>Thursday of Borrowed words is here and this month we have been meditating on Heaven; today the borrowed words come from one of my favorite writers, J.C. Ryle.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3
“A solid ground for expecting good things to come.
The evil heart of unbelief within us is apt to rob us of our comfort about heaven. “We wish we could think it was all true.” – “We fear we shall never be admitted into heaven”- Let us hear what Jesus says to encourage us.
One cheering word is this -“I go and prepare a place for you”. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people: a place which we shall find Christ Himself has made ready for true Christians. He has prepared it by procuring a right for every sinner who believes to enter in. None can stop us, and say we have no business there. He has prepared it by going before us as our Head and Representative, and taking possession of it for all the members of his mystical body. As our Forerunner He has marched in, leading captivity captive, and has planted His banner in the land of glory. He has prepared it by carrying our names with Him as our High Priest into the Holy of Holies, and making angels ready to receive us. They that enter heaven will find they are neither unknown nor unexpected”
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