HEAVEN IS A PREPARED PLACE FOR A PREPARED PEOPLE
I think I hear some dear soul say, "I want to go to that heavenly home,
but what should I do
to get there?"
There is but one answer, and it is from the Word: "Prepare to meet
thy God." "Be ye also
ready." Prepare for heaven.
This world in which we live is a preparatory world. Every vocation
worthy of the name
calls for preparedness, and so it is true spiritually, both in life and
in death. When we leave this
world, the state of soul, the condition of character in which we are at
the time, will determine our
state and place in the spirit world. We shall go to our own place, that
is, to the place determined
by our character. This is true of both good and bad.
There are two passages of Scripture touching the question before us.
The first contains the
words of Jesus Christ, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be
born again, he cannot see
the kingdom of God." The second passage is recorded in Hebrews 12:14, "Follow
peace with all
men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord;" that is to enjoy
Him here and
These two passages correspond beautifully with the statement of Scripture
glorified saints. "They washed their robes and made them white in the blood
of the Lamb."
Note: they washed their robes and made them white down here. "Therefore
are they before
the throne." They had a lot of heaven in their souls here. The heavenly
home is but the completion
of what had already begun on earth.
The preparedness is through the blood; and here is the promise: "If
we confess our sins, He
is faithful and just to forgive us our sins; and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness." "If we walk
in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another
and the blood of Jesus Christ
His Son cleanseth us from all sin."
Here is my closing word with the city in view; the words of that expressive
it with me, will you?
"The cleansing stream I see, I see, I trust, and Oh, it cleanseth me!"
"It cleanseth me now,
Hallelujah to God, I'm out on the promise, I'm under the blood."