Heb. 4. 9. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Introduction. The coherence of the words. The plan
of the treatise,
1. Description of the people of God. They are His by
election, special redemption, and renovation. They
yield to Him voluntary and persevering obedience.
II. Heaven is the PLACE of this rest. Its stability, immen-
sity, splendour, and pleasantness.
III. The EXCELLENCY of this rest. It is a holy rest. Sin
is destroyed; temptations are excluded; holy duties
are performed, and the soul possesses supernatural en-
IV. The second excellency of this rest. It is a joyful rest.
The joy of holy men in this life arises from pardon,
grace, and the hope of heaven. The joy of the glori-
fied arises from exemption from toil, and afflictions of
all sorts, and from the conquest of all enemies.
V. The subject continued. The joy of heaven arises from
the conjunction of all the saints who are free from ble-
mishes, united in blessed work, animated with perfect
VI. The subject continued. The joy of heaven corresponds
with the majesty of God, and is proportioned to the
love He bears to His people, and to the infinite value
of the blood of Christ. The highest glory of heaven
is the enjoyment of God.
Vll. The third excellency of this rest. It is eternal. Be-