Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Life in the kingdom”
Our Bible verse for today: “However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.’ But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 NIV
Our thought for today: “We can know what heaven is like.”
People commonly use 1 Corinthians 2:9 as a proof text to prove that we cannot know what heaven is like. After all, “No eye has seen”, and “No ear has heard”, “No mind has conceived” what God has prepared. So we can’t know, right?
Wrong. Read verse 10. “But God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.” The passage, when taken in context, actually teaches the exact opposite. We can know. God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. What is the means by which the Spirit reveals it to us? The Bible. In the Bible God has revealed enough about heaven so we can have at least some limited understanding about what He has prepared for us.
Why is this important, especially with the context of our theme this month of “Life in the kingdom”? I’ll let C.S. Lewis explain it for me:
“If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.”
When we have a clear vision of where we’re heading and what this life is leading us to, we will be at our most effective now. We will be about our Father’s business as we’re supposed to be. It’s when we lose site of our ultimate destination that we become preoccupied and distracted by the smallness of everyday life.
Tomorrow we will look at some specific examples from the Bible which help us to better understand what eternity in the kingdom of God will be like.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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