(whether in the body, I know not; or whether out of the body, I know not; God knoweth), such a one caught up even to the third heaven. And I know such a man (whether in the body, or apart from the body, I know not; God knoweth), how that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.' The Apostle John also writes: 'Beloved, 1 now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is.' In the Epistle to the Hebrews we read: 'Ye 2 are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaketh better than that of Abel.' In the last book of the New Testament, the Book of Revelation, a wonderfully beautiful figurative description is given of the happiness and felicity of the redeemed. It is thus written: 'These 3 are they which come out of the great tribulation, and they washed their robes, and made them white in. the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God; and they serve him day and night in his temple: and he

1 1 John iii. 2. 2 Heb. xii. 22-4. 3 Rev. vii. 14-17.



that sitteth on the throne shall spread his tabernacle over them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun strike upon them, nor any heat: for the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them unto fountains of waters of life: and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.' 'And 1 I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his peoples, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God: and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more: the first things are passed away. And he that sitteth on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.' 'And 2 there shall be no curse any more: and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be therein and his servants shall do him service; and they shall see his face; and his name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall be night no more; and they need no light of lamp, neither light of sun; for the Lord God shall give them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.'

Even the very bodies of the redeemed shall share in the holiness and bliss of immortality. For, on the resurrection day, the Lord Jesus Christ will raise from the tomb the bodies of His true and

1 Rev. xxi, 3-5. 2 Rev. xxii. 3-5.