September 30, 2012 True Vine Baptist Church Worship Service Sermon Notes Text: John 14:1-3 Title: The Home

called Heaven Heaven is mentioned 582x in KJB

v.18 wall made of jasper city made of pure gold v.19 wall's 12 foundation are garnished: 1.jasper, 2.sapphire 3. chalcedony 4. Emerald 5. Sardonyx 6. Sardius 7. chrysolite 8. beryl 9. Topaz 10. Chrysoprasus 11. jacinth 12. Amethyst v.23 there's need of sun and the moon

3 heavens in the Bible 1. Sky (firmament) – Genesis 1 2. Cosmos (universe) 3. Empyrean (3rd heaven) – Paul in 2Cor. 12:2-4 Many Christians forget that they are citizens of heaven – Phil. 3:20 I. Heaven is a promised place – v. 2 A. Promised to those who believe in Jesus as their Saviour – 1THess 4:14-18 B. Not promised to those who are: Matt. 7:21-23 1. Religious 2. Miracle workers 3. Believing in their good works John 6:40 II. Heaven is a prepared place – v. 2 ...in my Father’s house are many mansions... Description of Heaven – Rev.21:10-23 v.11 – light like a jasper stone 12 great wall and high, with 12 gates and with 12 angels 13-east 3 gates, north 3 gates, south 3 gates, west 3 gates v.16 city lieth foursquare, 12,000 furlongs 91,500 miles) each side 17 - wall width, 144 cubits = 216 feet v.16 no more hunger, thirst, and scorching heat v.25 - no more death, no sorrow, no crying, no more pain, the former things are passed away III. Heaven is a Permanent Place Description of duration: - “everlasting” – Jn.3:16 - “for ever” – Ps. 23:6 - “for ever and ever” – Rev.22:5 - “ever be” – 1 Thess.4:17 Conclusion: Our knowledge of heaven as a Promised place, prepared place, and a Permanenet Place is more than enough for our needed comfort. Paul – I Thess.4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words”.

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