Tag Archive | Eternity

God will spare us…

This is one of the richest comforts in the Book of God. Who is he who lives—and sins not? How defective we are in our best duties! How full our lives are either of blanks or of blots! Were it not for God’s sparing mercy—we would all go to hell. But this text is a choice cordial; if our hearts are sincere, God will spare us as a father does his son. “I will not execute the fierceness of my anger” (Hos. 11:9).

Thomas Watson
The great gain of godliness

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Behold, the shore at hand

The fourth part of this complaint is an answer that faith makes to Christ’s question, What shall I say? What shall I do? Say praying-wise (faith says) Father, save me from this hour. We often dream that in trouble help is beyond sea, and far off, as far as heaven is from the earth, when help is at our elbow: and if the Spirit of adoption be within, the prisoner has the key of his own jail within, in his own hand. God was in Christ’s bosom when He was in a stormy sea, and the light of faith saith, Behold, the shore at hand. Death takes feet and power of motion from a man; but, Psalm 23:4, yet faith makes a supposition, that David may walk and live, breathe in the grave, in the valley of the shadow of death…. And to come to Christ; His soul was troubled; He was at, What shall I say? in a great perplexity. Yet He has a strong faith, both of His Father, and of His own condition. He believed God to be His Father, and calls Him Father. Yea, in this hell, He applies the relation of a Father to Himself, Matthew 26:39. O my Father; this is the warmest love-thought of God: and when His comfort was ebbed, His confidence in the covenant strongest; My God, my God, etc.

Samuel Rutherford, Christ Dying and Drawing Sinners to Himself (1647), page 67; (1803), page 76.
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O may I long the happy hour

Will death this body soon destroy? O yes! I Wait the coming hour: What then? my Lord will raise it up Again, by his almighty pow’r. Then shall I live a joyful life, From sin and sorrow ever free. O may I long the happy hour, For ever with my Lord to be!

William Mason

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Is there no hole in your heart?

Hugh Binning (Practical Sermons), Works, pp. 623-624:

Christians, do ye want nothing when all things go according to your mind? Is there no hole in your heart that a world cannot fill up? This is not well. Ye ought to seek a city, while ye are in your own country, and ye should never think yourselves at home till ye be in heaven. The Christian gets some taste of the fruits of the land, some clusters in the wilderness and house of his pilgrimage, and this makes him long to be there. This inflames the soul’s desire, and turns it all in motion to seek that which was so sweet. If hope be so sweet, what shall the thing possessed be? If a grape brought a savour and taste so refreshful, what must the grapes plucked from the tree of life be, and the rivers of pleasures, which are at God’s right hand, for evermore be? Sit not down then, Christians, upon your enjoyments, whether they be worldly or spiritual, but aspire to high things.

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It will terminate

It will terminate —the period is not far distant when all our sorrows and afflictions shall come to an end, when death shall bring us to that house where “the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest;” and when once the grave “has opened its peaceful bosom to receive us,” the world, with all its changes and sorrows, can affect our comfort no more. The storm may rage above us, and the whirlwind sweep the solitary churchyard; the din of civil tumult may arise in the streets; the war-cry may be raised, and the shock of battle succeed; the voice of famine may wail around us —yet no note disturbs the peaceful slumbers of the dead! But affliction will not terminate merely in the stillness of the tomb; it will be followed by the bliss of Heaven, for which it is even now preparing us, and where, finally and forever, “the broken heart shall be bound up; the mourner comforted; beauty shall be appointed for ashes, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness!” “And God himself shall wipe away all tears from our eyes!”

James Buchanan
Comfort in affliction

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Serious Reflections

The Bible affords a solid ground of comfort, by the cheering light which it throws over the valley of death, and, across that dark valley, on the fields of immortality beyond it.

To every thoughtful mind, death and the grave will suggest many serious reflections —reflections which must ever be of a pensive nature, and which, but for the cheering information conveyed by the Gospel —might even induce a feeling of despair. Look to the deathbed of man —and what do you behold? An intelligent creature, in the spring of life, when hope is brightest —or in the prime of manhood, when activity is greatest —or in the maturity of old age, when the fruit of a long experience was ripening for usefulness —laid prostrate by the derangement of some organ or function of his material frame. He is deprived at once, and forever, of all that hope had anticipated, or activity pursued, or experience gathered —and given over as a captive to death, and a prisoner to the grave!
Look to the grave —and what do you behold? Multitudes which no man can number, of human bodies, once as vigorous and active as our own —now buried in deep forgetfulness, and a prey to corruption and the worm —nothing remaining to attest their previous existence save a few bones beneath, and, perhaps, some fading epitaph above!

James Buchanan 1804-1870
Comfort in affliction

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV
[16] Rejoice evermore. [17] Pray without ceasing. [18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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The Spirit that quickened the earth will raise us from the grave

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.”

Christian Standard Bible. (2017). (Ge 1:2). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

Matthew Henry offers some words of encouragement:

“The Spirit of God was the first mover: He moved upon the face of the waters. When we consider the earth without form and void, methinks it is like the valley full of dead and dry bones. Can these live? Can this confused mass of matter be formed into a beautiful world? Yes, if a spirit of life from God enter into it, Eze. 37:9. Now there is hope concerning this thing; for the Spirit of God begins to work, and, if he work, who or what shall hinder? God is said to make the world by his Spirit, Ps. 33:6; Job 26:13; and by the same mighty worker the new creation is effected. He moved upon the face of the deep, as Elijah stretched himself upon the dead child,—as the hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and hovers over them, to warm and cherish them, Mt. 23:37,—as the eagle stirs up her nest, and flutters over her young (it is the same word that is here used), Deu. 32:11. Learn hence, That God is not only the author of all being, but the fountain of life and spring of motion. Dead matter would be for ever dead if he did not quicken it. And this makes it credible to us that God should raise the dead. That power which brought such a world as this out of confusion, emptiness, and darkness, at the beginning of time, can, at the end of time, bring our vile bodies out of the grave, though it is a land of darkness as darkness itself, and without any order (Job 10:22), and can make them glorious bodies.”

Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 4). Peabody: Hendrickson.

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