15th September 2017

See you! 

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”
Philippians 3:20-21 (ESVUK)

“See you in heaven if not before,” he said.

We hadn’t met until now. The man sitting opposite me in the aisle seat on the packed 7:39 to Sheffield. He had noticed that I was typing a study called, the Bright Morning Star, and commented, completely out of the blue and to my surprise, that probably we were the only people in the carriage who knew who the Morning Star is. We chatted animatedly until Chesterfield, where he got off. He was a retired Anglican bishop on his way to a board meeting of an evangelical society, whereas I was on my way to meet one of our ministers.

Probably there would be some differences that would challenge us, and some similarities that would unite us. Hopefully we had more in common than not. Above all, we share a faith in Christ. And, in the words borrowed from a line in the musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, we both have “heaven on our minds.”

Christians have so many variant views of the next stop after death. In writing to the Philippians, Paul cuts through the flack and refers both to the resurrection and to every believer’s end destination: heaven – our citizenship is in heaven now. Ours is the kingdom of heaven, as Matthew explains in the fifth chapter of his Gospel account. The apostle John tells us, “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” (Revelation 21:3). In other words, heaven comes to us!

It wasn’t the time to have some deep discussion about each other’s views of the afterlife.

“See you there!”, I replied. “God be with you!” 

Our heavenly father, thank you that you come to us in Christ Jesus, and thank you for the great hope we have through him that your dwelling place will be with us. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. This weekend James is speaking at our Camberwell, London and Coulsdon congregations.

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