The making of God's Eternal Worshipers
by Eferovo Igho
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Faith in Jesus Christ and the salvation it procures i.e. eternity with God cannot be well told on this side of heaven. No tongue can tell it as it should be told. No combination of musical instruments made by mortals can strike notes enough to convey all its import. For now we can only be grateful to our God and show same in words, songs, and our works and above all in and with our lives, by our lifestyles or by the lives we live and lead.
Faithfulness is the watchword until Him we join up yon aye (forever) and be part of the Great Assembly of God’s eternal worshipers. In the by-and-by we shall forever sing unimaginably sonorous songs that perfectly rubbish what men may classify today as matchless tunes. May you and I be there to join in that indescribably sublimely arrayed holy, saintly or sinless Choir to give our God the worship eternally due Him; and required of us first at that eternally soothing Heavenly Shore and through the Beautiful, Beautiful, and Beautiful Heavenly Gate from whence we shall be ushered into and ‘lost’ forever in praise of our God in that indescribably exquisite Heaven of God throughout all of eternity. Amen!
As we conclude therefore we wish to represent in simple poem of mine what we think captures both the sad story of man’s transgression and eternal damnation and the great story of God’s love and grace; man’s redemption, and eternal restoration to the chief purpose of creation, which is: GOD’S ETERNAL WORSHIP (for indeed, for His pleasure we were created and live)!
The Making of God’s Eternal Worshipers
O this precious and priceless soul,
Sin its spoilage, and sin its woe.
O its sorely eternal place;
This being God’s unchanging sentence!
What then can cleanse sin from man’s soul?
Or, what can make priceless soul whole?
It’s Sinless Blood for sinful men!
Ah! Answer truly not with men.
Is there then any true way out;
And yea, a certain escape route?
Can earth-folk a redeemer find?
Nay, not ‘midst its wretch’d mortal kind!
So then, God drew salvation plan,
His Love occasioned it for man
And His Grace brought it to us all
Oh, the Cross where He paid it all!
For God loving the soul so rich,
And abhorring seeing one perish;
Sin, being its sad eternal loss:
Gave His Only Begotten Son!
The reason comes so clear and bold:
For without the shedding of blood,
There is no remission of sins.
This, the LAW requirement for sin!
And Triune-God reached some accord:
Gave us Him that’s the Lamb of God;
Immanuel, this is God with us;
Jesus, God in the flesh He is!
This is mission divine: the Cross!
Yes, onward to Calvary’s Cross,
He that’s our Creator for us went,
For your sins and mine to remit.
O the Agony for our mess;
O the Pains Jesus bore for us;
O the Scorn from humanity;
But the Lord endured all of it!
Yet, forsaken by His Father;
Though He sent Him for this matter.
Disowned by Him for this reason:
God can’t behold one single sin!
But the Son took ALL, ALL OUR SINS.
My dear, think seriously on this;
Lay it real well and firm in you.
Grace is free; grace covers all sins!
Sin conquered, death must be also.
Buried, on the third day He rose.
And Satan’s pow’r He has rubbish’d!
Halleluyah: ‘It is finished’.
Hear the kind call of the Savior:
“Come to Me, all you that labor,
And you that are heavy-laden,
Rest in your souls will I give thee.
My yoke receive, and of Me learn;
For I’m meek and lowly in heart.
Then, rest for your souls you shall find:
For My yoke is easy, weight light”
Ere time and grace for’ver be gone,
Hear as eternity beckons:
The GREAT SEPARATION is nigh,
The saved shall be with God on high.
Caught up in the twinkling of eye!
The sting of death gone forever!
Power of the grave fully crushed!
Sin, death, grave totally vanquished!
No more Satan now, forever;
No more sickness now, forever;
No more sorrow now, forever;
And no sin again, forever!
Eternal damnation now passed;
And henceforth eternally bless’d;
Man with the Triune-God to dwell:
And free at last, from sin and hell!
O Christ’s wondrous Calvary Cross!
O so great and marvelous Grace!
O Love so boundless, and so tall!
Thank You Lord God that paid it all!
And to the Lord slain for our sins,
The saints shall come with songs and hymns
Singing with rich angelic tone
Before Your Rainbow-Circled Throne.
Unending worship to render,
As holy, reverent adorers:
So fulfilling creation purpose!
’Cause of the Savior slain for us!
O how we dream now of REVELATION 4: 8b: “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, WHICH WAS, AND IS, AND IS TO COME.” Amen! And how we want to be part of REVELATION 4: 11: “THOU ART WORTHY O LORD TO RECEIVE GLORY AND HONOUR AND POWER: FOR THOU HAST CREATED ALL THINGS, AND FOR THY PLEASURE THEY ARE AND WERE CREATED.”Amen!
But before then, before we get there, while breaths we still have: let all things that have breath praise the Lord.
LET ALL HIS CREATION PRAISE HIM
1. Praise you the Lord, Halleluiah, every soul.
Let us praise the Lord, Almighty, while we live,
Even our God while we have our being.
In the beauty of His Holiness, let’s praise Him.
Let all His creation praise Him,
Let all His creation praise Him:
For this is good, pleasant and comely.
Praise Him whose Name alone is excellent.
His glory is above the Earth and Heaven.
2. Let all His saints sing unto Him a new song.
O you assembly of His saints let us sing.
Praise His great Name in the dance brethren.
Let high praises of our God be in every mouth.
3. Praise you the Lord, Jerusalem, His beloved.
Praise your God O Zion, God’s city, forever!
Let Israel joy in Him that made him,
Let the children of Jacob joy in their great King.
4. And now all kings and all judges of the earth;
Princes, all people wherever they now are;
Children, young men, maidens and old men,
Should now our God adore and worship from henceforth.
5. Praise you the Lord in the heavens and all heights;
Praise Him from Heaven all angels, all His hosts;
Praise Him sun, moon and all stars of lights.
Water above, heavens of heavens: Praise His Name.
6. Praise you the Lord: O earth below, praise our God;
Praise Him you dragons, all creatures and all deeps;
Praise Him fire, hail, all snow and vapors.
You storming winds fulfilling His Word, praise the Lord.
7. Let all mountains and all the hills praise our God.
All cedars He made, fruitful trees praise His Name.
Beasts, all cattle and all creeping things,
All fowls flying, all things that have breath, praise our God.
Praises of our God must be the station of all saved souls on this side of eternity before we get to be with Him that inhabits eternity. Yes, ‘for now we can only be grateful to our God and show same in words, songs, and our works and above all in and with our lives, by our lifestyles or by the lives we live and lead’: And this is unquestionably holy living, because, it is for His pleasure we are created and must therefore live; and which holy living is made possible by the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us, by His Word He has given to us to obey, by His Grace which makes that obedience possible and by His Holy Spirit which actually comes to help us if we rely on Him for assistance: in understanding and illumination; self-emptying, consecration to His will and divine impartation; direction and good performance of His commands, will and pleasure: a divine assistance made good when we constantly pray to God for these and by faith always set out accordingly; and for this cause and more He says: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” – Hebrews 4:16.
It is proper and expected that we know what displeases Him and what pleases Him and may we be so obedient to do that which is right in His sight in every circumstance – which is why He has given us His Holy Word and Holy Spirit for us to approach unto and tap graces from to live holily and acceptably for Him. That is how to live for Him. And that is how to live with eternity in view. This is what pleases Him; that is His pleasure.
And in Jesus Christ alone we have grace to do this, and to do it to the end; even to the end when He comes in the rapture or catching away of the saints to receive His them (His own) to Himself eternally, even His precious jewels. These are those that live for His pleasure or those that please Him while breath they still have. These shall worship God forever and they shall both know the unimaginable comfort, bliss and glory that are in the presence of God everlastingly and a holy and perfect service to our God eternally.
Until then may the prayerful confession and amen of Paul in 2 Tim. 4:18 be always ours: “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” The perception Charles Spurgeon had of this scripture is most irresistible and must be visited presently.
On 2 Timothy 4: 18 Spurgeon comments in his devotional: “Yonder city of the great King is a place of active service. Ransomed spirits serve Him day and night in His temple. They never cease to fulfil the good pleasure of their King. They always "rest," so far as ease and freedom from care is concerned; and never "rest," in the sense of indolence or inactivity. Jerusalem the golden is the place of communion with all the people of God. We shall sit with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in eternal fellowship. We shall hold high converse with the noble host of the elect, all reigning with Him who by His love and His potent arm has brought them safely home. We shall not sing solos, but in chorus shall we praise our King. Heaven is a place of victory realized. Whenever, Christian, thou hast achieved a victory over thy lusts--whenever after hard struggling, thou hast laid a temptation dead at thy feet--thou hast in that hour a foretaste of the joy that awaits thee when the Lord shall shortly tread Satan under thy feet, and thou shalt find thyself more than conqueror through Him who hath loved thee. Paradise is a place of security. When you enjoy the full assurance of faith, you have the pledge of that glorious security which shall be yours when you are a perfect citizen of the heavenly Jerusalem. O my sweet home, Jerusalem, thou happy harbour of my soul! Thanks, even now, to Him whose love hath taught me to long for Thee; but louder thanks in eternity, when I shall possess thee.
‘My soul has tasted of the grapes,
And now it longs to go
Where my dear Lord His vineyard keeps
And all the clusters grow.
"Upon the true and living vine,
My famish'd soul would feast,
And banquet on the fruit divine,
An everlasting guest.’ "
Igho writes from Warri
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