Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Heaven: Beyond Harps and Clouds
Saturday, April 26, 2014
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A note in the NIV Student Bible says this about Revelation's heavenly conclusion: "The Bible ends very much where it began. The broken relationship between God and human beings heals over at last, and the curse of Genesis 3 is lifted. For the first time since Eden, the world as it is finally matches the world as God wants it to be. … Heaven represents the fulfillment of every true longing. As C. S. Lewis said, all the beauty and joy on planet Earth represent 'only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.'"
Read the study passage and then jot down several words or phrases that come to mind.
In 21:5, God says: "Look, I am making everything new!" What new things in heaven do you most look forward to experiencing?
Who brings light to the heavenly city? (See 21:23; Isa. 60:1-3; John 8:12.)
Why is it significant that darkness and night are completely eliminated from the heavenly city (21:24-25)? (See Eph. 5:11-12; Rom. 13:12-13.)
How should these coming heavenly realities impact your thinking and the way you live?
For further insights and helpful explanations, read the commentary notes for chapters 21 and 22 in a study Bible.
Key Study Passage:
Spend Time in Prayer: Review the list you jotted down in number 1. Turn some of those words or phrases into prayers of praise, thanksgiving, or requests for yourself or for others who need to experience the assurance and hope of eternal life and heaven.
The New Jerusalem
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, "Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever."
5 And the one sitting on the throne said, "Look, I am making everything new!" And then he said to me, "Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true." 6 And he also said, "It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
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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