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November 12, 2020 7:00 am
John chapter 14 gives beautiful assurance about a place called Adrian Rogers, John chapter 14 dear Lord Jesus said, let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions if it were not so I would've told you.
I go to a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself and where I ye may be also. Welcome to the earth finding you know here on earth we are limited in our knowledge about what the Bible reveals about that place leaves us in breathless wonder, beloved pastor and Bible teacher Adrian Rogers said heaven is all that the loving heart of God would desire, heaven is all that the incredible mind of God can conceive. And heaven is all the all mighty hand of God can create. There are seven things we know for sure about heaven based on the Scriptures that we read if you have your Bible turn to John chapter 14 as Adrian Rogers describes a place called heaven. John chapter 14 dear Lord Jesus said let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions if it were not so I would've told you.
I go to repair place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, ye may be also. Now, if there were ever an eloquent and a gifted preacher will be Dr. Robert Daly.
I visited Dr. Leif on the past of the church many times at his bedside just before he died, he lapsed into a coma and had a vision of heaven he came back. This is what he said is that I pray still heaven many times but I never did it justice. Now where limited in our knowledge of heaven. Dr. Lee was limited. I am limited. You are limited.
The Bible tells us more about what will not be there that it does about what will be there but man I say this that the Bible gives us all that we need to know about heaven and what we know leaves us in breathless wonder now God is purposely Back some things about heaven promise when the apostle Paul took his sojourn into heaven he said I don't know what I was in my body my body but I went up I was caught up in the paradise into the third heaven, and he said I saw there. Things honorable things.
Things not lawful to declare that is, God said this is a sacred secret ball. You cannot tell it. God has saved something very wonderful for us a place called heaven. We got me thinking a little bit about heaven, I will give you some facts about heaven back number one heaven is a real place that is not a condition of a state of mind somewhat of the West.
Heaven is someplace only God's man limited to Scripture concerning what what the apostle Paul said about his journey to heaven. Second Corinthians 12 verses two through four balls that I know man in Christ. About 14 years ago, whether in the body.
I cannot tell or whether out of the body. I cannot tell you Paul is talking about himself. He calls himself Amanda Grice, Melissa Melissa, listen carefully.
He said when I was in my body or out of my body. I don't know that's very very important because that tells us you go to heaven out of your body.
You good heaven anybody heaven is such a real place that it takes care of a real body are yet you could go there in your spirit.
So Paul said, I don't know what I was in my body out of my body, God no such one caught up to the third heaven, and I knew such a man, whether in the body or out of the body. I cannot tell God know what how he was caught up into paradise and heard unspeakable words which it is not lawful for a man to utter. That's very interesting. We say heaven is real place in the Bible we talk of heaven as being up the apostle Paul said I was caught up in the heaven and so those who are naysayers. Those 11 us who believe the Bible literally. They split up.
The ramus don't you know that the earth is round and so and Paul is in Palestine he's pointing to heaven this way is up and somebody perhaps in Australia's morning. This way is up in the pointing in different directions. Don't you understand that those people in the Bible times that the earth was flat, but we know it's round.
How can heaven be up if it's in different directions. Well, I day I think that God understands all limitations.
This quote is one place in the face of the globe that is always up. Did you know what it is is no is not by accident that no matter where you are only planet Earth people say down south up will walk because North is a fixed position.
If you were to take a camera and open that camera and the lens of a camera and put that live in the little star and leave the lens open he would see all the other stars rotating around that Norstar and it would never, that is a fixed position. I believe the Bible teaches that heaven is no reason Scriptures. Isaiah 14 verses 1314. This is talking about the fall of Satan from heaven. For that I said in my heart I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne know what's this above the stars of God.
I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. Satan said I'm going I'm going about the stocks I'm going to the place of God. I'm going to exalt my throne.
There, in the sides of little in the Bible where God was telling people how to make a blood sacrifice in the book of Leviticus Leviticus chapter 1 verse 11 talking about killing the animal. He says this and he shall kill it on the side of the altar. Now listen to this northward toward the Lord's word for the Lord.
Leviticus 1 verse 11 lesson with some 75 verses six and seven. God is talking about where promotion comes from. He says for promotion, neither from the east, nor from the west from the South, but God is the judge what is influenced promotion comes from God. Where is God in all is a Paul said I was caught up into the third heaven by the third heaven where three heavens. The Bible speaks of the fowls of the heavens. That's the atmospheric heaven and then the Bible speaks of the stars of heaven, that's the stellar heaven and then got speech of heaven which is the abode of God somewhere a real place that Paul could have known to in a body and by the way, Jesus is there in a body. There's a man in the glory somebody said of these three heavens.
The first, we see by day saying we see by night, the third received by faith.
I love that Mary heaven is a real case. Now don't get the idea that some sort of a gaseous nebula state of mind of some no heaven is a real place one day you go there in a resurrected body and you have to have something for that resurrected photo. Heaven is a real place. It is somewhere on document saying I want to learn how to save go to heaven immediately upon their listen to the Scripture. Second Corinthians chapter 5 verses six through eight, Paul says, wherefore we are always confident why love that so bold, knowing that while we are at home in the body. Your body is a house you live in. We are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
That is his little presents for we walk by faith and not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. That's the reason I said you can go to heaven anybody or out of body absent from your body and go to heaven or you can go to heaven in a resurrected body. The Saints go immediately to heaven upon that some people think that the soul sleeps in the great don't wait the resurrection hope the body weights the resurrection. The spirit goes immediately to be with Jesus. Why did Jesus tell a dying thief on the cross, Jesus said today. Today you be with me in paradise. As Jesus bowed his head and body sit father into my hands I commend my spirit when Stephen that St. was stoned and martyred for his faith. He looked up. They said I see heaven I see Jesus on the right hand of the father and pray father I receive my spirit.
But so long ago I was the deathbed of my darling mother I wish you could have known my mother. My mother was a and an incredible individual, as was my dad. My mom had a great sense of humor and my mother was full of witticisms and then you can never get ahead U no matter what you say. She always had a come back but I can remember that is my mother was taking her last breath. She just turned her eyes and looked upward.
I can't prove it but I just have a feeling that she was looking into another world that did that just comes a time comes a time when we move out of this body and we moved into a position with our Lord in heaven. And so I have a desire to depart and be with Christ. That's what the apostle Paul said, here's the third thing you want say about heaven I heaven is a real place the Saints go to heaven immediately when made be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. The third thing about this is a question often asked what would all of which we will know our loved one will know them face to face. First Corinthians chapter 13 verse 12 for now we seem in a glass darkly, what is that mean in a glass darkly well in Bible times and have mirrors like we have a Quicksilver Roman. They would take brass and they would polish and now the translators: the glass but wasn't really my glass.
It was a babe burnished brass reflector they would look in it and the you can see what you cannot see as clearly as we see that's what he meant when we see the glass darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, then I shall know even as also I am no you see folks we really don't know one another. Now the question is about what we know one another in heaven.
The real question is do we know one another. Now you know when Samuel was going to anointed king for Israel. God told Samuel look not on his countenance known the height of his stature talking about Eli. For I have refused him go. Lord sees not as man sees man looks on the outward appearance, God looks on the heart. You know some of these high and mighty people have all of these beautiful bodies and chiseled features and everything. Don't think the more important lesson God looks on the heart. God looks on the heart. God is a sees a man sees what we know one another in heaven. Of course we will know one another in heaven.
I thought about the picture of our little baby Philip and my heart went to that passage of Scripture working.
David had a baby. That guy went heaven.
He prayed and asked God, Lord, please spare the life of the baby but God did not know the Bible says in second Samuel chapter 12 verse 20 then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his apparel and came into the house of the Lord and worship and he said while the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept for. I said who can tell whether God will be gracious to me that the child may live, but now he is dead this and this wherefore should I fast can I bring him back again.
I should go to him, he shall not return to me.
I will go to him. Now we go to our loved ones in heaven.
The apostle Paul is talking about the second coming of Jesus Christ and one of the things that he was telling the church at Thessalonica is you can look forward to the second coming of Jesus and our being gathered not only to meet the Lord to meet one another, but this first down.
First Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 16 the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the crop of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first is talking about the body that's in the grave. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up. I listen this caught up together. That's Paul's emphasis caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord again.
He told them in first Thessalonians chapter 5 in verse 15 it speaks of Jesus who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
If you think of the saints in the Bible. When they died, what, how does the Bible talk about the Saints dying. It talks about them going to be with their people. When Moses died is what God said to Moses get the up into the mountain and die in the mountain and being gathered on the light. People now Moses mother. That mother that made him that little arc patient Moses, go see mom mountain be gathered to your people.
Abraham knew that he was going to have a family reunion.
Genesis 25 verse eight then Abraham gave up the ghost that is he you let the spirit and died in a good old age and old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people is what the Bible says about Isaac. Genesis 35 verse 29 and Isaac gave up the ghost and died and was gathered to his people being old and full of days and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Listen to what the Bible says about Jacob and his family reunion in heaven. Genesis 49 verse 33 and when Jacob made an end of commanding his sons. He gathered up his feet into the bed and yielded up the ghost and was gathered under his people that his body is still somewhere moldering in the grave but he gathered with his people. He is with his people. That's what Jesus talked about a family reunion in heaven and Matthew chapter 8 and verse 11 is what Jesus said and I say view that many shall come from the East and the West and shall sit down with Abraham and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven where going to fellowship there with these people will know them on the Mount of Transfiguration when Jesus was transfigured, which is at a preview heaven please up there on the Mount of Transfiguration Elijah was that Moses was that the disciples had never met Elijah never met Moses. They were from a different era, but they recognize Moses they recognize the logic we will know one another in heaven, but it damn big plane straight number full. There will be a joyful activity in heaven there some myths about heaven. What is missing is a window where Willie rolled with a halo sitting on a fluffy cloud like a heart. I has really sold more annual all day long will have to listen to amp up and heaven is rest but is not laziness is not just lolling around for all eternity. Adam had work to do before sin ever came into the garden but it was in labor, one by the sweat of his brow was dressed regarding keep it. This first Outlook 19 I Lord is talk about what we do heaven.
Chapter 19 beginning in verse 12 and he said, therefore, certain nobleman went into a far country. Now the nobleman is in. This is a parable and Jesus himself is the nobleman how to receive for himself the kingdom and return our Lord is going to receive the kingdom he's coming back and he called his servants and delivered under them 10 pounds and set occupied till I come. But his citizens hated him and sent a message after him say we will not have this man to reign over us and came to pass that when he was return. Having received the kingdom. He then commanded the service to be called in to him, to whom he had given the money that he might know how much each man again by trading.
Then came the first thing Lord by pound has gained 10 pounds and he set him him well done, good servant, because that's been faithful in a very little bowel have thou authority within cities and the second came, saying, Lord, by pound has gained 5 pounds and he said likewise to him, be thou also were five cities. Now I will go no deeper.
To this except to tell you that our Lord has gone to heaven. He is giving us certain abilities and certain things that we made to be made stewards pieces occupied like on that doesn't mean take up space and occupations.
What you do is a get and when I come again. I'm going to reward you. And I'm going to reward you according to labor shall be to go to serve me. We want to help our God rule as universe positive we suffer with him, will also reign with him is a great verse. I love from the book of Revelation chapter 7 verse 15 apostle John had a glimpse of the glory. And he saw the servants of God hears here's way describe them. Therefore they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple. They serve him day and night. The greatest joy that I have been serving the Lord. What a privilege to serve the Lord.
Sometimes I wish I could serve him better.
I always enjoy music.
I love music. I have a little bit more taste ability, music, and sometimes I little what some you don't like and consider piano and played by Aaron under I will do that service but I love music. I am somehow having difficulty getting it out. I cartoon I just can't unload rhyme tell you when we get to heaven. This is going believe it was not Whitmire Rogers. I know that because the last of the first set God in heaven is not to be boring to be thrilling is going to be blessed is going be joyful activity in heaven. Number five. Heaven is going to be a place of absolute perfection.
As I said that introduction this message. We know more about what will not be in heaven and we knew what will be in heaven be no more tears, no more sign no more crying no more dying no more pain for the former things are passed away. That's the reason apostle Paul said in Philippians chapter 1 beginning in verse 21 for to me to live is Christ and to die. Listen is gain. To die is gain. Then he said I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better day.
No more sin, no sorrow, no suffering, no death, no disease, no doubt. What is heaven is all that the loving heart of God would desire in United someone love you so much he gave his son to die for you as love is. Love, mother. We love God but that he loved us and gave us on heaven is all that the loving heart of God would desire, heaven is all that incredible mind of God can conceive in heaven is all the all mighty hand of God can create put together God's love. God's mind and God's power and that's heaven.
No wonder Paul's and I am the scenery, heard, nor had a large man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. I desire to depart and be with Christ Jesus which is far better not agree Scott, I was exposed great give-and-take from talus rig language says it is far very much far much more better is adding superlatives upon superlatives. What is talking about going to heaven heaven is a place of absolute perfection.
You think God's creative genius in this world.
This world is been marred by sin. They had to go look sometime at a mountain range are sometimes look into the face of a Buttercup or see the God that sculpted the rose by God that painted the rainbow, God gives us these glorious sunsets. The God who crafted the delicate wing of the butterfly even as marred by sin is a glimpse of heaven will be the consummate work of God's creative genius. More tears, more stunning, crying pain. Heaven is the presence of all that is good in the absence of all that's bad in that crate to hear today will pick up a part two of this message tomorrow.
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