The Glory of Heaven – Part 2 – Notes/Study Sheet

(Rev. 21:10-18)

 

Introduction:

   * The notion of a Creator seems to be instinctive among all people, as does some concept of Heaven & Hell.

   * Job 3:17 –

   * Sadly, there are too many false views of Heaven.

 

1. Heaven on Earth.

   * Bible distinguishes between Heaven & Earth (Mt. 5:34-35; 6:10, 19-20).

   * Proof texts for theory - Isaiah 65:17; 66:22; II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1. What type of language? _______________

   * Rom. 8:20-22 –

   * Personification found elsewhere in the Bible (Psa. 114 Psalm 96:12; 98:8; Isaiah 35:1; 55:12).

   * Rev. 21 & 22? –

   * Must recognize figurative language.

   * Where did this theory begin? In the pseudepigrapha literature of the inter-biblical period, not in Scripture.

   * A lot of people have a materialistic view of Heaven.

  

2. What will Heaven be like from our point of view?

   * A place of rest.

      - Rev. 14:13 –

      - Matt. 5:3 & following –

      - John 13:17 –

      - Hope of every Christian (Titus 2:3) –

 

   * A place of reward.

      - Gal. 6:7-9 –

      - Matt. 21:28 –

 

   * A place of righteousness.

      - Rev. 4:8 –

      - Luke 9:26 –

      - Heb. 12:23 –

      - No police or prisons!

      - Heaven will be minus the unfaithful (Matt. 25:41-46; II Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 14:9-12; 21:8; 22:15) – they’ll be in Hell.

 

   * A place of responsibility.

      - God’s servants will serve Him (Rev. 22:3) continuously (Rev. 7:15).

      - Luke 19:16-19 –

 

   * A place of reunion and recognition.

      - Gen 25:8 –

      - Gen. 37:35 –

      - II Sam. 12:23 –

      - Matt. 8:11 –

      - What if I notice loved ones who aren’t in Heaven?

            1) God will take care of it! (Rev. 7:17; 21:4).

            2) We’ll have a heightened sense of spirituality and will see things differently.

            3) The Lord loves humanity more than we do and He’s happy, why wouldn’t we be?

 

   * Heaven will prove the reliability of our hope!

      - Acts 24:15 –

      - I Cor. 15 –

      - Jn. 5:28-29 –

 

Dear soul, prepare for Heaven. Do it now!                                                                    R.W. McAlister 4/26/09 p.m.