« السابقةمتابعة »
mansions; and their Lord is gone to prepare a place for them; and will come again and take them to himself, that where he is, they may be also. While such is their hope for eternity here, they are led by the Spirit of God; are temples of the Holy Spirit; and God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into their hearts, crying Abba, Father. They are the objects of the eternal Father's tender The eternal God is their refuge. The Lord of Hosts is with them, the God of Jacob is their refuge. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them; and loves them with a love more tender than that of earthly parents; for he is their Father, though Abraham be ignorant of them, and though Isaac acknowledge them not; and if even father and mother forsook them, the Lord would take them up. The Father loveth them because they believe on Christ; and hath set them apart for himself. They may cast all their care upon him, for he careth for them. Their father knoweth that they have need of earthly mercies; he will withhold no good thing from them: but, to his other blessings, will give them grace and glory. He will never leave them nor forsake them; but with everlasting kindness will he have mercy on them. He that toucheth them, toucheth the app.e of his eye. The moun
tains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but his kindness shall not depart from them, neither shall the covenant of his peace be removed. No weapon formed against them shall prosper. He watches them with a fa ther's tender care; behold the eye of the Lord is upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry. He will enable them to overcome their mightiest foes, even Satan, will the God of peace bruise under their feet shortly. The very hairs of their head are all numbered. They have access to God; he hears their secret prayers, and will reward them openly. Their fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. Their effectual fervent prayer availeth much. Jesus is their divine Shepherd. They shall not want. He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom. They follow him, and he giveth them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any one pluck them out of his hand. They are branches of Christ, the living vine; are members of his body; are clothed with Christ; are lights of the world; salt of the earth; are dear to Christ as brother, and sister, and mother united. When Christ describes their character, he pronounces them blessed, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven; they shall
be comforted; they shall inherit the promised land; shall be filled; shall obtain mercy and see God. When the world persecutes and reviles them, their reward is great in heaven. Their life is hid with Christ in God, and when Christ, who is their life, shall appear, they also shall appear with him in glory. Jesus calls them his friends. The blessed angels of heaven are employed on errands of love on their behalf, and are ministering spirits to the heirs of salvation. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them; and those happy spirits have a charge given them to keep them.
Their names are written in heaven; are recorded in the book of life. They form a little flock, to whom it is the Father's good pleasure to give the kingdom. For them a rest remains; and eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. The Father himself loveth them; and is willing to grant their requests; but they have also a great Intercessor in heaven, to add weight to their requests; therefore they may go boldly to the throne of grace. Christ ever liveth to make intercession for them; he is their Advocate; and while he pleads above, gives them all needful grace below. He gives them bength; and left them peace;
and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep their hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. To them to live is Christ, and to die is gain; and as their souls are committed to his care, he will keep what they commit unto him. Who shall separate them from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or nakedness, or famine, or peril, or the sword? Nay, in all these things they are more than conquerors, through him that hath loved them: for neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come; nor height, nor depth, nor any creature, shall be able to separate them from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus their Lord. Though they are, at best, but unprofitable servants, yet their Lord will own, and infinitely reward, their little services; so that even a cup of cold water, given to one of his disciples, out of love to him, shall in no wise lose its reward. When they speak often to one another, the Lord hearkens, and a book of remembrance is written before him, for them that thus fear him, and think on his name. Blessed are they, they do his commandments, and have a right to the tree of life, and to enter in through the gates, into the heavenly city. Though they must die, yet their end is
peace, If this earthly house of their tabernacle be dissolved, they have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. When absent from the body they are present with the Lord. The day they depart they are with him in paradise. There they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; they dwell before the throne of God; and there is no night there. The Lamb that is in the midst of the throne, will feed them, and lead them to living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. At length the Judge will descend; then even that body which was sown in corruption, shall be raised in incorruption; it was sown in dishonour, it shall be raised in glory. This mortal shall put on immortality; and the Judge their Saviour will say to his friends, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you, from the foundation of the world; and they shall go into everlasting life; and shall shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father for ever. Thus all things are theirs, whether the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs, and they are Christ's, and Christ is God's. Happy is the people