Sunday, 28 March 2010

No More Death

No More Death
Romans 8:19-23……The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Man’s sin in the Garden of Eden not only meant expulsion from the presence of God and no more relationship with Him but it also dealt a death-blow to the whole of creation.
Man, who was intended to live forever in sublime harmony with God and all of His perfect creation, was now doomed to die outside of intimacy with God on a tainted and decaying planet.
God, in His limitless mercy sent Jesus Christ, His sinless Son, to make a way for mankind to be reconciled to God, to conquer death, to live with Him in a heavenly paradise and, ultimately, as sons of God, to reign with Him in a new heaven and a new earth forever.
All of creation groans in anticipation of paradise regained as does our spirit-man in the knowledge that not only are we redeemed back into a pre-fall closeness with God but our spirit and soul will occupy a new resurrected body that will never decay.
Heaven is an awesome place. None of earth’s flaws are there and none of our flaws will be there either. It is a magnificent place where everything is perfect.
Are you eagerly looking forward to going there?
There is, of course, only one way to get to heaven and that one way is through Jesus Christ. We must believe that He is the first-born Son of God who made the way open for us, as sons of God, to get there.
As believers in Him; as Christians, we must choose to live our lives in obedience to Him. In doing so, others will come to know Him and they too will be with Him in paradise forever.
Much as we look forward to going to heaven, it is our purpose on earth to share the good news of its accessibility with as many people as possible before we go there.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for opening-up heaven to all who become Christians. Amen

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