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  • 9.29.2005

    Ultimate Discussions 10

    (See Ultimate Discussions 1, below, for Introductory Material)



    The Ultimate Happiness: Heaven


    One of the Old Testament songs contains these lyrics:

    Thou wilt show me the path of life:
    In thy presence is fullness of joy
    At thy right hand there are pleasures
    For evermore.1


    C.S. Lewis said, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”2 If I could describe heaven in one word, it would be life. Hell is the exact opposite, death. In fact, it is called the second death in Scripture. The ultimate result of man’s rejection of life. In heaven, God banishes everything that corrupts and tends toward death. The following passage of Scripture describes heaven.

    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.3


    Heaven is not the stereotypical fairy tale told to children at funerals to comfort them in their immaturity. To understand heaven requires a good deal of thought. Heaven is the reversal of the curse that came upon man and creation due to sin. It is the restoration of the order. It is the result of Christ’s victory on the cross when death was conquered. Christians must be resurrected with new bodies just be able to withstand and partake of heaven’s joy, its “serious business.” Heaven is the eternal exploration of the infinite horizon that God is. Heaven is eternal celebration. (That is why singing and music are so often mention in heaven.) Heaven is where man and God meet without any mediation. All distances are removed. And heaven, life, can be experienced a bit even now. Christians get a down-payment on heaven when they receive Christ. But only Christians can understand what that is.

    Thank you for listening to these short discussions. My desire in writing, recording, and copying all these things is to share with you how to know God and go to heaven. The last chapter in the Bible contains a simple invitation. It says:

    And let him that is athirst come.
    And whosoever will,
    Let him take the water of life
    Freely.4


    I encourage you to respond to that invitation by acknowledging your sins, laying down your arms, and placing your faith in Christ and receiving the gift of a right relationship with God.

    It is absolutely free.
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    1 Psalm 16:11
    2 C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer (New York, Harcourt Brace & World, 1964), 93.
    3 Revelation 21:4
    4 Revelation 22:17

    3 Comments:

    At 11:51 AM, Blogger J. Wendell said...

    I need to catch up on your posts they all seem to hit a homerun. I have been just to busy to get to the blog sphere.

    I like the last verse you used as an "invitation". It is much more appropriate than, "I stand at the door..."

    Rejoicing in Jesus,

    Brother John

     
    At 4:29 PM, Blogger Joe said...

    I have enjoyed these posts tremendously, although I am currently catching up, like J. Wendell.

    "To understand heaven requires a good deal of thought." That may be the understatement of the eons.

    I doubt that we can.

     
    At 12:36 PM, Blogger Rose~ said...

    Your writing here is beautiful. I think you have a gift. I love that verse from Revelation that says whosoever will can take the water of life freely...what an awesome, unlimited invitation!

     

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