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Thursday, April 19, 2018

HEAVEN IS PERFECT


Heaven isn't only glorious - it is also perfect.

You see, sin has no home in Heaven. The Bible says, "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful" see Revelation 21:27. Human minds cannot conceive such purity because we are a race of fallen creatures plagued with disease, consumed with war, enraged by jealousy, dejected by loneliness, jaded by greed, enticed by temptation, disappointed by others, conflicted within, and demonized by Satan. This describes what the writer of Hebrews said, "Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles" Hebrews 12:1. Those who know and follow Jesus as Lord recognize sin's evil results. If you've ever traveled through a construction zone, you know it can be perilous. Travelers are relieved when they see a sign posted that says "end of Construction"and they no longer have to watch for caution flags or dodge the cones in the way. This is a picture of the Christian life, and we must stay alert as we journey through it. The "potholes" we encounter on this journey jolt us, and the "detours" get us off track, but the Lord uses them to guide and strengthen our faith. When we reach the end of our journey, our construction is complete on earth and transformation awaits us in Heaven. As the Bible says, "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" Philippians 1:6.

The apostle James said, "Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" James 1:4. We lack nothing in Heaven. God is patient, knowing that we are imperfect people - but we have a perfect Savior. What a wonderful promise from God's Word to those of us on earth: "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will betas not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is" 1 John 3:2. Once in His presence, we will finally be complete because we will be transformed into His likeness.

In Heaven we will be perfect - but by itself, Heaven cannot perfect anything or anyone; Heaven cannot save us. Only God - the Master Resident and Kingdom Title-Owner, who makes Heaven and all of its residents perfect - can do this. So while Heaven reflects the perfection of its Ruler, it is the Lord Himself who perfects His saints.

The Bible has much to say about the perfection of the One who occupies Heaven's glory. "Listen, O Heavens, and I will speak... He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he" Deuteronomy 32:1,4. "The heavens declare that God's instruction is perfect" Psalm 19:1,7. "His peace is perfect" Isaiah 26:3. "God's will is perfect" Romans 12:2. "The Father in Heaven is perfect" Matthew 5:48. "Jesus Christ is the perfect leader" Hebrews 2:10. "and He alone is the perfect sacrifice" Hebrews 9:11. Only the One who is perfection can perfect others: "By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy" Hebrews 10:14.

You may ask how we can be assured of this. Because the Bible says so - is the reason! God's Word is the ultimate authority that needs no other supporting documentation or testimony. The Scripture says, "The Lord has sworn and will NOT change is mind... Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. Therefor he is able to save completely those who come to God through him" Hebrews 7:21-22,25. Take a moment to consider what it means for Christ to save completely. We like to think about the prospects of Heaven's joy - but what we won't miss in Heaven? When we are cloaked in Christ's perfection, there will be NO more sin, NO more physical pain, NO more mental anguish, NO more loneliness, NO more daily stress, NO more abuse, NO more weariness or lack of strength, NO more aging process, NO more death! Nothing from Satan will ever enter our glorified state. We can't fathom what God has in store fro us when He makes all creation new. Believe it by faith and share with those who still doubt that they, too, can be perfected in Heaven by turning to Christ and abandoning their unobtainable satisfaction on earth.


We are also still reading the book My Time in Heaven By Richard Sigmund.

Thank you for following along and I pray blessing over your life in Jesus mighty name!

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