2 COR. v. 5.
“Now He that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God,
who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.”
I. THE work of preparation for heaven.
There must be some kind of preparation. This prepara-
tion must be wrought in us.
It is possible for us to know whether we are thoroughly
II. The author of this preparation is God. Without
acquaintance with God we cannot be prepared. Consider
the seal of this preparation—the earnest of the Spirit. A
part of heaven, a young heaven. Nurse it within you.
If we have this seal, we shall show patience, forgiveness,
holy courage, and a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Charles H. Spurgeon