Christ is our gateway to heaven…now!

Jesus is the gateway to heaven. As He told Nathaniel, He’s the conduit between heaven and earth (John 1:51). But this doesn’t just mean that He saved us so we can go to heaven when we die. He’s also the means by which we step into heaven now. Because, the reality is, you’re already in heaven with Christ in God. Because of what Christ has done, heaven is continually open to you and me right now.

The problem we have with this has to do with “framing” (see post on framing, “Introduction to the Three Realms.”) For instance, if we think heaven is only for when we die, we won’t go there now, even though we’re seated there with Christ (Eph.2:6). We will practice religion instead, where it’s about “not yet” and “not you.”  In other words, heaven is relegated to the next life and we don’t identify ourselves with Christ, as if it wasn’t true that “as He is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17)

This is what empty religion does: it evacuates the gospel of all its power so that it fits into our naturalistic thinking. But this kind of religion cannot produce the life Christ has given us in Him.

On the other hand, if we’re going to believe Jesus (and the rest of the New Testament), then we must go beyond the echo of our own thoughts and learn how to walk by faith into this wholly other-worldly realm.

Here’s what Jesus told us about this gateway:

I am the Gateway. To enter through me is to experience life, freedom, and satisfaction. 10 A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expectlife in its fullness until you overflow! (John 10:9-10 TPT*)

Obviously, Jesus is talking about going through this this gate in this life, for He’s talking about a quality of life where we experience freedom and satisfaction, contrasted with one of loss and destruction.

Jesus wants our life—this life—to overflow!

And how we do this? We do so by walking through the gate. The New King James Bible makes this heavenly activity even clearer….

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9 NKJV*)

We are to go “in and out” and find this life—His life—which means it’s for now, in this life on earth. And, as I said last time, this life is found by experiencing God in Christ:

Eternal life means to know and experience you
    as the only true God,
    and to know and experience Jesus Christ,
    as the Son whom you have sent. (John 17:3 TPT*)

This is the covenant we have through Christ! As I said in “How God Fulfills His Promise to Abraham,” while Abraham’s covenant was one of pedigree (biologically related to Abraham and Sarah), and Moses’ covenant was one of performance (obedience to the Law), our covenant in Christ is based on placement. You were placed in Christ in God!

  • When Christ was crucified, you were crucified.
  • When Christ died, your sin was buried forever with Him.
  • When Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, you ascended with Him!

It’s not just what Christ did for you, or even what He did as you, but what Christ did to you. And it’s also even more crazy glorious than that!

22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:22-23 NIV*)

What this means is, whatever Jesus has, you have.

His relationship in the Trinitarian life of God is your relationship in this life of God.

His glory is your glory.

Don’t analyse it with your head into unbelief…believe it with your heart! (Rom.10:10) And this is not just for your sake, but also so that the whole world will know about His great love! This is why this understanding of who we are, and where we are, in Christ, is critical. Everything hinges on us believing and walking in this heavenly reality.

Beloved, this is the Gospel. This is the good news that brings great joy! You died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God (Col.3:3).

So, when we “go in and out” of the heavenly realm and find “pasture” in Christ, what we are doing is giving our soul permission to go where our spirit already resides. Don’t be like what my friend Jon Claussen said about a lot of the church today:

Jesus is the Door and the Way, that is true…but the Door and Way to to what?”….The Church today has been dancing at the door, but Jesus is standing there saying, ‘Come in!’ We need to go through the Door because that’s where the Father’s kingdom is.”*

As I said in “Our Confidence for Intimacy With God,” it’s from this heavenly place, abiding in His love, where we actuate all the promises of God as we participate in the divine nature (2 Pet.1:4). In fact, this is the only place where you will find it. So, don’t just dance at the doorway, go in and experience the freedom, satisfaction, and overflowing life that is yours!

20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (2 Cor.1:20 NKJV*)

* All emphasis added.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 39 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to Christ is our gateway to heaven…now!

  1. Amen, amen, amen! One of my favorite sayings is, “Jesus didn’t die just to get you into heaven, He died to get heaven into you.”

    Ideally, when we do pass away “heaven” should be so much of who we are inside already that dying is just like stepping from one room into another, moving from glory to glory. We don’t need to wait to die to “rest in peace” and we don’t need pass away to get into His presence. We are in His presence and in His rest and peace right now.

    I also really liked what you said here, “Obviously, Jesus is talking about going through this this gate in this life, for He’s talking about a quality of life where we experience freedom and satisfaction.” That’s some good wording used in TPT, too. A relationship with Jesus is all about our quality of life, making our whole experience here on Earth richer, more meaningful, and more pleasant! Myself, I had to spend a long time meditating on, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” That’s God talking to us, revealing His good intentions towards us.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Yes, you’re exactly right about dying. It should just be a change in form, not in relationship. This understanding is why the early church didn’t fear death like we moderns do. They willingly accepted persecution, even death, knowing that their relationship with God would continue. That is an undefeatable perspective to have! But we don’t get this from just reading the Bible. We get it from being transformed and shaped by our experience in Christ. Faith becomes more real than the air we breathe.

      I like how you used “rest in peace.” Amen! We should be resting in peace right now, and every day after. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit. It’s one of most effective weapons against the enemy. Christ Himself is our peace.

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