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what will it be like when we get to heaven?

HERE'S WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY.   A COMPILATION OF BIBLE PASSAGES BY DAVID PILGRIM

April 7, 2018

An age old question that generations have been asking:  What will it be like in Heaven?  Are the streets paved with gold?  Will we be sitting around on clouds with harps in our hands singing most of the time?  Here's a glimpse of what the Bible actually says about Heaven.  These scriptures assure us that Heaven is real, a tangible place, and somewhere we will live and be with Jesus forever. 

 

Jesus said:  "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, ye may be also." (John 14:2 & 3)  Jesus also said:  "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?"  (John 11:25 & 26)

After Jesus arose from the dead, the Apostle Paul wrote:  "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." (I Corinthians 15: 51-53)

 

And to the Thessalonians Paul wrote:  "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (I Thessalonians 4:16 & 17)

 

To the Philippians Paul wrote:  "For our conversation is in Heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ;  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto himself.  (Philippians 3:20 & 21)

 

What was the body of Jesus like when He arose from the dead? 

 

The Apostle Paul writes: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, He was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all He was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time."  (I Corinthians 15: 3-8)

 

Then Luke, a physician and follower of Christ who is credited with writing the books of  Luke and Acts, writes: "The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach; Until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen:  To whom also He showed himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." (Acts 1: 1-3)

 

Luke also quoted Jesus after His resurrection: "Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have."  (Luke 24:39)

 

When Jesus came back from the dead, He still looked like Himself, still felt like Himself, and could still eat, drink, and even cook, just like when He was on Earth. He said to His disciples, “Behold My [nail-pierced] hands and My feet, that it is Myself. Handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see Me have” (Luke 24:39).

 

His followers could actually touch and feel Him, as well as see Him, and yet He was in a miraculous, supernatural, resurrected body! His new body could also materialize or dematerialize, appear or disappear. It could pass from one dimension to the other, and through locked doors and solid walls. (John 20:19 & 26)

 

John wrote:  "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." (I John 3:2)

 

Jesus also foretold of His leaving and coming again: "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:3)

           

So there you have it.  This is just a short description about life after physical death and a glimpse of what the Bible has to say about Heaven.  There are many other accounts of life after death in the Bible, including amazing descriptions of what it will be like in Heaven!  "For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry."  (Hebrews 10:37)

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Redeemed

An Easter Praise by Ruth Davidson

April 1, 2018

Redeemed!  Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb that was slain. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so and shout...hallelujah!  (Psalm 107:2)

 

The word, Hallelujah or Alelluia is the most universally used in any language, spoken the world over. The earth resounds magnificent praise at this glorious, victorious time of Easter. Heavenly choruses are joined by all the earth echoing triumphant praise to the risen King!  We're redeemed at last!

Morning has broken, golden sunrays on the horizon are emerging - all creation is bursting forth with life following a long slumber, revealing a rebirth... a resurrection!  Every living creature is uniting in praise!

The buds of lilies and roses are opening along with thousands of assorted blossoms displaying their colors and hues. The life-giving shades of shamrock from the trees and grass also are proving their thankfulness. 

 

It's as though all of nature itself is singing. The songbirds join in, adding their trills to the symphony.  Every instrument in the orchestra must have copied the sounds of creation. The trees and flowers are swaying and even the hills are alive with music's sound. Oh, how glorious! What jubilation!

 

What a moment--replicating the way it was during the beginning in the harmonious garden of Eden before original sin. We partake of this renewal each and every year; each and every day if we allow the risen Savior to dwell in our hearts.

 

Our redemption began on that long dark night in Bethlehem when Jesus left the halls of heaven and took on earthly form to descend to our lowly state; to suffer beyond the suffering of any human being, then to ultimately die on the cross to save us from our sins. ¨As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see light and be satisfied.¨ (Isaiah 53:11)

 

Had it not been for that triumphant entry when He came here as a babe some 2,000 years ago, we would still be in darkness without a way to regain paradise lost. We would be without a Savior. We owe everything to Jesus... Hallelujah! (Luke 2:11)

 

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord!  Let the sound of the trumpet be heard! We stand in awe of Your excellent greatness. We praise You with stringed instruments and organs. (Psalm 150:3, 4)

 

¨And every creature which is in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I (John) saying, blessing and honor, and glory and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the lamb forever and ever.¨ (Revelations 5:13) 

 

King of kings and Lord of Lords--and on that last triumphant major chord--and He shall reign forever and ever!  Hallelujah!

 

[prayer]  While we live, we will praise Your holy name. You're the only One Who could buy us back; You paid for our sins on Calvary's cross. Thank You, Jesus, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. (I Peter 1:8)

 

Resurrection verses:

¨And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.¨ (Revelations 19:6)

 

¨Jesus saith unto him, thou hast said: "Nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.¨  (Matthew 26:64)

 

¨And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.¨ (Acts 1:9)

 

¨He is not here: for He is risen, as He said.¨ (Matthew 28:6)

¨For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.¨

(Psalms 16:10)

 

¨Blessed be the God and Father, of our Lord Jesus Christ , which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.¨ (I Peter 11)

 

¨And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (I Timothy 3:16)

 

¨But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His spirit that dwelleth in you.¨ (Romans 8:11)