By Don Ruhl
Those in Heaven, Those Not in Heaven
Some people we expect to be in heaven, will not be there. Some people we expect not to be in heaven, will be there (Luke 13.23–30; Matt 21.28–32).
Meeting Saints and Angels
“So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried” (Luke 16.22).
“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 8.11).
We Shall Have Bodies Like the Body of Jesus
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself (Phi 3.20–21).
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1Jo 3.2).
…in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength (Rev 1.13–16).
Unimaginable Glory (Rev 21.1–22.5)
21.1–8 – Unimaginable Newness
21.9–21 – Unimaginable Wealth
21.22–27 – Unimaginable Light
22.1–5 – Unimaginable Paradise
Does God Ease the Transition?
God knows the experience of death. He knows that we fear it. This is why He sent Jesus that we might be delivered from the bondage of the fear of death (Heb 2.14–16). Death is not the end. Luke 16.22 shows that Lazarus was greeted by angels and was soon with Abraham.
Is heaven worth it?
Is heaven worth the sacrifice that Jesus demands of us?
Is heaven worth the waiting and the sacrificing?
Heaven is the principal prize
Therefore, get heaven. And in all your getting, get heaven!