Articles by Joel Hendon

HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH


Articles by Joel Hendon

"Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way" (Proverbs 23:19)


WHAT WILL BE IN HEAVEN? WHAT WON'T?

Sometimes I get a bit carried away on a subject when I start studying it. Hell, like our last issue discussed, and now heaven. It is a fascinating study. Unfortunately, i realize that we cannot begin to comprehend what heaven will be like. But the Bible does tell us a good many things that will be there and also a good many that will not. Let's just look at that for a minute.

First of all, God will be there!! Can you imagine dwelling in the presence of an everlasting, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent King who can speak and cause anything to be, to occur, or anything else. So all-wise that he can build an infinite universe with such intricate workings as to be totally mind-boggling to man's most intelligent students. And to have Him on your side! He is your FATHER!

Jesus will be there! He is now our brother (via adoption), He is the one who came down here to live a rugged life in the middle east where he suffered persecution and finally went willingly to die on the cross so that we sorry excuses for humans could inherit eternal life! Eventhough we do not deserve it! And, at last, we will be able to understand the Holy Ghost and know exactly who He is. We can thank Him personally for giving us the Good News.

Now, besides all these members of the Godhead, there will be the faithful characters of the Bible down through the ages and those early Christians who willfully gave themselves to be burned at the stake, crucified, had their eyes gouged out, beaten, dismembered, thrown to the lions, and on and on. Then there we are. We who have lived sumptuously in a free land with more than enough to sustain us, those of us who have given a little money on the first day of the week, gone to visit a sick friend once in a while.

Of course, we don't have time to teach others very much, nor to do the other good works we know we should do, especially if it costs us a little money. We don't have time to study God's instructions for us. About the only thing we have plenty of time for is introducing unscriptural innovations into the worship of God and thereby causing more divisions. It makes one wonder just how far God's grace is extended.

06/10/03 JHH



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