by Michael Lewis
May 9, 2021
“’Yes,’ Jesus replied, ‘and I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne…’” -Matthew 19:28
Heaven is for real:
1. Heaven is a place.
“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” -Revelation 21:10
“In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” -John 14:2-4
“We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.” -Romans 8:23
“He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.” -Philippians 3:21
“For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.” -1 Corinthians 15:53-54
“We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.” -2 Corinthians 5:2-3
2. Heaven is about a people.
a. There will be work.
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” -Genesis 2:15
I believe we will be involved in the family business… Reigning.
“Then God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.’” -Genesis 1:28
“If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him.” -2 Timothy 2:11-12
“And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory.” -Romans 8:17
“For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” -Ephesians 2:6
b. There will be worship.
3. Heaven is about a person.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is among His people. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be intimately with them.” -Revelation 21:3
“…you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does…” -Ephesians 6:8
“‘Yes,’ Jesus replied, ‘and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property-along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.” -Mark 10:29-31