Five Seconds After You Die
they'll be purified - they'll be rubbed up against the touchstone, until they come up pure. In other words: there's things,
until you deal with it, it's going to keep coming back on you. That's so true, so true.
Five, where have we abandoned the dignity of others, in the central nature of the throne, in the name of ego?
Where's Jesus not in the centre? Where's Jesus not in the centre? Maybe we could say it this way: if hea ven in vaded
our lives, we would not be impressed with any of our righteousness - no one would be worthy. We would simply be
overwhelmed with God.
We're talking about discipleship today - as a disciple of Jesus Christ, your biggest calling and opportunity is to allow
heaven to be established in you right now. In heaven, you will not care who was righter; you will only care about
being overwhelmed with the presence of God. My invitation to you today, is to allow that to be true now. Why not?
Jesus' invitation was allow heaven to be established in you now. If that's the way it's going to be in heaven, why not
make it true now, and let this world reflect what heaven is? Can I get an amen on that?
Be the Salt and Light (Shane Willard)
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There are 6 mentions of fire in hell; b ut 229 mentions of fire in heaven! If you walked into heaven tomorrow, what
parts of you would be b urned up? 15 of 18 of Jesus mentions of hell, was about us, here, now. It's ab out: what are
you b ringing to the earth? How's your lust prob lem? How's your anger problem? Do you call people fools? How is
fear of man instead of fear of God? What are you b ringing to the earth?
Revelation 21:1, this is the end of the Bible. It always helps, if you want to get a good picture as to what the whole
book is about, it always helps to read the beginning and th e end, so here's the end.
This is what it says: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed
away. And the sea no longer is. The sea, in ancient Jewish literature, is a euphemism for unbelief; so essentially i ts
saying: finally everybody's on the same page. Nobody's sitting around arguing about who's right and who's wrong.
This is finally, finally everybody's come together here, the sea no longer is. And I, John, saw the Holy City, the New
Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven.
So at the end of the Bible, who's going up to heaven? No one, no one! I get so concerned with everybody, we just
can't wait to get to heaven, we just can't wait to get there, and the idea is we're going up; oh we can't wait to go up!
God's idea is: He's coming down; and I'm scared that people are going to pass in the middle you know?
Let me be very clear about this okay? I'm going to say this very slow, because I want to be very clear. When Jesus
talked about heaven, He talked about heaven as a present reality, as well as a future reality. Let's say it this way;
heaven is true here, and it is occupied with people. Heaven is true there, and it is occupied with people.
Hell, when Jesus talked about hell, Jesus only said the word hell 18 times; 15 of the 18 was talking about hell being a
present reality today, three of the 18 was about hell being a future reality later, okay? So let's be clear about this:
Heaven is true here, and it is occupied. Heaven is true there, and it is occupied. Hell is true here, and it is most
certainly occupied. Hell is true there, and it is occupied as well; but the primary emphasis of Jesus' teachings was not
how to go to heaven someday. His teachings were primary the emphasis was: hey, how can we take whate ver's in
heaven, and bring it right here to the earth?
The issue is, why would you wait to go to heaven, when there is a clear opportunity to allow heaven to be established
right here, now, today? The end of the story is that heaven is coming down, and God is going to be people's God,
and they will be His people. Everyone's going to be on the same page, and we hold to that blessed hope. In
Revelation 21, the picture you get is: everything in heaven is coming to the earth.
Here's my question. If that happened tomorrow, would you be okay? Do reckon you'd like heaven? Be very careful
before you answer that; before you answer that, at least go back and read everything Jesus said about heaven, and
ask yourself: would you enjoy it?