THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-12-17

LESSON TITLE: THE GREATEST HOME

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING, YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.

GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS MORNING FOR THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO GOD. THANKS FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US!

AS ALWAYS, IT WILL BE OUR PRIVILEGE TODAY TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE TO OUR GOD AND TO STUDY FROM HIS PERFECT WORD! I HOPE EACH OF US WILL DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME TOGETHER ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. NOW, LET’S APPROACH HIS THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN, TO BE YOUR SERVANTS AND HELP US EACH AND EVERY DAY TO LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR PERFECT WILL. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU AS WELL BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT YOU GIVE US EVERYTHING WE NEED; PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. AND THEREFORE, FATHER HELP US TO LIVE ALWAYS ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL THAT BY YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY, WE MIGHT ULTIMATELY NOT ONLY RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF THIS LIFE AND ALSO THE REWARDS OF THE LIFE TO COME. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WE ALL LIKE TO WIN DON’T WE? THINK ABOUT IT FOR A MINUTE, DOESN’T IT FEEL GOOD WHEN WE ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS OR WHEN WE COME IN FIRST PLACE? IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH DOING OUR BEST OR IN STRIVING TO BE FIRST, AS LONG AS WE DON’T DO IT AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS. IN FACT, BEING VICTORIOUS IS ONE OF THE GREAT PROMISES THAT WE HAVE FROM OUR GOD IN HEAVEN. BECAUSE OF CHRIST, WE ALL WILL BE VICTOR’S IF WE DO HIS WILL FOR WE ARE THE REDEEMED OF GOD. SO, LET’S JOIN IN OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING WHICH REMINDS US OF ONE OF OUR GREATEST GIFTS FROM GOD WHICH IS FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST, THE NAME OF THE HYMN, “REDEEMED!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

I READ A VERSE IN 2 CHRONICLES THE OTHER DAY THAT REMINDED ME OF JUST HOW MAGNIFICENT OUR GOD IS. IN CHAPTER 6, WE SEE THE DEDICATION OF THE TEMPLE BY SOLOMON. WHAT A TREMENDOUS ACCOMPLISHMENT OF GREAT BEAUTY AND MAGESTY THIS STRUCTURE WAS.

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE WHICH IS RECORDED FOR US IN CHAPTER 3. HOW WONDROUS AND IMPRESSIVE IT MUST HAVE BEEN IN SIZE AND APPEARANCE. AS WE READ WE ARE TOLD OF IT’S WORTH, AS SO MUCH OF THE STRUCTURE ITSELF WAS COVERED IN GOLD.

IN VERSE 4, WE ARE TOLD OF THE PRECIOUS FURNISHINGS WHICH WERE FOUND IN THE TEMPLE, AGAIN VERY LAVISH. NO EXPENSE SPARED! GOLD, BRONZE, AND ONLY THE BEST WAS USED TO MAKE THE SPECIAL FURNITURE FOR THE HOUSE OF GOD.

PROBABLY, THIS WAS THE MOST MAGNIFICENT STRUCTURE ON EARTH AT THE TIME. ALL FOR THE SAKE OF GOD, ALL AS AN OFFERING TO THE CREATOR! HOWEVER, IN ALL OF ITS EARTHLY SPLENDER AND AWESOMENESS, WE STILL SEE THAT SOLOMON REALIZED THAT IT WAS FAR TOO INSIGNIFICANT AND SMALL TO HOUSE THE TRUE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. READ WITH ME HIS THOUGHTS IN 2 CHRONICLES 6:18, THERE SOLOMON SAID, “BUT WILL GOD INDEED DWELL WITH MEN ON THE EARTH? BEHOLD, HEAVEN AND THE HEAVEN OF HEAVENS CANNOT CONTAIN YOU. HOW MUCH LESS THIS TEMPLE WHICH I HAVE BUILT!”

HERE WE FIND THAT THE WISEST MAN WHO EVER LIVED REALIZED JUST HOW GREAT AND ALMIGHTY GOD IS. THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS LIFE THAT WE CAN EVER DO, SAY, OR MAKE THAT WILL REALLY BE WORTHY OF SUCH A POWERFUL AND MAGNIFICENT GOD.

LET ME FINISH OUR DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS THIS MORNING BY REMINDING US THAT GOD WAS WILLING TO LOWER HIMSELF AND DWELL AMONG US ON THIS EARTH AS WE HAVE DESCRIBED IN JOHN CHAPTER ONE! IN FACT, WE READ THERE, THAT JESUS, THE WORD, CAME AND DWELT AMONG FLESH, THAT WE MIGHT KNOW HIM AS GOD, THE SON OF THE ALMIGHTY. HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN WHAT A HOLY, PERFECT, AND ALL GIVING CREATOR WE SERVE?

WE ARE EXCITED THIS MORNING TO HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US AGAIN. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSITUTE OF MISSOURI HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. IT IS ALWAYS A BLESSING TO HAVE HIM WITH US AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIM LEADING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.

CONCERNING OUR TOPIC OF STUDY THIS MORNING WILL AGAIN BE DEALING WITH “THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON TODAY IS ENTITLED, “THE GREATEST HOME.” SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US AND IN A FEW MINUTES BROTHER SULLINS WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE DAY, THE NAME OF THE SONG “SAVIOR LEAD ME.”

LESSON

JERRY SULLINS

AGAIN, WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. WE'RE SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE IN OUR AUDIENCE THIS MORNING AND THAT YOU'RE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK INTO GOD'S WORD AND SEE WHAT GREAT AND WONDERFUL THINGS HE'S DONE FOR ALL OF US WHO DESIRE TO DO HIS WILL. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE THIS MORNING OF PRESENTING TO YOU SOME WONDERFUL THOUGHTS CONCERNING WHAT IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE ABOUT THAT WONDERFUL PLACE THAT IS CALLED HEAVEN.

TO INTRODUCE THE SUBJECT I'D LIKE FOR US TO TURN TO MATTHEW SEVEN VERSES 13 AND 14. WHERE JESUS SAID IN HIS GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT, “ENTER YE IN BY THE NARROW GATE; FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE WAY THAT LEADS ONTO DESTRUCTION AND MANY THERE ARE WHO GO THERE BY. FOR NARROW IS THE GATE AND STRAIGHT IS THE PATH THAT LEADS TO LIFE ETERNAL AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT.” NOW JESUS, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, HAS TOLD US THAT AT THE END OF THIS LIFE THERE WILL BE TWO DESTINATIONS THAT WILL BE GIVEN TO US ACCORDING TO HOW WE HAVE LIVED IN THIS LIFE. ONE IS CALLED HELL AND THE OTHER IS CALLED HEAVEN. THE SAME BIBLE AND THE SAME LORD THAT TELLS US ABOUT HEAVEN TELLS US ABOUT THAT PLACE OF ETERNAL DESTRUCTION ESPECIALLY AS WE'LL SEE IN A FEW MOMENTS IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 25. WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE! IT'S CALLED HEAVEN BUT IT COMES AT THE END OF THIS LIFE. SOME PEOPLE EVIDENTLY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT LIFE IS GOING TO PASS SOMEDAY; THAT YOU'RE GOING TO PASS FROM THIS LIFE TO SOMEWHERE ELSE. WELL, THE BIBLE DESCRIBES WHERE WE'RE GOING TO GO BUT THE CESSATION OF LIFE IS SOMETHING THAT WILL DEFINITELY HAPPEN. IT WAS JAMES WHO SAID IN JAMES CHAPTER 2 VERSE 24 THAT ACTUALLY AS THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS DEAD SO FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD IN ITSELF BEING ALONE. THE BODY WITHOUT THE SPIRIT IS DEAD. SO WHEN YOU LEAVE THIS WORLD, WHEN IT COMES THAT TIME THAT YOUR BODY HAS BEEN UNABLE TO CONTINUE ITS FUNCTION, WHEN THE LORD AS SOME PEOPLE DESIRES TO CALL YOU HOME IF YOU BELIEVE IN THAT, THEN SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN THAT YOU MAY NOT EXPECT. BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE DO NOT BELIEVE IN WHAT JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 7:13 AND 14. THAT THERE ARE TWO PLACES THAT WE CAN GO AFTER WE LEAVE THIS WORLD. BUT EVEN SOLOMON SAID IN ECCLESIASTES 9 VERSE FIVE, “THE LIVING KNOW THAT THEY SHALL DIE.” DO YOU KNOW THAT? WELL, I THINK YOU MIGHT KNOW THAT. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT? WELL, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT BECAUSE ALL OF US WILL DIE SOMEDAY. NO MAN SHALL LIVE AND NOT SEE DEATH - THE PSALMIST SAID IN PSALM 89 - SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. EVEN SOLOMON, AS WE LOOK IN THAT WONDERFUL OLD TESTAMENT BOOK CALLED THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES, HIS WHOLE LIFE WAS SPENT IN, I'D SAY A LOT OF HIS LIFE AT LEAST, WAS SPENT IN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT THE REAL PURPOSE IN LIFE WAS. YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU'VE READ THAT BOOK. AND HE TRIED EVERYTHING. HE TRIED FAME, HE TRIED FORTUNE, HE TRIED THOSE THINGS OF A PHYSICAL NATURE WHICH WERE ILLEGAL AND IMMORAL. EVERYTHING HE TRIED AND HE SAID ALL IS VANITY AND VEXATION OF THE SPIRIT. THEN HE GAVE THE CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER AND THE CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER IS THIS, “FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.” FOR WHAT? FOR IF WE DO NOT KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS THEN SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO US THAT IS AS FAR AS THE FINAL JUDGMENT IS CONCERNED. IN THE LAST VERSE OF THAT BOOK SAYS THAT WE BASICALLY ARE GOING TO APPEAR BEFORE THE LORD SOMEDAY AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER! NOTHING WILL BE HIDDEN FROM GOD AND WE'LL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THIS BODY, WHETHER IT IS GOOD OR EVIL. SO MY FRIEND WE NEED TO CONSIDER THAT HELL IS A REALITY JUST LIKE HEAVEN CAN ALSO BE A REALITY.

I WANT TO CONSIDER, THOUGH, FOR THE MOST PART THIS MORNING THE CONCEPT OF THAT WONDERFUL PLACE THAT IS CALLED HEAVEN. THERE IS A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN, WE KNOW OF IT AND WE CAN READ OF IT. MATTHEW 25 VERSE 46, WHEN JESUS COMES AND HE GATHERS ALL THE NATIONS BEFORE HIM. THIS IS THE TIME WHEN YOU SEPARATE THOSE WHO HAVE DONE EVIL AND THOSE WHO HAVE DONE GOOD. HE WILL SENTENCE THOSE WHO HAVE DONE EVIL AS IT STATES IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 25 VERSE 46, “THAT THEY WILL GO AWAY INTO EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT, BUT THE RIGHTEOUS INTO ETERNAL LIFE.” WHERE? IN THAT PLACE THAT WE CALL HEAVEN. SO LET US LOOK AT THAT PLACE. IT'LL BE A PLACE THAT IS SO WONDERFUL. YOU ASK ME, HOW CAN I DESCRIBE HEAVEN TO YOU? I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD BUT I KNOW THAT JESUS THE LORD DESCRIBED HEAVEN IN A WAY THAT MAYBE THE HUMAN MIND CAN UNDERSTAND MAYBE IN SOME WAY WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE. THAT'S A PLACE WHERE WE WILL HAVE PERFECT FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD. THIS IS STATED IN REVELATION CHAPTER 21 AND WHERE IT SAYS THERE IN VERSES 1 THRU 8, I SAW A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH FOR THE FIRST HEAVEN AND FIRST EARTH HAD PASSED AWAY. ALSO THERE WAS NO MORE SEA. THEN I, JOHN, SAW THE HOLY CITY NEW JERUSALEM,” (THAT'S DEPICTING HEAVEN), “COMING DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD PREPARED AS A BRIDE ADORNED FOR HER HUSBAND. AND I HEARD A LOUD VOICE FROM HEAVEN SAYING, ‘BEHOLD THE TABERNACLE OF GOD IS WITH MEN AND HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM, AND THEY SHALL BE HIS PEOPLE. GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM AND BE THEIR GOD.” A TIME, A WONDERFUL TIME, WHEN ONCE FOR ALL WE WILL SEE THE PERSON BEHIND OUR CREATION. WE WILL SEE THE LORD JESUS! WE WILL SEE THE HOLY SPIRIT! THEY WILL BE THERE WITH US IN HEAVEN! WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME IT WILL BE! WHAT'S SO WONDERFUL ABOUT HEAVEN ALSO IS FOUND IN THAT PERFECT PLACE IN VERSE FOUR CHAPTER 21 OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION WHERE IT SAYS, “’AND GOD WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES; THERE SHOULD BE NO MORE DEATH, NOR SORROW, NOR CRYING. THERE SHALL BE NO MORE PAIN FOR THE FORMER THINGS HAVE PASSED AWAY.’” WHAT ARE THOSE FORMER THINGS? ALL THE THINGS THAT WE SUFFER HERE ON THIS EARTH. YOU KNOW, WE SUFFER A LOT. WE SUFFER PHYSICALLY BECAUSE OUR BODY IS A PHYSICAL BODY. IT'S NOT GOD WHO COMES DOWN AND STRIKES US WITH SOME TYPE OF DISEASE. IN THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS, WE'RE GOING TO IN, SOME WAY, SOMETIME, CONTRACT SOME TYPE OF DISEASE AND OUR BODIES ARE FADING AWAY THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN INTO THIS WORLD. WE BEGAN TO DIE. WE KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO PASS FROM THIS LIFE. IT'LL EITHER BE BECAUSE OF SOME ACCIDENT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BUT IF WE LIVE THE NORMAL DAYS WE WILL DIE BECAUSE THIS FLESHLY BODY IS JUST GOING TO WEAR OUT. BUT WHAT WILL THERE BE IN HEAVEN? THERE WON'T BE ANY TEARS, THERE WON'T BE ANY SORROW, THERE WON'T BE ANY PAIN. IT'LL JUST BE A WONDERFUL AND PERFECT TIME THAT WE WILL HAVE TOGETHER.

ONE THING THAT SOME PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE AND UNDERSTAND IS THE REASON IT WILL BE SUCH A WONDERFUL PLACE IS BECAUSE OF WHAT IS SAID IN VERSE EIGHT; CHAPTER 21 VERSE EIGHT OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION, “BUT THE COWARDLY, THE UNBELIEVING, THE ABOMINABLE, THE MURDERER, SEXUAL IMMORALITY, IMMORAL SORCERERS, IDOLATERS, AND ALL LIARS SHALL HAVE THEIR PART IN THE LAKE WHICH BURNS WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE.” THEY WON'T BE IN HEAVEN BECAUSE THEY HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO BE THERE. THEY HAVE CHOSEN, AS SOLOMON DID FOR A MAJOR PART OF HIS LIFE, TO DO WHAT GOD WOULD NOT HAVE HAD HIM TO DO. HE LIVED AS A REPROBATE. HE LIVED AS ONE WHO DID NOT WANT TO DO GOD'S WILL BUT THEN HE DECIDED HE WANTED TO DO GOD'S WILL. HE FOUND OUT THE REAL PURPOSE IN LIFE AND THAT WAS TO FEAR GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AS WE HAVE SAID. AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL SEE SOLOMON IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY ACCORDING TO THE LORD'S WILL. A PERFECT PLACE OF FELLOWSHIP.

AND THEN SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE SEE IN HEAVEN THAT WE DON'T SEE ON THIS EARTH: IT'LL BE A PLACE WHERE EVERYTHING WILL BE PROVIDED FOR US THAT WE NEED. NOW, I KNOW OUR BODIES ARE GOING TO BE CHANGED, FIRST CORINTHIANS IN CHAPTER 15 TELLS US THAT. PAUL TO THE THESSALONIAN BRETHREN SAID BASICALLY THE SAME THING: WE'RE GOING TO BE CHANGED IN A MOMENT IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE AT THE LAST TRUMPET. THIS MORTAL SHALL PUT ON IMMORTALITY AND OF THIS CORRUPTIBLE SHALL PUT ON INCORRUPTION. WE WILL BE A CHANGED BODY, A CHANGED BODY THAT WILL BE CARED FOR BY GOD HIMSELF. SO IN HEAVEN, WHAT DO WE SEE? A PERFECT PLACE, A BEAUTIFUL PLACE! IN FACT IT'S DESCRIBED ALSO IN CHAPTER 21 OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION AS WE BEGIN AT VERSE NINE, “THEN ONE OF THE SEVEN ANGELS WHO HAD THE SEVEN BOWLS FILLED WITH THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES CAME TO ME AND TALKED WITH ME SAYING, ‘COME, AND I WILL SHOW YOU THE BRIDE, THE LAMB’S WIFE.’ AND HE CARRIED ME AWAY IN THE SPIRIT TO A GREAT AND HIGH MOUNTAIN AND SHOWED ME THE GREAT CITY, THE HOLY CITY DESCENDING OUT OF HEAVEN FROM GOD.” AND AS RAY DESCRIBED IN SOME WAYS, THAT BEAUTIFUL CITY. WELL, HOW WOULD GOD DESCRIBE SUCH A CITY TO US? ITS STREETS ARE PAVED WITH PURE GOLD. I MEAN, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE HOW, IF YOU READ THIS AND YOU THINK IN MATERIAL WAYS, HOW PERFECT AND HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS CITY WAS. IT WAS COMPLETE IN EVERY WAY. SOMETHING THAT WOULD BRING US WHAT? SOMETHING THAT WOULD BRING US GREAT JOY AND GREAT SOLITUDE. AND LOOK AT VERSE 23, “THE CITY HAD NO NEED OF A SUN OR A MOON TO SHINE IN IT FOR THE GLORY OF GOD ILLUMINATED IT. THE LAMB IS ITS LIGHT.” AND THEN IN VERSE 27, “BUT THERE SHALL BY NO MEANS ENTER IT ANYTHING THAT DEFILES OR CAUSES AN ABOMINATION OR A LIE BUT ONLY THOSE WHO ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE.” SO A PLACE OF PERFECT PROVISIONS. AND THEN WE SEE ALSO IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION AND THIS IS FOUND IN THE FIRST FIVE VERSES OF CHAPTER 22 THAT IT WILL BE A PLACE OF PERFECT PROVISIONS. GOD WILL PROVIDE FOR US EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED IN THAT ETERNAL CITY. WE BEGAN READING IN VERSE ONE OF CHAPTER 22, “HE SHOWED ME A PURE RIVER OF WATER OF LIFE, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, PROCEEDING FROM THE THRONE OF GOD AND OF THE LAMB.” AND WE SEE ALSO IN THIS SCRIPTURE READING IN VERSE THREE, “THERE SHALL BE NO MORE CURSE, BUT THE THRONE OF GOD AND OF THE LAMB SHALL BE IN IT, AND HIS SERVANTS SHALL SERVE HIM. THEY SHALL SEE HIS FACE, AND HIS NAME SHALL BE ON THEIR FOREHEADS. THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT THERE: THEY NEED NO LAMP NOR LIGHT OF SUN, FOR THE LORD GOD GIVES THEM LIGHT AND THEY SHALL REIGN FOREVERMORE.” A PLACE OF PERFECT PROVISIONS.

YOU KNOW, I WANT TO GO TO THAT PLACE PERSONALLY. I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO GO TO THE OTHER PLACE JESUS WAS SPEAKING OF IN MATTHEW SEVEN. I WANT TO GO TO A PLACE WHERE GOD IS GOING TO BE THERE. AND GOD, IF HE CAN TAKE CARE OF US ON THIS EARTH IN WHICH HE HAS CERTAINLY DONE IN A WONDERFUL WAY THOSE OF US WHO STRIVE TO SERVE HIM, THEN IF GOD CAN DO THAT IN HEAVEN IT'S JUST GOING TO BE A PLACE THAT'S BEYOND WORDS. WE CANNOT EXPLAIN TO YOU IN HUMAN WORDS HOW WONDERFUL A PLACE IT WILL BE. IT WOULD BE A PLACE OF ETERNAL REST. WE'RE GOING TO MEET A LOT OF INTERESTING PEOPLE THERE. WHAT ABOUT ADAM AND NOAH, MOSES, AND DAVID? THE PROFITS MIRIAM, RAHAB, AND MARY? GOD THE FATHER, JESUS THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT? OUR FRIENDS AND OUR RELATIVES, THOSE WHO'VE OBEYED THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WILL BE THERE ALSO. AND WE WILL AGAIN BE ABLE TO SEE THEM AND ESPECIALLY WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THEM, THAT WE READ ABOUT IN THE BIBLE THROUGHOUT OUR WHOLE LIVES WHILE WE ARE HERE ON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH. WE WILL EXPERIENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME THE WONDERFUL BLESSING OF SEEING JESUS, THE WEARINESS OF THIS LIFE WILL BE OVER AND WE'LL FIND OUT ONE THING FOR SURE! THAT GOD DEFINATELY HAS PREPARED FOR US THAT WONDEFUL PLACE ( JOHN 14:1 THRU 3) COME TO ME ALL YE THAT LABOR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN OF ME FOR I AM MEEK AND LOWLY IN HEART AND YOU SHALL FIND REST UNTO YOUR SOULS.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED IT OR NOT, BUT IN THIS LIFE THERE'S A LOT OF TROUBLES. I KNOW THAT YOU'VE EXPERIENCED MANY, EVERY PERSON HAS. THERE'S NOWHERE TO TURN SOMETIMES. WE CAN'T TURN TO ONE ANOTHER. THE REST IS JUST IS NOT THERE IN MANY FAMILIES. THE ENCOURAGEMENT IS NOT THERE. THE SPIRITUAL LIFE IS NOT THERE AND SO THEREFORE WE LIVE IN AN EMPTY SHELL SOMETIMES BECAUSE WE DON'T REACH OUT TO THE SOURCE OF ETERNAL PEACE AND ETERNAL REST AND THAT IS GOD HIMSELF. GOD HAS PREPARED THAT PLACE FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND WHO OBEY HIS WORD AND I'M ENCOURAGING YOU THIS MORNING TO LOOK INTO THE PAGES OF GOD'S WORD ESPECIALLY IN REVELATION CHAPTER 21 AND 22 AND SEE HOW GOD HAS PROVIDED A PLACE, AN ETERNAL PLACE, WHERE YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER AND EVER. THE IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED TO DO IS TO OBEY CHRIST, EXPRESS YOUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST BY REPENTING OF YOUR SINS AS STATED IN LUKE 13 VERSE THREE. AND ALSO BE WILLING TO REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND BE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. READ SECOND PETER CHAPTER 1 THE ENTIRE CHAPTER, IT WILL BLESS YOU IN A WONDERFUL WAY. GET INTO CHRIST WHEREAS FOUND THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS AND HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE AND GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN THAT WONDERFUL AND BLESSED PLACE CALLED HEAVEN: THE PLACE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, GOD THE FATHER, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE THE WONDROUS PROMISE OF GOD WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER. FURTHERMORE, HOW WONDERFUL IT WILL BE TO LIVE WITH GOD ETERNALLY IN THAT GLORIOUS HEAVENLY HOME. THEREFORE, MAY WE LIVE TODAY AND EVERY DAY AS GOD REQUIRES. IT IS TRULY A BEAUTIFUL THING TO BE ONE OF THE FAITHFUL OF OUR CREATOR!