Что Бог приготовил для тех, кто любит Его

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Если библейское учение об аде страдает в народном воображении, поскольку его считают своего рода подземной камерой пыток, возведенной и управляемой всемогущим божественным социопатом, то библейское учение о небесах и Царстве не намного лучше. Слово “небеса” вызывает в воображении полукомические образы людей в длинных белых ночных рубашках с крыльями и нимбами, развалившихся на облаках и играющих на арфах. Все это выглядит… ну, скучно, что вполне соответствует представлению большинства людей о Церкви. Но то, чему на самом деле учит Писание о Царстве и окончательной награде святых, сильно отличается.

Прежде всего, небеса рассматриваются не как конечная награда, а как промежуточное состояние. Христиане попадают на небеса, когда они умирают, не в награду за то, что они хорошие, а потому, что Христос там и потому, что перед смертью Он молился Своему Отцу, чтобы те, кого Он дал Ему, “могли быть со Мной, где Я, чтобы видеть славу Мою” (Иоанна 17:24). Итак, поскольку Христос находится на небесах одесную Отца, именно туда попадают и Его ученики после смерти. Небеса – это не их награда; быть с Иисусом – это их награда, и так случилось, что Он на небесах. Другими словами, небеса – это только небеса, потому что там Христос. Святой Павел не желал “отойти и отправиться на небеса”, но “отойти и быть со Христом” (Филиппийцам 1: 23); отсутствовать в теле для христианина означает не быть на небесах, но быть “дома с Господом” (2 Коринфянам5:8).

Поэтому небеса прекрасны, но это не наша последняя награда. Эта награда (как и возмездие неправедным) приходит только после того, как Христос вернулся и воскресил всех мертвых, восстановив нас в наших восстановленных телах. В тот день мы предстанем перед Господом и услышим Его суд, и только после этого получим нашу награду в возрожденных новых небесах и новой земле, которые Он создаст (Матфея 19:28, 2 Петра 3:13).

Что это за награда? Если ад – это нисхождение и падение в нереальность, удушение души в тюрьме ее собственного окаменевшего своеволия, то нашей последней наградой будет противоположность. Это будет наше бегство из тюрьмы тьмы греха в полный и приятный дневной свет, появление бабочки из кокона этого века. Здесь только словами не описать это, и апостольскому автору Апокалипсиса приходится напрягать языковые границы, чтобы дать какой-то слабый намек на эту славу, используя символы и множа метафоры. Даже святой Павел, обычно никогда не теряющийся в словах, может только сказать, что это “то, чего не видел глаз, и ухо не слышало, и что не приходило на сердце человеку, все, что Бог приготовил для тех, кто любит Его” (1 Коринфянам 2: 9). Он говорит, что это бремя славы, не поддающееся никакому сравнению, настолько огромное, что простая плоть и кровь не могут принять его (2 Коринфянам 4:17, 1 Коринфянам 15:50). Если бы Бог не воскресил нас и не сделал нас сильными и нетленными, наша хрупкая смертная плоть не смогла бы вынести таких волн славы и радости.

Сам Господь дает нам малейшие намеки. Он сравнивает награду с получением власти над городами (Луки 19:17), что говорит о том, что даже в грядущем веке время служения не закончится. Павел говорит о том, что мы судим мир и даже ангелов (1 Коринфянам 6:2-3). Некоторые, возможно, с грустью представляли, что в грядущем веке им нечего будет делать, кроме как лежать в своего рода вечном гамаке и дремать, что звучит так, как будто это очень быстро станет чрезвычайно утомительным. Но эти божественные намеки предполагают, что так не будет, но тот, у кого сердце слуги, все равно найдет возможности для служения. Ибо что может быть лучше, чем преклонять колени, получать повеления от Господа и иметь возможность исполнять Его волю и угождать Ему? Святой Григорий Нисский предположил то же самое, когда предположил, что грядущий век принесет с собой бесконечный рост в Боге.

Здесь я постоянно возвращаюсь к моему любимому К. С. Льюису. В заключении своей книги “Последняя битва“, заключительного тома своей серии “Нарниан”, он представляет фигуру Христа, Аслана Льва, говорящего недавно умершим: “Семестр закончился: начались каникулы. Сон закончился: это утро”. “И когда Он говорил, Он больше не смотрел на них как лев; но то, что начало происходить после этого, было настолько великим и прекрасным, что я не могу их описать. И для нас это конец всех историй. Но для них это было только началом настоящей истории. Вся их жизнь в этом мире была только обложкой и титульным листом: теперь, наконец, они начинали первую главу Великой истории, которую никто на земле не читал: которая продолжается вечно: в которой каждая глава лучше предыдущей ”.

Это то, о чем говорил святой Григорий Нисский: вечность возрастания в радости, история настолько замечательная, что никто на земле ее еще не читал, история, которая длится вечно, история, в которой каждая глава лучше предыдущей. Вот почему мы упорствуем, и молимся, и ходим в церковь. Вот почему мы поднимаемся и каемся каждый раз, когда падаем. Это наша награда. Это тяжесть славы. Это Пасха. Это Царство живого Бога, к которому сейчас спешат все Его дети.

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