Tis but a taste!

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Tis but a taste!

(Charles Spurgeon)

“A pledge of our inheritance.” Ephesians 1:14

Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart–is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. 

Yet the realization which we have of Christ’s preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, “Tis but a taste!” We have but tasted “that the Lord is gracious,” but we do not yet know how good and gracious He is. We know somewhat of His sweetness, and this makes us long for more. We have enjoyed the first fruits–and they have set us hungering and thirsting for the fullness of the heavenly vintage. Here on earth, we are like Israel in the wilderness, who had but one cluster from Eshcol–there we shall be in the vineyard!

We are but beginners now in spiritual education; for although we have learned the first letters of the alphabet, we cannot read words yet, much less can we put sentences together. As one says, “He who has been in heaven but five minutes–knows more than all the theologians on earth combined!”

We have many ungratified spiritual desires at present–but soon every wish shall be satisfied; and all our powers shall find the sweetest employment in that eternal world of joy.

O Christian, within a very little time you shall be rid of all your trials and your troubles. 
Your eyes which are now suffused with tears, shall weep no longer.
You shall gaze in ineffable rapture upon the splendor of Him who sits on His glorious throne. 
Nay, more–you shall sit with Him upon His throne! 

The triumph of His glory shall be shared by you! His crown, His joy, His paradise–these shall be yours! 
You shall be co-heir with Him who is the heir of all things! 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–reserved in Heaven for you!” 1 Peter 1:3-4 

About Steve

✞Follower of Christ, Husband, Guitarist, Drummer, Photographer, Health & Fitness advocate....Oh and i'm also Blind too! 😀

7 Responses to “Tis but a taste!”

  1. “He who has been in heaven but five minutes–knows more than all the theologians on earth combined!”

    This is the conclusion I reached (I should say comfort from the Holy Spirit) after my mum died in 2012. We’d always had a stormy relationship – some tender times of love and understanding, but mostly our personalities clashed. I was sad that we’d never understood each other and enjoyed a mother-daughter relationship. However, a few weeks after she’d died, I felt the distinct knowledge settle in my heart that she now thought and felt differently about me and that everything was made known to her. It made me feel joyful that, because this had happened to her, I would also experience it when my time came. That knowledge and comfort from the Spirit made all the difference on how I looked at our relationship – the old was gone and become new.

    Thanks Steve!

    • Amen Lesley! Thanks so much for sharing a little bit of your life with me. Sorry to hear about the relationship between you and your mum. I know i never even had a hug from my mum as our family are not the best at showing love. But wow what a hope of Glory we have and it’s such a blessing to hear that you’ve been (are being) comforted by the Holy Spirit and bringing you peace about the ineffable love that awaits us! 😀

      This Psalm always fills my mind when reading about a parent…
      ‘For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up. Psalm 27:10

      The second i heard this for the first time it blew me away! 😀

      • Sorry I’m just replying now, Steve … I’ve been catching up on some sleep! 😴
        Yes, we don’t hug enough – maybe because we’re Brits. ☺
        There’s comfort for everyone and everything in the Psalms. 🙌

        • Hi Lesley! No worries on replying i could do with more sleep myself. It’s taking me about a day to create 1 day of the ‘Blind Sightseers’ holiday memories as i’m just writing them now…But i should have done them when we actually finished our holiday and not left them! This lockdown has forced me to write them as i needed a good kick to get me started, and me and Sarah are loving reading them each evening (Sarah reads it to me) and we remember our amazing trips. 😀

          Being British certainly doesn’t help with the hugs, lol. I nearly died when i first went into a church building at 35 years old and the older ladies kept hugging me. It really isn’t what our family ever did.

          Yes i love the psalms too they are incredible! 😀

          As always it’s fantastic to meet with you here Lesley, God bless you.

          • It’s lovely that you and Sarah can reminisce about your travels together like this.
            Oh, I bet all those old ladies at the church were loving it! 😀

  2. Amen! Great post full of hope. Thank you

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