THE PLACE CALLED “GLORY”
In Hebrews 2:10, we are told that God’s great work of salvation and grace is the work of “bringing many sons unto glory.” The Holy Spirit uses the word “glory” interchangeably with the word “heaven.” Heaven is that place called “GLORY.” What a proper name that is for the believer’s eternal home in and with our Lord Jesus Christ! Why is heaven called “glory”? I certainly cannot answer that question fully; but I can give you a few delightful, sweet, hopeful thoughts, which I hope will be blessed of God to your soul’s good.
In that glorious place we call “Heaven” everyone follows Glorious Pursuits. What are the saints doing in heaven? I will not attempt to guess. But this much I know - They are serving God and the Lamb. It is written, "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” (Rev. 22:3-4).
There all God’s saints cast their crowns at the Savior’s blessed feet. They sing his praise. They adore his grace. They make known to principalities and powers the manifold wisdom of God in redemption. They gaze upon the face of their beloved Redeemer, God, and Savior. All the pursuits of heaven are glorious. There will never be anything low, base, or selfish done in glory. There will never be any wearisome toil required. All is glory!
In that glorious place called “Heaven,” with its glorious pursuits, there are Glorious Pleasures. There we will understand the meaning of David's words: "Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psa 16:11).
In heaven we shall live! Did you ever try to imagine what the pleasures of God must be? What is that which is called "the joy of the Lord"? What is the infinite satisfaction of the eternal God? What can be the bliss of him who is blessed God? I can- not imagine such things with my puny brain. Yet, I know that it is this very joy, bliss, peace, and satisfaction into which we shall enter when we enter into Glory, when our Master says to each of his ransomed ones, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Mat 25:21).
Chrysostom wrote, "If one man should suffer all the sorrows of all the saints in the world, yet they are not worth one hour's glory in heaven.” The Apostle Paul said, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). Someone said, "Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.” A. W. Pink wrote, "One breath of Paradise will extinguish all the adverse winds of earth.”
I am talking about Glory! Heaven is a place of glorious pleasure! As C. S. Lewis put it, "Joy is the serious business of heaven.” There are no regrets in heaven, no remorseful tears, no second thoughts, no lost causes, no sorrows of any kind! It is written, "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” (Rev. 21:4)
Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Grace For Today Radio Message #769
2734 Old Stanford Road - Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor -Telephone 606-236-8235 - Email firstname.lastname@example.org