While He Tarries Ministries
Our topic in this article is "More about Paradise."
Last time we left Jesus in Paradise -(Luke 23.43)-the section called Abraham's bosom which is in the heart of the earth --
Matthew 12.40. For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three
nights in the heart of the earth.
In this article we will discuss:
WHAT IS PARADISE????
- What is Paradise.
- What did Jesus do in Paradise?
- What is Jesus doing now in heaven?
According to Romans 10:6-7, we see that Paradise is in the heart of the earth.
Abraham's bosom is the section where the righteous dead go. By righteous we mean the ones who died righteous by faith in the true meaning
of the Jewish sacrifice system.
All the righteous dead up until the sacrifice of Jesus went to Paradise when they died. We are talking about Abraham, Moses, David,
What did Jesus do in Paradise???
- 2 Corinthians 12:4 -- talks about being caught up into Paradise. (Paul)
- Revelation 2:7 -- talks about being in the midst of the Paradise of God.
Jesus went to Sheol to fulfill the last prophecy of being in the earth 3 days. He did not go there to pay for our sins as some people say.
Our sins were paid for at and on the cross according to 25-30 verses that we covered in other articles such as:
I believe that Jesus preached to the people in Paradise while he was there and then when the three days has been completed ( as he had stated
in his comparison to Jonah ) we read:
- Ephesians 1:7 - In whom we have redemption thru his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
- 1 Peter 2:24 - Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:
- Colossians 2:14 - Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,
nailing it to his cross;
- Colossians 2:15 - And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it (the cross).
The phrase "led captivity captive" signifies a conquest over enemies. He conquered those who had conquored us: sin, the devil,
and death. He triumphed
over these on the cross; but the triumph was complete at his ascension.
After Jesus ascended to heaven we no longer hear about paradise being in the earth. I believe that he took all the old testament saints and
paradise with him to heaven.
Today when a believer dies, he is absent from the body and present with the Lord. [2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23.]
- John 11:25 -- I am the resurrection and the life
- Acts 2:32 -- This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
- Ephesians 4:8 -- Whereof he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.
- Ephesians 4:9. - Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
- Ephesians 4:10. He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.
What is Jesus doing in heaven?
Let's summarize what I have talked about over the last 5 or 6 articles:
- Hebrews 7:25 -- Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession
When Adam and Eve sinned they showed contempt for God's authority and robbed God of his honor as God and Lord. Their disobedience made them
an opponent of God.
Now our God is a just God, a holy God, a loving God, and a God of Wrath.
Because he is a just and Holy God he cannot overlook sin. Sin must be punished. His justice had to be satisfied. There could be no thought of
releasing the sinner as long as the law was not satisfied.
Although the love of God towards man had not changed, sin made it impossible for Him to admit man into fellowship with Himself.
It compelled Him to pour out upon man His wrath, and curse, and punishment, instead of His love.
Because our God is a loving God, He looked for a way to redeem man and still satisfy his law.
- Starting with the first sin God ordained that the atonement or covering for sin would be by the shedding of innocent blood.
- Imputation means that our sin is passed from us to the sacrifice and the innocence of the sacrifice is transferred or imputed to
the transgressor (us).
Satisfaction of the law would be through a substitute, sin would be punished, and the sinner saved or covered.
- God's holiness would be glorified, and it's demands met.
The thing to remember is that the sin was against God and is even so today. It is our sin debt to God.
In the OT God explained to them the sacrifice system and how the shedding of innocent blood was an atonement for their sins.
He explained to them how the blood of the sin offerings, trespass offerings, etc were holy in his sight.
Jesus defeated satan on the cross by his perfect blood sacrifice that satisfied God's justice. Jesus didn't have to fight satan at all
because the sin debt was to God and not satan.
Now this is a long definition of what God's grace is and how and why it worked.
- We found out that a bloodless sacrifice is EVIL in God's sight.
- We found out that the sacrifice system started out a sacrifice for a person, then went for a house, then a nation, then the world when Jesus
became our sacrifice.
- We found that the law had been fulfilled and no more sacrifices were needed. "..by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place,
having obtained eternal redemption for us." He paid the sin debt to God and satisfied God's justice.
- We found that Jesus died and went to Paradise to preach to the righteous OT saints.
- After the 3 days in the earth had been fulfilled, he took the OT saints and Paradise with him to heaven and presented them to his
father in heaven.