Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
This week at Stonepoint we discovered more about Heaven. I cannot adequately talk about this in this today. There was a lot of information. I would encourage all of us to go to the website and listen to today’s sermon again.
Today Pastor Brandon talked from Revelation chapter 21. This chapter talks about the “New Heaven and the New Earth.” We talk much about Heaven but, as good as it will be to be there, it is not our final home. Our final home will be the New Heaven and the New Earth that God will usher in at a later time. Here are a few highlights I got out of today’s sermon, in no particular order.
First, there will be a clear difference in Heaven as it is now and the New Heaven and the New Earth. Even though when a Christian dies, and is ushered into Heaven, he will not see the full glory of God. We will be with the KING, but we will still not see his total glory. That is reserved for later.
Another point I really liked was that when we as believers just see an inkling of God, we hit the floor. Isaiah chapter six is fascinating to me. When Isaiah had a vision of God and received his calling as a prophet, what was his reaction. Verse 5 says he was ruined. Basically, he was torn apart. I truly don’t believe we will be asking God a bunch of questions, like I have heard people say, when we see God in even a small part of His glory. I think we will fall on our face in worship and adoration.
A New Testament passage that follows the same thought as Isaiah 6 is in Acts 9. When Saul saw a vision of God, scripture says Saul fell to the ground. The only question he asked was “who are you, Lord?” In both these instances, neither Isaiah nor Saul saw the full glory of God. If this was their reaction to just a partial vision of God, what will it be like when we see God in all His glory? I can’t imagine!!
A final thought. When will we see God in all His fullness? It will be when God ushers in the New Heaven and New Earth! It is here that we will experience the full glory of God. I have no idea what that will look like either. But from scripture, we do know a couple of things.
God will be among us. We will actually see God face to face! See 1 John 4:12 and 1 Timothy 6:15-16.
All things will be made new. The old order will pass away. No tears, sickness or death.
Finally, There will be no Sun or Moon. The glory of God Himself will light the city! All this should blow our minds, as we often say.
So, are we ready? Do we really look forward to going to Heaven and then enjoy eternity in the New Heaven and New Earth? Or do we spend most of our time rolling around in the muck and mire of this world. There was an old saying among the people of Christ: “He is so Heavenly minded that he is no earthly good.” Personally, I don’t agree. I think the more Heavenly minded we are, the more we will accomplish here on earth. May our Lord make us all Heavenly minded.