“the things which usually make an easy passage to heaven are,
1. A pardon cleared, Isa. xxxiii. 24. The sense of pardon swallows up the sense of pain.
2. A heart weaned from this world, Heb. xi. 9, 13, 16. A heart loosed from the world, is a foot out of the snare. Mortified limbs are cut of from the body with little pain.
3. Fervent love to Christ, and longings to be with him, Phil. i. 23. He that loves Christ fervently, must needs loathe absence from Christ proportionately.
4. Purity and peace of conscience make a death-bed soft and easy. The strains and wounds of conscience, in the time of life, are so many thorns in our bed, or pillow, in the time of death, 1 John iii. 21. But integrity gives boldness.
5. The work of obedience faithfully finished, or a steady course of holiness throughout our life, is that which usually yields much peace and joy in death, Acts xx. 24.
6. But above all, the preference of the Comforter with us in that cloudy and dark day, turns it into one of the days of heaven, 1 Pet. iv. 11.”
1. Flavel, John. The Works of John Flavel, Volume III. “A Treatise of the Soul of Man” (Sermon on Hebrews 12:23). Carlisle, Pennsylvania: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1968, page 65.