Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

To glorify God and enjoy Him forever!

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 
  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 
 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 
" — Revelation 21:3-5
Glorious consummation! All the other glories of Heaven are but dim emanations from this all excelling glory. Here is the focus and center to which every ray of light converges. God is "all in all."
Heaven without God! — it would send a chill of dismay through the burning ranks of angels and archangels; it would dim every eye, and hush every harp, and change the whitest robe into sackcloth!
And shall then, indeed, "see God?" What! shall I gaze on these inscrutable glories — and live? Yes, God Himself shall be with them, and be their God! They shall "see His face!" And not only the vision — but the fruition.
Oh! how does sin in my holiest moments, damp the enjoyment of Him! It is the "pure in heart" alone who can "see," far more — who can "enjoy" God. Even if He did reveal Himself now, these eyes could never endure His emanating brightness.
But then, with a heart purified from corruption — a world where the taint of sin and the power of temptation never enters — the soul again a bright mirror, reflecting the lost image of the Godhead — all the affections devoted to their original high destiny — the love of God the motive principle, the ruling passion — the glory of God the undivided object and aim — the will with no opposing or antagonist bias — man will, for the first time, know all the blessedness of his chief end: "to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever!"


Darrel said...

The first time I read the phrase "to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever" there was an immediate repulsive reaction, mainly due to the fact that the phrase is no where to be found in Scripture and secondly because the speaker was John Piper who at the time was fast becoming one of the ones no one should listen to (even more so today). Piper hijacked the meaning of the phrase as MacDuff so masterfully depicted for us in the post above. Piper's "Christian Hedonism" heresy is a disgrace to God and His Word and should receive it's due: a trip to the fire place (along with all the rest of JP's twist-o-matic doctrine. MacDuff rightly put it all together.

We no doubt shall 'enjoy' God for all of eternity, but even that will take second place to the glory we will be privileged to heap upon Him throughout the eons ahead. The recounting of His love for us will never be exhausted, the gratitude will likely only swell greater and greater and our humility before Him enhanced with the passing of each eternal "second'. Even now this is so to a much smaller degree than we shall know when finally in His Presence. Yes, we SHALL SEE HIS FACE!! Even the thought of that day is too much for me to digest while in this tent. A simple "thank You" seems so inadequate, but I find no better words.

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!

lyn said...

Amen said it so well, there's nothing I can add that would improve upon your words - thank you.