Being Prepared for the Faithful
fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also
that love his appearing. 2 Tim. 4:7, 8.
When the Lord makes up His jewels, the true, the frank, the honest, will be
looked upon with pleasure. Angels are employed in making crowns for such ones,
and upon these star-gemmed crowns will be reflected, with splendor, the light
which radiates from the throne of God.
heavenly things. Talk of Jesus, His loveliness and glory, and of His undying
love for you, and let your heart flow out in love and gratitude to Him, who
died to save you. O, get ready to meet your Lord in peace. Those who are ready
will soon receive an unfading crown of life, and will dwell forever in the
kingdom of God, with Christ, with angels, and with those who have been redeemed
by the precious blood of Christ.
of glory . . . is laid up for us who wait, and love, and long for, the appearing
of the Savior.
It is the
waiting ones who are to be crowned with glory, honor, and immortality. You
need not talk . . . of the honors of the world, or the praise of its great
ones. They are all vanity. Let but the finger of God touch them, and they
would soon go back to dust again. I want honor that is lasting, honor that
is immortal, honor that will never perish; a crown that is richer than any
crown that ever decked the brow of a monarch.
day the redeemed will shine forth in the glory of the Father and His Son.
The angels of heaven, touching their golden harps, will welcome the King,
and those who are the trophies of His victory--those who have been washed
and made white in the blood of the Lamb. A song of triumph will peal forth,
filling all heaven. Christ has conquered. He enters the heavenly courts accompanied
by His redeemed ones, the witnesses that His mission of suffering and self-sacrifice
has not been in vain.
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