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Just thinking of Heaven, part 1

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POSTED: April 12, 2010 1:05 p.m.

The word of God is a one of the great blessings mankind has been given. God explains to man how he came to be, how to live, and how to prepare for eternity. In the pages of holy writ we are told of just how “wonderful” heaven will be.

The passages serve to give us comfort when we have lost loved ones, and hope for ourselves when we are over burdened by the troubles of this world. Paul wrote, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; (2 Cor. 4:17).
When one thinks of heaven many different Bible verses come to mind. For instance; “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” (John 14:1- 4).

Perhaps one of the most comforting passages concerning heaven is “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And 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” (Rev. 21:2 – 4).

As human beings are limited in understanding the realm of spiritual beings God used accommodative language to help us have an idea of the splendor of heaven. We know of the beauty of gold, pearl, and rare jewels, therefore we can have an idea of this wonderful place The Revelation letter is man’s portal to glimpse the home of the faithful for all eternity. Truly what a “wonderful city” heaven will be. Knowing such a place is waiting should help persuade lost souls to seek for this place, causing them to desire to leave the things of the world behind. Every person should have heaven in their mind’s eye as they go about their daily tasks, and strive to obey God so heaven can be their home.
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.

 

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