Have you ever sat and wondered "What are they doing in Heaven today?" A dream of every Christian is to just make it to that fair land. To an unbeliever this place seems to good to be true, just a fantasy world made up in the imaginations of simple people being led astray. To us who believe we call this place "Home"
First off let me say, we have to realize all our hope lies in the word of God. The belief of the truth is the most paramount task laid before the everyday walk of a Christian. I take comfort and consolation in what Apostle Paul tells us in Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: There is no way for God to lie. God is truth, his son is truth, and we can believe what they say. Some argue that the Bible was not written by God or Jesus. Lets talk about that for a minute.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Even though men had a part in writing the word of God it is still in fact God's word. You ask what about the letters that Paul wrote?
1 Corinthians 14: 36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant
I love how Paul asked where the word of God came from. He knew what he was speaking was the word of God, but he could not say that about others! Then he concludes if you don't want to accept that much "let him be ignorant" Paul had faith and confidence in Jesus, not in his own flesh, but rather what the Lord was doing through Paul. We can see that the Bible is God's written word and God can not lie! Having this hope and confidence let's talk about how Heaven was first opened to humanity!
Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
There he was before Pilate and he declared "This is your hour and the power of darkness" Brothers and Sisters when they crucified the Lord it looked like evil had prevailed. It appeared the old testament prophets and the life and words of Jesus hung in the balance when they took our Lord down from the cross and laid him away in a tomb. Thank God it doesn't end in a lonesome graveyard. Acts 13 Paul said "But God raised him from the Dead"
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Remember Jesus came here in his Father's name. Jesus didn't receive that name until after 8 days. John 1:14 "The word was made flash and dwelt among us" When Jesus finished his work including raising from the dead and over coming this world everyone knew his name.
Peter proclaimed in
Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. (It is the Word of God that brings salvation, brings eternal life and give us the ultimate victory, which is to enter Heaven's gates)
His name is called the Word of God. When Adam sinned he was sent forth from God and the Garden of Eden. A flaming sword was placed to keep the way of the tree of life, so there was no access on this side of life to that tree, nor to that life. God did something amazing! He sent the tree of life to us, he sent the flaming sword to us. John 1 again "Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" Paul said that Jesus came here in the volume of the book to do God's will. Jesus brought us knowledge on how to get through the flaming sword.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
What this world says is impossible is an opportunity for God to shine. The thing about Heaven is that now because of the man who died for all, we all have access, not only to one day go to that city, but to right now access Heaven's blessings through our faith in the man who opened the door for us.
Here is what it will take according to Jesus to enter the Gates Into The City.
Revelation 22: 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. We have to repent and be baptized to have a RIGHT to the tree of life, and to enter into the city. Sometimes we wonder if God will have us, if there is any hope. We feel like we have done so much and really don't know where to even begin. Let me say with all certainty God wants to be your Father, and he wants to have a relationship with you. However God is not the God of the Dead, and we all have been dead in our sins before. Jesus was sent here to be the Lord both of the dead and the living! Through Jesus we can get to God. The only way to get to God is to go where God is!
WOW!! Is that even possible? It sure is. Jesus broke down every wall and boundary that would keep a person out of Heaven. When he ascended he pierced a hole through that veil that had for so long separated God from humanity.
Hebrews 6:16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
God was so willing to show us who believe that your wanted, that your needed he made a promise he intended to keep! He promised us a way to Heaven. He sent his Word here and conquered this ole wretched world by one man who had the Word without measure, and who had Faith without measure. Then that man by his own blood went into Heaven itself, right before the great God of all creation to make intercessions for the family of God here on the earth.
19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
In Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. Jesus left this world behind him and the old prophet Daniel seen what would happen next hundreds of years before Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
They brought Jesus before the throne and the door was almost open. Remember why this was going on in Heaven the apostles, and the followers of Jesus were commanded to tarry in Jerusalem until they be endued with power from on high. Jesus had promised them the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost would be monumental in opening the door to heaven on this side of life for ages to come.
Malachi 16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
A book of remembrance! What was it that the Holy Ghost was going to do? Notice the book was written FOR them. Not about them! So this book was to be a blessing!
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
That is how important it was for the Holy Ghost to come! It is the cause of you and me being able to look into the Holy Bible and hear the things we need to know to make it to that fair land of heaven.The Holy Ghost brought back to the Apostles memory what things they seen Jesus do, and what things he said to them. They wrote those things down so we would have them today. Now we can see why Jesus said "I come in the volume of the book" He came to fulfill it.
Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Without that book being opened there was no way for Heaven to be opened!
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
No wonder Rev 19 said "he had a vesture dipped in blood and his name is called the word of God." The victorious Lamb had opened the Book, loosed the seals and now this prophecy was fulfilled and Heaven was open.
Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Today Heaven is open, we can go there with his word and faith we can get anything we need. We can go there in the Spirit today, and one day soon when this life has ended we will hear "Well done" and "Enter In" That will be worth it all.