“I Go to Prepare a Place for You”

Text: John 14:2-3

We sometimes hear the phrase, “Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” Though the phrase itself is not in the Scriptures, the idea is Scriptural. In this lesson, we will examine this prepared place – what it is like and how it has been prepared. We will also examine the prepared people – how they are prepared and what they are being prepared for.

A Prepared Place

  • In the presence of God (John 14:2) – we will be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17), rather than being condemned to the place “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41)
  • There are “many dwelling places” (John 14:2) – open to all (Acts 10:34-35; Revelation 22:17)
  • What was done to prepare this place for us? … heaven is not a physical place – Jesus was not going to construct houses for us to live in
  • Preparations had to do with heaven being the home of God – nothing unclean there (Revelation 21:27); sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2); sin had to be dealt with (Hebrews 9:11-14, 22-24)

A Prepared People

  • We must hear the gospel to be prepared (Luke 24:47)
  • We must believe the gospel to be prepared (Romans 1:16; Hebrews 11:6)
  • We must obey the gospel to be prepared (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38)
  • We must remain faithful to be prepared (Hebrews 10:38-39)

A People Being Prepared

  • Our reward in heaven is for eternity (1 Peter 1:4)
  • While on earth, we are being prepared to enjoy/appreciate the things that will be in heaven – righteousness (2 Peter 3:13); worshipping and serving God (Revelation 7:9-11, 15); complete submission to God (1 Corinthians 15:27-28)
  • If we do not like these things now, what makes us think we will enjoy them for eternity?
  • Being a Christian is not about grudgingly following what the Lord wants us to do – it is about changing the way we think so that we enjoy/appreciate the things of God (cf. Psalm 122:1)

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