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The biblical perspective on heaven and earth is not linear, as if earth comes first, and then heaven. Rather, it is vertical, so that all humanity exists on the earth and under heaven. The reason this is important is that heaven is not just a place we go when we die. Heaven is also a place that gives meaning and order to the earth that sits beneath it. — M. Craig Barnes

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. … And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. (Revelation 21:1, 22-26, ESV)

If within us, we find nothing over us, we will succumb to what is around us.                                                                                         —P.T. Forsyth

Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20, NIV)

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