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God's Mansion
By Evelyn Rawlinson

Have you ever wondered what God and heaven might be like?  I know I sure have.  Let's first look at what the Bible has to say about it.

The Bible says that God is truth (John 17:17)
God is Holy (Psalms. 99:9)
God is perfect (2 Samuel. 22:31)
and God is light (Psalms 27:1)

I imagine heaven to be something like this:

God is like a brilliant, white, pure light dressed in flowing white robes.  Because God is perfect,  His mansion is perfect too (John 14:2).  I picture God's mansion painted a pure, shining white both inside and out.  I imagine God's mansion has perfect, clean, bright, white furniture, carpet, curtains, doors and windows--everything is just shining white, clean and pure.

The courtyard outside of God's mansion has sparkling, shiny, white, stone walkways and is surrounded by a flawless, white picket fence.  The garden is made up of the most lush, green trees and vegetation you have ever seen.  Everything about God's mansion is beautiful and perfect.  Everything just absolutely glows with the warm, pure white light of God's love.

Inside the mansion, God has prepared an amazing feast at a beautiful banquet table that stretches from one end of the mansion to the other. The table is set with a pure white linen table cloth, white napkins and glimmering fine white china (Luke 14:15).  The table is filled from one end to the other with the finest, most delicious looking foods you could ever imagine.

Just outside the fence surrounding God's mansion are children--lots and lots of children.  These children have ignored God's warnings and have gone astray. They have gotten into the dirt and mud, and made themselves absolutely filthy.  They all have the foul stench of the dirt and grime they have managed to get all over themselves.  They see God's perfect mansion through the gate and want to come in to join in His feast, but God knows that if He lets these children into His home the way they are, they will get everything dirty and God's mansion will no longer be pure and perfect. God wants very much to be able to invite each and every child in, so in His wisdom, God sends His only child, His pure and perfect Son to the gate.  God tells the children that if they allow His Son to wash them, they will be clean and then will be allowed to come in.  He will even dress them in new white robes.  But the children grumble, "We're not that dirty.  At least not any dirtier than anyone else, and anyway, who wants to admit that he needs washing. We're just fine the way the way we are!"  Very few children come to the garden gate to be washed.  But those who do are washed completely clean; given new, perfect, white robes and receive a warm welcome as they walk through the gate and on into God's mansion.  God now calls them His very own sons and daughters and invites them to join in the feast.

We are all just like those children!  We are precious to God, but our sin has made us filthy and has separated us from Him.  God cannot possibly let us into His mansion if we are covered with a stench of sin.  Many of us want to join God in His mansion for His feast, but are unwilling to be washed as He requires before we can come in.  Like those children, you may think that you really aren't that bad.  You may think that you have done enough good things in your life to make up for your sin, or even believe you have no sin.  You may think that you should be allowed into God's mansion because you are a good person?  Well...

Have you ever told a lie?
Have you stolen anything?
Have you ever used the name of God or Jesus as a curse word?

If so, you have sinned by breaking God's Law and cannot get into heaven for being a good person.  Don't believe me?  Then take the good person test to see if you have kept God's Laws.

If you are honest with yourself, you are probably thinking "Then no one is a good person!  Everyone has broken God's laws!"  Well, you are right.  The Bible says "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)  The Bible also says "The payment for sin is death" (Romans 6:23)   We all have to die a physical death, but what happens to our souls after death is what matters most.  Our souls are eternal.   That is why God sent His Son Jesus to die for us.  Jesus took our sin on himself and paid the price for it by dying on the cross.  The Bible says "God loved the world (that's you and me) so much, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not die, but live forever." (John 3:16)   Jesus' death on the cross is how He washes us clean, removes the stench of sin, and covers us in pure white robes.

Hopefully, you are now asking "How can I be washed clean for God?  How can I be saved?"  "How can I know for sure that I will be in heaven to see God's mansion?"  First, it is important that you understand that we cannot be saved by any "good works" that we do.  The Bible says "and all our good works are like filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6)   In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says "It is by grace you have been saved through faith. You are not saved by your works, so that no one can boast" - we can't earn salvation ourselves, it is a free gift from God. It doesn't matter if you go to church every Sunday, or were baptized, or even if you give money to the church or to the poor.  There is absolutely nothing you can do to clean yourself--you can only be washed clean by Jesus' sacrifice of his life on the cross. 

The Bible says "Repent then and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out" (Acts 3:19) You may be wondering "What in the world does 'repent' mean?" 

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, repent means:

1) to turn from sin and resolve to change one's life.

2) to feel sorry for something; to regret.

To be acceptable to God, and to be saved, you first have to realize that you have sinned and then feel sorry for those sins.  You have to ask God's forgiveness with a sincere heart. 

Next, the Bible says "That if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  To "confess" just means to willingly say that Jesus is Lord.  In Matthew 10:32 Jesus says "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven." 

Last, but not least, you need to believe in your heart that Jesus died on the cross to wash away your sins and that God raised Jesus from the dead.  That is faith--believing in something you cannot see!  But just believing that God exists is not enough--even Satan believes that!   Satan can quote the Bible better than you or I.  So what makes saved people different from Satan?  Saved people have put their faith and trust in Jesus. 

If you want to be saved and spend eternity in God's mansion; if you are ready to become one of God's children, then pray this prayer:

If you do pray this prayer with a sincere heart, you are saved!  Welcome to God's family!  I would love to hear from you.  Please take the time to Email me.

Our God is an awesome God!

For a very detailed, graphic depiction of what Heaven and Hell might really be like, be sure to read the story One For Heaven, One For Hell.

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