(from Of First Importance blog)
He who sits on the throne shall dwell among them
‘He who sits on the throne shall dwell among them.’ (Rev 7:15)
They shall no longer walk by faith, and see through a glass darkly. They shall see face to face the God in whom they have believed, and behold His countenance as that of a familiar friend.
They shall have no more dark seasons, they shall never feel that their beloved Lord is at a distance, they shall never tremble lest they compel Him to withdraw Himself by their lack of service—but they shall see Him as He is, and be forever at His side.
And if, while presently groaning in their body of sin, the Christian finds such peace and comfort in drawing near to God in prayer—if even in the flesh he has tasted that it is a joyful thing to pour out his heart before the throne of mercy—oh! who shall describe his blessedness when he shall find himself forever in his Redeemer’s presence, and shall be told—It is finished, you shall never leave this holy place?
— J.C. Ryle
“The Blood of the Lamb”