D.C. Collier: We All Reach Heaven Together | Homes & Lifestyle

UFOs, alien beings, invisible kingdoms, time travel, the afterlife, good versus evil adventures, giants, dragons, sea monsters and more make up the raw materials of countless science-fiction stories and Hollywood blockbuster movies. But they are just fiction.

For authentic, otherworldly phenomena, nothing beats the Bible. This is particularly true if you take God’s Word seriously when it comes to life, death and what comes afterward. One example …

Before I became a Christian, I used to imagine that when I died, I would arrive at Heaven’s gate all alone, nervously seeking admission with my fingers crossed. I would desperately hope that my “good deeds” would outweigh my bad ones, giving me a “passing” grade and opening the pearly gates to admit yet another wretched creature like me by the skin of his teeth.

I couldn’t have been more mistaken.

Fact is, IF you are a real born-again believer, you are positionally already in Heaven, even before you die! And get this: you arrived there spiritually more than 2,000 years ago, accompanied by every other believer who ever lived across the ages .

This happens in the same instant, regardless of when we have lived in time … no one arriving before us and none coming after us — in the same “eternal moment.” Sound preposterous?

Here is what the Bible says in Ephesians 2:3-7:

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our wrongdoings, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the boundless riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Note the past tenses of the phrases above: “we were dead,” “made us alive,” “raised us up with Him,” “seated us with Him …”

When did all this happen? The first two events refer to when we are alive in time. The last two events occurred when Jesus was raised from the dead and subsequently ascended into Heaven two millennia ago.

Jesus took us with Him!

So, where are we presently? “… in the heavenly places.” And why are we there? Because we are “in Christ Jesus.” If He is there, then we are there, too.

There is nothing to wait for in God’s timeless eternal realm. His plan to redeem a people for Himself has been accomplished, giving new meaning to Jesus’ words from the cross, “It is finished.”

Noted Bible commentator Bill MacDonald wrote, “As a result of God’s love for us, and because of the redeeming work of Christ, we (believers) have been: 1) made alive together with Christ; 2) raised up with Him; 3) seated in Him. These expressions describe our spiritual position because of our union with Him. He acted as our Representative — not only for us, but as us. Therefore, when He died, we died. When He was buried, we were buried. When He was made alive, raised, and seated in the heavenlies, so were we. All the benefits of His sacrificial work are enjoyed by us because of our link with Him.”

Now we who are still alive today are constrained to time, and space and must still experience events sequentially within the framework of past, present and future. But in God’s realm, everything is NOW in the same instant forever. Try wrapping your mind around that one.

Canadian scientist and theologian Arthur Custance wrote in Time and Eternity:

“When any Christian dies, he passes from this realm of time and space into another realm of pure spirit, that is to say, out of time as we experience it into a state of timelessness, the ever-present of God. As he makes this passage, every event in God’s scheduled program for the future, which, as revealed in Scripture must come to pass before the Lord’s return, must crowd instantly upon him. He does not ‘wait’ for the Lord’s return: it is immediate. But the Lord’s return is an event, which, in the framework of historical time, cannot take place until the church is complete and the end of the age has come. It must happen for him, therefore, that these events are completed instantaneously, though the living who survive him await these events in the future.”

And so Christian, you needn’t fear death. You have already died to your old life and been resurrected into your new life.

Oh sure, there is that little physical bit yet to undergo that we call “passing away.” But it’s only so that we can shed this fallen “mortal coil” and get on with our REAL lives in and with Christ forever, complete with our new eternal bodies.

…And that’s no cooked-up Hollywood fable.

How About You?

Have you been born again so that these things can be true for YOU?

— DC Collier is a Bible teacher, discipleship mentor and writer focused on Christian apologetics. A mechanical engineer and internet entrepreneur, he is the author of My Origin, My Destiny, a book focused on Christianity’s basic “value proposition.” Click here for more information, or contact him at [email protected]. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

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