Reward of the Redeemed
any man's work abide. . . , he shall receive a reward. 1 Cor. 3:14.
Glorious will be the reward bestowed when the faithful workers gather about
the throne of God and of the Lamb. When John 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." 1 John 3:2. 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.
day the redeemed will shine forth in the glory of the Father and the Son.
The angels, touching their golden harps, will welcome the King and His trophies
of victory. . . .A song of triumph will peal forth, filling all heaven. Christ
has conquered. He enters the heavenly courts, accompanied by His redeemed
ones, the witnesses that His mission of suffering and sacrifice has not been
in vain. . . .
homes for the pilgrims of earth. There are robes for the righteous, with crowns
of glory and palms of victory. All that has perplexed us in the providences
of God will in the world to come be made plain. The things hard to be understood
will then find explanation. The mysteries of grace will unfold before us.
Where our finite minds discovered only confusion and broken promises, we shall
see the most perfect and beautiful harmony. We shall know that infinite love
ordered the experiences that seemed most trying. As we realize the tender
care of Him who makes all things work together for our good, we shall rejoice
with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
you to prepare for the coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven. . . . Prepare
for the judgment, that when Christ shall come, to be admired in all them that
believe, you may be among those who will meet Him in peace.