Between holiness and heaven – Part 2
Humility of heart and life is a product of the saved and sanctified life. No individual Christian who had a genuine encounter with the Lord ever remains the same. The erstwhile sinner, bedeviled by all manner of sin, including pride, receives the grace to be transformed into a person dressed in the humble nature and attire of Christ.
Pride, the opposite of humility, is odious to God. He dwells “with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”. His favour is never with the arrogant and proud at heart; for “God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble”. Peter’s admonition and counsel to all Christian pilgrims is that we should be clothed with humility. It is a contradiction in terms to talk of a proud ‘believer’, a haughty ‘Christian’, an arrogant ‘child of God’. People who profess to know the Lord, while still manifesting pride has a question mark on their salvation.
Heaven is the glorious habitation of the Most High God and the eternal dwelling place of the saved and sanctified people in Christ. It is the abode of God promised to those who overcome sin and Satan; a place where all blood-washed and victorious saints shall rest forever. In heaven, there is no sorrow, death, pain, hunger or any such thing (Revelation 21:3,4).
The glorious hope of every heaven-bound believer is to enter God’s heaven at the end of life. This is the abiding charge of Peter to fellow pilgrims contending with the challenges of life. “Wherefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought you at the revelation of Jesus Christ”.
To get to heaven, one, we must lay aside every weight of sin – Hebrews 12:1. Two, make our calling and election sure – 2 Peter 1:10. Three, work out our salvation with fear and trembling – Philippians 2:12. Four, follow peace with all men and holiness “without which no man shall see the Lord” – Hebrews 12:14. Five, hold the beginning of our confidence, steadfast to the end – Hebrews 3:14. Six, fight the good fight of faith – 1 Timothy 6:12. Seven, seek those things, which are above – Colossians 3:1,2.
Further Reading (King James Version): 1 Peter 1:1-4,13-18; 5:5,6; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:13-16; Leviticus 20:26; 1 Samuel 2:2; Titus 2:11-14; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Romans 12:1,2; 6:22; 2 Timothy 1:9; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:13; Philippians 2:5-11; 14-16, Isaiah 57:15; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5,6; Job 40:9-12; Matthew 23:12; Luke 18:13,14; Hosea 12:10; Matthew 5:5; 1 Peter 1:13-21; Revelation 7:9,10; 19:11-14; John 14:1-3; Hebrews 12:22-23; John 3:16,17; 5:24; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 21:7.