by D. M. Panton

Chapter Seventeen


The Day of Justice closes with the final judgment. The Kingdom is over (1Cor. 15:24): the old heavens and earth have fled away: in all God’s universe no object remains save one great, glittering white Throne, before which the dead, both small and great, stand. "And books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged" (Rev. 20:12). Books of works - one book of names: books of works, that all condemnation may be exactly adjusted to guilt; a book of names, for the saved have nothing in the Book of Life but a name. Works, whether before or after faith, disappear, it is the Lamb’s Book, and the names, enrolled from before the foundation of the world, as blood-washed at Calvary, are set there by sovereign, electing Grace; and thus the merits on which we stand for eternity are solely the merits of Christ. Therefore all believers of the Patriarchal, Legal, and Christian dispensations reign in the Eternal Kingdom[34]. "And if any was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire." Calvary is the measure of God’s love to the world; Hell is the measure of His love to Christ: for God so loved the world as to give up His Son to Calvary; and He so loves His Son that whosoever rejects Him must be given up to Hell. All reformative chastisement now ceases: punishment purges no more, and becomes punitive forever. But the saved are saved with an astounding salvation. "There shall be no curse any more" (Rev. 22:3) - eternal sinlessness: "and the Throne shall be therein" - eternal communion: "and His servants shall serve Him" - eternal service: "and they shall see His face " - eternal joy: "and His name shall be on their foreheads" - eternal security: "and there shall be night no more" - eternal energy: "and the Lord God shall give them light" - eternal knowledge: "AND THEY" - all the risen, of all dispensations - "SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER" - eternal glory.

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[34] Nevertheless “those rewards, or crowns, conferred upon the overcoming ones by the Lord Jesus at His appearing shall never wax old, or fade away; for the Kingdom only comes to an end in the sense of there remaining no more enemies to subdue, and of nothing further of disorder requiring intervention and cure” (W. Lincoln).

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13, NASB)