Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Journey of God's Ransomed People to Heaven

It is a glorious privilege to have a saving interest in the Divine favor; for whatever be the toils of the Christian pilgrim, or the conflicts of the Christian warrior.  God is his refuge, his present and his future salvation. The hope of victory animates the general in the midst of the contest; and the prospect of home comforts the pilgrim amidst the dangers of the journey.

The believer on earth is contending with enemies, numerous, powerful, and malicious; but he is animated with the hope of a most triumphant victory. He is a pilgrim surrounded by many dangers, and exposed to many storms but he rejoices in the prospect of a glorious home ... and that home is Heaven.
Christians, see your obligations to Christ. From him, all your present, and all your future happiness, is derived!  Let the hope of so much glory support you under the trials and difficulties of life. Rest and glory are before you. Continue your pilgrimage; think of its end; prepare for it. You will soon arrive in eternal glory!
[William Nicholson]
Isaiah 35:9-10 ... No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:  And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
1 Peter 1:3-4 ... Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Revelation 21:4 ... 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: for the former things are passed away.