Even if you don’t know Romanian, you will enjoy this beautiful song from a church in Oradea, Romania. I won’t attempt to give you a translation since my Romanian is getting increasingly rusty. But the main idea of the song is seeing Jesus enthroned and marveling at the glory of the Lamb of God.
Preaching that is worthy of being out on the open waters is done by those who know the value of questions like: Are there any themes in my text this week that find fulfillment in Christ? Do I even know the major themes of the Bible? Can I show how these themes are developed and find their fulfillment in Christ?
Jeff Land gives five great reasons why kids still need to know how to use their Bible in a digital age.
I love teaching kids how to use their Bibles. I remember my own experience with learning how to use my Bible. I grew up as a Bible Driller. Many of you might still have Bible Drill teams in your c…Continue reading.
In this podcast, John Piper gives a balanced understanding of the body-soul connection. I think Americans in general and Christians in particular underestimate the importance of a healthy lifestyle to spiritual flourishing.
Why Heaven Isn’t Best
The narrative of folk Christianity is rather simple: When you die, you go to either heaven or hell. The end.
But for the Christian, heaven isn’t best. To understand this, we need to look at the book of Philippians. In it, the imprisoned Apostle Paul faces the possibility of death and writes:
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better (Phil 1:21-23).
Paul expects that at death he will depart his body and be with Christ. To live in Christ’s pure presence is “far better” than earthly life, even a life devoted to Christ. The Christian hopes in heaven and desires it eagerly.
Heaven is better, but it isn’t best.
In Philippians 3, Paul looks even further into the future to his ultimate hope:
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself (Phil 3:20-21).
While it is far better to depart the body and be in Christ’s presence, that heavenly reality is not the Christian’s final destination. Paul ultimately hopes in Christ’s return. When Christ returns, he will resurrect his saints.
What is better than heaven? Resurrection.
God created us to live in a body. In heaven, we will be incomplete since our body will remain in the grave. At the resurrection, Jesus will transform our body to be like his that we might live physically in his presence forever.
Now we have a body but do not experience Christ’s pure presence.
What’s better? Soon we will depart our body and experience Christ’s presence.
What’s best? On that Day, we will receive a resurrected body that will experience Christ’s presence forever.