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HEAVEN —a place for you?

Posted in Qualitus : Habitus by chawnghilh on December 4, 2009

What’s HEAVEN?

Tanya Tucker’s “When I die (Texas)” had been my all-time favorite —it says “When I die, I may not go to heaven …” Truly it is! I am not going to heaven but my God and his Heaven would come to me rather!

Believe it or not — the closest thing the Bible offers to a glimpse inside heaven may be chapters 4 and 5 of Revelation, where God’s throne is described. Beyond that, we don’t know much for sure about heaven. After all, that’s God’s place — His thronenot ours.

When Jesus came from there to reveal the Father, He said that no one else had ever gone there and that we might not believe it if He told us more (John 3:13). Scripture says a lot more about the earth — its beginning (good), its purpose (human habitation), and its destiny (restoration) — than about heaven.

Essentially the Bible’s message is not much about our going to where God lives. Rather it’s about God coming here, once in the person of His Son and again at the end, bringing all the glories of heaven with Him.

As God promised a land and seed to ancient Israel, so Jesus told His disciples they would inherit the earth — His land for His seed (Matthew 5:5). To be sure, the natural creation has been defiled and requires cleansing (2 Peter 3:7-13), but God will not finally destroy at the end what He created and called good at the start.

God and heaven will come to us in a restored and renewed universe — the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1-3).

Would you be there the way the Bible teaches you? OR you have your own opinion!

Lord, You know how
I entered this world
With clenched fists,
Gripping tightly the life You gave.
As I grew, I continued
To hold onto things:
Sometimes for support
and satisfaction,
Often to possess and control.
But we can possess
Only when we let go.
And we can receive
Only when our hands are open.
Lord, pry my fingers loose,
One by one,
Until my attachments are released.
Then, I can die
With opened hands,
Ready and waiting
To receive the fullness of Your Life.

— Jeanette Martino Land


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