I trust that our current teaching series has introduced or strengthened you in your understanding of heaven. It is so very important for us to think correctly about eternity where we can have the understanding to do so. I have tried to emphasize that the goal of eternal life is to be with Jesus on the new earth. So often we sing about heaven or think about eternity in an intangible, immaterial way. My earnest desire is for you to think about heaven, not as some ghostly place in the clouds, but a location with God on the new creation that will be the redemption of the earth itself. We will not walk upon this new earth in anything less than a spiritual body—the likes of which we have never seen outside of what we can observe about Jesus in scripture.
So as you begin a renewed approach, perhaps in thinking upon heaven and your place in eternity there, consider the words of the apostle Peter:
2 Peter 3:11-14
11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, he will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. 14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.
In summary of Peter’s words here, we can apply them this way: If you hope to be with Christ, then your desire is to be like Him now. And, if you hope to be with Christ, then no circumstance now will rob you of that hopeful joy.