HEAVEN IS NEAR

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matt. 10:7
I recently read Heaven is a World of Love By Jonathan Edwards again, it is one of my favorites. This sermon is a glimpse of Edwards’ vision of what heaven is like. He mentions the golden streets, the gates of pearl, and the foundations of precious jewels but you know early on that that has very little to do with the picture Edwards begins to paint. His heaven is all about the Lord. It is a devastating view of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and the love that flows from the Father to the Son. It is all about God. Have you ever stopped and really wondered what He is going to be like? Imagine for a moment standing (probably falling) before the throne and gazing into the unrestrained majesty of Christ in His glory. Flowing out from Him is a love that is beyond any force that we have ever tasted in this life. This force of love is not really a force at all, it is the Holy Spirit. He is the love of God flowing from the Father to the Son and flowing out to each of us. The person of the Holy Spirit is actually God’s love pouring over each of us. Here are some of Edwards’ words on this incredible scene.
“Every saint in heaven is as a flower in that garden of God, and holy love is the fragrance and sweet odor that they all send forth, and with which they fill the bowers of that paradise above. Every soul there, is as a note in some concert of delightful music, that sweetly harmonizes with every other note, and all together blend in the most rapturous strains in praising God and the Lamb forever. And so all help each other, to their utmost, to express the love of the whole society to its glorious Father and Head, and to pour back love into the great fountain of love whence they are supplied and filled with love, and blessedness, and glory. And thus they will love, and reign in love, and in that godlike joy that is its blessed fruit, such as eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath ever entered into the heart of man in this world to conceive; and thus in the full sunlight of the throne, enraptured with joys that are forever increasing, and yet forever full, they shall live and reign with God and Christ forever and ever.”
So if you are not ready for a place like this it’s time to get ready. Heaven is near to us and the beginning of our eternity is at hand.

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2 thoughts on “HEAVEN IS NEAR

  1. wooooo!! every soul there as is s note of some concert of delightful music !! and every note praise God forever oh how beautiful that must be !!!!!! come lord more of you lord in our lives !! we love lord !!

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