All this, and unspeakably more!
(John MacDuff, "The Christian's Pathway" 1858)
"Receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of
your souls." 1 Peter 1:9
The full and final salvation of our souls, embraces
the whole of what God has in reserve for His people
through all eternity! It includes the enjoyment of
those pleasures . . .
which no sin can ever pollute,
which no sorrow can ever becloud,
which no time can ever impair,
which no change can ever affect,
which no calamity can ever destroy!
The full and final salvation of our souls, includes . . .
all that the infinite wisdom of God can devise;
all that the infinite love of God can prepare;
all that the infinite power of God can secure;
complete deliverance from the bondage of corruption;
entire emancipation from the power of every foe;
the body of sin and death forever left behind;
every grace, grown to perfect maturity;
all the ineffable treasures of eternal glory;
all this, and unspeakably more!
Welcome shame and sorrow--if such an end shall
at length be ours! The ungodly world may despise
us; even our nearest friends may forsake us. Yet
we can well afford to bear their opposition without
a single murmur, if we are only permitted to cherish
the hope--that our course will eventually terminate
in so blissful a consummation!
"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind
has imagined--what God has prepared for those
who love Him!" 1 Corinthians 2:9