blossom are preparatory and prophetic; neither one is a finality. So ?when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away?
( <461310>1 Cor 13:10). A broad shouldered convert at the Rescue Mission said: ?I?m the happiest man in the room to night. I couldn?t be any happier unless I were larger.? A little pail can be as full of water as is a big tub but the tub will hold much more than the pail. To be ?filled unto all the fullness of God? ( <490319>Ephesians 3:19) will mean much more in heaven than it means here. We shall then ?be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breath and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge.? In the book of Revelation, John seems to have mistaken an angel for the Lord himself and to have fallen down to worship ( <662208>Revelation 22:8). The time may come in eternity when we shall be equal to what we now conceive God to be ( <460209>1 Corinthians 2:9).
Plato?s Republic and More?s Utopia are only earthly adumbration of St. John?s City of God. The representation of heaven as a city seems intended to suggest security from every foe, provision for every want, intensity of life, variety of occupation, and closeness of relation to others or, as Hastings? Bible Dictionary, 1:446, puts it, ?Safety, Security, Service.? Here, the greatest degradation and sin are found in the great cities. There, the life of the city will help holiness, as the life of the city here helps wickedness. Brotherly love in the next world implies knowing those we love and loving those we know. We certainly shall not know less there than here. If we know our friends here, we shall know them there. And, as love to Christ here draws us nearer to each other, so there we shall love friends, not less but more, because of our greater nearness to Christ.
<380805> Zechariah 8:5 ? ?And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.? Newman Smyth, Through Science to Faith, 125 ? ?As of the higher animals, so even more of men and women it may be true, that those who play best may succeed best and thrive best.? Horace Bushnell, in his essay, Work and Play, holds that ideal work is work performed so heartily and joyfully, and with such a surplus of energy, that it becomes play. This is the activity of heaven. <431010>John 10:10 ? ?I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.? We enter into the life of God. <430517>John 5:17 ? ?My Father worketh even until now, and I work.? A nurse, who had been ill for sixteen years, said, ?If I were well, I would be at the smallpox hospital. I?m not going to heaven to do nothing.? Savage, Life after Death, 129, 292 ? ?In Dante?s universe, the only reason for any one?s wanting to get to heaven is for the sake of getting out of the other place. There is nothing in heaven for him to do and nothing human for him to engage in. A good deacon, in his
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