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Heaven

C. Heaven is not part of physical universe:

  1. Jn 18:36 Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world . . . this realm"
  2. Heb 9:11,24 Heaven is not of this creation
  3. 1 Cor 15:50­51,44 Flesh and blood(when Jesus appeared after His death He was flesh and bone/no blood) cannot inherit the kingdom of God a. we shall all be changed...we will have a spiritual body

D. Jesus teaches His disciples about the nature of heaven: John 13:36; 14:1­6

  1. Jn 13:36 you cannot follow me now but you will follow me later
  2. Jn 14:2 Father's house has many places, I go to prepare you a place
  3. Jn V3 I will come and receive you that where I am YOU may be also
  4. Jn V5 Thomas asks, "Jesus where are you going?"
  5. Jn 14:6 No one comes to the Father but through Me!

III. Physical symbols/word pictures of heaven

A. A City:

  1. An eternal heavenly city: Heb 11:16; 13:14
  2. a beautiful city: Rev 20:2,10­22:5

C. NEW HEAVENS AND EARTH:

1. 2 Pe 3:5­7

2. The present physical universe is "uncreated" or eliminated:

3. Rev 21:1.5 I make all things new

D. RESTORED GARDEN PARADISE: Gen 2:8­10

  1. Rev 2:7 Tree of life in the paradise of God
  2. Rev 22:2,3 Uncursed tree of life

E. "HOLY OF HOLIES" or "MOST HOLY PLACE" of the Jewish tabernacle:

  1. Represented heaven: Heb 9:11,24
  2. Jesus entered into the veil: Heb 6:19,20

F. OTHER PHYSICAL PICTURES AND SYMBOLS:

  1. Eternal day: Rev 21:25 ~ 22:5
  2. Physical comfort:
  3. Emotional comfort: No morning or crying: Rev 21:4

Conclusion

A. Overall heaven is described:

  1. Mt 5:11 as a great reward
  2. Rom 8:18 present suffering not worthy to be compared with future glory
  3. 2 Cor 4:17,18 eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison
  4. Eph 2:7 surpassing riches of His grace towards us
  5. Eph 3:20 beyond all we could ask for or even think of