live unto the Lord; or whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord?s?; <460322>1 Corinthians 3:22 ? ?whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours?; 15:55 ? ?O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?? 1Pet.4:6 ? ?For unto this end was the gospel preached even to the dead that they might be judged indeed according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit?; cf . <450118>Romans 1:18 ? ?For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hinder the truth in unrighteousness?; 8:1, 2 ? ?There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death?, <581206> Hebrews 12:6 ? ?for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.?
Dr. Hovey says ?the present sufferings of believers are in the nature of discipline, with an aspect of retribution, while the present sufferings of unbelievers are retributive with a glance toward reformation.? We prefer to say that all penalties has been borne by Christ and that for him, who is justified in Christ, suffering of whatever kind is of the nature of fatherly chastening, never of judicial retribution. See our discussion of the Penalty of Sin, pages 652-660.
?We see but dimly through the mists and vapors Amid these earthly damps; What are to us but sad funereal tapers May be Heaven?s distant lamps. There is no death, what seems so is transition; This life of mortal breath Is but a suburb of the life Elysian Whose portal men call death.? ??Tis meet that we should pause awhile, Ere we put off this mortal coil, And in the stillness of old age, Muse on our earthly pilgrimage.? Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 4:5 ? ?Heaven and yourself Had part in this fair maid; now Heaven hath all, And all the better is it for the maid: Your part in her you could not keep from death, But Heaven keeps his part in eternal life. The most you sought was her promotion, For ?twas your heaven she should be advanced; And weep ye now, seeing she is advanced Above the clouds, as high as Heaven itself?? Phoebe Cary?s Answered: ?I thought to find some healing clime For her I loved; she found that shore, That city whose inhabitants Are sick and sorrowful no more. I asked for human love for her; The Loving knew how best to still The infinite yearning of a heart Which but infinity could fill. Such sweet communion had been ours, I prayed that it might never end; My prayer is more than answered; now I have an angel for my friend. I wished for perfect peace to soothe The troubled anguish of her breast; And numbered with the loved and called She entered on untroubled rest. Life was so fair
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