What an ocean of glory is here!
(James Smith, "The Believer's Companion in Seasons of Affliction and Trouble" 1842)
"Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory!" Romans 8:17
The spiritual mind is like a bird locked up in a cage, while burdened with a body of sin and death. We cannot do the things that we desire — so we long, pant, and pray for liberty.
Liberty, glorious liberty is before us!
Perfect and entire freedom from all sin — and temptation to sin!
Every corruption will be slain, and completely rooted out of body and soul!
No dark clouds of ignorance will any more hover over the understanding.
No sinful or selfish principles will any more influence the will.
No corroding guilt will again obtain a place in the conscience.
No unworthy objects will be presented, or have power to captivate any of the affections.
No profane or forbidden subjects will any more be found in the memory.
Reason will be correctly informed. "Now we know in part, and prophesy in part — but then shall we know even as also we are known."
Holiness will enter into the very nature of body and soul!
We shall be separated completely and forever, from everything that is painful, defiling, or injurious — and united closely and forever to all that is holy, happy, and beneficial.
Tried believer! What an ocean of glory is here! Adam's paradise was nothing compared to this!
All things are yours!
God is yours!
Heaven is yours!
The glory of Jesus is yours!
Your end will be glorious — though your present situation is painful and distressing. You will soon be delivered . . .
from every fear,
from every foe,
from every impediment, and
from evil in every shape and form!
"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