The blessed christian life
The purpose of life on earth is to prepare the saints for eternal life in heaven. This is so, because earth is a colony of God’s heavenly kingdom. Heaven’s culture has to be instilled in the people on earth in order to prepare them for heaven.
One has to meet up with certain conditions or lead certain lifestyle to make heaven and meet with the Father, the creator of all things. The Bible is clear about this. Matthew 25:31-40 says: “When the son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. 32: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. 33: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in. 36: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37: Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38: When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? 39: Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
The kingdom lifestyle, according to Biblical teachings and further explained by our Lord Jesus Christ is that you must be helpful to others, fair and accommodating to everyone that comes your way. Whenever you have the opportunity to help someone in need, do not hesitate to do so, cheerfully. At the same time, live a holy and righteous life; rendering undiluted service to God by preaching the gospel in and out of season to convert people to live a holy lifestyle. By helping the needy you are serving God and as you do this, you are doing it to God. You do not need to see God to render service or do good things to people. As you serve and help the needy around you, you are doing it to God, the creator of both you and the people that you have lifted from their problems. The people who live according to the legacy He laid down in His first advent He called the blessed of the Father. For they shall inherit the kingdom prepared for the blessed right from the foundation of the earth, while the wicked will be sent into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
It should be noted that the judgment of individual gentiles would be distinguished from that of other judgments in the scripture. For instance, there are the judgment of the church (2Cor. 5:10-11), the judgment of Israel (Ezekiel 20:33-38), and the judgment of the wicked after the millennium (Rev. 20:11-15). These judgments will take place when the Son of man will come in His glory — that is the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ after the great tribulation. The judgment will be for all the nations, the gentiles and all those living on earth. The three classes of individuals that will be involved are:
• The sheep representing the saved gentiles
• The goats, which stand for the unsaved gentiles
• The brethren, which refer to Israelites.
The scene of these judgments is the earth and it should be noted that no books would be opened. At this time, Jesus Christ would be dealing with the living rather than the translated people or the people who rose from the dead. The test of this judgment is the treatment by individual gentiles of those whom Christ called: “My Brethren,” living in the preceding tribulation period when Israel was persecuted. It must be understood that the good works mentioned will be the proof of judgment, but not on the grounds of faith and salvation.
Again, for the fact that the righteous and the unrighteous are still mingling, instead of being separated for Christ’s throne to be established on earth, there is a delay of rapture — the translation of the saints to heaven. The separation described here has to take place before the establishment of the throne. The sheep are the gentiles saved on earth during the period between the rapture and Christ’s second coming. It is, therefore, a necessity for everyone to live his/her life according to the will of God, so, as to be addressed as the blessed of the Father.
God is interested in seeing people live their lives for the benefit of others as our Lord Jesus Christ did. Philippians 2:5-11 says: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. 6: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God? 7: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. 8: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name, which is above every name. 10: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. 11: And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Our Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed His life through death on the Cross of Calvary for the people of the world to live. He did not consider His position in heaven, but came to the earth to offer Himself for the salvation of mankind. God wants us to have the mind of Jesus Christ, the evangelical mind that will enable us offer help for others, not minding the cost. When you render selfless service to people with the mind of drawing them closer to God you are laying treasures in heaven. The service you render to your fellow human beings and the evangelical effort to win souls for the kingdom of God will speak for you in the presence of God. It is based on this, that you will be addressed as the blessed of the Father on the day of the White Throne Judgment.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is God, but He took the form of a servant and was made man in order to die on the cross for the salvation of mankind. This is one of the strongest assertions in the New Testament of the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The form is the external appearance by which a person or thing strikes the vision; yet it is an external form, truly indicative of the inner nature from which it springs. Nothing in this passage teaches that the eternal word (John 1:1) emptied Himself of either His divine nature or His form, but He cannot cease to be God. At all times His divine attributes could be exercised according to His will. As Christians in expectation of being joint heirs with Christ, we should take the humility He displayed and strive to serve both God and humanity, so that, at the end of our life on earth and on the Judgment Day, we will be addressed as the blessed of the Father. This will qualify us to enter into the kingdom prepared for the blessed right from the foundation of the earth.