CHRIST – OUR HOPE OF HEAVEN
With Christ coming to earth, the Kingdom of heaven was at hand.
And (John the Baptist) saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:2
Paul taught we have a hope of heaven because of our faith in Christ:
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel… Colossians 1:4-5
LET NO ONE STEAL YOUR HOPE
Watchtower has convinced millions of their followers that they have no hope of going to heaven when they die. One verse they use is Christ saying the ‘meek shall inherit the earth.’ They seem to ignore that in this same sermon Jesus said:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3
Some of the most comforting Scripture passages are those Bible verses about heaven which offer a glimpse into the blessed eternal life that God has promised to all who trust in Jesus.
“to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept IN HEAVEN for you,” 1 Peter 1:4
WHAT MORE DID JESUS SAY ABOUT HEAVEN?
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19-20
And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 8:11
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.Matthew 10:7
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-3
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. Matthew 19:21
…so that now through the church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to the purpose of the ages, which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access in confidence, by faith in Him. 13 Therefore I implore you not to lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14… for reason of this I bow my knees to the Father, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. Ephesians 3:10-15
Revelation 21:1-5 gives us an assurance that heaven will be a wonderful place for all of God’s people who are ‘in Christ.’ John was given this vision, but Paul also wrote of the wonder of God’s plan for those who trust in Christ:
1 Corinthians 2:9 “But, as it is written, What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him””
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