CONFIDENCE Of HEAVEN
written by Oladapo Omotosho
So, my wife comes up to me after a service conducted and asks, “is it possible to be certain of heaven while still alive?”.
Yes, it is! That’s what this article would address.
I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7 AMPC
Very rarely throughout scripture do we see a statement like that above. More in movies, stories than in the scripture. The other person to cling to his claim of being faithful was Job (highly controversial, mostly misunderstood; lets not go there).
Though we can all come to agree (consciously or not) that the longer one stays alive, the higher the chances of missing it.
But that’s not faith.
Faith believes God. Scripture says we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who would keep us till the day. Our confidence may not be in our ability or certainty that we checked all the boxes and have lived holy lives, but our confidence is in God’s Word that He wants a family. He gave Jesus the task to deliver that to Him and He wants to relate with us as friends when all is said and done.
Paul, being close to death, took a stock view of his life. From the time Christ revealed Himself to Paul on the road to Damascus, to the point of Paul writing to Timothy (as a friend), he was able to say, not praying or prophesying, that he had done a good job. He was certain of his reward and was looking forward to it.
Needless to say, our confidence of heaven is not a prayer. It’s not just a wish to make it to heaven, but an earnest desire. The Spirit and the bride say come.
The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost. [Isa. 55:1.]
Revelation 22:17 AMPC
Jesus is coming for those who wait for His appearing.
Even so it is that Christ, having been offered to take upon Himself and bear as a burden the sins of many once and once for all, will appear a second time, not to carry any burden of sin nor to deal with sin, but to bring to full salvation those who are [eagerly, constantly, and patiently] waiting for and expecting Him.
Hebrews 9:28 AMPC
We the church must continue to have the pilgrim mind-set. Many want to go to heaven because the alternative (Hell) is surreal/terrible. So by default everyone picks what’s good and pleasant. But to be a Jesus follower is to want to and to know that at the end of time (your personal time or this world’s time) you would see Jesus as He is, face to face.
Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.
1 John 3:2 AMPC
Our confidence of heaven is what makes us not sorrow like unbelievers. For of a surety we know that our brethren who have slept will wake up on resurrection morning and go before us to meet our Lord and Saviour in the air.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first. Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 AMPC
Our confidence is that faithful is He who promised He would keep us till the end.
God is strong and can help you not to fall. He can bring you before his glory without any wrong in you and can give you great joy.
Jude 1:24 NCV
Also, He could have shown us what glory awaits us.
Since I know that the laying aside of this body of mine will come speedily, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.
2 Peter 1:14 AMPC
In conclusion, How Do I get this confidence? Walk in the Spirit and you would not do the things of the flesh. This is a very simple answer and simple thing to do, yet we get it all muddled up. The Spirit of God, among the many other roles He has to play, would lead us to becoming what the Father really has in mind for us. When we walk with the Holy Spirit, we fellowship with Him. We are led into all truth. We are never led astray. The correct location of all ‘truth’ is on the right-hand side of the Father. Staying in the Spirit is the simplest way to build the confidence of heaven at last.
I will see you there!
❤Bible Quote for the Day:
The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it).
2 Corinthians 13:14 AMPC