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Heaven is a City
According to the Bible the human race starts in a garden, but we end in a city. You know why I think that is? Because heaven is a place where human activity is valued. That`s what cities are: a place of a lot of activity. Sports arenas, rock concerts, art galleries, cool restaurants. Now if you don`t like cities, don`t worry, I`m sure there`s some country-side too. Figuratively, what this is getting at is that heaven is a place with a lot of activity. It`s not boring. It even says that we get to reign with Jesus, whatever that means. I don`t think it means we get our own solar system to mess around with, that could be dangerous. But it does mean that there`s a lot for us to do. Heaven is not boring. There`s activity.

By: Scott Dudley
Category: Eternal Life
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Heaven is Relational
Jesus ... describes heaven as a wedding banquet. Those are relational images. Heaven is a place where we get to be in perfect relationship with God and with each other. In other words, it is a place of ultimate reconciliation. That`s why there is no temple, because the temple represented God`s presence on earth, and in heaven you don`t need a temple because God`s right there. In fact, it even says that God himself will wipe the tears from our eyes. I love that image. In heaven God is so close that his very hand will touch our face. That`s how close we`ll be to him, that`s how close we`ll be to each other.

By: Scott Dudley
Category: Eternal Life
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Heaven is a Real Physical Place
The Bible describes heaven as a very material place: gold, jewels, gates, streets. Now a lot of this language is figurative, and I don`t know if there`s literally gold in heaven, but the main point is that heaven is a real, physical place, not a bunch of angels floating on clouds. You can think of it this way: it`s sort of like the difference between angel food cake and chocolate torte. Angel food cake is this light, airy little wisp of a dessert that doesn`t fill you up, very unsatisfying, and we name it angel food cake because that`s our image of heaven - unsubstantial. But a chocolate torte is dense, it`s rich, it`s thick. And which would you rather have? Is that even a choice? Chocolate torte, right? I know, some of you sick souls will say, "No, I like angel food cake." That`s why you need to come to church, to be enlightened. Heaven is a chocolate torte; it`s dense, it`s physical. In heaven matter matters. It`s described as the new earth. It`s earth, only completely renewed and purged of all the junk. You see, heaven is important, but it`s not the end of the world. It`s a renewed earth. In the passage Jesus says, "Behold, I am making all things new." He does not say, "I am making all new things."

Heaven is a renewed earth and it is a physical place, and we are physical there too. We are not disembodied souls floating around on clouds. The idea that our soul goes to heaven when we die is not in the Bible. That`s Greek, it`s Plato, it`s not Jesus. In 1 Corinthians: 15 the Apostle Paul makes a long argument about how we are raised from the dead in the body just like Jesus was. And just like Jesus somehow we will be recognizable as us. This passage says that the nations are present in heaven, and the Greek word there is "ethnos" the word from which we get "ethnic." In heaven we will have our ears, our eyes, even our ethnicity, and the best of our personalities without all the junk. Now some of you right now may be thinking, "Oh man, I have to have my body in heaven? I better lose some weight or I`m going to lug this spare tire around for eternity." Calm down. The Bible tells us that we get a new, perfect body. We`ll never get sick, never grow old, never get hurt, never die. I might even get my hair back - it`s going to be great! I like to think that in heaven I`ll have the body I always wanted to have but never got around to it. So if you`re white here, you`ll be white there. If you`re Chinese here, you`ll be Chinese there. If you play the guitar here, you`ll play the guitar there, only better. And if you don`t like to play the harp, you don`t have to. The only people playing harps in heaven are people who like to play harps here. ''although I suppose you could take a lesson if you wanted to''. Heaven is a real, physical place and we get to be real, physical people.

By: Scott Dudley
Category: Eternal Life
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"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." ( John 3:16)

"My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand." ( John 10:27-28)

"Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life." ( John 6:47)

"I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." ( John 11:25-26)

"And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." ( John 17:3)

"Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life." ( John 5:24)

"This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day." ( John 6:39-40)

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