November 7, 2018

John 3:21… He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.

            This is a sandwich statement. The opening and closing phrases are the same, and between them is another thought. Usually, when a phrase or word is doubled, it is important, so let’s look at this.

“He who comes from above is above all” And then the closing thought… “He who comes from heaven is above all” The slight difference between the two is a clarifier. From this we can assume, ‘heaven is above’. But, what does that mean? Isn’t God all places at all times? And isn’t He “at hand”? Where is heaven, anyway?  I believe heaven exists in a dimension that human senses can’t discern. He is nor hiding in the heavens, waiting to appear. He is our ever present help in time of need.”Ever present”… He doesn’t show up; He is present always. This is not abundantly clear in the scriptures, so I ask that you do your own study and determine for yourself where heaven is. I am stating my opinion which is subject to my humanness. The middle of the sandwich is… “he who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way.”  

            We are of the earth, born in the flesh. We belong to the earth… so much so that when we die, our bodies return to the dust from whence they came. They stay here for eternity. Oh my, I just exposed another of my beliefs… We will not have a human form in heaven. I know the consternation that causes. Many people believe we will have bodies in heaven and in fact some have offered that we will all be about 30 ish. That is not in the Bible. I had a vision, many years ago, where God allowed me to glimpse heaven. What I remember most was children playing in the street, being loud. They were not 30 year olds acting like children.

            “Speaks in an earthly way”… in our earthly form, born of a woman and in the flesh, we are subject to the limitations of humanness. We cannot speak in a heavenly way. God’s thoughts are above ours. We must be born again. And we must grow up. As John said in verse 30… He must increase; I must decrease.