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Summary: A New Future - (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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SERMON OUTLINE:

Heaven is a Real Place (vs 1)

Heaven is a Remaining Place (vs 1)

Heaven is a Readied Place (vs 2)

Heaven is a Place of Relationship (vs 3)

Heaven is a Place of Relief (vs 4-5)

Heaven is a Place of Refreshing (vs 6)

Heaven will be a Restricted Place (vs 8)

Heaven is a Place of Riches (vs 12b-21)

SERMON BODY:

Ill:

• A preacher in the open-air was preaching on Jonah.

• A heckler from the crowd yelled, "How did Jonah stay alive inside the whale?"

• The preacher answered, "I don't know. When I get to heaven I'll ask him."

• The heckler said: "And what if he isn't in heaven?"

• The preacher replies: "Then you can ask him."

Transition:

• Heaven is not just another place but another dimension, another creation.

• Revelation chapters 21-22 give us some hints and clues;

• As to what heaven is like and about what our eternal state will be like.

(1). Heaven is a Real Place (vs 1-2)

• Twice in these opening verses the apostle John tells us what he saw:

• Verse 1: “I saw…” Verse 2 “I saw…”

• I think we read those words ‘I saw…’ 10 times in this letter.

Heaven is a place.

• Not simply a hope, or a dream, or a condition or a state of mind.

• Heaven is a place:

Ill:

• The Bible talks about three heavens:

• (1). The sky.

• (2). Space.

• (3). Where God is.

• i.e. Genesis chapter 1 verse 1:

• "In the beginning God (plural) created the heavens (dual) and the earth (singular)".

• Note: ‘Heavens’ it is a duel word meaning two.

• (1). Stars & space (2). The sky. (3). The third heaven is where God is.

• You cannot put heaven on a map:

• Or measure it by miles or kilometres,

• Or even light years.

It is a real place:

• Jesus himself said in John chapter 14 verse 2.

• "I am going there to prepare a place for you".

ill:

• I have never been to Ashington in the UK;

• But I know it is a real place because I have friends there!

Heaven is not just another place but another dimension, another creation:

• In these chapters it is described as being literal, tangible, and referred to in detail.

• The emphasis here is on what John ‘saw’ with is literal eyes.

• You realise of course that everything that is precious to the Christian is in heaven:

• So if there is no heaven we might as well turn the lights off and go home now!

Note:

• Everything that is precious to the Christian is in heaven;

• Seven quick examples:

(A). GOD THE FATHER IS THERE:

• Matthew chapter 6 verse 9:

• "Our Father who art in Heaven".

(B). JESUS OUR SAVIOUR IS THERE:

• Hebrews chapter 9 verse 24:

• "For Christ... entered heaven itself".

(C). ALL CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE LIVED & DIED ARE IN HEAVEN.

• Hebrews chapter 12 verse 22-23:

• "Church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven".

Note: The word ‘written, or ‘enrolled’:

• Was employed by the Greeks to denote that one was enrolled as a citizen,


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