Wilberforce, ?is love, love to God and to every bright inhabitant of that glorious place.? Wilberforce enjoyed society. Heaven is not all rest. On the door is inscribed: ?No admission except on business.? ?His servants shall serve him? ( <662103>Revelation 21:3). Butler, Things Old and New, 143 ? ?We know not, but if life be there The out come and the crown of this: What else can make their perfect bliss Than in their Master?s work to share? Resting, but not in slumberous ease, Working, but not in wild unrest, Still ever blessing, ever blest, They see us as the Father sees.? Tennyson, Crossing the Bar: ?Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me; And may there be no meaning of the bar When I put out to sea I But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark; And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark. For though from out our bourne of time and place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face, When I have crossed the bar.?
<400620> Matthew 6:20 ? ?lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven? = there are no permanent investments except in heaven. A man at death is worth only what he has sent on before him. Christ prepares a place for us
( <431403>John 14:3) by gathering our friends to himself. Louise Chandler Moulton: ?Some day or other I shall surely come Where true hearts wait for me; Then let me learn the language of that home, While here on earth I be; Lest my poor lips for want of words be dumb In that high company.? Bronson Alcott: ?Heaven will be to me a place where I can get a little conversation.? Some of his friends thought it would be a place where he could hear himself talk. A pious Scotchman, when asked whether he ever expected to reach heaven, replied: ?Why, mon, I live there noo!?
Summing up all these, we may say that it is the fullness and perfection of holy life, in communion with God and with sanctified spirits. Although there will be degrees of blessedness and honor, proportioned to the capacity and fidelity of each soul ( <421917>Luke 19:17, 19; <460314>1 Corinthians 3:14, 15). Each will receive as great a measure of reward as it can contain ( <460209>1 Corinthians 2:9) and this final state, once entered upon, will be unchanging in kind and endless in duration ( <660312>Revelation 3:12; 22:15).
<421917> Luke 19:17, 19 ? ?Well done, thou good servant: because thou wast found faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities?Be thou also over five cities?; <460314>1 Corinthians 3:14, 15 ? ?If any man?s work shall abide which be built thereon, he shall receive a reward. If any man?s work shall he burned, he shall safer loss: but he himself shall be saved;
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