yet so as through fire?; 2:9 ? ?Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, And which entered not into the heart of man, Whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him?; <550312>Revelation 3:12 ? ?He that overcometh, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God and he shall go out thence no more?; 22:15 ? ?Without are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and every one that loveth and maketh a lie.?
In the parable of the laborers ( <402001>Matthew 20:1-16), each receives a penny. Rewards in heaven will be equal, in the sense that each saved soul will be filled with good. But rewards will vary, in the sense that the capacity of one will be greater than that of another and this capacity will be in part the result of our improvement of God?s gifts in the present life. The relative value of the penny may in this way vary from a single unit to a number indefinitely great, according to the work and spirit of the recipient. The penny is good only for what it will buy. For the eleventh hour man who has done but little work, it will not buy so sweet rest as it buys for him who has ?borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.? It will not buy appetite nor will it buy joy of conscience.
E. G. Robinson: ?Heaven is not to be compared to a grasshopper on a shingle floating down stream. Heaven is a place where men are taken up, as they leave this world and are carried forward. No sinners will be there, though there may be incompleteness of character. There is no intimation in Scripture of that sudden transformation in the hour of dissolution, which is often supposed.? <198407>Psalm 84:7 ? ?They go from strength to strength; Every one of them appeareth before God in Zion.? It is not possible that progress should cease with our entrance into heaven rather, is it true that uninterrupted progress will then begin. <461312>1 Corinthians 13:12 ? ?now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face.? There, progress is not towards but within, the sphere of the infinite. In this world we are like men living in a cave and priding themselves on the rush-lights with which they explore it, unwilling to believe that there is a region of sunlight where rush-lights are needless.
Heaven will involve deliverance from defective physical organization and surroundings, as well as from the remains of evil in our hearts. Rest, in heaven, will be consistent with service, an activity without weariness and a service that is perfect freedom. We shall be perfect when we enter heaven, in the sense of being free from sin but we shall grow to greater perfection thereafter, in the sense of a larger and more complete being. The fruit tree shows perfection at each stage of its growth, the perfect bud, the perfect blossom and finally the perfect fruit yet, the bud and the
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