Possess the Kingdom
saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for
ever, even for ever and ever. Dan. 7:18
God takes none to heaven but those who
are first made saints in this world through the grace of Christ, those in whom
He can see Christ exemplified. When the love of Christ is an abiding principle
in the soul, we shall realize that we are hid with Christ in God. . . .
These only who, by prayer and
watchfulness and love, work the works of Christ, can God rejoice over with
singing. The more fully the Lord sees the character of His beloved Son revealed
in His people, the greater is His satisfaction and delight in them. God Himself
and the heavenly angels rejoice over them with singing. The believing sinner is
pronounced innocent, while the guilt is placed on Christ. The righteousness of
Christ is placed on the debtor's account, and against his name on the balance
sheet is written: Pardoned. Eternal Life. . . .
"Ye are God's husbandry." As
one takes pleasure in the cultivation of a garden, so God takes pleasure in His
believing sons and daughters. A garden demands constant labor. The weeds must
be removed; new plants must be set out; branches that are making too rapid
development must be pruned back. So the Lord works for His garden, so He tends
His plants. He cannot take pleasure in any development that does not reveal the
graces of the character of Christ. The blood of Christ has made men and women
God's precious charge. . . . Some plants are so feeble that they have hardly
any life, and for these the Lord has a special care.
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Only those will enter heaven who in
probationary time have formed a character that breathes a heavenly influence.
The saint in heaven must first be a saint upon earth.
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