Three Little Pigs

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  1. skypair

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    Hey all,

    Ever wonder what your "mansion" in heaven/NJ is gonna look like? What kind of materials are you sending?

    I was wondering the other day if the story of The Three Little Pigs had a scriptural basis. You know -- Jesus went to prepare a place for us. He is the foundation no man can lay. Let everyone beware how he builds thereon.

    I had a youth pastor once who gave a similar sermon (Y'all in MinniCity may have heard of him -- Mark Gold, anyone?). Said he arrived in heaven and, looking at the first "really nice digs" he saw, said to Jesus, "Wow! Is that mine?"

    Jesus replied, "No. That might have been yours but..."

    So we come to 1Cor 3:10-15. Imagine that Christ had to build your "mansion" out of "wood, hay, and stubble" -- just like the 2 unwise pigs. I mean, you're only going to get to heaven with what you "forwarded" there from your life.

    But remember the wise pig? Did he give Jesus "bricks" of "gold, silver, and precious stones?" You do realize that "gold, silver, and precious stones" is what NJ is built out of, right?

    When the "big bad wolf" blows his fire (3:13, 15), what will your "house" look like?

    Maybe it would be good to find out what "gold, silver, and precious stones" are and what "wood, hay, and stubble" are. Are you ready? Read on -- 3:19-21

    "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21 Therefore let no man glory in men.

    Do you see it? "Wood, hay and stubble" are the wisdom, the thoughts and the glory of men (position, possessions, power). "Gold, silver, and precious stones" therefore are the wisdom, thoughts and glory of God. (cf: Prov 16:16, 17:8 - "gifts" = spiritual gifts).

    So question "little pig:" :D What is Jesus using to build your "mansion?"

    skypair
     
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    It don't matter what the house is built of as the big bad wolf is in Hell. :)

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  3. Allan

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    Mansion means large room in a home. Remember - In my Fathers HOUSE are many mansions.

    When He went to prepare a place for us, as in He prepared our position and place by His Atoning Sacrifice. But was not actually building us a literal mansion in what ever portion of heaven you desired to live (like the country, suburbs, City, rural, ext...) as you can hear many people erroniously state.
     
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    Each "room" could be a planet, who knows.
     
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    He is not building a mansion for the last 2000 years,...which is a view given to some Sunday School kids. Because He has not come back, does not mean He is still working on it. He is waiting till the last elect believes and then He will return.

    The mansion is complete, and He used His voice to build my mansion.
     
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    There are no "mansions" in heaven. That is a poor translation of Greek into English. The word literally means "dwelling place".

    "In My Father's House are many dwelling places" John 14:2

    "My Father's House" was the Temple (John 2:14-16) The "dwelling places" at the Temple were small rooms the priests would use when they came to Jerusalem for about two weeks a year to do their priestly duties.

    Jesus is using this as an anology to what His death on the cross would accomplish.

    Jesus is saying that He is going (to the cross) to prepare a place for us in the presence of God (in Heaven).

    If He goes (by His death on the cross) He will return again (by His own resurrection) and then on "the day of the LORD" when He will "receive you to Myself" (by our resurrection) to be where He is (in the presence of the Father). Which is what He is promising.

    That is much, much better than a stupid old house.

    peace to you:praying:
     
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    This has to be the first time I ever saw anyone equate heaven with New Jersey. Oh, you mean New Jerusalem? ;)


    [Feetnote: I was born and raised in New Jersey, which gives me the right to make fun of it.]
     
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    I would paraphrase that to "....till the last name in His book of Life is called out...." and then He returns at our Father's say so.
     
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    i agree.... :)
     
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    John 14:2 (Geneva Bible of 1587):
    In my Fathers house are many dwelling places:
    if it were not so, I would haue tolde you:
    I go to prepare a place for you.
     
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    It could be a ski lodge in Vail. ;)
     
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    REV 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

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    Rev 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
    Rev 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

    The Church is the New Jerusalem.
     
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    The Church is the New Jerusalem.

    REV 21:9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

    The Church is Spiritual Israel. Are the saints in the city? If it is the Saints I find it hard to see why they are measured instead of numbered, verse 16.

    I must admit I don't spend much time in Revelation Grasshopper. :)

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    Better than New Jersey, that's for sure.

    New Jersey is the home of the New Jersey Devils. Enough said.
     
  16. rbell

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    I've always enjoyed this "lay up treasures in heaven" song from singer/songwriter Eli:


    Eli: "The Lumber Song"

    Said a friend to a friend one day,
    Was a man who passed away
    St. Peter met him at the gate
    Pete said: "Walk with me if you will
    I'll take you to the house you built"
    Man said: "I can't wait!"
    Passed a mansion made of stone
    But with each new house he's shown
    They get smaller by degrees
    Stopped in front of a two room shack
    Pete said hope you're happy with that
    Man said: "How can this be?"
    Pete said:

    Chorus:
    That's all the lumber--that's all the lumber
    that's all the lumber you sent
    Looks like the builder--man he's got your number
    That's all the lumber you sent

    Man didn't know what to say
    poor guy was blown away
    Said: "you mean this is what I deserve?"
    Pete said: "I'm afraid it's so
    It's too late but now you know
    Shoulda done better work"
    Said: You mean not lie and cheat
    and helpin' old ladies across the street?
    Pete says: Well, that's a start
    Remember that man back in that great big house?
    He found out early what it's all about
    Built that place with his heart--as for you (chorus)

    Bridge:
    What if that man was me
    And I failed that miserably
    You're showin' me things I don't wanna see


    St. Peter if you can
    Send me back to earth again
    Is that somethin' you can do?
    Pete said: It ain't up to me
    If it was I'd like to see
    How you plan to improve
    Said: I'd love God and fellow man
    Take a wife and make a stand
    Be the givinest guy I can be
    And when I get back to this neighborhood
    There'd be a big gigantic pile of wood
    And I'd say: What's this I see?--You'd tell me (chorus2x)

    Listen to a sample of it HERE
     

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