An outlet and an inlet!
(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity, or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)
"Death has been swallowed up in victory!" 1 Corinthians 15:54
DEATH is an outlet and an inlet to a holy man.
Death is an eternal outlet . . .
to all his sins,
to all his sorrows,
to all his shame,
to all his sufferings,
to all his afflictions,
to all his temptations,
to all his oppressions,
to all his confusions,
and to all his vexations.
Death is an eternal inlet into . . .
the clear, full, and constant enjoyment of God,
the sweetest pleasures,
the purest joys,
the highest delights,
the strongest comforts, and
the most satisfying contentments.
Death is the funeral of all a holy man's sins and miseries, and
the perfection of all his joys, graces, and spiritual excellencies.
Death is not the death of the man—but the death of his sin.
Death is a Christian's discharge from all trouble and misery!
Death came in by sin—and sin goes out by death.
Death cures all diseases—the aching head and the unbelieving heart; the diseased body and the defiled soul. Death will cure the holy man of all natural and spiritual distempers.
Death is God's gentle usher to conduct us to Heaven!
Death to a holy man, is nothing but the changing of . . .
his grace—into glory,
his faith—into vision,
his hope—into fruition, and
his love—into eternal rapture!
Oh, who would not go through death . . .
to eternal life!
to immortality and glory!
Death, to a Christian, is . . .
a welcome guest,
a happy friend,
a joyful messenger!
"For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21
"I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far." Philippians 1:23