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November 13, 2020 7:00 am
The ultimate purpose of heaven listen to Adrian Rogers.
Jesus is the crowning glory of heaven to me is not primarily a place heaven is a person. Jesus said I go to prepare a place for you analysis this was the purpose of voice that we live in February.
I gave maybe also I'm looking forward to being with Jesus. Are you Bill when I goal for the trip and I come home what you think. I do burst through the door and run over and hug the lamp lamp is a nice recliner good at my reply will look at our rods and stores. I want to get in my essay to me is Joyce where she that's what makes my whole what makes heaven heaven JESUS to be with Jesus. Welcome to word finding, the Bible doesn't reveal about what he does leaves us in breathless one part one of today's timeless message we heard Adrian Rogers assure us that heaven is a real place with the saved go immediately upon death. We will know our loved ones face-to-face heart. There will be joyful activity in the place of absolute perfection where Jesus is the crowning glory see the thrill of heaven is not that we will live there. It's that we will live there. Jesus, if you have your Bible turn now to John chapter 14, as we hear the powerful conclusion of a place called heaven about if there were ever an eloquent preacher will be Dr. Robert Daly.
I visited Dr. Leif on the precipice 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, but now 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 where you 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, a state of mind somewhat of the risk heaven is someplace on God's map element in 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 a man in Christ.
Such a 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 apostle Paul said I was caught up into heaven, I believe the Bible teaches that heaven is no limitation Scriptures Isaiah 14 versus 1314. This is talking about the fall of Satan from heaven.
For that is set in my heart I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne.
I watched 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 offer. Now listen to this northward toward the Lord's word for the Lord. Leviticus 1 verse 11. Listen to this Psalm 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 whether 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 gone 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 heaven is a real case. Now don't get the idea that some sort of a gaseous nebula state of mind or 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 God's map saying I want to learn how the saved 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 in a body 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 that 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 1/3 thing I want to say about heaven I heaven is a real place the Saints go to heaven immediately when they die be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.
The third thing about this is a question often asked what we know, all of which we will know our love 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 a burnished brass reflector they would look in it and you can see what you could not 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 God looks all heart.
God is a season, and sees what we know one another in heaven. Of course we will know one another in heaven. 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 be gathered underlie 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 to you that many shall come from the East and the West Henschel 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 in the mount of Transfiguration. Elijah was that Moses was that the disciples had never met Elijah they 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 a damn big claimant strike number four, there will be a joyful activity in heaven there some myths about heaven will miss is a wiggle where will the rope will halo sitting on a floppy clap like a heart. I live in has really sold more in annual all day long will have to listen to and from and heaven is at 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 was in labor, one by the sweat of his brow was dressed the garden and keep it.
We want to help our God rule glass 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 his glory and he saw the servants of God. Here's here's what he described them, therefore they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple. They serve him day and night. This God in heaven is not boring going to be thrilling is going to be blessed is going to 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 verse 21 to me to live is Christ and to die. Listen is gain. To die is gain. Many 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 heaven is all that the loving heart of God would desire you imagine someone love you so much he gave his son to die for you.
That's love is. Love not the will of 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. And heaven is all the all mighty hand of God can create put together God's love. God's mind and God's power and for and that's heaven. No wonder Paul said 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.
He's 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 RC 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 world is marred by sin. You can see a glimpse of glory. But heaven will be the consummate work of God's creative genius you will love heaven many questions. Therefore, you can ask about heaven.
None of us can answer but I'm telling a friend that heaven is a place of absolute perfection. Why, because Jesus said, I do and prepare a place for you every breach of the bridges on heaven tells and retells the story of a little girl who was blind and never seen the surgeon believed that he could restore cider give side to that child. The parents were willing. They did the surgery.
The eyes were bandaged there came a time when the bandage was to be removed which should be able to see they unwrapped the gauze took those pads from those precious allies, and the doctor said sweetheart. Open your eyes. This little girl opened her eyes and blinked. The first thing she saw was the face of that, Dr. than the face of a nurse than the face of her mother, she saw a tear for the first time in her mother's I she said I can see and she looked around the things in the room that you not take for granted and then she went to the wind and looked outside choosing brushes all green grass Genesis guy. She saw the sky. She didn't see the flower she saw flowers. She ran back to her mother squeezed her mothers-in-law, mama.
His beautiful Holland, why didn't you tell me it was so beautiful that mother through tears of joy said sweetheart. I tried to tell you but you had to see for yourself.
No, I think we did have was a something I get to our heavenly father. Father wanted you tell us to have was a wonderfully select. I tried to take. I took the things that you value streets of gold walls and Jasper dates of gold.
Those are just symbols of greater glory, greater things, things that I cannot see my ear here, not part conceive a what heaven is going to be like Kevin is going to be a place of absolute perfection. Perfection that here's the next thing about heaven. Jesus is the crowning glory of heaven heaven to me is not primarily a place heaven is a person Jesus said I go and prepare a place for you and Allison this was the purpose of place we live in hope that where I am there. He maybe also I am looking forward to being with Jesus. Are you listen if you are looking forward to being with Jesus we give you this morning for a eternal vacation or something like that you're not doing is where he is built when I go off on a trip and I come home what you think. I do burst through the door and run over and hung the lamp lamp has a nice recliner good at my recliner look at our rods, no stores. I want to get in my essay home to me is Joyce where she that's what makes my home call. What makes heaven heaven. JD asked you this to be with Jesus, the great prayers that Jesus prayed in John 17 verse 24. He is praying father.
I will that they also, whom thou has given me, be with me did have a loved one who say you praying God, all God don't let die Lessard pray that prayer that I want to understand the somebody else's brain also is Jesus knew what Jesus is bringing but I will.
They also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory print for July, when steps over to the face of Jesus to build his Lord you think that's bad.
No, listen to me face-to-face with Christ, my Savior, it will be worth it all. When we see Jesus I got is cut to the last point, only the redeemed are going to heaven only being are going to heaven as I said earlier yet to be heaven born to be have about what you mean heaven born when the Bible says when you be born again.
The literal language of that is to be born from above, you had an earthly birth. You need a heavenly birth and if you heavenly born you'll be heavenly down heaven born newbie heaven bound. He was a couple scriptures Revelation chapter 7 verse 14 John again is in the glory he sees this great multitude and asked this question. Revelation 7 verse 14 and I sent him, Sir, thou knowest. Who are these and he said in me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and I washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Those in heaven.
All those have been washed by the blood of the land.
I hear people strut and talk about the denomination. No denomination never got to the heaven.
I'm a good person is not being a good person today washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.
What does that mean it means that you receive Christ in his atoning blood for your sin. John closes the book of Revelation. Revelation 21 verse 27 talking about heaven, and there shall in no wise enter into it anything that the filing we watch our work is abomination or maketh a lie, but they that are written in the Lamb's book of life membrane that he died and he came to portals of heaven and he knocked on let through the gate and voice within said, who is at the six interested heaven.
What is the password the man said. I'm a moral man, what is the password in the heaven honesty voice within said apart from me, ye that work iniquity. I never knew you another not have the portals of heaven voice within said, who is six interested heaven and what is the password.
This man said I am a humanitarian.
What is the password to heaven he said love, charity, good deeds was within said apart from me that work iniquity.
I never knew you another knock the six interested heaven and what is the password I am a religious man, what is the password religion baptism church attendance voice within said apart from me, ye that work iniquity.
I never knew you. Finally 1/4 man locked at heaven's portals was within said who is the six interested heaven and what is the password the memo outside said I'm a Christian. I give my heart to Christ. I've been born again in my hand.
No price I bring simply to lie prone cycling heaven was within said open wide gates and letting me for all of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Have you ever done that. Have you ever said, Lord, I'm not trusting my honesty trusting my charity.
I like trusting my relation, Lord Jesus, thank you for time for me. I trust you.
You do that and I promise you on the thought of the word of God. Newbie heaven born you be heaven bound enjoys and I'll meet you. Just inside the Eastern gate.
How many of you say pastor Rogers. I know if I died today I go straight to heaven because I repent of my sin.
I trusted Christ, I am heaven born and I'm heaven bound that you could not let's get it settled. Right now I want to pray this prayer after me. Dear God, just pray right now. Dear God, I'm a sinner I'm lost.
I need to be saved. I want to be saved. Jesus you died to save me, you promise to save me if I would trust you. I do trust you with all of my heart come into my heart for giving mice save me Jesus I trust you to do right. Thank you for doing you know my Lord and my Savior and I will live for you. The rest of my life not in order to be saved because you save me by your grace. Out of gratitude I will live for you, my God, your name I prayed to receive Jesus Christ just now we want to celebrate with you we'd like to invite you to our discovery, Jesus page at her website. There you'll find answers, you may need about your newfound faith is a response section as well.
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