Belong to the Royal Family
now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but
we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see
him as he is. 1 John 3:2.
Can any earthly promotion confer honor equal to this--to be sons of God, children
of the heavenly King, members of the royal family? . . . The nobility of earth
are but men; they die, and return to dust; and there is no lasting satisfaction
in their praise and honor. But the honor that comes from God is lasting. To
be heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, is to be entitled to unsearchable
riches--treasures of such value that in comparison with them the gold and
silver, the gems and precious stones of earth, sink into insignificance.
fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ is to be ennobled and
elevated, and made a partaker of joys unspeakable and full of glory. Food,
clothing, station, and wealth may have their value; but to have a connection
with God and to be a partaker of His divine nature is of priceless value.
Our lives should be hid with Christ in God; and although it "doth not
yet appear what we shall be," "when Christ, who is our life, shall
appear," "we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
The princely dignity of the Christian character will shine forth as the sun,
and the beams of light from the face of Christ will be reflected upon those
who have purified themselves even as He is pure. The privilege of becoming
sons of God is cheaply purchased, even at the sacrifice of everything we possess,
be it life itself.
in his mortal state beheld the glory of God, he fell as one dead; he was not
able to endure the sight. But when the children of God shall have put on immortality,
they will "see him as he is." They will stand before the throne,
accepted in the Beloved. All their sins have been blotted out, all their transgressions
borne away. Now they can look upon the undimmed glory of the throne of God.
They have been partakers with Christ in His sufferings, they have been workers
together with Him in the plan of redemption, and they are partakers with Him
in the joy of seeing souls saved in the kingdom of God, there to praise God
through all eternity.
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