To Be with Him Where He Is

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. – Romans 8:33

The great white throne is set, the books are opened, men are trembling, fiends are yelling, sinners are shrieking-“Rocks hide us, mountains on us fall;” these make up an awful chorus of dismay. There stands the believer and looking round on the assembled universe of men and angels, he cries, “Who shall lay anything to my charge?” and silence reigns through earth and heaven. Again he speaks, and fixing his eyes full on the Judge himself, he cries, “Who is he that condemneth?” And lo, there upon the throne of judgment sits the only one who can condemn; and who is that? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who sitteth on the right hand of God, who maketh intercession for him. Can those lips say, “Depart, ye cursed,” to the man for whom they once did intercede? Can those eyes flash lightnings on the man whom once they saw in sin, and thence with rays of love they did lift him up to joy, and peace, and purity? No! Christ will not belie Himself. He cannot reverse His grace; it cannot be that the throne of condemnation shall be exalted on the ruins of the cross. It cannot be that Christ should transform Himself at last; but till He can do so, none can condemn. None but He hath a right to condemn, for He is the sole judge of right and wrong, and if He hath died shall He put us to death, and if He hath risen for us, shall He thrust us downwards to the pit, and if He hath reigned for us and hath been accepted for us, shall He cast us away, and if He hath pleaded for us, shall He curse us at the last? No! Come life, come death, my soul can rest on this: He died for me, I cannot be punished for my sin; He rose again, I must rise, and though I die yet shall I live again. He sits at the right hand of God, and so must I. I must be crowned and reign with Him for ever. He intercedes, and He must be heard. He beckons me, and I must be brought at length to see His face, and to be with Him where He is. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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