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If Heaven Has No Divisions, Why Do We Fight So Hard For Them Here?

As I was driving in to church this morning, I was contemplating the last few months, and the coalitions of churches I have both joined and helped begin. There are no denominational sections in heaven, no black section, no white section, no Hispanic or Asian sections, male or female, children, youth or teen sections, neither will there be Democrats, Republicans, or any other such political affiliation. In Heaven, and in the Heaven and Earth to come, there will only be those found in Christ. So why, if Heaven has no divisions, do we fight so hard for them here?


I think it’s because, many times, we hold more stock in being “right” than in living in Christ. We make positions, take positions and hold positions, and we argue said positions and ignore the fact that Jesus sent us in to the world to build His Kingdom and not our own. Loved ones, I am a Restoration Preacher, meaning I believe there is validity to the plea to “restore the New Testament Church,” but I do not think I, or those in my brotherhood, get it completely right. Often times, I find the arguments we’re having are us shouting the same thing at one another from different angles.


The fact is Unity is what is called for, and, so long as we’re not unifying with apostates (and let me make it clear: apostates are those who either change or outright deny the finished work of Christ on the Cross and the Scriptures) or those who practice worldliness, we’re not opposed to one another! In fact, the Bible calls for unity more often than not! There is work to do. There are people who are dead in their sins, and, after their bodies wear out, they will spend eternity apart from Christ! We have a Gospel to proclaim, and work to do! Let us, then, put insignificant arguments aside and get to work. The lost need Jesus, we have Him, let us tell the world about Him so that those who believe can spend all of eternity with Him!


Revelation 21


Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”


Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.


And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.


And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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