Meet the Makarioi (Dispensers of Grace)

Jesus has been granted the power to bring the souls back from Sheol and keep them out of Sheol. John, of all the witnesses of Jesus, was inspired to record the greatest promise Jesus made. “Truly truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever He does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all He himself is doing; and greater works than these will He show him, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom He will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes Him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (Jn. 5:19-24).

Meet the Makarioi (Dispensers of Grace)

Daniel saw in a vision, “Thrones were set up and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and his wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened” (Dan. 7:9-10). John completed the vision, “I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books” (Rev. 20:12).

Meet the Makarioi (Dispensers of Grace)

Jesus made this promise to his followers, “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going” (Jn. 14:1-4; RSV). Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, was inspired to recall these words, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” (I Cor. 2:9; RSV).