1. To lead us to a greater desire to be in heaven with our God. 2. To gain a true, Biblical understanding of Heaven.
There is only one expert on the topic of heaven, and that is God.
The only true perception of heaven is what God reveals to us through His Holy Word.
We have looked at …… Ancient cultures Modern views of heaven Heaven in the light of our faith Inside heaven The nature of God Who is in heaven
We have looked at …… Heaven is a home for children Heaven is a home of books Heaven is a home of glory What won’t be in heaven
Some points to ponder……. -Is there time in heaven? -Will there be day and night? -Will we sleep or always be in a state of consciousness? -What about relationships?
We shall be changed in a twinkling of an eye. Our mortal bodies are corruptible. 1 Corinthians 15: 50-53 1 Corinthians 15: 50-53
Will we know each other in heaven? - The Bible projects the hope of heaven. 1 Peter 1: 3-4 - Looking at Abraham. Genesis 25: 8-10 - Looking at Job Job 19: 23-27, James 5: 11
Will we know each other in heaven? - Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob Matthew 8: 11 - Moses and Elijah Mathew 17: 1-8, Hebrews 11:25- 26
Will we know each other in heaven? Luke 16: 19-31 A look at Luke 16: 19-31 Two people. Richman & Lazarus They conversed One worried One was in Abraham’s bosom One was in a place of torment
Will we know each other in heaven? Family Luke 20: 27-38 We will not be married. What is the purpose of marriage?
Will we know each other in heaven? What is the purpose of marriage? Amos 3:3 Companionship Amos 3:3 Hebrews 13:4 Enjoyment Hebrews 13:4 Genesis 2:23 Completeness Genesis 2:23 Genesis 1:28 Fruitfulness Genesis 1:28 Eph. 5:25, Titus 2:4- 5 Protection Eph. 5:25, Titus 2:4- 5 Eph. 5: 31-33 Typify Christ & The church Eph. 5: 31-33
What conclusion can we draw right now? -People here on earth are the same people in eternity. -People are identifiable -God is identifiable -We have been given a specific identity
United States Great Seal: E Pluribus Unum We live in a great melting pot Phil. 3:20 Our greatest citizenship is in heaven. Phil. 3:20 Offered to all people, all places, at all times We can choose not to be a citizen
Privileges of being a citizen of heaven A new start A great relationship with God A great family Live forever in your place prepared by Jesus.
We are Christ’s ambassadors here. 2 Corinthians 5:20 An ambassador has to understand the relationship between his country and the one he is stationed in. John 15: 19
We are not of this world 2 Corinthians 6:14 Righteousness – Lawlessness Light – Darkness Christ – Satan What do these things share together?
We are not of this world John 18:36 Aion - unbroken age Oikoumene- world of the Greeks Ge – can be translated as planet Kosmos – orderly arrangement
Monasticism- Living apart from the world to concentrate on God. ( being a monk) Matthieu Ricard, molecular geneticist and Tibetan monk dubbed “Happiest man on the Earth” (bbncommunity.com) (bbncommunity.com)
1. Why did Jesus use the term “kingdom” 2. Do the monks have the right idea? 3. How can a Christian be unstained by the world around him or her? 4. How should we live as citizen of heaven?