GOD WILL BRING HIS ISRAEL INTO THE HEAVENLY CANAAN
In Hebrews 2:10, the Holy Spirit tells us that God almighty is, in saving his people, bringing many sons unto glory.” Just as he brought Israel out of Egypt, across the Red Sea, through the wilderness, over the Jordan, and into the land of Canaan, so the Lord God will, at last, bring all his true Israel into the heavenly Canaan and make all his elect to inherit and possess that Glory Land promised to them in Christ, in eternal life, before the world began.
This glorious place, with its glorious pursuits and glorious pleasures, is inhabited by glorious persons. In Hebrews 12:22-24 we read, -- "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”
What a glorious place Heaven must be! God is there, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christ, the Lamb, who die as our sin-atoning Sacrifice is there. The holy angels, who have all the days of earth’s history served the interests of our souls and the glory of God, are there. The spirits of just men made perfect are there. The saints of God who have already passe into the glory world, all of them, from our father Adam to the one who just passed out of this shadow of death, are there. There all the saints of God are glorious, kings and priests unto God, arrayed as kings, holy as God himself is holy, glorious as Christ himself is glorious. Well does the writer of Hebrews use this word when he speaks of heaven - "glory." Heaven is GLORY!
Our great God will bring all his sons to glory despite all the difficulties that lie in the way. Every believer shall persevere unto the end because every believer is preserved by God himself. Though ten thousand hells lay between us and glory, though ten thousand Satans roared against us, not one of God's elect shall fail to attain unto glory, because the glorious God has undertaken to save us. As Israel was brought from Egypt into Canaan by a constant series of miracles, supernatural, unexplainable works of God, so the believer's path is a path of constant, miraculous grace. Ours is a miraculous life. God Almighty, himself, has undertaken to save us. Can you get hold of that? Our path is not easy, but it is safe. Fight we must, but victory is sure. Temptations we must endure, but our God will uphold us. Trials we must face, but God holds us with the right hand of his righteousness. He feeds us, refreshes us, clothes us, fights for us, protects us, upholds us; and he will bring us unto glory.
Perhaps the greatest wonder of this great purpose and work of God is the many sons he has determined to bring unto glory. "Ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Cor. 1:26-29). God has chosen for his sons and daughters those people whom most people on earth would be ashamed to call their children. Those who are passed by by society, the depraved, the debased, the fallen, are the very ones chosen by God, the very ones he is determined to bring unto glory. Are you numbered among them? Am I?
Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Grace For Today Radio Message #770
2734 Old Stanford Road - Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
Donald S. Fortner, Pastor -Telephone 606-236-8235 - Email firstname.lastname@example.org