Weekly Devotional | April 13, 2017

A church that looks like heaven

RichardsonThe company Ancestry.com collects and uses DNA to deter­mine a person’s ancestor profile or make-up. Many submit DNA samples for testing and are very surprised to find out who their relatives are.

Some believed they were all Eastern European descent, but found they have a multitude of race/ethnic combinations in­cluding African. Others thought they were all African descent, but found Asian, Eastern European, and others in their family tree.

The writer of Revelations describes the make-up of heaven in these terms, “After these things I looked, and lo, a great multi­tude, which no man could number, out of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palms in their hands.” Rev. 7:9 (MKJV)

Note that heaven consists of people from all nations, people-groups, and languages. All races and dialects will be there. Do our churches here on earth resemble heaven at all? Is it just ethnic make-up that creates a heaven-like church? Or is it more than race and language of the people?

The revelator describes a picture of two groups that compose a heavenly church. The Forgiven and The Empowered.

When asked who are those “clothed with white robes”, the answer in Rev. 7:13 declares, “… These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”(Jesus Christ). They plunged their life under the cleansing blood of Jesus and washed all their sins away. The songwriter even chimes in, “What can wash away my sins, nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Those in heaven are Forgiven…

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