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The Heaven Answer Book, An Excerpt

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The Heaven Answer Book, An Excerpt
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            In Heaven we will be perfect—but by itself, Heaven cannot perfect anything or anyone; Heaven cannot save us. Only God—the Master Resident and Kingdom Title-Owner, who makes Heaven and all of its residents perfect—can do this. So while Heaven reflects the per­fection of its Ruler, it is the Lord Himself who perfects His saints.

            The Bible has much to say about the perfection of the One who occupies Heaven’s glory. “Listen, O heavens, and I will speak . . . He is the Rock, his works are per­fect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deuteronomy 32:1, 4). The heavens declare that God’s instruction is perfect (Psalm 19:1, 7). His peace is perfect (Isaiah 26:3); God’s will is perfect (Romans 12:2); the Father in Heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48); Jesus Christ is the perfect leader (Hebrews 2:10); and He alone is the perfect sacrifice (Hebrews 9:11).

Only the One who is perfection can perfect others: “By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Hebrews 10:14).

You may ask how we can be assured of this. Because the Bible says so—it is the reason. God’s Word is the ultimate authority that needs no other supporting docu­mentation or testimony. The Scripture says, “ ‘The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind . . .’ Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better cov­enant. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him” (Hebrews 7:21–22, 25).

            Take a moment to consider what it means for Christ to save completely. We like to think about the prospects of Heaven’s joy—but what won’t we miss in Heaven? When we are cloaked in Christ’s perfection, there will be no more sin, no more physical pain, no more mental anguish, no more loneliness, no more daily stress, no more abuse, no more weariness or lack of strength, no more aging process, no more death. Nothing from Satan will ever enter our glorified state. We can’t fathom what God has in store for us when He makes all creation new. Believe it by faith and share with those who still doubt that they, too, can be perfected in Heaven by turning to Christ and abandoning their unobtainable satisfaction on earth.

 

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