School of the Hereafter
the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them. Rev. 21:3, R.S.V.
Between the school established in Eden at the beginning and the school of
the hereafter there lies the whole compass of this world's history--the history
of human transgression and suffering, of divine sacrifice, and of victory
over death and sin. Not all the conditions of that first school of Eden will
be found in the school of the future life. No tree of knowledge of good and
evil will afford opportunity for temptation. No tempter is there, no possibility
of wrong. Every character has withstood the testing of evil, and none are
longer susceptible to its power. . . . Restored to His presence, man will
again, as at the beginning, be taught of God.
here is a preparation for the life eternal. The education begun here will
not be completed in this life; it will be going forward through all eternity--ever
progressing, never completed.
principle, every truth learned in an earthly school, will advance us just
that much in the heavenly school. As Christ walked and talked with His disciples
during His ministry on this earth, so will He teach us in the school above,
leading us beside the river of living waters and revealing to us truths that
in this life must remain hidden mysteries because of the limitations of the
human mind, so marred by sin.
of the inception of sin; of fatal falsehood in its crooked working; of truth
that ... has met and conquered error--all will be made manifest. The veil
that interposes between the visible and the invisible world will be drawn
aside, and wonderful things will be revealed.
will be developed, every capacity increased. The acquirement of knowledge
will not weary the mind or exhaust the energies. There the grandest enterprises
may be carried forward, the loftiest aspirations reached, the highest ambitions
realized; and still there will arise new heights to surmount, new wonders
to admire, new truths to comprehend, fresh objects to call forth the powers
of mind and soul and body.
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