The Afterlife, Lesson 9, 2 Peter 3 and Treasures in Heaven

heavenhellToday’s lesson is on destruction of the earth by fire described in 2 Pet 3 and Jesus’ promises of treasures in heaven.

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My name is Jay Guin, and I’m a retired elder. I wrote The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace about 18 years ago. I’ve spoken at the Pepperdine, Lipscomb, ACU, Harding, and Tulsa lectureships and at ElderLink. My wife’s name is Denise, and I have four sons, Chris, Jonathan, Tyler, and Philip. I have two grandchildren. And I practice law.
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6 Responses to The Afterlife, Lesson 9, 2 Peter 3 and Treasures in Heaven

  1. Larry Cheek says:

    Jay,
    I believe that you are very correct in disagreeing with N.T. Wright on the issue of work. The works of a earthly nature will not be a treasure in heaven, your heart may be still behind along with the works you thought were so marvelous.
    1Co 15:58 ESV Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

    Mat 6:19-21 ESV “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, (20) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    Joh 9:4-5 ESV We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. (5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
    It appears to me that Jesus being the light of the world, saw the spreading of that light as his work. Why would that not also be our work, shining his light?

  2. Dwight says:

    John 6:29 “Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
    Jesus’ work was of spreading the message, His message, of Him. Our work is the same. And while he was doing that he was spreading the consequence of His message of love, by loving…healing, feeding, etc. His miracles almost always involved someone else and their benefit.
    But I do believe that or works of servitude gain ground in heaven, so to speak.
    The treasures we lay up in heaven are a result of the good we do here for God and others, not the good we collect here for ourselves. Our Godly heart results in good works.

  3. Monty says:

    The rich young ruler would have “treasure in heaven” Jesus spoke, for liquidating his earthly possessions and giving the proceeds to the poor and following him.

  4. Dwight says:

    This is something we probably don’t stress enough because we don’t want to sound materialistic, even when applied to heaven and even when the scriptures promote it. The thing about rust and decay will destroy what we have here is juxtapositioned against that which we will have forever and be superior. There is nothing wrong with that.

  5. Larry Cheek says:

    Dwight,
    As we look around the world we sometimes find individuals and organizations who do marvelous and great works for mankind who do not honor God or His Son. Humanitarians ? Then we see those who treat humans much like many of the pet organizations who believe that these animals are greater and apply more rights to them than they apply to humans, those people are not giving God any credit for the the actions they are providing . Any human who neglects one of these critters is damned for sure. It is very hard for these folks to notice any human who is in a great need of life sustaining help as one of their beloved. These kinds of works are not the type which create treasures in heaven.

  6. Alabama John says:

    You can’t give to the poor and needy if you don’t first work, accumulate possessions and make money.
    I want to say all, but I’ll say most of Gods chosen leaders were men that were wealthy.
    I still believe that rich young man went and did what Jesus told him to do and was the young man following Jesus when Jesus was being taken captive and all he had on was a linen sheet as he had given all the rest away to the poor.

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