Family Bible Study lesson for Aug. 28: When Heaven Comes Down : Friday, Aug. 12, 2005
August 12 2005 by Chadwick Ivester

Family Bible Study lesson for Aug. 28: When Heaven Comes Down : Friday, Aug. 12, 2005
Friday, Aug. 12, 2005

Family Bible Study lesson for Aug. 28: When Heaven Comes Down

By Chadwick Ivester
Focal passages: Revelation 21:1-7, 22-27; 22:1-5

"Heaven!" John Bunyan wrote, "It is called the paradise of God because everyone there will know such innocent delight and quiet beauty. All of John's visions were rich - but this is the richest: the very street of the city is made of gold."

Through the years I have heard many people describe what they think heaven will be like. As a rodeo cowboy, I heard some say that heaven would be one big rodeo. One preacher even said there would be flea markets in heaven. But with all the precious jewels, transparent gold, and pearls John describes, we must conclude that "there ain't gonna be no junk in heaven!"

Some say we will be able to do all the things in heaven that we enjoy here such as shopping, sowing, golfing, hunting, fishing and even gambling.

Yet none of these outlandish views of heaven are found in the Scriptures.

Some establish criteria they expect to find in heaven before deciding if they want to go.

Hank Williams Jr. sings, "If heaven ain't a lot like Dixie, I don't want to go!" Joe Diffie, desiring the pleasures of the flesh over heaven, sings, "Prop me up beside the jukebox when I die, Lord I want to go to heaven, but I don't want to go tonight." Someone even stated that if their beloved dog was not in heaven they didn't want to go because they wouldn't be happy in heaven without it.

All these descriptions of heaven are low because many have a low view of Christ. Christ is not that "One Pearl of Great Price" to the multitudes. The only criterion we must put on heaven is what scripture records - nothing more, nothing less.

New Heaven and New Earth

(Revelation 21:1-7)

J.C. Ryle wrote, "Heaven is essentially a holy place - The Lord of heaven is a holy Being, the angels are holy creatures. Holiness is written on everything in heaven. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. You must be prepared for it on this earth. Most men and women hope to go to heaven when they die. But few, it may be feared, take the trouble to consider whether they will enjoy heaven if they got there."

Glory of God

(Revelation 21:22-27)

In heaven, there will be no need for the sun.

Without the sun, this world would not exist. Likewise, without Christ heaven would not exist. Yet, millions imagine heaven to exist without Him.

The sun heats the earth and without it, this earth would be an iceberg. All the beauty of the earth derives from the sun because without the sun we could not see it. In the same way, the heavenly streets of gold must attribute their beauty to the glory of the Lamb who illuminates them.

Darkness in this world comes from being hidden from the sun. The moon reflects the sun's light so that we can have light in the night when our part of the earth is hidden from the sun. Yet, in glory, the saints will never have any interruption from the everlasting presence of the Lamb.

Thomas Boston wrote, "Christ - the Lamb of God - will perform all of the functions that these lesser lights perform here on earth." Christ's glory is more radiant than 10,000 suns.

Boston also stated, "We who are saved from death and ourselves enjoy the glory and sweetness of God's glory that we see reflected here in this world."

Presence of God

(Revelation 22:1-5)

Believers are prepared for heaven in the here and now, and enjoy glimpses of God's glory and presence through sermons, songs, worship services, personal prayer, and devotions. But in heaven we will experience God's glory directly from the source: Christ the Lamb.

Boston wrote, "The Spirit uses the word, 'Lamb' because He wants us to understand what will be our delight in heaven. The blood, the death, and bloody victory of Christ the human being will be of eternal use to us. Christ as the Lamb of God is the foundation of our eternal delight."

8/12/2005 12:00:00 AM by Chadwick Ivester | with 0 comments




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