Playing rusty harps?

Some people have the idea that Christians will spend eternity sitting on clouds playing rusty harps. If that’s all I hoped for, I wouldn’t be a Christian. The hope I have is not nebulous; it is concrete. It is an “anchor of the soul,” and is both sure and steadfast. Here is my hope. Consider the beauty of this massive earth. Think of a majestic snowcapped mountain, a clear babbling brook, or a beautiful beach with clean white sand and turquoise waters filled with an amazing array of brightly colored fish. The pristine waters reflect a clear blue sky, and the beach is surrounded with tall, lush palm trees. Think of magnificent California redwoods or of the incredible assortment of tasty fruit trees, or the breathtaking beauty of a sunset, or the magnificence of the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. Got it in mind?

Now consider this. All who repent and trust in Jesus Christ, whether Jew or Gentile, black or white, male or female, rich or poor, will “inherit the earth.” God has given it to us, and it will be ours for eternity. God’s spiritual Kingdom came to this earth on the day of Pentecost, and the time will come when the literal Kingdom will come to this earth. God will replace this cursed and fallen creation with a new heavens and a new earth, and God’s will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We not only escape hell, but, by God’s grace, we get heaven on earth. What an unspeakably incredible future we have! We are going to see God and fellowship with Him forever, in a “world without end,” where we will have “pleasures forevermore.” If you are not saved, please think about your sins, and then think about the Savior. Think about what He did for you on the cross, because if you die in your sins, you will not only miss out on the pleasures of heaven on earth, but you will have to endure an everlasting hell, and that would be an unspeakable tragedy.

Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

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One Response to Playing rusty harps?

  1. I have already commented twice on your Facebook post on this and asked for you to look into this further, as your short article came to some very false and weird conclusions concerning these very important things! First of all, you take a worldly argument, the “rusty harp” image of Heaven and actually use that to belittle any Christian who has a hope of Heaven! You used the term “nebulous” when referring to Heaven versus, “concrete” when thinking of earth! This type of comparison is so utterly void of any true view of Scriptural ideas it is close to blasphemy! Goodness gracious! “We walk by faith not by sight” says the good Word! Hebrews 11 states that “by faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.” ( verse 3) So too Heaven exists and is very “concrete”! 2 Corinthians 4:18 states: “while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Heaven, for the believer in Christ, is where our eternal “inheritance” awaits! I Peter 1:3-4 states: “ blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you…” The Word of the Gospel of Christ is that those who believe by faith in these unseen realities have a hope that is both “sure and steadfast”, not “nebulous”! God’s “spiritual kingdom” has not come to this earth but only His Holy Spirit has come to dwell in those who believe in Christ by faith. Christ was kicked out of this earth, and His kingdom with Him – He was utterly rejected and dwells now in “unapproachable light”. Not until we have the “redemption of our bodies” and are “made like Him” can we dwell in any direct nearness to the now risen and glorified Christ – yet that is His concrete promise! And once we are with Him, we will always be with Him wherever He is! ( I Thess. 4:17) “Heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool” says the Lord. Heaven is where the true “Holy place” is, which is “not of this creation”.( Hebrews 9:11-12) “Hence, let us go out unto Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach, for here we have no lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.” (Heb. 13:13-14) This “city”, is also “Abraham’s city”, as Hebrews 11 states…it is a “Heavenly one”. (verse 16) Everything of worth and value to the child of God, the child of faith, is in Heaven! Are you going to be like Abraham, of whom God is “not ashamed to be called their God”, or are you of the “earth, earthy”? ( I Cor. 15- whole chapter!) I await your answer! Sincerely in Christ – Christiana Heppner 1-9-16

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