By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
For us to even exist in this life means that we must have some type of motivation... Something to keep our eye on.
Example: On a cat walk 15 stories high -- don't look down, look only where you go.
Have you ever wondered if Heaven is real?
We need to be re-encouraged... It is real.
Realize that it is real -- keep your eye on it.
Man's greatest question is , "What lies beyond the funeral, or death?"
Job 14:14 - "If a man die..."
Old Testament did not give full revelation on the matter -- New Testament does.
Heaven is illustrated to us with terms we are familiar with.
Example: Farmer goes to New York -- Son asks, "What is it like, daddy?"
Buildings are tall -- like a silo.
People on 5th Avenue -- like ants on an anthill.
Subway, underground train -- like a mole run.
I want to go to Heaven more than any other desire that I have. Don't you?
In this lesson, let's look at Heaven through the imagery of the Garden of Eden.
THE GARDEN OF EDEN WAS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE.
The Garden of Eden prefigured our eternal glory.
Have you ever thought of it this way? Why would God have created the garden?
Use it as an illustration.
Men who are faithful have paradise restored --- Sin caused it to be lost. (Genesis 3)
God selected a lovely place, tucked away in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley.
There at his feet - beautiful greenery.
Above his head - a blue canopy of sky, stars sparkling as witnesses of God's everlasting love for man.
Beauty all around - flowers, trees, animals, river -- winding like a silver thread.
PARADISE - a Persian word denoting parks of kings and nobles - beautiful, calm, relaxing. A place of bliss.
Set your affections and sights on this place. You won't want to miss it.
THE GARDEN WAS A PLACE OF SINLESSNESS.
Those in the garden were pure and innocent.
Right relationship with God.
They didn't know the meaning of GUILT - (illustrate).
Heaven will be a sinless place.
Will not have to put up with corrupt men.
Will not have to lock up things.
Will not have to worry about the children - associates, safety, crime, etc.
Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.
"This World Is Not My Home."
Earth is our boot camp.
"This world is my dressing room where I adorn myself in garments of righteousness preparing for that holy place."
I Peter 1:15 - "But like He who called you..."
THE GARDEN WAS A PLACE OF CLOSE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.
God has always dealt closely with His people.
Garden - walked in the cool of the evening.
Exodus 25:8 - "Make me a sanctuary that I may dwell with my people."
Zephaniah 3:17 - "The Lord your God is in your midst."
I Corinthians 6:19-20.
The fellowship that is enjoyed with God now is great. WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE THEN?
Heaven will be a place of sweet fellowship.
Do you want to go to Heaven?
You must set your sights there. Don't look down!
Where do you stand with God? If you were to die right now, would you go to Heaven?
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