What do we understand by heaven?
What does heaven mean?
Heaven: Is a place, state or an experience of Supreme bliss (Oxford Advanced learners’ Dictionary)
Okay, what is bliss?
Bliss: Is PERFECT happiness or Spiritual Joy.
If you incorporate the definition of ‘bliss’ into ‘Heaven’s’ definition, we’ll have this sort of definition- “Heaven is a place, state or experience of Supreme PERFECT HAPPINESS or supreme SPIRITUAL JOY.
Is any man or woman capable of giving anybody SUPREME PERFECT HAPPINESS without the help of the spirit?
The Bible rightly states:
»That which is FLESH is FLESH….John3:6
And went further to state
» Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh…..To set the mind on the flesh is death…..For the mind that is set on the flesh is HOSTILE to God; it DOES NOT submit to God’s law, indeed IT CANNOT (please note IT CANNOT)’….Rom 8:5-8 And what is God’s law? God’s law is LOVE
» ‘A new law I give to you that you LOVE one another; even as I have loved you….’ John13:34
How does God love us?
UNUNCONDITIONALLY. From the above, flesh can’t love, indeed it CANNOT.
So who then can LOVE? The Spirit filled man or woman
» That which is FLESH is FLESH and that which is SPIRIT is SPIRIT….John 3:6
» For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the SPIRIT set their minds on the things of the SPIRIT…..you are not in the flesh but in the SPIRIT, if in fact the SPIRIT of God dwells in you’….Rom 8:5-9 So it’s only men & women who have the spirit of God (in other words, Spirit of Love) indwelling in them that can LOVE . This is the more reason I always emphasize that couples in a relationship need to have a LIVING relationship wth God before the relationship they have with each other can be TRULY loving. The kind of love we are ALL capable of expressing without the help of the Spirit is conditional hence not CONSTANT. The understanding of this, will make it not difficult for us to understand how we can love someone today and tomorrow not love such any more. This the reason for most break-ups.
For our LOVE toward others to be CONSTANT, UNCONDITIONAL, we need to be born of the Spirit. There is no other way around it. I know this 1st hand.
So for couples to enjoy Heaven on Earth- in other words SUPREME PERFECT HAPPINESS on earth, they both need to be born of the Spirit and not only that, but ensure that they have a LIVING RELATIONSHIP with God. It is this living relationship with God that will keep their relationship with each other ALIVE.
By Iji Ina Dickson