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 readers with a beautiful glimpse of what heaven might be like.

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Richard Baxter
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: November 12, 1615, Rowton, Shropshire
Died: December 8, 1691, London
Related topics: Baxter, Richard,--1615-1691, Christian life, Church of England, Controversial literature, Conversion
Basic information: Richard Baxter (12 November 1615 – 8 December 1691) was an English Puritan church leader, poet, hymn-writer, theologian, and controversialist. Dean Stanley called him "the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen". After some false starts, he made his reputation by his ministry at Kidderminster, and at around the same time began a long and prolific career as theological writer.
Popular works: Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live, Reformed Pastor, Saints' Everlasting Rest, Practical Works of Richard Baxter, Causes and Danger of Slighting Christ and His Gospel.

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