Reserved in Heaven for You

Reserved heaven

Sunday 05/30/21

Series: Maintaining this hope

Message – Reserved in Heaven for You

***Video is HERE***

Share this:

Twitter

Reserved in Heaven for you

We began our lesson today by turning to the first chapter of Colossians…

Col. 1:1-29, “(1) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our brother:  (2)  To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ in Colossae. Grace to you and peace from God our Father.  (3)  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,  (4)  for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints  (5)  because of the hope reserved for you IN heaven.”

“You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth,  (6)  the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth.”

Our great hope was taught as a primary component of the gospel message in the early church, just as I have been saying since the beginning of this year. 

SO WHAT IS THIS HOPE RESERVED IN HEAVEN FOR US? 

Well 1 Peter is certainly one place where is found clearly stated and perhaps in one of its most developed forms. As it turn out, 1 Peter is precisely where I was going to teach from today anyway so let’s turn to 1 Peter the 1st chapter.

1Peter 1:3-9,

“(1) Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To the temporary residents of the Dispersion in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen  (2)  according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for the sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ. May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  (4)  and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,  (5)  who are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  

 I like the comment Clark makes on this last verse which is, 

   “The inheritance is prepared for you; but its glories will not be revealed till the last time-till ye have done with life, and passed through your probation, having held fast faith and a good conscience.” 

Guzik says, 

“We are kept by the power of God, but it is through faith, meaning our faith. The person who is kept is a person abiding in a continuing relationship of faith with God. And we need to be kept! Keeping is not necessary unless there is danger outside and weakness inside. ii. “To have been told, as in the preceding verse, that our inheritance was reserved in heaven could have yielded us little comfort, unless that assurance had been followed and capped by this, that the heirs also are being kept for its full enjoyment.” (Meyer) f. We cannot experience this inheritance unless we are born again. It would be like rewarding a blind man by showing him the most beautiful sunset or taking him to an art museum. Unregenerate man does not have the capacity to enjoy this inheritance.”

” (6)  You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to be distressed by various trials  (7)  so that the genuineness of your faith–more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  

(8)  You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,  (9)  because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 

That, along with the Redemption of your bodies is what is reserved for you… that is part of your inheritance. 

“(10)  Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that would come to you searched and carefully investigated.  (11)  They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when He testified in advance to the Messianic sufferings and the glories that would follow.  

(12)  It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you concerning things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. 

Angels desire to look into these things.  

(13)  Therefore, get your minds ready for action, being self-disciplined, and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 

There is a reason the gospel makes much of our minds. 

Rom. 8 & Col. 4 – set your mind

James – renew your mind

On things above, by God’s word. 

“(14)  As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance  (15)  but, as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct;  (16)  for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.”

The great majority of the content of this message are not here in the post but on the audio or the video. At any rate I pray that this message was an encouragement to you to pursue a deeper and more developed intimacy with the Father through Jesus Christ.

Blessings!

Hi my name is Mark and though I am opposed to titles, I am currently the only Pastor (shepherd/elder) serving our assembly right now.

I have been Pastoring in one capacity or another for nearly 30 years now, though never quite like I am today.

Early in 2009 the Lord revealed to me that the way we had structured our assembly (church) was not scriptural in that it was out of sync with what Paul modeled for us in the New Testament. In truth, I (like many pastors I am sure) never even gave this fundamental issue of church structure the first thought. I had always assumed that church structure was largely the same everywhere and had been so from the beginning. While I knew Paul had some very stringent things to say about the local assembly of believers, the point of our gatherings together and who may or may not lead, I never even considered studying these issues but assumed we were all pretty much doing it right...safety in numbers right?! Boy, I couldn't have been more wrong!

So needless to say, my discovery that we had been doing it wrong for nearly two decades was a bit of a shock to me! Now, this "revelation" that did not come about all at once but over the course of a few weeks. We were a traditional single pastor led congregation. It was a top-bottom model of ministry which is in part biblical, but not in the form of a monarchy.

The needed change did not come into focus until following 9 very intense months of study and discussions with those who were leaders in our church at the time.

We now understand and believe that the Bible teaches co-leadership with equal authority in each local assembly. Having multiple shepherds with God's heart and equal authority protects both Shepherds and sheep. Equal accountability keep authority and doctrine in check. Multiple shepherds also provides teaching with various styles and giftings with leadership skills which are both different and complementary.

For a while we had two co-pastors (elders) (myself and one other man) who led the church with equal authority, but different giftings. We both taught in our own ways and styles, and our leadership skills were quite different, but complimentary. We were in complete submission to each other and worked side-by-side in the labor of shepherding the flock.

Our other Pastor has since moved on to other ministry which has left us with just myself. While we currently only have one Pastor/Elder, it is our desire that God, in His faithfulness and timing, may bring us more as we grow in maturity and even in numbers.

As to my home, I have been married since 1995 to my wonderful wife Terissa Woodson who is my closest friend and most trusted ally.

As far as my education goes, I grew up in a Christian home, but questioned everything I was ever taught.

I graduated from Bible college in 1990 and continued to question everything I was ever taught (I do not mention my college in order to avoid being labeled).

Perhaps my greatest preparation for ministry has been life and ministry itself. To quote an author I have come to enjoy namely Fredrick Buechner in his writing entitled, Now and Then, "If God speaks to us at all other than through such official channels as the Bible and the church, then I think that He speaks to us largely through what happens to us...if we keep our hearts open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear Him, He is indeed speaking to us, and that, however little we may understand of it, His word to each of us is both recoverable and precious beyond telling." ~ Fredrick Buechner

Well that is about all there is of interest to tell you about me.

I hope our ministry here is a blessing to you and your family. I also hope that it is only a supplement to a local church where you are committed to other believers in a community of grace.

~God Bless!