The Vision of Heaven

How much is heaven on your mind? A few Christians seem to be more intent on laying up treasures on earth rather than heaven. It doesn’t have to be this way. Can you identify with these passages from Psalms? Psalm 73.25-26; 42.1-2; 73.28. The desire to see God, be in His presence, to enjoy Him forever – should be on our hearts.

I. Why Keeping a Heavenly Perspective is so Important:

  1. Four passages that will challenge you.
    1. Philippians 3.20-21; Colossians 3.1-4.
    2. 1 John 2.15-17; James 4.4.
  2. Everything connected to your spiritual life and eternal destiny is heaven.
  3. Romans 12.12 – rejoice in hope.
    1. Ecclesiastes 7.1 – Dying takes us to a better place.
    2. Philippians 1.21 – We long for heaven because God is there.
  4. 1 John 3.1-2. What’s the attraction of heaven? We shall see Him as He is.

II. What This Hope Does For Us.

  1. 1 John 3.3 – Everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as he is pure.
  2. Why? Heaven is the path to true joy in life.
    1. Heavenly mindedness is a strong preventative toward sin.
    2. Heavenly mindedness helps you maintain the vigor of your spiritual service.
    3. Longing for heaven honors God. It repays God’s goodness.

III. Four Principles in Revelation 21.

  1. 21.2, 9-11 – Everything will be spiritually and morally new.
    1. Even though we’ve been redeemed – we still sin. Romans 7.23-24.
    2. 21.2 – John’s vision of the bride of Christ…21.9-11 – the bride is described.
  2. 21.4 – Physically and bodily new.
    1. 21.4 – No more death. No more pain. No more tears.
    2. The body we now possess will be gone. Philippians 3.20-21; Romans 6.5.
  3. 21.1 – The new creation.
    1. God is going to make the creation new and glorious. A spiritual abode.
    2. The environment will fit our perfected spirits and bodies.
  4. 21.3 – A new relationship with God.
    1. Matthew 5.8 is a promise. Something greater is coming for all of us in our relation with God.
    2. Revelation 22.3-4.

Conclusion:

  1. How strong is your desire to go home?
  2. Matthew 6.19-21 – Where are you laying up treasures?

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