The following is my notes of Kevin Deyoung’s sermon on heaven. Click HERE for the audio of this sermon.
1 Corinthians 15:50-55
I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
So we see in verse 50 that we are currently not yet fit for the kingdom in our present state. There is something in our existence that does not make us fit and so we need a new body. In verses 51 and following we see that we will have a new body. Continue reading
“This water of life is called a river, to intimate to you by what store of the same it is supplied.
All rivers have the sea for their original: “All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full;
unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again” (Eccl 1:7).
And so this river of water of life is said to proceed out of the throne, as out of a place where it breaketh out, but the original is the sea, the ocean of grace, which is an infinite Deity. “Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea, into the depth of the sea of thy grace” (Micah 7:19).
Rivers, when they are broken up, do with their gliding streams carry away a great deal of the filth,
which from all parts of the countries through which they run, is conveyed into them; and they carry it away into the sea, where it is everlastingly swallowed up. And, O! the filth that is cast into this river of God! and, O! how many dirty sinners are washed white therein, for by it’s continual gliding away, it carrieth that filth into the midst of the sea.”
John Bunyan, “The Water of Life.” Reflections on Revelation 22:1 “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
In its primary sense, the word of God is none other than God. This is supported by the first verses of the gospel of John, where it is written that “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The bible itself declares that, strictly speaking, the Word of God is none other than God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Therefore, when God speaks, we are not simply given information; also, and above all, God acts. This is what is meant in the book of Genesis, where the Word of God is a creating force: “God said, let there be … and there was.” When God speaks, that which is uttered is also created. God’s Word, besides telling us something, creates something in us and in all creation. That creative and powerful Word is Christ, whose incarnation is both God’s greatest revelation and God’s greatest action. In Jesus, God was revealed to us. And also in Jesus, God overcame the powers of evil that held us in subjection. God’s revelation is also God’s victory.
Anyone who reads the Bible and somehow does not find Jesus in it, has not encountered the Word of God!
Justo L. Gonzalez on Martin Luther’s doctrine of the Word from his book “The Story of Christianity: Volume II – The Reformation to the Present Day” on pages 47-48
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The Fulfillment of the Gospel
Revelation 21 & 22
Two years ago I was told I would probably be dead from cancer and should not be here today. He has been good that I’m here today but he is good whether I live or die. He is good because he is God.
Some are here today undone and not sure how you are going to make it and you have had a list of people you want God to kill.
But has not God been good to you in this conference to remind you about how good God is. Don’t be too much of a shepherd that you do not get shepherded.
As pastors we have a front row seat of watching God bring people out of darkness and into the light. We get to see the spectacular work of regeneration.
And at the exact same time we get to see the tragedies of a fallen world. We walk into hospital rooms and do funerals and weep with our people. We have tragedies and weighty weeks.
We have front row seats to the brokenness of a fallen world.
It is unbelievably important to have an anchor of hope for your soul. Continue reading