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Is Heaven Real?

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago– whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows– such a man was caught up to the third heaven. 2 Corinthians 12:2

The Apostle Paul gives us a testimony here , regarding a man he met who was taken up to the “3rd Heaven”. Now the first question will be what is the 3rd Heaven? And second question will be why should we believe this story?

The 3rd Heaven from a Biblical perspective is the place where God lives. The 1rst Heaven is the sky you can see above you, the Second Heaven is outer space beyond our atmosphere, and the 3rd Heaven is beyond space where God reigns.

So why should we believe that a mortal man has seen Heaven? Because the Apostle Paul is a very reliable witness. He wrote over half of the New Testament including the first Christian Creed of the death and resurrection of Christ (1 Corinthians 15) also Paul is under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. To disregard Pauls testimony here, you would have to throw out half of the New Testament.

And I know how such a man– whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows–was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak. 2 Corinthians 12:3-4

Paul describes Heaven as “Paradise” which is exactly how Jesus described it to the thief on the cross (Luke 23:43) Paul doesn’t know if the man was in his physical body or in his spirit taken to Heaven but what he saw was beyond our human comprehension.

There are mysteries that won’t be revealed to us until we get to our “Fathers House” (John 14) however take comfort in knowing Heaven is Real and many people have already been there. Take comfort in knowing that death is not the end for us , as Jesus have overcome the grave Amen!

Heaven

What is beyond this life? When we are young, life as we know it seems to go on forever. However as we get older we start understand that life is actually very short. The Bible tells us our life like a vapor in the wind, so when we understand this it brings a lot more things about our daily lives into perspective.

None of us know how much time we have. So knowing this we should live each day as if it could possibly be our last. So what does this mean, does it mean we should spend all our money or go on a permanent vacation? No it means we should spend quality time with our family, we should make sure our loved ones know we love them, we should slow down and actually acknowledge the people around us, we should love our neighbor as ourselves, and most importantly we should love God with all our heart, mind , and soul

So what happens after you die? Depends on who you put your hope and faith in. Jesus overcame death by the resurrection and promised us eternal life if we receive him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus promises when its our time to die, he will come for us and take us to our Heavenly Fathers house. And when God reestablishes his Kingdom we will all be resurrected with immortal bodies, this is the living hope of Christians.

However if you reject Christ, I don’t know what hope you have after you die. However I put my hope in the living God Jesus Christ.

Treasure in Heaven

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: Matthew 6:19

What is your treasure? When you hear the word treasure what comes to mind?

Treasure is defined as something we hold valuable, so what is valuable to you?

Is money truly a treasure or is eternal life? Are possessions really a treasure or your family?

Many that call themselves poor are already rich, they just don’t appreciate the treasures God has giving them.

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: Matthew 6:20

If you plan on living eternally then you will value things that last for eternity. But if you plan on living temporary then you will treasure things of temporary value.

You need to decide what your living for? Are living just for the moment or are you living to prepare for eternity? Where is your heart at?

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21

If money is your treasure, then your heart belongs to money. If God is your treasure then your heart belongs to your God. Nobody can serve two masters.

What is your highest priority? Are your actions intended to help others or to help yourself?

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

When we understand God and our purpose we see the world very differently. When you live for the world you only see value in things of this world but when you live for God you see the value in eternity in his Kingdom.

So where and what are your treasures your storing up today? Are they temporary treasures or are you preparing for Gods Kingdom in Jesus name Amen

Only Way To Heaven

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

 

A few years ago Oprah Winfrey said on her show that all religions lead to the same God and take you to heaven. This is not only wrong but is totally Anti Christ.  Jesus clearly told us he is the only way to God and to eternal life.

So you might ask why? If a religion or beliefs are “good” people why is Jesus the only way to Heaven? Very simply nobody else redeemed us except Jesus thru his sacrifice on the cross.

(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

 

To understand what Jesus did for us on the cross we first need to understand the “Curse of Adam”. When Adam and Eve choose to eat from the “forbidden fruit” they cursed us all. We are all born sinners and mortal. The only way to salvation and eternal life is thru Jesus.

Any other religion or prophet can’t redeem you from your sins. Without being born again thru Christ you are unworthy to stand before God and enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

(1 John 1:8) “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

 

Many will say they are “good” people and don’t need Jesus. But not only are they deceiving themselves, they are throwing there lives away. Nobody except Jesus has ever walked the Earth and not sinned.
The problem with sin is it’s an abomination of God and didn’t come from God. Therefor sin will not be acceptable in Heaven, the only way to be redeemed is thru the blood of Jesus Christ.

(1 John 2:22) “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”

 

Anyone who denies Jesus as the Messiah is an Anti Christ. Even though there will be one great Anti Christ one day, there are many among us today. But know this anyone who denies Jesus also denies God. Therefor there religion or beliefs are Satanic for they don’t come from God.

Jesus is the only way to God and Heaven, any other way is a road to hell. Don’t listen to anyone who denies Jesus as Christ. Only thru the Son will you get to the Father in Jesus name Amen

Citizens of Heaven

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20

 Do you ever feel out of place in this world? Well that’s because you are, your true home is in heaven.    The afterlife is a subject most of us don’t want to talk or think about; but it’s reality. The good news is that death is not the end for us thru Jesus Christ.

As Jesus promised in this scripture he has already prepared a place for us in (John 14:1-3 “”Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2“In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

 What will this place be like? I think Revelations 21:4 sums it up best “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”   Think about all disease and sin are gone, we can once again live in perfection again as God intended.  As we remember Jesus conquered death on the cross so we can have eternal life.

One story in the Bible always intrigued me, referred to as the transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 17:1-9). During this story Jesus takes his disciples up the mountain. During this time Jesus becomes radiant and they meet Moses and Elijah. The reason I love this story is because it proves there is an afterlife with Moses and Elijah reappearing. During this time God also confirms Jesus is the “Son of God”

I also love the scripture from  2 Corinthians 5:6-8 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord  While we are on this Earth we are away from our true home because we are “Citizens of Heaven”

 Remember what Jesus said to the sinner next to him on the cross. (Luke 23:43) Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  Jesus not only promises him eternal life but describes heaven as paradise.

So remember heaven is awaiting you, don’t be discouraged or fearful of this world. As Jesus promised one day you will be a “Citizen of Heaven” in Jesus Name Amen