The fall has made the world a sad place. There is much striving for satisfaction. The world dangles its idols, promising satisfaction, but never delivers. Yet the striving continues, no matter how many disappointments and frustrations are experienced. However much is gathered, or however many thrills are experienced, the cycle continues, because the heart of man longs for something the world will never supply, that is satisfaction. These things are only symptoms of a deeper malaise: that man, as he comes into the world is not RightWithGod. His sinful instincts pull Him away from his greatest good, which is to be one with God, and finding his satisfaction in God. All else will disappoint: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” (Mark 8:36).
Left to himself man will just continue on this sad road until his life comes to an end, unprepared to meet his God, to whom every man must give an account: “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:12)”. Happily, God did not leave man to himself, although He would have been perfectly just in doing so. In His infinite goodness and mercy He provided a total and complete answer. He sent His Son into this world to solve man’s greatest problem, his guilt, which separated him from God: but this was not a simple salvage operation. God is not a God of minimums, but of maximums. His salvation provided for forgiveness of sins, but also a great list of added blessings. It provided justification, so that the sinner was by the death of Christ, put into a situation where God’s justice was totally satisfied for the believer. No charges are now possible against him, even from God Himself. The believer is totally and irreversibly RightWithGod. He is not afraid to meet God. Rather, he looks forward to it.
Then there is the preparation for heaven, which we call sanctification, being made holy, which goes on in the believer’s life until death, and gets its ‘final push’ when the believer passes inte the presence of Christ. The preparation will be so complete that the believer will immediately feel ‘at home’. The believer should instinctively have this desire for holiness, as we read in 1 John 3:3: “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He (Christ) is pure”.
Then there is glorification. The moment the believer looks on Christ in heaven, he is changed to being like Christ, not in His humiliation in His earthly life, but in His glorified state in heaven. This, even for the chief of sinners, if they look to Christ alone for salvation. For them there will be no further striving, no more being fooled by the world’s promises, no more lack of satisfaction, but total, actual, and complete satifaction of all the desires and longings of their heart, which will never come to an end. “In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).