Saints' Everlasting Rest
by Richard Baxter
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While suffering from a
critical illness, Richard Baxter set his thoughts on
heaven: Who is it for? What is it like? How can we prepare for it?
Baxter defines eternal heavenly rest as the happiest state a Christian
can experience. Baxter believed that heaven was a state of perfect
freedom from evil where Christians can enjoy pure, unmediated union with
God. Baxter encourages us to dwell on the thought of heaven, striving to
accomplish the work of God in all that we do. By living a heavenly life
on earth, Christians can better prepare themselves for the kingdom to
come. Baxter retains a humble attitude in his descriptions, admitting
that he is incapable of fully understanding the wonders of heaven. He
explains that as humans, our ability to comprehend heaven has been
tainted by the fall. But despite his imperfect knowledge of the truth
nature of heaven, his meditations can help guide Christians as they
think about the afterlife. Saints' Everlasting Rest provides
with a beautiful glimpse of what heaven might be
CCEL Staff Writer