Five New Things We Will Receive In Heaven
Revelation is a book of hope. It is a book of expectation. It is a book of promises for the redeemed. Those who are not redeemed find the book difficult to read. Some people are afraid to read the book. Revelation is the only book that says a blessing is in store for those who read it. The book of Revelation clearly points out five (5) new things that only the redeemed will receive. (Revelation 21:1-5)
We will be given a new name in heaven; a name that is different from the name we have here on earth. We might not like our name that we have now. Some people, especially celebrities change their names.
According to Revelation 5:9 and Revelation 14:3, we are promised a new song; a new song that only the redeemed will learn and sing. Like our new name, the new song will be given only to the redeemed. The new song is not given to us while on the earth. You will not be able to rehearse it here on earth. You will not be able to go to a record store to buy the sheet music for it. The most talented choir director will not be able to lead us in singing it. The new song will be sung in melodious harmony by everyone. This new song will be sung to shout praises to God for we will praise Him in heaven as well as on earth.
An entire city will come down from heaven to replace this earth. (Revelation 21:1-5) The holy city will be perfect and ideal. In the new Jerusalem the sun and the moon will no longer be needed for light; the glory of God Himself will light up the whole city. We will not have nighttime and darkness or any symbols of evil.
A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH
Why is there a need for a new heaven? A promise was made in Isaiah 65:17 that God will create a new heaven and a new earth. He will change the world, as if beginning over again with a new heaven and a new earth. The new Jerusalem will be filled with rejoicing and we, the residents will continually baste in God’s love and glory. Isaiah tells us that no matter what we have gone through on this earth, the former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. We will rejoice forever more in our heavenly home.
- New name (individual gift)
- New song (community gift)
- New Jerusalem (community of believers)
- New heaven (community of believers)
- New earth (community of believers)
God told us that we can receive these five new things in heaven if we receive the new thing He did by sending His Son who died on a new cross, who was buried in a new tomb that was not His own, who arose in all power on the third day so we could be in line for those new things. Jesus gave His life so we could have life abundantly on this earth, but more importantly so that in heaven we may be given a new name, a new song, a new Jerusalem, a new heaven and a new earth.
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