are not from God the Most Holy, who even on earth has condemned gluttony and lust, and who is
free from all change of character and will.
Some Muslim philosophers and commentators, such as Muhiyyu'd-din, have perceived that what is
said in the Qur'an and in the Traditions about the kind of pleasures provided in paradise for pious
Muslims cannot be literally correct, because such pleasures have in them nothing spiritual or
ennobling, nay rather are degrading and debasing in the extreme. Hence these writers have declared
that these verses and Traditions must be understood not literally but figuratively and in a
spiritual sense. But, as a result, the great mass of Muslims have always considered Muhiyyu'd-din
and his like wicked heretics and blasphemers. Certainly it must be confessed they have failed in
their attempt to explain away the carnal nature of the paradise for which Muslims have always been
taught to look. Whoever will fairly and honestly consider the teaching of the passages which we have
quoted above will see that they cannot have a spiritual meaning, but must be taken with a very
sensual and material significance.
What we have said in this present chapter, in accordance with the New Testament, regarding the
good results obtained through accepting the salvation which Jesus Christ offers, amounts to this,
that the true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ; through faith in Him, obtains forgiveness of his
THE RESULTS OF SALVATION
sins, deliverance from the slavery of sin, the flesh and the devil, inward peace and
spiritual joy and happiness, even amid the trials, sorrows and temptations of this transitory world.
The flame of love towards God is kindled in his heart, and true trust and confidence in his Heavenly
Father is bestowed upon him. His heart is enlightened and grows pure and clean, he draws near to God
in spirit, he becomes an heir of true and eternal happiness and is conscious of enjoying the divine
approval. In a word, all the glory and bliss which man lost through sin is restored to him through
the salvation wrought out for him by the Lord Jesus Christ, so that all that is necessary to satisfy
the yearnings of the human spirit and to the attainment of true and perfect happiness in both worlds
is bestowed upon the believer in Christ through the atonement which the Lord Jesus has made in order
to secure man's salvation.
It is sadly true that not every professing or even real Christian has yet attained to the degree
of perfection which we have depicted as the lot of the true follower of Christ, nor have all
Christians obtained all the grace and the blessings which are included in the gift of salvation
through Jesus Christ. Yet every true believer in the Lord Jesus already shares in those spiritual
gifts and heavenly blessings, and, eating of the fruit of the tree of life 1 which is in
the midst of God's spiritual paradise, he will