecting or delaying such preparations : also the excellency, glory, and happiness of Heaven opened and explained as the portion of all true believers after death / by Nathanael Ranew. Ranew, Nathanael, 1602?-1678. 1694 (1694) Wing R247; ESTC R26914 143,487 222

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constant_a preparation_n for_o death_n by_o act_n of_o repentance_n for_o former_a sin_n and_o by_o frequent_a application_n of_o the_o blood_n of_o christ_n to_o his_o soul_n by_o faith_n he_o remove_v both_o the_o sting_n and_o the_o fear_n of_o death_n at_o once_o for_o how_o can_v he_o be_v afraid_a of_o death_n who_o frequent_a thought_n and_o meditation_n of_o it_o make_v it_o familiar_a to_o he_o and_o as_o for_o the_o sting_n of_o death_n that_o can_v hurt_v he_o neither_o for_o where_o sin_n be_v true_o repent_v of_o it_o be_v real_o pardon_v and_o sin_n be_v pardon_v the_o power_n and_o sting_n of_o it_o whereby_o it_o hurt_v and_o wound_n other_o be_v take_v away_o as_o to_o he_o so_o that_o though_o other_o be_v hold_v in_o bondage_n under_o the_o fear_n of_o death_n all_o their_o life_n and_o feel_v the_o deadly_a sting_n of_o it_o when_o they_o come_v to_o die_v yet_o he_o fear_v not_o either_o the_o suddenness_n of_o its_o approach_n nor_o the_o power_n of_o its_o sting_n now_o die_v be_v a_o work_n of_o great_a weight_n and_o difficulty_n it_o be_v not_o only_o of_o great_a concernment_n but_o it_o will_v be_v full_a of_o sweetness_n and_o comfort_n to_o we_o when_o we_o come_v to_o lie_v upon_o a_o 〈◊〉_d have_v to_o be_v able_a to_o say_v that_o all_o thing_n be_v set_v straight_o and_o right_o between_o god_n and_o our_o soul_n such_o person_n be_v no_o small_a proficient_n in_o grace_n and_o holiness_n but_o be_v strong_a in_o the_o 〈…〉_o chap._n iii_o the_o state_n of_o man_n consider_v under_o death_n what_o it_o be_v to_o wait_v for_o death_n with_o reason_n why_o we_o must_v prepare_v for_o it_o die_v be_v a_o important_a
at_o all_o for_o the_o great_a judge_n of_o heaven_n and_o earth_n before_o who_o thou_o and_o i_o be_v now_o go_v to_o appear_v know_v all_o these_o thing_n that_o i_o have_v now_o tell_v thou_o of_o to_o be_v true_a and_o will_v quick_o undeceive_v thou_o whatever_o thy_o hope_n be_v now_o and_o make_v thou_o know_v these_o thing_n unto_o thy_o everlasting_a confusion_n unless_o out_o of_o the_o infinite_a riches_n of_o his_o grace_n and_o mercy_n he_o give_v thou_o repentance_n present_o which_o thou_o can_v have_v very_o little_a hope_n of_o now_o at_o death_n since_o thou_o do_v not_o turn_v to_o he_o in_o thy_o life_n second_o consider_v when_o thou_o come_v to_o die_v thou_o will_v then_o have_v to_o do_v with_o god_n himself_o immediate_o it_o be_v true_a while_o we_o be_v here_o in_o the_o body_n we_o have_v to_o do_v with_o god_n and_o all_o our_o affair_n whatsoever_o be_v transact_v under_o his_o eye_n and_o in_o his_o presence_n therefore_o we_o read_v in_o heb._n 4.13_o 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isai_n 6.5_o o_o how_o much_o more_o may_v it_o overwhelm_v a_o soul_n when_o strip_v of_o its_o body_n to_o see_v not_o only_o a_o vision_n of_o god_n but_o to_o see_v god_n himself_o as_o it_o be_v face_n to_o face_n but_o this_o be_v not_o all_o for_o the_o soul_n be_v not_o by_o death_n bare_o bring_v before_o the_o great_a and_o glorious_a god_n but_o it_o be_v bring_v before_o he_o to_o be_v judge_v to_o a_o eternal_a state_n in_o this_o life_n we_o come_v into_o the_o presence_n of_o god_n upon_o a_o treaty_n of_o peace_n between_o god_n and_o our_o soul_n god_n be_v now_o in_o christ_n reconcile_a sinner_n unto_o himself_o and_o be_v willing_a not_o to_o impute_v their_o sin_n and_o trespass_n unto_o they_o and_o if_o they_o will_v accept_v of_o his_o term_n they_o may_v make_v peace_n with_o he_o for_o he_o say_v now_o unto_o sinner_n let_v they_o take_v hold_v of_o my_o strength_n and_o so_o make_v peace_n with_o i_o and_o they_o shall_v make_v peace_n with_o i_o but_o if_o 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to_o persuade_v christian_n unto_o a_o preparation_n for_o death_n consider_v the_o misery_n of_o those_o who_o when_o death_n come_v upon_o they_o be_v unprovided_a for_o it_o and_o this_o i_o shall_v do_v in_o these_o follow_a particular_n brief_o first_o a_o unprepared_a sinner_n at_o death_n lose_v all_o his_o outward_a comfort_n and_o enjoyment_n in_o this_o life_n it_o may_v be_v providence_n do_v abound_v towards_o he_o with_o variety_n of_o outward_a enjoyment_n as_o riches_n relation_n pleasure_n profit_n and_o the_o like_a but_o death_n be_v now_o come_v and_o have_v sweep_v away_o all_o of_o these_o thing_n that_o be_v desirable_a it_o be_v a_o doleful_a expression_n of_o ahraham_n unto_o the_o rich_a man_n in_o hell_n luke_n 16.25_o son_n remember_v thou_o in_o thy_o life-time_n receive_v thy_o good_a thing_n oh_o what_o a_o cut_a word_n be_v this_o to_o his_o soul_n when_o he_o be_v pass_v into_o another_o world_n and_o will_v it_o not_o wound_v thy_o soul_n as_o deep_o o_o sinner_n who_o have_v not_o make_v thy_o preparation_n for_o eternity_n when_o thou_o come_v to_o pass_v through_o the_o valley_n of_o the_o shadow_n of_o death_n to_o consider_v thou_o have_v receive_v all_o thy_o good_a thing_n already_o yea_o and_o have_v receive_v they_o if_o thou_o can_v always_o live_v with_o they_o and_o keep_v they_o always_o with_o thou_o it_o may_v be_v something_o to_o thou_o but_o alas_o thou_o can_v not_o for_o when_o death_n come_v it_o will_v turn_v thou_o out_o of_o all_o thy_o possession_n and_o enjoyment_n when_o thou_o die_v thou_o shall_v take_v nothing_o in_o thy_o hand_n with_o thou_o of_o all_o thy_o labour_n as_o the_o wise_a man_n speak_v eccl._n 5.15_o the_o thing_n of_o this_o world_n will_v not_o go_v one_o step_n with_o thou_o beyond_o this_o present_a life_n and_o think_v o_o sinner_n if_o thou_o can_v what_o a_o doleful_a thing_n will_v it_o be_v for_o a_o poor_a soul_n to_o be_v 〈◊〉_d down_o naked_a upon_o the_o vast_a ocean_n of_o eternity_n have_v nothing_o to_o relieve_v and_o support_v itself_o with_o all_o its_o riches_n and_o treasure_n be_v leave_v behind_o it_o in_o another_o world_n second_o the_o misery_n of_o a_o unprepared_a sinner_n for_o death_n appear_v in_o this_o that_o then_o he_o shall_v be_v deprive_v of_o all_o the_o season_n and_o opportunity_n of_o grace_n it_o be_v no_o mean_a mercy_n to_o thou_o o_o sinner_n have_v thou_o a_o heart_n to_o improve_v it_o that_o thou_o now_o enjoy_v the_o ordinance_n of_o life_n and_o salvation_n that_o thou_o have_v the_o tender_n of_o mercy_n the_o entreaty_n of_o minister_n the_o motion_n of_o the_o spirit_n invitation_n to_o come_v unto_o christ_n leave_n and_o liberty_n to_o cast_v down_o thyself_o at_o the_o foot_n of_o god_n and_o by_o prayer_n and_o supplication_n seek_v his_o face_n and_o be_v as_o earnest_n and_o fervent_a as_o thou_o will_v or_o can_v be_v for_o mercy_n but_o let_v i_o tell_v thou_o at_o death_n the_o door_n of_o mercy_n will_v be_v for_o ever_o shut_v there_o will_v be_v no_o pray_v or_o preach_v or_o hear_v in_o the_o place_n whither_o thou_o be_v go_v no_o declare_v this_o love_a kindness_n of_o god_n in_o the_o grave_a nor_o this_o faithfulness_n of_o he_o in_o destruction_n now_o the_o ordinance_n of_o god_n though_o precious_a to_o other_o yet_o be_v they_o tedious_a and_o irksome_a unto_o thou_o the_o church_n of_o god_n to_o thou_o be_v little_o better_a than_o a_o prison_n the_o sabbath-day_n be_v the_o long_a day_n in_o the_o week_n in_o thy_o account_n thou_o will_v fain_o be_v rid_v of_o it_o the_o command_v of_o christ_n which_o to_o a_o gracious_a soul_n be_v
glory_n yet_o must_v we_o not_o wish_v for_o that_o absolute_o for_o though_o the_o holy_a apostle_n desire_v to_o be_v dissolve_v and_o to_o be_v with_o christ_n yet_o be_v he_o in_o a_o strait_a and_o what_o to_o choose_v he_o tell_v we_o he_o wist_v not_o and_o we_o know_v how_o he_o qualify_v and_o debate_v the_o business_n and_o what_o the_o issue_n come_v to_o you_o may_v read_v in_o 1_o phil._n 21.22_o 23._o still_o therefore_o in_o all_o our_o desire_n after_o death_n in_o