«He that doeth the will of God abideth forever.» 1 John 2:17.
THE world's darlings never were God's friends, though he greatly befriends them:
Matt. 5:45; 1 John 2:15. The world, and the things of the world, which sinners so highly prize, are passing away; pride, lust, pleasure, honor, wealth, and worldlings, will shortly vanish; but, «he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.» The servants of God are known by their doing the will of God: Jer. 7:23. There are many who know God's will, but do their own: and who, while they have religion in their head, have the love of the world in their hearts. Religion without the world is better than the world without religion. The believer does the will of God because he loves God: John 14:15.
Observe, 1st. The object of a believer's love «abideth forever:» and his love shall never fail: Heb. 13:8. 2d. The believer himself being born for heaven, and bound to heaven, shall shortly be removed thither; and there abide forever: Prov. 19:16. Therefore, let your will, in all things, submit to God's will, and you shall have your will of God. 3d. The will of God must be done now, and the consequent blessed state of stability will be enjoyed here. «He that doeth,» not he that will do; abideth, not shall abide: Matt.7:24,25. 4th. The declaration is made without respect to persons; He that doeth, whatever may be his rank, strength or condition: Rom. 2:11. Do you but take care of what belongs to God, and rest assured that God will take care of all that belongs to you: 1 Kings 2:3. The animal life must be subject to the divine life; the body must be subject to the soul; and both body and soul subject to the will of God. We are already so greatly indebted to the Almighty, that we can never pay what we owe him; and seeing he requires so little of us, reason says, we ought to do what we can; especially when we bear in mind, that all our good doings only increase our own good; and that in, not for, keeping His commands there is great reward: Ps. 19:11. The higher you are raised above the world, the more you will be delighted with the joys of heaven. It is better to know little and do much, than to know much and do little: Matt. 7:21.