Winslow-Negative Aspects of Heaven Pisgah

Winslow Negative Aspects of Heaven

Octavius Winslow’s work is a review of the Bible’s descriptions of heaven, no more curse, night, sea, hunger nor thirst, nor pain, tears, death, nor temple.

Octavius Winslow’s work is a review of the Bible’s descriptions of heaven, no more curse, night, sea, hunger nor thirst, nor pain, tears, death, nor temple.

Winslow Negative Aspects of Heaven

PISGAH VIEWS or, THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF HEAVEN

No condemnation in ChristBy Octavius Winslow, 1873

Octavius Winslow’s work is a review of the Bible’s descriptions of heaven, no more curse, night, sea, hunger nor thirst, nor pain, tears, death, nor temple.

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Octavius Winslow

Octavius Winslow (1 August 1808 – 5 March 1878), also known as "The Pilgrim's Companion", was a prominent 19th-century evangelical preacher in England and America. A Baptist minister for most of his life and contemporary of Charles Spurgeon and J. C. Ryle, he seceded to the Anglican church in his last decade.

Historical family information

Winslow was a direct descendant of John Winslow and Mary Chilton who braved the Atlantic to travel to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Legend has it[citation needed] that Mary was the first female of the little band to set foot in the New World. In 1624 she married John, brother to Edward Winslow (1595–1655), a celebrated Pilgrim leader. see more on Octavius Winslow

Education and American Ministry

It is suggested that Winslow began his ministerial training in Stepney, London, but then moved to Columbia College, New York. Twice he was granted the privilege of receiving honorary degrees. The first was a Masters of Arts (M.A.) by the University of the City of New York (NYU) in 1836. Secondly, in 1851, Columbia College in New York City conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity (D.D.). The second degree was given mostly because of the body and scope of his written works. Winslow's official ordination would later be on 21 July 1833 at the Oliver Street Baptist Church.

After completing a short service as a moderator at a Stanton Street church, he was dismissed on 18 May 1831 and he went on to found or "plant" the 20 members Bowery Baptist Church which was organized in March 1833 and met in the Military Hall on the Bowery. After meeting in this Hall for a year, they relocated to Broadway Hall and renamed the church Central Baptist Church. These years would bring the church a "moderate degree of prosperity" and would bring Winslow trials of depression. When Winslow would later leave this flock, there would be no written records as to why he left.

He is said to have ministered in the newly started Second Baptist Church there in Brooklyn on the corner of Tillary and Lawrence Streets in 1836 and 1837, the work sadly closing in 1838 and the church was sold to the Free Presbyterian congregation. In 1839 he moved back to England where he became one of the most valued ministers of his time. This was largely due to the earnestness of his preaching and the excellence of his prolific writings.

Ministry in England

Winslow spent most of his life in England. He pastored a Baptist church on Warwick Road in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire (1839–1858) where he followed Rev. D.J. East. In 1858 he became the founder and first minister of Kensington Chapel, Bath. In 1865 the church became a Union Church (mixed credobaptist and paedobaptist). This latter event probably marks a changing attitude in Winslow who in 1867 left the Baptist pastorate and in 1870 was ordained an Anglican deacon and priest by the Bishop of Chichester. For his remaining years, he served as minister of Emmanuel Church, Brighton, on the south coast. In 1868 he had produced a hymn book for this very congregation. This church was destroyed in 1965 and a Baptist church erected in its place.
 

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Table of contents of PISGAH VIEWS or, THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF HEAVEN

Preface
No More Curse
No More Night
No More Sea
No More Hunger and Thirst
No More Pain
No More Tears
No More Death
No Temple

PISGAH VIEWS, or,
THE NEGATIVE ASPECTS OF HEAVEN
or, The Negative Attractions of Heaven
By Octavius Winslow, 1873

Preface

Then Moses went to Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab and climbed PISGAH Peak, which is across from Jericho. And the Lord showed him the whole land, from Gilead as far as Dan; all the land of Naphtali; the land of Ephraim and Manasseh; all the land of Judah, extending to the Mediterranean Sea; the Negev; the Jordan Valley with Jericho–the city of palms–as far as Zoar. Then the Lord said to Moses, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I told them I would give it to their descendants. I have now allowed you to see it, but you will not enter the land.” Deu 34:1-4

(God had declared that Moses would not enter Canaan, the Promised Land. But the Lord also promised that he would have a view of it, and showed him all that good land. Such a sight believers now have, through grace, of the bliss and glory of their future state. –Matthew Henry)

“Could we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the landscape o’er,
Not Jordan’s streams, nor death’s cold flood,
Should fright us from the shore.”

The revealed descriptions of HEAVEN are, for the most part, of an obscure and ‘negative’ character. The negative style of delineation was probably adopted by the Holy Spirit as more fitted to convey to our minds intelligent and vivid ideas than those positive modes of existence of which the future blessedness of the saints really consists. Who can fail to recognize in this arrangement of the picture the hand of a Divine Artist? Throwing in the background of the canvas some of the darker shadows of the present life, the great and attractive objects of the future are thus made to stand out in more distinct form and in richer glow. By portraying to us what Heaven is NOT, we form a more correct and bright conception of what Heaven really is.

By a similar stroke of artistic skill–reversing the picture of our Lord’s life of humiliation–we get a more true and realizing idea of His great glory and happiness in Heaven. To be told that He no more sorrows, nor weeps–is no more reviled and persecuted–no more hungers and thirsts–suffers and dies no more–unfolds to us more impressively the great and inconceivable blessedness into which He has entered! What a contrast to the life of lowliness and poverty, scorn and neglect, grief and woe, suffering and death, to which He subjected Himself all for the great love He bore us on earth! What Divine glory now crowns His head! What perfect joy fills His soul! What pure worship robes Him with its incense! What sublime songs of adoration roll in circling waves around His throne!

“‘Tis past; the dark and dreary night!
And, Lord, we hail You now
Our Morning Star, without a cloud
Of sadness on Your brow.
“Your path on earth–the cross, the grave–
Your sorrows now are o’er,
And, oh, sweet thought!
Your eye shall weep,
Your heart shall break no more.”

The design of this little work is to serve a twofold, soul-animating, purpose–as a STAFF, aiding faith’s ascent of the glorious height of Pisgah; and then, from its summit–as a TELESCOPE, bringing nearer to its sanctifying and comforting view those sublime beauties and winning attractions of the “land which is very far off,” and which, in our present imperfect state, are best understood and felt in their shadowy and negative forms. “Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face; now we know in part, then shall we know even as also we are known.” Oh, sweet thought! soon we shall spring from the Pisgah of earth to the Mount Zion of Heaven, exchanging the dim glass of faith for the full, resplendent and eternal vision of its glory!–above, and eclipsing all–the beatific vision of “THE KING IN HIS BEAUTY.”

“Out of your last home dark and cold,
You shall pass to a City whose streets are gold;
From the silence that falls upon sin and pain
To the deathless joys of the Angel’s strain,
Out of the shadow into the sun,
The battle fought–the victory won!”

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