Richard Baxter on Our Perfect and Permanent Peace

Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them.     –Revelation 21:3

The glorious and infinite God, who made the worlds, and upholds them by his word, who is praised continually by his heavenly hosts; this God, has sent to you a joyful message to raise you from the dust, and banish the terrors and troubles from your hearts, and help you to live like the sons of God. He takes notice of your sorrows. He stands close by when you do not see him and feel he has forsaken you. He attends you with the greatest tenderness when you say he has forgotten you. He numbers your sighs and bottles up your tears. He feels the groans of your heart.

Providence heaps up mountains of daily mercies, but do you see and feel and taste his mercy and love? Do you live wholly on it? Do you doubt it, and so hardly acknowledge it? The flesh plays a part in this and the remnants of our corruption. The serpent will always be suggesting false thoughts of God. But soon, our Redeemer will return to give such a convincing demonstration of his love as to leave no room for one more doubt. Your comforts are now a taste, but then, they shall be a feast. How soon do our conquered fears return, and what inconstancy and unevenness is there is in our peace! Then, our peace will be perfect and permanent. We shall then enjoy him continually.

O Christians, our comforts should be more abundant, but we do make the mistake of expecting too much on earth. Our true rest in heaven will be our peace indeed. Looking off to these yet unseen blessings is an eminent part of our faith. It is in the apprehension and expectation of our yet unseen heavenly blessings that our earthly peace and safety depend. O that Christians were careful to live with one eye on Christ crucified, and the other on his glory!

Richard Baxter, Practical Works, II:884-885

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