Two Heavens

Thomas Brooks, “Heaven on Earth” 1667

Communion with Christ is that which will make you stand fast, and triumph over all enemies, difficulties, dangers, and deaths. Communion with Christ will make a man as courageous and bold as a lion, yes, as a young lion which is fearless of any creature.

Communion is a reciprocal exchange between Christ and a gracious soul. Communion is Jacob’s ladder,
where you have Christ sweetly descending down into the soul—and the soul by divine influences sweetly ascending up to Christ.

Communion with Christ is . . .
a sword to defend you,
a staff to support you,
a balm to heal you,
a cordial to strengthen you.

High communion with Christ will yield you two heavens—a heaven upon earth, and a heaven after death.

He enjoys nothing—who lacks communion with Christ.

He lacks nothing—who enjoys communion with Christ.

Therefore above all gettings, get communion with Christ; and above all keepings, keep communion with Christ. All other losses are not comparable to the loss of communion with Christ. He who has lost his communion, has lost his comfort, his strength, his all, and it will not be long before the Philistines capture him, and put out his eyes, and bind him with fetters of brass, and make him grind in a prison, as they did Samson, in Judges 16:20-21.

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