The Intercession of Heaven, Pt. 3

1 Corinthians 13:12 (NASB) says, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”
We can never grasp the full knowledge of God here in our carnal flesh, but there is coming a day when we will fully know on the same level God has fully known us. This means that our knowledge will increase fully! People will know who each other are in heaven. In fact, your family members who have gone on before you are praying for you in heaven! Just as the angels of the LORD. If the angels of heaven rejoice over one sinner that repents, that means that those in heaven (whose spirits are alive and souls are awake) also know. Luke 15:7 says, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” It does not say just angels, but that there is joy in heaven. From God the Father to Jesus Christ, to the angels of heaven, to the saints who have already entered into eternity, they know that you have received salvation! Hebrews 12:1 declares, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”. I have always read this scripture and perceived this to be angels, but until this message, I have learned that it is so much more than that. In context with the scripture, Hebrews 11 is known as the wall of faith. The author lays out in scripture many men and women of faith, such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, etc. who stood the tests of their generation and held onto their faith to overcome so that the promises of God over their life would be fulfilled. As we are running this race, those saints know who we are, and they are cheering us on. Those saints are interceding for us and the works we are doing on the earth. Every 5 minutes, a Christian is martyred for the gospel, and currently, over 200 million Christians are suffering persecution and their lives are being threatened because of their love for Jesus Christ and what He has done in their lives. The thronging of martyred saints, a number which no man can number, are praying on your behalf! Let that be an encouragement to you that you are known in heaven, and if Jesus Christ and saints in heaven are making intercession for you, and your prayers are taken as incense before the throne of God, keep holding on in faith, knowing that there is far more for you than against you because the goal is to make it to that heavenly home!
Once you make it to heaven as a believer, you will appear before the judgment seat of Christ to receive your heavenly reward! You will transition from judgment to reward. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” In Revelation 2-3, we read of the seven churches of Asia Minor. Some were rebuked. Some were commended. Some received both! Either way, it shows to us as the church, the body of Christ, what rewards we will receive if we overcome, and the words that were written are in red, meaning that they are the words of Jesus Christ! He told the Church of Ephesus that if they overcome they would eat of the tree of life that was located in the middle of the paradise of God (Revelation 2:7). He told the church of Smyrna that if they overcome they would not be hurt of the second death (Revelation 2:11). He told the church of Pergamos that if they overcome they would “eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it” (Revelation 2:17). He told the church of Thyratira that if they overcome they would have power over all of the nations, would rule with a rod of iron, and would be given the morning star, who is none other than Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26-28). Jesus told the church of Sardis that if they would overcome they would be “clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelation 3:5). He told the church of Philadelphia that if they refuse to let any man take their crown, “I will make you a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name” (Revelation 3:12). Finally, He told the church of Laodicea, the lukewarm church, that if they would open the door to Him He would come in and sup with them. If they repented and overcome, He said, “I will grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Revelation 3:20-21). Look at all of the reward for overcoming the temptations and tribulations that you face in this life. What better reward than to be able to sit at the feet of Jesus for all of eternity! Before Paul was beheaded for the gospel, he said, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). There is a crown of righteousness and life waiting for those who endure temptation. It is promised to them that love God (James 1:12). This crown will never fade away (1 Peter 5:4). This shows us that we have so much more to reach for than to hold onto this world. The best is yet to come!