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TREASURES IN HEAVEN
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven...For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
"Hi-de-ho everybody. This is Michael Jay Busybody in the home of Reverend Croesus Van der Opulence. Rev Opulence, you have just published your book entitled Treasures In Heaven which has shot to the top of all the charts. I wonder if you would tell me and my listening audience a little about your book and what caused you to write such a book."
"I would be most happy to do just that Mr Busybody. As you know, treasure in Heaven is a Christian concept taken out of the Bible. And as you may know as well, the Bible speaks a great deal about the Kingdom of Heaven and the treasures awaiting those who qualify for the Kingdom. Putting one and one together, I have formulated the concept of having treasures from heaven while right here on earth. Yes indeed Mr Busybody. Treasures from Heaven right here and now."
"I beg your pardon Rev Opulence, but I thought the intent of your book was, as the Bible seems to read, to lay up treasures in Heaven rather than try to have them here in this life. Have I missed a point somewhere along the line?"
"Yes in deed Mr Busybody. You have forgotten the fact that those who are born again, those of us of the church, are now in Heaven. That is to say, this is Heaven. And if we're now in Heaven, then all the riches intended for those in Heaven are available to those with the gumption to ask."
"Then, as I understand you Rev Opulence, you believe it's not in sacrifice during this lifetime that the Bible is referring to, but the getting all you can in this lifetime? Then what, may I ask, is your opinion regarding eternal life of the future? You being a minister of the Word must surely have an opnion on that."
"What future Mr Busybody? As I said, now is Heaven. Now if you'll excuse me, my limo awaits. Jeeves, to my jet and make it fast. I have a date to see the Queen."
15And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
22And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. . . . O ye of little faith? 29And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 32Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. 34For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. . . . 48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:)
16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Mat 19:)
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