Today, Tomorrow, and Forever

by M. A. Jollay

Chapter Five
The Economy of Heaven

From the blood-drenched centuries of the past, humanity has hacked a pathway that has changed the life pattern for many. True, hazards remain and in reality are intensifying, and while the world is still spotted with vast areas of ignorance and want, there are millions who have never had it so good. But with it all, what we call progress has its built-in problems that keep pushing ultimate solution ever further away. Even much desired affluence has an inseparably built-in emptiness that blights even the most optimistic with sheer boredom.

This pattern, time-tested from the very dawn of human existence, simply produces irrefutable evidence that man, in himself, does not have the answer to his inherent aspiration to a satisfying life.

The wisdom of logic then is . . . he should look elsewhere for it. For man would never have had the desire were it not somewhere, somehow, possible to satisfy it! Thirst argues water!

The reorientation of man's spiritual capacity with God's divine purpose will bring the answer. For that capacity is the inherent desire. For soul thirst, God gives the living water! Jesus said so!

The sarcasm of heavenly minded people being of the "pie in the sky" type is without warrant. No one finds the meaning of life until he finds God. That is not a chapter for the next life. It is for the "now." Jesus said, "I am come that you might have life . . . and have (that boundless) life now."

But there is a heavenly life and we are the blindest of the blind if we close our eyes to it! If there is no ultimate, the present becomes a bursting bubble of valuelessness.

What modern brain can add a better column of value than did Paul when he gave us a glimpse of eternal certainty, reasoning:

"If there be no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised . . . If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied . . . If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die." (1 Corinthians 15:16-19; 32 RSV)

So the Christian faith ever centers on the eternal fact. That indeed is the silver lining to present troublesome clouds that on occasions storm upon each of us from the cradle to the grave.

So the apostle Peter lifts our horizons high and wide, when he reminds us that:

"(We) are born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for (us) who are protected (kept) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready (already existing) to be revealed in the last time!" (1 Peter 1:3-5 NASV)

It is an inheritance. It is a free gift! We have a right to it, for we are reborn into its blessed privilege. We don't even have to ask for it. It is an automation of our birthright. This is the basis of which the saints acquire heaven.

Earth's corroding atmosphere can never there induce decay. Moth and rust cannot consume, nor thieves break through and steal.

And the populace is as crystal clean as those things possessed. The imperishable inheritance is for the undefiled.

From the scarlet sunset to the crimson rose . . . every beauty here is short lived and in the moment fades away. But this heritage is unfading - now existing - held in waiting until that exact moment when it shall be unveiled in the splendor of God Himself.

The Lord does not want us to miss it. So He has assumed responsibility for our safe passage through this still turbulent world, for we are protected by the power of God. We would never be a match to the contest were this not true. But I accept the words of Peter. He should know . . . for God told him!

- M. A. Jollay

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