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Radio transcript for the week of May 28, 2017

Harold Bigham speaks on "Heaven" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Lesson Text:
1 Corinthians 15:19 - "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable."

Lesson:

  1. Heaven is a Real Place
    • Heaven is mentioned along with other real places in the Bible
    • Earth, a real place, and heaven are counterparts - Ecclesiastes 5:2; Matthew 11:25
    • Since Earth is habitable, this proves Heaven is a real place and is habitable
      • God dwells there - Matthew 16:17
      • Christ dwells in heaven - Mark 16:19
      • Angels dwell in heaven - Luke 15:7, 10
      • The righteous will dwell in heaven - John 14:1-3

  2. Comfort and Rest
    • Lazarus was comforted in the bosom of Abraham - Luke 16:22
    • The Bible tells us there is rest - Hebrews 4:9-11; Revelation 14:13
    • Trials and tribulations of this world are contrasted with rest and comfort in heaven - 2 Thessalonians 1:4-6
    • No tears in heaven - Revelation 21:4

  3. Reward
    • Incorruptible inheritance reserved in heaven - 1 Peter 1:4
    • Crown of righteousness in heaven - 2 Timothy 4:8
    • Crown of glory - 1 Peter 5:4
    • Crown of life – Revelation 2:10
    • Eternal life with God - Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:46; Romans 2:7

Conclusion:
Are you a Christian? God's plan reveals that after hearing the gospel taught, that we are to have faith (Romans 10:17; Mark 16:15-16). This faith leads us to repent of our sins and to confess the good name of Christ as the only begotten Son of God (Luke 13:3,5; Romans 10:9-10). The final step of God's plan of salvation is scriptural baptism for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38). Baptism puts one into Christ and into His church (Acts 2:42-47). Paul wrote, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." (Galatians 3:26-27). Jesus' blood is that which will wash away our sins. It is by contacting His blood that we have the grace of God and our sins are forgiven. "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7).

Will you consider our study today and then respond in loving obedience to the commands of God? Thank you for studying with us today. May God bless you as you continue to read and study the Bible.

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