The salvation of men is in heaven. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Holy Father of Life. The condemnation of man, for all his wickedness, also is in heaven. For Jesus is the fulfillment of the law.
In John 3:13 I find something very interesting. Jesus is speaking to Nicodemus. And Jesus refers to himself as “the Son of man who is in heaven”. (NKJV) One might ask, “How can he be in heaven when he sitting here talking to Nicodemus”. Jesus is in heaven, while speaking to Nicodemus, because he has come from heaven; as if the finger of God has landed on Earth.
Heaven is not a physical place, as most the people of Earth believe. It is a matter of belonging and becoming. It is a state of being, to which a man must be transferred by the power of Christ.
I mention this because it brings to bear something that people conveniently forget. Though there is a difference between flesh and spirit, there is no difference in belonging.
Those who do not belong to Christ stand condemned already because their condemnation sits with the Holy Father. And to our great joy, those who receive and obey the grace of God in Christ are already in heaven. For their salvation sits with the Holy Father.
Those who belong to this world will reap the benefit that is due all wickedness. Those who humble themselves and believe the message of God in Christ will reap the beautiful promises of life. For God has seen their hearts, received the confession of their mouth, and has promised them on oath.
It is interesting to me how the wicked apropriate the good promises of God. By some perverted means, they attribute salvation to themselves with no apparent fruit. They have a hope, but no proof of it in their soul. They are from the earth, they are within the earth’s beliefs, and their condemnation waits for them.
While this is true for the wicked who do not believe (toward “The Becoming”), I often find that those who believe in Christ suffer under confusion and doubt. So I have stated these things here to give encouragement.
A man belongs to the place he obeys. And the proof of our belonging is within every man. The wicked do not strive to obey. They simply believe with no foundation, or proof, within themselves. They seek to enter where they do not belong.
But the purchased of Christ will find themselves embroiled in an internal war. They cannot be at peace in this place, for the Spirit of God lives in them to war against the desires of the flesh. The war within the Christian should be proof to him that he is already in heaven. God cannot lie.
There is no war in the wicked. They war among one another for the sake of selfish greed. They even go so far as to apropriate what is not theirs from the Holy Throne of the Living God. But the outcome of the wicked and the outcome of the Christian are sealed forever in Christ the King. It is impossible for God to lie.
By His Grace