In Heavenly Places in Christ Jesus

The Creation of the World

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Who created the heaven and the earth? God created the heavens and the earth.

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

In the beginning we read that God created the heavens and the earth and all that was there in and here we read that it was the Spirit of God that made man:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

All things were made by? It says all things were made by the Word and yet it was God that created the heavens and the earth.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Word was with. We have the Word and then there is God and yet that Word is God. We have read that the Spirit of God made man and yet nothing that was made that wasn’t made, by the Word.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Understanding the Godhead

Here we see the operation of distinct personalities. There is the Spirit of God which moved and God said and it was done, as He spake it was done. As He commanded it stood fast the Psalmist writes. ‘Let there be light’ and there was light. There was God who spake, there was God who was spoken and there was the Spirit of God that moved. In the creation of man we read once more of His personalities:
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God created man in whose image? His – singular. Plurality and yet singularity. We have three distinct personalities so perfectly united in one purpose that as one moves, as one acts, the other is acting also.
Isaiah 48:12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I [am] he; I [am] the first, I also [am] the last. 13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: [when] I call unto them, they stand up together.

Who is speaking? The Alpha and the Omega. Who is the Alpha and Omega? It is God. The first and the last is He. He created the heavens and the earth. He who laid the foundations and spanned the heavens – God is speaking.
Isaiah 48:16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

Who is speaking there? God is speaking, the Alpha and Omega. He who created the heavens and the earth yet He says, ‘I have come to you with this message and I have come to you in consequence of the Lord God and His Spirit sending me.’

Three Persons and Yet God

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

As Christ was sent now Christ says, ‘When I ascend to the Father I will send you God, another Comforter even the Spirit of truth and He shall be in you.’

The Work of the Comforter

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.

When the Comforter is sent the Comforter will come but He will not speak of Himself. He will take the things of Jesus and He will show it to you and the things that have been given to Jesus that He will receive them.
John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Where the Holy Spirit is there, Jesus is there and as the Holy Spirit takes the things of Jesus, what is Jesus in reality doing?
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

The Holy Spirit is so wrapped up with Jesus Christ, He is so much filled with the things of Jesus that when the Holy Spirit comes it’s as Jesus Himself.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my Words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Three Persons

There are three persons. We have the Holy Spirit who comes and shows us of Jesus. In bringing us the things of Jesus, the Father Himself comes. Through the Holy Spirit, one personality, there are yet three because they are so united that where one is, there will the others be. So entwined, so perfectly one and yet three distinct personalities.

The Unity Christ Had With the Father

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].

As the Holy Spirit brings of Jesus and shows us the things of Jesus, Jesus laid down His life, He took up the life of His Father and in His life He made manifest or He declared the Father. The Holy Spirit comes and speaks to us of Jesus, it is Jesus coming to us and speaking of the Father. Jesus Himself was in the bosom of the Father in the Father. The Word bosom is often regarded as intimate sense of a very close personal intimacy where personalities are so involved with one another that they are one.
John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth:

Christ does not declare Himself just as the Holy Spirit does not declare Himself. He declares the Father. As the Father moves, He also moves and as He moves the Holy Spirit moves.
John 10:30 I and [my] Father are one.

So perfectly blended together that you cannot have one without the other. Where the one is, there will be the other. The Word bosom describes it well. To just rest in the presence of someone who you know understands. This is what Jesus experience was. They were so united in their motive, purpose, in their ways of thinking, in their ways of acting but they were as one, blended and combined.
“I know Mine own, and Mine own know Me, even as the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father.” John 10:14, 15, R. V. What a statement is this!—the only-begotten Son, He who is in the bosom of the Father, He whom God has declared to be “the Man that is My fellow” (Zechariah 13:7),—the communion between Him and the eternal God is taken to represent the communion between Christ and His children on the earth! {DA 483.2}
What a statement is this! As Christ is in the bosom of the Father so are we if we accept the communion with Jesus. We are in the bosom of Jesus just as Christ was in the bosom of the Father perfectly united in one – inseparable except by choice. The complete oneness that Jesus shares with the Father He seeks to share with you and I. This blending of like mind, of like purposes, of same love He seeks to experience with us. He is so identified with His own interest with us. As we sung in the hymn whatever experience we meet, He experiences it with us. It is as His own.
Mathew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed [thee]? or thirsty, and gave [thee] drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took [thee] in? or naked, and clothed [thee]? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.

His interest are so identified with our own that whatever our experience might be, it is His.
Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

Affliction

In all their afflictions He Himself was afflicted. He took that personal interest in them that whatever they experienced it was His experience. He became at one with us. If Jesus is at one with you, if you have accepted Him as your personal Saviour and He is in your bosom, whatever your experience may be, He is there experiencing with you. Then if you are in Christ, would you not then experience that which Jesus experienced? As He has become with you and partaken with you, your experience then if you are one with Christ, you will partake of His experience.
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Is that not what we need – a revelation of Jesus Christ?
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],

Is it not only fair, pass not the Word ‘fair’ because it is not only merciful but if Christ had to be raised from the dead because He had partaken with us in our fallen humanity, if Christ has partaken with us in our experience so much so that we are at perfect oneness with Him, that wherever we are whatever we experience, there He is with us. If Christ has been raised up and sits in heavenly places, if we are in Him then would we not be in heavenly places?
Ephesians 2:1 And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: 

Plurality and yet singularity. Jesus has been raised to the right hand of God in heavenly places. Do you see the oneness? In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God. As Jesus Christ is raised to sit in heavenly places, if we will make Jesus Christ our constant companion, we too will sit with Him in heavenly places. ‘But we are not there’ you might say. ‘I can’t see the throne of God’. If you are not in Christ you are not there, that is the reality of it. But if you are in Christ, take God for His Word, you sit in heavenly places.

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.

Where is Christ? He is hid in God and if we have ceased to seek our own companionship of the ways of the world and we have made Jesus our companion then as Christ is hid in God, we are in Christ hidden in God. It is as though you yourself are standing before the throne of God because Christ has become so one with you that where He is, there you will be also.
How fully does Christ identify Himself with you and me?
As yet the disciples were unacquainted with the Saviour’s unlimited resources and power. He said to them, “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name.” John 16:24. He explained that the secret of their success would be in asking for strength and grace in His name. He would be present before the Father to make request for them. The prayer of the humble suppliant He presents as His own desire in that soul’s behalf. Every sincere prayer is heard in heaven. It may not be fluently expressed; but if the heart is in it, it will ascend to the sanctuary where Jesus ministers, and He will present it to the Father without one awkward, stammering Word, beautiful and fragrant with the incense of His own perfection. {DA 667.3}
Whatever you pray Jesus will request the Father as though it is His own. How close we have Christ by identifying Himself with us. So close that you can’t get any closer that our prayers He presents as though they are His own because He is so blended with us that Words almost fail to express such a reality. If Christ is there before us and for us on our behalf and we are in Christ then:
“In My name,” Christ bade His disciples pray. In Christ’s name His followers are to stand before God. Through the value of the sacrifice made for them, they are of value in the Lord’s sight. Because of the imputed righteousness of Christ they are accounted precious. For Christ’s sake the Lord pardons those that fear Him. He does not see in them the vileness of the sinner. He recognizes in them the likeness of His Son, in whom they believe. {DA 667.5}
Because of the imputed righteousness and justification, they may not yet be sanctified and yet because they have accepted Christ as their righteousness, they are counted righteous. What a friend we have in Jesus. This is sitting in heavenly places. In Jesus Christ we are before the Father and the Father does not see our failures or our mistakes. He does not see our wretchedness. He only sees the likeness of His Son.
Often in our experiences we hear the thunder roll and the lightning flash and we think ‘oh, done it again’ or we think the Father will not hear my prayers. I am too wretched to come to His presence. Or even if we do find the strength to pray and we pray and are our prayers are mingled with evil thoughts and we think it goes no higher than the ceiling. But Jesus is so much at one with us, (if we would have Him at one with us) that even our prayers He will present as if they were His own. If it becomes a reality to us so that if we do not fear to pray, if we can break through those clouds of darkness that make us think ‘I can’t come before God, I am too sinful’, if we can break through this and we can make this our own, what do we care of the things of the earth?

Our Companion Jesus

Although we may sit with Christ in the heavenly places it says:
John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Jesus was not of the world. Heaven was His home and so it is that we are not of the world either. Heaven is my home, is heaven your home? We seek a better country and if we are in Christ, we are partaking of that better country. Although we are pilgrims and strangers on the earth, yet through Christ we are heirs of the heavenly kingdom. If we are ever of such a treasure, if this place, this drab world is not my home, then will I be mindful of the experiences that I make in this place full of things that zoom up before me in my pilgrimage to distract me? Will they cause me to bow down under the stress?
If we sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus then every experience that we meet will be in relation to the very experience that we are making in heaven right now. Although Christ prayed that we will not be taken out of the world He did however pray that thou should be kept from the evil.
In Romans 8:35 are the Words of a man who was hidden in Christ:
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

If we are in Christ and Christ sits in heavenly places, there is nothing to fear. Why not? Because there is nothing that can separate us. Why not?
Ephesians 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],

If Jesus is your constant companion you are untouchable. Jesus Himself was untouchable. The best that Satan could do was bruise His heel. He could cause pain, but he couldn’t touch His soul because He was hidden in the Father. He was hidden in the bosom of God.
Christ never murmured, never uttered discontent, displeasure, or resentment. He was never disheartened, discouraged, ruffled, or fretted. He was patient, calm, and self-possessed under the most exciting and trying circumstances. All His works were performed with a quiet dignity and ease, whatever commotion was around Him. Applause did not elate Him. He feared not the threats of His enemies. He moved amid the world of excitement, of violence and crime, as the sun moves above the clouds. Human passions and commotions and trials were beneath Him. He sailed like the sun above them all. Yet He was not indifferent to the woes of men. His heart was ever touched with the sufferings and necessities of His brethren, as though He Himself was the one afflicted. He had a calm inward joy, a peace which was serene. His will was ever swallowed up in the will of His Father. Not My will but Thine be done, was heard from His pale and quivering lips.—Letter 51a, September 11, 1874, to Edson and Emma White. {TDG 263.4}
Do you ever feel disheartened? I do.
Although His lips, His body paled and He quivered, yet He had a calm inward joy, a peace which was serene. I want to be one with Jesus. If we are one with Jesus and we are risen with Christ, then the life that He had when He was on the earth will be our life. We will walk as He walked, as Jesus sat in heavenly places hidden in the bosom of the Father, as nothing could move Him, as He sailed like the sun above all those hormones and all that DNA and all that nervous system as deranged as it was, yet He was untouchable. If Christ has partaken with us in our experience then we will partake with Christ in His joy and peace. We too will sail like the sun above it all.
The Father’s presence encircled Christ, and nothing befell Him but that which infinite love permitted for the blessing of the world. Here was His source of comfort, and it is for us. He who is imbued with the Spirit of Christ abides in Christ. Whatever comes to him comes from the Saviour, who surrounds him with His presence. Nothing can touch him except by the Lord’s permission. All our sufferings and sorrows, all our temptations and trials, all our sadness and griefs, all our persecutions and privations, in short, all things work together for our good. All experiences and circumstances are God’s workmen whereby good is brought to us. {MH 488.4}
There are things that come at you and the things that are permitted to come at you are only the things that He permits. What experiences? What circumstances? All because you are hidden and Christ sorts out those things which are not beneficial to your Christian development. The only thing that He permits you to go through, He permits in love because He sees it as being needful so that you may continue to experience His love through all eternity. If you have Jesus, what really do you have? Though you may walk on this earth:
Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.

Is Jesus your personal Saviour? Do you have a personal presence of Jesus? If you do, you will have the fullness of joy.
The religion of Jesus is joy, peace, and happiness. {FLB 226.2}

I like the sound of that religion. I want to experience it.
All Heaven is interested in the happiness of man. Our heavenly Father does not close the avenues of joy to any of His creatures. The divine requirements call upon us to shun those indulgences that would bring suffering and disappointment, that would close to us the door of happiness and heaven…. He [the world’s Redeemer] requires us to perform only those duties that will lead our steps to heights of bliss to which the disobedient can never attain. The true, joyous life of the soul is to have Christ formed within, the hope of glory. {FLB 226.3}
That’s where your joy comes from, Christ within you. Our heavenly Father does not close the avenues of joy to any of His creatures.
That is where you joy comes from – Christ within you.
Those who abide in Jesus will be happy, cheerful, and joyful in God. A subdued gentleness will mark the voice, reverence for spiritual and eternal things will be expressed in the actions, and music, joyful music, will echo from the lips, for it is wafted from the throne of God. This is the mystery of godliness, not easily explained, but nonetheless felt and enjoyed. {FLB 226.4}
That’s God’s Word there. If you are abiding in Jesus you will be happy, cheerful and joyful. Christ sailed like a sun above all the experiences.
Words cannot describe the peace and joy possessed by him who takes God at His Word. Trials do not disturb him, slights do not vex him. Self is crucified. Day by day his duties may become more taxing, his temptations stronger, his trials more severe; but he does not falter; for he receives strength equal to his need. {FLB 226.5}
It doesn’t matter what people say about you, you are dead, you are hidden with Christ in God. Anything they say about you, they are only talking about Jesus. Self is crucified.
In those who possess it, the religion of Christ will reveal itself as a vitalizing, pervading principle, a living, working, spiritual energy. There will be manifest the freshness and power and joyousness of perpetual youth. The heart that receives the Word of God is not as a pool that evaporates, not like a broken cistern that loses its treasure. It is like the mountain stream fed by unfailing springs, whose cool, sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, refreshing the weary, the thirsty, the heavy laden. {FLB 226.6}
That is the religion of Jesus.
Worry is blind, and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service and honor of God supreme will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet. {DA 330.1}
What is blind? But you are dead and hid with Christ in God. Is there anything to worry about? No, because if God has given His Son, He spared Him not, shall He not freely with us give all things? Think not what ye shall wear or eat because Jesus sees the end from the beginning. Because He has let those hours of perplexity come through to you, He already created a way out of them. The answer is already there. What will happen to the perplexities? The things that weigh upon our soul as a burden will vanish. You may come to a fork in the road and you may not know which path to take and you are perplexed ‘which choice do I make?’ If you accept the one principle to seek first the kingdom of God that perplexity will vanish and you will know just what path to take.
As Christ lived the law in humanity, so we may do if we will take hold of the Strong for strength. But we are not to place the responsibility of our duty upon others, and wait for them to tell us what to do. We cannot depend for counsel upon humanity. The Lord will teach us our duty just as willingly as He will teach somebody else. If we come to Him in faith, He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Our hearts will often burn within us as One draws nigh to commune with us as He did with Enoch. Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, just what course to pursue. And they will receive not only wisdom, but strength. Power for obedience, for service, will be imparted to them, as Christ has promised. Whatever was given to Christ—the “all things” to supply the need of fallen men—was given to Him as the head and representative of humanity. And “whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” 1 John 3:22. {DA 668.4}
It is perplexity much of the time. We don’t know what to do. We don’t know what path to take so we ask, ‘which path? I don’t know which path’. We wait for them to tell us what to do. Is there any room that is here for us to worry? Is there any room that is left for us to doubt God’s message? There is no room for us. To worry is to doubt that God is light. Worry is blind; worry does not look at Jesus. All the worry does is look at the circumstances, and what are they? They are the earth, the world around us. If we truly sit in heavenly places we will not be perturbed by circumstances. We will not be worried. We may feel that we are confined and restricted within this body with all its deranged peculiarity and we may say with Apostle Paul, ‘who shall deliver me from the body of its death?’ But God want s us to know that in Him we are free. If we are in Jesus Christ we sit in heavenly places.
We make sail like the sun above it all. Satan will bruise your ego. He will cause pain but he cannot touch your soul. You are untouchable unless you choose to be touchable and doubt the promises of God or even worry as then you have just chosen to be touchable, that is the reality. We are either in the refuge or we are not. If we are not yet partaken with Christ in His glory as He partook with us in our suffering, if we are not finding the fullness of joy and pleasures for ever more, why not? Why are we missing from such a blessing? This is a question that we need to ask ourselves. Why not?
In the heart of Christ, where reigned perfect harmony with God, there was perfect peace. He was never elated by applause, nor dejected by censure or disappointment. Amid the greatest opposition and the most cruel treatment, He was still of good courage. But many who profess to be His followers have an anxious, troubled heart, because they are afraid to trust themselves with God. {DA 330.3}
What does an anxious troubled heart have to do with heavenly places? Nothing. Absolutely not one jot or tittle because in heaven there is pleasures for ever more, fullness of joy and if we are in Jesus we are already sitting in those heavenly places.
They do not make a complete surrender to Him; for they shrink from the consequences that such a surrender may involve. Unless they do make this surrender, they cannot find peace. {DA 330.3}
Oh how the Lord has had to bring me this one past me time and time again.

The Lord Says Yield!

I reason in my mind ‘oh, this might happen, or that might happen, I will be out of control of my own life and I will fail to yield and then I wonder why I don’t have peace and I say ‘God, you promised me peace. Is it peace I leave with you? My peace give I unto you.’ This is what He says to me. He says you are afraid to trust yourself with me. In the light of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ how dare we be so slow to trust Him? How dare I withhold my own self back from such a heart of an infinite love? Do I really want to suffer my own consequences? Do I really want to suffer and not have peace? No I don’t. No wonder everyone wants peace, everyone wants something better than this world has to offer. That is the voice of God to your soul.
Let us not hold back. Everything that comes our way let it come because He is permitting it. If we are hid in Christ we are shielded. The darts just bounce off and the ones that do come through have a purpose and that purpose is your and my salvation. Let them through don’t hold back, the Lord knows what He is doing. He is the master of surgeons. What a precious privilege is being offered to us. The promises of God that we will become partakers of the divine nature and we will escape the corruption that is in the world through lust, are we going to believe them?
Those who take Christ at His Word, and surrender their souls to His keeping, their lives to His ordering, will find peace and quietude. Nothing of the world can make them sad when Jesus makes them glad by His presence. In perfect acquiescence there is perfect rest. The Lord says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3. Our lives may seem a tangle; but as we commit ourselves to the wise Master Worker, He will bring out the pattern of life and character that will be to His own glory. And that character which expresses the glory—character—of Christ will be received into the Paradise of God. A renovated race shall walk with Him in white, for they are worthy. {DA 331.2}
Sailing like the sun, Jesus is right there with me. Whatever I experience Jesus is experiencing it with me. I am not alone and I sit in the heavenly places. Before the Father Jesus presents my own requests and petitions as though they were His own. I am covered with His righteousness that God who cannot dare to look upon evil, He doesn’t see my evilness. He doesn’t see my wretchedness all He sees is the beauty of Jesus Christ. Nothing can make you sad when you have that appreciation.
How often we commune with one another and we say, ‘I had a lovely day and the next day wasn’t so lovely, the next day was and the next day wasn’t.’ Why? We know why. We talk about it and say, ‘because one day I was looking at Jesus and it was a lovely day but the next day I wasn’t.’ If you keep your mind on Jesus you will be kept in perfect peace. We can’t bring out that pattern, it has to be Him. We’ve been raised up and we sit in heavenly places.
As through Jesus we enter into rest, heaven begins here. We respond to His invitation, Come, learn of Me, and in thus coming we begin the life eternal. Heaven is a ceaseless approaching to God through Christ. The longer we are in the heaven of bliss, the more and still more of glory will be opened to us; and the more we know of God, the more intense will be our happiness. As we walk with Jesus in this life, we may be filled with His love, satisfied with His presence. All that human nature can bear, we may receive here. But what is this compared with the hereafter? There “are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:15-17. {DA 331.3}
Heaven can be yours now. All the troubles of life, all of its perplexities will vanish if we will but take Jesus at His Word and make Him our own. Even the intelligent mind says, ‘which is the best option?’ God is stretching out His hand to us all the day long and it will come to the point where if we do not accept it, He will remove His hand and say ‘when your sorrows come upon you, when your griefs, He is no longer in them with you. When they come upon you, he will call and I will not hear you. You will reach out for me and you will not find me.’
Let us taste and see that the Lord is good. Take Him at His Word. Anything that comes our way is for our own good. Already we may have heaven, the bliss and joy of heaven now.
May the Lord grant us the intelligence that cooperates with the will. That we will cease to see Jesus standing there alone, that we will open wide the door for not only may He come and sup with us in our sufferings and in our walk on this earth but we may sup with Him in those courts of the heavenly bliss.
This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Posted on August 24, 2012, in Divine Service Sermons, The Godhead. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Thank you for your studies you have many enlightening truths on your website. With your knowledge of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy I do not understand how you can still believe and teach a trinity, the Bible does not teach a trinity and both the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy clearly show two, the Father and His Son who send their Spirit to dwell with us not a third person. As we should compare scripture with scripture so we should do the same with the SOP quotes, when this is done it will clearly be shown that the trinity is a false doctrine and certainly not one that our pioneers held. For all true seekers of God’s word I would urge you study this for yourself, the very start of the three angels message is Fear God, worship Him, not them. All through Revelation the very throne room of Heaven you see God and the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Please take a look at the website below, it is for all Adventists to compare Scripture and the SOP with many quotes from our pioneers that most may never have seen. http://www.sdapillarsoftruth.co.uk/

    “The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ; it is His representative.” — (Ellen G. White, 13MR 313.3, 1895)

    “Christ has left His Holy Spirit to be His representative in the world,” — (Ellen G. White, Lt84, October 22, 1895)

    “The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ”, which is sent to all men to give them sufficiency,” — (E.G. White, 14MR 84.3)

    “We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ.” — (Ellen G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)

  2. Kwazinkosi Ncube

    Thank u so much 4 the timely message, pray 4me tht i grow in grace and knowledge.

  3. powerful massage and i am inspired by his word!

  4. May God help those who read this article coz it so touching and the lives of many can be changed, God bless yu all in the name of Jesus.

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  6. Greetings in Jesus, would you kindly update me more on whom you are,your faith,church etc,well am a sabbath keeper pastor in kenya africa i would love to cor work closely with you bl;essings silas.

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