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I just heard on a radio sermon that we are on earth to prepare us for our eternal dwelling. Ive heard this mentioned before. Is their anything inscripture pointing to this?

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I just heard on a radio sermon that we are on earth to prepare us for our eternal dwelling. Ive heard this mentioned before. Is their anything in scripture pointing to this?

All of scripture is pointing us back to God. The choice to follow Him has to be made while we are alive. Once saved, He creates in us a new man, in the likeness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

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Hi, Pamela. There are two type of people on the Earth, the unsaved (unregenerated Man, the natural 'Man' , as the Apostle Paul calls him) and the regenerated Man, the Christian. The unsaved Man doesn't have the capacity nor the propensity to prepare for Heaven, the Christian is always preparing.

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Hi, Pamela. There are two type of people on the Earth, the unsaved (unregenerated Man, the natural 'Man' , as the Apostle Paul calls him) and the regenerated Man, the Christian. The unsaved Man doesn't have the capacity nor the propensity to prepare for Heaven, the Christian is always preparing.

Where in the bible says that we are going to heaven ? thanks 

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Hi Pamelasv & justfaith,

 

Yes there are quite a few scriptures concerning this wonderful topic of our eternal inheritance in heaven in Christ Jesus. Here are some -

 

`For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building (body) from God, a house (body) not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.` (2 Cor. 5: 1 ff)

 

`to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable & undefiled & will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.`  (1 Peter 1: 4)

 

`because of the hope laid up for you in heaven...` (Col. 1: 5)

 

`....& seated us in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.` (Eph. 2: 6)

 

`For our citizenship is in heaven.....`  (Phil. 3: 20)

 

`Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling,...` (Heb. 3: 1)

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I just heard on a radio sermon that we are on earth to prepare us for our eternal dwelling. Ive heard this mentioned before. Is their anything inscripture pointing to this?

Yes it is true.....

 

8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,

    what no ear has heard,

and what no human mind has conceived”

    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

 

we are here to qualify our love for Him/Them....

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For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

II Corinthians 5:1

Paul is stating here that if our earthly body/tabernacle/temple is destroyed we will have a new body, at Jesus 2nd Coming, Philippians 3:20-21

 

Paul also stated that it is far better for us to depart (die physically) and be with Christ, now this is just our spirit being with Christ as our body(ies) will be in the grave, I Thessalonians 4:14-18

21)  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

22)  But if i live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I know not.

23)  For i amin a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

24)  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Philippians 1:21-24

 

 

But I think your real answer might lie in reading Hebrews 11:13-16; 13:14 and perhaps John 14:1-3.  Plus Marilyn C, gave you some great scriptures.

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I think some of you may have missed my point.  I assume we are here to serve Christ for His reasons on earth, not to prepare ourselves for our eternal jobs in heaven.  But, maybe we are, who knows. I just have never seen or noticed anything in scripture saying we ourselves are getting prepared or trained for our future purposes in heaven.

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I agree with you Pamelasv.  It makes no logical sense that we are here to prepare ourselves for a job in heaven.  If that were the reason for us being here, what of those who die at a very young age, or even before birth?  How are they being prepared?  We are here because God has a purpose for us being here.  We have a role to play.  I used to buy into that preparing for heaven stuff, but when you think about it, that explanation makes no sense. 

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Pam...if you heard that teaching, who taught it and what biblical references did they use?  Do you remember?  if not, that'sok...I've heard that too and I am thinking

maybe some obscure reference is being used but I'm trying to find something..........not sure on this one

 

well, the site 'gotquestions' has this to say if you want to read it:

 

I don't think I know of something specific in scripture that alludes to work or jobs...

 

The Bible does say that we were created for God's pleasure though

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I think some of you may have missed my point.  I assume we are here to serve Christ for His reasons on earth, not to prepare ourselves for our eternal jobs in heaven.  But, maybe we are, who knows. I just have never seen or noticed anything in scripture saying we ourselves are getting prepared or trained for our future purposes in heaven.

Our focus would be to be more like Christ as He works in and through us. When we are finally with Him, we become like Him in every way. What we do now will be brought with us when we are brought into the next life. Is that our goal? Probably not consciously, but subconsciously it very well may be. Here, we strive to do His will. When we are with Him, we will be doing His will. I think of this life as school.

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I always understood this to mean to prepare our hearts for all the glory and joy of living in God's presence. When hubby was saved the change in him was overwhelming. I knew how to cope with an unglody hostile husband, but to suddenly have a warm loving husband was really hard to get used to. He was always underfoot. I actually asked God for the grace to appreciate my new hubby. Perhaps we also need to adjust our mindset to become more heavenly minded. On earth we learn to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousnes, and to set our treasures in heaven and minds on things above. That way when we get there will be comfortable with such a place of purity, worship and glorious praise.

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I have often wondered what we will do in eternity. As far as daily tasks. In revelation 3:12 Jesus says some will be made a pillar in the temple. Else where it says we are living stones. Everybody loves a good mystery, right?

It may be we cant percieve "our jobs" in the state we are in now. And my other thought is it may not be much different as it is now, and if thats the case I would hope there is a position open for a gardener. Can you imagine perfect soil that does not need that much effort to break up, if any at all, and no weeds. Its like that song by mercy me.... I can only imagine.

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I think our capacity to learn is so limited down here compared to what we will be able to know in heaven, lessons learned now won't mean much.  Our works for God may effect our positions in God's Kingdom, but when it comes to learning things, I would imagine that once the full truth is made known to us about the ways of God, we will feel foolish in thinking back on what we thought was truth. 

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Matthew 6:19-21

says,"19 `Treasure not up to yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust disfigure, and where thieves break through and steal,

20 but treasure up to yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth disfigure, and where thieves do not break through nor steal,

21 for where your treasure is, there will be also your heart."

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I just heard on a radio sermon that we are on earth to prepare us for our eternal dwelling. Ive heard this mentioned before. Is their anything inscripture pointing to this?

I think it be better said, Our time in life has been given us for the purpose of (if we are yielded and seeking) being transformed into the image of Christ. We are changed from glory to glory and our path grows brighter so much as we see the day approaching.
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I just heard on a radio sermon that we are on earth to prepare us for our eternal dwelling. Ive heard this mentioned before. Is their anything inscripture pointing to this?

 

B- basic

I-  instructions

B- before

L- living

E- eternally

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hi all

 

I have always found that the scriptures offer to all that hear the gospel and apply it to their lives will be saved (saved meaning will receive their life back for a everlasting one ) even scriptures says that their are two calls but same results ;receiving life ,

 

some on earth and some in heaven , this is decided by God and his son , not by any other ,

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No! We are here on earth the worship and to glorify God and to do for Him as He instructs us. Anyone who has excepted Christ as their Lord and Savior has already done all that they can do to prepare for heaven. The rest is on Gods shoulders.

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If it were all about heaven then why did Satan think he could win by killing Jesus?

It is the Kingdom of Heaven upon the earth. The earth was created to be inhabited and inhabited it will be. Eternity simply that which does not change.

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Hi gdemoss,

 

I hear your thinking concerning Satan thinking he could win by killing Jesus. But remember that Satan only knew what was promised to Israel - their rule over the nations of the earth. We remember that Satan tried to tempt Jesus to be ruler of those kingdoms of the earth by submitting to him.

 

Satan never knew of God`s plan to have another `called out` group, the Body of Christ with Christ`s actual life within them, who are destined to be rulers on thrones where Satan himself used to rule. (the 3rd heaven)

 

Different areas of God`s great kingdom & different groups promised that they would rule there.

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Hi Pamelasv,

 

I think 1 Corinthians chapter 3 is a good help with your question concerning what we are to do now & how it effects our eternal life.

 

Our `....foundation....is Jesus Christ... Now if any man builds upon the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man`s work will become evident; for it is to be revealed with fire; & the fire itself will test the quality of each man`s work....`  (1 Cor. 3: 11 - 13)

 

I believe that what we do by the power & guidance of the Holy Spirit will come through the fire (of God`s presence) while what we do from selfish motives will be burnt up as it were. There is much `good work` people can do but is it what God specifically wants you (or me) to do. We each have to listen & obey Christ by His Holy Spirit & not just do what some one else does or tells us to do, or what an organisation may pressure you into doing. 

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Hi gdemoss,

 

I hear your thinking concerning Satan thinking he could win by killing Jesus. But remember that Satan only knew what was promised to Israel - their rule over the nations of the earth. We remember that Satan tried to tempt Jesus to be ruler of those kingdoms of the earth by submitting to him.

 

Satan never knew of God`s plan to have another `called out` group, the Body of Christ with Christ`s actual life within them, who are destined to be rulers on thrones where Satan himself used to rule. (the 3rd heaven)

 

Different areas of God`s great kingdom & different groups promised that they would rule there.

 

You're right, Satan did not know what Jesus' purpose here on Earth was. He knew that he was meant to be some sort of Messiah and that he was meant to die, but he probably did not know that Jesus was meant to rise again and become the sacrifice to end all sacrifices.

Satan has been smarting and licking his wounds ever since. All he can do now is lie about who Jesus really was, and hope to destroy the message of salvation. He also tries to kill Jews because they are here to fulfill prophecy. If he wipes out the bloodline of the Jews he has won, but of course this is not going to happen

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Hi Oakwood,

 

You`ve touched on another important point that we are to do while here on earth preparing for heaven, & that is to stand against the lies. You said `All he (Satan) can do now is lie about who Jesus really was, & hope to destroy the message of salvation.` And I would add `who Jesus is - His character, His position (far above all) & His eternal purposes for the 3 groups.`

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