For we know that, if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Cor. 5:1.
Did the reader ever reflect that the apostle could not say "we know" that we have eternal mansion, if its acquisition depended on man's efforts, or if any possible act of his could forfeit it? He might hope for it, but it would not be certain. His certainty demonstrates that the title rests not on man's conduct, which might forfeit it, but on God's absolute purpose. Every Christian can say "we know;" because God in his house of many mansions has reserved one tenement for each immortal tenant, and at some time in the far future each son and daughter of God will find and occupy his predestined home. We can only read our title clear, and say with Paul "WE KNOW," when we feel that we can neither earn nor forfeit that title, but that our occupancy depends on one whose purpose cannot fail.
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