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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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Fellow Heirs

Fellow Heirs

This morning’s Morning and Evening is a joyful reminder of the inheritance we have with Christ. The text is taken from Paul’s letter to the Romans.

The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him.  Romans 8:16-17

This is a tremendous truth indeed! However, we should not ignore the clause of suffering and glorification that follows. Glory is always preceded by suffering. Even Christ Himself had to be rejected before He could be accepted. He asked the travelers on the road to Emmaus:

Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory? — Luke 24:26

Peter understood this truth well when he stood before the men who crucified Jesus, looked them in the eye, and boldly interpreted the fulfillment of Psalm 118:22. He proclaimed:

This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. — Acts 4:11-12

Suffering comes first, then glory. But when we suffer, we do not agonize as those who are without hope. As fellow heirs with Christ, our eternal reward has been safely secured. It exceeds our greatest anticipations and transforms our darkest hours into “light momentary afflictions” (2 Corin 4:17). As David declared in Psalm 30:5, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

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

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Fellow heirs with Christ.  Romans 8:17

The boundless realms of His Father’s universe belong by right to Christ. As “heir of all things,”1 He is the sole proprietor of the vast creation of God, and He has admitted us to claim it all as ours, by making us His fellow heirs. The golden streets of paradise, the pearly gates, the river of life, the transcendent bliss, and the unutterable glory are all, by our blessed Lord, made ours for an everlasting possession. All that He has, He shares with His people.

The royal crown He has placed upon the head of His Church, granting her a kingdom, and calling her sons a royal priesthood, a generation of priests and kings. He uncrowned Himself that we might have a coronation of glory; He would not sit upon His own throne until He had procured a place upon it for all who overcome by His blood. Crown the head, and the whole body shares the honor.

Here then is the reward of every Christian conqueror! Christ’s throne, crown, scepter, palace, treasure, robes, heritage are yours. He deems His happiness completed by His people sharing it. “The glory that you have given me I have given to them.”2 “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”3

The smiles of His Father are all the sweeter to Him because His people share them. The honors of His kingdom are more pleasing because His people appear with Him in glory. More valuable to Him are His conquests since they have taught His people to overcome. He delights in His throne because on it there is a place for them. He rejoices in His royal robes since they cover His people. He delights all the more in His joy because He calls them to enter into it.

1 Hebrews 1:2, 2 John 17:22, 3 John 15:11

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Devotional

 

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