The Kingdom- Eternal Rewards Are Coming
BIG IDEA: JESUS IS COMING TO FINISH WHAT HE STARTED . . . AND HE'S BRINGING SURPRISES
When Jesus came the first time, he inaugurated the Kingdom of God on earth. When he comes the second time, he will finish what he started, and usher in the Kingdom in all its fullness. And when he does, he going to bring surprises for his kids.
1. OUR TOP SURPRISE WILL BE EXPERIENCING GOD FOR WHO HE REALLY IS
The top surprise will be experiencing God for who he really is. This is the promise of God, that we can know Him in this life and that we will know Him in a far greater manner in the next life.
John 17:3 (NASB)
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
John 5:24 (AMP)
“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the person who hears My word [the one who heeds My message], and believes and trusts in Him who sent Me, has (possesses now) eternal life [that is, eternal life actually begins—the believer is transformed], and does not come into judgment and condemnation, but has passed [over] from death into life.”
Revelation 21:1-5 (NLT)
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.”
1. KNOW ITS ALL GOING TO BE WORTH IT
2. READ IMAGINE HEAVEN chapters 10-13
3. MAKE YOUR LIFES AIM KNOWING GOD/JESUS, not simply going to Heaven. This is eternal life; this is Kingdom living.
4. HELP AS MANNY AS POSSIBLE COME TO KNOW GOD by knowing Jesus.