In this wonderful Heavenly City, his overcomers shall "inherit all things!"--And
"who is he that overcomes the World? He that believes that Jesus is the Son of God. For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the World: and this is the victory that overcomes the World, even our faith." (1Jn.5:5,4.)
Jesus loves faith and He loves His faithful children and He is going to reward them greatly! You'll inherit all things, anything you ever wanted or ever desired!--For it is God's delight to give us the desires of our own hearts, if we love Him and delight ourselves in Him! He says,
"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart." (Ps.37:4.)
And Jesus told us to
"fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom!" (Lk.12:32.)
But I don't think you could possibly realise or appreciate what Heaven will be like or what he has in store for you there unless you first know what you're going to be like! If you've read our page on "Spirit Bodies", then you already know that we, His children, will be raptured and resurrected in our new supernatural, eternal, resurrection bodies when Jesus comes to temporarily take His Bride off the Earth at the end of the Great Tribulation period. He's going to come down in glory and we're going to rise in glorious, resurrected, Heavenly, raptured bodies--just like His!
"For we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the Last Trump: for the Trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed! For this corruptible (our present bodies) must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory!" (1Co.15:51-54.)
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is!" (1Jn.3:2.)
We're going to see Jesus
and He's going to see us and we're going to look alike! That doesn't
mean that we're all going to look just exactly like Jesus or like each
other, but it means that we're
going to have the same kind of bodies,
the kind of body that He has now and has had ever since His Resurrection,
the one which He went to Heaven in, and came back and visited in and
still has today.
When Jesus came back from the dead, He still looked like himself, still felt like himself, could still eat, drink, and even cook and love and be loved! He said, "Touch Me! Feel Me! See that it is I! A spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see Me have!" (Lk.24:39.) Then He sat down and ate with them! If you ask me, that's pretty human, pretty natural! He said to Thomas,
"Thrust thy hand into My side and see, and touch the nail prints in My hands, and be not faithless, but believing!" (Jn.20:27.)
He still even had the scars! So Jesus was still "human" and still had a body of flesh and bone!--And we will be the same! Because "He shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body!" (Ph.3:21.) We are going to have a new kind of spiritual, resurrection, marvellous, eternal, glorified body, and yet it's going to be material enough and natural enough and recognisable enough, and seeable and feelable and enjoyable enough to actually be constructed as we are now, of flesh and bones, but eternal flesh and bones, incorruptible, immortal flesh and bones.--Flesh and bones! Think of it! And that kind of marvellous, glorified, Heavenly flesh is going to be able to enjoy all the pleasures that our flesh enjoys here and now!
After all, if Heaven's going to be Heaven, we'd certainly have to have some of these Heavenly pleasures that we now enjoy! That's why Jesus was able to eat and drink and walk and talk and look just like He had before! Isn't that cool?--And so will you! Of course, you won't have to eat, but you can if you want to! You won't have to lie down and rest, but you can if you want to! You won't have to have sex any more, but you can if you want to! You won't have to walk around any more, but you can if you want to! And you'll even be able to do a lot of other things that you can't do now! You'll be able to fly, appear, disappear, walk through walls, all kinds of things!--Wonderful!
In fact, I'm convinced that Heaven will be an eternal continuation of what you and I who love Jesus already have right here and now in our hearts. We are already enjoying a little foretaste of Heaven with all of the love and sharing and sweetness and light and joy and praise and song and communion with the Lord and each other that we have right now!
We have a little bit of Heaven already--Heavenly hearts, Heavenly homes, Heavenly loved ones, Heavenly work to do for the Lord, bringing the Heaven of his love to others! So we're already having a Heaven of a wonderful time even right here on Earth! God's Word tells us that this is just "the earnest of our inheritance" (Eph.1:14), just a little sample, just a little bit of Heaven with His Love and His Spirit and each other and His wonderful work. So if this is just a sample, think of what the real full Heaven will be like!
Jesus said, "I am come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly!" (Jn.10:10.) He wants His children to be happy and to enjoy life to the fullest, even here and now!--"An hundredfold in this life, and in the World to come life eternal!" (Mk.10:30.)--Heaven on Earth and Heaven hereafter! And through His liberating, life-giving "Law of Love", to love Him with all our hearts and our neighbours as ourselves (Mt.22:37-39), we are free to enjoy total love, life and liberty in the Lord--providing that whatever we do is in love.
Therefore, contrary to the so-called "holiness" religions which seem to think and teach that it is sinful to enjoy anything and a sin to be happy and that sainthood consists of suffering, pain, self-torture, self-denial and self-crucifixion, we have found that God loves life and created it for us to love and enjoy too! Of course there are times when, for the Love of God and others, we may have to "deny ourselves" and "lay down our lives for the brethren" (Lk.9:23; 1Jn.3:16) proving that we love Him and others more than ourselves.--But this doesn't mean we're not supposed to love and enjoy the life He's given us!
The simple pleasures and joys of life were created by God for us to enjoy! He even tells us that "ALL THINGS are yours" in Christ Jesus (1Co.3:21), "to the pure, ALL things are pure" (Tit.1:15), and "ALL things are lawful" (1Co.6:12) unto those who are motivated by love, "for against such love, there is no law!" (Ga.5:22,23.)
After all, it was God who created the very nerves which feel good and the very senses which feel pleasant, to look upon things which are pleasant to the eye, to taste things which are delicious, to hear beautiful music, to feel pleasurable sensations of touch, and to even smell the lovely fragrance of a flower or of delicious food cooking.
So although we don't know just exactly what it's going to be like in Heaven, we know it's going to be better than it is today, a beautiful Heavenly Heaven-on-Earth without sin, without wickedness, without trouble, without weariness, pain, sickness or problems. We're going to have wonderful new bodies, new models, and will be able to enjoy this World to the full as we never enjoyed it before!--Well, we've enjoyed it quite a bit, but we'll enjoy it even more than ever!
That's what Heaven will be like!--it will be like the life we who know Jesus live now, but without most of the bad things, just the good things. We enjoy a little Heaven already, Heaven-on-Earth in our hearts and in our Homes and in our families and in our lives. But we still have a little trouble with that Ol' Boy the Devil and his crowd!
So I am convinced that if Heaven is Heaven at all, it's going to be like this life, only better!--Like this life with all of its joys and beauties and pleasures, but without the drawbacks!--All the assets, without the liabilities! We're going to have all the same wonderful roses we enjoy today, only without the thorns!--All roses and no thorns! Wouldn't you just love to enjoy all that we have right now without any pain, sickness, death, curse, weariness or any of those things? We have never yet really been able to enjoy it to the full, because we've still got sin in the World and all of its results.
But in Heaven we can enjoy all the thrills and wonders and things we enjoy on earth here and now! I think it would be kind of silly for God to just abandon all the wonderful things He made for us in this life! God didn't create all this just to abandon it, all these pleasures and these bodies!--But everything in Heaven is just going to be more so! We're going to have all this and even more!
Of course, the church in general is horrified at the mere suggestion that there's going to be sex in Heaven! "Uhhhh! That horrible wicked sin and iniquity is going to be done away with!" It shows you what they think about sex, that it's wicked and sinful and bad, and therefore, of course, it could have no place in Heaven! Well, thank God our eyes are opened and we know that sex is God's Own marvellous Creation and gift for us to enjoy to the full!
Why should the Lord create anything as wonderful, as thrilling, as exciting, as pleasurable, as ecstatic and as marvellous as sex for this world only, and then abandon it in the next?! You say, "Oh, but it says they won't be married or given in marriage any more, but will be as the angels of God!" (Mt.22:30.)--Yes!--Man's private little selfish marriages and his system of marriage shall be abolished and we'll be free to enjoy each other and have sex with each other all together, all of us, with anyone we desire who is willing!
Marriage shall be abolished then and we shall be like the angels of God, who when they saw that the daughters of men were very fair, came down and had intercourse with them! And as a result there were giants in the land! The daughters of men gave birth to the children of angels, who became giants, mighty men! (SEE: Genesis 6:4.)
So if the angels
can enjoy sex, certainly we who will go on to that world will too!--In
our new, miraculous, supernatural, resurrected, raptured bodies!
Remember, your Heavenly body is going to be an awful lot like
the one you have now, only better!
Heaven will be just like an amplification or a magnification of all the thrills and joys and pleasures of this life, the Heaven on Earth that we're now enjoying, only it will be even more Heavenly there and forever, praise God! There'll be all the wonderful, beautiful things you enjoy now right here on Earth, including beautiful people, beautiful men and women, beautiful youth, beautiful music, even beautiful sex and love!--Think of that! All the things you love and enjoy here on Earth you're going to have in Heaven forever!--Isn't that wonderful?
So if you've been having fun down here, think how much more fun you're going to have up There when we're totally free and completely and utterly joyous in the Lord and the love of each other! Jesus' Own classic illustration of the return of the Prodigal Son to the Father's House is not only an illustration of the return of the backslider, but of our own final return to Him in Heaven, where there is going to be singing and rejoicing and music and dancing and love-making for the glory of God forever! (See Lk.15:22-24.)
"How excellent is thy lovingkindness, o God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy House; and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures! For with Thee is the Fountain of Life: in Thy Light shall we see Light!" (Ps.36:7-9.)
Another wonderful thing about Heaven will be our reunion with all of our loved ones! It'll be the greatest Family Reunion ever known, with all of your loved ones and relatives and children and parents and ancestors and descendants and ascendants and fellow labourers and loves from whom you've been separated, or who have departed already! There we will all be together in one place at the same time, rejoicing and praising the Lord all together in one great grand Heavenly Fellowship Meeting! When people visited there they saw all their departed loved ones smiling, happy, laughing, looking young and beautiful again! So that's another thrilling aspect of Heaven to look forward to!--We'll all be together at last!
Hallelujah! Cool! Won't that be great? Everyone there is going to be so good and loving and kind and helpful and gentle and tender and cheerful and faithful, really loving the lord and caring for each other!--Just beautiful!--The perfect society, the perfect community, in perfect fellowship with each other and the Lord! There will be no hate or jealousy or selfishness or cruelty or any of those bad things.--Everybody's going to be just lovely!--So sweet and kind!--Just beautiful, just perfect!--Like angels! It will be wonderful!--You'll love it!
But now the Scripture gives a sober warning to those who are not His children, who didn't receive and love Him, and who will therefore miss out on Heaven and all of the Heavenly delights He has in store for His Own.--How sad!
"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the Lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death." (Rev.21:8.)--
Imagine! The very
worst, will not only miss
out on all the wonderful, thrilling pleasures and beauties and glories
that God's children will inherit, but some will even have to suffer
the terrible age-lasting
punishment of the very fires of Hell!
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