Tag: Heaven

A Believing Remnant

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. Romans 11:5

What is God trying to do with His believing people? The Bible calls us a remnant according to grace, believers taken out of the great, teeming swarm of so-called religious people in today’s world. I am inclined to join others in wondering if the Lord is postponing His coming because He is trying to get His Bride ready? For years it has been the popular idea in evangelical Christianity that the whole Body of believers in Christ would rise like a flock of frightened birds when the Lord comes. But A.B. Simpson and William MacArthur and others in the past generation said, “Oh no! The Lord will take with Him those who are prepared and ready for His coming!” I do not presume to give an answer satisfying to everyone in our churches. But I know that many Christians are too smug about this, saying in effect, “I am converted to Christ through grace, so I can live as I please!” Of some things we cannot be dogmatic; but we know this for sure: God has no halfway house between heaven and hell, where He takes us to fumigate us!

by A.W. Tozer

Nearing Home

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

The time of my departure is at hand. 2 Timothy 4:6

How often have I noticed when headed home from my travels a relief and release, a lessening of strain and tension. Nothing bothers me, I feel great, I am going home!

Should it not be so with us Christian pilgrims who seek a country? Why should earth’s cares pester us? We are on our way home, and nothing can stop us. Death itself but speeds the arrival and is a paying proposition, for “to depart and be with Christ is far better.” “To die is gain.”

“One sweetly solemn thought” daily reminds us that we are nearer home than we’ve ever been before. Let time and earth do their worst, they but quicken our heavenward pace! There is nothing to fear. No combination of men or devils can keep us from getting home. Why should I not be hilarious with a song in my heart? I shall soon be beyond all that spoils my peace and joy. My Lord is over there, and more and more of those I love gather on that side. Nothing can hinder me from arriving. I feel like traveling on!

It is great to be nearing home!

by Vance Havner