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The Bible speaks of Heaven, part 2

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POSTED: December 22, 2007 5:00 a.m.

What a great blessing it is to know that heaven will be ours for eternity. Many times it is said of heaven that is a going home. The use of the word "home" gives a sense of peace and comfort to the idea of heaven. A home is the place where no matter what befalls us during the day we know it is our safe haven, for there the ones who care about us and who love us reside, this being coupled with the idea of a garden of rest, make one long even more for heaven.

The Hebrew writer spoke of heaven as entering into a rest. "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, … There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief" (Heb. 4:1 - 11).

Rest is something we all seek from time to time. Have you ever been out working all day, tired and hot? Now think of how you felt when you went home, cleaned up and sat down in your favorite chair, propped your feet up and closed your eyes to enjoy a few moments of sweet rest. What a wonderful description of the rest that awaits the faithful. Yet it should also be understood that the rest of heaven will not mean the ending of activity for there will be worship of God around His throne (Rev. 5: 1ff). Some would say this is a contradiction but think back to the Sabbath day. This was a day of rest, but also a day of activity as they served God

Paul by the eye of faith knew that heaven awaited him and all the faithful of all time. It had been his desire to make the journey to heaven before, but he knew he had work to do for the Lord (Phil. 1:20 - 26).

Jesus assured His disciples as well as all who read this passage that in heaven there are abiding-places prepared and He "bids us a welcome to come". Matthew recorded, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matt. 11:28 - 30). It is God’s desire that all be saved and enter in to the rest of this glorious city (1 Tim. 2:4). This idea shows the mission of Jesus, He came to save mankind (Matt. 1:21, Luke 19:10, John 14:6).

Heaven awaits all who will prepare, believe in Jesus, repent of your sins, confess Him as the Son of God, be baptized for the remission of your sins and live faithfully for Him, and heaven can be yours.

 

 

 

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