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from the field of labor, and then goes to
his rest in the Paradise of God. There,
he joyfully waits in anticipation of that
" crown of righteousness which the Lord, the
righteous Judge, shall give at that day, unto
all them that love his appearing."1 The
disembodied spirit in the heavenly world,
unquestionably, enjoys all the happiness
that it is capable of in its separate state.
But, its full and perfect fruition cannot
be realized until " Christ shall appear the
second time without sin unto salvation."
Then, and not till then, shall the whole
company of the redeemed exult in " the
saying brought to pass" that, "Death is
swallowed up in victory."2 This leads us
3. Another reason why the pious may
be said to 'fall asleep' in death.—Their
bodies shall then be raised to a glorious
immortality. Revelation teaches that at
the final catastrophe of the world, man-
1 2d Tim. iv., 8. ' M Cor. xv., 54.