“Grace is young glory, and joy in the Holy Ghost is the suburbs of heaven. You enter upon your country and inheritance by degrees. Fulness of joy is for the life to come, and joy in the Holy Ghost is the beginning of it.
As the winds carry the odours and sweet smells of Arabia into the neighbouring provinces; so the joys of heaven, those sweet smells and odours of the upper paradise, are by the breathings and gales of the Spirit conveyed into the hearts of believers.
This is our advance-money, our taste in the wilderness, our morning-glances of the daylight of glory. Union with Christ is the beginning of heaven, it is heaven in the moulding and framing.”
–Thomas Manton, The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, Vol. 14 (London: James Nisbet & Co., 1973), 14: 260.