THE SCHOOL OF THE HEREAFTER- PART 5

Devotional Type : Maranatha

Devotion Time : January 16

Topic: The School of the Hereafter – cont : 5          

 But we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2.

Christ's work below is His work above, and our reward for working with Him in this world will be the greater power and wider privilege of working with Him in the world to come.  "Ye are My witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God." Isaiah 43:12. This also we shall be in eternity.   

 For what was the great controversy permitted to continue throughout the ages? Why was it that Satan's existence was not cut short at the outset of his rebellion? It was that the universe might be convinced of God's justice in His dealing with evil; … In the plan of redemption there are heights and depths that eternity itself can never exhaust, marvels into which the angels desire to look. The redeemed only, of all created beings, have in their own experience known the actual conflict with sin; they have wrought with Christ, and, as even the angels could not do…

     Even now, "unto the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places" is "made known through the church the manifold wisdom of God." … "In His temple doth everyone speak of His glory" (Psalm 29:9), and the song which the ransomed ones will sing--will declare the glory of God: "Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the ages. Who shall not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? for Thou only art holy." Revelation 15:3, 4, R.V. 

     In our life here, earthly, sin-restricted though it is, the greatest joy and the highest education are in service. And in the future state, untrammeled by the limitations of sinful humanity, it is in service that our greatest joy and our highest education will be found--witnessing, and ever as we witness learning anew "the riches of the glory of this mystery;" "which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27.  "It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." 1 John 3:2.

      In that great multitude which no man could number, presented "faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 24), He whose blood has redeemed and whose life has taught us, "shall see of the travail of His soul, … be satisfied." Isa. 53:11.  [Ed 308-9]