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Heavenly Recognition

Heavenly Recognition

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BY WILLIAM HENRY BOOK



Text. — "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of
rejoicing? Are not even ye, before our Lord Jesus at
his coming? For ye are our glory and our joy. " —
1 Thess. 1 : 19, 20.
BY WILLIAM HENRY BOOK



Text. — "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of
rejoicing? Are not even ye, before our Lord Jesus at
his coming? For ye are our glory and our joy. " —
1 Thess. 1 : 19, 20.

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HEAVELY RECOGITIOBY WILLIAM HERY BOOK Text. — "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye, before our Lord Jesus athis coming? For ye are our glory and our joy. " — 1 Thess. 1 : 19, 20.THERE are times when all of us are* interested in this question. Manytimes the minister goes into the homes of the members of his charge, and they donot care to talk about things that arespiritual and things that are eternal.The death angel has visited your homeand taken one of your loved ones. Whenthe minister comes again you will getthe family album and turn to a picturethat is more precious now than gold, andyou will take it into your hand and pressit to your lips, and then talk tenderly of the absent one, and you will be interestedin all of the Scripture that speaks of thestate of the dead. Then you will ask a192HEAVELY RECOGITIOquestion — one that is constantly comingup for settlement: "Does the Bible tellus that we shall know our loved ones inheaven ? ' 'A gentleman lived in a beautiful man-
 
sion on the banks of a great river, andthere was on the other side anotherbeautiful mansion in which lived one whowas to him a stranger. He says : * * I oftenlooked over the river and admired themansion, but I was little interested in thepeople who lived there. One day a mancame from that home to my home. Hecame many times, and one day when hewent back he took with him my onlydaughter. ow I love to think of thathome, and I am deeply interested, be-cause my home is divided and a part of the family lives on that side of the river,and I want to go over and visit." Thisis like death. Some of our loved oneshave moved into another world, and un-til they went we thought but little of thatcountry. The home is now divided, andwe feel that it will not be long until all of us shall have moved out and across theriver, where we shall inhabit a new home193SERMOS FOR THE PEOPLEand where we shall be reunited with thosewho are dear to us.But some one is ready to ask: "If we are to know our loved ones, how canwe be happy if all of them are not withus in heaven f" God is our Father, andhe loves us far more than it is possiblefor us to love our children. Jesus isour Elder Brother, and he loves us, too,more than it is possible for us to love
 
our children. Then I ask, If God andChrist shall be happy when all of thechildren and brothers are not present,shall we, too, not be happy? We cannot understand and we can not explainit, but we must believe that God andChrist shall know all who have been cre-ated in the image of the Father; andmore, all who have been created in theimage of God shall know God and ChristJesus, God's Son. ow, does it notlogically follow that if we shall recog-nize our Father and our Elder Brother,we shall also recognize other membersof the family?Man possesses reason. He is com-posed of mind, and mind is composed of 194HEAVELY RECOGITIOintellect, sensibility and will. Intellect iscomposed of being, space, time, person-ality, number and resemblance. Man cannever forget ; he may not be able to recol-lect. When the impression has beenstamped npon the soul, it is there forall time. When Abraham spake to theman in the unseen world who was beingtormented, he said: "Son, remember."Every act of man's life touches a chordthat will vibrate in eternity. Man ishanging up pictures around the cham-ber of his heart at which he shall beforced to gaze in eternity. This man inHades knew Abraham, and he recognized

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