A Prepared Place For His Church
By Jim Murriner
John 14:1- 3
“ Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (Joh 14:1-3 )
First let us notice to whom it was that our Lord was speaking.
In John 13 we see the Savior with his disciples partaking of the Last Supper.
These disciples were the first members of the Lords church.
I Cor 12:28 These He placed in His church during His earthly ministry prior to the day of Pentecost.
Luke 6:13 Church (ecclesia)_ A called out assembly
There is another step which we must take to be a member of the Lord’s church after we have been saved.
I Cor. 12:13
Everyone who has been given faith to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior, is saved, and on their way to heaven, but they are not at the moment of salvation in the Lord’s church.
They will be in heaven, but they are not the ones unto whom Jesus promised that He would go and prepare a place.
Most preachers teach that Jesus is now at this time preparing a home in heaven for all of the saved.
While it is true that all who are saved will be with the Lord, only those in the Lord’s church are having a place prepared for them.
And what a glorious place it is.
Rev. 21:9 -10 This city is where the Bride of Christ , the Lords faithful church will live forever.
The description of this glorious city is found in the next several verses.
The pearly gates are in this New Jerusalem, not in heaven. (12 and 21)
The precious stones are in the foundation of this city, not the foundation of heaven
This City, where the Lamb dwells with His Bride, will be the capital city of the New Earth.
What then will we see in heaven when we first arrive there?
Heaven has a throne, the very Throne of God.
Heaven has a sea of glass like unto crystal.
Yet when we leave this world, these are not the things which will attract our attention.
Job 19: 26 – 27
The greatest joy that any child of God could endure is that in the flesh, the new flesh, the new body, we will one day indeed see God or Jesus in His flesh.
Our joy will not be that we have actually seen and stood in the presence of the Throne of God with the great rainbow.
Our joy will not be that we stand in heaven with our loved ones gone on before.
Our joy like that of Job will be that we stand in the very presence of God Almighty.
This is the sum and substance of heaven; this is the joyful hope of all believers.
We shall indeed see God as He is.
I John 3:2
Christ will be the object of our eternal vision.
Perhaps you might think that this will be very boring.
We should not think that this will become boring or even be a narrow thing to think about or see eternally.
We will contemplating all of His attributes and they are all infinite.
His Works, His gift of sacrificing His life for our sins, His love for us.