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Heaven

January 21, 2008

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Tonight I am bummed because I am a bachelor.  Kathy went to a movie with her sister, so I grabbed some fast food and sat down with a new book, “God is the Gospel”.  I am thankful I had this time alone because I was blessed by what I read.  Here is one short truth I learned tonight…


“If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?”
 

I stumbled for a second over that question and for that I am ashamed.  I thought, how nice would it be to have all of those things?  Many people today love not Christ but the exciting things we are going to get in heaven because of Christ. 

You see, Christ, not his gifts, should be our supreme pleasure.

Tonight I was thinking of the person Michael was talking about today in Sunday school.  They believe in God, and want to go to heaven.  But why?  I say probably because there’s no sickness, hurt, pain, and they get to see past loved ones.  But does that motive make a person fit for heaven? – I say no.  And don’t be mistaken, I think this view has permiated the church as well, not just the secular community.  This will be something we will be talking more about in the coming weeks in our new study.  I leave you with a part of a sermon from J.C. Ryle called “Christ is All”.


“But alas, how little fit for heaven are many who talk of ‘going to heaven’ when they die, while they manifestly have no saving faith, and no real acquaintance with Christ. You give Christ no honor here. You have no communion with Him. You do not love Him. Alas! what could you do in heaven? It would be no place for you. Its joys would be no joys for you. Its happiness would be a happiness into which you could not enter. Its employments would be a weariness and burden to your heart. Oh, repent and change before it be too late!”

Why do you love God? Comments are welcome.  May God bless you and help us to treasure Christ above all things.

-DH

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  1. January 23, 2008 7:20 pm

    Great post Devin. Here is a quote i thought you might like.

    “The revelation . . . of Christ . . . deserves the severest of
    our thoughts, the best of our meditations and our utmost
    diligence in them. . . . What better preparation can there be
    for [our future enjoyment of the glory of Christ] than in a
    constant previous contemplation of that glory in the revelation that is made in the Gospel.”

    -John Owen

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