The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory, and their bodies, being still united to Christ, do rest in their graves till the resurrection. At the resurrection, believers, being raised up in glory, shall be openly acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment, and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoying of God to all eternity.
On Tuesday evening, 20th September, we lost our dear pastor, Rev Hugh M Cartwright. Next month he would have been 13 years as minister of the Gilmore Place congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and we loved him as a preacher, a pastor, and a friend.
He spent his life in this world proclaiming the unsearchable riches of Christ, and now he has gone to be with Christ, which is far better.
Our loss is overwhelming, in the congregation, in the wider church, and on the personal level, except that although we sorrow, we do not sorrow as those who have no hope.
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and he knoweth them that trust in him.
The storm is changed into a calm
At his command and will,
So that the waves which raged before
Now quiet are and still.
Then are they glad, because at rest
And quiet now they be:
So to the haven he them brings,
Which they desired to see.