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Heaven 36

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We come full circle. In our sketch of the NT evidence, there is enough evidence to conclude that heaven — at least for Peter and for John — is not the final place. The final place is the new heavens […]

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Heaven 35

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In Revelation, Heaven is a place where the ultimate drama is staged, and one gets the sense that the drama on earth is staged in Heaven prior to its being staged on earth. While that is one sense, I tend […]

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Heaven 34

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In Revelation, Heaven is the place or world that is acknowledged by the true people of God:

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Heaven 33

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The issue we have examined, assuming that explicit mentions of “heaven” can give us all we need for our decision, is what “heaven” refers to and whether or not “heaven” is the final “resting place.” We turn in this our […]

Heaven 32

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2 Peter may finally clinch the matter for our question:

Heaven 31

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Three texts in 1 Peter are about heaven:

Heaven 30

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The book of Hebrews has a strong dualism between the earth and the heavenly realm, so what it says about “heaven” is of concern to us. Notice these texts:

(Back to) Heaven 29

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We had an interlude on a book and now we are back to finish up our series on heaven. Is “heaven” the permanent eternal place or, like some are arguing today, is it an alternative world, perhaps only temporary, but […]

Flying into our Future with the Wright Brothers

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Recently I was asked where theology was headed. I assured my reader that I wasn?t ?in the know? but that I would hazard a guess or two. First I thought we were likely to see a more robust Trinitarian theology, […]

Heaven 27

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One of the most significant texts in this discussion of the “permanence” of heaven is Philippians 3:20. In context now:

Heaven 26

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Many of Paul’s references to heaven repeat what we have seen elsehwere. Thus:

Heaven 25

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“I know a man in Christ,” Paul says in 2 Cor 12:2, “who who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know?God knows. […]

Heaven 24

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2 Corinthians 5 fits in many ways with the concerns of the re-made spiritual body of 1 Corinthains 15. So here is our text for today:

Heaven 23

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Paul’s next reference to heaven is 1 Cor 8:5, and it speaks of false gods whether in heaven or on earth, and it doesn’t do much for this discussion. But 1 Cor 15:47 does:

Heaven 22

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Romans 10:6 is not an easy text to understand. Here it is in context:

Heaven 21

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The three remaining texts in Acts do not add to the picture but prop up what is already standing tall and clear: Acts 14:15 tells us that God made “heaven and earth and sea” and 17:24 that God is the […]

Heaven 20

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Paul can say he saw a light flash from “heaven” in Acts 9:3, and probably just mean “up” or “in the skies.” But, Peter’s observations about his vision open up the heavens for us:

Heaven 19

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Acts 7 also has a very interesting reference to “heaven.” Here are three texts in Acts 7:

Heaven 18

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Acts 4 has two references to heaven, and neither opens up new vistas for us on the meaning of heaven.

Heaven 17

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We are in a series that seeks to examine what “heaven” refers to in the NT, and we are particularly searching to see if “heaven” is the eternal destiny. In other words, is heaven the intermediate state or the divine […]

Heaven 16

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Acts 2 has a number of interesting references and I will quote each one with a little context:

Heaven 15

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My little computer program boots up about 19 separable instances of “heaven” in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. And we begin with a text that is at the center of a few debates today, in particular the […]

Heaven 14

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Two more texts in John, both of which inform us of nearly the same thing:

Heaven 13

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Yet another interesting text in John, which I have to quote more completely. We are asking what does “heaven” mean and whether or not it is the final place of the blessed.

Heaven 12

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One special text in John about heaven:

Heaven 11

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We enter into the world of John’s Gospel today. This Gospel has a stronger vertical dualism than the Synoptics, but let’s look at a few texts:

Heaven 10

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Four more references to “heaven” in Luke’s Gospel:

Heaven 9

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One of the most common uses of the word “heaven” in the Gospels is to indicate “up-ness” or “sky” or “the beyond.” Hence, the following few references from Luke but there are other texts that seem to go to the […]

Heaven 8

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We are marching through Luke’s use of “heaven” this week, and I’m not so sure we will finish. So here are a few more references:

Heaven 7

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A few more texts from Luke on heaven:

Heaven 6

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Many of the Gospel texts have parallels we have discussed last week when we looked at Mark. So, I begin with a text that, while it doesn’t say much new, emphasises something important about “heaven”:

Heaven 5

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We are looking into such issues as whether or not “heaven” is the eternal home, or whether it is better to speak of “new heavens and new earth” as the eternal place, and then we are looking into whether heaven/new […]

Heaven 4

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Here are some texts from Mark 13 that muddy the clear waters of tradition when it comes to the meaning of “heaven.”

Heaven 3

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Four texts from Mark 11 and 12 bring us back to the big idea of what heaven refers to. Here they are:

Heaven 2

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Mark 10:21 is informative about what to think about heaven, but it must be read in context and I’m asking you to read the whole text carefully — there’s a lot here and this passage directly addresses our concern. Is […]

Heaven 1

posted by xscot mcknight

There are two good reasons to do a focused Bible study on heaven. First, because the history of how Christians have understood heaven has been written by several and this history reveals that Christians have both invented plenty and have […]

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