Heaven - Means

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Heaven is for spiritual people, but not for carnal people. Jesus Christ says that we must be born of the spirit and of water to enter heaven. Born again is spirit birth. It is like, a baby is born, but the birth pain is endured not by a mother, but by the person himself in repenting with broken heart. Again, born again appears to be a one time event as child birth. But the Bible uses the word 'born' again and again. So, it is a process. So, it is more than one event and we see three stages, or levels in born again. First, a believer is born of the spirit, and he is called the child of God. Second, he is born of water, which is the word of God, and he is called the son of God. Third, he is born of God and he is called the bride of Christ. Heaven also given to them according to their ranks. Children of God will go to New Earth, sons of God will go to New Heaven, bride of Christ will be New Jerusalem. But, where will non-Christians go? You may read this link to study the topic, if you are interested. The link is: "Whole World." 

"John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Jesus Christ says that we must be born again. It has three stages. First stage is born of the spirit, it is to receive the holy spirit within us, it enables us to see New heaven but not to enter. But, they can enter New Earth, which is Paradise. "John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." If the person is born of the water also, he/she can enter New Heaven. Born of the water is to study and obey the word of God and the word of God will abide in you. It is born of water and then you are a son of God. Now you can enter New Heaven. "1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." So, after you become a son, you can raise your level to the bride of Christ, by being born as the Son of God, by receiving the seed of God in you to remain. Then you will be in the status of New Jerusalem. So, heaven is of three levels. Here are a few more links if you like to study about heaven in detail.

Links are: 1. "Born Again lesson", 2. "Spirit to Mortify lesson", 3. "Born Again video", 4. "Flesh Spirit video."

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