We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18.
If the church will put on the robe of Christ’s righteousness, withdrawing from all allegiance with the world, there is before her the dawn of a bright and glorious day. God’s promise to her will stand fast forever…. Truth, passing by those who despise and reject it, will triumph. Although at times apparently retarded, its progress has never been checked…. Endowed with divine energy, it will cut its way through the strongest barriers and triumph over every obstacle.
What sustained the Son of God during His life of toil and sacrifice? He saw the results of the travail of His soul and was satisfied. Looking into eternity, He beheld the happiness of those who through His humiliation had received pardon and everlasting life. His ear caught the shout of the redeemed. He heard the ransomed ones singing the song of Moses and the Lamb.
We may have a vision of the future, the blessedness of heaven. In the Bible are revealed visions of the future glory, scenes pictured by the hand of God, and these are dear to His church. By faith we may stand on the threshold of the eternal city, and hear the gracious welcome given to those who in this life co-operate with Christ, regarding it as an honor to suffer for His sake. As the words are spoken, “Come, ye blessed of my Father,” they cast their crowns at the feet of the Redeemer, exclaiming, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing…. Honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” Matthew 25:34; Revelation 5:12, 13.
There the redeemed greet those who led them to the Saviour, and all unite in praising Him who died that human beings might have the life that measures with the life of God. The conflict is over. Tribulation and strife are at an end. Songs of victory fill all heaven as the ransomed ones take up the joyful strain, Worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and lives again, a triumphant conqueror.
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——Please pray for Eileen who is still having back problems. Rose
One day, we received a phone call from the best man at our wedding. Sharon and Earl were planning on visiting us on their way home from a long journey. We were excited as we hadn’t seen them for years. Sadly, we received another call from Sharon that saddened us. We would have to wait until Jesus came to see Earl. As Sharon was describing Earl’s last days, she told us of the day before he became ill. As was his custom, he had brought on the trip books and pamphlets to hand out to those he met wherever they went. When they stopped at the last campground, Earl took the last of the literature and as he normally did, he visited from campsite to campsite speaking to the people and leaving with them something to point them to his Saviour. What a tribute to his walk with the Lord Jesus Christ!
How much I look forward to that great resurrection day “when all that are in the graves…shall come forth.” John 5:28,29 Job asks the question, “If a man die, shall he live again?” Then he answers, “all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” Job 14:14 “So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.” vs 12 Jesus tells us, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” 6:53,54 Precious promise! Think of it! If we totally follow Jesus, He will raise us up at the last day at His coming.
Someday, all sickness and suffering will be over. Someday, there will be no phone calls telling of friends who have sickened and died.Someday we will we will be reunited with our loved ones who are awaiting the call of the Lifegiver. Paul assures us, “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 1 Cor 15:51-54 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven wit! h a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thes 4:16-18 John foresaw that grand and glorious day when all sadness and sorrow will be a thing of the past, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sor! row, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.” Rev 21:1-4
Let us put our complete trust the One “Who only hath immortality.” 1 Tim 6:15, 16 Let us have faith in His resurrecting power. Let us look forward to the time when we will see our loved ones face to face never to part again.
Look at Things Eternal