In the previous 3 parts of this 4-part series, we have considered some of the obstacles that can deter us from the completion of our heavenly trek: willful rebellion against God’s ways, eternal death for those same folks that practice unrepentant rebellion, and a focus on the flesh rather than the spirit, which is always rooted in pride. Jesus summed up the way to get past all of that, as well as the urgency in which it must be done:
“Repent [change your inner self – your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Mt. 4:17 AMP
The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is biblically the same as the ‘kingdom of God.’ It is a spiritual kingdom, an inner kingdom that can only be entered through one’s change of heart, (through earnest repentance and choosing Christ as your Savior) – a spiritual state to be lived out on this earth. It is a kingdom of God’s children: a family dedicated to forwarding that kingdom by lovingly offering it to as many other potential recipients as possible.
Yet, it is also a kingdom that we aspire to spend eternity in, when we transition from our life on this present earth to our heavenly destiny. So, the kingdom lives in the present, and at the same time there awaits an eternal manifestation of the same for all of God’s children:
For the outward form of this world (its present social and material nature) is passing away. 1 Cor. 7:31 AMP
It’s going to be a good thing because Jesus has already made preparations for your transition:
“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to My self, that where I am, there you may be also” Jn. 14:2, 3. NASB
And again, Christ presses upon us the urgency to be rightly positioned with God immediately; because if we don’t do this before we take our last breath or before Jesus returns (whichever comes first), we will have lost our ticket to eternity:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only…Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Mt. 24:36 & 44. NKJV
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 Jn. 2:17 ESV
…having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Rm. 5:9 NASB
On the ‘Last Day’ of time, God will pour His wrath upon all the people who rejected Him and His Son – not due to an act of heartless vengeance, but as a result of a forced ‘sifting’ of His children away from the rebels, because as the God of Truth, He must mete out His word. The people have been lovingly warned by Him for thousands of years…
For those who chose to remain on their journey to heaven, there will be a vast holy city called ‘New Jerusalem’ for all the saints to dwell in with their Creators (God and Son) – located on a new idyllic paradise of a new earth suspended in a transformed cosmos. (Ps. 102:25 – 27; Is. 65:17 – 19; 2 Pt. 3:12, 13; Rv. 21:1 – 7 & 22 – 27.)
And it will be awesome:
“The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil…a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zeph. 3:15 & 17. ESV
Furthermore, we shall be transformed:
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. Is. 35:5, 6. NKJV
And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man…For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Cor. 15:49 & 53. NKJV
And in that heaven, there shall be peace, joy and every need fulfilled and exceeded:
Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war. Each of them will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one to make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. Mic. 4:3, 4. NASB
“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Rv. 7:16, 17. ESV
So, what is the bottom line? If you accept Christ as your Savior and live out a godly life to the best of your ability, (confessing and repenting when you slip), God wipes away all strikes against you, you get a grace-filled journey to eternity, get fitted with a perfect immortal body in the likeness of Christ, live eternally in peace and joy with all the children of God throughout the ages, and get to bask in the glory of the Father and the Son.
All God asks of us is to keep our eyes on the prize…
Goodnight and God bless.