Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Who are The Elect of God ?

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Where shall the Christian spend eternity

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First I think we need to be clear about the fact that when Jesus died upon the cross, paid for our sin, and was resurrected, He did so that we might be able to pass from death unto life.  That we might be renewed, or as some would say be, “born again.”   I have tended to say in previous posts, “move from the living dead into eternal life.”  Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I cannot find where He actually says we will spend eternity in heaven, but rather, even as we are renewed, God will be providing a place for us to live in our renewed state.  I would also encourage you to read the following post on “The highway of holiness,” to help you better understand what follows.

We find in Isaiah 65 and verse 17 for example the words: “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”  I’m sure there will be many who will disagree with me, but, it would appear to me that, just as we cannot remember anything prior to our physical birth on earth, so also in our new state, and in our new environment, we will not be able to bring to remembrance anything of our present existence.

Jesus stated in John 14: 1-4 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also.  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.” Please note there is no mention of heaven here.  Also in Revelation 21:4 we find the reassurance that, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”  These words follow the fact that John saw the new heaven and new earth, as well as the New Jerusalem, (as a bride adorned for her husband.)  Is this the church?  “Coming down from God out of heaven.” Please read Revelation chapter 21:1-8 for context.

There is being created a new heavens and a new earth!  Not a new heaven, but new heavens.  There is being created a new place for us to dwell in our new form of holiness, and a place where we shall dwell for eternity. 

As with others before me, such as the Bishop of Durham, I believe that the common view of Christians living for eternity in heaven is a "distortion of Christian hope."  The unfortunate thing is that due to distorted preaching, there are many who, if they are able to describe heaven at all, feel it is a place where they will live eternally, and walk on streets of gold, or sit on fluffy clouds in bathrobes, playing harps.  (I would truly love to read your concept of heaven, if you would be kind enough to leave it in the comments section, or email me at royt@wightman.ca)

Revelation 21:1 in agreement with Isaiah reads: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

 So where if at all does the Bible tell us we as Christians will spend eternity?

2 Peter 3: 10:13 reads: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. 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.”

(Note:   The key to this passage is the word "new." It translates from the Greek word kainos as meaning renewed. The Greek language has a different word, neo, to describe something completely new that never existed before.)

In (that day) at that time, we are told the Lord will not only come as a thief in the night, (as in the rapture,) but during this time there will be created a new heavens and a new earth.  I don’t personally think it is talking about a twenty four hour day, but a time, such as would be meant when one would say, “well in my day we did such and such,” meaning during a particular time in our life.  In my day or during my life for example, there were many historic things happened and many new things invented going from radio to 3D colour television.

When the new heavens and new earth are created in which we will spend eternity, we will in fact also be able to travel to “heaven.”   Heaven is where God’s throne is, and is not a part of the heavens, but beyond them.  In Psalm 110:1 we read “The Lord said unto my Lord, sit Thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies they footstool,” and we find confirmed in Ephesians 1:20 that Jesus is sitting at God’s right hand in the heavenly places.  Then also in Mark 16:19 “after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.”  However, although we will be able to travel to heaven, our actual dwelling place will be on the newly created earth.

So how shall we traverse between the new earth and heaven?  We will go by way of the “highway of holiness.”  Where is this highway of holiness you may ask?  We will look at “The highway of holiness” in my next post.  For now, I would simply wish to clarify that where the Bible actually teaches the true Christian will spend eternity would appear from my studies, to be in the “new heavens and new earth.”  I hope that in reading this post, and the following one, you will perhaps better understand my reason for stating this. 

It is, I feel, a misrepresentation of Christianity to say that Christ died simply so that people could go to heaven.  He died so that we might avoid the terrible and inevitable result of sin.  He died that we might be forgiven, and enter into a new and wonderful relationship with God But not only shall we be renewed, but also all of creation including the earth. 

Romans 8:21-22 because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God, for we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

This groaning of the earth itself is also recorded in the Old Testament when Jeremiah for example cries out and says: “How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of that that dwell therein?”  Due to the sins of greed and avarice, the earth itself is being plundered and spoiled by wickedness, and the land groans even as it is made desolate.

For this reason, we are promised a “New heavens and a new earth,” the present earth  will be renewed and freed of the ravages of sin, even as we also are renewed through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Once again I would encourage you to please send me your comments, opinions, and questions in the comment section below. 

Please also, take the time to search the Scriptures that the Holy Spirit may guide you into all truth!

All Scriptures are taken from the KJV of the Bible

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