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Blesud are the pure in heart: for they shall tee God. Matt, v. 18.
It is faith that purifies the heart; it brings home the atonement,
and we enjoy pardon, peace, and reconciliation; it purges the
conscience from dead works, and delivers us from all condemnation.
It receives the truth of God, and Jesus through the truth: and we
receive power to become the sons of God. We realize our
relationship to God, read the gracious promises God has made, and
anticipate the glorious kingdom He has prepared; hope rules in the
heart, and every one that has this hope in Him purifies himself,
even as Christ is pure. His conscience is made tender, his
intentions are honest, and his heart is sound in God's statutes. He
groans under a body of sin and death, proclaims eternal war with
the flesh, and loathes himself on account of filthiness in the
spirit. He would give a world to be free from sin, for holiness is
the element of his soul. He is blessed. He shall see God, and enjoy
Him as his Father, Portion, -and everlasting all. He shall be with
his God; and be like Him, in purity, happiness, and glory. Jesus,
the crowning grace impart; Bless me with purity of heart, That now
beholding Thee, I soon may view Thy open face, On all thy glorious
beauties gaze, And God forever see I Whom hming not seen ye love. 1
Pet. i. 8. We have never seen the glorified body of Jesus, but we
have believed what His word declares of Him, and believing we love
Him. As the only- begotten Son of God, who was exalted, dignified,
and glorified from everlasting; as the voluntary Saviour of poor
lost sinners, who became incarnate, suffered, bled and died for
them. We love His adorable person?His countenance is majesty?His
heart is love?His hand is omnipotence?His eye is bountifulness?His
bowels are com...
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