Many people imagine heaven as a place to which we ascend after death, a divine destination where light abounds. It is good to think of what heaven might be like, because this gives us hope for the things to come.
Yet, like all things, we should build our visions on the truth. Today, we will examine what God’s Word teaches us about the Kingdom of Heaven.
“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.“Thomas Jefferson
Heaven and Earth
The Fall of Man
When our ancient descendants, Adam and Eve, rebelled against God in the garden of Eden, heaven and earth became two distinct and separate entities, and heaven was hidden from the earth’s sight.
Not only that, but their bodies and the bodies of their descendants (you and I) became subject to sin, and heaven was hidden from their hearts, and the hearts of their descendants.
The Words of Jesus Regarding Heaven
It is important to know that Jesus came announcing the arrival of heaven on the earth and of heaven in our hearts. He came to be the bridge between the human race and God. Jesus came to re-establish the connection between heaven and earth.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 (NIV)
“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
Luke 17:20-21 (NIV)
When we accept Jesus as Savior, we are redeemed from our sin and the Word of God is planted in our hearts, which, if we nurture it in Truth, will grow into the Kingdom of God in our hearts.
Read The Parable of the Sower to go more in depth.
The Revelation of Heaven on the Earth
In the restoration of all things, heaven and earth will no longer be separate but God’s Presence will fully surround all things.
“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15 (NIV)
The church (see ekklesia) is made up of those called out by Jesus to be a part of the holy union of heaven and earth. This church is not a particular race, creed, or denomination but all of those who have accepted Christ and are chosen by God.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.”
Revelation 21:1-2 (NIV)
On Earth as It is in Heaven
Christians must continue to follow Jesus despite trials and tribulations, despite criticism from others, and despite suffering.
We should pray as Jesus instructed us, in hope of the restoration and unification of heaven and earth.
We do not need to use the exact words below, but we do need to have the meaning of these words well established in our hearts.
“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
Summary: When our ancient descendants, Adam and Eve, rebelled against God in the garden of Eden, heaven and earth became two distinct and separate entities. Jesus came to re-establish the connection between heaven and earth. As Christians, we play an active part in the restoration of all things, by glorifying God and Jesus.
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