Dr. C. S. Lovett’s
MARANATHA FAMILY NEWSLETTER
HEAVEN IS OUR REAL HOME!
What is heaven? A simple definition is that heaven is a place where God dwells, and the place prepared by the Creator for His children to be in union with Him forever. Why do we think about it, write songs about it, and let our imaginations soar as we gaze into the nighttime sky attempting to find it among the stars and the far reaches of space? It’s because heaven is a great mystery to us, full of wonder and speculation. But it’s far more glorious than a simple definition could ever describe.
HEAVEN IS A CHRISTIAN'S REAL HOME
So where exactly is it? There are two heavens mentioned in the Bible: the first one is the temporal physical realm above the earth, namely referred to as sky, atmosphere, or universe in Genesis, Psalms, and many other places.
The second one is neither sky, nor anything above the atmosphere, nor anywhere in the vast reaches of the physical universe. This heaven is not physical at all but in an entirely different realm. It is in the invisible spiritual realm called eternity. The eternal spiritual realm is the real world because it always existed apart from space and time. It is our real heaven and home, where the eternal Godhead (Trinity) dwells with all His holy angels, and where Christians go to be with the Lord forever after their bodies die.
The great mystery is that the everlasting spiritual heaven exists alongside the physical heaven and universe which are part of space and time.
Your soul (also called mind, “image of God,” and spirit) is eternal, and it was created for the spiritual heaven, but your body cannot sense it. Your physical body was created exclusively for your time on earth. Each one of us has to spend eternity someplace—either heaven or hell—and on earth is when we choose where to spend it. When a Christian’s body dies, it is shed as the spirit takes flight to God’s eternal kingdom and you are able to see it in all its glory. Everyone else spends eternity in a spiritual realm called hell with the devil and his angels.
A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN THROUGH THE SON
For now, God has intentionally kept His unseen spiritual heaven mostly hidden from us. We live by faith, not by sight. He wants to be loved for who He is, not for what He can give us—and does not want to influence our choice of which god we will serve.
However, we are not kept in the dark. Until Jesus revealed mysteries about the Kingdom of Heaven, God was known as the Almighty Yahweh of the Old Testament to be feared, revered and never seen. At His coming, the Son revealed the true nature of His Father. He called God, “My Father,” and in His language was a life of intimacy and open access with the Father. God is the essence of love and compassion and gave the promise that His true believers would become His children and share in the kingdom of the Father and Son in heaven.
THE SECRET KINGDOM
For about three and a half years on earth, the Son of God revealed many things about the heavenly kingdom. Jesus called heaven the Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Heaven, and Paradise. He spoke in code (parables) about it frequently. He came to found a kingdom, not a school; and to initiate a relationship, not a religious system. He came to reveal the Father’s love for His children and restore the open fellowship with the Creator that Adam and Eve had severed long ago by disobedience in the Garden of Eden.
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew Chapters 5-7) was not a mere ethical code, but its sublime moral principles far surpassed all human moral standards. His universal eternal principles laid out the basis for the kingdom for all time. He revealed the supreme purpose in life—and how to achieve it!
He taught us how to pray at the Sermon on the Mount, beginning with, “Our Father Who is in heaven…” (Matthew 6:9). No one even dared to think of Yahweh as Father. But Jesus said He is our loving Father as well. Then He continued, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26). Children of such a Heavenly Father are extremely valuable to God.
JESUS' PREPARATION FOR OUR HEAVENLY HOME
At the Last Supper, Jesus prepared His disciples for His departure, giving them a vision of His heavenly home where they would eventually join Him. Christ’s words in the following verse are among the most beautiful descriptions of heaven, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3).
Since our Lord tells us that heaven is a place of many homes of which we can scarcely imagine how wonderful they will be, Jesus is even now preparing these homes for His people! That may seem impossible to us, but that’s what He said. To remove our doubts, He added for emphasis, “If it were not so, I would have told you.” The Master Carpenter who was born into an earthly home is well prepared for building our heavenly homes.
NO GREATER LOVE
By submitting to death, our Lord took away its power for all time by burying its shaft into His own heart. He bore the weight of every sin that every one of us has ever committed and endured every moment of every sinner’s isolation. He who was utterly sinless endured the torment of the damned, the conviction of being eternally separated from God that is called the Second Death. No man could have endured this. Only Almighty God could have endured it. Having given His life as a ransom with His precious blood, He obtained eternal redemption and life for all humankind. There is no greater love than this!
Both Jesus’ death and resurrection were necessary to complete the redemption of humankind and open the door to heaven. A dead Christ might have been a teacher, wonder worker, and a sacrifice for sin; but only a risen and living Christ could be the Savior, the Life, and eternal life giver! The advent of God in human form was so earthshaking that it split the calendar into B.C. and A.D.!
Who can understand this kind of love, or even fathom its meaning? Praise God we don’t have to, but only accept it on our knees in great humility. We love Him, not because He can give us everything we want, but because He gave Himself to us, even though He had to sacrifice His only begotten Son on a cross in order to do it. We have Him as our Father, and we are destined to live in His house forever.
THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST IN YOU
“I (Paul) became a servant to put God’s word into full effect: that secret purpose hidden for long ages and through many generations, but now disclosed to God’s people. To them, He chose to make known this secret purpose: Christ in you” (Colossians 1:25-27).
The mystery of “Christ in you” is the miracle of the new birth of the Spirit with Christ’s own righteous nature. Since the Godhead is a Trinity, the Holy Spirit is also referred to as the “Spirit of Christ.” This is one of the great themes of the New Testament.
We are “stamped with the seal of the Holy Spirit.” It is our spiritual genetic code. It becomes a permanent non-physical part of our being, not tangible in any way. But it is as real as our physical DNA genetic code given by our Creator. Our current physical genetic code is subject to flaws, mutations, and death; but our spiritual genetic code is perfect, pure, and gives eternal life.
Only God’s spiritual genetic code unlocks the secrets of the Kingdom of God and allows us to enter heaven. It also allows us to understand our Creator’s magnificent plan hidden from the beginning of time. As His children, we are blessed beyond measure. Present redemption is only a foretaste of what eternity holds, and the presence of His Spirit in our hearts is like a deposit, guaranteeing our inheritance and all that is to come. We cannot be unborn or aborted.
In heaven, we will live in perfect fellowship with God our Father. We will be at home with Him as His children, and all the privileges of living in His family will be ours; we will live in the light of His eternal love.
These magnificent truths are just some of the secrets of the kingdom. It is much better to know heaven is going to be a pleasant surprise. Knowing what it is really like would be too wonderful to bear and even understand. God’s plan for us is to take Him at His Word, and by faith believe that what He has in store for us is beyond our wildest dreams—and we will love it! We will never be bored, we will love whatever God asks us to do, and it will be perfectly suited to our gifts.
C. S. Lovett
Above excerpt from the book The Prepared Life by C. S. Lovett © 2015
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
Marjorie Seyring Lovett
Born: April 26, 1924
Graduated to Glory: February 14, 2020
Marjorie was a sweet, loving, compassionate woman and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her legacy includes being a pastor’s wife, Bible study leader, artist, and editor for her husband’s articles and books. She was the Proverbs 31 woman with a gentle and quiet spirit. She worked at the Personal Christianity ministry until it closed its physical doors in 2015.
She is survived by her two daughters, two grandchildren, and her two great-grandchildren. She is now in the presence of our Lord and with her beloved husband, C. S. (Sam). The Lovett family is helping to continue their legacies by maintaining the online ministry.
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