Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Climbing the mountain
Climbing the mountain
‘Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?’
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From lofty mountains you can look on that side and see the lakes and the rivers;
and on this side the green and laughing valleys, and far away, the wild black forest.
The view is wide, but what a view is that which we shall have in heaven!
There ‘shall I know even as also I am known.’
Here ‘we see through a glass, darkly;’
but there ‘face to face.’
And chief and foremost, best of all, my eyes shall see the King in his beauty.
We shall behold his face; we shall look into his eyes; we shall drink love from the fountain of his heart,
and hear the music of his love from the sweet organ of his lips; we shall be entranced in his society, emparadised on his bosom.
Up, Christian, up, Christ waits for thee! Come, man,
tread the thorny way and climb, for Christ stands on the summit stretching out his hands, and saying, ‘Come up hither;’ ‘to him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.’
And there is this sweet reflection—all that we shall see upon the top of the hill of God shall be ours. We look from earthly mountains and we see, but we do not possess.
That mansion yonder is not ours; that crystal stream belongs not to us; those widespread lawns are beautiful, but they are not in our possession.
But on the hill-tops of heaven, all that we see we shall possess. We shall possess the streets of gold, the harps of harmony,
the palms of victory, the shouts of angels, the songs of cherubim, the joy of the divine Trinity, and the song of God as he rests in his love, and rejoices over us with singing,
and God the Eternal One himself shall be ours,
and ours for ever and for ever.
Since the Lord Jesus Christ has ascended into heaven
(Acts 1:9–11), the Christian should set his affection on things above where Christ sits (Colossians 3:1–2).
The best thing about ascending to heaven is that the Lord is there (Psalm 139:8) in all his love and beauty
(Revelation 21:22–23; 22:3); the worst thing about descending to hell is that the Lord is there (Psalm 139:8) in his just wrath and judgment.
Sermon no. 396
16 June (1861)
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ
you can be accepted into his kingdom.
I invite you to let him to make of you,
what He always wanted.
Marvelous God Almighty,
I come to you in the precious name of Jesus,
who died for me to make me free of sin,
I want Jesus to enter in to my heart and make me free,
I confess that He is the son of God.
I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand your Holy Word
full of promises of eternal value,
not only to live on this earth, but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
In the precious name of Jesus I ask.
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