What do you think about when you think of home? For some it conjures up happy memories, warm feelings, and/or thoughts of family…for others, not so much. Some of you live in a state or town where your heart considers “home” and others are “far from home.” As Christians we know we are not yet “home” in the eternal sense. Chris Tomlin’s song “Home” speaks of our heavenly home and it leads us to an area of Scripture that can both encourage us and challenge us as we continue to walk out our lives here on earth.
Let’s talk about heaven today and explore Scripture together.
On this episode I discuss:
- Being able to defend what we believe through thoughtful and accurate discussions
- Ludicrous statements in our world today about heaven
- Heaven is God’s throne – Isaiah 66:1
- Jesus teaches that God is in heaven – Matthew 6:9
- Peter describes Jesus in heaven sitting next to God – 1 Peter 3:22
- Jesus was taken to heaven and will return from heaven – Acts 1:11
- Jesus declares that heaven is a place and He intends for us to join Him there – John 14:2-3
- Heaven is our home – 2 Corinthians 5:8
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – our Bible Interaction Tool Exercises this week are:
- Read in context
- Read the text in different translations
- Complete a word study
- The context of 2 Corinthians 4 tells us that Paul and his companions were suffering from various trials and troubles
- Paul’s response to fix his eyes on the hope of his future home in heaven and describe some of what will happen to us there – 2 Corinthians 4:18
- The new bodies we will receive after this life – 2 Corinthians 5:1-4
- The Greek word for “guarantee” – it literally means a down-payment or earnest money – BibleHub.com Word Study
- Our confidence about what will happen in the future because of the Holy Spirit’s guarantee
- Pleasing God
- The coming judgment
- Our ambition to persuade others
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This Week’s Challenge
Read 2 Corinthians 4 and 5. Review the Scriptures I discussed today about heaven. Be encouraged by our song and the Scripture that we have a future home in heaven with God and His Son Jesus Christ.