Some Thoughts about Heaven

Are we sure that we would really like Heaven? There is nothing that is wrong there. There is no freedom to disobey. There is no way to exercise our will and, in so doing, resist His will. Down here, there are some sins that we want to do and we do them. That is not an option in Heaven. It is only His will in Heaven. If those limitations (which are, in fact, not limitations but true liberty) trouble you, it is time for some serious soul-searching. At the new birth, we are given a new nature that craves righteousness. The old nature received at our natural birth attempts to regain and/or maintain control. As this conflict goes on through life, those who are truly saved will find the new nature gaining the upper hand. There will be a growing desire for holiness and righteousness and a longing for a time when all wrong will be banished forever. If this is our longing and we look forward with joy to being and doing only what pleases Him, this is evidence that we have been born again. Heaven, a place with no sin at all, is wonderfully appealing to a child of God. Contrariwise, if an unsaved person has any interest at all in Heaven, it is only to see an end to all his problems. To be in a place like Heaven would actually be confining and frustrating. The tragic reality is that the unconverted person will experience far more misery in Hell. The children of God are, “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the Day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (II Peter 3:12-13). In her hymn, “Face to Face,” Carrie E. Breck wrote, “What rejoicing in His Presence, when are banished grief and pain, when the crooked ways are straightened and the dark things shall be plain.” Selah! Receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, while we can, eventually brings us to His Presence forever; refusing Him leads to banishment from His Presence forever. The choice is ours!  Ron

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