The most important message for believers in today's end time!
Picture of how the new Jerusalem and the throne of God the Father and Jesus are, but the angels, but no Holy Spirit on the throne. The Holy Spirit is in our hearts, it is the Spirit of God.
If I had an opportunity to preach a message to all believers, it would have been this Message!
But the very best, had been like Jesus did it. He went with his disciples, taught them, and taught them 3, 3 ½ years.
What is most difficult for us believers very often is to see things "right" with our spiritual eyes. There we are really wrong. Therefore, the message tim congregation in Laodicea is as follows:
Joh. Obvious. 3. 18 I advise you to buy gold of me, the glow of fire, that you may be rich and white clothing, that you may be clothed in them, and the nakedness of your nakedness may not be revealed, and the ointment of the eye to anoint your. eyes on that you can see!
What awaits us as believers after this mortal life is so great. When the Apostle Paul compares what we are going through through negative and difficult things, it is like nothing. Just listen here:
Room. 8. 18 For I hold that the sufferings of the present time are not to be counted against the glory that shall be revealed upon us.
In the basic text it is freely translated that there is no weight that can be measured against what we will gain in comparing all the negative we get "again" by getting part in the final story. It's like investing 1 penny and getting endless money back.
In other words, the scriptures "overlook" any injustice that is committed against us as nothing against what we are to receive again.
Something the same was what Jesus said to Peter. Just listen here:
Matt. 19. 27 And Peter answered and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what then do we get? 28 Then said Jesus unto them, Verily I say unto you, Ye that have followed me, ye shall in rebirth, when the Son of man sitteth on the throne of his glory, also sit upon twelve thrones, and judge the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And whosoever hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or fields, for my name's sake, shall multiply again, and inherit everlasting life.
Here from my commentaries Mark 10. 28 Then Peter answered and said, "What about us? We have left everything and followed you. "
Peter came here in an attack. He who had not given up so much but still everything, what about him and all the others? There are things that need to be in place in the disciples' lives that they have not fully understood.
29 Jesus answered, "Verily I say unto you, whosoever hath left house or brethren or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or fields, for my sake, and for the gospel's sake,
Jesus keeps no-one for fun but takes us all seriously and he treats us with respect. It is not in vain to give up everything for Jesus and the gospel sake. One will get back here both in time and in eternity.
30 will get a hundred times as much again: in this time houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields - but also persecutions - and in the coming world eternal life.
One should get a hundred times again I think also aiming for the pay waiting. We are once again getting immense amounts of time, but it is only eternity that will fully show us the blessing of living wicked or obeying Jesus' voice and commandments!
We as believers should also be rewarded or lose our wages, not salvation. Then after our fidelity, therefore, it is about doing also being faithful. We are all going to adhere to the court of Christ, where we will regain our faithfulness to Christ, as the scripture speaks of more places.
2 Cor. 5. 10 For we shall all be made manifest unto the judgment of Christ, that every one may receive the things which are done by the body, according to that which he hath done, whether good or bad.
But I do not want to focus on just this now, but rather on reaching Heaven - the new Jerusalem. Or the coming world that so infinitely larger and more important than anything else on this earth.
I wrote a lot of years ago an article, which I want to reproduce here:
Heaven - a reality!
Heaven, the new Jerusalem, it is our ultimate goal and right home as believers. For many, the most important thing is to come to heaven. But it's so much more than that. It is only when we live fully and without the limitations and fences we have here. Heaven is full of content and a saturation for us as humans. A calm and complete satisfaction.
Who is going to live in the new Jerusalem? It is those who looked forward to Him who was to come in from Adam and to the robber on the cross. It is all those who have received Jesus from the first Christians to the last who are saved to Jesus come and bring us home to them (the rapture). Those who are saved during the great tribulation. And those who are saved during the Millennium. There the Jews come in a special position. Secondly, it is the people who die before they come up to the maturation where one can separate right from wrong. Who's going to lose? They are all those who fail to repent and accept Jesus.
Looking forward to coming ten In Heaven? Or do you think that most of it is what you can experience here? I think heaven is a continuation of life here, just much better. The eternal life really begins from the day we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. And it lasts forever. There are some who think that time will end and everything else. But it is God, the timeless who has introduced the time. Our idea of things may be wrong, even though many believe the same.
That we should not celebrate Easter in heaven in one way or another seems to me unrealistic. During the Millennium, one as a reminder of what Jesus did for us at Calvary, will have a daily sacrifice, a guilt offering. So one could have mentioned many other things. Heaven is a place full of content and meaning. What we do of good things, we will also do there. Only then is everything perfect and complete. Then God will be all in all. Even in that created. When it says we should go on streets of gold. Then it is literally. But it will also have a spiritual meaning, everything will be perfect, clean, and divine. God will be all in all. The spiritual is fully in it. Even the streets are actually part of God, in a perfect and complete way.
It is those who want to come to heaven because everything is good. Then you've misunderstood. It is only when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and align your life with Him that you fit into heaven. This life on earth is really a preparation for eternity. In the new Jerusalem, the Lamb will be in the center. If you go there, the lamb must be in the center of your life here too.
Will there be earthly pursuits in heaven? What you thrive on here, you should not be able to keep up with everything that is perfect. I'm not good at planting, but I like it very well. Wouldn't one be able to keep on doing such things in heaven? I think so. What is the difference between heaven and here is that on earth we must be happy if we do not want to or not. But in heaven there is an offer and opportunity to do so. We sing in a song:
Heaven, what a lovely place. The sky soon bursts, it makes me want to get there, the sky is holy, the sky is eternal, think one day then I'm there, yes I know that someday I'll be there. In heaven, there are many things I want to see of beauty like everything else goes by, I long to meet friends who have gone there before, but first I long to meet Jesus dear.
So the opportunity to get there is to accept what Jesus did for us on the cross. And align our lives accordingly. Jesus is the way to heaven, he is the life in heaven and the truth of all that has to do with this life and the future.
Now I'm going to go in for "landing" here, but just want to bring a few things to the end.
2 Tim. 2. If we hold out, we will rule with him; we deny, he will deny us;
We must only endure Jesus in this wicked and unrighteous world, and we shall reign and reign forever and ever. Then in with Jesus and all other saints.
Joh. Obvious. 21. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
From My Bible Comments John. Obvious. 22.1. The angel now showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal. It runs out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
The angel showed the Apostle yet another glory! A river flows from the throne of the Lamb. In Eden's garden there were four rivers here it is. Four may symbolize four corners of the world, but singular witnesses that we all drink of the same source. By that we get life and a perfect unity. It jumps out talking about a springfield that is rolling up and over again!
2 In the middle of the city gate and the river stands the tree of life, free to both sides. It bears fruit twelve times and gives its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the people.
In the oath garden was the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. Here is only the tree of life for the possibility of fall, sin, disobedience and judgment is over. Now it's just an eternal spring and summer that remains, which no one can grasp filled out. Only believe it and let it dwell in thought and heart! The fact that the leaves are for healing speaks of the fact that disease exists but I do not think so. It speaks of a perfection that is persistent. That medicine is for everyone in town.
3 There is no longer any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in the city, and his servants shall serve him.
Even in the new covenant, no one is under the curse, but under grace and has received the Spirit. But then our experiences will not only be objective but also subjective.
Crazy. 3. 13 But Christ bought us free from the curse of the law when he came under curse for our sake. For it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree. 14 This happened in order for the peoples of Jesus Christ to share in the blessing promised to Abraham, and for us to receive the Spirit promised by faith.
Will clarify, even when the eternal spring and summer break forth, all that God does will happen by the Spirit, not by any other force and dimension of life.
4 They shall see the face of God, and his name shall be upon their foreheads.
We shall see the face of God and endure it; today, many are taking God for granted. Had God truly revealed himself then one had been knocked down to earth had happened to many. But then we will be so devoted and able to see God without blushing.
Our names will be well-known speaks also that we will easily understand each other in spite of the fact that we who have been saved have come from all corners of the world for a period of over 7,000 years, as humans were thrown from the garden of Eden to the judgment in front of the white throne.
Names are also something personal and intimate, knowing and having a name that God has given us talking about that he knows us and takes responsibility for us as parents do with their children.
5 Night shall be no more, and they shall not need light of lamp or of sun, for the Lord God shall shine upon them. And they will rule forever.
When it says that night is no longer there, the traditional doctrine of the hell will fall to the point where God will torment men for all eternity. It will never happen, the Bible speaks of either receiving life through Jesus or dying, being burned up, becoming nothing done etc.
When there is a sky waiting, what then?
Then it is up to you to make sure we join and tell everyone else about the opportunity that exists. They must not be missed, it is more valuable than anything else in this world!
There are two exits on life, whether heaven or perdition. It is so great to get on the sky road, that nothing can and should be equated with it. Everything we can sacrifice to go on that road, no sacrifice is too big.
Want to include a story or parable from Jesus' speech in Matthew.
The parable of the pearl in Matthew 13. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking good pearls, 46 and when he found a precious pearl, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
By John F. Walvoord.
Like the parable of the treasure, the parable of the pearl represents a merchant who sells everything he has to buy the pearl. As in the parable of the treasure, the common interpretation is that it describes a person who leaves everything to become a follower of Christ. This interpretation, too, is based on the false postmillian idea that this chapter presents a triumphant church against the time of Christ's second coming. This interpretation also questioned the salvation of grace. There is talk of deeds. The merchant here is Christ, not the believer. It is Christ who gives up everything to buy the pearl. A believer has nothing to come by, he has nothing to sell. Salvation cannot be bought for anything. Although it is not said in the Bible, the pearl seems to represent the church as a jewel, unusual in the sense that it is due to an irritation in an oyster. It may be a picture of the church growing out of Christ's wounds. Just as the parable of the treasure shows Christ's death for Israel, this parable can be interpreted as the death of Christ for his church. This interpretation has fewer complications and fits better with the doctrine of grace.
Scripture clearly states about Jesus.
Joh. e. 10. 17 Therefore, the Father loves me because I put my life to take it again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I put it to myself. I have the power to put it in, and I have the power to take it again; I received this commandment from my Father.
12. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except the wheat grain fall into the earth and die, it becomes only one grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
What is the greatness and importance of our faith? It is only one thing that Jesus died and stood up for us. In response to this, the Apostle John writes the following:
1 John. b. 4 9 By this is the love of God revealed among us that God has sent his Son, the Only Begotten, into the world, that we may live by him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to atonement for our sins. 11 Beloved! If God has loved us, then we are also to love one another.
To end this article and this message. When God has known us His love in Jesus, He sacrificed everything for us. Long before we thought about him and knew him.
Room. 5. 8 But God shows His love for us, in that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
Jesus died for us while we were sinners, and as a response to this, we should and should "sacrifice everything back to him." As a response to His love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness!
Then we will also experience that we are in the grace of God and His love and goodness surrounds us in every way. And that we believers love each other and will do everything for the Lord, one another and our fellow human beings who have not come to know Jesus and God.
Pray this prayer with me in the end:
Dear Precious Father, I come to you now in Jesus' name just as I am.
I pray that your Son's precious blood must cleanse me again. Give in again and to an even greater extent part in Your grace, power, love and forgiveness.
Let me serve it and work for you the time I have left on this earth. And let me have the grace to stand after overcoming everything.
Help me reach Heaven and the New Jerusalem where both I and all other believers who have also taken refuge in Jesus' death and resurrection, grace and ability to both believe, experience, and gain even more of your Spirit and all that you desire and will give me.
Do not lead me into temptation or difficulty. But I come there, so give me the strength and power I need to go through and get through all the difficulties. Pray for conservation for me and all other believers until we all arrive, one day that you have set for Jesus to come in the sky to bring all believers. We ask Father for this in the name of Jesus and that we must be able and able to gain even more for you before it is too late!
Read more here about Heaven and the New Jerusalem, especially from chapters 19 - 22 of my Bible commentaries John Revelation.
A wonderful song about home to heaven - the new Jerusalem.