Keynote of Scripture
that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the
earth. Job 19:25.
the most solemn and yet most glorious truths revealed in the Bible is that
of Christ’s second coming, to complete the great work of redemption.
To God’s pilgrim people, so long left to sojourn in “the region
and shadow of death,” a precious, joy-inspiring hope is given in the
promise of His appearing, who is “the resurrection and the life,”
to “bring home again His banished.” The doctrine of the second
advent is the very key-note of the Sacred Scriptures. From the day when the
first pair turned their sorrowing steps from Eden, the children of faith have
waited the coming of the Promised One to break the destroyer’s power
and bring them again to the lost Paradise. ... Enoch, only the seventh in
descent from them that dwelt in Eden, he who for three centuries on earth
walked with his God, was permitted to behold from afar the coming of the Deliverer.
“Behold,” he declared, “the Lord cometh with ten thousands
of his saints, to execute judgment upon all.” The patriarch Job in the
night of his affliction exclaimed with unshaken trust: “I know that
my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:...
in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall
behold, and not another.”
God of all grace so enlighten your understanding that you may discern eternal
things, that by the light of truth your own errors, which are many, may be
discovered to you just as they are, that you may make the necessary effort
to put them away, and in the place of this evil, bitter fruit may bring forth
fruit which is precious unto eternal life.
your poor, proud, self-righteous heart before God; get low, very low, all
broken in your sinfulness at His feet. Devote yourself to the work of preparation.
Rest not until you can truly say: My Redeemer liveth, and, because He lives,
I shall live also.
lose heaven, you lose everything; if you gain heaven, you gain everything.
Do not make a mistake in this matter, I implore you. Eternal interests are
Our Father Cares, p. 315.