That unutterable glory!
Spurgeon, "Gleanings Among the Sheaves"
Is it possible for us to know anything whatever of our heavenly
home? Is there power in human intellect to fly into the land of
the hereafter, where God's people rest eternally?
Our inquiry is met at the outset by what seems a positive denial:
"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the
heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that
If we paused here, we might give up all idea of beholding
that "goodly land and Lebanon"; but we do not pause,
for, like the apostle, we go on with the text, and we add,
"But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit."
It is possible to look within the veil; God's Spirit
can turn it aside for a moment and bid us take a glimpse,
though it be a distant one, at that unutterable glory!
There are "Pisgahs" even now on the earth, from the
top of which the celestial Canaan can be beheld.
There are hallowed hours in which the mists and clouds
are swept away, and the sun shines in his strength,
and our eye, being freed from its natural dimness,
beholds something of that land which is very far off,
and sees a little of the joy and blessedness which is
reserved for the people of God hereafter.
By the Holy Spirit there is given to them, even now, in seasons
of blissful communion, such experiences, joys, and feelings,
as seem to bring heaven down to them, and make them able to
realize, in some faint measure, what heaven itself must be.