Heaven on Earth
‘For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ…’ (Phil3:20). Since even as we live here on earth, we are members of heaven, with all our efforts we should ‘seek the things that are above, where Christ is.’ Our motive is that Christ is there! As Hebrews says, ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.’
Of course, as weak and fallen creatures in a fallen world, our seeking of those things above is not as it should be. Perhaps we lack assurance that we really are citizens of heaven; then we should remember that ‘since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…’ (Heb10:21). We ought to be confident because ‘you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God’ (Col 3:3)! Let’s aim to say with Paul, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2Tim1:12).
The saints mentioned in Hebrews 11 also looked with the eyes of faith, and we are told that because of this, ‘God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city’ (v16). How amazing, that God proves his love for us in preparing us that city. Surely these are good grounds for assurance! To have an assurance of heaven founded in Christ is possibly the next best thing to being there its self! Joseph Caryl once said, ‘All saints shall enjoy a heaven when they leave this earth; some saints enjoy a heaven while they are here on earth.’ Let us strive to be one of those!
By Philip Mackereth
All posts on this blog are published at the discretion of the walking worthy moderators. If you wish to write an article, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease note that the contents of this post may only be re-published with the permission of walking worthy