Heaven, our future Home!
John 14:2, Rev 21:1-4, 22:1-5
Heaven is a blessed anticipation for all believers. We all have a natural curiosity to know what heaven is really like; The Scriptures use earthly words to describe a celestial place. The writers, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, were simply using the most exquisite language at there disposal to describe heaven. They would words such as: streets of gold, walls of jasper, and gates of pearl. In this message we will emphasize the spiritual nature of heaven.
1. The inhabitants of heaven:
A. God is there. In 1 Kings 8:30 the writer states that heaven
is His dwelling place. We know that God has His throne
in heaven and Jesus sits at His right hand making
intercession for us.
B. Christ is there, Jesus has entered the holy place with His
own blood, having obtained eternal redemption for us,
and Christ has entered into heaven itself to appear in
the presence of God for us (Heb. 9:12, 24).
C. The Holy Spirit is there. The psalmist said he could go
anywhere but wherever he went even into heaven the Holy
Spirit would be there (Ps 139:7-8).
D. The angels are there. Do not despise one of these little
ones, for I say to you, that in heaven their angels do
always behold the face of the Father which is in heaven
E. God’s people are there. The general assembly and the
church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to
God the Judge of all, and the spirits of just men made
perfect are in heaven (Heb. 12:22-23).
2. There are the negative characteristics of heaven:
A. In heaven no more marriage (Matt. 22:30).
B. Thee will be no more death (Luke 20:36).
C. No more flesh and blood bodies in heaven (1 Cor. 15:50)
D. There will be no more corruption there I Cor. 15:42, 50
E. No more weariness in heaven, Heaven’s inhabitants will
not grow weary.
3. There will be positive characteristics of heaven:
A. A place of ceaseless and unending joy (Luke 15:7. 10)
and peace (Luke 16:25).
B. Heaven will be a place of righteousness (2 Peter 3:13).
C. Heaven will be opportunity for service (Rev. 7:15).
D. Heaven will be a place of reward (Matt, 5:11-12).
E. God’s people will receive an inheritance in heaven
(1 Pt. 1:3-5).
We should look for the coming of new heavens and new earth (2 Pt. 3:12-13). What a day that will be when we arrive in heaven, we will have joy unspeakable and full of glory!
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