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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Coming Glory!

The following is an excerpt from a book I have been reading in for over a year, The Saint's Everlasting Rest by Richard Baxter.

"How wonderful was the Son of God in the form of a servant!  When he is born, a new star must appear, and conduct the strangers to worship him in a manger, heavenly hosts with their songs must celebrate his nativity; while a child, he must dispute with doctors; when he enters upon his office, he turns water into wine, feed thousands with a few loaves and fishes, cleanses the lepers, heals the sick, restores the lame, gives sight to the blind, and raises the dead.  How wonderful, then, is his celestial glory!  If there be such cutting down of boughs, and spreading of garments, and crying Hosanna, for one that comes into Jerusalem riding on an ass; what will there be when he comes with his angles in his glory!  If they that heard him 'preach the Gospel of the kingdom,' confess, 'Never man spake like this man;' they then, that behold his majesty in the his kingdom will say, 'There was never glory like this glory.'  If, when his enemies came to apprehend him, they fell to the ground; if, when he is dying the earth quakes, the veil of the temple is rent, the sun is eclipsed, the dead bodies of the saints arise, and the standers-by acknowledge, 'Truly this was the Son of God;' O what a day will it be when the dead must all arise and stand before him!  When he 'will once shake, not the earth only, but the heavens also!'  When this sun shall be taken out of the firmament, and be everlastingly darkened with his glory!  And when every tongue shall confess him to be the Lord and King!  If, when he rose again, death and the grave lost their power: if angels must 'roll away the stone,' terrify the keepers till they are 'as dead men,' and send the tiding to his disciples; if he ascend to heaven in their sight; of what power, dominion and glory is he now possessed, and which we must for ever possess with him!  When he is gone, can a few poor fisherman and tent-makers cure the lame, blind and sick, open prisons, destroy the disobedient, raise the dead, and astonish their adversaries?  What a world will that be, where every one can do greater works than these!  If the preaching of the Gospel be accompanied with such power as to discover the secrets of the heart, humble the proud sinner, and make the most obdurate tremble; if it can make men burn their books, sell their lands, and bring in the price and lay it down at the preacher's feet; if it can convert thousands, and turn the world upside down; if its doctrine, from the prisoner at the bar, can make the judge on the bench tremble; if Christ and his saints have this power and honor in the day of their abasement, and in the time appointed for their suffering and disgrace, what then will they have in their absolute dominion and full advancement in their kingdom of glory!"

Romans 8:18 - For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
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