KEY SCRIPTURE: John 3:12 KJV” If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?”
Life and the activities of the universe have varying degrees of reality. There are matters relating to men and the earth plain. There are also matters relating to the divine which has a higher level of consciousness. The Lord told Nicodemus that, I am telling you about matters that relate to man and the earth plain, but you do not believe, how would you believe if I talk about issues relating to God, and heavenly matters, which has higher realities. Reality means truth. The matters relating to men and the earth have been given to us to perceive and believe. Please consider the following scripture, Deut 29:29 KJV “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
There are secret things, like issues concerning God and His existence. These matters are secrets or hidden. We would say they are mysteries. These are matters that a man cannot understand from a natural point of view (1 Corinth 1:21). They come to us by revelations as the bible has done. The bible never attempts to prove the existence of God. It starts by saying, in the beginning was God. We would do good to ourselves by accepting the revelation about Himself.
Heaven, the dwelling place of God is not within this physical world.
We have a physical or atmospheric heaven. In Genesis 1:14 the bible speaks of the firmament of the heaven. This refers to the heavens filled with the stars. The place of God, angels and the spirits of just men which is also heaven is a spiritual state called the third heaven (2nd Corinth 12:2). Apostle Paul says it is not lawful to discuss certain matters of this place (2 Corinth 12:4) Flesh and blood cannot make it to this place. John 3:3.
Now the amazing part of the heaven in the Spirit is a place that those of us who are born again can relate to, even now because we are part of the place
Heb 12:22 KJV ” But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,”
The Lord said, he spoke to him about things of the earth. In this matter the Lord was referring to the process of the new birth and what takes place in the life of the one who is born again. All these, although are of the Spirit, happens on the earth in the lives of men. This is what the Lord said, if he is not able to believe, how will he believe those matters that are outside the natural plain. May we always humble ourselves to accept the word of God, in whatever form it comes to us. This is the only means to relate with all levels of realities as revealed by the scriptures.
THOUGHT-: TO ENJOY THE THINGS OF GOD, WE MUST CHILD LIKELY ACCEPT WHAT GOD HAS REVEALED
2Co 12:2,4 KJV “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.;”
Hebrews 12:23 KJV “To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”