Another important idea contained in the text is, that the church, or people of God, among whom a faithful minister finishes his work, will be a cause our crown of peculiar joy or rejoicing at the coming of Christ. It will be a matter of great satisfaction to sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and other saints of that day, but the scriptures represent that godly ministers what arrive peculiar joy from the pious parts of their congregations. Daniel 12:3; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 2:16. Reflecting on past providences will be a source of great joy at the day of judgment and as many things have taken place between the minister and his people in which they are more particularly conversant and interested, when they come to be explained, it will afford special joy and admiration, as they have been companions and tribulation, send now it is likely they will be in a more peculiar sense hope enjoy, and help each other in magnifying the Lord for special favors, and displays of divine power and grace on their behalf.
For those of or whom the Holy Ghost has made them overseers in particular: how God will give their hearers weapon converted through their instrumentality as a kind of reward and fruit of their travel or labor. When it appears that God has made use of the true ministers of Christ the conversion of some of the sauce wants committed to their charge it will excite wonder, joy, and humility in the minds of pious teachers, that God should deign to honor them as instruments of such glorious work, by which they will be led to adore sovereign grace and condescending love.
It is often through the painful labors of Christ’s servants that souls are brought home to God, doubtless he would approve of such virtues by conveying signal honors I’m such you have turned many to righteousness, who will shine as stars forever and ever.
Pious people will give such account of their faithful teachers as will meet with approbation of God, which will be expected by that heavenly plaudit,”Well done good and faithful servant!”
Their mutual accounts will be given up with joy, and not with grief, Hebrews 13:17. The hopes and expectations of such ministries are great, As the apostle suggest in the text— For what is our hope, or Joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye? He speaks of it as the earnest hope and expectation of all Christ’s ministers, by calling it our hope. They reflect with pleasure on the approaching happy moment, when it comes it will greatly gratis five their holy desires.
That it will be possible to hold equal communion with all the saints, especially at one time in the invisible world, perhaps is not admissible. It appears that the wicked, weapon associates and sin here, we’ll be companions of torments hereafter. Luke 16:28.
They are to be gathered like the standing corn, and to be bound in bundles to burn. It is more than possible that the righteous who have live together in this life will have a more intimate access to each other in the world come.
It will be useful for them to meet in some sense as distinct societies, perhaps it will subserve the interest of the universe that they in a degree continue so. It is the character of the true Church of Christ that they treat his ministers with respect in this life, accounting them as the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 1 Corinthians 4:1. They help them in their work. 2 Corinthians 1:11. God will in the great day reward people for such kindness; is hereby they express their love to Christ. Matthew 25:40. This will gratify the benevolent feelings of Christ servant; at the same time fill them with holy admiration, and deep humility, that what has been done to such poor sinful creatures should be taken notice of.
Ministers and the people of their charge will assist each other, and be united in bringing a verdict against the wicked and impenitent, among whom they live while on earth. The saints are to judge the world. 1 Corinthians 6:2. one way by which they will do this, without wispy to declare before angels and men what they know about them, or their conduct in this life. And attachment to divine justice will make this delightful work. Ministers must declare what and how they have preached to them, and the bad improvement they have made of the gospel, so far as it has come under their observations; how they have despised and mock the messengers of the Lord, contemned his word and ordinances. Pious hearers and witness to the same things, and in this way the mutual testimony of godly ministers and people will be strengthened and supported, and divine proceedings against in penitent sinners vindicated that’s the church will be a crown of joy to her faithful ministers.