“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
I love the doctrine of propitiation. The satisfaction and magnifying of God’s holiness through the cross of Jesus Christ is the beginning, center and end of every hope we have. “Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe… .” It is true. But Christ did more than make satisfaction for my sin before God. He reconciled me to God. He made it proper for the Holy Spirit to regenerate me. By the application of the blood of Christ, I am made fit to enter and live acceptably in God’s Kingdom and I don’t believe that just means fit for heaven when I die.
That is where my burden is today. God brings us into His Kingdom to live under its principles. Salvation is not just preparation for us to go to heaven when we die but it is the equipping us to live in the heavenlies while we live. Heaven when you die does not constitute the majority of Christ’s teaching. Living in the heavenlies… that is, in the Presence of God and in His Kingdom now, is His principle subject.
In all Christ’s parables about the Kingdom of God you have very little said about living in heaven after you die…or even getting there once you are dead. But there is continual teaching about the life that is lived now, in God’s Presence. It is so throughout the New Testament.
And please don’t misunderstand. I look forward to heaven. It’s just that heaven isn’t my goal. Living in Christ, for God’s glory, as He teaches us to live now, is my goal. I think achieving that makes the transition to heaven when I die a very easy and natural event.
Oh God, grant me grace to appropriate more grace and give me faith to receive more faith. Help me to say with Paul, “For me to live is Christ… .” Then I know that I’ll be living life…real life, right now, and that more abundantly.
In Jesus name.