As Sons and Daughters of God, there is an open heaven above us. As children of the Highest, heaven is not closed to us. It is open. We have access through a heavenly portal made possible by the blood of Jesus Christ. The word ‘portal’ is in vogue these days. Portal simply means door or doorway. Some Biblical examples of this are found with Jacob:
Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. So, he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
With the first martyr, Stephen:
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
And of course, with Jesus Himself:
Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
Jesus in John 10:9 declares: “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” He goes on to say “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” This is the reason I am so adamant about the importance of spending time in heaven. Not only is it our spiritual inheritance passed down through Jacob (Israel). According to Jesus, it is the key to the abundant Christian life. A life He is came, died and rose again to provide for us.
The Old Testament talks a lot about sacrificial offerings. What can get lost in the teaching is the belief that the offering created a portal, a connection between God and man. Not only did the sacrifice make an atonement for sin, it caused a re-connection to God. It re-stablished a connection that was broken because of sin. As Christians, Jesus Christ is our eternal sacrifice. He is our atonement. He not only is God. He is our connection with the Godhead and with heaven. That is why Jesus could boldly say: “hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”