270. And Shall We See Thy Face

S.M.
by J.N.D., 1881
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And shall we see Thy face,
 
And hear Thy heavenly voice,
 
Well known to us in present grace?
 
Well may our hearts rejoice.
“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:4)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” (John 5:25)
“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2)
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With Thee in garments white,
 
Lord Jesus, we shall walk;
 
And spotless in that heavenly light,
 
Of all Thy sufferings talk.
“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.” (Revelation 3:4)
“That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:27)
“Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:31)
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Close to Thy trusted side,
 
In fellowship divine;
 
No cloud, no distance, e'er shall hide
 
Glories that then shall shine.
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Fruit of Thy boundless love,
 
That gave Thyself for us;
 
Forever we shall with Thee prove
 
That Thou still lov'st us thus.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” (Ephesians 5:25)
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And we love Thee, blest Lord,
 
E'en now, though feeble here,
 
Thy sorrow and Thy cross record
 
What makes us know Thee near.
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)
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We wait to see Thee, Lord,
 
Yet now within our hearts
 
Thou dwell'st in love that doth afford
 
The joy that love imparts.
“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love.” (Ephesians 3:17)
“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:9-11)
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Yet still we wait for Thee,
 
To see Thee as Thou art;
 
Be with Thee, like Thee, Lord, and free
 
To love with all our heart.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)