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Wordwise Insight, Issue #078
February 14, 2011
WORDWISE INSIGHT is the free monthly newsletter of Wordwise-Bible-Studies.comIN THIS ISSUE...
BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Knowledge in Heaven--Do the saints in heaven know what's happening on earth?
WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!
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Questions from You.
KNOWLEDGE IN HEAVEN
Do those in heaven know what's happening on earth?Question: After your loved ones die, can they see what you are doing here on earth? Are they aware of what you are going through, or how you are suffering?
Answer: It’s a great question. And the evidence seems to suggest that yes, those in heaven do have at least some awareness of earthly events. Whether this is continual, or simply occasional, I don’t know. And how much detail is known, I’m not sure. But there is knowledge of earthly affairs in heaven.
A GENERAL AWARENESS
Further, we read of martyred saints in heaven asking how long it will be before God avenges their deaths (Rev. 6:9-11). They obviously know it hasn't happened yet. And it seems to me this can be looked upon as a kind of prayer of those in heaven, concerning earthly affairs. So, can we generalize and say that believers continue to pray in heaven for those still on earth? That is possible.
Surely our family members and friends there will continue to be concerned about us, and perhaps even appeal to the Lord on our behalf. But there is absolutely no indication in God's Word that we, on earth, can or should pray to departed saints–whether Mary, or anyone else–asking them to speak to the Lord for us. We are to pray directly to our heavenly Father, on the authority of Christ, our one "Mediator," and pray by the enablement of the Spirit of God (Matt. 6:9; Eph. 2:18; I Tim. 2:5).
A SPECIFIC AWARENESS
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Knowledge in Heaven.
MY BLOG ON HYMNS!
Come and Pay Us a Visit!I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.
But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!
Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.
My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.
What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click
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