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NATIONS UNIVERSITY
NAME AND UNIVERSITY IDENTIFICATION:
KEVIN OMONDI KE200068_M
DEPARTMENT OF GRADUATE
COURSE NUMBER AND NAME:
M3: BIBLICAL THEOLOGY
WRITING ASSIGNMENT1:
Heaven and Hell
DATE: 25
th
February, 2021

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Heaven and Hell
The topic of heaven and Hell is a discussion of human eschatology. About heaven, the future
condition of righteousness can be denoted in various ways of life. First is the cosmological, which
expresses the heaven and earth, used to designate the entire universe, as pointed out in the creation
account. “In the beginning, God created the heaven and earth” (Genesis1:1). Christ also affirms the same
sentiment in the New Testament, by stating that, "I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the
smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law, until everything is
accomplished”(Matthew 5:18). In the same book, He referred to His Father as “Lord of Heaven and earth”
(Matthew 11:25). Secondly, the term ‘Heaven’ is a synonym for God. The concept is gleaned from the
prodigal son's confession to his father, I have sinned against heaven and before you” (Luke 15:18-21).
Christ also challenged the Pharisees, by asking them whether John’s baptism originated from heaven or
men (Matthew 21:25). He added that "A man can receive what is given to him from heaven (John 3:27).
Heaven is a term that describes a place, which is distinct from the earth and is also a substitute word for
God.
The third meaning of heaven: is the dwelling place of God. In His teaching to His disciples, Jesus
prayed, “Our Father in Heaven (Matthew 6:9). He spoke of, “Your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).
Heaven is the presence of God. The tabernacle is the tent, where God dwelled among the Israelites, in
the Old Testament. A great voice from the Lord said, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will
live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” (Revelation
21:3). God planned to have fellowship with humans, from the beginning. Even after humans' fell, God still
restores their relationship and dwells with the Israelites in the tabernacle. Christ promises eternal life to
all, that remain faithful in Him to live together in heaven; his father's house after death. Thus, heaven is
where God dwells.
The concept of Christians living in heaven has raised questions, of how heaven looks like among
believers. There are some suggestions that in heaven, there is continuous fellowship among believers. In
his letter to the Hebrews, Paul states, "But you have come to Mount Zion to the heavenly Jerusalem, the
city of living God. You have come to thousands, upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the
Church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men,

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0 NATIONS UNIVERSITY NAME AND UNIVERSITY IDENTIFICATION: KEVIN OMONDI KE200068_M DEPARTMENT OF GRADUATE COURSE NUMBER AND NAME: M3: BIBLICAL THEOLOGY WRITING ASSIGNMENT1: Heaven and Hell DATE: 25th February, 2021 1 Heaven and Hell The topic of heaven and Hell is a discussion of human eschatology. About heaven, the future condition of righteousness can be denoted in various ways of life. First is the cosmological, which expresses the heaven and earth, used to designate the entire universe, as pointed out in the creation account. “In the beginning, God created the heaven and earth” (Genesis1:1). Christ also affirms the same sentiment in the New Testament, by stating that, "I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law, until everything is accomplished”(Matthew 5:18). In the same book, He referred to His Father as “Lord of Heaven and earth” (Matthew 11:25). Secondly, the term ‘Heaven’ is a synonym for God. The concept is gleaned from the prodigal son's confession to his father, “I have sinned against heaven and before you” (Luke 15:18-21). Christ also challenged ...
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