When We Get to Heaven
Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but
the Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Sam. 16:7.
Often we regard as hopeless subjects the very ones whom Christ is drawing
to Himself. . . . Many will be in heaven who their neighbors supposed would
never enter there. Man judges from appearance, but God judges the heart.
the redeemed will have laid hold of Christ in the last hours of life, and
in heaven instruction will be given to these, who, when they died, did not
understand perfectly the plan of salvation.
in His agony on the cross there came one gleam of comfort. It was the prayer
of the penitent thief. . . . In Jesus, bruised, mocked, and hanging upon the
cross, he sees the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world. Hope
is mingled with anguish in his voice as the helpless, dying soul casts himself
upon a dying Savior. "Lord, remember me," he cries, "when thou
comest into thy kingdom." Quickly the answer came. . . . Verily I say
unto thee today, Thou shalt be with Me in paradise.
may be represented by the eleventh hour laborers who receive as much reward
as do those who have labored for many hours. The thief asked in faith, in
penitence, in contrition. He asked in earnestness, as if he fully realized
that Jesus could save him if He would.
Christ commends in the judgment may have known little of theology, but they
have cherished His principles. . . .
heathen are those who worship God ignorantly, those to whom the light is never
brought by human instrumentality, yet they will not perish. Though ignorant
of the written law of God, they have heard His voice speaking to them in nature,
and have done the things that the law required. Their works are evidence that
the Holy Spirit has touched their hearts, and they are recognized as the children
and gladdened will be the lowly among the nations, and among the heathen,
to hear from the lips of the Savior, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto
one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me"! How
glad will be the heart of Infinite Love as His followers look up with surprise
and joy at His words of approval!
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