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Nearness to God-Its Happiness.
he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Rev. 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors.
312. Nearness to God and to Christ in heaven.
Jn. 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one; 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory.
Rev. 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
313. Perfect and perpetual happiness in heaven.
Ps. 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. 9 For with thee is the fountain of life in thy light shall we see light.
84: 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Is. 51: 11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
1 Cor. 2:9 Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Pet. 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
Rev. 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
21:3 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. 4 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.
314. Possessions, honors, rewards, and glory in heaven.
Mat. 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, That ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Lk. 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
22:28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. 29 And 1 appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Rom. 8:17 And if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 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. 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
1 Cor. 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men: for all things are yours; 22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or
Comparative Glory of the Saints in Heaven.
the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23 And ye are Christ's: and Christ is God's.
2 Cor. 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
Heb. 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Rev. 1:5 Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
315. Comparative glory and blessedness of the saints in
Dt. 32:9 For the LORD's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
Job 7:17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
Ps. 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Lk. 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 47 Wherefore, I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which. need no repentance. 22 But the father
Spiritual, incorruptible, unfading, and eternal.
said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
Jn. 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one; 23 I in them, and thou in me. that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them as thou hast loved me.
Rom. 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren.
1 Cor. 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more, things that pertain to this life?
Ep. 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.
Heb. 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.
Jam. 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.
Rev. 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
316. Heaven spiritual, incorruptible, unfading, and eternal.
Is. 60:20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
Mat. 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt.
22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are
Hell a Place of Punishment.-Personality of the Holy Spirit. given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
1 Cor. 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
317. Hell a place of punishment.
Is. 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.
Mat. 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Lk. 16:24 And he cried, and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.
2 Th. 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. [See Punishment, future, 471.]
318. Personality of the Holy Spirit.
Mat. 28:19 Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Lk. 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him.
Jn. 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.
2 Cor. 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Ep. 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
1 Pet. 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience.
1 Jn. 5:7 There are three that bear record in heaven, the