The story is told of a boy travelling alone in a railway compartment. At one of the stations, an elderly gentleman engaged the boy in conversation and the following dialogue ensued:
“Are you travelling all alone young man?”
“How far are you travelling?”
“To the terminus”
“Are you not afraid taking such a long journey all by yourself?”
“No, I am not”
“Because my father is the engine driver”
No wonder the boy had such great confidence and feared nothing. His father was in control and his father knew his son was somewhere on the train. God, our father is in control of the world and he knows his own.
In John 15:15 “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant koweth not what his Lord doeth but I have called you friends; for all thing that I have heard of my father I have made known unto you”.
Salvation cannot be earned or purchased.
It is God’s gift to those who make themselves amenable to his divinely robust image and likeness “for God so love the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Please note that after the race on this mundane world of sorrow, pains, tears, problem, the target of every genuine Christian should be to acquire SPIRITUAL ACTUALIZATION which is the zenith of our entire struggle.
Heaven is where God lives and where good people go to when they die righteously while salvation is the state of being saved from evil or perpetual doom or damnation. These two words, HEAVEN and SALVATION go in pari-passu
Oftentimes, we hear statements like “there will be a bright tomorrow”. No doubt, men utter this statement with tongue in cheek considering the precarious condition of the world today. But when an adopted child of God says “there will be a bright tomorrow” he or she has no reservation, for God has promised it and his promises do not fail.
The Christian has the hope of a life of joy, peace in the midst of a world of trouble. Our ultimate hope is in the world to come-salvation. Everywhere in the bible it is assumed that there will be a next world. In describing the future of the Christian the Apostle Paul once said: “eye hath not seen, nor ears heard, neither have entered into the heart of men, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Cor 2:9)
Also the Apostle Paul once had a vision of heaven when he saw things beyond human comprehension. This indicates that he could not explain it adequately in language that would be understood. We cannot comprehend the wonder of the next world or correlate its knowledge to that of this world. To do so would be beyond our present capacity to understand. At the close of the Bible it is written: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away” (Rev 21:1)
A NEW CREATION
When we gain salvation and begin to swim in heavenly candour and gothic splendor, everything in respect to heaven will be new. The scripture describes heaven as a creation in which we shall move in new bodies, possessed of new names, singing new songs, living in a new city, governed by a new form of government, and challenged by new prospects of eternity. The paradise that man lost will be fully regain.
JESUS CHRIST WILL BE THERE
When we gain SALVATION and begin to swim in heavenly candour, what will be very thrilling to us will be the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will see him face to face. We will have the opportunity to talk directly to Him and to ask Him a hundred of questions that we have never had satisfactory answers. The joy of being with him forever is beyond the ability of any human to describe. Just as it was difficult for the Samaritan woman to understand the presence of Jesus at the physical well, but when Jesus made himself known, she was overwhelmed.
A PLACE BEING PREPARED
One of the descriptions of heaven is that found in the Bible’s concluding pages where it says “I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband”(Rev 21:2). There is nothing more universally beautiful than a bride. Think of all the anticipation, care and preparation of a bride. Her dress, her hair, her bearing, her smile and her transparent joy all combined to make her wedding moment the most colorful event that goes beyond ordinary limits.
Therefore, our meeting with Jesus for those who are prepared is like waiting for our glorious wedding for acceptance into his kingdom.
The Apostle John, who was given a glimpse into eternity, said: “ 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. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold he make all things new (Rev 21:45).
We should thirst for salvation. We should thirst for heaven. Heaven will be the perfection we have always longed for. All the things that made earth unlovely and tragic will be absent in heaven. There will be no night, no death, no disease, no tears, no ignorance, no disappointment, no war. It will be filled with health, vigour, virility, knowledge, happiness, worship, love and perfection.
There will be cherubim and seraphim, angel and archangels, Gabriel and Michael, plus innumerable myriads, who tread the celestial courts and palaces. Then, how will you feel if you are in the midst of those heavenly kings? Seek that well that gives life and path to the great meeting.
Remember the story of Elisa and Elijah in 2kings chapter 2. God told Elijah to leave Gilgal and go to Bethel. Elijah obeyed and his servant followed him. They got to Bethel. They thought they have arrived but God said, no, go to Jericho. Elijah obeyed and went to Jericho. When they got to Jericho, remember, neither Elijah nor Elisha was tired and they did not complain. God said no again, and instructed them to move on to Jordan. They obeyed. When they got there, Jordan became Elijah’s place of transformation but a place of reward to Elisha
Assuming Elijah had stopped in Gilgal or Bethel or Jericho, he would not have gotten his reward.
May God lead us to our destinations; some of us are not on the right part. John 15:5 says “ for without me ye can do nothing” what that verse is saying is that God is the socket and We are the plug and there is nothing the plug can do without the socket
Do not count the treasures of the American dollars, the British pounds, the European euro or the German mark. They are definite. Work assiduously. Work steadfastly as a true cherub and seraph to be there, for who can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is Infinitely ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD” (Rom 8: 35; 6: 23).