Faith without works is dead, but when my faith causes me to work in response to a spoken word from God, God works.
Let us just stop and think. Have we ever heard a preacher stand up and preach without talking about trying to get to Heaven? Also, do you ever remember them giving you a scripture that tells you that you should be doing that?
I am pretty sure that you know the prayer referred to as The Lord’s Prayer. Did He teach us to pray to go to Heaven? or, did He teach us to pray for the Father’s kingdom to come?
Next, do you know the place in the Bible where we are given the liberty to replace the expectation of God’s coming kingdom with the expectation of dying and going to Heaven?
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Pre-Resurrection Hope? Well, what does the Bible say about a pre-resurrection hope? You die and go to Heaven?
This hope is revealed at the resurrection:
4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
4:17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord
I Thessalonians 4:16 and 17 KJV
Well, again, what does the Bible say about a pre-resurrection hope? Is it this?:
4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
I Timothy 4:8 KJV
This phrase: “having promise of the life that now is” refers to an actual pre-resurrection hope, but it is regarding the expectation of good things in this present life. The “life” “that is to come”, occurs after the resurrection.
What does the Bible say regarding the time between our decease and the return of our Lord at the Resurrection? Does it say that you will walk the streets of gold until then? or does it say you will sleep? See I Corinthians 15:6. How Important is it for you to continue to go along with popular tradition? The Bible teaches us the truth.
8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;
8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:32 and 33 KJV
As you read His word, practice it and pray to Yahshua, Who is called Jesus, that He will grant you to increase in knowledge and in relationship with Him.
What I gave you was brief and designed to stir your hearts, but you have to pursue knowledge, yourself, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that you can arrive at true knowledge without His guidance. However much we read or are taught, true knowledge is given to us by grace, which is God acting toward us, giving us gifts of good things. This includes the knowledge you are pursuing Him for. The blessings of Yahweh be on you.
Not sometimes, but seems like all the time, we follow one another when trying to get what the Bible is actually saying. I would like to ask you a question about what’s in the Bible: Does Jesus command anyone to preach Heaven as the hope and expectation of His people? If so, find one biblical example.
Another question would be: What’s all this stuff in the Bible about a kingdom? Should we neglect to proclaim what’s in the Bible so that we can go on proclaiming what we see one another proclaiming?
Please view the PowerPoint, Our True Hope , and after having done so, honestly find one place in the Bible where Heaven is promised.
The apostles preached the kingdom of God throughout the book of Acts, to the very last chapter and to the very last verse. They did not once preach Heaven.
On this day, 7/27/2013, this blog, Kingdom Gospel Imperative, was created for the purpose of presenting gospel related posts in an endeavor to bring us back to the biblical proclamation. Moreover, look here for vital teachings dedicated to strengthening our brothers and sisters in Messiah through working toward a clearer comprehension of God’s actual grace.
So I say, grace be to all of our brothers and sisters who are in Messiah Yahshua through God our Father and Yahshua Messiah our Lord.