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. Rev. 21:4.
As we enter the kingdom of God, there to spend eternity, the trials and the
difficulties and the perplexities that we have had here will sink into insignificance.
home of the redeemed there will be no tears, no funeral trains, no badges
of mourning, "The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that
dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." Isaiah 33:24. One rich
tide of happiness will flow and deepen as eternity rolls on. . . .
consider most earnestly the blessed hereafter. Let our faith pierce through
every cloud of darkness and behold Him who died for the sins of the world.
He has opened the gates of paradise to all who receive and believe on Him.
To them He gives power to become the sons and daughters of God. Let the afflictions
which pain us so grievously become instructive lessons, teaching us to press
forward toward the mark of the prize of our high calling in Christ. Let us
be encouraged by the thought that the Lord is soon to come. Let this hope
gladden our hearts. . . .
homeward bound. He who loved us so much as to die for us hath builded for
us a city. The New Jerusalem is our place of rest. There will be no sadness
in the city of God. No wail of sorrow, no dirge of crushed hopes and buried
affections, will evermore be heard. Soon the garments of heaviness will be
changed for the wedding garment. Soon we shall witness the coronation of our
King. Those whose lives have been hidden with Christ, those who on this earth
have fought the good fight of faith, will shine forth with the Redeemer's
glory in the kingdom of God.
not be long till we shall see Him in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered.
And in His presence, all the trials and sufferings of this life will be as
nothingness. . . . Look up, look up, and let your faith continually increase.
Let this faith guide you along the narrow path that leads through the gates
of the city of God into the great beyond, the wide, unbounded future of glory
that is for the redeemed.
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