depression, thought he was going to hell but when asked what he would do there, he replied that he would try to start a prayer meeting.?
With regard to heaven, two questions present themselves.
We answer that this is probable, for the reason that the presence of Christ?s human body is essential to heaven, and that this body must be confined to place. Since deity and humanity are indestructibly united in Christ?s single person, we cannot regard Christ?s human soul as limited to place without vacating his person of its divinity. But we cannot conceive of his human body as thus omnipresent. As the new bodies of the saints are confined to place so, it would seem, must be the same with the body of their Lord. But, though heaven is the place where Christ manifests his glory through the human body which he assumed in the incarnation, our ruling conception of heaven must be something higher even than this, namely, that of a state of holy communion with God.
<431402> John 14:2, 3 ? ?In my Father?s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also?; <581214>Hebrews 12:14 ? ?Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man shall see the Lord.?
Although heaven is probably a place, we are by no means to allow this conception to become the preponderant one in our minds. Milton: ?The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.? As he goes through the gates of death, every Christian can say, as Caesar said when he crossed the Rubicon: ?Omnia mea mecum porto.? The hymn, ?O sing to me of heaven, when I am called to die? is not true to Christian experience. In that hour the soul sings, not of heaven but of Jesus and his cross. As houses on river-flats, accessible in time of flood by boats, keep safe only goods in the upper story, so only the treasure laid up above escapes the destroying floods of the last day. Dorner: ?The soul will possess true freedom, in that it can no more become unfree and that, through the indestructible love energy springing from union with God.?
Milton: ?What if earth be But the shadow of heaven, and things therein Each to the other like, more than on earth is thought?? Omar Khayy-m, Rub-iydt, stanzas 66, 67 ? ?I sent my soul through the Invisible, Some letter of that After life to spell: And by and by my soul returned to me,
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