Excerpt from Tracts of Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage; In Two Parts: Part I. Containing a Consolatory Epistle Addressed to the Church of Carthage During a Season of Pestilence, And, a Letter to the Governor, Demetrian, on the Causes of National Affliction; Part II. Containing Short Treatises, Doctrinal and Practical
Once they are accomplished, will secure you for ever from the power of the devil? It had been revealed from heaven to good old Simeon, (that true believer unto righteousness, ) that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ wherefore, when Christ was brought to the temple in the arms of his mother, he presently knew by the Spirit that the person then was born who had been so foretold to him, and that himself should die immediately after seeing him. Thus rejoicing in the approaches of his own dissolution, and nothing doubting of his favourable reception in a better world, he took the child up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salva tion. In which words he hath plainly and clearly intimated, that the servants of God are then only secure of peace and undisturbed repose, when they are got out from the storms and hurricanes of this world, and have made to the haven of everlasting rest; when upon the swallowing up of death in victory, their mortal hath put on a blessed immortality.
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