Heaven is like an egg

During our family devotional time, my five year old, with bright eyes remarked, “Heaven is like an egg.” I was bewildered. How could heaven be anything like an egg?

Perhaps you clicked this article simply because the strangeness of the title. You don’t have to read to the end for an explanation. What he meant is that heaven is perfectly suited for us, like an egg is for an unhatched chick. Continue reading “Heaven is like an egg”

The transformer of soul and place and time

God transforms lives. This we know already. In immersion, we are created anew. We are born again, John 3.3, 5. We become new creatures. The old passes away.

“So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5.17.

The physical and material conditions of life count for little. Continue reading “The transformer of soul and place and time”

What it means to be a new creation

A look in the mirror will tell nothing. Except for perhaps a softer, more peaceful expression on one’s face, there is no noticeable difference in physical appearance after baptism than before. No one can publish any drastic before and after pictures, when it comes to conversion. No one sprouts wings. No halo appears. No special light or aura surrounds a new Christian’s body. We look the same.

But if one has obeyed the gospel according to the New Testament, something real and profound has occurred. God has acted, the old order has been damaged and diminished, the Spirit has breathed life into a soul, and the new life has appeared where before there was only death and the destiny of destruction. Continue reading “What it means to be a new creation”

What have you sacrificed today?

What have you sacrificed today? This is not a question we normally go around asking each other.

Under the Mosaic Covenant, various animals were killed and offered in sacrifice to God on a daily basis. Sometimes these animals were burnt whole but more often parts were burned and the rest cooked and eaten to indicate a person’s fellowship with God. Which brings us back to the question. Continue reading “What have you sacrificed today?”

Will we know one another in heaven?

Belief in the afterlife is a universal trait shared by people throughout history. No matter our beliefs about God, we all imagine something to come.

God’s people live between heaven and earth (Philippians 3:20) and we’re portrayed as family (Ephesians 2:19) with spiritual heroes (Hebrews 11). Therefore, how could we not ask whether we will know one another in heaven? Continue reading “Will we know one another in heaven?”