I believe in Celestial Glory! The word celesial means heavenly. It is described in the Bible under the names of heaven, the new heaven and earth, the place of many mansions (it says they are in the FATHER'S house - John 14:1), the paradise of God, (Mount) Zion and the New Jerusalem.
How can we be absolutely SURE we will make it to this wonderful place?
We start by asking what keeps us OUT of heaven? God has said we are to be perfect (sinless) in Matt. 5:48...as perfect as our heavenly father is! That's a tall order. But it is not impossible. If sin keeps us out of heaven, we need a remedy for sin that is 100% satisfactory to God for all our sins ...those in the past, the present, and the future. And that is just what God is offering to us.
The Bible word, "propitiation" refers to just such a perfect sacrifice that totally satisfies God's justice. That is what the word means. Romans 3:23-25 tell us this:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Don't let the phrase "sins that are past" throw you. (It was including sins under the old covenant.) The rest of the story is that result of Christ's propitiatory shed blood sacrifice IS permanent for all time!
"For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified (means set apart to God)." Heb. 10:14
How can God see us imperfect people as perfected forever? It starts with knowing that the Bible talks about two kinds of righteousness... one relating to our daily doings and the other a LEGAL RECORD with God. Note how Paul in Philippians 3:9 contrasted the two: He said he wanted to be found by God, "not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but the righteousness which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." He was talking about a legal record with God -- a gift we gain by IMPUTATION.
That other kind of righteousness (imputed) which is unrelated to keeping laws is described in Romans 4. There (King James Version) it says Abraham was COUNTED as righteous (verse 3). (That’s not the same as acting righteously). It goes on to say that we get this gift by GRACE (an undeserved favor) and it is not tied to our WORKS (Rom 4:4-5 and 11:6). Rom. 4: 7-8 show that it involves the forgiveness of sins, and the end of God keeping any record of our sins. They are not imputed or "written down" if you will. THAT means there is nothing on our record to keep us out of heaven! This is so because of the blood that Jesus Christ shed for us on the cross. When Christ said, "It is finished", it was an accounting term meaning "paid in full." This REALLY settles the sin issue for ever!
Romans 4: 16 makes reference to the CERTAINTY we have in this promise, and verses 22-25 indicate it’s for us who believe as well as Abraham. Because of this clean record we receive, we can say as it says in I John 5:13, that we KNOW we HAVE eternal life. Romans 8:1 also tells us there is no condemnation for us as believers who are "in Christ". Picture a piece of paper with the words "My record with God" written across the top. When I believe in Christ, all past sins listed are erased. I have a clean record with God. And.. if I sin after I am thus saved and justified, it says in II Corinthians 5:19-21 and in Romans 4:8 that God is NO LONGER IMPUTING or writing down those sins on my record. Instead, God promises "Their sins and iniquities I will remember no more (Heb. 10:17). And because of this gift we are invited to come BOLDLY to God's throne of grace. (Heb. 10:19) Yes, God does discipline us on EARTH. When we sow sin, we will reap for it. But our ETERNAL life is not affected (otherwise it would be temporary life). We pray you receive the glorious gift of imputed righteousness offered by grace! (Romans 5:17) God WANTS to guarantee you celestial glory. It isn't something new or different. Romans 1:16-17 says this IS the heart of the gospel message, and that message is powerful enough to save all who believe it. The gift of imputed righteousness can build a firm foundation for your faith, your life, your future! Believe it! Rejoice in it! It will change your life.
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