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Episode 33 — Sin: Heaven

Series: Sin

Episode 33: Sin — Heaven

This week Randy Johovich, and Marlin Klingensmith finish a series on Sin.

In this final episode in the series, the panel will discuss the topic of the place where there will be no more sin: heaven.

Running time: 45:33

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Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

Revelation 21:1-22:5

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the
first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the
holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared
as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the
throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will
dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be
with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their
eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor
crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all
things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are
trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha
and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give
from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who
conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be
my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as
for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all
liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and
sulfur, which is the second death.”

9 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the
seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the
Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit
to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem
coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its
radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It
had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve
angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of
Israel were inscribed— 13 on the east three gates, on the north three
gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And
the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the
twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure
the city and its gates and walls. 16 The city lies foursquare, its
length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod,
12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also
measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an
angel’s measurement. 18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city
was pure gold, clear as glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the
city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the
second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth
onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the
twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of
the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure
gold, transparent as glass.

22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the
Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to
shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the
Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth
will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by
day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the
glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever
enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only
those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as
crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the
middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river,
the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit
each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the
nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne
of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship
him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their
foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp
or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign
forever and ever.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of
God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive,
who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to
meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

Psalm 23:6

…I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Hebrews 4:8-10

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of
another day later on. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the
people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested
from his works as God did from his.

Audio clip from the movie Toy Story

Buzz Lightyear: Say there Lizard and Stretchy Dog, let me show you something. It looks as though I’ve been accepted into your culture. You chief, Andy, inscribed his name on me.

Rex and Slinky: Wow!

Rex: With permanent ink, too!

Buzz: Well, I must get back to repairing my ship.

Jonathan Edwards, Heaven: A World Of Love, John Gerstner, ed., p. 11-12, from Charity and Its Fruits.

There, even in heaven, dwells the God from whom every stream of holy love, yea, every drop that is, or ever was, proceeds. There dwells God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit, united as one, in infinitely dear, and incomprehensible, and mutual, and eternal love. There dwells God the Father, who is the Father of mercies, and so the Father of love, who so loved the world as to give His only-begotten Son to die for it.

There dwells Christ, the Lamb of God, the Prince of peace and of love, who so loved the world that He shed His blood, and poured out His soul unto death for men. There dwells the great Mediator, through whom all the divine love is expressed toward men, and by whom the fruits of that love have been purchased, and through whom they are communicated, and through whom love is imparted to the hearts of all God’s people. There dwells Christ in both His natures, the human and the divine, sitting on the same throne with the Father.

And there dwells the Holy Spirit—the Spirit of divine love, in whom the very essence of God, as it were, flows out, and is breathed forth in love, and by whose immediate influence all holy love is shed abroad in the hearts of all the saints on earth and in heaven.

There, in heaven, this infinite fountain of love—this eternal Three in One—is set open without any obstacle to hinder access to it, as it flows forever. There this glorious God is manifested, and shines forth, in full glory, in beams of love. And there this glorious fountain forever flows forth in streams, yea, in rivers of love and delight, and these rivers swell, as it were, to an ocean of love, in which the souls of the ransomed may bathe with the sweetest enjoyment, and their hearts, as it were, be deluged with love, and that forever!

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom
of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor
thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers
will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you
were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of
the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Hebrews 12:18-24

18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and
darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a
voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be
spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given,
“If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed,
so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and
to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made
perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the
sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

Philippians 3:12

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I
press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

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