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“EYE HATH NOT SEEN”

October 12, 2009
This post must begin with a passage of scripture that’s been referred to enumerable times in the history of this blog.
I Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
When considering the realm of the heavenlies, each of us will have somewhat differing versions of a common scriptural consensus and all of them will fall way short of the real thing. We know of the saint, mentioned by the apostle Paul in the 12th chapter of II Corinthians who saw paradise and heard things which cannot be uttered in this present realm. We know that it’s a place where one is continually in the presence of the Lord. A place where no sorrows can enter and where the saints rest from their labors. A place wherein, a fraction of a second upon entering, all of our earthly woes, heartaches, and disappointments will be departed and will never again be able to foster torment. A place of heavenly melodies and worship of the Creator who is before all things and by whom all things were spoken into being. A place of unfathomable peace and love on a scale that not even the most “spiritual” among us can begin to comprehend. It sounds “too good to be true” and yet it is far more real than this present theater of atoms.
It is an indescribable paradise in every sense of the word, where the eternal and unchanging God sits upon the throne. In his presence there is an incredible company of angels and the great cloud of witnesses who, in generations past, maintained their testimony of Jesus. And yet, as incredibly wonderful as this place is, we know that this present heaven will one day cease to be. A parculiar thought has been on my mind this past week concerning this and it’s still in the “thinking out loud” mode. This present heaven is a paradise in every sense of the word. And yet, long ago, it was the scene of a terrible conflict. Once upon a time, a seed of pride rose up in opposition to the Everlasting Father. The most powerful and beautiful angel, Lucifer desired to occupy the place of God. He gathered up an army of conspirators and together they attempted to overthrow the very one who created them. This lusting caused one third of the occupants of heaven to keep not their first estate and to embark on a joruney that will end in everlasting torment.
This must have seemed most unthinkable to those who remained faithful. That a third of their fellow-servants had chosen to rebel against truth and righteousness. This is just speculation, but I wonder if it was at this point; right after Satan fell like lightening, that the Lord determined a day in which the present dwelling would be replaced by another. We know that a single seed of pride in the heart of the most powerful angel has resulted in untold billions spending eternity in a state of everlasting torment; both fallen entities and those inhabitors of the earth who reject the great salvation. The magnitude of this tragedy is simply unthinkable; even though we are seeing it play out before us daily. Over the weekend, while grocery shopping, I found myself picking up on pieces of various conversations in the ambience. It is astonishing at how little concern there is for eternal matters and how great the darkness is in this age. It was nothing new; rather just an increased awareness of the multiplied calamities playing out all around us.
The present realm is one that has been defiled by pride and rebellion and this is the reason that it has been assigned a final moment. For example, those who have been born of the Spirit know the joy of being forgiven and having a relationship with Jesus. However, we are in an environment that continually reminds us of those days before we were saved. (like hearing an old song, playing in the dentist office, that conjours up memories of when we were undone.) We look forward to a day when this corruption puts on incorruption and we are forever separated from such things. Likewise, I wonder if the present heaven harbors memories of the rebellion that once transpired there. How heartbreaking this must have been for our Lord. The anguish that a parent experiences when a child goes astray is nothing in comparison to what the Lord must have felt in that moment. Again, I’m just thinking out loud and seriously wondering if, perhaps,  I’m intruding into conversation that should be left alone.
I’ve stumbled through all of these cogitations in order to arrive at these passages:
II Peter 3:13 “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
Revelation 21:1-2 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
Revelation 21:27 “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lambs book of life.”
“All things new.” A pristine creation that has never been contaminated by pride or lusting, or ill-will toward another. To think on this seems as a “thing too wonderful for me” and yet this is the eternal abode of all who once were lost and are now washed in the precious blood of Jesus. The Creator of all that is, who became flesh and paid for the sins of all who were born with the fallen nature of Adam. Although we are presently travelling throught this theater of atoms, I think that it’s imperative for us to make regular visits to this place. To remind us of what lies ahead and the incredible price that Jesus paid in order for us to have an everlasting habitation there. When these things begin to really get into our heart of hearts, all of the besetments of this present world, which keep us tied up with this and struggling with that, will dissolve in a moment. The alurements of this world simply cannot compete with a revelation of such everlasting realities.
What an incredible gathering and what an incredible setting. A completely new heaven, a new earth without seas, and a new city where the redeemed dwell in the presence of the Lord Jesus. I sometimes wonder how much we will remember concerning the former things. All of the issues that seem so relevant now, will be faded memories of a realm which no longer exists. And yet, every time we look upon the one who lights up every corner of this city; every time we see his nail scarred hands, we will be reminded that this same Jesus once shed his blood on an old rugged cross to save us from everlasting death. And we’ll be reminded of a particular hour in our past when we first believed on him. A single moment wherein our name was written down in glory and we passed from death unto everlasting life. We will never be able to give him all of the praise that he is worthy of, but we will certainly be able to worship him forever and ever.
I Thessalonians 4:18 “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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7 comments

  1. This is great! An exciting future awaits 🙂


  2. Hi Timbob,

    Heaven seems to be a subject that we don’t hear preached about or sung about as much as in days past, but as you pointed out, it is more real than this present physical realm. I believe God does give us a little glimpse of what it is going to be like when He fills us with the Holy Ghost, but indeed it is only a little foretaste.

    Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
    1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

    All I know is that it will be wonderful there being in Jesus’ presence forever, and I plan on going and taking as many with me as possible.

    Thanks for this post.

    Blessings,
    Carol


  3. Hi Timbob,

    “It is astonishing at how little concern there is for eternal matters” even within the church community! It seems so many, both christians and non-christians alike, are so concerned about securing their tomorrows, but have no regard for their eternal security. It is sobering to see the unpreparedness of so many.

    With such a wonderful, everlasting future ahead, I can’t understand why everyone is not rejoicing that “He has gone to prepare a place for us!” Woo Hoo!!


  4. I am not surprised at the lack of concern for eternal matters, but it still concerns my heart.

    And when we enter heaven’s gates, we will forget all sorrow. How do we forget unsaved loved ones? I have always wondered about that.

    Maybe it is that concern for them that keeps me bound here, instead of there.


  5. Greetings and thanks to all who have taken time to comment. In order to not fill the sidebar up with copies of my avatar I’ll combine the replies on this one.

    Hi Fikalo. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by. An awesome future indeed awaits us.

    Hi carol. This is what true heavenly-mindedness does. It brings forth an intensified desire for others to come to Jesus and inherit eternal life. Last week I was listening to a lot of older hymns and a favorite is “There’s Room at the cross For You.” Thanks for dropping by.

    Hi Fivepeas. You have touched on something that’s very profound; that being how many folks seem content to focus on the present world. It often seems that, to many, (even a lot of professing saints) heaven is just this ambiguous place where we want to go after living a lengthy life on earth where treasures were gathered and awards granted. The focus is clearly on the here. Although I never saw it, I remember a movie that came out when I was a kid entitled “Heaven Can Wait.” Even though I was unsaved at the time, the title was disturbing. Yet this is how so many look at it. Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.

    Hi Marianne. This is the hardest thing; when loved ones don’t have any desire to know the Lord. This hits close to my household and keeps me in fervent prayer for these souls. The thought of any of them being lost is unbearable. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    I’ll make the rounds as soon as time permits. Blessings to all in Jesus name.


  6. tim, i’ll pry send you another email shortly to update you.

    i ordered the tracts – btw.


  7. Hi Code. I’ll be looking for your e mail. Tracts can open up a lot of opportunities. Our previous youth pastor, Greg, once told about when they were ministering in the streets of Lexington Kentucky where he encountered a man who was intoxicated and hostile. Somehow Greg managed to stick a tract in the guys pocket. Two years later, while packing for a trip, the guy found this tract that Greg had stuck in his pocket and subsequently believed on the Lord Jesus. They must have had an address stamped on the back because the man got word back to Greg about being saved.

    Thanks for taking time to stop by. Blessings always in Jesus name.



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