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is laid up for me a crown of righteousness." --2 Timothy 4:8
Doubting one! thou hast often said, "I fear I shall never enter
heaven." Fear not! all the people of God shall enter there. I love the
quaint saying of a dying man, who exclaimed, "I have no fear of going
home; I have sent all before me; God's finger is on the latch of my door, and I
am ready for Him to enter." "But," said one, "are you not
afraid lest you should miss your inheritance?" "Nay," said he,
"nay; there is one crown in heaven which the angel Gabriel could not wear,
it will fit no head but mine. There is one throne in heaven which Paul the
apostle could not fill; it was made for me, and I shall have it." O
Christian, what a joyous thought! thy portion is secure; "there remaineth
a rest." "But cannot I forfeit it?" No, it is entailed. If I be
a child of God I shall not lose it. It is mine as securely as if I were there.
Come with me, believer, and let us sit upon the top of Nebo, and view the
goodly land, even Canaan. Seest thou that little river of death glistening in
the sunlight, and across it dost thou see the pinnacles of the eternal city?
Dost thou mark the pleasant country, and all its joyous inhabitants? Know,
then, that if thou couldst fly across thou wouldst see written upon one of its
many mansions, "This remaineth for such a one; preserved for him only. He
shall be caught up to dwell for ever with God." Poor doubting one, see the
fair inheritance; it is thine. If thou believest in the Lord Jesus, if thou
hast repented of sin, if thou hast been renewed in heart, thou art one of the
Lord's people, and there is a place reserved for thee, a crown laid up for
thee, a harp specially provided for thee. No one else shall have thy portion,
it is reserved in heaven for thee, and thou shalt have it ere long, for there
shall be no vacant thrones in glory when all the chosen are gathered in.