BECAUSE HEAVEN CAN’T WAIT / Powers of The World to Come—Part 1
Some folks think they are gonna go to heaven to get a mansion. The Lord from heaven is our mansion—a mansion by comparison to the frail flesh and blood house of clay that we live in now, which cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
Though we are flesh and blood which cannot inherit the kingdom of God, you don’t have to wait until you die before you put on your house/mansion from heaven. We are to put him on now while we are living, breathing, and walking around, and demonstrate how his resurrection life triumphs over death now.
There won’t be any death to triumph later after the great resurrection when all the dead in Christ are already raised. Did you suppose we were lifted up above angels having obtained in Christ a more excellent name than they, and are still somehow below them who we are to judge. Maybe Daniel fainted in the presence of angels but that’s not our portion.
A greater than Daniel is here, and that is you, and I in the kingdom of God. Angels are under directions from God to minister for us, so we inherit the unspeakably great salvation of God which men cannot speak nor hear, nor see, but only we who are the spiritual offspring of God.
For those who are eager to go and get a mansion in glory, let them well consider that the first Adam never had a house as we know houses today. Houses are a relatively new concept to man. Long after Adam’s time, Jabal was the first man to live in tent houses, and have livestock. A house is a fallen concept experience—an after thought. We need a house for protection against the elements which, before the fall we had, and exercised dominion over those elements; but now they have dominion over us, until we put on the Lord from heaven. If you don’t think the elements have dominion over us, try walking on water without Christ, our house from heaven. Without him we are naked like a turtle without a shell.
But oppositions have the illimitable range of objections at command, which need never stop short at the boundary of knowledge, but can draw forever on the vasts of ignorance.—George Eliot, Middlemarch
To the exclusion of all that we are not familiar with, we seem to process everything according to this “fallen” world based view of reality. Only what we know of this world is real, and we don’t know too much. In fact all we know is from below….. here on earth; about how it works down here, and we know little or nothing of how it works above where our house, the Lord comes from. How unsupportable a gamble can it possibly be to fabricate a reality based on only the 1/2 of 1% of all the matter in the entire universe that is visible to us. There is a lot more to know about this world that we live in and that one from above, than what we know; trust God on that, and let’s not lean on our understandings based on such limited information.
“We begin by knowing little and believing much, and we sometimes end by inverting the quantities.” — George Eliot