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 thr
ough 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.")


1 comment:

  1. A friend of mine told me her father (who is in his last stages of life) said to her "Dying easy, its the getting there thats hard."
    lovely post.
    Glad to have you back again.


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