The Personal Carpenter
National radio story-teller, Paul Harvey used to lead into the second and final part of his stories with "and now, the rest of the story." Or he would wait till the end of his story and say, "and now you know, the rest of the story." I have found many Christians that Do Not read the "rest of the story" to 1 Corinthians 2:9-10. Pastors, teachers and many others will quote verse nine 'till the Rapture, but I have never heard them continue to verse ten. Here are the verses -
"However, as it is written: 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' — the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit."
Verse nine is - "However, as it is written: 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived' — the things God has prepared for those who love him".
Verse ten, the one people either forget, ignore, don't memorize or don't know about is - "these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit."
The whole context of this passage is speaking to being in tune with God's Holy Spirit in order to know God's mind, His plans. Verse ten states those things that the eye has not seen, ear has not heard and mind has not conceived - "God has revealed to us by His Spirit".
I desire to emphasize that the Christian has this capability by continually walking faithfully with the Holy Spirit. And when we use this vision and auditory aide to know God's mind and plans by His Spirit, some of the things we will see are Him as Creator God, how creative He is, that He has placed creativeness within us, and His eternal inventiveness is for all of us.
Two such glimpses at how God's eternal and supreme ingenuity is playing out are nature and the forever dwelling place for believers.
Romans 1:20 states the irrefutable evidence of Creator God in nature, "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."
As Creator, before visiting the earth as Jesus the Messiah, the Word of God made the tree He would be crucified on and the rock-hewn tomb that He would be placed in for burial.
I find of all occupations that Christ Jesus could have been born into, His earthly father and therefore Jesus was a Carpenter. While Jesus was and is the Word of Father God, the creative agent that formed everything, He also took on the creative human job of Carpenter until the moment came for Him to begin teaching.
Then in John 14:2-3, Jesus states, "My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
Since Christ ascended to the right hand of Father God, He has been preparing a place for each individual believer for the day when He decides to Rapture His believers home to Heaven. That is a long time for a place to be "Under Construction" - what a place, indeed!
To help the believer's imagination get started with the new heavenly digs - picture the most luxurious, expensive, largest, well serviced, well furnished, well kept property and house in the world that you can think of.
Now, because that structure and property is man-made, it will have some flaws and limitations. But what The Carpenter is building for His family in Heaven will make the most elaborate thing on earth look like a trashy outhouse. And I believe all of Heaven and each individual's place will not only deliver a shock and awe due to the materials like gold as transparent as glass (Rev. 21:21) but as a direct co-relation to the believer's relationship with Christ - The Personal Carpenter.