REALITY OF HEAVEN

in HeartChurch2 months ago (edited)

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A common question that has risen in mankind from generation to generation is, "What happens to someone after death?" Many people have had so called death experiences and have come back to life and told of their experiences. Philosophers and religious leaders have offered countless opinions on the subject as well. The ideas have ranged from reincarnation to simply ceasing to exist at all.The Bible has a lot to say concerning life after death and what happens to the soul. Jesus spoke a great deal about this subject and declared that He Himself had come down from heaven and that after His death He would go there to prepare a place for those who would follow Him.

John 3:13
"No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.

John 14:2
" In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. Jesus also spoke a great deal about a second place that had been prepared for the Devil and his followers.

Matthew 25:41
"Then He will also say to those on the left hand, `Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

In this lesson and the next one I want to try and paint a picture for us on what the Bible has to say concerning the reality of both Heaven and Hell. God has provided clear answers regarding life after death. In this message we will be looking at the reality of Heaven and then next week we will look at the reality of Hell.

WHAT IS HEAVEN?
Heaven is a term in the Bible which describes three different spheres of existence. The word"heaven" sometimes refers to the atmosphere surrounding the earth. Other times it refers to outer space where the other planets are. Lastly, Heaven is the dwelling place of God and the elect angels. it is the everlasting home of the redeemed of all mankind.This is the Heaven we will be looking at in this message. It is the place where those who are not destined for Hell will live after death. In the New Testament it is clearly described as an actual place, and not a state of mind or being.

WHAT IS HEAVEN?
Heaven is a term in the Bible which describes three different spheres of existence. The word"heaven" sometimes refers to the atmosphere surrounding the earth. Other times it refers to outer space where the other planets are. Lastly, Heaven is the dwelling place of God and the elect angels. it is the everlasting home of the redeemed of all mankind.This is the Heaven we will be looking at in this message. It is the place where those who are not destined for Hell will live after death. In the New Testament it is clearly described as an actual place, and not a state of mind or being.

WHAT IS HEAVEN?
Heaven is a term in the Bible which describes three different spheres of existence. The word"heaven" sometimes refers to the atmosphere surrounding the earth. Other times it refers to outer space where the other planets are. Lastly, Heaven is the dwelling place of God and the elect angels. it is the everlasting home of the redeemed of all mankind.This is the Heaven we will be looking at in this message. It is the place where those who are not destined for Hell will live after death. In the New Testament it is clearly described as an actual place, and not a state of mind or being.

Terms Used To Describe Heaven.
John 14:2"In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Hebrews 11:16
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

Revelation 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write:'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' " "Yes," says the Spirit,"that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."

2 Corinthians 12:4
...how he was caught up into Paradise and heard in expressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Luke 13:29"
They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. The term "kingdom of God" represents the here and the now as well as the eternal domain. In fact most references concerning the kingdom of God refer to the here and the now. The truth is that we must enter into the kingdom of God now if we want to be a part of it in the eternal.It is here in heaven that the believer is promised "the tree of life", not to be hurt of the second death, a stone with a new name in it, authority with Christ, a white garment and his name in the Book of Life; security in the City of God, and ruling and reigning in the Throne of God and the Lamb.

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