Proverbs & Short Articles
If you think about heaven merely as a place then you lose the point of it all. The word is I "shall receive you to myself ... that they may behold my glory" (John 14: 3; 17: 24, my emphasis).
The Jewish hierarchy thought that the two classes of men were, on the one hand, "the tax–gatherers and the sinners" (Luke 15: 1) and, on the other, "the Pharisees and the scribes" (v2). By contrast, the Lord taught that the two classes were the "lost" and the "found" (v24).
Just as Pharaoh did not wish the children of Israel to "rest from their burdens" (Ex. 5: 5), let alone leave Egypt for three days to sacrifice to Jehovah, so Satan does not want the unconverted to think there is anything beyond this life and this world.
If God sees fit to allow certain circumstances to come our way, then it ought to raise a question with us as to His purpose. Are we able to say "It is Jehovah: let him do what is good in his sight" (1 Sam. 3: 18)?
Hell is also spoken of as the "lake of fire" (Rev. 20: 14, my emphasis). Why fire? The present heavens and earth will be destroyed by fire (see 2 Pet. 3: 7, 10) showing that God has finished with them forever, and the same is true of anyone not found written in the book of life.
As the Son kept the commandments of the Father and so abode in his love, so we will be conscious of Christ’s love if we keep His commandments (see John 15: 10).
The place of the wife is not to demand more love from the husband, but to be in subjection to him "as to the Lord" (Eph. 5: 22). The place of the husband is not to demand of his wife that she be more subject, but to love her as "Christ also loved the Assembly" (v25).
The old adage says that ‘You are what you eat’ and this is very true in divine things. The Lord Jesus defines a true believer as one who "eats my flesh and drinks my blood" (John 6: 54)—his soul feeds upon the Christ as an offering to God, and as a result he "has life eternal" and will be raised up "at the last day" (v54). So what about you, dear reader? Are you working for the food "which perishes" or for "the food which abides unto life eternal" (v27)? Christianity is more than simply a profession of faith made at a juncture in time—it is a life that is sustained by feeding on Christ as "the bread of life" (v35). So what do you know about that which the Lord called "truly food" (v55)? Food produces growth, and what is assimilated into our lives is a reflection of what we are feeding on day by day.