CHRIST LIFE CHURCH
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT MINISTRIES
HEAVEN OUR HOME
Introduction: The words “heaven” and “heavens” are used in the scriptures. The word “heavens” in the scripture denotes the clouds, firmaments, sky, and expanse of stars and so on; while the heaven of God which is heaven of heavens is the planets where God dwells with His innumerable angels, the spirits of just men made, perfect, and the Lord Jesus.
Before Jesus went away to heaven. He promised His disciples that He would come again to receive us unto Himself, so that where He is, we shall be also. No one knows the day, or the hour, not even the angels, neither Christ Himself; but the Father only. God’s people therefore are to know the times and a season for that day is not to overtake them unawares, as a thief in the night. The catching up of true believers (both dead and alive) to meet with the Lord in the air and remain with Him forever is what is called the Rapture (John 14:1-3; Luke 21:34-36; 1 Thes. 4:13-17). Let us take a brief look at the rapture before looking at the ultimate home of all believers (heaven).
1. How, When, Would The Rapture Happen?
(a) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet – 1 Cor. 15:23; 51-58.
(b) As a thief in the night, at the coming of the Lord with a shout, with the voice of the archangel with the trumpet of God. Thes. 4:13-17, 5:1-2.
(c) At the coming of the Lord Jesus, our bodies will be transformed. Phil.3:20-21. Tit. 2:11-14.
(d) Sudden, as a snare. Luke 21:34-36.
The rapture will be in the twinkling of an eye and like a thief in the night. It will take place before the great tribulation (Luke 17:26-30).
There are precedents of the rapture in the scriptures:
i. Enoch was taken by God – Gen. 5:24
ii. Elijah was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire – 2 Kings 2:11-12
2. What Qualifies One For The Rapture?
(a) Holiness – Heb. 12:14
(b) A life of purity after committing one’s life to Jesus. 1 John. 3:1-3; John 1:12
(c) Continual purging of oneself of all impurities by the word of God. Eph. 5:27, 1 Cor. 5:7
Every believer has to ensure he goes in the rapture by living a consistent life in the Lord. It is only those whose garments are unspotted that will go at the rapture. Anyone that is not born again can not partake of this glorious experience – John 3:3.
But what a joy it is to make it to the end.
3. The Glories of Heaven
(a) Perpetual fellowship with God – 1 Cor. 13:12; 1 John 3:2
(b) Rest from labour – Rev. 14:13
(c) Full Knowledge – 1 Cor. 13:12
(d) Absolute holiness – Rev. 21:21
(e) Joy in abundance – Rev. 21:14
(f) Eternal weight of glory – 2 Cor. 4:17; Col. 3:4
(g) Worship to God for eternity – Rev. 19:1; 7:9-12
4. Some Facts About Heaven
The Bible mentions there are heavens (2 Cor. 12:1-4) these are:
i. The Clouds or firmament – Gen. 1:8-9; Job 26:8
ii. The space (including the solar system) Gen. 6:14-19; 15:5
iii. The planet heaven, the dwelling place of God and the eternal home all believers – Gen. 11; 2 Cor. 12:1-4, John 14:1; Rev. 21
From the revelations of the Word of God, these can be said about heaven (our home)
(a) It is a safe deposit for treasures – Matt. 6:20
(b) It has the register of all saints – Luke 10:20
(c) There is room for every believer – John 14:2
(d) It is built by God Himself – 2 Cor. 5:1; Heb. 11:10
(e) It is the final home of the redeemed of all nations. Rev. 7;9; 21:1
(f) Nothing that defiles can get there. Rev. 21;8:27
5. What Should Be Our Attitude Knowing That Heaven Is Out Home?
(a) Adorning ourselves with a meek and quiet spirit towards God – 1 Pet. 3:3
(b) Looking up with expectation – Heb. 11:10
(c) Being always steadfast, immovable, abounding in the work of the Lord. 1 Cor. 15:58; Matt. 24:13; Mark 13:13
The one looking forward to a place in heaven must be sure he is born again. No one that is not born again can see the Kingdom of God. John 3:3-5.
6. The Joy Of Making Heaven Our Home
(a) No more sorrow – Rev. 21:4
(b) No more crying – Rev. 21:4
(c) No more pain – Rev. 21:4
(d) No more curse – Rev. 22:3
(e) Fellowship with God forever – 1 Thes. 4:16
(f) Escaping eternal damnation – Matt. 3:12; Luke 21:36
(g) Being glorified with Christ – Col. 3:4
Conclusion: Heaven is real. God has made heaven as the final home of His faithful saints. Every believer in Christ must strive to make heaven by walking before the Lord in holy living. Anyone that misses heaven misses everything in this life and in that which is to come.
Memory Verse: “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city (heaven)” Rev. 22:14.