Eternal Home Sweet Home

Eternal Home Sweet Home
(Revelation 21-22)

I. Where will your eternal home be?
A. The earth will be renewed (2 Peter 3:10-13)
B. Heaven will come down to earth (Revelation 3:12, 21:2)

II. What will your eternal home be?
A. The Father’s house (John 14:2)
B. The New Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 21:2)
C. A better country (Isaiah 65:21,25; Hebrews 11:13-16)
D. New heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1)

III. What will your eternal home be like? (Revelation 21:9 – 22:6)
A. Brilliant and shining (Revelation 21:9-11)
B. Great wall with twelve gates (Revelation 21:12-14)
C. Laid out like a large cube (Revelation 21:15-17)
D. Made of precious jewels (Revelation 21:18-21)
E. Filled with the glory and presence of God (Revelation 21:22-27)
F. The river and tree of life (Revelation 22:1-2)
G. You will see the face of God (Revelation 22:3-6)

IV. Your eternal home
A. Never ending (Isaiah 66:22)
B. Truly home at last (Psalm 23:6)

This Is What Heaven Is Like

This Is What Heaven Is Like
(Revelation 22:1-5)

I. We will…
A. Worship (Revelation 5:11-14, 7:9-10)
B. Fellowship (Hebrews 12:22-23)
C. Serve (Revelation 7:15, 22:3)
D. Work (Isaiah 65:21-23; Revelation 22:3)
E. Rest (Isaiah 57:2; Revelation 14:13)
F. Rule (Genesis 1:28; Matthew 25:21; Revelation 3:21, 5:10, 22:4-5)

II. We will not …
A. Be Bored (Psalm 16:11; Isaiah 65:17-18)
B. Hurt or Be Hurt (Isaiah 65:25; Revelation 21:4)
C. Hunger or Thirst (Revelation 7:16-17)
D. Mourn or Cry (Isaiah 65:19; Revelation 7:17, 21:4)
E. Sin or Die (Isaiah 65:20; Hebrews 12:23; Revelation 21:4)

Judgment and Reward

Judgment and Reward
(2 Corinthians 5:10)

I. What will happen on the Day of Judgment?
A. Everyone will appear before the Lord for judgment. (Romans 14:12; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15)
B. God will judge your salvation according to your faith in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Revelation 21:27)
C. God will judge your works according to what you have done. (2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 6:8; Revelation 22:12)

II. What kinds of rewards will God give his people?
A. The difference between your inheritance and your rewards (Romans 8:16-17; Colossians 3:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
B. Your rewards in heaven will correspond to your deeds on earth (1 Corinthians 3:10-14; Revelation 14:13)
C. Four different crowns mentioned in the Bible:

  1. The crown of victory – for those who practice self-discipline. (1 Corinthians 9:25)
  2. The crown of rejoicing – for those who lead others to Christ. (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)
  3. The crown of righteousness – for those who long for Christ’s appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)
  4. The crown of life – for those who persevere through trials and persecution. (Matthew 5:11-12; James 1:12; Revelation 2:10)

III. What will we do with our rewards?
A. We will receive them with gladness (Matthew 25:23 (see also Luke 17:10; John 15:5))
B. There will be no jealousy or pride. (Romans 12:10; 1 Corinthians 12:26)
C. We will give all the glory to God (Revelation 4:10-11)

Reunited in Christ

Reunited in Christ
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

I. We will be reunited when Christ returns.
A. The dead in Christ will rise first (1 Thessalonians 4:13-16)
B. Then we who are still alive will be caught up with them (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

II. We will join with the whole family of God.
A. We will know and recognize each other. (Matthew 8:11, 17:3; Luke 10:20; Philippians 3:21 (see Ecclesiastes 1:11)
B. We will be reunited with our family members who have died in Christ. (2 Samuel 12:23; Zechariah 8:5; Matthew 22:30; Luke 18:16)
C. We will all live in perfect harmony (Genesis 11:6-7; Colossians 3:10-11; Hebrews 12:22-23)

III. Christ will still be the main attraction! (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

APPLICATION:

  1. Reconcile with others now – don’t wait for heaven (Matthew 5:23-24)
  2. Grieve – but not like those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
  3. Pray for your unsaved loved ones to come to Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:14)

The New Body

The New Body
(1 Corinthians 15:42-44)

I. When will you get your new body?
A. When Christ returns! (John 5:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:14)
B. The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are still alive. (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)
C. We will all be changed “in an instant.” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)

II. What will your new body be like?
A. It will be the same body but different. (Job 19:25-27; 1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42)
B. There will be four major differences. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)

  1. perishable > imperishable (John 11:25-26)
  2. dishonorable > glorious (Matthew 13:43)
  3. weak > powerful (Isaiah 40:31)
  4. natural > spiritual (Romans 8:10-11)
    C. Your new body will be like Jesus’ resurrection body. (Philippians 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2-3)

III. Why will we get new bodies?
A. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. (John 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:50)
B. Our physical bodies are part of God’s good creation. (Genesis 1:31; Romans 8:20-21)
C. Sin and death must be completely defeated. (Romans 8:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:53-57)

Present With the Lord

Present With the Lord
(Philippians 1:23)

I. Jesus is in heaven right now.
A. Jesus ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God (Luke 24:51; Colossians 3:1; 1 Peter 3:22)
B. Jesus goes before you to prepare a place for you. (John 14:1-2)
C. Jesus will take you to be with him so that you may be where he is. (John 14:3)

II. When we die, we will go to be with Jesus.
A. To be absent from the body is to be present with Christ. (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8)
B. Our bodies sleep, but our spirits are alive with Christ (Matthew 27:52; John 11:11-13; Acts 7:59; Hebrews 12:23)
C. Being present with Christ is better by far! (Philippians 1:21-24; Revelation 14:13)

III. We still await the resurrection.
A. This first stage of heaven is temporary (intermediate state). (Revelation 6:9-11)
B. When Christ returns, He will raise our bodies and bring us with Him. (1 Thessalonians 4:14,16)
C. We will live with Christ forever in the new heaven and earth. (Psalm 23:6; John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:17)

APPLICATION:
Great Confidence (2 Corinthians 5:6-8)
Great Hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
Great Comfort (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth
(Revelation 21:1)

I. The Garden of Eden – a foretaste of paradise. (Genesis 2:9-10, 22; Luke 23:43; Revelation 21:9, 22:1-2)

II. The temple or tabernacle – a foretaste of God living with us. (Hebrews 8:5, 9:24; John 1:14; Revelation 21:3, 16, 22)

III. The church – a foretaste of the worship and fellowship we will enjoy in heaven. (Matthew 26:29; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 12:22-23; Revelation 19:9)

IV. The Holy Spirit – a foretaste of your promised inheritance. (Romans 8:16-17, 23; Ephesians 1:13-14)

V. Healings and miracles – a foretaste of God’s coming kingdom. (Matthew 4:23, 6:10; Luke 11:20; Hebrews 6:4-5; Revelation 21:4)

VI. The old earth – a foretaste of the new earth. (Isaiah 65:17; Habakkuk 2:14; Revelation 21:1)

VII. Your salvation – a foretaste of eternal life to come. (John 5:24, 17:3; 1 John 5:11-12)

Eternity in Our Hearts

Eternity in our Hearts
(Ecclesiastes 3:11)

I. All people have a general knowledge of God (Romans 1:19-20)
A. God has made plain to us what may be known about God. (Romans 1:19)
B. God’s eternal power and divine nature are seen through creation. (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20)

II. God has set eternity in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11)
A. We know this world is not as it should be. (Ecclesiastes 3:10; Romans 8:20-21)
B. We know that there must be more to this life. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

III. God puts a longing for heaven within every believer’s heart.
A. Heaven is our true home. (Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 11:13-16)
B. We who have the Holy Spirit groan along with creation as we wait for our final redemption. (Romans 8:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
C. We hope for what we do not yet have, and so we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:24-25)

What Is Heaven Anyway?

“What Is Heaven Anyway?”
(Psalm 33:13-14)

I. Heaven is God’s house. (Genesis 28:17; Psalm 23:6; John 14:2)
A. Heaven is where God lives. (1 Kings 8:30; Matthew 6:9; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 21:3)
B. God’s home reflects God’s character.

  1. Heaven is a place of beauty. (Psalm 27:4; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 21:2)
  2. Heaven is a place of holiness. (Deuteronomy 26:15; Isaiah 57:15; Revelation 21:27)
  3. Heaven is a place of love. (Isaiah 57:15; 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 John 4:15-16

C. God is central to heaven. (Psalm 73:25; Isaiah 6:1; Ezekiel 48:35)

II. Heaven is where God’s throne is located.
A. God is worshiped on his throne in heaven. (Isaiah 6:1-3; Revelation 4-5)
B. God watches and rules over all the earth. (Psalm 11:4, 33:13-15; Daniel 4:26)

III. Heaven is Jesus’ home.
A. Jesus came from heaven, and he returned to heaven. (John 6:38, 16:28; Hebrews 9:24)
B. Jesus is the only way for us to go to heaven. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

The Gospel Cannot Be Stopped!

The Gospel Cannot Be Stopped!
(Acts 12:1-25)

I. No wicked act, not even the death of the righteous, takes place apart from the sovereign will of God. (Acts 12:1-4; Psalm 2:1-4)

A. God does not love us less when He allows tragedy into our lives. (Ephesians 3:17-19)

B. We must view death from God’s eternal perspective, not from our temporal perspective. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

II. Since God is almighty, He can easily deliver His servants from impossible situations if it is His will. (Acts 12:5-19)

A. God is most glorified when we are most helpless and totally dependent on Him. (Acts 12:17)

B. God sometimes waits until the eleventh hour to deliver us so that we will be motivated to pray. (1 Peter 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)

III. Since God is almighty, He can easily remove the most powerful human leaders when it is His timing. (Acts 12:20-23; Isaiah 42:8)

IV. Since God is almighty, His gospel cannot be stopped by any opposition (Acts 12:24-25)