We started this journey through The Story 31 weeks ago (a few more, actually, if you count the weeks we took off). Here we are at the end. And what is the promise? Heaven.
Do you know what the definition of heaven is?
I imagine if I asked you to describe heaven, you’d probably all have some sort of definition. Actually, I think even many non-Christian people believe in some sort of “heaven.”
I think that people generally have four questions about heaven:
- What is it?
- Where is it?
- How do I get there?
- What should we do until Heaven?
I won’t be able to address all three of those questions here to their fullest extent. To be honest, there’s a lot to be said about each of these questions. You’ll have to come to church on Sunday morning, where I’ll attempt to work through sufficient answers, or you can check our sermon archive (YouTube, or Podcast) later. But I’ll give you a bit of it here.
What is it? Heaven is, by definition, the dwelling place of God. So, if you are in the place where God lives, then you’re in Heaven.
So, where is that? Good question. Where do you think it is?
A lot of people think it’s “up.” Why is that? When the Bible talks about Heaven, the same words in Hebrew and Greek are used to talk about “Heaven” (the dwelling place of God) and “heaven(s)” (as in, the sky and everything that’s in it.) That naturally leads to a bit of confusion.
So, is heaven “up”? Well, we are people and we only, really, understand tangible things that work within the limitations of the creation (up, down, in, out, space, time, etc). We struggle to understand how God can be all places, at all times, throughout all of eternity.
How do I get there? The short answer: Jesus. It’s all about Jesus. It always has been about Jesus. Jesus was born – God in the flesh. Jesus died as the sacrificial lamb to atone for the sins of all. Jesus rose from the dead to defeat sin, death, and the power of the devil. Jesus ascended to the right hand of the father. Jesus will come again to raise the dead and restore the creation to perfection (that is – Heaven).
What should we do until heaven?
Love God. Love one another.
Live as if you’re in heaven right now. Despite the circumstances, and the struggles, you know the reality of what is to come. Therefore, live like it. Work towards its culmination.
I imagine this post is only scratching the surface on your questions regarding Heaven. There’s a lot that can be said, and there’s much that cannot. My hope is to give you Scriptural answers of truth and not spend time speculating.
I’d love to hear from you about your questions regarding Heaven.
Send me an email with your questions and you’ll help me to shape the sermon for Sunday morning!
Congratulations on making it through The Story! I pray that it has been edifying for your faith and that you’ll spend time getting into your Bibles with a better understanding of God’s ongoing story from beginning to end.
Your name is in this story.
Alive in Christ!
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