Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Part 2: What will Heaven be like?

I have been studying Heaven, slowly but surely, in the last couple weeks. A couple days ago Ashley asked me, "Why are you studying Heaven so much?". That's a great question and it's important that we know why we are doing what we are doing in every aspect of life. After giving it some serious thought here is my answer:

In Paul's letter to the Church of Philippi he said, "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." From the creation of man God has created us to be in perfect fellowship with Him. That is our end goal and our ultimate destination according to His design. Paul lived in such a way that his focus on Heaven propelled him forward in the work of the Gospel.

Think about this for a moment: how many elite athlete's train without a specific goal in mind? None that I can think of. As strange as that thought is, this is typical of Christians. I asked a college Graduate and student in a year long Bible Institute what the eternal Heaven would be like and all he could tell me were some simple thoughts his mother told him about as a child. (To his credit, he hadn't studied Revelation yet in his coarse work). For the most part this guy was a Bible wizz kid yet he had very little knowledge of the goal that Paul speaks of. I am not dogging him by any means however I think this is an accurate picture of Christian's overall understanding of their Eternal Destination.

Ok, I know that's a second post on "What will Heaven be like?" without any questions answered. I am becoming more and more passionate about this and want to make sure I set this up adequately. Answers are on the way...stay tuned!

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