REJOICING IN THE FUTURE
“…stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36 ESV).
“…I do not read in so many words that the saints are predestinated to Paradise, but I do read that they are predestinated to be conformed to the image of His dear Son. This is the end of the whole predestination of God: to make His elect like their elder Brother that He may be the first-born among many brethren” Charles Spurgeon (ref#232, p10).
FATHER, I think of Enoch who must have reached such perfect spiritual conformity that You took him to heaven before his bodily death (Gen 5:24; Heb 11:5). What a smooth transition You have provided. As You conform me to JESUS I gain eternal life on earth, then, just a small step to move to heaven. Oh that I may be like kneaded clay in Your hands.
I thank You for Your unseen efforts to mold me into CHRIST’s image. And, I thank You for the seen. I rejoice in the future eternal life in heaven and I rejoice in the “now” eternal life.
“…as overpowering as a full unveiling of the majesty of the Lord Jesus would be to us in our present imperfect state, yet it ranks among our most prized and precious blessings that He sometimes so graciously manifests Himself to awaken the exclamation, ‘This is my beloved, and this is my friend!’ (Song 5:16)” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Dec 17th).