The Good Place
What Makes Heaven Better Than Now? | Part 3: The Good Place | West Jordan
Key Truth: God is making all things NEW, not making ALL NEW things.
“Heaven is important, but it’s not the end of the world.” - N.T. Wright
“The point of Christianity is not...to go to heaven when you die. Rather it is putting the whole creation to rights.” – N.T. Wright
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
A New Earth: The NEW earth, will be the OLD Earth restored.
Isaiah 60:17 See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.
Acts 3:21 Heaven must receive him [Jesus] until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.
Heaven will be the EARTH that you know, but in way that you’ve never KNOWN.
Isaiah 60:18-21 No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever.
2 Peter 3:13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
Revelation 21:4 There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
On the New Earth, people will FINALLY rule as God ALWAYS intended.
Genesis 1:26-28 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image...God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Romans 8:18-25 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed...in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God..
A New You: You’ll be MADE new, not become someone BRAND new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
“I am convinced that the typical view of heaven — eternity in a disembodied state — is not only completely contrary to the Bible but obscures the far richer truth: that God promises us eternal life as totally healthy, embodied people more capable of worship, friendship, love, discovery, work, and play than we have ever been.” - Randy Alcorn
Who you are IN Christ is who you’ll be WITH Christ.
Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
“We normally think of our going up to heaven to live with God in his place. That is indeed what happens when we die. But the ultimate promise is that God will come down to live with us in our place, on the new earth.” - Randy Alcorn
Bottom Line: We’ll be FREE from every sin and FULFILLED in every pleasure.