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Many Mansions in Heaven

 

Some people claim that everyone in heaven will have the same place and get the same reward.  They will point out that God is impartial.  However, this teaching is dangerous because people are led to believe that their works and their life here on earth do not really matter as long as he or she makes it into heaven. 

And so, these individuals are more inclined to let their spiritual life slide into mediocre way of living, as long as they are of the opinion that they are among those going to heaven.  This spiritual stupor can have disastrous consequences as a person may not strive to improve their spiritual life and become unprepared for the trails that await them in the future.

On the contrary, Christ invites us to be the best that we can be because it does make a difference now and then at the end of time.

There are different rewards in heaven.

Some places in heaven will be greater than others 

Matthew 5:19
“Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called  least in the kingdom  of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will  be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven.   

Matthew 18:4
“Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the  greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” 

Revelation 4:4-11
“Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other thrones on which twenty-four elders sat, dressed in white garments and with gold crowns on their heads. … 6 In front of the throne was something that resembled a sea of glass like crystal. In the center and around the throne, there were four living creatures … Day and night they do not stop exclaiming:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty,
who was, and who is, and who is to come.”
… the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne and worship him, who lives forever and ever. They throw down their crowns before the throne, exclaiming:
11 “Worthy are you, Lord our God,
… for you created all things”

 Revelation 14:1
They were singing (what seemed to be) a new hymn before the throne, before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn this hymn except the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been ransomed from the earth.
4 These are they who were not defiled with women; they are virgins and these are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been ransomed as the firstfruits of the human race for God and the Lamb.
5 On their lips no deceit  has been found; they are unblemished
.

The 24 elders and the four living creatures (the authors of the four Gospels?) seem to have a place distinguished from the rest.

Jesus says that our reward in heaven will vary depending on what we do here on earth. 

Matthew 16:27
“For the  Son of Man will come with his angels  in his Father’s glory, and then he will   repay everyone according to his conduct.”

Matthew 19:27-30
“Then Peter said in reply, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. 30 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.”

 Revelation 22:12
“Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense  I will give to each according to his deeds.” 

Romans 2:6
For he (God) will render to every man according to his works

 1 Peter 1:17
“Now if you invoke as Father him  who judges impartially according to each one’s works,  conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning …” 

Mark 4:24-25
“He also told them,  ‘Take care what you hear. The  measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,  and still more will be given to you.  To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.’ ” 

1 Corinthians 15:41-42
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
So is it with the resurrection of the dead.”

1 Corinthians 3:6-15
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. … 12 Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”

2 Corinthians 9:6
“The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
 

Jesus implies that role or privilege of sitting at His right and at His left is reserved to some, but not to others. 

Matthew 20:23
“He said to them,  ‘You will drink my cup, but to  sit at my right hand and at my left  is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’ ”   Cf.  Mark 10:40 

Heaven will have many different mansions 

John 14:2
“In my Father’s house there are  many dwelling  places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?”

John 14:2
In my Father’s house are many mansions:  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”      KJV

 Parable of the Talents 

God is not partial, but that does not mean that we all attain the same place in heaven.  Some people will open themselves up to receive more of His grace than others. Jesus revealed in the parable of the Talents that those who grow in His grace will also grow in the capacity to grow even holier still. 

Matthew 25:1, 28-29
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like … (parables) …
Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten.  For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

With the help of His grace we can all become saints.  We only have to will it, that is, we need to receive and fully co-operate with His grace. 

Mary is the Queen of Heaven.  Her role as queen points to her Son’s role. It was prefigured in the Old Testament where the mother of the king was seated on a throne as queen mother.  Jesus is the Son of David, the King of Kings.

1 Kings 2:19 
“Then Bathsheba went to King Solomon … Then he sat down upon his throne, and  a throne was provided for the king’s mother, who sat at his right.”

Revelation 12:1  
“… a woman clothed with the sun … and on her head  a crown of twelve stars.” 
  Cf. Revelation 12:5   “She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.”

 

 


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