Glimpse Of Heaven
Thursday, January 21st, 2016
In essence, the redeemed community represents the citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. On earth, the Kingdom of heaven is within us, that is, the heart wherein Jesus reigns as Lord. However, Jesus tells us that there is a physical spatial place called heaven, a place where those who love Him will physically and bodily spend their eternity.
Scripture does give us glimpses of heaven:
- In Rev 4, we are told that heaven is a place of worship.
- 2 Sam 12:23 assures us that it is a place of re-union.
- 1 Thess 5:10 tells us it is our eternal dwelling place.
- Ps 73:25 says it is the place where God dwells.
- Matt 6:20 urges us to lay our treasures up in heaven.
- Rev 21 says that there will be no death or tears in heaven.
- 1 Cor 1:7 wants us to yearn for heaven.
Nevertheless, these glimpses do not give us a comprehensive view of what heaven is like. In fact, 1 Cor 2:9 alludes that because of our fallen state, we are unable to sense the wonders of heaven for it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man. The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
However, in Phil 3:20, Paul urges the believers to live their lives in consonance with their citizenship, which is in heaven as opposed to living like the world. We can glean three things in this verse that gives us a deeper understanding of heaven.
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”
1. Heaven is our home
The word translated “citizenship” has an interesting background. It literally means a homeland. By telling us that our citizenship is not here but in heaven, the Scripture is reminding us where our allegiance truly lies. According to 2 Cor 5 we are ambassadors of heaven on earth for Christ. As such, we bear the responsibility of representation. We represent Christ here on earth. That’s part of what it means to have our citizenship in heaven, our ultimate homeland. This earth may hold its allurements, it may hold its charms, but as believers in the Gospel of the water and Spirit, we are to seek first the heavenly kingdom. As long as we are on this earth we are to be sojourners. Heb 11:13-16; Psalms 63:1
2. Heaven is not here
Furthermore in this verse we notice the words “from which.” These two words points out that Heaven is not here but it is a place from which Jesus will return. The Bible teaches us that the earth is not heaven but rather Heaven is a tangible place where in our resurrected state we will be with Jesus. For many believers, life on earth is just too enjoyable and they have truly taken the attitude that heaven can wait. There are too many things they want to do, too many things they want to experience right here on earth. Our purpose here is not to make heaven on earth but to work on earth with God to insure many people with the Gospel of the water and Spirit so that they too can spend eternity in heaven. John 14:3; Phil 1:21-25; John 3:5
3. Heaven is our hope
Hope from a biblical perspective is not something we merely wish for, something we dream might or could happen but rather something fixed, something that is certain for which we are waiting. It literally means to intensely wait, eagerly expect or to anxiously anticipate something. The Early Church lived with a very real sense that the Lord could return any day. In fact, in the face of persecution and suffering, they longed for the Lord to return and take them home. That sense of anticipation and expectancy impacted the way they lived, the decision they made and changed their perspective of life. Rom 8:19; Heb 9:28; Mark 13:35-36; John 9:4
Let us at NCCkl eagerly await with anticipation and expectation since heaven is our home and is not here but it is our hope. This could change the way we live, the decisions that we make and how we view the world.
In light of this knowledge, let us wait expectantly, walk wisely and work faithfully to populate the citizens of Heaven while on earth.
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