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 Vol. 7, No. 10 

October 2005

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Image A Heavenly Homeland

By Hugo McCord

The descendants of Abraham "confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. They who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they were remembering the land that they had left [Chaldea, Genesis 11:28], they would have had an opportunity to return. But they longed for a better--that is, a heavenly--homeland. God was not ashamed to be called their God, and he has prepared for them a city" (Hebrews 11:13-16).

Jesus said that "In my Father's house are many dwelling places; . . . I go to prepare a place for" those who believe "in me" (John 14:1-2). "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:3). When he fulfills his promise to "come again," "every eye will see him" (Revelation 1:7).

In the meantime, when those who believe in Jesus are baptized, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit come invisibly to dwell in their "bodies" (John 14:23; Acts 2:38; 5:32; 1 Corinthians 6:15). Accordingly, since they "have been bought with a price," they are exhorted to "glorify God in" their bodies (1 Corinthians 6:20). "Also, I assure you" (said Jesus), "that many will come from the east and west and sit with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in heaven's kingdom" (Matthew 8:11).Image

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