Senior Pastor & Radio Host
Calvary Chapel Aventura
What will our new names be in Heaven?
Vic Batista: I wanted to begin wrapping it up by asking Steve what you want your new name to be. We are told that we are going to get new names. Do you have something planned?
Nathan Jones: Wayne Gretsky, right?
Steve Howell: Actually, T-bone would be the way to go.
Vic Batista: This is Steve. My name is Victoriano Batista. Now you know why I ask you brothers to call me Vic, okay. Just call me Vic.
But, I thought it was kind of cool when Nathan was reminding us that God is personal and it is neat to know that His plans continue for us in even giving us new names. Most of us have named our children biblical names because we wanted them to remember something about what we were thinking about them. Any of you guys have biblical names for your children?
Steve Howell: My son is Jacob.
Vic Batista: I ask this question because sometimes we don't like our names, so just be glad that God will give us the perfect name once we get to Heaven.
Who was Hell created for?
Vic Batista: Nathan, you were talking to us about Heaven and, Man, Heaven is just so exciting! I love the way that you shared it because you gave us both sides — there is Heaven but there is also a Hell. We were made clear to understand that Hell was created for Satan and his angels, but it was never made for the believers. What would you say to that, Nathan?
Nathan Jones: I would say that is the truth. That is what the Bible says in Matthew 25:41. Satan and his angels rebelled and their punishment will be Hell. That punishment is eternal death.
God doesn't have a merit system or a penal code where you get out after 30 years. God is black and white when it comes to sin: yes or no, yah or nay, one or zero (if you are a programmer).
That is what Jesus says, that Hell is Satan and the demon's punishment. That punishment then came upon us because we sin. We just can't blame Adam and Eve, though we do that bemoaning, "If only Adam and Eve didn't." We all sin. For example, I have three children and I tell you as soon as day one they were born fussy and rebellious. For me, I was driving through a school zone yesterday and I know the crossing guard and all, and he pointed me the wrong way from where I wanted to do. Crazily, my first impulse I felt was, "Should I gun past him or run him over?" All of the sudden, that rebellious spirit in me was like, "How dare he tell me to go down a side road! I need to go down this road." That rebellious spirit is what convicts us before God. That is what makes us sin. It is not just the things we do, but it is what is in our hearts that matter. God judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart, and that is what convicts us.
Vic Batista: Thank you, Nathan! That was really awesome that clarification of Heaven and just all the things that we have to look forward to.
Nathan Jones: I want to thank everyone who has followed along in our Future Hope Conference online. My wish is that you walked away with new insights into your future in God, and my prayer is that you now have hope.
If you only got dread out of this conference, learning that you have no hope because you will have to endure the Tribulation and finally Hell, then you are as Ephesians 2:12 describes, "...separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship... and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world."
It doesn't have to be that way, though. You can have that wonderful hope, too. You can know without a shadow of a doubt that you will be rescued from God's coming wrath, and that you will live in love, joy and glory with your Creator who loves you with all His heart for ever and ever. All you have to do is give your life over to Jesus Christ. Surrender it to Him. Pray, "Dear, Lord, please forgive me of my sin. Be my Savior." Jesus in turn will forgive you of your rebellion, you'll have a brand new life, His Spirit will guide your path, and you too can have that great and awesome hope for an amazing future ahead of you.