03 May 2006

Away From the Presence of the Lord

“They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.” 

2 Thess. 1:9-10 (ESV)


I shudder as I ponder the phrase “…away from the presence of the Lord…”  What makes hell so exceedingly horrifying is to be shut out from God’s presence.  God is the source of everything good.  To be shut out of his presence is to be cut off from him who is the source of all good and joy and blessing.  What makes heaven so exceedingly wonderful is being brought near to God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ, by the Spirit.  Just to be forgiven of my sins would be grace beyond comprehension.  When I read that I am received as a son, whereby I can call the supreme and glorious God of heaven and earth, my Abba, I am speechless.  And can it be?  Yes, God Himself declares it.  It is Jesus that makes heaven so magnificent.  He has gone before us, behind the veil – already in the presence of his Father.  In Christ we will be brought into the presence of God and not be consumed.   We have been received into the fellowship and intimate love relationship of the triune God and we will enter into the full and eternal enjoyment of that truth “when he comes on that day.”  Lord, “in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  (Ps. 16:11b ESV) 


Murray McLellan


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