Summary: Concludes with a 1 paragraph description of Heaven for use in witnessing.
Understanding Heaven PT 3
So far we have learned why we should want to go to Heaven.
How we are going to get there (salvation/rapture)
Rewards we will receive(Crowns of Judgment)
Now we will learn who and what we will exactly see and do in Heaven.
1-Who are the inhabitants of Heaven?
God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Angels
Those he calls children
Hebrews 12:22, 23
22 You have now come to Mount Zion and to the heavenly Jerusalem. This is the city of the living God, where thousands and thousands of angels have come to celebrate. 23 Here you will find all of God’s dearest children, whose names are written in heaven. And you will find God himself, who judges everyone. Here also are the spirits of those good people who have been made perfect. 24 And Jesus is here! He is the one who makes God’s new agreement with us, and his sprinkled blood says much better things than the blood of Abel.
2-As magnificent as Heaven will be, their will be things missing in Heaven.
Marriage Matthew 22:30
30 When God raises people to life, they won’t marry. They will be like the angels in heaven.
Our joy in Heaven will be complete by God’s presence. We won’t need anyone else to complete it.
Death Luke 20:35,36
35 But in the future world no one who is worthy to rise from death will either marry 36 or die. They will be like the angels and will be God’s children, because they have been raised to life.
In Heaven we will once again have access to the Tree of Life.
Flesh and blood 1 Corinthians 15:50
50 My friends, I want you to know that our bodies of flesh and blood will decay. This means that they cannot share in God’s kingdom, which lasts forever. 51 I will explain a mystery to you. Not every one of us will die, but we will all be changed. 52 It will happen suddenly, quicker than the blink of an eye. At the sound of the last trumpet the dead will be raised. We will all be changed, so that we will never die again.
Our bodies will be changed into “glorified bodies”
(Speaking About Rapture)
Sorrow & Pain Revelation 7:17
17 The Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to streams of life-giving water, and God will wipe all tears from their eyes.”
Curse Revelation 22:3
3 God’s curse will no longer be on the people of that city. He and the Lamb will be seated there on their thrones, and its people will worship God
The curse brought upon us by the fall of man will be removed.
Night Revelation 22:5
5 Never again will night appear, and no one who lives there will ever need a lamp or the sun. The Lord God will be their light, and they will rule forever.
God’s glory will be the source of light for Heaven.
3-Things we will experience in Heaven
Joy Luke 15:7, 10
7 Jesus said, “In the same way there is more happiness in heaven because of one sinner who turns to God than over ninety-nine good people who don’t need to.” 10 Jesus said, “In the same way God’s angels are happy when even one person turns to him.”
There is a celebration in Heaven when a person turns to God
Peace Luke 16:19–25
19 There was once a rich man who wore expensive clothes and every day ate the best food. 20 But a poor beggar named Lazarus was brought to the gate of the rich man’s house. 21 He was happy just to eat the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. His body was covered with sores, and dogs kept coming up to lick them. 22 The poor man died, and angels took him to the place of honor next to Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried. 23 He went to hell and was suffering terribly. When he looked up and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side, 24 he said to Abraham, “Have pity on me! Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and touch my tongue. I’m suffering terribly in this fire.”
25 Abraham answered, “My friend, remember that while you lived, you had everything good, and Lazarus had everything bad. Now he is happy, and you are in pain. 26 And besides, there is a deep ditch between us, and no one from either side can cross over.”
The rich man had every opportunity to turn to God.
No one can cross over to help you when you wind up in Hades. It’s too late then.
Reward & Inheritance Matthew 5:11, 12
11 God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you, and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me. 12 Be happy and excited! You will have a great reward in heaven. People did these same things to the prophets who lived long ago.