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Who Shall Dwell in Heaven?

My dear friend, - You can have no doubt that in the course of a few years you will have terminated your earthly course, and be added to the great congregation of the dead. This truth is clearly taught in the Scriptures, and is fully confirmed to us by daily observation. Human life is often terminated suddenly; still oftener, unexpectedly; and pains and sicknesses are its ordinary premonitions. You also probably acknowledge the immortality of the soul, in conscious existence; and consequently must be persuaded that such existence must be one of happiness or misery. This also is clearly taught in the Scriptures, for they assure us of a judgement to come, from which the wicked "shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal." The difference between these states is immeasurable - inconceivable. The day which ends your life on earth, will seal up your destiny for one or other of these states - "For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goest."