Manny Pereira - August 14, 2019

Heaven's Light

The brilliance of the gospel is heaven’s light. Heaven is a significant hope vital to the Christian’s sojourn. True sanctifying satisfaction in this world is found only when we live with the coming world in view. It is right and honors God that we should desire the glory of the life that Christ has purchased and is preparing for us. But we cannot desire what we do not know—knowledge of heaven is vital to the Christian life rightly lived. Knowledge of our future is designed to direct our present. Knowledge of future grace is a means of present grace. To live in heaven’s light is to live in hope that makes much of Christ (1 Peter 1:3). It is a hope unlike any other, for it produces a Christlikeness—a necessary holiness (1 John 3:2-3). This closing session on heaven focuses on these two profound products of the gospel that thrive in heaven’s light: hope and holiness. It points to the only appropriate response to a Christ-centered study of heaven. Charles Spurgeon captured it well when he said, “Time is short. Eternity is long. It is only reasonable that this short life be lived in the light of eternity.” The final glory of the gospel is Christ, thus: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

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