Heaven

"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. After being born as the Son of God, receive the seed of God in you to remain. Then you will be in the status of New Jerusalem.

Let me give the three levels from one scripture, it is Colossians 3:1-10. Verses 1-4 gives us the top level, which is the rapture. But it begins from the first level, which starts here. Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. We cannot mortify sins with the Flesh, so do it through the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.) If the first step is done, begin the second step, put off Flesh, & put on the Holy Spirit.8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: If you begin the third step, the proof is that you live the life of Christ, which is heavenly life. Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. If we pass only the first step, we will be accepted in new earth, which is the paradise of God. If we have overcome the second step, we will inherit new heaven as Sons of God. If we complete these three steps, we will be the Bride of Christ, who is 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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