The following is my notes of Kevin Deyoung’s sermon on heaven. Click HERE for the audio of this sermon.
Where we go when we die is such a fundamental question in our lives. There may not be a more fundamental question then this. Also as a church we will be facing death and all the more as we grow older together.
When you think about heaven we need to get into our mind two different stages. The first stage is heaven the new heavens and new earth when Christ returns. This is the primary thing that the bible talks about when it speaks of heaven.
The second stage is sometimes called the intermediate state. It is not the final goal of our life, but it is the place we go when we die immediately after we die and before the new heavens and new earth are established.
What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. Continue reading