God’s Land: Part 3

God’s Land: Part 3

Introduction

  1. “Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream, of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam. Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall; sing to me of heaven, sweetest song of all.”
    1. We’ve been singing that song for the past two weeks; the sweet, sweet song of eternity.
    2. Hopefully the things we have been studying will comfort you when the shadows fall on your life.
  2. I know by the end of this study all of our questions haven’t been answered–how can they be?
    1. I realize there are still questions you have; so do I.
    2. Yet, I hope that we have established at least a foundation for future study of God’s land; a study founded, not on the fanciful dreams of men (or children) but on the eternally substantive and unchanging character of heaven’s central resident: God.
  3. By focusing on God, we are finding heaven.
    1. So far we have seen that heaven is a place of beauty, pleasure, contentment, and joy.
    2. In this study we want to look at three final aspects of heaven.
  4. Heaven is a Place of Purity
    1. From the very beginning sin found a place in our world.
      1. The transgression of Adam began a reign of death which permeated the world (Rom. 5:12). Since that time we have been enduring the ramifications that come with sin.
      2. All we have to do is turn on the television and see the carnage sin reeks in our world: murder, pedophilia, adultery, broken homes, addictions, homosexuality, etc. When will it ever stop?
  • If you watch a post-apocalyptic film for any time there is one major theme: hopelessness.
  1. The promise of evolutionary progress has shown itself to be woefully incapable of dealing with evil.
    1. Men such as Karl Marx and others have promised that if we could just do certain things, limit certain freedoms, then we can progress toward a utopia where all is right.
    2. Evolutionary theory played a big part in this; we are all evolving toward a greater world.
  • Yet, we have witnessed time and time again how false that fairy tale is.
  1. They fail to consider the one factor that continually thwarts any hope of perfection apart from God: sin.
  1. But the Bible speaks of a place untouched by the stain of sin.
    1. John rights in Revelation that it is a place free from things that defile (Rev. 21:27).
    2. All of those things which cause us harm and hurt us will be done away with and God will wipe the tears from our eyes (Rev. 21:4).
  • Peter speaks of a passing away of former things and an establishment of a new order (2 Pet. 3:13).
  1. Why is that? Because it is God’s land.
    1. He is at the center, reigning in perfect holiness (Rev. 4:8; 1 Jhn. 1:5).
    2. The holiness of God permeates His land; it floods every corner. Sin has no place here because sin finds no room here.
  • Only those who have been made holy by the blood of Christ will be granted access to the Holiest of Holies.
  1. Within His realm the impurities and pains of this life melt away as we bask in His glorious light.
  1. Heaven is a Place of Fellowship
    1. I love watching people reunite with their loved ones at the airport.
      1. Who hasn’t experienced the pain, heartbreak, and anxiety that come with broken fellowship in this world? Whether in the church, our communities, or our families, broken fellowship is something we have all experienced.
      2. At the same time, we’ve experienced the sweetness of unity and hoped that it wouldn’t end.
  • Wouldn’t it be great to reside in a place where there is perfect unity and fellowship? While we might not experience it in this world, we can experience it in God’s land.
  1. God is a God of unity, not disunity (1 Cor. 14:33).
    1. It is within His nature to possess perfect harmony within Himself (Jhn. 8:29; Jhn. 16:13).
    2. Through Christ He unifies and reconciles Himself to humanity (Eph. 2:16).
  • It follows that heaven will be a place where the unified saints of every age will forever dwell in perfect harmony with their God. Regardless of class or color, we all will enjoy an eternity of unending, spiritual fellowship (Rev. 5:9).
  1. That fellowship will have greater intimacy, greater dimension than anything we experience in this life.
    1. Those elements that often create barriers in relationships (dishonesty, jealousy, strife) will fade away.
    2. We will be flooded by the love our God and share that love with each other.
  2. Heaven is a Place of Love
    1. How can we talk about heaven without talking about love?
      1. Foundational to the character of God is His great love (1 Jhn. 4:8).
      2. He is the personification of love. Through the redemption of Christ we are drawn into the fellowship and benefits of that love (Jhn. 3:16). The gospel of Christ is a gospel of love.
    2. The scripture says that the current world is infused with the steadfast love of the Lord (Psa. 33:5).
      1. Yet, all of that being said, I imagine that there are few who feel they have reached the greatest benefits of that love.
      2. We still struggle with learning how to express and accept the love of Christ (Eph. 3:18-19).
    3. Yet, in God’s land, when we eternally reside in the very presence of love, it will radiate through our entire being.
      1. We will experience the love of God in a way that we never have before.
        1. Every facet of heaven will be but another moment to experience the love of God.
        2. Every corner we turn in this new world will open another door, another dimension, of the depths of God’s love.
        3. God is a fountain of love, the very source and well of love, and in His land He will pour it forth in the streets for all eternity.
      2. No relationship and no romance can touch the hem of that love.
    4. Conclusion
      1. Can you see it? Can you see God’s land? It’s just waiting around the corner. Turn the eyes of your heart upon the rapturous beauty of this place.
      2. Once we see it, understand that there is only one way to get there: Jesus (John. 14:6). He grants us access through His grace into the grandeur of this place.
      3. All we have to do is place our faith in Him and obey the gospel of Christ. He has already paid the admission. The question is, are you willing to accept the invitation?