Heaven – Week 2

Heaven

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.

Heaven- Week 1

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

Today dawned overcast again, but no matter. It was the Lord’s day. I got up early as always, so I could make the 8:30AM Service. As I was leaving our campus I decided to drop off some things so I wouldn’t have to take them in tomorrow. I noticed the alarm was on which is usually no big thing. I have a code that can reset it and allow me in. However, I was not aware that it was no longer valid, and the alarm started blaring. I called a friend to figure out how to make the alarm stop. He said he would call the person for me, since I didn’t have the number. Finally, while I was standing outside the building, the alarm stopped. I jumped in my car and headed off to church. By the way, I never did drop anything off.

Today at church, Pastor Brandon started a new series on Heaven. I was looking forward to it. The passage for today was 2 Corinthians 5:1-10. Today was introductory but I would like to highlight a few points made by Pastor Brandon.

First, in verse 1 it talks about the fact that we are living in a temporary tent. This world is not our home and we should not just sit around and wait for Heaven, we should long for it. Am I longing for Heaven? Yes, absolutely. But when I was younger, I was quite content to just wait for heaven and go on living my life. We cannot have it both ways. We cannot want to enjoy our lives here and long for Heaven at the same time. It is important for us to remember that this is not our home. Our home is with God in Heaven.

Second, Pastor brought the point that in this body we groan and are burdened. It was not supposed to this way, but because sin came into God’s original creation through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, we suffer. There is disease and sickness, war, crime and many other things that we have to put up with. But in Heaven it will not be so! Heaven will be a pure place and there will be righteousness.

The third part I would like to leave you with is found in verses 5-10. God has given us a deposit or pledge, which is the Holy Spirit. So we press on with our lives living by faith. We prefer to be out of our body and be at home with the Lord but while we are here we should have as our goal to please the Lord. There will come a day when we will all appear before the judgment seat of Christ to give account of our of what we have done whether good or bad (V10). This judgment is not to determine our destination but our rewards, which will give back to Christ, anyway.

I hope this excites you! It does me. May we realize that however long we may live, our time here is short. Let us long to be with our Lord in Heaven. God bless you.