Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Is Heaven for Real?

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.  Philippians 3:20-21 NIV

There has certainly been much conversation over the past several months about the existence of heaven.  Much of the talk has been driven by recent books and a few movies.  While the topic makes for an interesting conversation during a dinner party it is much more germane to everyday living.

I guess there may be many options open when you consider the subject but only a few come to me.  Choice “A” there is no heaven, life ends at death.  Choice “B” there is a heaven, which by the way 68% of Americans tend to believe.

Here’s where it gets a little dicey.  When these sixty-eight percent were asked if they thought they would be going to heaven the majority answered in the affirmative. When asked on what basis they thought that God would allow them to enter invariably the response was “I’ve led a fairly good life.”

I have limited Biblical knowledge but two things I do believe the Bible makes reasonably clear.  First there is a heaven and there is a hell.  Every person on this planet will go to one place or the other when they die.  The second point is that the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.  You are part way there if you believe in the resurrection account and all that it implies.  There should be evidence of a transformed life, the Fruit of the Spirit should be in evidence.

It is my opinion that merely having an intellectual assent is not sufficient.  Satan acknowledges the existence of Jesus and knows He rose from the dead but I assure you he won’t be in heaven.  So what is a transformed life? It means that the life you are attempting to live, with the help of the Holy Spirit, is progressively becoming more like the life of Christ when He was on earth.  By progressive I do not mean a consistent growth or trajectory up and to the right as we see in corporate projection charts.  I mean that over time there is evidence in the way I live my life that I am being influenced by Biblical principles.
This brings me to my final point which has to do with marriage – I bet you thought I’d never get around to that topic.  If you believe there is a heaven and you truly understand that believing in Jesus is more than an intellectual assent then the way you treat your husband/wife would be an indication of whether or not your life is being transformed.  Just sayin…

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