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Vol. 3 ... #21
Some people have to be fed with milk
and can't take "strong meat" of God
and can't take "strong meat" of God
Recently a church woman said she couldn't wait to leave this earth and be with her dead husband in heaven.
This death is a "fresh wound" and I couldn't stand mentioning to her that we will have different bodies when we are taken into heaven, not the bodies we recognize each other by on this present earth. (I Cor. 15)
I felt a little bad that I didn't tell her this but I told God I just couldn't do it at this point in time for she is so "tender" ...
God reminded me that Paul said some people had to be fed with milk and not with strong meat.
I Cor. 3 ... 1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat:for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? (One says "I'm Methodist" ... the other says "I'm Baptist" ... carnal, not spiritual.)
Since we will not have these physical bodies in heaven that we have on this earth, will we be able to recognize father, mother, aunt, uncle, husband, wife?
In heaven, will that human be important to us as he (she) was on this earth?
Or will God blind us to everyone but to HIMSELF ... for God will be all in all in heaven. There won't even be need for sun in new heaven for God will be light there ... God will be brightness of sun in new heaven and new earth, "new Jerusalem".
(Revelation 22:5 ... 5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light:and they shall reign for ever and ever.)
Carnal is to see heaven as if it is an extension of our life on this earth.
Is that what heaven will be?
The Bible gives us hints of how different it will be ... for we won't even remember this current earth ...
Isaiah 65 ... 17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create:
for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
In the "new Jerusalem", all people placed there will be a joy, unlike this present earth.
There is no marriage between husband and wife in heaven as we have on this earth.
Mt. 22 ... 23 The same day came to HIM (to Jesus) the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 27 And last of all the woman died also. 28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
In heaven won't we, the body of Christ, be "one body", married to Jesus?
HE, Jesus, will be all to us ... and God, Jesus, Holy Spirit are one ... and we are one with them.
We can't view heaven as we view this present earth with earthly relationships. That is carnal.
Paul gave another example of milk vs. strong meat.
Hebrews 5 ... 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness:for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Some people, even real Christians, have sat in their churches hearing the same church doctrine to the point they can't recognize at first when we speak other parts of the New Testament. They have heard one part so long they forget there are other scriptures so when we speak real scripture they sometimes are stunned.
One church woman even told me a Methodist couldn't be a Christian.
What does Jesus say?
Revelation 3 ... 1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
Even in the Catholic church there could be an individual who really belongs to Jesus.
In the 1950's, when I went to college, the Church of Christ in USA thought they were the only church. I had a friend who was Church of Christ member. He and I were having dinner (1985) and I said to him, "Jimmy ... I believe a Church of Christ member could be a Christian." I thought he was going to choke to death on the mouthful of food he had in his mouth at the time.
Paul said ... Titus 1 ... 10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. 12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.