1 Corinthians 15:51-57
His Will for Heaven and the World to Come
John saw into the future by the Spirit of God. He saw what’s still ahead of us. This is not a fairy tale or just something that someone imagined. This is your future that we’re reading about right here. In a very short time, you and I and many more like us will be experiencing these verses. Can you get excited about it? This is our future.
In Revelation 21:1, he said, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away….” What happened to the old earth? It passed away.
Some say, “Save the planet!” We can’t save it. Now, there’s no need in seeing how quickly we can mess it up, but we, in the truest sense of the word, are not going to save the planet. Revelation even tells us how it’s going to end. I won’t get into that, but it describes it exactly, talking about things that scientists have talked about. It already tells us how it’s happening. The planet is not going to survive like it is. How is it going to end? The Bible says the elements are going to melt with fervent heat. The whole surface of the planet is going to melt. The surface, the atmosphere, everything is going. The planet as we know it is going to be gone. (2 Peter 3:10)
But God is creating a new one that is perfect, the way He started the old one, and you and I are going to be there and be a part of it. This time, nobody is messing it up.
The fourth reason we are sure it’s God’s will for all of us to be healed is because of heaven—His will for heaven and the world to come.
You might ask me, “Do you really believe all that?” Every word, and it makes me happy, too. John said, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” You’ve got a lot more real estate like that, because most of this planet is covered in water. He said in verse 2, “I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” God’s going to live with us. Hallelujah! Verse 3 says, “I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
Someone might ask, “Where do you stay? Where do you live?”
“I live with God. We all live in the same place. We live with Him. He lives with us.” Glory to God!
They will ask, “Where is God?”
You will say, “He’s right over there? Do you want to go see Him?”
We’ll be able to physically—in bodies that you can touch—walk to the throne. We will live together. It makes you want to say, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus, let’s do it now.” It will happen quickly enough.
Why is He tarrying? There are a lot of people who don’t know Him yet. A lot of people need to be saved. It’s His mercy that He is tarrying.
In verse 4, what does it say is going to happen? “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death…” Paradise is regained. Paradise is restored. The original creation, the original and perfect plan and will of God, is restored —back to the way He intended it before it got messed up. No more death.
“Neither sorrow,” which means no more grief, no more depression, “nor crying.” What about that? No more sobbing. What else? “Neither shall there be any more pain…” Now pain covers everything from stubbing your toe to a toothache to a terminal disease. No more pain. None! “…for the former things are passed away.”
It would be difficult to find a Christian who has been around church at all, or read a Bible, who wouldn’t quickly agree with you and say, “Yes, that is how it will be in heaven.”
If someone asked you, “How much disease is in heaven?” You would answer, “None.” “How many sick people are there in heaven?” “None, there are no sick people.”
“How many blind people, deaf people, and deformed people?” “None. There are no sick people up there. None are sick.”
So we’re in agreement that it is not God’s will for any sickness, disease, or death in heaven or in the world to come. But what about the question, “Is it His will, though, for people to be sick and suffering on the earth?” Millions would say, “Well, obviously, sometimes it is.” So, you’re saying that God has a different will for the earth than He does for heaven?
Does God really have two different wills for heaven and earth? Lots of people learn about this in Sunday school, in Matthew 6. People call it “The Lord’s Prayer.”
He said in Matthew 6:9-10, “After this manner pray: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
How are we to understand this? Millions of people believe that God has a purpose for people being sick and suffering on the earth, although they would never agree it might be His will for them to be sick in heaven.
People say, “Well, I want to hurry up and get to heaven so I don’t have to deal with all of this sickness and disease.” I thought you said it’s God’s will for you to be sick.
“I believe it; God put this on me to teach me something or to glorify Himself.” Well, don’t be in a hurry to get to heaven, then, because in heaven, His will is unhindered and perfected. If it’s His will for you to be sick down here, you’ll be much sicker in heaven.
They say, “No! No I won’t.”
He doesn’t change, and His will doesn’t change. In the beginning, in His creation, what was His will? It was wholeness, soundness, life, no death, and no suffering. What is His will when everything is restored? It’s the same: wholeness, soundness, strength, no death, no pain, and no dying. What happened in the middle here? Did He change? No, He does not change. His will now is the same as when he made Adam and Eve. It’s the same as it’s going to be when this earth is gone.
He told us to pray that His will would be done on earth just like it is in heaven. That tells us something: it is not being done in its completion. If it was, why would we need to pray that it would be? There are all kinds of things happening on the earth that are not the will of God and that don’t please God. So we are to pray that His will would be done.
We’re sure it’s God’s will for all to be healed because of God’s will in heaven and the world to come.
REVEREND KEITH MOORE – GODS WILL TO HEAL
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.