Heaven’s Positive Characteristics ………..Series – Heaven Real or Myth

Written October 1, 2007 – Monday

Posted October 2, 2007 – Tuesday  

Heaven’s Positive Characteristics …Series – Heaven Real or Myth 

7“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.10“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” – Luke 15:7, 10 [Jesus speaking]

Joy is an emotion we can expect to experience consistently once we are in heaven. Even then, our hearts will leap at the idea of yet another human being excepting Christ.  Perhaps, it will be our delight to know that another sister or brother will be joining us at the end of his or her earthly journey.  Joy is something that far exceeds happiness.  Happiness is often conditional upon our circumstances.  Joy is something, which does and will spring from within.  Therefore, making it safe from the external circumstances of life.  

19“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20“But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21“desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22“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. 23“And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25“But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.  ` Luke 16:19–25 [Jesus speaking]

Peace could be considered, in my view, joys twin.  Where you see one you often see the other.  Residing in peace allow room for joy to blossom in the soul and spirit.  Joy brings with it a certain contentment, which produces peace.  This passage from Luke does a wonderful job of describing the peace, which will be found in heaven for even the lowly; regardless, of the struggles or sufferings of their earthly life.  

Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”  “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” ` Rev. 14:13

Rest is that wonderful prize many of us try each day to reach for and look forward to obtaining.  Once we have done our work and what is required of us we want to take the time to refresh the minds and bodies that God gave us.  Now think of that on the grandest scale possible.  Rest, rest for all of eternity.  Rest that will satisfy like none we have ever experienced.  That type of rest is what we can expect to experience in heaven.  A rest that here on earth we cannot even truly imagine or comprehend.            

Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. ` 2 Pet. 3:13

Righteousness will be the hallmark of heaven.  Today when we look around at our world, cities, and neighborhoods, we wonder why righteousness is no longer a priority for people.  We turn on the news and think this earth will never be okay.  However, it will; when heaven descends and Christ takes over, righteousness in its truest form will return and reign.  

“Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. ` Rev. 7:15

         

Service is a word you would not expect to see associated with heaven.  It is however, very much associated with our experience in heaven.  It will be an honor and privilege to serve God in this wonderful and glorious place.  Service, will be characterized by peace, love, and joy.  It will far exceed our earthly service of God.       

to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, – 1 Pet. 1:4

“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12“Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. ` Matt. 5:11, 12 [Jesus speaking]

Two things that are indirectly connected to our earthly life await us in heaven, our inheritance, and our reward.  At the time, we accepted Christ as our Savior an inheritance was put aside for us in heaven.  This inheritance is imperishable and pure because it exceeds any form of earthly bequest.  Again, we can only make a small attempt to comprehend what it might be.  Earthly minds and spiritual truth or realms often are not compactable.  The same is true of the reward we will receive in heaven.  Our minds cannot grasp the scope of what it will be.  Yet, it awaits those who, on earth, were persecuted for the sake of serving and living for Christ.  

17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. – Rom. 8:17, 18

Lastly, and most importantly, in my view, is the glory of Christ we will experience in heaven.  To be glorified together with Him will be the greatest gift of all!  I am going to share with you the Greek definition for the term “glorified together” allowing you to savor, for yourself, the richness and magnitude of what this will mean for us in heaven.

Take note of underlined words and/or phrases:

4888. from 4862 and 1392; to exalt to dignity in company (i.e. similarly) with:— glorify together.

4862. a primary prep. denoting union; with or together i.e. by association, companionship, process, resemblance, possession, instrumentality, addition, etc.:— beside, with. [In composition, it has similar applications, including completeness.]

1392. to render (or esteem) glorious (in a wide application):— (make) glorify (-ious), full of (have) glory, honour, magnify.

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