OUR HOPE: Heaven or Earth?

Our citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:20. Heaven was the hope of the Old Testament faithfuls. Just as we should, they recognized that they were pilgrims on earth without a permanent abiding place. But we have reserved for us in heaven a "better possession - an abiding one." It is a spiritual one. Those born again under the new covenant "are enrolled in heaven." Hebrews 11:8-16; 12:22-24; 13:14.

Our hope is heavenly, eternal and invisible. It is not made with human hands.

Heavenly: John 14:1-4; Colossians 1:5
Eternal: Titus 1:2; 2 Corinthians 4:17,18
Invisible: Romans 8:24,25
There is only ONE hope. This hope penetrates beyond the veil into the inner sanctuary which represents heaven. Those born again now have an inheritance in heaven, in God's kingdom. Ephesians 4:4; Colossians 1:13,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5 Hebrews 6:19; 9:24; 10:19-22; John 3:3-6.

Man's ONLY hope is in Christ. To be 'in Christ' is to be in His Spiritual Body, the Church and in that Kingdom that is NOT of this world! In HIM, we have salvation and citizenship in the eternal kingdom where we may lay up our treasures. Ephesians 1:3, 20-23; 2:4-6; Acts 2:47; Matthew 6:19-20 ; 7:21.

We shall be like Him. When we leave this physical body, we depart to be with Christ - then we will be like Him. We will no longer be physical, but immortal and imperishable. Philippians 1:21-24; 1 John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 15:42-45; 2 Corinthians 4:7-14; 5:1-8.

Our hope includes the transformation of our mortal bodies. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. The body can be destroyed, but not the "inner man." Physical death is the separation of body and spirit. The spirit is from God and returns to Him. 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 50-54; Acts 7:59; James 2:26 Matthew 10:28; Romans 7:22; Philippians 3:21; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Zechariah 12:1.