The Hope of Heaven at the Beginning of Ministry

By Omar Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

On your worst day, or during your worst week, or after what may feel like the worst possible start to ministry you can imagine, there’s reason to rejoice, reason to hold out hope. Your name is written in heaven.

How Church Discipline Aims at Heaven

By Chopo Mwanza | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

When we think of church discipline, it’s easy for us to detach it from our future hope. But we must guard against that temptation.

The Lord’s Supper: A Foretaste of the Heavenly Banquet

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

The Lord’s Supper is an appetizer for the feast that will commence on the day when Christ reunites heaven and earth.

Churches: The Embassies and Geography of Heaven

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Your local church is an embassy and the temporary geography of heaven. Have you ever thought about that?

Forum: Perspectives on Heaven from the Persecuted Church

By J. Mack Stiles, J. Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

We asked pastors around the world this question: “How have you encouraged Christians experiencing significant persecution with the hope of heaven?”

Hymns in a Woman’s Life

By Drew Bratcher | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

I was the first of the fourth generation of the family, and, being the oldest by several years, spent considerable time with my great-grandmother, much of it alone. I liked her.

God Can’t Wait for You to Get to Heaven: A Reflection on Ephesians 2:7

By Dane Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Ephesians 2:7 is telling you that your death is not an end but a beginning. Not a wall, but a door. Not an exit, but an entrance.

The Other Christ-Centered Joys of Heaven: An All-Things Vision of the Christian Afterlife

By Jared C. Wilson | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

What joy it will be to finally see, hear, touch, and taste things as God truly and eternally intended!

Thank God for the “Pie in the Sky”: Why the Heavenly Minded Do the Most Earthly Good

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

The older I get, the more I long for heaven. But this longing isn’t tempting me to curl up on the couch, cover my eyes, and simply wait for this terrible world to go away.

Crumbling Homes on Earth, Established Kingdom in Heaven

By Dieudonné Tamfu | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Sometimes, I ask myself: How can I live and serve Christ in such a crumbling place?

Do We Get Rewards in Heaven?

By Brian Vickers | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Christians should never think of obedience, love, or service in terms of earning some future pay-off.

On Earth as in Heaven: A (Very) Brief Biblical Theology of Heaven

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Does Scripture offer more than a few scattered references to heaven? Even more, does heaven play any part in the Bible’s storyline?

Hallelujah Over Hell? How God’s People Rejoice While Their Enemies Perish

By David Mathis | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

While we may struggle now with how the eternal destruction of the wicked could be a cause for joy, we won’t struggle forever.

Three Ways Our Deeds Relate to Our Salvation

By John Piper | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

The biblical texts relating to this issue are many and diverse, but not contradictory. If you take any one of them and treat it as the whole picture, you will almost surely lead people astray.

“The Very Heaven of Heaven”: Puritan Reflections on Immanuel’s Land

By Matt Haste | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

While the Puritans are often remembered for preaching about the horrors of hell, they gave far more attention to the glories of heaven.