Since we covered “the reality of Hell” a couple of months ago, it’s only fair that we also study the glory of Heaven. God in His lovingkindness has given us more than one motivator to live right. We have Hell to avoid and Heaven to long for. It’s good to study up on Heaven when we start feeling too comfortable in this world. It’s good to remember the joy of Heaven when we’ve been hurt by this world. And it’s good to pursue Heaven to keep us from pursuing the things of this world. Tip: If you have already Bible-marked “Judgment is Surely Coming” and “The Reality of Hell,” make sure you choose a different color.
In the front of your Bible, write:
The Glory of Heaven- Matt. 25:34,46
…Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world….These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.
Circle “kingdom” and underline “prepared for you” and “eternal life.” At the end of the verse, write John 14:2,3.
In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am there you may be also.
Circle “My Father’s house” and underline both occurrences of “prepare a place.” Also underline “where I am there you may be also.” In the margin, write “Jesus prepares our Home.” At the end of the verse, write 1 Cor. 15:50-55.
Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY. O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?
Circle “kingdom.” Underline both occurrences of “changed,” all four occurrences of “imperishable,” and both occurrences of “immortality.” In the margin, write “Our change from temporal to eternal.” At the end of the passage, write 1 Pet. 1:4.
To obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.
Circle “inheritance” and underline “imperishable,” “undefiled,” “will not fade away,” and “reserved.” At the end of the verse, write Rev. 7:16,17.
They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their Shepherd, and will guide them to the springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Underline “hunger,” “thirst,” “sun beat down,” “heat,” and “tear.” In the margin, write “things that will not be in Heaven.” At the end of the verse, write 21:2-4.
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will not longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.
Circle “holy city” and “heaven.” Underline “made ready,” “He will dwell among them,” “God Himself will be among them,” and “He will wipe away every tear.” In the margin, write “God’s personal care of His people in Heaven.” At the end of the verse, write v. 27.
And nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Underline the entire verse. In the margin, write “Who will and who won’t be in Heaven.”
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal” (Thomas Moore)