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An outlet and an inlet

"Death is swallowed up in victory!" 1 Cor. 15:54

DEATH is an outlet and an inlet to a holy man.

Death is an eternal outlet . . .
  to all sins,
  to all sorrows,
  to all shame,
  to all sufferings,
  to all afflictions,
  to all temptations,
  to all oppressions,
  to all confusions, and
  to all vexations.

Death is an eternal inlet into . . .
  the clear, full, and constant enjoyment of God,
  the sweetest pleasures,
  the purest joys,
  the highest delights,
  the strongest comforts, and
  the most satisfying contentments.

Death is the funeral of all a holy man's sins and miseries
the perfection of all his joys, graces, and spiritual excellencies.

Death is not the death of the man
but the death of his sin.

Death is a Christian's discharge from all trouble and misery!

Death came in by sin
and sin goes out by death.

Death cures all diseases
the aching head and the unbelieving
heart; the diseased body and the defi
led soul. Death will cure
the holy man of all natural and spiritual distempers.

Death is God's gentle usher to conduct us to heaven.

Death to a holy man, is nothing but the changing of . . .
  his grace
into glory,
  his faith
into vision,
  his hope
into fruition, and
  his love
into eternal rapture!

Oh, who would not go through death . . .
  to heaven!
  to eternal life!
  to immortality and glory!

Death, to a Christian, is . . .
  a welcome guest,
  a happy friend,
  a joyful messenger!

"Death is swallowed up in victory!" 1 Cor. 15:54


(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity,
 or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)

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