THE JOURNEY TOWARD HEAVEN
“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col 3:2 ESV).
“…there is not only an outward preparation of the place for the people, but also an inward preparation of the people for the place. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people….Jesus is…preparing the place for the people…at the same time prepares the people for the place” Charles Ross (ref#241, p71).
“This life ought so to be spent by us as to be only a journey toward heaven. We ought not to rest in the world and its enjoyments, but should desire heaven” Jonathan Edwards (ref#229, p72). “We ought to make use of worldly enjoyments and worldly business as shall best forward our journey heavenward, and no otherwise” Jonathan Edwards (ref#229, p73). “We ought to seek heaven by traveling in the way that leads there. The way is the way of holiness” Jonathan Edwards (ref#229, p72).
“God rests in the unchangeableness of His love towards His saints. Nothing can move Him from it…He foresaw and foreknew all that was in them….In this day of easy and abounding nominal Christianity; this day when human authority is exalted above the Word of God; this day of error, rebuke, and blasphemy; this day of rapid and excited action; this last solemn dispensation of the world, the events of which are rapidly ushering in the coming of the Son of Man; let us, under the influence of more simple faith, more fervent love, and brightening hope, “ go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach (Heb 13:13). Let us rest from our conflict and toil where the Father rests, where the sinner rests, where we may rest—in Jesus” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Apr 23rd).
“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us” (Phil 3:14 NLT).