“Do You Believe in Heaven?” [Part 4 of 5]

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The Bible is not silent about the doctrine of Heaven (It is mentioned 275 times in the New Testament alone [and it appears 82 times in the Gospel of Matthew and 52 times in the Book of Revelation]). This wonderful place is so much more than just the assured eternal destination of all who confess Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior (1 Corinthians 2:9).

It is also a realm (or dimension) of unbroken fellowship with the living Triune God and His blessed people (Psalm 110:3). The following poem will remind you, as it did me, that those who enter eternal glory, will enter it by the grace of God alone. It is entitled, “Surprises” -- “When you get to Heaven -- You will likely view -- Many folks whose presence there -- Will be a shock to you -- But keep it very quiet -- And do not even stare -- Doubtless there’ll be many -- Surprised to see you there!” No doubt, we will all surprise, at least someone, who thought we would never make it to Heaven.  And yet, as awesome as Heaven will be, and as great as the fellowship with God’s chosen people will be (which includes our special fellowship with all of those blessed “surprise” people), there’s nothing there that will compare with our being able to behold continuously the face of God in glory (John 17:24). In fact, Jonathan Edwards said that this “beautific” vision will be, the Heaven of Heaven! Please note the following numerous times God’s Word informs us about this special vision which awaits the people of God: Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”; 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face”; Hebrews 12:14, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord”; 1 John 3:2, “We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is”; Revelation 22:3-4, “His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face.” However, God calls us to live joyfully now, when we are without this vision (on Earth), and “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him.  Though you do not see Him [now], you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls “(1 Peter 1:8-9). So then, being so certain about his seeing this future vision, the psalmist said that right after we awake in heaven, “I [We] shall behold Your face in righteousness; When I [We] awake, I [We] shall be satisfied with Your likeness” (Psalm 17:15). O what a day that will be when we shall all see Christ’s beautiful face! C. H. Spurgeon was considering that day, when he said, “If when I get to heaven the Lord shall say to me, ‘Spurgeon, I want you to preach for all eternity,’ I would reply, ‘Lord give me a Bible, that is all I need.’”  Indeed, Christ, the living Bible [The living Word – John 1:1], is all we need now, and He will be all we need in glory! Soli Deo Gloria!! Dear believer, it should be your aim, each day, to be thinking about and meditating upon this beautiful doctrine, longing to live in light of it, with joyful preparation for encountering our living God tomorrow morning in public Worship, through our participation in the praises and prayers of His people; and through our reception of the reading and preaching of His Holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! For today, the Lord’s Day, should be the peak of our week -- a day emblematic of Heaven itself! Amen and Amen!!

 

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