Summary: The power of anticipation is often neglected among the people of God. But we should live in anticipation of God's promises everyday of our lives.
Introduction: Before we began to talk about heaven; let’s consider our anticipated state. What will we be like? How will we look? How old will we be? Will we know each other?
I. We will have a Resurrected or Translated body that is death free.
A. Imperishable. (I Cor. 15:53)
B. Pain free (Rev. 21:4)
C. Glorious (I Cor. 15:43)
D. Powerful (I Cor. 15:43)
E. Spiritual (I Cor. 15:44)
F. Same but (renewed) (Job 19:26)
G. Changed or translated. (1 Cor. 15:51)
H. No more death. (Rev. 21:4)
2. Our Mental State will be completed changed?
A. Righteous (Psa. 17:15)
B. Satisfied (Psa. 17:15)
C. Like Christ (I Jhn. 3:1-3)
D. Purified (Rev.3:5)
E. No Sorrow (Rev. 21:4)
F. No crying (Rev. 21:4)
G. Memory (gone) (Isa. 65:17-18)
H. Blessed (Rev. 14:13)
3. Our duties in heaven.
A. Serve God (Rev. 22:3)
B. Praising and worshipping God (Rev. 7:9)
C. Exploring the beauties of heaven (Rev. 21:1-2)
D. Fellowshipping (Matt. 5:8)
E. Experiencing joy unimaginable. (I Jhn. 3:2-3) (I Cor. 2:9)
F. Bowing before our Maker (Rev. 4:10)
G. Glorifying God (Rev. 5:12)
4. The Food in Heaven.
A. Drink the fruit of the vine. (Mk. 14:25)
B. Ate broil fish after His resurrection) (Luke 24:42-43)
C. Possibly eat from the tree of life. (Rev. 22:2)
D. We won’t hunger nor thirst. (Rev. 7:16)
E. Future Feast with God. (Matt. 8:11)
F. Kingdom bread. (Luke 14:15)
G. Marriage meal. (Rev. 19:9)
5. Social Life in Heaven.
A. Everyone will be single. (Matt. 22:30)
B. Everyone will be married to Jesus. (Church is His bride)
C. No loneliness in heaven. (Gen. 2:18)
D. No sex and no lust since man will be satisfied with Jesus. (Ps. 17:15)
E. We will be recognizable in heaven. (Matt. 17:3-4)
F. Family will be defined as the obedient. (Matt. 12:50)
G. Relationships will be unbroken. (I Thess. 4:17)
6. Government in Heaven.
A. Christ will be the Ruler. (Matt. 28:18)
B. We will reign with Him. (2 Tim. 2:12-13)
C. We will rule over angels. (I Cor. 6:3)
7 Environment of Heaven.
A. No sun or moon. (Rev. 21:23)
B. No night (Rev. 22:5)
C. Lit by the glory of God. (Rev. 21:23)
D. Heaven has no night but hell has no day.
*The believer will one day experience his last night on earth with an oncoming eternal day in heaven. But the unbeliever will one day experience his last day on earth with an oncoming eternal night in hell.*
8. Eternality of Heaven.
A. Dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psa. 23:6)
B. Resurrected bodies will live forever. (I Cor. 15:42)
Conclusion: Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you will you will get neither. CS Lewis
*How old will we be in heaven? Some say 33; because it’s approximately Jesus’ death age. However; after much thought and deliberation; I think we will all rise the way we died in a glorified body. I have concluded that old is not old and young is not young where time is nonexistence. A glorified body will look like a perfect you not an old you. We have never seen ourselves in the resurrected state; so it’s beyond our imagination what a body transcendent to time looks like. I know this; that we shall be like Christ.* For me; that’s good enough.