SATURDAY July 28, 2018
What is Heaven Like?
I know a man in Christ…such a one was caught up to the third heaven. …whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities
2 Corinthians 12:2-5
The Apostle Paul was caught up into Paradise, he did not know if he was dead or alive. It was possible that this happened when he was stoned in Lystra and left for dead (Acts 14:19-22), or he could have had a vision. Either way, he had no words to describe what he had seen and heard in Paradise. It was a mystery.
Even though Paul saw Paradise, there remained in his life a thorn in his flesh. The reason God allowed Paul to suffer physically was to keep him where he wanted him to be––living by God’s sufficiency and by His grace.
When Christians become sick and near death, they are not afraid to die. God has given them the assurance of heaven through His Word. It is as if they are not even here on earth anymore. They are just about a breath away from heaven. The angels wait as if to say, “Let us go!” The moment they take their last breath, the angels take them to the very throne of God.
Sometimes we become skeptics. As we are human, we can have lapses of faith, and Satan is there, whispering to us not to believe. He brings doubt into our hearts, especially for those dealing with illnesses. We have to mediate on what is written in the Bible about heaven and believe in it. Otherwise, we are going to struggle when we are dying on our beds.
Do you have the assurance of heaven?
The Christian's heaven is to be with Christ, for we shall be like him when we see him as he is.
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