"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 sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." -- REV. xxi.3, 4.
The Vision and Fruition of God.
Glorious consummation! All the other glories of Heaven are but emanations from this glory that excelleth. Here is the focus and centre to which every ray of light converges. God is "all in all." Heaven without God! -- it would send a thrill of dismay through the burning ranks of angels and archangels; it would dim every eye, and hush every harp, and change the whitest robe into sackcloth. And shall I then, indeed, "see God?" What! shall I gaze on these inscrutable glories, and live? Yes, God himself shall be with them, and be their God: they shall "see his face!" And not only the vision, but the fruition. Oh! how does sin in my holiest moments damp the enjoyment of Him! It is the "pure in heart" alone who can "see," far more, who can enjoy "God." Even if he did reveal himself now, these eyes could never endure His intolerable brightness. But then, with a heart purified from corruption -- a world where the taint of sin and the power of temptation never enters -- the soul again a bright mirror, reflecting the lost image of the Godhead -- all the affections devoted to their original high destiny -- the love of God the motive principle, the ruling passion -- the glory of God the undivided object and aim -- the will no opposing or antagonist bias, -- man will, for the first time, know all the blessedness of his chief end, -- "to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever!"
"REMEMBER THIS WORD UNTO THY SERVANT, UPON
The Promises of God
Are Yea and in Him
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