Heaven Class

Posted on 09/25/2011 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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The title of my message today is "Heaven Class."


No matter where in the world you live, you're surrounded by various classes -- the middle class, the lower class, and the upper class. Classes have always existed, but to what are they usually related?

Wealth. Or the lack thereof. If you're wealthy, you are upper class. If you are poor, you are lower class.

The world tends to see those with more material wealth as being of a higher class. And yet we are not of this world. Instead of worldly priorities, we have heavenly priorities. Instead of just worldly riches, we have heavenly riches. Instead of worldly ambitions, we have heavenly ambitions.

And instead of socio-economic class, we have heaven class.

Let's read about classes in the Kingdom of Heaven in Galatians chapter three, verses twenty-six through twenty-nine.

Galatians 3:26-29

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.


Let's look at the first part of this: "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus."

Sons of an earthly king are called princes. They are heirs to the kingdom. The first born will be the king, and we know that, according to Romans 8:29, Jesus is the first born among many brethren, and we are to be conformed into his image.

Revelation 1:6 tells us that Jesus has made us kings and priests to God the Father. In Old Testament times, the kings had authority over all, but they could not go into the Holy of Holies. The priests could go into the Holy of Holies, but their word was not law unless the king either accepted it or was overthrown by God.

But we have been made both kings AND priests. We can enter into the Holy of Holies by the Blood of the Lamb, AND, through the name of Jesus, we have authority over principalities and powers, over sickness and disease, and over the mental and spiritual bondages of sin and death.

So we are called to be both kings and priests, sons of the Most High God, and heirs of his promise. There then can be only one class in the Kingdom -- Heaven Class. And we who have come into the kingdom and are walking with Christ are heaven class.

In world class, the lower class works very hard for very little, the middle class may work very hard for more, and the upper class likely have many people working for them. And that can be a healthy structure from an earthly perspective. But the heaven class are all servants, not high minded and demanding, but humble and serving without demanding reciprocation.

In world class, the rich might sometimes look down on the poor, and the poor often resent the rich. The rich are able to supply their physical needs, while the poor might suffer and even die from lack. But in heaven class, God supplies all our needs according to the measure of His riches in glory, and we cannot rightly look down on anyone.

Now this isn't to say that there is no true authority. In fact, if we don't submit to the authority God has put in place on this earth, we are rebelling against God.

Romans 13:1-2 says, "Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves."

Now the context of this is speaking of the authority of our respective governments. But what we see here is a principle. Just as servitude is a trait every believer is expected to develop, so is an attitude of submission. And by removing ourselves from under spiritual authority, we remove ourselves from under the spiritual covering and protection God has placed over us, and we place ourselves outside of Kingdom order.

But within this governmental structure God has established for order, accountability, and protection in the Church, there is only one class -- heaven class.


I think we all too often allow ourselves to be defined by the measure of this world. But when we do so, we are thinking with the mind of the world.

So when you feel as though you are in a lower class because you don't have a wealth of earthly riches, say to yourself instead, "I am heaven class."

When you feel as though you are somehow lower because you don't have a position in the world of power and authority, say to yourself, "I am a king and a priest to God my Father."

And next time you feel as though you are alone in the world, say to yourself, "I am a son or a daughter of God, an heir of His inheritance. My father is here with me by His Holy Spirit. My elder brother is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I am seated with Him in heavenly places, in the spirit realm. And when I worship God, I am standing around the throne in heavenly places, worshiping with the angels and the saints of old. And if I could pull back the veil from my eyes, I would get a glimpse into my glorious future, which is but a vapor's length away -- where I will dwell forever in the splendor and majesty of the undiluted glory and presence of the God of eternity.


If you've experienced times of deep worship in which everything else ceased to exist and you were overcome by the awesome beauty and glory of the presence of God, then you have a small idea of what this will be. If you haven't entered in that deeply, then you can't really know what I'm talking about.

But you can. You can experience something that far overshadows anything the world has to offer. No drug, no high, no sexual experience, no mental ascent, no deep trance or explosively intense lucid dream can lay a finger on the manifest presence of the Living God.

And to be granted the right to pursue and enter in to this, you need only be heaven class.

Heaven class is an equal opportunity. It is a narrow gate. But it is open to whosoever will come.

Will you come? Will you enter in to the family of God? All those around you who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and walk through life with him are heaven class. You can stay in the world and be judged by what you have and who you command. Or you can be spiritually born into a new kingdom, the Kingdom of God, where there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female; but we all are sons and daughters of the King of all kings, kings and priests, heirs of Salvation and joint heirs with Jesus Christ our Lord.

And if you are a part of that family, then I challenge you today to let the world's ways of thinking go. In the Kingdom, you are not someone who's struggling in the lower class dreaming of some day when just maybe, by some stroke of luck, instead of you serving others, other people start serving you.

Instead, you are Heaven Class. You are a king and a priest with great authority and power, who serves everyone expecting nothing in return.


I know this has been short, but let's go ahead and wrap up today's service with a time of ministry and prayer.


If you don't know the presence of God as I described it a few minutes ago, either because you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord, or because you have simply never entered into that level of worship for whatever reason, step out of your seat and come to the front.


I'd like to pray with you now. Whether you are giving your life to Jesus for the first time or simply want to experience his manifest presence, just pray along with me between you and God in your own words. Pray this with me.

Jesus, I want to know you, in the fullness of your glory. I ask you to forgive me for my sins. I surrender my life to you. I accept your sacrifice for my sins, Jesus. Make me a part of your family. Make me heaven class. And I ask that you reveal yourself to me in your glory. I want to enter into an encounter with you, that is deep, intimate, and overwhealming.

Right where you are, sitting there in front of your computer or wherever you may be, if you can, just raise your hands up to God in surrender and in an act of reaching out to him, and just begin to worship him.

And as we enter into this time of worship, I would like to invite all of you to get out of your seat right now and make your way to the front. And most of all, where you are right now, enter into a time of worship, a time of communion with God. Enter into the role of a priest who is entering the Holy of Holies. Purify your heart before God, confessing and repenting of any sin. And come with clean hands and a pure heart into the all-consuming presence of almighty God.

Whenever you need to leave, you're dismissed. If you'd like someone to talk or pray with you, you can instant message Mariposa or me. And if you can stay until after this time at the altar, you're all invited to fellowship with us for a bit in the Fellowship Room to your left.

Come, and let's lay our positions, our ambitions, and our perceptions of rank on the altar, as we revel in the glorious fact that, in Christ Jesus, we are Heaven Class.