The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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07/24/2014

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Heaven - On Earth


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Cor.5:17).

Often when people talk about heaven, it is in tones of anticipation. Though we don't want to die, the wonderful hope of a place where there is no pain, suffering and death is something for us all to look forward to... One thing we must be careful of, however, is centering Christianity and faith in God on this one event. When Isaiah painted a picture of the servants returning from the Babylonian captivity and rebuilding the ruins of Jerusalem, there was a deep sense among the people that it was the work of "bringing heaven to earth..." The apostle John painted essentially the same picture to the people in the Book of Revelation... "I saw a New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven, prepared as a bride, beautifully dressed for her husband" (21:2). The church is intended to be something very special... A heaven on earth... Jesus said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life" (Jn.5:24). For the people to which Jesus spoke these words, and to us, He is talking about eternal that is real... It is in the here and now, in that Jesus said if you are a believer, you have already passed from death to life... For us as believers today, we already have the life Jesus was talking about. Lets make sure that we conduct ourselves in a way that we meet the standards that the apostle Paul speaks about in today's verse. In Christ, we are a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.... Lets make our churches what they were intended to be, bringing heaven to earth...

Have a wonderful day... Make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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