The Doctrine of Heaven. Part 8. The New Jerusalem. Cont’d
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1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)
If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:
John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV
Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.
John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV
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The New Jerusalem
The great surrounding the city
The names of the twelve apostles of Jesus
The twelve foundation stones
The twelve magnificent stones
The beautiful jewels.
The twelve gates
The four great walls
Rev 21:12 we see that at the gates there were twelve angels;
Rev 22:14 “Blessed are they [winners] who have washed their robes [rebound], that they may have the right to the Tree of Life, and may enter by the gates into the city [that would be the New Jerusalem].”
The nominative plural subject of makarioi which perhaps a much better translation in modern English is the word “happy.” “Happy are they who wash their robes” refers to rebound.
The washing of robes is the function of the believer using the rebound technique by which he escapes the cosmic system of Satan and simultaneously recovers life inside the PPOG.
As a result of the consistent use of the rebound technique, therefore the believers comes under the ministry of the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.
Living in the cosmic system means you are going nowhere in a hurry.
Rev 22:14 “Blessed are they [winners] who have washed their robes [rebound], that [hina]
We begin with the conjunction hina which introduces a final purpose clause, = “that,”
Then next is the future middle indicative of the verb eimi, the verb to keep on having and then a present nominative of exousia, “which means in order that they may keep on having authority.”
There are certain things a mature believer will be able to do that others cannot do the extent that a mature believer will be rewarded in heaven or in the eternal state.
There is no equality in heaven.
Rev 22:12, where our Lord said, “Behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to render to every man according to what he has done.
2Co 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
1Co 3:13-15, “Each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.
Performance, not salvation, is the issue.
Because of the judgment seat of Christ, there is no equality in heaven among believers.
Since God is perfect, the inequality is a perfect inequality.
This inequality is not discrimination or unfairness, which we associate with inequality.
Inequality exists in heaven because of lost opportunity under the principle of equal privilege and equal opportunity every believer has under the PPOG.
PRIN-Inequality in the eternal state means the neglect of “freedom” in time for God in His grace has provided enough …….no matter what state we are in.
This freedom to exercise your options and make decisions for God’s logistical grace provision is your responsibility as a believer.
Freedom can always be measured by the amount of “inequality” that results.
aving winners and losers in the eternal state does not imply that there will be any unhappiness.
But there are degrees of happiness based on the great inequalities among believers.
The distinctions and inequalities in eternity are so great that you should seriously reconsider your motivations and goals in life.
If you are advancing in the PPOG, you will be doing your job right and living your life right, which in itself will cause some direct and indirect establishment and heavenly blessings.
Regardless of the historical circumstances in which you live, whether under establishment freedom or tyranny, you have full spiritual freedom inside your very own plan designed by God the Father in eternity past!
John 8:32 “You shall know the doctrine, and the doctrine will make you free.”
Gal 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Therefore keep on standing firm, and do not become entangled again in the yoke of slavery [cosmic system].”
Jam 1:25 “But the one who looks intently into the perfect law [Word of God] that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard [from doctrine] but executing it, this believer will be happy in what he is doing.”
Jam 2:12 “Keep communicating and so keep doing as those who are going to be judged by the Law of freedom.”
This law of freedom says that God has provided a system for you to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior.
At the judgment seat of Christ, the first issue you will face in your new resurrection body is how you used your freedom in time.
Gal 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another
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