"You shall receive me to glory."--Ps. 73:24
We have followed the believer in Jesus from sickness to death; we now follow him from death to glory. In each stage of this his earthly pilgrimage, how precious is he to the heart of Jesus, how firmly and safely kept by the power of God unto full salvation! The journey is not long, the transition is often very quick. The instant that he has suffered the last pang, and wept the last tear, and heaved the last sigh, and looked his last look of love on earth, he is before the throne of God and the Lamb, drinking of the crystal river that flows from beneath it, and basking in the effulgence of glory that beams around it. My soul, let faith, with its far-seeing eye, look within the veil, and behold the glory into which you shall before long enter, and exclaim, in the sweet exercise of that faith, "You will receive me to glory."
And, first, think of its certainty. The inspired Scriptures, which cannot be broken, affirm this truth in the most clear and positive terms. Nothing is more certain than the final glory of all God's saints. "You will show me the path of life--in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore." "As for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness--I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Your likeness." "The hope which is laid up for you in heaven." And if these aspirations and declarations of faith are not sufficient, then, listen to the crowning evidence affirmed by the words of Jesus himself, "Father, I will that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am; that they may behold My glory." Yes, my soul, glory is at the end of your weary, tearful, toilsome pilgrimage. It is the last link in the golden chain that binds you to the throne of heaven. The first link of that chain is God's foreknowledge of His saints; the last, His glorification of them. "Whom He foreknew, them He also glorified" (Rom. 8:30).
And now the sick and suffering and longing one is--in
glory! The soul has passed the portal of death, has dropped its chain,
and is free! All it believed, all it expected, and all it longed for is now
realized, fully and forever realized, and its traveled feet walk the golden
streets, and its weary wing is folded upon the bosom of its Savior. No more
sin, no more impurity, no more suffering, no more weariness, no more
tears--the former things are passed away, behold, all things are new! It has
seen Jesus--it is now mingling with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and all
the holy angels--it is "without fault before the throne," hymning the high
praises of the Lamb. Listen to its triumphant, rapturous song–
"No breaking heart is there,
"I have found the joys of heaven,
"I have learned the song they sing,
"No sin, no grief, no pain,
"Friends of my mortal years,
"Do I forget? Oh, no!
"These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Rev. 7:14