After death what?
1 Corinthians 2:9 -
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
The last 3 messages the Lord wanted us to understand death and what happens to the body and spirit. That is good for knowledge and for causing people to give a thought to their way of life so as to enable them to repent and turn to the Lord. But today the Lord wants us to give a thought to what is in store for us in Heaven.
Fear of the Lord like the fear of the law will prevent us from going too astray from the path we are supposes to walk on. But it is only love, like love for our country or the love for the Kingdom of God that keeps us perfectly on the path. In love we do not have to worry of the consequences of breaking the law or facing the wrath of God. It is not that the law does not exist or God does not get angry, but for us when in love it does not become a matter of concern.
People have so many questions about life. Like why God created us in the flesh? Why God made man and woman when in Heaven we will be the same? Why God allowed Satan(s) to exist when He knew what would happen? Did God the Son need to humble Himself and suffer when He had the authority to expel the darkness at a word? Why are the Angels so involved in our salvation that at a word they move in to help us? Why only the Son and the Spirit are in the front for the salvation of man and the Father has separated Himself till the end?
Then come the personal and tricky questions. Why was Adam and Eve allowed to sin, when God is omnipotent was He not aware they were sinning? In the start He made the Tree of Good and Bad in the Garden of Eden but at the end there is no Tree of Good and Bad, if it was not there in the start man would not have sinned so why did God let it? When we are baptized our previous sins are completely forgiven but then why is the sin nature not removed immediately, if it was removed we would not sin anymore, nor need to go through all the trouble in life, nor would the Holy Spirit be required to work on us? Why do we need to grow in the Holy Spirit, God would have given us all the 7 Spirits in full and all the Fruits of the Spirit in the start itself and life would have been easy? Why overcome when God can do all things in us in an instant?
It is only when we know our destination and what God has set for us in Heaven that all these questions get answered very easily.
We know by today's scripture that no man can see, or hear or imagine in his heart what god has stored for us in Heaven. But when we read it carefully it says no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no heart has imagine. It speaks of the natural parts of the body as not having the capacity to understand the things of Heaven.
So to find the answer there are 2 important things that we need to do.
First we need to come out of the natural thinking process. We need to discern the worldly knowledge, the worldly wisdom and worldly belief from the Truth. It is only when we reject the things of the world than only can we be able to get our answer. That is the reason yeast was forbidden in the broken bread that represents our body in Christ.
Secondly we need to know the Lord Jesus Christ for we are a part of Him. He is the vine and we are the branches. This is not just conceptual but a spiritual reality. In Heaven also we will be an integral part of Him (some days back we had the message 'Ancient of Days' which touched the factor who the Lord Jesus Christ is). Another factor we need to get into is, knowing what marriage means. Since we do not understand marriage we imagine the Heavenly wedding to be like an earthly one we are used to.
Marriage is imitating a Heavenly event in our earthly life. It is by this imitating this statute we understand this very important spiritual event. We then understand why God said that 2 become one and how it is compared to us becoming part of the body of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It truly is unimaginable the things that the Lord is set for us in Heaven. Since these things are only for the perfect and mature, thus God needs to work in us and make us His sons.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we pray that we overcome this world, its teachings, its understanding and its way of life. Help us separate ourselves spiritually from this world the things of man but let us understand the things of your Kingdom in which image You have created all things. Holy Spirit reveal the Lord Jesus Christ unto your people and what it means to be part of Him, so that we know our destination and thus have courage to face all things...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-Christ-
16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
16 "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
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