Heaven

It is high noon in the city of Lagos. Horn-free day but there is a racket deep in the heart of Oyingbo. 

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“Don’t you want to make Heaven?”.

The modern day preacher screams “To him that stands, let him take heed lest he falls,” with a solemn look on his face he whispers almost dramatically “God will keep us rapturable in Jesus name.”

At the heart of the “gospel” being preached today is that despite being a citizen of heaven the christian is still not guaranteed an automatic slot in heaven. It is said that up till the time of every believer’s last breath on earth,his name must be found in the book of life OR ELSE

According to them (folk in the class of our modern preacher above) the key requirements to heaven are:

1. Holiness
2. Righteousness
3. Truthfulness

Rapturable ke? Requirements ke?

Holiness, Righteousness are scriptural concepts. But kindly check them in scriptures, they are gifts and the work of grace.

Righteousness

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God

Romans 5:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

2 Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Holiness (Sanctification)

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren

Jesus is the Way,Truth and the Life – No man approaches God on his own merits! Kindly show me anywhere in the epistles where you are to remain rapturable and will NEVER need the Blood of Jesus!
The Truth is many of us are yet to comprehend what Christ did for us.

Making heaven? this is merely a religious delight! because careful scrutiny of scripture will reveal that Believers are already

1. Citizens of Heaven

Philippians 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

2. Seated in Christ in Heaven as a result of Christ’s death and not by works

Ephesians 2:4-6 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

3. Born from Above

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

4. Have come to Zion

Hebrews 12:22-24 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.

5. In the Kingdom now

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.

Religion calls heaven a goal or prize you work towards, the Word calls it your home you return to. Heaven is NO REWARD, but an inheritance in Christ Jesus…

FOR EMPHASIS

Colossians 1:12-13 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Requirements!? The law has been fulfilled by Jesus

Matthew 5:17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

Romans 8:3-4 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.

If God gives requirement NO MAN can meet up (including you and I)

ONLY Jesus can and He has!!!

Glory!
In Christ I am Heaven’s citizen. I am at rest!

Petroleum engineer? Yup. But I love writing as much as I love solving complex reservoir engineering problems. Watch out for poetry. Still trying to soar the heights of prose tho' Stay tuned dearies.

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