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“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.“
This week’s THEOLOGICAL FOCUS is on HEAVEN
We’ve been dealing with some of the more difficult issues of the Christian faith for the past few weeks. Today, it’s time to take a moment and catch our breath. We probably need to take a break from all of the serious stuff for a moment. Think of today’s message as being something akin to planning for a really cool vacation. I mean, a really incredible vacation—one which never ends.
Satan has done a magnificent job of using unbiblical nonsense to make people not look forward to heaven, and ultimately, the new earth. When you clear away the cobwebs of lies and go straight to the bible, there is actually much to look forward to. Randy Alcorn wrote an incredible book called “Heaven.” This book changed my life. He does an amazing job of stating what the bible actually says about heaven, then offers some solid theological opinions of what might be possible attributes of heaven and the new earth.
Oh, there are pharisees in our society who’ll tell you we shouldn’t speculate about the things which God doesn’t tell us directly in the bible. While I can understand the slippery nature of their concerns, I think it’s foolish to think that followers of Christ are insulting God by discussing His kingdom and looking forward to the end of evil when Jesus returns and begins His process of ushering in the eternal state. In fact, as sons and daughters of the Most High God, ones who will inherit the entire universe and all that’s in it, if we’re not talking about our real life in heaven, we’re totally missing the boat—spiritually speaking.
Those who want to speculate that when we arrive in heaven, Jesus will introduce us to baby space aliens who ride unicorns … well … that would be absurd and with no biblical merit. On the other hand, fellow believers wondering what glory we’ll bring to God when we go to heaven and begin our eternal work for Him … well … that’s what I think God wants us to be doing. He wants us to be focused on His kingdom.
Actually, God wants us to be focused on our kingdom. Our kingdom will be without pain, suffering, or death. We will rule and God will walk with us, just like He did with Adam and Eve in the garden. As far as I can tell, to suggest otherwise is a straight-up lie.
Have a great week!
Glory awaits – it it’ll be FAR from boring