Eph.1:16-18 – I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened,
You ever think how different things will be in the new heaven and the new earth? Its really hard to imagine because things will totally shift. Just zeroing in on one thing, our vision or the way things will appear, can give us an indication of how much things will change. I can think of three things right off the bat that will cause an unthinkable transformation in everything.
First, the whole of creation was effected by the fall of man and the fall of Satan and many of the angels. We have no way to know how different things will be when that curse is removed at the return of Christ. Secondly, the world is now lit and held together by the sun. In the new world there will be no sun because the Lord will be its light. Third, our bodies will be changed. Having immortal bodies like Jesus will change everything. Think about it, our new bodies will have new eyes. Here is how Dane Ortlund explains some of Jonathan Edwards thoughts on seeing in the new world.
“The thinking Edwards gives to the role of sight in the believer’s life is not limited solely to spiritual vision. In one miscellany that considers the glorified body of Christ, Edwards reflects on what believers’ physical eyes will be like in their glorified existence in the new earth. He surmises that believers in the new heavens and the new earth will be able to see across the entire universe since Christ, not the sun, will be lighting the whole universe, and the light emitted by Christ’s glorified body must be far faster than the speed of light in a solar system lit up by our sun.”
One of our problems in life is comparing our world and everything in it by our limited experience. If our bodies are to be like Christ’s resurrected body (and they are) we will be quite different from the way we are now. Could it be our fixation on superheroes is rooted in who we will be ? 1 Jn.3:2 – “Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.”
2 Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
Paul made it very clear, we are in a war. The Christian life is not casual or just fun and games, it is a spiritual battleground. The problem that we run into with this can be two fold. First we can never fight this battle with our own human strength or will power. This battle is facing spiritual enemies and we must be equipped with spiritual power. Paul said in Ep.6 to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Paul is describing someone who is daily filled and empowered with the Holy Spirit. The power of God is our hope in this spiritual war. Here are some thoughts from the Fire Bible on this topic.
“Our warfare—our main source of conflict in life—is not with other people, but against spiritual forces of evil (Eph 6:12). For that reason, worldly weapons, such as human invention, talents, wealth, organizational skills, military might, eloquence, propaganda, charisma and personality, are inadequate to defeat our real enemy and to demolish Satan’s strongholds. Only the weapons that God provides are adequate to resist evil, crush Satan’s resistance, defeat ungodliness and combat false teaching.”
The second mistake often made by Christians is a hyper version of spiritual warfare. The error is this, shouting in “prayer” at wicked territorial spirits. This practice is not Biblical and has no proof text in the scriptures. Demons and spiritual principalities are real but our approach must be Biblical. Our example with dealing with the enemy was Jesus Himself. When He was confronted with people possessed by demons, He simply cast them out with His words. When He was confronted with temptation by the devil, He simply resisted by quoting the scriptures. He resisted the devil and the devil left.
The two ways we stay prepared for whatever attack we face are these;
STAY FULL OF THE WORD OF GOD. One of the most important daily disciplines a Christian must practice is daily study of the Word of God. God’s word equips us with wisdom, power, and supernatural protection.
2. STAY FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. It says in Isaiah that the yoke of oppression is broken by the anointing. The reason it was easy for Jesus to always defeat the enemy was that He was filled with the Spirit.
With the Word of God we carry authority; with the filling of the Spirit we carry anointing. These are the spiritual weapons given to us by the Lord.
SANDY HOOK RAMPAGE
Matt. 2:16-18 ¶ Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”
I can’t believe I am even writing this but…. Here we go again. Three times in little over a week we have been shocked into reality with senseless killings. First, it was the NL football player in a domestic incident that turned into a homicide suicide. Next, we have the mall shooting in Portland, Oregon. Before the mall was even back open the shots rang out in the Connecticut elementary school. This time it was the unthinkable. What kind of person would gun down a class full of kindergarten students? No one would ever dream of a scenario like this. This reeks of the demonic, it drags our thoughts back to the Merry Christmas Herod gave to his subjects in Israel. Something like this is birthed in the regions of hell. The governor of Connecticut made the somber announcement that had us all glued to our televisions again.
“Earlier today, a tragedy of unspeakable terms played itself out in this community. You can never be prepared for this kind of incident. What has happened will leave a mark on this community. The perpetrator is dead, as is the person the perpetrator lived with.”
He went on to say that none of these students thought their day would end like this (no one ever does). He also said that their sleepy town of Newtown had been visited by evil.
The first statement smells like Beyond the Grave all over again. Who ever thinks their day will end like that. Every day is just like all of the rest until the unthinkable happens. Suddenly we are faced with the real reality, where will you spend eternity?
That brings us to the governor’s next statement. “Today, Newtown has been visited by evil”. This kind of evil is always just below the surface of our comfortable lives. Suddenly, without warning, it shows its ugly face. This time it was uglier than we have ever seen.
How do we deal with this kind of tragedy? First, as Christians, we do our best to stay in the real war. This life is not about flesh and blood. This life is a war for human souls. Secondly, we keep our own hearts in tune with heaven. Like young Jonathan Edwards said, he makes it his business to think about heaven every day. Heaven is real, so is hell. Maybe we can start living like we believe it. What kind of tragedy will it take to wake us from our sleep?