Alexander Grosse on desiring to depart to be with Christ

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Noah left the earth to enter into the Ark, The children of Israel left the land of Egypt for the fruition of the land of Canaan: Every sanctified and believing soul is willing to leave all that it may fully enter into Christ, that it may have a complete fruition of Christ, who is all in all. Better then all, infinitely more then all to every regenerate, and gracious soul.

No prisoner but is willing to leave the prison-house, for the enjoyment of his own house; No exile but is willing to leave the land of banishment for the repossession of his own Country: No soul that knows its own bondage under corruption, its own alienation, and exilement from Christ, (in part at least,) during the days of its abode in this earthly tabernacle. but with Paul, hath a desire to depart and be with Christ which is far better.

As the husbandman compares, the joy of his future harvest, with the labour of his present winter. The soldier the glory of his future Crown with the difficulty of his present battle; The traveller the comfort of his future Paradise; with the sadness of his present Wilderness: lively sense of present misery, sweet and powerful apprehension of future, and ensuing glory, fill the soul truly gracious with longings of unwearied, and sacred vehemency. Assurance of future happiness makes a good man restless under the present burthen of his corruption. ...

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