The Heaven-Earth ‘Corridor’

by Lester Young

Did you know that heaven and earth are connected? But not just connected by some random unexplained ‘overlapping’ every now and then; the two are linked by a very specific, appointed pathway made expressly for that purpose. In other words, the system they comprise was meticulously designed and engineered to operate a certain way – which, if you know anything at all about God, should come as no real surprise.

So let’s consider this ‘connection’ between earth and heaven – and by “heaven” I’m referring to both the Heaven where God resides (i.e., the actual ‘place’ [Revelation 21]) along with the more generic ‘heaven’; that is, the spiritual realm generally, as opposed to the physical world). Now we know that this connection is real and established because it’s mentioned at least two specific times in the Bible (remember, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses…” [Deuteronomy 19:15; Mathew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1]). It’s first described in Genesis 28 – you may know it by the often-used name of “Jacob’s Ladder”:

“And [Jacob] dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it… And [Jacob] was afraid, and said, ‘How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!'” (verses 12-13, 17)

The Lord Jesus also offers His depiction of the heaven-earth connector in John 1:51:

“And [Jesus] said unto him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.'”

Because the mystery of the “Son of man” (more on this in a moment) had not yet been revealed in Jacob’s day, the ‘connection’ was described at that time in a manner he could understand – as a ladder linking heaven and earth together. But since the Holy Spirit’s arrival, we have access to a lot more insight about the true nature of this Heaven-Earth Corridor (John16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27). Taking John 1:51 at no deeper than face-value, I don’t think too many would argue that Jesus was indeed referring to Himself as the Ladder – that is, the actual Connector linking earth and Heaven. But you know I’m not gonna just stop at the surface, right?

It’s paramount to remember that Jesus is the incarnate Word of God – God’s own Words made flesh (John 1:14; Hebrews 2:14). It’s also very important to note here that the Hebrew term dabar not only means ‘word’; but it can also be translated ‘matter’, ‘thing’, ‘a cause’, ‘to speak’ and also ‘to arrange’. By inferring underlying relationships between these differing definitions, we (not coincidentally) arrive at a fundamental principle of God’s M.O.: Spoken words cause ‘things’ to come to pass in the natural, physical world. Now if you think I just pulled that conclusion out of somewhere, you need only recall a few well-known Scriptural passages, such as; “Now faith is the substance of ‘things’ hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). And this one: “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, ‘I believed, and therefore have I spoken’; we also believe, and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13). And Mark 11:23 where Jesus speaks; “Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea!’ and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him” (Amplified). These verses all agree with that same basic principle. Again, in the mouth of two or three witnesses, it’s established… whether one fully understands it or not.

Okay then, using the Transitive Property of Equality (c’mon, you know: If a = c and b = c, then a = c …oops, sorry; it’s the math major slipping out again), we can deduce that if Jesus is the Word and Jesus is also the Connector between Heaven and earth, then the Word must be the Connector, too. And because Jesus didn’t call Himself the Son of ‘God’ in John 1:51 but instead used the name Son of ‘man’, He revealed a very important practical truth that we can appropriate for our own lives: Yes, Jesus is the Word of God. Yes, He’s the Son of God (John 3:16, 5:19). But He didn’t live and operate down here on earth as the “Son of God”; He did it as a flesh-and-blood man, with no more innate power or ability than any other man who’s ever lived here (Philippians 2:6-7; Hebrews 2:11, 14-17; 5:8). He accomplished everything He did by obediently saying and doing only what His heavenly Father told Him to say and do (John 5:19, 30; 8:29).

That’s exceptionally good news for you and me; because Jesus said, “The Father that dwells in Me, He does the works!” (John 14:10) Now, through Jesus, God can also take up residence in us by the New Birth and the anointing of His Holy Spirit, giving us the means to live the same way and do the same things that Jesus did – and more! (John 3:5-8, 14:12) That’s why Jesus called Himself the Son of ‘man’: He paved the way for any human being to have the right of choice to speak the Word of God – in obedience, faith and love – and cause ‘things’ to happen in this natural, physical world.

This is how God set up things to be done from the beginning. When Adam was first created, “God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he became a speaking spirit,” just like God (*Onkelos Aramaic translation of Genesis 2:7). He endowed him with dominion and the power of intelligent speech, just like Himself (Genesis 1:27-28).

It’s an immensely powerful blessing and privilege, but it also carries great responsibility. It works because it’s spiritual law; but we must take heed because it can work for or against us, on the ‘Blessing’ or the ‘curse’ side of things, depending on which words we choose to say (Deuteronomy 30:19; Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 12:24-37; Luke 6:45). So speak God’s Words and bring the ‘things’ of Heaven through the Corridor into your life!

*A special thanks and “God bless you!’ goes out to Dr. Billye Brim for this reference from her great article… be sure to read it here.

 

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6 Comments to “The Heaven-Earth ‘Corridor’”

  1. Reblogged this on Poetry: Because Obscurity is a Sin and commented:
    From one of my favorite teachers…..

  2. Excellent despite being a math major 🙂

  3. Lester, I have been away. Thank you for this timely word. Blessings, Dee

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