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Lesson 8 - Home at Last
After an extended vacation, there is nothing more heart-warming than to view your home in the distance and finally unlock your door and take that grateful step inside.
All you can say is, "Praise God!" It's great to be home at last." Although the Bible gives only a symbolic glimpse into the glories of our heavenly home, the inherent longing of the saints is for that welcome, "Well done,... enter" (Matthew 25:23, 34).
Further Readings: Revelation 21:1-4, 12-21; 21:22,23 ; 22:5
Humankind is not capable of imagining the beauty and energy awaiting us in heaven. The glories and immensity of this city are too awesome to pen. Can you imagine the same glory of God that consumed the wicked will light this magnificent city day and night (Matthew 25:34)?
Further readings: 1 Corinthians 15:26, 51-58 | Philippians 3:1 | Revelation 21:4 | Isaiah 6:10 | Luke 10:20 | John 14:1-3 | 2 Timothy 4:8 | James 1:12 | Revelation 5:10, 22:4
Our transition from earth to heaven will be overwhelmingly awesome. After God welcomes us at the gates of heaven, unlike the name over His cross, Jesus presents His saints with a new name (Isaiah 62:2; Revelation 3:12). While Jesus received a crown of thorns; the saints will be crowned with life everlasting. Rather than a blood-drenched robe; we shall be robed in Christ's own righteousness lost in the Garden of Eden. We shall be privileged to travel the universe with Christ telling the story of our salvation (James 1:18; Revelation 14:4).
Further reading: Revelation 22:1-3 | Isaiah 62:4 | 1 Corinthians 2:9
The Tree of Life and the River of Water of Life are assurances to the nation of the saved that every necessary provision has been made for the fulfillment of God's promise of life eternal. We will never again experience for the diseases and genetic curses, of this present life. All that resulted in sorrow, death, hell, and the grave has been eradicated from our eternal existence (Isaiah 25:8, 51:11; Revelation 7:17, 21:4).
A renewed relationship among all living creatures will be established.
Further Reading: Matthew 8:11; 19:28,29 | 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 | Revelation 3:21
The saints will spend the first one thousand years reviewing the mercy of God toward the lost, and Satan, and his wicked crew of angels (Revelation 20:12). At the end of that judgment period, the city of heaven will return to earth with all the saints inside this time. The Bible paints a scene in Revelation 20:7-10 of how the wicked will be resurrected to meet the final judgment meant for Satan and his angels (2 Peter 2:4; Revelation 13:8). When the wicked see the City of God, they, along with all who have ever lived, are forced to declare Philippians 2:10. Hopeless, but stirred by Satan's leading, the wicked seek to take heaven by siege. Their final effort is met by the glory of God which consumes them in what appears as a lake of fire. The fire of God's glory cleanses the world of sin forever and a new heaven and new earth are again created by God. The reign of sin and Satan is over forever (Nahum 1:7-9; Revelation 20:10; 21:1, 27).
Make a commitment today that you will keep heaven in your heart and in your view. Why not embrace and memorize Paul's powerful commitment penned in Romans 8:37-39?
Further reading: Mark 8:36-37 | John 12:34 | Hebrews 2:3
Dear Lord my God,
I love You with all my heart and long for Your soon return. Let not my heart ever grow weary of faith in Your precious promises. Help me daily to love and trust You more and to share Your love and desire to save with others. Lead me this day to fulfill Your purpose for my life here, and prepare me to see You in peace when You come to redeem us to Yourself forever. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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