God in Our Midst
Theme of the Week: Heaven: Beyond Harps and Clouds
Friday, April 25, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: It will all come about when history has been completed. God will then bring together all things in heaven and on earth under one ruler. The ruler is Christ. (Ephesians 1:10, NIRV)
Dig Deeper: Ephesians 1:3-10
Wild horses, Amazon rainforests, and never-seen creatures in Atlantic depths await the finalization of God's covenant work of perfecting every believer he has foreordained to be included in his forever-family. Herman Bavinck declared [in The Last Things], "The rebirth of humanity is completed in the rebirth of creation. The kingdom of God is fully realized only when it is visibly extended over the earth as well."
The gospel of Jesus isn't only good news for repentant sinners; it is a gospel for a diminished polar bear population, blighted apple trees, and dying star systems. The total work of Christ includes the divine ambition to redeem God's creation from every cursed sin effect.
The final home of people sealed in Christ—with earth and heaven merged into one breathtaking new reality—will be just as Revelation 21:3 announces: "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man" (ESV, et al.). God will be in our midst. How we should long to see this!
When new heavens and a new earth merge into our eternal home with God, the prophecy of Habakkuk 2:14 will at last come true: "The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
—Michael Allen Rogers in What Happens After I Die?
My Response: I'll try to imagine what it will be like to walk with God in his redeemed creation.
Thought to Apply: Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of heaven.—John Lubbock (British banker, politician, philanthropist, scientist)
Content taken from What Happens After I Die? by Michael Allen Rogers ©2013. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, crossway.org.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Creator, may I keep my eyes wide open for glimpses of heaven, knowing that the very best you have to offer is yet to come.
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