July 3, 2016
The final installment in our Gospel in G series considers the new heaven and the new earth and the glory of God's shalom.
Thank you for this message.
I would disagree that "scripture is not that clear" about our eternal destination. References may not be voluminous, but they are clear. Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us in His Father's house that we might be with Him. The last chapters of Revelation speak of the new heaven and new earth, and that we would be with Jesus and the Father. We will see Him face-to-face and not be incinerated by His glory! He will 'walk' with us, and wipe tears from our faces - I believe these are tears of joy and worship, not sadness or regret.
Jesus indicated that believers go to heaven (Paradise) when they die; no-bellievers do not. John says that we do not know (undertsand as yet) what we shall be, but we will be like Jesus when He appears for we will see Him as He is - that is, in all His glory. Isaiah described a glorious throne with astounding beings surrounding the throne on which God sat. Saints will surround the throne and worship Him.
Okay, so we don't get a video of what heaven looks like. We also don't get a lot of information of what the opposite destination is like - other than it is miserable, horrible. But, we are told clearly that we will be with Jesus, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit - forever. That is enough for me.
If this is one of your two sermons it is a real hum-dinger and worthy one. Thank you. I kept thinking of King's last sermon while reading this and like the way you hint that other saints may be preparing the way as well. Perhaps it is best to leave that as a hint as you do, we can be sure of Christ, the rest of us muddle as best as we can as the Sheriff and others do in "No Country For Old Men."
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