Read Isaiah 25:6-9
“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it” (v. 8).
“I wanted you to know that your talks with me in college were not in vain. I now believe and am going to church.” These words were from Russ, a young professional man who in the university had been a skeptic. He and I had long discussions about Jesus and His truth claims. When he claimed that he had come to faith, I was surprised. I had not felt I had done much in the way of convincing him. What changed him? It certainly had not been my arguments, which were inadequate. Rather, it was small bits of truth that in an incremental way lodged in his heart and eventually bore the fruit of faith. That young man experienced a kind of progressive revelation of truth.
God, through progressive revelation, “precept upon precept; line upon line,” has shown man about heaven. The lines in Isaiah 25:8 foreshadowed what John would more clearly reveal in Revelation 21. There will be no tears in heaven, and God’s people will enter into a glory that will never fade away. This clearer depiction of coming blessings prompted Charles H. Gabriel’s inspirational words of what awaits believers. (Dave Gordeuk)
Oh, that will be glory for me,
Glory for me, glory for me,
When by His grace I shall look on His face,
That will be glory, be glory for me.
— Charles H. Gabriel
Glimpses of heaven greet those who look for them.
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