Sunday Feb 1, 2015 -Colossians 3:1-2 – Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where
Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
There is a longing for an end, and there is a longing for justice. We need to long for heaven, people there are longing for the new heaven and the new earth, they are longing for the resurrection, you need to long for heaven, invest in heaven. –Dwayne Terry
The Present Heaven
Eternity, Part 04
Philippians 3:13-14 – Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 3:1-2 – Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
There is a longing for an end.
Invest in heaven.
Longings In The Current Heaven
Revelation 6:9-10 – When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”
There is a longing for justice.
Characteristics Of The Current Heaven
Stuff is physical.
Revelation 6:11 – Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.
1 Corinthians 13:12 – For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
- People learn.
- There is fun and food.
Revelation 19:7,9 – Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready… 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
What This Means For Us
Hebrews 11:13, 16 – All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. … 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Invest in heaven.
Matthew 6:19-21 – “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Long for heaven.