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Paradise

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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:
  1. What is Paradise.
  2. What did Jesus do in Paradise?
  3. What is Jesus doing now in heaven?
WHAT IS PARADISE????

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, Isaiah, etc.

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What did Jesus do in Paradise???
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: 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.]
What is Jesus doing in heaven?
Let's summarize what I have talked about over the last 5 or 6 articles:

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.

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.

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