In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve didn’t want to sacrifice (to obey God’s voice) and they lost paradise.
“Cursed is the ground on account of you; in hard labour you will eat of it.” (Genesis 3.17)
This has been the life of all those who disobey.
Abraham sacrificed (obeyed God’s voice), and lived in paradise here on earth. He enjoyed life in its fullness and died in a good old age, filled with days. In eternity, “Abraham’s Bosom” is considered paradise itself (Luke 16.22).
The Abrahamic faith shows that you don’t need to wait until you get to eternity to live in paradise. Paradise can start here, but there is a price to enter and remain there: your obedience.
We have seen this happen in the life of those who have followed this faith. People whose life truly was a living hell, today enjoy a life of paradise on earth. From the internal to the external aspects of their life, they enjoy heaven on earth. Jesus said:
“To him who overcomes I will give permission to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2.7)
Notice that the access to paradise is for the ones who overcome — those who overcome themselves, their feelings, their will, the opinion of other people and the world, through their total surrender on the altar.
Yes, when someone places their life on the altar, they place themselves in the midst of paradise. They bring paradise to their life. The altar is the entrance to paradise, and from there, they overcome sickness, poverty, depression, their adversaries, their old self — everything that comes against them.
“To him who overcomes I will give the hidden manna to eat…” Revelation 2.17
In the desert, in the time of Moses, the manna was given to all people. Even unbelievers ate it, but the “hidden manna” is only for those who give themselves, who surrender and sacrifice everything — father, mother, personal projects, boyfriend, etc. — for the faith they have. This manna is not for unbelievers. It is paradise, heaven on earth for you, starting here and now, in this life.
Do you consider your life today a paradise?
If not, exchange hell for paradise on the altar of God.