Let My Praises Be Heard!
I PRAISE GOD FOR THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY!
Heaven- described as a glorious city, a place that is likened to pure gold and clear glass- Heaven God’s dwelling place which is prepared for those earthlings who love and who serve the living Christ. Heaven- a place whose environment is filled with God’s holiness, and God’s beauty, and God’s unity, and God’s perfection, and God’s unspeakable joy!
Heaven a place where there are no tears of sorrow or grief, a place where there is no sickness or pain or death. No funerals in heaven! And no aging and no growing old and decrepit! A place where there is no sun and no moon, for Christ Himself is the source of all light! In heaven, there is no night!
There are no arguments between family members ‘up there’ in ‘glory land’! No separations from those we love. No marriage, it is true, but the love relationship enjoyed between spouses on earth will be greatly enhanced in heaven! Heaven – a place where the focus of all will be on Christ alone! Heaven is a place where there is no competition and no comparisons between jealous-ridden persons.
Heaven is a place where all serve each other with holy love and with gladness. Heaven is a place of perfect harmony and unity, where ‘all is for each, and each is for all.’ Serving each other without the physical imitations of a human body.
Heaven a place of joyful singing and happy serving and constant learning. A place where all the saints will learn from one another, and all will learn forever from the ‘Master Teacher’ Himself- the Lord Jesus Christ. Heaven – a place where each will become more like God forever – without, of course, ever actually becoming gods.
The excitement of eternal growth in knowledge and in holy wisdom and understanding! No longer seeing reality as if peering through a hazy glass, but, instead, seeing reality with our spiritual eyes as a result of being given a ‘spiritual body’, Heaven- a place where we will no longer walk by faith, but a place where we shall behold Christ, face to face in all His glory!
Death for the believer is like going from the basement of the house to the top story of the house. When a person is ‘saved’, he receives (according to scripture) ‘eternal life’ -the very moment when Christ comes into his heart. Therefore, death does not introduce a believer to any other type of life, than the life which the believer is already enjoying on this ‘earthly plain’!
Death simply introduces a believer to a closer relationship with Christ, to the same type of life that the believer has been enjoying, from the very moment the believer (the repentant sinner) accepted Christ into his life.
Christ within the believer is nothing less than ‘eternal life’ within the heart of a believer! When a believer is ‘ushered into the presence of Christ in heaven’ (when he dies), a believer enjoys a closer and a more intimate relationship with Christ!
When he leaves this ‘earthly temple’, and when he enters the ‘portals of heaven’, the believer continues (on a ‘higher level’) to enjoy the same quality of life that he had been enjoying, all along on earth.
He simply goes from the lower floor of the house (the earthly level, which has a high quality of life) to the top floor of the house (where that earthly life with Christ is continued and is enjoyed to a much greater degree in heaven)!
Death allows the Christian to reach his destination! Death for the Christian is like crossing the ‘finish line’ after a long marathon run. Death signals the end to all of the tests and trials and temptations that accompanied the long and hard ‘race of life’!
Death signals the end of all the stresses and hardships of life, and is the gateway to peace and rest and health! “When I have gone the last mile of the way, I will rest at the end of the day. And I know there are joys that await me, when I have gone the last mile of the way!”
Death is not a loss for the believer; death, instead, is the way into eternal life in heaven. Paul wrote, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain!” Christians are only pilgrims on this planet. Dying allows the believer to ‘go home’!
Jesus promised to give a beautiful home to His followers, when they die! “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where l am, there ye may be also.”
When you place your faith in the Deathless One- Jesus Christ- you shall never die! Of course, your earthly body will die, your corruptible body will return to dust! But, the ‘real you’ – your spirit – will never die!
Jesus said, “If a man keeps my saying he shall never see death.” (John 8:5) “Whosoever liveth and believeth on Me shall never die.” John 11:16) Notes J.B. Phillips, “It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that the meaning that Christ intended to convey was that death was a completely negligible experience to the man who had already begun to live life of the eternal quality.”
When we believe in Jesus – truly believe – our sorrows are soothed, our broken hearts are mended, and our void of loneliness is filled. Throughout our long spiritual pilgrimage on earth, God is preparing us for the last mile of our way, when our journey will finally be completed!
The imperfections (from our earthly pilgrimage) that remain with us, when we go through the ‘Gates of Heaven’, these imperfections will all be eliminated in heaven (perhaps through a ‘purging process’, sometime in heaven, and probably accomplished by the kindly administration of our merciful Heaven Father).
Relationships that were broken on earth will likely (and even necessarily) be mended and be reconciled in that heavenly dwelling place. Perfect peace and genuine understanding and wholehearted love these are the ‘natural ingredients’ of Christ’s heavenly home! Anything that is contrary to these qualities (in the character of a believer) must be rectified (reconciled) some time, if not on earth before the believer’s death, then in heaven!
The Bible says that in heaven, ‘all tears will be wiped away from our eyes’! Truly! But, contrary to the belief that many have, I think that there is reason to believe that the tears in the eyes of some believers will only be wiped away ‘in’ heaven, only after the needed reconciliation with other (discordant) believers takes place!
What can be said about the alienation that some believers have, with their fellow believers (on this earth) an alienation that was not resolved before the time of the believer’s death? Will this same alienation automatically be ‘removed’ (resolved) at the moment of an alienated believer’s physical, death – or, on the other hand, will the unresolved differences between believers need to be resolved (after they die) in the heavenly home?
The process of reconciliation (by the nature of the concept) means that the two persons who are ‘at odds’ with one another, must humbly confess their sins to one another, must humbly ask for forgiveness, and must humbly seek understanding with the opposing party.
If the process of reconciliation is not entered into by the alienated (opposing) persons, on this earth, where else can that process of reconciliation take place, other than in heaven?
God shall wipe away all tears from the eyes of all heavenly citizens, but does God do this ‘wiping away’ at the point of the believer’s death, or at the point when alienated believers (alienated because of misunderstandings on earth), are hugging each other in heaven, as a result of their finally reconciling differences which were never resolved on earth!
Whatever the ‘correct’ answer is to the above thought-provoking discussion (regarding the location for the resolution of differences between believers), the scriptures do indicate that heaven will be so wonderful that no human can describe its full splendor! “Eye has not seen, nor has ear heard, nor has it entered into the mind of man, what God has prepared for those who love Him!”
Heaven is a place where we feel ‘at home’, never alone, and never lonely! When we are in heaven, it will be awesome, most glorious, but, even though we will be ‘awestruck’ with amazement because of the beauty of heaven, we, nevertheless, will not feel like a ‘stranger’ there.
We will never feel ‘out of place’. Rather, though we feel unworthy, we will feel that we are where we are supposed to be, were we truly ‘belong’! We will not ‘feel ill at ease’. We will feel ‘comfortable’; feel like we are in a place where ‘we belong!’
Even though we will sense that we are not ‘worthy’ to be in this indescribably beautiful place, and even though we will be ‘lost in wonder, love, and praise’, we, nevertheless, will feel ‘right at home’.
Even though we will recognize that there are ‘giants of the faith’ (famous saints of the ages) in this dwelling place (and sometimes those saints may walk rather close to us), we, nevertheless, will not be intimidated by these ‘giant Christians’!
In fact, we will desire to meet these unusual servants of Christ, and we will desire to thank these great leaders of the ‘faith’, for their amazing contributions to the cause of Christ, while they ministered so effectively on planet earth. We will likely wish some time to sit at the feet of these ‘giant saints’, to learn spiritual truths from their lips, truths that will help us in our continuing growth in our heavenly dwelling place.
Heaven is a place where there will be growth and more growth. Eternal growth! Progressively and joyously, we will become more and more like the One whom all heaven adores and magnifies- the Lord Jesus Christ!
Perhaps Christ (the Master Teacher) will assign a large number of teachers to us- to teach us, a little at a time, regarding the abundance of ‘truths’! The greatest truths of all will be the truths (mysteries) regarding the Holy Trinity! Truth about the character of our triune God will occupy our thoughts for all eternity!
There are mansions in heaven, especially suited to each of us. There is no lack in heaven. Our every need will be supplied, our every desire will be fulfilled, and our every capacity will be developed. There is no overcrowding in heaven, and there is a special room that God has ready for each of the earth’s inhabitants.
There is neither positioning nor deprivation in heaven! There will be perfect enjoyment of each other, and no one will get on another’s person’s ‘nerves’. We will never get tired of each other! We will spend some of our ‘time’ exploring the mysteries and the wonders of each other’s personality, and each other’s amazing gifts and talents and abilities!
No jealousy as we are absorbed in learning about each other! Total dignity and no shame in the feelings that we have of ourselves and of one another. No class consciousness and no racial discrimination. “All for each and each for all!
Absolutely no self-absorption and no self-centeredness, but total self giving and others-orientation. Humility without humiliation, and dignity without pride! Total fellowship and total communion and total preoccupation with the worship of the King of kings- the Lord Jesus Christ! Singing with the holy angels the chorus of eternal praise to the Lamb of God, whose blood was shed for the redemption of the fallen world!
All heavenly citizens will well know that they are not worthy of the least of God’s favor! That they are in heaven, only because of the ‘finished work of Christ!’ None will feel worthy of Christ’s favor, but all will glory in the wonder of Christ’s favor!
None will ever be able to praise Christ adequately for His willingness to shed His blood for the redemption of mankind! There is strong evidence that the five wounds of Christ (which He received on the cross) will be visible on Christ’s heavenly (resurrected) body!
The eyes of all the saints in heaven will be fixed on those wounds- the wounds that speak of Christ’s sacrificial love for every human being! “Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down!” Love that went to the cross, to die for a race of lost and unworthy sinners!
Holy Scripture (John 14) seems to teach that heaven is a localized place, a place where all persons will be known and recognized, a place of sweet and conscious fellowship, a place where redeemed spirits are embodied with a new and resurrected body, like as to the body of their resurrected Lord!
A place also where there is unspeakable joy, restful relaxation from all of earth’s labors and stresses, total deliverance from all of earth’s illnesses (total health), and (surprising to some) a place where the heavenly saints will enjoy delightful laughter!
We must remember that Jesus (while He was a man on earth) had a joyful ‘sense of humor’ (as recognized in some of His parables)! Since we are created in the divine image, why wouldn’t we (as redeemed persons) express, at times, humor and laughter in heaven? As god-like creatures, we too, like Jesus, will surely hang back our heads and open our mouths and resound with hearty laughter – in heaven!
Laugh because Jesus won the victory (over Satan) when Jesus died and when Jesus arose from the dead! Laugh because you (along with the multitude of saints around you) made the right decision when (on earth) you repented of your sins and when you believed that Jesus was the Savior of the world, and, consequently, you got your name written in the ‘book of life’!
Laugh because you are in a place where you will enjoy both ‘eternal rest’ and ‘eternal labors’ – all ‘in the name of Jesus’ and all for the ‘glory of God’! There are many reasons why you should ‘laugh’ when you find yourself in the most glorious place that can be found in the entire universe!
Even the angels in heaven (the angels who have never known the meaning of redemption) will ‘envy’ your position in God’s vast universe! Why wouldn’t you ‘laugh’ with a ‘holy laugh’ when you arrive (by grace) in a place that cannot be invaded by any type of ‘evil’, in a place from which no one can ‘kidnap’ you, in a place where you will love others and where you will be loved by others for ever, in a place without competition and without comparisons and without jealousies and without boredom and without weariness.
Total worship of the King, total involvement of your creative service to everyone around you, total confidence and wholesome self-esteem with no selfish pride and with no self-absorption, total self– acceptance with no self-consciousness and no self-advancement, total teachableness and progressive growth in learning about the glorious mystery of God’s holy trinity!
In heaven, the redeemed saints will have spiritual, localized, and recognizable (concrete) bodies – bodies that are similar, if not identical, to the body of the resurrected Lord! Heaven has a local habitation. Heaven is an actual place in the great universe of God, not a mere ‘state of the mind’!
The spiritual (resurrected) body in heaven will surely be more ‘real’ than the body that exists on earth! How? Of course, we must wait to ‘find out when we enjoy our new body in that ‘fair and wonderful dwelling place’!
After Jesus arose from the dead (and when He spent 40 days on this earth, before His ascension), Jesus appeared to be like He was, before He died! It is true that Jesus could go from one physical location to another location, without the normal necessity of walking. He could suddenly appear at one location, and then suddenly be at another location! Jesus’ ‘resurrected body’ obviously had a marvelous ‘power’ (capacity) that His mere physical body did not have.
On the other hand, the resurrected Jesus told ‘doubting Thomas’ (when He appeared to Thomas after the resurrection) to touch the wounds in His body. If Jesus was some kind of ethereal (hazy and undetermined) essence, rather than a ‘concrete body’, Thomas would not have been able to ‘touch’ Jesus! It seemed that Jesus’ body, though concrete in essence (touchable and seeable), was, nevertheless, of a spiritual essence (beyond the physical ‘material’ of a lowly, confined earthly body).
Jesus died once (for mankind’s redemption), and, as the resurrected Lord, He shall never die again. Humans, embodied in a corruptible body, will – if they are redeemed by Christ- die only once, and, like their resurrected Lord, they will never die again!
Like the Lord whom they serve, they will live forever! Just as Jesus, in heaven, has a ‘glorified human body’ (with the five wounds from His crucifixion visibly apparent), the redeemed souls of earth will appear in heaven with their glorified (human) bodies. As we were identified by our unique ‘features’ in our human body on earth, so we will (in some way) be readily identified by our unique ‘features’ in heaven!
If God loved ‘uniqueness’ (variety) when He created the earth, don’t you think that God will love (enjoy) great variety in the unique ‘features’ of His heavenly creatures (citizens) in heaven?
Obviously, ho one can clearly define what ‘form’ uniqueness will ‘take’ in heaven, but we can be assured that God’s varied ‘assignments’ in heaven (to every heavenly citizen) will be one manifestation of ‘heaven’s variety'(uniqueness).
How will you and I be quickly ‘identified’ in heaven? Will there be an immediate communication spirit to spirit- between the heavenly citizens? Will the same physical marks (that set us apart from one another on earth) be immediately recognized, when we dwell with each other, in that vast heavenly City?
If I die (as a bald-headed man, as I will), will I continue to be a baldheaded man in heaven? Surely, on one hand, the blemishes and the imperfections of my earthly body will be removed, when I receive my ‘perfect, resurrected body’, but, on the other hand, surely the distinguishing ‘characteristics’ of my human body will ‘remain’ as the ‘characteristics’ of my new and glorified body!
Whatever are the actual circumstances in that heavenly dwelling place, we can be sure of one thing, namely, “we shall know and we shall be known”! We shall spend eternity (in heaven) coming to know all the heavenly citizens, and, in turn, all the heavenly citizens will progressively come to know us!
The joy of knowing others (with all the excitement of what that ‘discovery’ of persons entails), and the joy of knowing ourselves without any shame and without any embarrassment- will be a joy, indeed, that will be unspeakable and full of glory!
The glorious ‘uncovering’ of the true and the mysterious identity of other heavenly citizens, will bring joy and awe and wonderment to both the discovering one (yourself), and to the discovered one (yourself)!
The greatest of all wonderment will be the wonderment of gradually discovering (throughout eternity) the ‘mystery of the holy trinity’! The gradual unfolding of this ‘mystery’ will be the greatest excitement of every heavenly citizen!
Sharing new knowledge with each other- with full openness to the truth and with all the ‘barriers’ to learning destroyed! The joy of discovering new knowledge, which, in turn, leads heavenly citizens to the discovery of more and more new knowledge- and forever learning and learning!
The joy of becoming more and more like God, without, of course, ever becoming ‘little gods’. Of course, we shall forever (in heaven) remain ‘redeemed humans’ (clothed with a new, resurrected body), but, as redeemed humans, we are, nevertheless, in a ‘glorified’ (permanent) ‘state’! Eternal fellowship and eternal happiness!
And the great truth is this: In heaven, all the happy dwellers know that they forever will serve a great God: A God who loves all and who wills to ‘save’ all, the Jesus who died for all, a God whose human creatures (sinners) are savable (capable of being ‘saved’), a God who has sent the Holy Spirit to all persons to call all persons to repentance and to new life, a God who has prepared a place in heaven for every human being, and a God who is not willing that anyone should perish, but that all persons should come to repentance, and, thus, at death, be ‘ushered into heaven’!
God loves the human race, including the ‘least’, the ‘last’, the overlooked, the ‘most unworthy’. God loves the high and the low, the most gifted and the least gifted, the wealthy and the poor, the beautiful and the ugly! God loves the powerful ones and the weak ones, the high profile ones and he obscure ones, the highly educated ones and the most illiterate ones.
God loves the positioned ones and the most overlooked ones, the very beautiful ones and the out rightly repulsive ones! God love the young adults and He also loves the decrepit (aging) ones, the up-and-out moralistic sinners and the down-and-out sinners (the immoral and ‘raw’ sinners)!
If God would have His own wily, there would not be a single person who would die in his/her unrepentant sin! If God had His way (that is, if God’s ‘perfect will’ were carried out) there would be universal, spiritual health, as the result of the forgiveness of every sin of every person!
Christ died so that all persons could be forgiven of his/her sins, and the Spirit calls all persons to repentance, and a place is prepared for every person in heaven – therefore, there is no reason why any human being should be without hope and without salvation!
What more can God do, other than what He has done to make it possible for everyone to enjoy the glories of heaven forever! If God- the loving and merciful and forgiving God- had His way in the affairs of men, and regarding the destiny of men – every soul would be forgiven on earth, and every soul would have his/her name written in the ‘Lamb’s Book of Life’ (assuring him/her a place in the eternal kingdom)!
Hell was prepared for the devil and for his fallen angels (demons) – NOT for human beings! God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance! God is doing everything in His power (short of coercion) to keep every soul out of hell, and to take every human being to heaven! But, God cannot (will not) take any human being to heaven, against his/her own ‘will’ and ‘desire’!
One’s eternal destiny depends upon one thing and one thing only- the kind of ‘heart response’ that a person gives to God’s revelation of the Light that God gives to a person (even if that ‘Light’ comes in a diminished form of ‘General Revelation’ and not ‘Special Revelation’).
Those only will be in heaven who have, honestly and positively, responded in their heart to God’s revelation of “light” (whether it is response to the “Concealed Christ” or response to the “Known Christ”)!
It is encouraging for us members of a “fallen Race’ to know that God did not abandon us when, through our Race’s Representative (Adam), the entire human race miserably ‘fell into sin!’ Through a rather long and complex plan (over a period of many centuries), God finally brought His Son into the world to accomplish His plan for ‘world redemption’.
No human can fully understand the ‘mystery of iniquity’ (sin), or the ‘mystery of divinely-accomplished redemption through the cross and resurrection’, or the ‘mystery of the human free will’ – but, great as these mysteries are, God, nevertheless, mightily ‘works his miracles’ of human transformation!
There are millions of persons today, throughout the world in probably every country, who are ‘openly acknowledging and serving Christ’, and, doubtless, (because of the universal ‘work of the Holy Spirit’) there are, doubtless, also many more persons throughout the entire world whose hearts are presently turned toward the Living God! These latter (many) persons are presently seeking the ‘concealed’ Christ, as best as they know, with their very limited knowledge and with their narrow opportunities, spiritually- speaking!
AII persons will be in heaven who on earth ‘walked in the light of truth’ as God gave them ‘light’! Some persons will enter heaven, possessing so much more knowledge of Jesus than other persons other (less fortunate) persons who received so much less light on earth, persons who possessed little knowledge regarding the true identity of Jesus.
What God will judge, in the end of human existence, is not the accuracy of one’s mental knowledge about God, and about Man, and about Sin, and about Jesus Christ, and about the complexities of the plan of salvation (atonement, justification, regeneration, sanctification).
Instead of the mental knowledge of Christian Doctrine, it will be the response of the human heart to the revealed truth of God, given in abundant measure to some persons, and given in very small measure to some other person.
God will judge the ‘condition of one’s heart’, not the fullness of one’s mental comprehension of Christian Doctrines! It will be the condition of the human heart (i.e., the receptivity to the Holy Spirit’s multiple works of enlightenment, conviction, offer of forgiveness and new life, etc.) that will determine the final outcome of one’s eternal destiny!
If a person’s heart is right with God (and only God can fully and accurately determine this), then that person will be welcomed into God’s eternal kingdom- to enjoy the glories of heaven, along with the saints who early in their life responded to the ‘revealed Christ’ of ‘special revelation’!
Both the ‘privileged ones’, and the ‘much less privileged ones’, will be together in holy fellowship in heaven- those who responded to the lesser ‘light’ of general revelation, and those who responded to the greater ‘light’ of special revelation!
According to the famous passage in Matthew 25, is seems quite apparent that Jesus, as the Judge of all men, at the End of human existence, will applaud each person’s HEART RESPONSE to the needs of one’s fellow men, even if some of the compassionate-oriented persons do not have a so-called ‘evangelical conversion’! Jesus said of the compassionate person (who does all kinds of good deeds) that ‘inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’
All they know is that they desire to help people, to alleviate their terrible sufferings, to befriend the lonely, to give a listening ear to the troubled words of persons, to give a generous portion of their money to help to poor, to visit those who are grief-stricken, to share their presence with those in prison, to give away their talents to bless the troubled ones, and so much more.
You may respond to these compassion-oriented persons that they could not do all these ‘acts of charity’ unless they are ‘born-again Christians. ‘Precisely! These ‘fruits of godliness’ come not from mere ‘sentimental inclinations’.
The one who is humbly compassionate is the same one who is a ‘child of God- truly ‘born again’. Such a person has surrendered his heart and his will to others – to serve, to care, to empathize, and to be an instrument of healing to others.
Such a person (and there are multitudes of these kinds of persons, among all classes and all races and all religious affiliations throughout the world), I say, such a person whose life is largely defined by voluntary works of charity, would be dumbfounded if you asked him if he had been ‘born again’.
Because such persons cannot ‘pinpoint’ a time of personal conversion, and because they cannot intelligently describe the meaning of ‘repentance’, ‘awakening’, ‘confession’, ‘justification’, and ‘regeneration’ and all the other difficult theological (salvation) terms, does NOT mean that these persons are unconverted (or that they are not in God’s family).
Based upon the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25, I think that it is likely that there will be a multitude of persons in heaven who, while they lived on earth, did not profess a deep and a personal relationship with Christ, but who will, nevertheless, be in heaven (apparently to their own surprise, according to the kind of response that these certain people will give to Jesus, in eternity)!
These citizens of heaven (who are surprised at the wonderful outcome of their compassionate life surprised that the Master gave them ‘entrance’ into heaven), I say, these surprised citizens of heaven ‘walked in all the light of truth’ that they received on earth, namely, the ‘LIGHT OF TRUE COMPASSION’ towards their fellow men on earth.
They did not realized, while they carried on their active life of compassion on earth, that the very origin (fountainhead) of their compassion was nothing less than the very compassionate heart of Jesus Himself!
Such persons responded to the ‘saving grace’ of Jesus rather ignorantly, at the very time that they sincerely committed (surrendered) their entire life and energies and talents and skills and training and motivations to the caring for the imprisoned and the starving and the weak and the oppressed and the widow and the poor and the injured persons around them!
They manifested the ‘fruits of Christlikeness’, so, indeed, they surely possessed the very person of Christ! Even though, today, these compassionate persons are unaware of it, while they are gladly and joyously and sacrificially caring out their ‘works of charity’, the motivation for their labors of compassion being the indwelling Holy Spirit!
There is a multitude of medical doctors, throughout the world, who are ‘doing the work of Christ’ and some of them do not even realize that their works are motivated by Christ’s Spirit! Their compassionate works have the ‘smile of God’s approval’ resting upon them!
It would be much better if all (unenlightened) doctors (ignorant of the motivation for their genuine works of medical intervention), would have their ‘eyes opened’ to the reality of the Christ who stands beside them while they perform delicate surgeries, and while they are bringing comfort to their dying patients.
Whether or not these physicians are aware of the divinely-imparted strength within them, to enable them to perform their medical procedures, it is, nevertheless, true that it is the ‘unseen Christ’ who is the ‘Author’ of all healing. No doctor, of course, can heal a human body, but Christ (the Healer) has chosen (in most situations) to ‘use’ human ‘instruments’ (like surgeons and psychiatrists) to ‘achieve’ the healing of the human body.
The point is simple: Some medical doctors are serving the ‘concealed Christ’ (unknown to the doctor, but, nevertheless the Christ who is intervening in any work of compassion, including the work of ‘spiritually-blinded’ physicians)!
Some other medical doctors (committed believer) are serving the ‘openly revealed Christ’ (the Christ, who is openly confessed by the doctor, and the doctor who humbly and constantly depends upon the Spirit for His enablement for every medical procedure and the doctor who unashamedly gives God the glory for all medical ‘success’).
The doctor who is sincerely ‘walking in the lesser light’ of truth is serving the ‘concealed Christ’, and such a doctor is a ‘servant of God’, even though this doctor has not (yet) discovered the ‘fuller light’ of Jesus Christ (revealed in the Gospels).
Many persons in this world (including many ‘non-Christian’ doctors, as in India and other countries), are ‘walking in all the light of truth’ that they know (and such compassionate persons- doctors, for instance have not yet received the ‘fuller light’, centered in the incarnate Christ)!
As long as these doctors are sincerely walking in the light of truth, that has been given to them, even if the ‘light’ is a ‘lesser light’, such compassionate persons- doctors, for instance, with limited knowledge of ‘truth’ -will, nevertheless, be accepted by our Lord!
“Jesus, thou art all compassion, pure unbounded love thou art! Jesus, those persons who manifest your type of compassion, must they not surely belong to you? Compassion, motivated by unselfish love, is the practical and the ‘visible’ manifestation of ‘God’s love on the earth!’
“Jesus, if compassion is the concrete expression of divine-like love, then surely all persons who have compassion in their heart will gain a glorious entrance into the ‘Heaven of Love’! With or without much ‘knowledge’ of you on earth, will all persons whose heart is moved by compassion, be welcomed someday into your eternal kingdom?
“Jesus, if your heart is the heart of overflowing compassion, won’t those who possess your kind of compassion (on earth) be eventually ‘gathered into your arms of compassion’, after they have lived their earthly life? Won’t the ‘worker of compassion’ be someday gathered into the merciful arms of the ‘Master and Motivator of compassion’?
“Jesus, won’t those who are most compassionate on earth, feel most at ‘home’ in a place that is ‘full of compassionate saints’? Jesus, my head and my heart both accept your ‘answer’ to my important questions! My head and my heart agree that the answer surely must be YES! Jesus thanks you for your heart of compassion!”
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