10th October 2017

Eternal Habitations 

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
2 Corinthians 5:1 (NIV)

On February 15th our lounge ceiling fell in. It caused a lot of damage and we were moved into temporary accommodation while the repair work was carried out. We hope to be back in our own home soon.

Don’t pity us. On June 14th a terrible fire broke out in Grenfell Tower in London. Over 80 people died and although more than 129 households survived, those people had to be moved into temporary accommodation. It is difficult to imagine what these people lost – homes, friends, loved ones, possessions, hopes, aspirations and futures.

The Grenfell fire was far worse than our minor misfortune. But there is something infinitely worse than that and it could affect all of us. It would be the destruction of our heavenly homes—our futures, which is our longed-for hope. Jesus Himself is preparing these homes for us. He said that His Father’s house has many rooms and He is preparing a place for us in them (John 14:2).

Could our eternal hope go up in flames? There is a danger that it might. The author of the letter to the Hebrews wrote that “How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29)

That would be a spiritual disaster. But, thankfully, our Saviour is very reluctant to let this happen. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35,38-39).

Yes, Jesus has a place for us in his plan for mankind and he expects us to be there. And we can thank God that he does not wish that our spiritual homes should ever be destroyed.

Prayer
Father, I thank you for your promise that my spiritual home will be with you for all eternity. I look forward to being with you and your Son and Holy Spirit in all your glory. Help me to show my gratitude in all that I say and do. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Cristopher Reeve

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About the Author:
Chris Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation near Canterbury, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK, where his wife, Hilary accompanies him.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship Blean
Village Hall
School Lane
Blean
CANTERBURY CT2 9JA

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net