Co-pastor Eddyville Second Baptist Church
The hope of the ages has been the return of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ! Some say I’m dreaming, well, let me dream on! Some call it heaven, I call it home! The natural mind explodes at all the things God has revealed to us about our eternal home in His divinely inspired Word. It is the eternal destination of every born again believer (John 3:3-5).
The little statement, heaven awaits, is so superlative in the lack of understanding we stand utterly in awe at the words of the apostle, ‘But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him..’ He goes on to say but the Holy Spirit has given us a glimpse of the City that Jesus Himself prepared for us! (I Corinthians 2: 9; John 14: 1-3).
The apostle Paul was caught up into the Third Heaven and saw glimpses of glory that he was told not to reveal. It so elevated his spirit that he was given a thorn in his flesh to hold down his pridefulness. (II Corinthians 12:1-10).
In the coming devotion, we will reveal what the word tells us about Heaven. It is not, ‘Pie in the sky by and by, but hope for those made holy by the happy here and now.’
Heaven is a place. It is just as much a city as any other city in the universe. It has streets, walls, and gates. It has specific dimensions around the city. It is a multi-story city that is 15 miles square, not to be confused with square miles. It is in the shape of a cube. Its width, length, and the breadth is the same. The city is gold with gates of pearl. The foundations are of precial (precious and special jewels).
For over a span of five decades this writer has preached the funerals of those whose hope is in Heaven and those who have no hope. One is a time of homecoming while the other is overwhelmingly full of grief and sorry. While it is natural to grieve, the scripture tells us not to grieve as those who have no hope. (I Thessalonians 4:13).