“The Business Of Heaven”

Posted: January 5, 2016 in Gospel, Heaven, Hell, Salvation, Uncategorized

“Paradise/Heaven – What Will We Do There?”

What comes into your mind when you think about heaven? Do you regard it as an interminable church service with the choir doing most of the work? “Sir Walter Scott dreaded for himself ‘an eternity of music’ and hoped for ‘some duty to discharge.’ Lloyd George confessed: ‘When I was a boy, the thought of heaven used to frighten me more than the thought of hell. I pictured heaven as a place where time would be perpetual Sundays, with perpetual services from which there would be no escape.’ The overworked, not unnaturally, have thought of heaven as just a place of rest, and would find it hard to believe that, to many of us, endless rest would become endless boredom. But there is authority in the Bible for asserting that we shall be employed, we shall develop, and we shall have unspeakable joy.”*

It may surprise you to know that there is more written in the Scriptures about a hell to avoid than a heaven to gain. Both are real places and last for eternity. Jesus Himself told us that the wicked dead are not annihilated but will suffer forever (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:44-48). But the future is bright for all true Christians. Here are some things that we will do once we get to heaven.

Worship. This involves our acknowledgment and adoration of God for who He is and giving back to Him His full worth (Revelation 4:10; 5:12). Just as a new bride and groom admire each other when they are first married, so we will admire our Bridegroom Jesus forever. Much of what is called “worship” today is nothing more than emotionalism and having mystical feelings. To worship God correctly and Biblically we must use the spirit that belongs to our minds (Ephesians 4:23) and think right thoughts about God that come from the Scriptures alone (John 4:24). When the Lord Jesus Christ judges the apostate, harlot church at the end of the seven years of the Tribulation with truth and righteousness, the great multitude of believers will say “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns” (Revelation 19:1-8; 22:8, 9).

Service. In our fallen state most of us want to be served rather than serve others. Jesus said, “And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:27, 28). Jesus washed His disciples feet and then instructed them to wash the other disciples’ feet (John 13:14). Throughout the ages of eternity, it will be the privilege and joy of true believers to serve for the advantage of the Lord who purchased us with His precious blood (Revelation 22:3; 1 Peter 1:18, 19). Do you have a servant’s heart? Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…through love serve one another”  (Galatians 5:13).

Knowledge. No, we won’t know everything there is to know when we get to heaven. Only God is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24). We won’t become gods. Throughout the ages of eternity we will keep on learning more and more about our wonderful Lord and Savior (Ephesians 2:7). We, as believers, will always be with Jesus (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:3; 22:4). Won’t that be wonderful?

Reign. As the future Bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:32) Who will be the King of kings, and the Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16; 21:9ff), the true Church will rule and reign with Jesus from the heavenly New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9-27) over all the nations of the world for 1,000 years (Isaiah 9:6,7; Revelation 19:7-9; 22:14). The faithful, believing Jews will rule over different numbers of cities on earth during Christ’s millennial reign (Matthew 25:21, 23; See Revelation 20:1-7).

Fellowship. As believers we can enjoy fellowship with God when we walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). This intimate fellowship with God can be broken when we engage in sinful activities. Our sins need to be confessed to God before fellowship can be restored (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). No, we don’t lose our salvation, but we can lose the joy and assurance of our salvation when we sin/act lawlessly (1 John 3:4; 5:11-13; Psalm 51:12). The marriage supper of the Lamb will be a joyous occasion for all who attend it (Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 19:7-9; 22:14). Will you be barred from it because you’re not a true believer (Matthew 22:11-14)?

Enjoyment. Heaven will never be boring. God will keep on revealing new things to us about Himself throughout the ages of eternity (Ephesians 2:7). In God’s presence there is fullness of joy forever (Psalm 16:11; Revelation 19:7; 22:14). Although we won’t have to eat to stay alive, it seems that we will be able to eat and enjoy food from the tree of life. After His bodily resurrection, Jesus ate some fish and honeycomb (Luke 24:42, 43). Since our glorified bodies will be like His glorified human body (1 John 3:2; See 1 Corinthians 15:51-57), we believe that we will have the capacity to eat and enjoy food too. For those of us currently without taste and smell, this will be a welcome blessing.

Rest. We all need some R&R once in awhile. But talk to those who are confined to a bed all the time and you will discover that they wish they could get up and about again. Jesus invited the oppressed people of His day to come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:28). After John the Baptist was beheaded by the wicked King Herod, Jesus told His disciples to come aside and rest for awhile (Mark 6:31; Revelation 14:13).

Bottom Line. “Our actions on earth will determine the extent to which we’ll enjoy those activities [in heaven]. According to 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 and 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10, Jesus will judge the activities of each believer on earth to evaluate our works and give us rewards in accordance with them.”* He will also judge all unbelievers later at the Great White Throne Judgment to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:10-15). God doesn’t and we don’t want anyone to go to the lake of fire to suffer forever (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 2:4). There will be no more opportunities to be saved after you’re dead. If you’ve never done so before, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [today] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Believe It Or Not. It’s hard to believe but some people don’t want to go to heaven to live with God. They hate Him and act like His enemies (Romans 5:10; See Psalm 10:11). Some fools deny His existence (Psalm 14:1; See Psalm 19:1ff; Romans 1:18-32).  They don’t like to have any of God’s rules imposed on them. They are lawless and want to do whatever they want to do. Many of them love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil (John 3:19, 20; See Genesis 6:5; 18:20ff).  They call evil good, and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).  Is this how you feel at the moment? Perhaps some of them have a distorted picture of heaven and hell as those mentioned above. Would you like to get out of the devil’s family (John 8:44; Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:9, 10) and enter God’s family (Romans 8:15-17)?

Preferred. Although God hasn’t revealed to us everything there is to know about heaven, and the Apostle Paul was forbidden to tell us about Paradise (2 Corinthians 12:4; See Revelation 10:4), you can be sure that heaven is to be preferred over the eternal lake of fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). You don’t have to go there.

Gospel. The Christ of the Scriptures (not the cults) died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). He can/will save anyone who places his/her faith in Christ alone for salvation. We’re not saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). If you’ve never placed your faith in Christ to save you, will you do it now? Now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Help. We’re here to assist those people who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). We can be reached here or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.  To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” 

*Some material in this article was adapted from Your Daily Walk, Walk Thru The Bible, p. 445

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