Recent teachings on ‘Act 6’ of the Biblical Drama have looked at the themes around “New Creation.” We’ve approached tough questions about heaven and hell and living in light of eternity. For many of us, our understanding of Heaven has been shrunken and ill-informed. One of the biggest misconceptions is about the state of the believer immediately after death and the fact that this is not the final state – which is resurrection on a renewed earth. We don’t know a whole lot about this “intermediate state,” except from scriptures such as 2 Corinthians 5, Philippians 1, and the “paradise today” promised to the thief on the cross. (Luke 23:43)
Randy Alcorn has a voluminous website and several books on the theology of Heaven. One article that summarizes the concept of “intermediate Heaven” in very similar terms is linked here. Check out the whole Heaven section of the website (Eternal Perspective Ministries) to go as detailed as you want to go into the nature of heaven. I believe it is for the most part, great stuff! The sermon on May 27 will delve more into the nature of the Renewed Earth – the Eternal State.