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No More Tears

No More Tears

Heaven matters. In his book, Of God and Men, A. W. Tozer writes…

We must face today as children of tomorrow. We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty of the world to come.

Today’s Morning and Evening draws our attention towards the future hope we have in Christ Jesus.

Suffering is temporary. The eternal joy of our Savior awaits us. Once all cause for sorrow has come to an end, so will our need for tears.

Here is Alistair Begg’s modern phrasing of the Spurgeon classic.

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I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in my people;
no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
and the cry of distress. — Isaiah 65:19

In heaven the glorified do not weep, for all outward causes of grief are gone. There are no broken friendships, nor unfulfilled longings in heaven. Poverty, famine, danger, persecution, and slander are unknown there. There will be no pain to distress us, no anxious thoughts of death or bereavement to sadden. Those there do not weep, for they are perfectly sanctified. No evil heart of unbelief prompts them to depart from the living God; they are faultless before His throne and fully conformed to His image. Well might they stop mourning since they have stopped sinning. They do not weep, because all fear of change is past.

They know that they are eternally secure. Sin is shut out, and they are shut in. They are safe in a city that will never be taken; they bask in a sun that shall never set; they drink of a river that will never run dry; they pluck fruit from a tree that will never wither. Countless cycles may revolve, but eternity will not be exhausted; and while eternity endures, their immortality and blessedness shall endure with it.

They are forever with the Lord. They do not weep because every desire is fulfilled. They cannot wish for anything that they do not have. Eye and ear, heart and hand, judgment, imagination, hope, desire and will—all the faculties are completely satisfied; and although our present ideas of what God has prepared for those who love him are imperfect, still we know by the revelation of the Spirit that the saints above are supremely blessed. The joy of Christ, which is an infinite fullness of delight, is in them. They bathe themselves in the bottomless, shoreless sea of infinite blessing.

That same joyful rest awaits us. It may not be too long before the weeping willow is exchanged for the palm-branch of victory, and sorrow’s tears will be transformed into the pearls of everlasting bliss. “Therefore encourage one other with these words.”1

1 1 Thessalonians 4:18

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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Devotional

 

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Heaven’s Citizens

Heaven’s Citizens

Our heavenly citizenship is both a present reality and future hope. Philippians 3:20-21 says:

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.

Whatever clouds cover us here in the flesh, the big picture is bright indeed. Today’s Morning and Evening highlights a few of the benefits we currently enjoy as we anticipate that glorious day. Here is Alistair Begg’s modern phrasing of the Spurgeon classic.

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You are fellow citizens with the saints
and members of the household of God. — Ephesians 2:19

What is meant by our being citizens in heaven? It means that we are under heaven’s government. Christ, the King of Heaven, reigns in our hearts; our daily prayer is, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”1 The proclamations issued from the throne of glory are freely received by us: The decrees of the Great King we cheerfully obey.

Then as citizens of the New Jerusalem, we share heaven’s honors. The glory that belongs to beatified saints belongs to us, for we are already sons of God, already princes of the blood imperial; already we wear the spotless robe of Jesus’ righteousness; already we have angels for our servants, saints for our companions, Christ for our Brother, God for our Father, and a crown of immortality for our reward. We share the honors of citizenship, for we have come to the general assembly and the Church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.

As citizens, we have common rights to all the property of heaven. Ours are its gates of pearl and walls of chrysolite, ours the azure light of the city that needs no candle nor light of the sun, ours the river of the water of life and the twelve kinds of fruit that grow on the trees planted on its banks; there is nothing in heaven that does not belong to us. “The present or the future”2—all is ours.

Also as citizens of heaven we enjoy its delights. Do they rejoice in heaven over sinners that repent-prodigals who have returned? So do we. Do they chant the glories of triumphant grace? We do the same. Do they cast their crowns at Jesus’ feet? Such honors we have we cast there too. Are they charmed with His smile? It is just as sweet to us who live below. Do they look forward, waiting for His second advent? We also look and long for His appearing. If, then, we are citizens of heaven, let our walk and actions be consistent with our high dignity.

1 Matthew 6:10 2 1 Corinthians 3:22

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Devotional

 

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A Double Union

A Double Union

Union with Christ is a tremendous blessing and honor. Today’s Morning and Evening focuses on that reality. We are men of dust and heaven. What a glorious thought! The verse that follows this morning’s devotional says,

Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. — 1 Corinthians 15:49

We all know what it’s like to bear Adam’s image. The day is coming when we shall bear the image of Christ. That image will never see sickness, grow old, or die. Just as Christ was raised from the dead, we too shall experience resurrection. Previously, in the same flow of thought, Paul wrote,

So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.

    • It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory.
    • It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
    • It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. — 1 Corinthians 15:42-44

Our dishonorable, weak, natural bodies will someday perish and give way to glorious, powerful, spiritual bodies. This is a future promise and present reality. A future promise… because a perishable husk of dust is still with those of us who walk the earth. A present reality… because we have already died to this world and our lives are hidden with Christ (Col 3:3). As Colossians 3:4 states,

When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

The future is bright for those who are found in Christ. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. Here is Alistair Begg’s paraphrase of the Spurgeon classic.

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As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust,
and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. — 1 Corinthians 15:48

The head and members are of one nature, and not like that monstrous image that Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream. The head was of fine gold, but the belly and thighs were of brass, the legs of iron, and the feet partly of iron and partly of clay. Christ’s mystical body is no absurd combination of opposites. The members were mortal, and therefore Jesus died; the glorified head is immortal, and therefore the body is immortal too, as the record states: “Because I live, you also will live.”1

As is our loving Head, so is His body, and every member in particular. A chosen Head, therefore chosen members; an accepted Head, therefore accepted members; a living Head, therefore living members. If the head is pure gold, all the parts of the body are pure gold also. There is a double union of nature as a basis for the closest communion.

Pause here, devout reader, and see if you can contemplate the infinite condescension of the Son of God in exalting your wretchedness into blessed union with His glory without being overwhelmed by the wonder of it. You are so feeble and poor that in remembering your mortality, you may say to decay, “You are my father,” and to the worm, “You are my sister”; and yet in Christ you are so honored that you can say to the Almighty, “Abba, Father” and to the Incarnate God, “You are my Brother and my Husband.”

Surely if relationships to ancient and noble families make men think highly of themselves, we have more cause to glory than all of them. Let the poorest and most despised believer take hold upon this privilege; do not let an unthinking laziness prevent him from tracing his pedigree, and do not let him focus so much on the here and now that he fails to think profitably of this glorious, heavenly honor of union with Christ.

1 John 14:19

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Devotional

 

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Marriage In Heaven

Randy Alcorn discusses the one marriage found in heaven.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Video

 

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