The Kingdom of Heaven
Jesus tells us in Luke 17:21, if you are born of God, “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” Knowing that there is a flip side to every thing, if heaven is within the child of God; the attributes of hell reside within the children of the devil. I am not saying there is not another heaven and another hell where the spirits of men go when the physical body dies because that would be misleading. But what Jesus is telling us in this scripture is that when we are born into the kingdom of God, we become the temple of God on earth where the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit take up residence. And that newly recreated spirit within us is as holy and pure, vibrant and strong, as it is ever going to be. How is that possible; you might be wondering? It is so because of who has joined themselves with our spirit when they came to live in us. We are now and forever more the temple of the living God, because the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, triune Godhead has taken up residence in their Temple. And all that is in heaven in the form of life, power, love, goodness and virtue, is inside us right now; and the devil knows it. That’s why we undergo the many trials we endure in this life. Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” The trials and temptations we face in this life is an attack on the kingdom of heaven within us. It’s the devils attempt to overthrow the kingdom of God by destroying the physical temple that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit live in. The devil does not seem to understand that is an impossibility. When he had Jesus killed, he actually thought he had seen the last of Him. But, we know the body of Jesus, which was the physical temple of the Living God, was only in the tomb for three days before it was resurrected. And when the Spirit that had been in Jesus had completed its mission in hell, it came back, picked up its physical body, was seen by hundreds, and ascended into heaven a complete person; Spirit, soul, and body. This is what is going to happen after the physical body of the child of God dies. Our body will go into the earth temporarily, our spirit will go to be with our heavenly Father in His heaven of heavens, and on the day of resurrection when Jesus makes all things new, our spirit will return for its new, eternal body, they will come together in the air, and our spirit, soul and body will ascend into heaven with the Lord to be with Him forevermore.
I mentioned above that hell resides within the child of the devil. By that I mean there is no peace, no hope, no holiness, no virtue, no chance, that body, soul, and spirit will reside with God forever in God’s heaven of heaven. Quite the contrary is true however; that body in which hell resides will be cast off because of what it truly is: a place where evil abides. All that is good in heaven is in the child of God, and all that is evil in hell is in the child of the devil. Having said that, there is hope for the child of the devil. If that person repents of their sins, turns away from their evil ways, and accepts the Lordship of Jesus Christ, God will forgive that person. They will become a new creation in Christ Jesus, and the triune Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will take up residence in them, and they will have the assurance, they, too, will spend eternity with Him in heaven. If a person never makes that decision; they will be thrown into the pit of everlasting torment as an evil doer, along with the devil and all who follow him in his rebellion against God.
NO PERSON is so evil that God will not forgive them of their sins. There are former muderers, thieves, liars, fornicators, terrorists, or whatever they might have been, that sought God’s forgiveness, and He changed that person from a child of the devil into a saint. He made them what He calls, ‘a new creation,’ saying, old things have passed away, all things have become new inside that person. The truth is that every person that is going to heaven were all evil doers and had to make a decision to turn away from their evil ways, submit to God, and make Jesus the Lord of their life. Every person who does the above will be granted eternal life. God looks at our heart, which is really our spirit, and for those that are sincere in their request, God assures them they will not be cast into the pit of fire at the end of days.
One last thought before I close this short message: Each person is responsible for the decisions they make in this life, whether they are good or bad. NO ONE will be able to point the finger at someone else on judgment day; that future day, when every person will stand alone before God Almighty and give an account for what they did with their life on this earth, and say that another person is the reason they are where they are. Point number two: There is NO ONE on this earth that really cares about what happens to you except God Almighty. They might say they do; but I can tell you from experience; that when your money is gone, so are they. Also, people really need to understand the devil hates your guts, whether you are saved or lost for the simple reason that you are made in the image of God; and he (Satan) has already BEEN sentenced to hell for his crimes against the kingdom of heaven. Satan’s thought is, that if he couldn’t destroy God; he will focus his attention on man and attempt to destroy his life. He attempts your destruction through the people who know you best. This group includes your family and friends, and if he can’t get the job done through them, he uses sickness, disease, financial problems, and so forth. (John 10:10) “The thief (or Satan) comes to steal, kill, and to destroy, but I have come that you may have life, and life more abundantly.” Satan, the devil, doesn’t care how he destroys you, as long as you do not come to the realization of how much God loves you, and the horrible price He paid so you could have a close, personal relationship with God Almighty. John 3:16-18 tells us; “For God so loved the world, (that’s you and I) that He gave His only Begotten Son (Jesus Christ) that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasing life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (Again, people make up the world; so He is talking about you and I.) He who believes in Him (Jesus) is not condemned; but he who does not believe (in Jesus Christ) is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” DThrash
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