Like you and me, John’s thoughts of heaven were limited by his human flesh. It was when he was carried away in the Spirit that John truly saw the splendor of the Holy Jerusalem.
John was carried away in the spirit.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Without the Spirit, we aren’t strong enough or smart enough to understand the Kingdom of God. The path beyond the great and high wall must go through the Spirit.
God wants His children to realize heaven is so much more than just an escape from hell! If your concept of heaven is nothing more than a nice place to go and live out eternity, then you are missing out. Heaven is so much more than a place to experience pleasures forevermore. Heaven is Heaven because the presence and glory of Jesus Christ is there!
The Holy City that John saw is not just a place, but it represents everything God is working toward in the lives of the redeemed; it’s the culmination of everything God has promised the Church. It’s the long awaited union of Christ with His bride!
But until we actually enter that Holy City, there is a wall great and high between us and Heaven.
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
This wall doesn’t change or move for anyone. There’s only one way into heaven! You can’t charm your way in or bribe your way in. You can’t disguise yourself as something you’re not. You can’t make it into the Heavenly Kingdom by attending church, or by playing church.
In fact, in Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus warns us that even demonstrating spiritual gifts and doing good works won’t get you into heaven.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Then how am I supposed to make it in? How do I know I will be able to make it past that wall great and high?
27 And [Jesus] said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
You can’t do anything within yourself to be worthy of heaven. God knew it was impossible for us to live without sin so He sent His only begotten Son to be the sacrifice for our sin. All you have to do is accept this gift of salvation and follow the blood trail of Jesus Christ straight to that city.
When you repent and ask Jesus to wash your sins away, your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Have you made Jesus Lord of your life? This is the starting point of your journey, but it doesn’t stop here.
You were saved for a purpose! The Christian life is never a chair of experience; it’s a walk! It’s an ever changing, always increasing experience, a path that leads you closer and closer to God.
How do I get out of the chair and start fulfilling God’s purpose and will for my life?
Be filled with the Spirit!
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
The role of God’s Holy Spirit is crucial in your walk with Christ. The baptism in the Holy Ghost is not an option, but a command. The Bible clearly tells us to be filled with the Spirit!
Don’t be drunk with wine for it impairs your senses and judgements to serve the flesh. Instead be filled with the Spirit so God’s Holy Ghost can possess and control your every thought, feeling, and action to serve Jesus Christ.
When you are filled with God’s Holy Ghost, you surrender all control to God’s will. When He says speak, you speak! When He says go, you go! Whatever He wants, you do, because you are no longer in control!
However, just because you’ve been filled before doesn’t necessarily mean you are filled right now. We need to be filled and refilled with the Spirit on a daily basis to flush out all the worldly garbage that our lives are inundated with every day. We need to be refreshed not only to counter the influences of the world, but to keep our own flesh in check.
I don’t understand how I can be controlled by Christ if I am trapped inside this flesh.
Walk in the Spirit!
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Walk in the spirit! In the flesh, it’s impossible! You can’t go anywhere or do anything for God without His Spirit! You were saved so that God could have a vessel to live in. God wants to transform you so that you look like, act like, and even think like His Son, Jesus Christ. However, this is impossible in the flesh! Without God’s Holy spirit leading you, you’ll never completely fulfill all that God wants you to be.
What can I do for God? I have so little to offer, and I am afraid of what God might ask me to do.
Faith is a risk!
In a parable in Matthew 25, Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven to a man who goes away and leaves three servants in charge of his money. When the master returns, he honors and rewards two of the servants for taking their talents and investing them wisely. Despite the risk, these two men invested all they had and received a return on the investment. They were called faithful servants and were made rulers over many things. However, the master condemns the third servant for hiding and not investing his part of the money. Despite his excuses, because the servant didn’t use what he was given, what little he had was taken away, and he was called wicked and slothful.
The truth is the only thing we have to offer God is our faith and willingness! When we step out in faith and invest what little we have, God honors and multiplies our willingness into something He can use. When we realize without God we can do nothing, then the flesh can’t take credit, and all the glory and honor goes to God.
Are you serving God with everything you have? Do you hear Christ calling you into a closer walk with Him? Do you feel God challenging you to leave your comfort zone and do the impossible?
Flesh can’t do the impossible!
…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.
If you accomplish anything for God, it must be done by the Spirit of God!
Not only does God want you to make it past that wall great and high, but He wants to use you to lead others into the Kingdom as well. However, the path over this wall great and high must go through the Spirit. Only those things done in the Spirit will last for all eternity.
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