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Summary: Questions about Heaven

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WHY IS CREATION GROANING FOR HEAVEN?

Romans 8: 18-25 (p800) January 8, 2012

INTRODUCTION:

What would you want God to do for you if He told you your life is going to be filled with suffering and trials?

I guess, first of all I’d ask---“Would you really want to know that about your life? Would you really want God to tell you….”Yes I’ve called you….yes I’ve saved you…but let me show you how much you’re going to suffer and struggle because of this calling.”

The answer to that question is complicated…I’m not sure I’d want to know about all the suffering I’d go through if it’s on a somewhat normal level (whatever that might be) but if it was going to be extraordinary…ongoing…I don’t know…maybe.

And what would I want God to do for me if he told me about this life of suffering for Him? I’d want Him to show me why it would be worth it….I’d want to see heaven!”

When Jesus appears to Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus…it’s personal and powerful…”Saul, Saul why do you persecute me!” Saul asks “who are you Lord?” and the response “I am Jesus”

Jesus knows Saul…Saul now meets Jesus…up close and personal… Jesus tells Saul, “go into the city and you’ll find out what you must do”. He does…through a disciple named Ananias. Ananias has been given this instruction by God…

Acts 9: 13-19 (p 777)

Saul has encountered Jesus…Ananias has been to lead Saul in his faith…Saul surrenders to Jesus, dies to his old life and is reborn through the Holy Spirit. Saul is now “the Apostle Paul”

Acts 9: 20 says “At once he began to preach in the Synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God”

Here’s a question…what nation of people worship in Synagogue … Easy, right? The Nation of Israel, Jews…Saul; is a Jew…He had been persecuting “the church” for the Jewish leaders….He lead the opposition against Jesus…Now he goes and preaches Jesus is God’s Son…He’s alive….

What do you think will be the reaction of the Jews in the Synagogues? Acts 9:22 says “They conspired to Kill Him”

It doesn’t take very long before “the suffering in the name of Jesus begins” As we answer the question…Why is creation groaning for heaven?” It’s important we understand…

I WE LIVE IN THE PRESENT BUT LONG FOR THE FUTURE

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

I’m not sure why, but people… (saved and lost alike) have the tendency to equate comfort with blessings for riches) If I’m comfortable I’m blessed…or I’m rich…Satan loves to speak those words…If God loved you he’d heal you…If you had more faith your struggles would go away…since God wants you to be comfortable He must be punishing you. (LIAR!)


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