When most of us in church talk about salvation, our discussion begins with a test…a test of morality. We ask certain questions of ourselves and sooner or later, even the most upright citizen answers incorrectly. Miss just one question and we fail. The penalty for failure is, of course, hell. Our ticket has been punched. […]
It’s no accident that the Lord had John close both Revelation and the Bible with the intense description of heaven in these two final chapters. God wants us to think on it, to yearn for it, to live in its light. He knows that the more we long for heaven, the more useful we’ll be on earth.
“God’s wrath WILL be completed.” There will be a time when there is no remaining residue of Adam’s curse or Satan’s opposition. The rest of eternity will be just the good, just the joy, just the blessing.
The inclusion of our names in the Book of Life ought to bring us more uproarious joy than anything else in this world! How would you live if God sent you the winning ticket to the 2030 megazillion-dollar lottery and you carried it around in your pocket? Well, we’ve already won more than that. Let’s live like it!
Some people say they have little interest in heaven, “because all you do is sit around and worship Jesus.” I’m pretty sure they’ve never had much of a glimpse of the Jesus who is worshipped.
God knew that there would be ups and downs. You mess up; others mess you up; and the world you walk around in is all messed up. But He has never doubted that it will all turn out well for you.
We must realize that the only basis for the unity of heaven is the Lordship of Christ. It’s not in everyone coming to my way of thinking. It’s in everyone, including me, coming to His way of thinking…
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19, NIV) Paul’s […]