In Matthew 25:34, Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom prepared for us. He will come as the judge of all men when he returns in glory with all authorities in heaven and earth. The subject of the judgment includes not only those who are alive when Jesus comes but also those who died before. Jesus will place his people who will be saved on His right and those who will not be saved on His left.

 

No one can be excluded from this judgment. Even though this is an extreme comparison, those who are pitiful and humble in the world will be saved by repentance and placed on His right, while those who are considered great and honorable by many people will not be saved unless they believe in Jesus and placed on His left. Then, Jesus will say to those on the right, “You who are blessed by my Father; Take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” Here, “Take your inheritance” means the Lord will give us the ownership.

 

The country to which we inherit will be the most honorable and precious property which can never be obtained on the earth and cannot be possessed by the way of the world. Besides, this country is different from the earth, so it is not risky or lost but instead lasts forever.

 

The Bible explains many aspects of the kingdom in detail. Revelation 21:1–4 says it is a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth pass away, and there is no longer any sea. It also says that the holy city, the new Jerusalem, will come down out of heaven, where God will live with His people. Above all, there is no suffering in the kingdom like what everyone had on the earth, such as death, mourning, crying, and pain, because those old things are gone away.

 

Many verses of the Bible refer to the way of life here. In Mark 12:25, Jesus explained how we would live in the new kingdom. He said the dead would be like the angels there when they rise. This statement can be a clue to the question if someone asks how the damaged body would revive. Jesus added that they would neither marry nor be given in marriage because we live like an angel in the kingdom.

 

Revelation 22:1–5 describes the kingdom as paradise. It says there is a river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God and Jesus, and the water is as clear as crystal. On each side of the river stands the Tree of Life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. The crucial difference between this new paradise and the Garden of Eden is that there is no evil in the new kingdom. There is nothing the Devil can do here as the serpent deceived the woman in Eden. Only the Lord is our light there. He is the light Himself, so there will be no more night, and we will not need the light of a lamp or the sun. Also, the new kingdom will be only filled with light, joy, pleasure, and peace. The people who will live here will reign like kings forever.

 

What we need, who wait for a new heaven and a new earth, is faith and hope. What we believe is the gospel of Jesus and the fact that God Himself has prepared the kingdom of heaven for us. We expect what will come to us in our faith. Thus, what we believe and expect is the same, and faith is always with hope. Without faith, we cannot have the hope of waiting for heaven, and our gaze and attitude about life do not change.

 

In the beginning, the earth was created out of nothing only by God’s word. Genesis 1:2 said that the earth was formless and empty. However, we are living on the earth now, and we can see everything that exists. Likewise, we, who are chosen at the time of God, will live in the new heaven and the new earth, which will come to us, although it is not seen in our eyes.

 

Hebrews 11:1–2 says faith is the substance of what we hope for and the evidence of what we do not see, which is what our ancestors were commended for. They are all witnesses who had finally received the substance of the covenant the Lord gave as they lived in faith and hoped the covenant would come, even though it was not seen by their eyes at the time. Hebrews 11:16 says that they were longing for a better country, a heavenly one, and God was called their God, and He had prepared a city for them. They chose hardship rather than enjoying a little pleasure on earth because they knew a better eternal place was prepared for them. Their home was not the earth but a new heaven and earth, which is the kingdom of heaven.

 

In Matthew 13:44, Jesus explained the value of heaven. He said the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, so when a man finds it, he sells all he has and buys that field. A field itself is not hidden but visible to anyone. But the treasure hidden in the field, which is precious and valuable, is seen not by anyone but by those seeking it. The field is the gospel, and the treasure is what those believing it will gain, which is eternal life and heaven. The people who listen to the news of heaven and eternal life will realize their value. Then, they will finally gain the treasure by believing in Jesus.

 

In Matthew 13:45–46, Jesus explained the value of the kingdom of the heaven again. It is like fine pearls. So, if you find their value, you will sell everything you have and buy them. Likewise, if people know the eternal life of the heaven, they will long for it and be interested in owning it forever instead of enjoying on the earth for a while. They will desire to be assured of eternal life by obeying the Word of the Lord.

 

 

 

From “The Wise Investment of the Bible” 

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