The Heaven Promise is the latest volume from author and professor Scot McKnight. In this volume, McKnight takes a long and deep look at the Bible's teachings on Heaven. He takes us on a in-depth, but approachable, study of the Scriptures–especially Revelation 22–to help us understand the heaven that is both now and not yet.
McKnight presents his thesis in a well-organized and extremely readable method. He builds precept upon precept to walk us through the Scriptures to create a solid foundation upon which to build a belief system. He also provides a look at some of the historical beliefs that the church has had surrounding Heaven.
Heaven, McKnight argues, is indeed a place of beauty and rejoicing that comes after death, but to leave it at only that is to shortchange the reality of heaven. Heaven is both/and. It is both a place of glorious resurrection after death, and a place of abundance in the present life. We should view our present life from the beauty of an empty tomb.
McKnight ends his volume by addressing common questions surrounding Heaven. He looks at ten commons questions that range from “Is God Fair?” to “Will There be Pets in Heaven?” These chapters are great helps to the overall volume and help the reader to better connect between the heaven in the here and now (God's Kingdom coming to earth), and the heaven that is to come.
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