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Christians live in two places at once

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Some interpret John 3:13 to mean nobody goes to heaven when we die but await the resurrection while they lie unconscious in a grave. Others believe it means that Jesus ascended to heaven before he died. It means neither of those two things. Jesus’ unique position is of one who was on earth and at the same time “in heaven” in constant communion with the Father. Jesus is the bridge between heaven and earth. In a similar sense, all believers are “seated in heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:6) much as Jesus resided “in the bosom of the Father” (John 1:18). Jesus is able to reveal heavenly secrets to Nicodemus because he “has ascended to heaven” and “is in heaven.” In Jesus, there is a bridge from heaven to earth which all those who are born from above experience.

Christians then live in two places at once. As reborn from above, we rightly say that when we die we will be going home, because that is where our new birth is from. As we accomplish our journey on this earth, let us never forget that our citizenship is actually in heaven. The things of this world do not compare to what God has in store for those who love him and his kingdom.

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