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Acts 17:24-25 Heaven

posted Jun 22, 2020, 8:40 AM by Jacob Boer

"The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things."

Why did Jesus mention in his prayer that God the Father is in heaven? That’s a good question because it shapes how we think about God. Many people think of God in heaven as God being far away since Jesus went up into the clouds when he went back to heaven. We’re actually not sure exactly where heaven really is, only that that is where God is and from heaven God is able to see everything and provide for all our needs. One Christian scientist said that he believes God is much closer than we think, he believes that heaven is in another dimension of being, separated from us by a thin veil that God often reaches through to come close to us and bless us. He believes this is how the Holy Spirit is able to move freely as he moves from his home in our hearts to heaven as he brings our Father our prayers. I find his explanation comforting and hopeful and one day we will know where heaven is as Jesus returns bringing heaven with him and heaven and earth will be one.

 

Q. Why the words “in heaven”?

A. These words teach us not to think of God’s heavenly majesty as something earthly, and to expect everything needed for body and soul from God’s almighty power.

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