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from "The Poor Man's Portions" by Robert Hawker
"His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads." Rev 22:3,4
Mark these pictures, my soul. Jesus has servants, and they are distinguished from the world. They "serve Him." What is it to serve Christ? Free grace has made them servants, in bringing them from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
This is why the prophet proclaims in the Lord's name, "Behold, My servants shall eat, But you shall be hungry; Behold, My servants shall drink, But you shall be thirsty; Behold, My servants shall rejoice, But you shall be ashamed; behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, But you shall cry for sorrow of heart, And wail for grief of spirit." (Isa 65:13,14) How distinguishing are these pictures! God's servants have the table of Jesus to sit down to; the bread of life, the bread of God, the living bread, which is Jesus himself, to feed upon. They shall drink also; for he that is their living bread is their living water also -even the water of life, of which whosoever drinks shall thirst no more; "But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." (John 4:14) The servants of the Lord shall rejoice, and sing for joy of heart also.
Yes, "The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Rom 14:17) And this is not all. The servants of the Lord shall "See his face." They do now, by faith in his word, in his ordinances, in his manifestations, visits, grace, providences. And, by and by, when this veil of covering, cast over all people, is totally taken down and removed at death, they shall have a glorious view of the King in his beauty by sight.
Moreover, his name is said to be "in their foreheads." Yes, it is so; the image of Christ is impressed upon them, as "Holiness to the Lord" was engraved on the head covering of Aaron. "Beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, [they] are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Cor 3:18) My soul, what do you say to these evidences? Are they yours? Take the comfort of them to yourself.
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