A Fresh Look at Heaven

21 02 2015

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Heaven is a distorted subject. It is found in ancient myths, diluted by Hollywood and mocked by skeptics. In general, most people believe they are going there. At funerals the loved one is eulogized as being “in a better place”, or that “they will not suffer anymore”. In reality, heaven is exclusively prepared for those who believe in Jesus (John 14:1-6). It is accessible to those who believe, by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). It has been said, “There will be three things which will surprise us when we get to heaven; one, to find many there that we did not expect to find there; another, to find some not there whom we had expected; a third, and perhaps the greatest wonder, will be to find ourselves there.”

Revelation 5:6-8
6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

What words can be used to describe Heaven?

1. Worship– John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.”
2. Discovery– Romans 11:33 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! “
3. Love– 1 Corinthians 13:8, 13 “Love never fails. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
4. Joy– Matthew 25:21 “Enter into the joy of your lord.”
5. Creativity– Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them”.
6. Responsibility– Matthew 25:21 “you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things”
7. Relationships– Matthew 22:31-32 “But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” 1 Corinthians 13:12- “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
8. Fellowship– John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”.
9. Music– Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation”
10. Satisfaction– Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness”.

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