The Bible says there is the New Heaven, the New Earth and the Holy City. Will people live in these places depending on their growth in the Lord on earth?

Marianne Nicholson
Blasdell, NY

Marianne, when the Rapture occurs and He says come up hither, Revelation 4:1, and we go up in the twinkling of an eye, i Corinthians 15:52, we got there by grace, not by works. So it has nothing to do concerning works for any human being. And thatís why Ephesians 2:8 and 9 says, ĒFor by grace are ye saved through faith, that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works.

Now when we are raptured, our entire lifetime is investigated. We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that every one of us may receive the things done in his body according to that he hath done, II Corinthians 5:10.

But we donít lose salvation. There are going to be many there who are ashamed because of the way they lived on earth. Little children abide in Christ, that when He shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed, ashamed before Him at his coming. Thatís I John 2:28. I repeat. So now we have our new bodies and the holy city begins to descend from the third heaven to the second heaven where it remains for a thousand years, and we live there all as believers, and on the earth are those Christians who got saved during the tribulation hour. But nothing has to do with works. Itís all grace.

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