5.10.15 *Heaven

Where do we go when we die? sorry, no passage link for this

  • The current understanding of heaven is not appealing (24/7 worship?–>endless boring tedium)
  • Life without a goal is life without a purpose
  • “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
  • If our minds are not set on heaven, we won’t live life on Earth according to what God wants
  • Heaven: dwelling place of God
  • The difference between “house” and “home” is who resides there
  • A heaven without God is no heaven at all.
  • We tend to see God as a killjoy
  • What makes our heart melt? What restores our faith in humanity? All these things were created by God. God created excitement, happiness, and pleasure. There is a present (temporary) heaven and a future (permanent) heaven.
  • When we die right now, we go to present heaven first. When you are in present heaven, you are cognizant of everything you did in your life.
  • Paradise is synonymous to present heaven
  • Martyrs have a special place in heaven
  • Martyrs can speak to God and request things

I feel bad that I cannot provide you with a passage that’ll offer context to what I am saying, below is a song from an album that carried me through the lowest points of my junior year (remind me to tell you about that if you are curious– it’ll take a while to explain and it’s a bit complicated and heavy so probably better for a one-on-one when we have a lot of time)

Love, Galbi

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4.26.15 Intro to Heaven Series

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+13:44-46 (The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl)

  • Unless your concept of Heaven is biblical, your idea of Heaven is nothing more than just a figment of your imagination.
  • Our idea of Heaven should scare us (playing harps for eternity? A never-ending church service? –> it will bore us)
  • It isn’t good news if the only news is that you get to escape hell (is that our only other option?)
  • When Jesus preached for the first time He said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”
  • Just in the Gospels, Jesus mentions the “Kingdom of God” 53 times and “kingdom of heaven” 36 (?) times
  • Myth breaker #1: 99.999% chance that we will spend time in heaven on Earth (no being teleported up into the skies) No idea what I wrote here– probably was falling asleep as I was writing down this bullet point at the time

Love, Galbi

4.19.15

  • Romans 5:2-11
  • pattern of Jews turning away from God–> being exiled and put in captivity–> rescued & redeemed
  • it is like this until Christ’s birth, & afterwards, God did not speak through prophets (like Daniel, Jeremiah, Elijah, Isaiah, Malacchi) for 400 years
  • Justification: being justified through faith opens the door for reconciliation (we are now sons & daughters of God)
  • hope is defined by the very love of God through his son’s crucifixion & resurrection
  • God sent down Jesus when we were still sinners, still powerless.
  • Romans 5 helps us understand where we stand right now, and where we will stand in the future.
  • God wishes for you to have hope in this passage
  • Jesus always puts himself second to others, & proved that love is an action, not just a feeling.
  • Our lives do not only constitute our time on Earth.

Love, Galbi

4.12.15 LECTURE

  • 1 Corinthians 15:14-19
  • If Christ had not been raised from the dead, then our faith is in vain
  • IS JESUS REAL? DID THE RESURRECTION OCCUR?
  • Cornelius Tacitus: Roman senator, historian
  • wrote Annals (discusses Christ’s crucifixion)
  • Flavius Josephus: Jew, respected among scholars today, wrote Antiquities (James, brother of Jesus was crucified)
  • Caius Suetonious Tranquillus: powerful individual, keeper of the library
  • discusses banishment of Jews from Rome and how Christ was their leader

Arguments for Resurrection:

  1. Empty tomb- Jesus told everyone he would rise again and Pharisees were aware of this so they asked for Pontius Pilate to allow a Roman guard unit to be posted 24 hours around the clock at the tomb
  2. A Roman guard unit has minimum of four people who are extremely diligent because their punishment for failure is crucifixion upside down
  3. Post-Resurrection Appearance: He appeared to disciples, apostles, and 500 other people (at the same time, which sparked the Christian movement)
  4. Christians were being persecuted at this time (death), so people had no logical reason to profess their faith
  5. atheists need to come up with a reason as to why there was an explosion of Christianity at a time when no one had an incentive to be a Christian
  6. Martyrdom of the disciples (only disciple who wasn’t killed was John, and would you ever die for something that you know is a lie?/ the 11 who died were killed in different parts of the world)

*Dr. Simon Greenleaf–> The Testimony of the Evangelist

Love, Galbi

4.5.15 Resurrection Day!

  • Mark 16:1-8 The Resurrection
  • gty.org –> “Confidence in God’s Word”
  • Mark 16: 9-20 is not part of the original Bible… it was added in because the old churches were uncomfortable not having a conclusion to the gospel of Mark
  • GOD USES THE LEAST LIKELY OF INDIVIDUALS
  • the woman suffered from disbelief (they went to anoint Jesus even though he told them repeatedly that he would rise again)
  • they suffered from displaced trust (they were looking for help from human agents- to roll away the tombstone)
  • they suffered from disobedience (the angel of the Lord told them to go and tell but they fled and told no one because they were afraid)
  • fear of being rejected
  • the women in the story is us
  • Mark ends with ambiguity
  • because who is called to continue?

Love, Galbi

3.29.15 Palm Sunday

  • Mark 14:12-16, 22-25
  • The Lord’s Supper
  • Passion Week= last week of Jesus’s life
  • “Hosanna”= “save us”
  • Unless you know the story behind the holiday, the holiday becomes meaningless

History

  • Joseph becomes 2nd in command of Egypt during the famine–> his family multiplies into tens of thousands–> 400 years later, the new Pharaoh feels threatened by the huge Israelite family and makes them all slaves
  • the 10 plagues each represented one of the idols that the Israelites and Egyptians worshiped
  • atonement sacrifice= substitution of an innocent life for a guilty life.
  • “Passover” comes from the Angel of Death “passing over” the homes with blood painted on their door frames (which is why Jews celebrate the Passover)
  • when Jesus got to “cup three” of the Passover feast, He went off script

Love, Galbi

3.15.15 Commitment or Convenience?

  • Mark 8: 34-38
  • We live in a culture devoted to convenience (constantly having construction on “inconvenient” roads)
  • In our world, we are the center of our lives (everything is here to serve us and make things more convenient)
  • This mindset affects our walk with God
  • I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul
  • We deny others to save our own skin
  1. Deny yourself
  2. Pick up your cross daily
  3. Follow Jesus
  • Deny ourselves not from something, but deny ourselves from ourselves
  • When we work hard to save our life on Earth, we lose our life in heaven (we become meaningless and everything we create will not be there for us when we go to hell)
  • When we are ashamed of Jesus, He will be ashamed of us before the angels and God the Father

Love, Galbi