The Coffin before the Cradle

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JM

Puritan Board Doctor
Hope is a Christian’s anchor, which he casts within the veil. “Rejoicing in hope.” A Christian’s hope is not in this life—but he “has hope in his death.” The best of a saint’s comfort, begins when his life ends; but the wicked have all their heaven here. “What sorrows await you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now!” Luke 6:24. You may make your acquittance, and write “Received in full payment.” “Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things.” But a saint’s happiness is in the anticipation of heavenly glory. “The righteous has hope in his death.” God keeps the best wine until last. If Cato, the heathen, said, “To me to die is gain,” as he saw death to be a mercy; what, then, may a believer say! “The day of death is better than the day of one’s birth.” A queen of England said she preferred her coffin before her cradle. - Thomas Watson, Body of Divinity
 
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