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wicked,” Job ix. 22. Thus Job lied against his right in the judgment which God promises to his children upon every fiery trial; as the Holy Spirit declares: “ Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust in him, and he shall bring it to pass; and he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noon-day," Psalm xxxvii. 5, 6; yea, this is secured by the covenant: “ No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord; and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” And to this the faith of the church subscribes, when she says, “ He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.” But then it may be objected, Where is the judgment of the martyrs? And it may also be ob: jected, Where is the judgment of the Son of God, for he was condemned being innocent? To both which I answer, that though he was condemned in the flesh, yet he was justified in the Spirit, both by his resurrection, and in the hearts, and by the faith, of all his followers. And at the destruction of Jerusalem judgment was given to him; wrath came upon them to the uttermost; and the angel Gabriel tells Daniel that Messiah's death should go before, and the Jews' destruction should be an inevitable consequence of it: “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the [Roman] prince that shall come shall destroy the city, and the sanctuary;

and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”

And as for the judgment of the saints that suffered martyrdom, their prayers lie yet at the foot of the altar, which were put up when they were offered; “ And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them, [this is their justification and wedding-robe before God;] and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow-servants also, and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” The prayers of these departed souls, which were offered up to God when they died, are left at the foot of the altar, which is Christ; and the time will come when their judgment, which was taken away by men, will be given unta them by God; and so it is written, “ I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” The New Testament records it thus: “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” It was a long time before the dying prayer of Zechariah was answered; but he left it at the foot of the altar with his last breath: " And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper? Because ye have forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken you. And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones, at the commandment of the king, in the court of the house of the Lord. And, when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it, and require it." These very dying words our Lord takes notice of, and promises a full answer to them: “ That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; from the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation,” Luke xi. 50, 51. Thus the promised judgment of the needy is sure to be given to the saints of the Most High; this is their promised right. But Job lied against it; both against the present judgment, and the judgment to come.

But again: the right of all believers, from the foundation of the world, is eternal life. It is the

poor and eternal statute of the Lord of hosts, that the just man shall live by his faith; hence it is said, that As many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” And the strong believer has this life in Christ by faith; the weak believer has it in Christ by hope; hence hope is called a lively hope; and the word of life is the basis of hope: “Remember thy word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.” And what word was that? why, the promise of life: “ This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me." But Job lied against this also: “The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest, the hope of man,” Job xiv. 19. If his hope was destroyed, then he could be in no better state than the poor heathens, who were without God, and having no hope in the word. And for such hopeless souls there can be no salvation; “ For we are saved by hope.”

Again : Job certainly had a right to the kingdom of God; for we are sons of God by faith; and if sons, then heirs; for the kingdom of God is set up

in the hearts of all believers; and the empire of grace

within is to rain till it waft the soul into glory. There is a glorious kingdom: we shall reign for ever, even in heaven. And Job was a sound believer, for he believed in his heart unto righteousness, and had with his mouth made confession unto salvation: “I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

Moreover, the kingdom of God was sure to Job by the testimony of God himself. God had borne witness to Job that he was a perfect and an upright man, one that feared Godand eschewed evil, and that there was none like him in all the earth, Now, according to this testimony, he had a right to the kingdom; for the reward is promised to God's servants, the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear God, small and great. But Job lied against this branch of his right; for he concluded that God viewed him as his enemy: “ Wherefore hidest thou thy face from me, and holdest me for thine enemy?" Now heaven is not intended for enemies; all that dwell in those blissful mansions are called God's friends and neighbours: “And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found

my sheep which was lost.” He concludes it from my text also, My wound is incurable without transgression.” If there was no cure for his wound he could have no part in the health and cure of the great Physician; and if the broken heart be not bound up, nothing can ensue but remediless grief and desperate sorrow, Job concludes it from the common destruction which he suggests would be

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