The Hope of Heaven and the Resurrection
- The glory of the gospel
- The good news of gospel is that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead; thus, all who believe in Him will be raised from the dead and given a resurrected body similar to Jesus’s body.
1I declare to you the gospel…2by which also you are saved, if you hold fast…3I delivered to you first of all that…Christ died for our sins…4and that He rose again the third day…20But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits [guarantee] of those who have fallen asleep [died]…49We shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man [Jesus]… (1 Cor. 15:1-4, 49)
- God will give us a resurrected body that will be conformed to the glory of Jesus’ resurrected body.
21…will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body… (Phil. 3:21)
2…we shall be like Him…3Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself… (1 Jn. 3:2-3)
- The centerpiece of God’s eternal purpose is for Jesus to come back to establish His kingdom rule over all the earth as He joins the heavenly and earthly realms together. Heaven speaks of the supernatural realm where God’s presence is openly manifested. Earth speaks of the physical realm as the place where natural process, human emotion, and physical sensation reach full expression.
9Having made known to us the mystery of His will [plan]…10that He might gather together
in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth. (Eph. 1:9-10)
- God’s purpose has always been to live together with His people face to face on this earth. The New Jerusalem will descend to earth, and it will be our dwelling place on the earth (Rev. 3:12; 21:2, 10). Jesus and His people will rule the earth with the natural processes, not suspended, but enhanced by the Spirit’s supernatural dimension— as when Jesus appeared after His resurrection (Jn. 20-21).
- John gave us an internal view of the New Jerusalem as the ultimate Garden of Eden (Rev. 21-22). He described its beauty (21:22-27) and close communion with Jesus (22:1-5) who illuminates the City (21:23; 22:5). This city of splendor (21:9-11) is almost 1,500 miles in length, height, and width with walls over 200 feet thick (21:15-17) that are made of precious stones (21:18-20).
10…the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God 11having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12Also she had a great and high wall…21The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass…23The city had no need of the sun…for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb [Jesus] is its light. (Rev. 21:10-23)
- Life inside the New Jerusalem (Rev. 22:1-5) includes the river of life (22:1) and the tree of life (22:2) and face-to-face communion with God (22:4) that points back to life in the garden of Eden.
1And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal…2In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits…3And there shall be no