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What is Heaven? (Communion)

May 26, 2019 Speaker: Mike Wittmer Series: The Story of Your Life

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Genesis a:23–a:23

What is Heaven?

What happens when we die?
-We meet Jesus
-We long for something more

Luke 23:43 NIV
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 NIV
6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:21-23 NIV
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;

Revelation 1:12-18 NIV
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Revelation 2:17 NIV
17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

Revelation 6:9-11 NIV
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” 11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.

What happens after that?
-Return of Christ
-Resurrection of our bodies
-Restoration of all things

Where is our final home? It's here.
-Purging rather than annihilating fire
-new-discontinuity, earth-continuity

What changes and what remains the same?
-Things: same, Actions: different

Rule of thumb: if it belongs creation it remains, it if belongs to the fall it will be removed.
-Example: cultural activities, exception with creation-marriage, exception with the fall-the serpent is still cursed and Jesus still bears his scars

Isaiah 65:17 NIV
17 “See, I will createnew heavens and a new earth.The former things will not be remembered,nor will they come to mind.

2 Peter 3:10-13 NIV
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

Revelation 21:1 NIV
1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

Revelation 21:5 NIV
5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Revelation 21:24-26 NIV
24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.

Isaiah 60:3-11 NIV
3 Nations will come to your light,and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:All assemble and come to you;your sons come from afar,and your daughters are carried on the hip. 5 Then you will look and be radiant,your heart will throb and swell with joy;the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,to you the riches of the nations will come. 6 Herds of camels will cover your land,young camels of Midian and Ephah.And all from Sheba will come,bearing gold and incenseand proclaiming the praise of the Lord. 7 All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,and I will adorn my glorious temple. 8 “Who are these that fly along like clouds,like doves to their nests? 9 Surely the islands look to me;in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,bringing your children from afar,with their silver and gold,to the honor of the Lord your God,the Holy One of Israel,for he has endowed you with splendor. 10 “Foreigners will rebuild your walls,and their kings will serve you.Though in anger I struck you,in favor I will show you compassion. 11 Your gates will always stand open,they will never be shut, day or night,so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations—their kings led in triumphal procession.

Isaiah 65:21 NIV
21 They will build houses and dwell in them;they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Matthew 22:30 NIV
30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

Isaiah 65:25 NIV
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,and the lion will eat straw like the ox,and dust will be the serpent’s food.They will neither harm nor destroyon all my holy mountain,”says the Lord.

John 20:27 NIV
27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Consummation
-Spiritual bodies
-Ever escalating culture
-Glorification/inability to sin
-Immanuel/God with us
-Deeper understanding of God

1 Corinthians 15:42-49 NIV
42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

Genesis 1:28 NIV
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 2:15 NIV
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Romans 8:30 NIV
30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Revelation 21:3 NIV
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

1 Peter 1:12 NIV
12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

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