Seeking and Desiring a Heavenly Homeland
July 11, 2021 / Justin Nalls, Teaching Pastor
A Chapter a Day
- Sunday, July 11, Acts 7
- Monday, July 12, Acts 8
- Tuesday, July 13, Acts 9
- Wednesday, July 14, Acts 10
- Thursday, July 15, Acts 11
- Friday, July 16, Acts 12
- Saturday, June 17, Acts 13
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Hebrews 11:13-16, ESV
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised,
“1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3).
- We should live and die in .
…but having seen them [the things promised] and greeted them from afar,
- Our is not in our understanding of the promise, but in the who made the promise.
and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.
- As of God’s kingdom, we are promised something than anything this world can offer.
“1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles” (1 Peter 1:1, ESV)
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
- God has already what He has promised.
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…
15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls… Its length and width and height are equal… The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel…and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent 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.
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. (Revelation 21:9-22:5, ESV)