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DEATH, SAINTS’

Aristeides Observed The Christians

 About the year 125 A.D. a Greek by the name of Aristeides was writing to one of his friends about the new religion, Christianity. He was trying to explain the reasons for its extraordinary success. Here is a sentence from one of his letters:

 “If any righteous man among the Christians passes from this world, they rejoice and offer thanks to God, and they escort his body with songs and thanksgiving as if he were setting out from one place to another nearby.”

—J. G. Gilkey

Moody More Alive

 Realizing that he would soon be gone from this world one day, Moody said to a friend, “Someday you will read in the papers that D. L. Moody of Northfield is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it.

 “At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I shall have gone higher, that is all—out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal, a body that sin cannot touch, that sin cannot taint, a body fashioned into His glorious body. I was born in the flesh in 1837; I was born of the Spirit in 1856. That which is born of the flesh may die; that which is born of the Spirit will live forever.”

Exchanging Soiled Banknote

 Some said that death is paying a debt of nature. But it is not paying a debt, but rather exchanging money at the bank. We bring a crumpled note to the bank to obtain solid gold in exchange. In a Christian’s death, you bring this cumbersome body, which you could not retain long; you lay it down and receive for it, from the eternal treasures, liberty, victory, knowledge, rapture.

 

Dying Words Of Believers

     Matthew Henry—”Sin is bitter. I bless God I have inward supports.”

     Martin Luther—”Our God is the God from whom cometh salvation: God is the Lord by whom we escape death.”

     John Knox—Live in Christ, Live in Christ, and the flesh need not fear death.

     John Calvin—”Thou, Lord, bruisest me; but I am abundantly satisfied, since it is from thy hand.”

     John Wesley—”The best of all is, God is with us. Farewell! Farewell!”

     Charles Wesley—”I shall be satisfied with thy likeness—satisfied, satisfied!”

     Baxter—”I have pain; but I have peace. I have peace.”

     Preston—”Blessed be God! though I change my place, I shall not change my company.”

     Goodwin—”Ah! is this dying? How have I dreaded as an enemy this smiling friend!”

     Everett—”Glory, glory, glory!” (this expression was repeated for 25 minutes and only ceased with life itself).

More Last Words

     William Carey the missionary—”When I am gone, speak less of Dr. Carey and more of Dr. Carey’s Saviour.”

     Susanna Wesley—”Children, when I am gone, sing a song of praise to God.”

     Lady Glenorchy—”If this is dying, it is the pleasantest thing imaginable.”

     Edward Perronet, pastor—”Glory to God in the height of His divinity! Glory to God in the depths of His humanity! Glory to God in his all-sufficiency! Into His hands I commend my spirit.”

     John Pawson, minister—”I know I am dying, but my death-bed is a bed of roses. I have no thorns planted upon my dying pillow. Heaven is already begun!”

            Adoniram Judson—”I am not tired of my work, neither am I tired of the world; yet when Christ calls me home, I shall go with the gladness of a boy bounding away from school.”

 

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