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The theme of "Heaven and Earth" begins in the first verse of the Bible. But what's that really about?
- In the Bible, the themes of heaven and earth can be thought of as heaven being God’s space and the earth being the human space. (Exodus 3:1-6.)
- In the Old Testament, the temple became the place where heaven and earth overlapped. In the New Testament, Jesus became the place where heaven and earth intersected. (John 1:14.)
- The focus is that when Jesus returns, heaven and earth will be reunited and the human space and God’s space will completely overlap again. (Revelation 21:1-7.)
Revelation 21:1-2 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
See Also: Eternity, Heaven, Theology
Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- What are the images that come into your mind when you think of “heaven”? Where did those images and ideas come from?
- What do you make of the biblical passages that show heaven and earth as “overlapping” spaces? Is this a new concept for you? What are its implications? (See Genesis 28:10-17; Exodus 3:1-6; Exodus 19:9-12).
- Look up all the passages mentioned in the video where Jesus is described in the language of temple and sacrifice. What is the significance of Jesus being talked about in this way? (See John 1:14; John 2:18-22; Colossians 1:19, 2:9.)
- Is the idea of heaven and earth rejoining at the end of the biblical story a new concept for you? Read Revelation 21-22 and discuss how it differs from popular conceptions of the end of the world.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Bible Themes series.