by Stan Coffey

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Theology of Heaven (1 of 15)
Stan Coffey
John 14:1-6

In John 14:1, we are going to begin with a theology of Heaven, that is a perspective of God about Heaven. Jesus was talking to His disciples, just before the cross, the night of the Lord's Supper. This is the night when He will go to Gethsemane and be tested there until drops of blood come from His forehead and his disciples realize that they have come to the end, that Jesus is going to go to the cross no matter what they say or do. Jesus is preparing them for the time when He will not be with them any longer.

So He says, "Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. (2) In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. (3)If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. (4)You know the way where I am going." (5) "Lord," Thomas said, "we don't know where You're going. How can we know the way?" (6) Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

One of the most blessed and used passages at the bedside of a dying loved one or at the funeral of someone that we've lost is this passage of scripture.

When Jesus said, "Don't let your heart be troubled...." I mean at a time when your heart is the most troubled, Jesus says to let not your heart be troubled.

How can He say this? He says, "I can say this to you because I'm not going permanently away. I'm not going to be permanently separated from you. Yes, I'm going to die, I'm going to be buried, but I'm not going to be separated from you forever because I am going to prepare a place for you so that you can one day be in that same place where I'm going."

Today, most Americans believe in some kind of Heaven but there are many varied opinions among American people as to what ...

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