Category: Heaven

The garden of eternity!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Matthew Hale 1600-1675

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand!” Psalm 16:11

True happiness is not to be found in this life. It is a flower that only grows in the garden of eternity, and to be expected in its full fruition only in that life which is to come.

If we do but seriously believe the truth of the gospel, the best things of this world will seem of small importance; and the worst things this world can inflict will seem but of little consequence. The worst things that this world can inflict will appear too light to provoke us to impatience or discontent. He who has everlasting glory in prospect, will have a mind full of contentment in the darkest condition here.

This poor world is the place of our travel and pilgrimage, and, at the best, our temporary inn. Our home, our country, is Heaven, where there are no sorrows, nor fears, nor troubles.

In my Father’s house there are mansions, many mansions, instead of my inn. My Savior Himself has gone before me to prepare a place for me. I will therefore content myself with the inconveniences of my short journey, for my accommodations will be inconceivable when I come to my true home, that heavenly inheritance which is the place of my eternal happiness.

“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints!” Ephesians 1:18

by Grace Gems

Where am I bound for?

Samuel Daviesby Samuel Davies

“A New Year’s Gift” January 1, 1760

“Knowing the TIME, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep!” Romans 13:11

Consider the SHORTNESS of your time! That part of time which is parceled out to you, is not only uncertain–but extremely short! It is uncertain when it will end, but it is absolutely certain that it will end very soon!

In a short time death will convey you from this world–to Heaven or Hell. Is it not high time then for you to awake out of sleep! Your work is great–and your time is short! You have no time to spare–none to trifle away!

Methinks it would shock a man to enter upon a new year, without knowing whether he will be in Heaven or Hell before the end of it! We are all standing upon the slippery brink of eternity!

This day let us put this question to our hearts: “What really am I? Am I a humble, dutiful servant of God? Or am I a disobedient, impenitent sinner? Am I a disciple of Christ in reality? Or do I only wear His name, and make an empty profession of His religion? Where am I bound for? For Heaven–or for Hell? Which am I most fit for in my disposition? For the region of perfect holiness–or for that region of sin and impurity? Shall I stupidly delay the determination, until it is passed by the irrevocable sentence of the Supreme Judge, before whom I may stand before this year is at a close? Alas, if it should then be against me–then my doom will be remediless!”

There is none of this salvation work in Hell! They no sooner enter into the eternal world–than their state will be unchangeably and eternally fixed!

by Samuel Davies