a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was
to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round
about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. Rev. 4:2, 3.
In the rainbow above the throne is an everlasting testimony that "God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." . . .
bow in the cloud is formed by the union of the sunlight and the shower, so
the rainbow encircling the throne represents the combined power of mercy and
justice. It is not justice alone that is to be maintained; for this would
eclipse the glory of the rainbow of promise above the throne; men could see
only the penalty of the law. Were there no justice, no penalty, there would
be no stability to the government of God. It is the mingling of judgment and
mercy that makes salvation complete. . . .
us to enter through the gates into the city of God, and justice is satisfied
to accord to every obedient soul full privileges as a member of the royal
family, a child of the heavenly King. If we were defective in character, we
could not pass the gates that mercy has opened to the obedient; for justice
stands at the entrance, and demands holiness in all who would see God.
extinct, and were it possible for divine mercy to open the gates to the whole
race, irrespective of character, there would be a worse condition of disaffection
and rebellion in heaven than before Satan was expelled. The peace, happiness,
and harmony of heaven would be broken. The change from earth to heaven will
not change men's character; the happiness of the redeemed in heaven results
from the character formed in this life after the image of Christ. The saints
in heaven will first have been saints on earth.
that Christ made such a sacrifice to gain for man is that which is alone of
value; for it is that which saves from sin. . . . Thus the law of God is not
weakened by the gospel, but the power of sin is broken, and the scepter of
mercy is extended to the penitent sinner. . . . God will never forget His
people in their struggle against evil. Let Jesus be our theme.
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