Monday, May 28, 2007

to die is gain "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21). Look upon your dying day as a gainful day. There is no gain compared to that which comes in by death. A Christian gets more by death, than he does by life. To be in Christ is very good--but to be with Christ is best of all, "I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far!" Phil. 1:23. It was a mighty blessing for Christ to be with Paul on earth--but it was the top of blessings for Paul to be with Christ in heaven! Seriously consider these things-- By death you shall gain incomparable crowns! A crown of life, Rev. 2:10; James 1:12; A crown of righteousness, 2 Tim. 4:8; An incorruptible crown, 1 Cor. 9:24-25; A crown of glory, 1 Pet. 5:4. There are no crowns compared to these crowns! By death you shall gain a glorious kingdom! "It is your Father's pleasure to give you a kingdom!" We must put off their rags of mortality--that we may put on our robes of glory. There is no entering into paradise--but under the flaming sword of this angel, death--who stands at the gate. Death is the dirty lane through which the saint passes . . . to a kingdom, to a great kingdom, to a glorious kingdom, to a peaceful kingdom, to an unshaken kingdom, to a durable kingdom, to a lasting kingdom, yes, to an everlasting kingdom! Death is the dark, short way, through which the saints pass to the marriage-supper of the Lamb! (Thomas Brooks, 1675, from "Words of counsel to a dear dying friend," Public Domain as seen on Grace Gems. Grace Gems has Brooks' comforting seven page letter, "Words of counsel to a dear dying friend in it's entirety.")

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