She has listened to the blandishments of those who would woo her away!
"They admitted that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them!" Hebrews 11:14-16
Let no one apologize for the powerful emphasis which Christianity lays upon the doctrine of the world to come.
The church is constantly being tempted to accept this present world as her home, and sometimes she has listened to the blandishments of those who would woo her away and use her for their own ends. But if she is wise, she will consider that she stands in the valley between the mountain peaks of eternity past and eternity to come. The past is gone forever — and the present is passing as swift as the shadow on the sundial of Ahaz. Even if the earth should continue a million years, not one of us could stay to enjoy it.
We would do well, to think of the long tomorrow!
"They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever!" Revelation 20:10
"And they will reign for ever and ever!" Revelation 22:5
"To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb — be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" Revelation 5:13
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"A Solemn Warning for All Churches!"
Charles Spurgeon, quite challenging.
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