The New Heavens and The New Earth

In Revelation 21-22, we find something very familiar… we get a sense of deja vu if you will… it’s creation, recreated. C.S. Lewis said, “I believe man once lived in utopia, but does no longer, and that he is always trying to return. The name of his first utopia was Eden…it is part of our heritage. We want to go back… we are haunted by memories of the original garden… we are displaced persons, but our homeland burns and glows in our hearts.”

Scripture: Revelation 21:1-22:5

The Nature of Our Resurrection

Is heaven a real place? Or is it merely symbolic? Wayne Grudem writes, “Stephen did not see mere symbols… It was rather that his eyes were opened to see a spiritual dimension of reality which God has hidden from us in this present age, a dimension which nonetheless really does exist in our space/time universe, and within which Jesus now lives in his physical resurrected body, waiting even now for a time when he will return to earth.”

Scripture: Revelation 6:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:42-49

The Call to Be Heavenly Minded

The man who is about to sail for Australia or New Zealand as a settler is naturally anxious to know something about his future home, its climate, its employment, its inhabitants, its ways, its customs. All these are subjects of deep interest to him. You are leaving the land of your nativity, you are going to spend the rest of your life in a new hemisphere. It would be strange indeed if you did not desire information about your new abode. Now surely, if we hope to dwell forever in that “better country, even a heavenly one,” we ought to seek all the knowledge we can get about it. Before we go to our eternal home we should try to become acquainted with it. -J.C. Ryle.

Scripture: Luke 16:19-31; Philippians 1:21; Colossians 3:1