This is the beginning of a marvelous dream that Jacob had.
- There was a ladder set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And there was Jehovah, standing above it… And Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely Jehovah is in this place, and I did not know it. (Gen. 28: 12-16)
In his dream Jacob saw Jehovah standing above the ladder and speaking to him. But what could this mean?
Jacob was afraid, and realized, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” (v. 17)
In this picture we see the gate of heaven—heaven opened to the earth and earth joined to heaven.
To see what this ladder is, we must refer to John 1:51
- And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, You shall see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. (John 1:51)
In John, we see that this ladder is the Son of Man, the Lord Jesus Himself, upon whom the angels of God ascend and descend.
In John 14:6 the Lord explained, “I am the way…; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
He brings heaven to earth.
He unites earth with heaven; He brings God into man and man into God. He is the very way, in fact, the only way, to bring God and man together.
This is just like electricity. An electrical power plant may be far away from our home, but wires bring the electricity from the power plant into our home.
In the same way, there is traffic between earth and heaven through Christ as the ladder and on this ladder there is much going and coming.
Where is Christ today? He is in the heavens, but, in our experience, He is in our spirit (2 Tim. 4:22).
How can the electricity far away in the power plant become the subjective application of electricity in our homes? By the wires.
How can we reach the Christ in the heavens while we are on earth? By the heavenly ladder that joins our spirit to heaven and brings heaven to us.
One way to reach Christ is to turn to our spirit by the living word.
- For the word of God is living and operative and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow, and able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
As we turn the words in the Bible into prayer to simply contact the Lord, His words become living and operate to divide our soul from our spirit.
It is this living word that delivers us from wandering in our soul and bring us to our spirit, where Christ is.
Our spirit has been eternally connected to Christ, who is there transmitting God into us. By means of our spirit that has been joined to Christ, we can live a God filled and “heavenly life on earth.”
We don’t have to wait to go to heaven. Day by day, we can experience the very Christ who is in heaven.
This is wonderful.