What Did Jesus Say About Heaven?
Last week, we discussed the words of Jesus that he stated concerning Hell. This week, we’ll be looking at what Jesus taught about Heaven, which is both His home and the future home of everyone who place their faith in Him for redemption of their soul. When we consider the Old Covenant, we must recall that no one went to Heaven when they died under its terms. It was necessary for man’s sins to be totally atoned for and for him to be made perfect in order to be admitted into Heaven. The work of Jesus on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins was completed on our behalf by His death.
Forgiveness of sins results in perfection in God’s eyes because of Jesus’ imputed righteousness (His righteousness attributed to us).
You may read more about what Jesus had to say about Abraham’s bosom here: Abraham’s Bosom.
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So What Did Jesus Say About Heaven?
Surprisingly, Jesus didn’t say much about Heaven in the Bible. He spoke more about everlasting life and how one can enter Heaven than He did on the location of Heaven, which is a bit surprising. With these statements, Jesus provided a direct allusion to Heaven while comforting the disciples on their journey to Jerusalem: John 14:2 (KJV) There are many mansions in my Father’s home; if this were not the case, I would have informed you. I’m going to go set up a space for you. John 14:3 (KJV) Moreover, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into myself, so that where I am, ye may be as well.
God’s dwelling place (His Father’s house) was revealed to Jesus through these words, confirming that Heaven is a genuine location and that God is a real being.
- 5:16 (Matthew 5:16) Set a good example for others to follow, so that they may see your good deeds and worship your heavenly Father
- Matthew 5:45 For He makes His sun rise on the wicked and the good and pours rain on the just and unjust
- So that you may be seen as sons of your heavenly Father. 5:48 (Matthew) Consequently, you will be perfect in every way, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. 6:1 (Matthew 6:1) Take care not to perform your generous activities in front of others so that they might witness them. You will not receive a reward from your heavenly Father until you do so. 6:9 (Matthew 6:9) Praise our heavenly Father, whose name is hallowed
- In this fashion, pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” 7:11 (Matthew 7:11) Even if you, despite your bad nature, are able to provide excellent presents for your children, imagine how much more your heavenly Father will provide good things to those who seek Him out. 7:21 (Matthew 7:21) Not everyone who calls out to Me in a loud voice, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of My heavenly Father
- 10:32 (Matthew 10:32) Consequently, whomever confesses Me before men, he will likewise be confessed before My Father who is in heaven, according to Matthew 10:33. But anyone rejects Me in front of mankind, I will reject in front of My heavenly Father as well. Mat 12:50 p.m. For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother, sister, and mother
- Mat 16:17 Jesus responded and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven
- Mat 18:10 “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven
- It is important that you do not disdain one of these tiny ones, because I assure you that their angels may always see the face of My Father, who is in heaven. 18:14 (Matthew 18:14 As a result, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these precious children should perish. 18:19 (Matthew 18:19) For the second time, I say to you that if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask for, My Father in heaven will make it happen for them. Matthew 23:9 Do not address anybody on earth as your father
- For there is only one Father, and that is the One who is in heaven. 11:25 (Matthew 11:25) As well as, anytime you are praying, if you have anything against someone, forgive him so that your heavenly Father may also forgive you your sins
- Mark 11:26 is a biblical passage. However, if you do not forgive, your offenses will not be forgiven by your heavenly Father. 13:32 (Matthew 13:32) However, no one, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father, is aware of the day and hour in question. Luke 11:2 (NIV) As a result, He instructed them to pray as follows: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.” Your kingdom has come to pass. Your will be done on the earth as it is in the heavens, and
When Jesus “lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour has come; honor thy Son, that thy Son likewise may glorify thee,” He also proved that Heaven is the dwelling place of God (John 17:1). And, with these words, Jesus declared that God governs in the heavenly realm:
- I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and world. (Matt 11:25)
- I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth. (Luke 10:21)
- I thank you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth. (Matt 11:25)
Heaven is a place of joy, rewards, and treasures:
- 5:12 (Matthew 5:12) Rejoice and be very pleased, because your recompense in heaven will be great.
- 6:19 (Matthew) Do not store riches on earth, where moth and rust will ruin them and where thieves will break in and steal them
- Instead, store treasures in heaven. However, store up treasures for yourself in heaven, where neither moth nor rust can ruin them, and where thieves will not break in and take them
- Mat 6:20 Luke 6:23 (NIV) Celebrate that day with gusto and leap with delight! Because, truly, your recompense in heaven will be tremendous.
- 15:7 (Luke 15:7) Furthermore, I assert to you that there will be greater delight in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous folks who do not require repentance.
Heaven is Perfect
We know from all of Jesus’ statements that Heaven is the location where we will spend eternity with God once we pass away from this earth. We know that it is a place of rest and tranquility, as well as a place of perfect unity and communion with our Creator, Lord, and Saviour, as well as a place of perfect union and communion with ourselves. We are aware that it is a crowded area that has been prepared by Jesus (John 14:1-3). We also understand that, at the same time that Jesus is preparing Heaven for us, He is simultaneously preparing us to go to Heaven.
To grow more and more like Jesus is the highest ambition someone could ever have.
If we want to be like Jesus, we need to tell others about life, not just about ourselves. Relate the generous forgiveness of sins that Jesus provides, as well as the new and eternal life that He intends to give them. *}}} Also see: What Did Jesus Have to Say About Hell?
What Jesus Really Said About Heaven and Hell
Everyone dislikes thinking about death, yet there are moments when we have no option but to confront it. As the infection spreads, hospitals become overcrowded, and systems become overburdened. Survival is the most pressing of our concerns, both personally and nationally. Many individuals – including the apparently healthy – have, however, found themselves confronted with the shadow of death itself, which has become our daily companion, despite our best efforts to ignore it the majority of the time.
- While NBC’s huge hit comedy seriesThe Good Place was the most recent and most memorable effort, the humor even there was founded exactly in horror, as Eleanor Shellstrop and her pals desperately tried to avoid the eternity they earned in the Bad Place and its unending torments.
- After learning he will spend forever groveling in dust and being devoured by worms, Gilgamesh writhes with misery in the epic poem The Epic of Gilgamesh.
- The prospect of endless sorrow, on the other hand, makes many people shiver.
- In the globe, there are more than two billion Christians, with the great majority of them believing in the existence of a heaven and a hell.
- In spite of an increasing number of “nones,” Americans continue to expect a version of the options shown in The Good Place: independent of religious affiliation, 72 percent believe in a genuine paradise and 58 percent believe in a literal hell, according to the Pew Research Center.
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The great majority of these individuals understandably believe that this is what Jesus personally told them. However, this is not the case. Neither Jesus nor the Hebrew Bible, which he translated, supported the notion that departed souls went to either paradise or everlasting punishment. Ancient Jews, in contrast to the majority of Greeks, historically did not think that the soul could exist independently of the body. The opposite was true for them; they saw the soul as more like “breath.” Adam, the first human being God created, began as a lump of clay, then God “breathed” life into him after that (Genesis 2: 7).
- Afterwards, everything was reduced to dust and ashes.
- It is not true that when we cease breathing, our breath does not leave our body.
- In the same way, the “soul” does not continue to exist outside of the body, where it may experience postmortem joy or anguish.
- It is assumed by the Hebrew Bible itself that the deceased are simply dead—that their corpse rests in the grave and that they will never regain awareness again.
- However, in the majority of cases, the term “Sheol” is just a synonym for “tomb” or “grave.” It’s not a location where people really go to hang out.
- The fact that there was no life at all, and so no family, friends, talks, food, drink – and even communion with God – made death so depressing: nothing could make an afterlife existence more pleasant since there was no life at all, and hence no wonderful afterlife existence.
- To be honest, the most one could aspire for was an enjoyable and exceptionally long life in the here and now.
The belief that there was something beyond death—a form of justice to come—began to spread among Jewish philosophers some two hundred years before the birth of the Messiah.
However, the flaws in that line of reasoning were immediately apparent: God’s own people Israel suffered repeatedly, brutally, and frustratingly as a result of natural disasters, political crises, and, most significantly, military defeat.
Some philosophers came up with a solution that described how God would bring about justice, but one that did not require eternal happiness in a paradise above or eternal pain in a hell below, as had previously been proposed.
In spite of the fact that God is the ultimate master of the universe, he has temporarily ceded authority of this planet for an unexplained cause.
Heaven and earth are about to be thrown into chaos when God intervenes to destroy everything and everyone who stands in his way, and to usher in a new kingdom for his loyal followers, the Kingdom of God, a paradise on earth.
Indeed, God will breathe life back into the dead, bringing them back to earthly existence, and God will bring all the dead back to life, not just the virtuous, to be with him forever.
The crowd who had stood in the path of God will also be raised.
During the time of Jesus, this notion of the impending resurrection dominated the outlook of Jewish thought in general.
The end of time is approaching quickly.
God will soon annihilate everything and everyone who stands in his way, and a new order will be established on the planet.
All of the others will be wiped out.
Unlike other Jewish leaders, Jesus preached that no one will inherit the glorious future kingdom by strictly adhering to all of the Jewish laws in their most minute details; or by meticulously following the rules of worship involving sacrifice, prayer, and the observance of holy days; or by pursuing one’s own purity by fleeing from the vile world and the tainting influence of sinful others.
- For the most part, this is placing God first in one’s life, despite personal difficulties, and dedicating one’s time and energy to the benefit of others, even when doing so is extremely difficult.
- (Leviticus 19:18).
- In the same way that the Good Samaritan helped anybody in need, genuine love includes assisting everyone in need, not just those in your chosen social circles, as depicted in the parable of the Good Samaritan.
- Only a small number of individuals are.
- It’s no surprise that it’s easier to get a camel through a needle than it is for the wealthy to get entry into the kingdom.
Although Jesus does not explicitly mention “Hell” in the Sermon on the Mount, standard English translations suggest that he does so sometimes — for example, in his cautions that anybody who labels another a fool, or who permits their right eye or hand to transgress, will be put into “hell” (Matthew 5:22, 29-30).
- However, the name does not allude to a perpetual tormenting region, but rather to an infamous valley just outside the walls of Jerusalem, which was widely considered by many Jews at the time to be the most unholy, god-forsaken area on earth.
- For anyone who died in the ancient world (whether they were Greek, Roman, or Jewish), being refused a proper burial was the harshest punishment they could get after death.
- Souls would not be tortured in that place, according to Jesus.
- The emphasis that Jesus places on the complete destruction of sinners may be found throughout his teachings.
- There are two paths to “life.” One is narrow and demands an arduous road, yet it leads to “life.” That is a route used by few.
- However, it results in “destruction.” It is an extremely essential term.
- In the same way, Jesus compares the coming kingdom to a fisherman who brings in a vast net of fish (Matthew 13:47-50).
He does not subject them to torture.
Alternatively, the kingdom might be compared to a person who collects the plants that have grown in his or her field (Matthew 13:36-43).
These do not burn indefinitely.
Other verses, on the other hand, may appear to imply that Jesus believed in the afterlife.
Some are referred to as sheep, while others are referred to as goats.
These are welcomed into the “kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,” as the Bible states.
Upon first glance, that surely sounds like a hellish creation of the public imagination.
They are not “eternal joy” and “eternal misery,” as some people believe.
As a result, annihilation is the penalty.
This is due to the fact that the fire never goes out.
And what is the significance of the term “eternal” punishment?
These individuals will be exterminated for all time.
In this way, Jesus followed in the footsteps of a long line of respectable philosophers who have refused to accept the notion that a benevolent God would torture his beings for all eternity.
Yet neither Jesus nor his early Jewish disciples taught about the torments of hell; rather, they originated among later gentile converts who did not believe in the Jewish concept of a future resurrection of the dead, as did the apostle Paul.
A large number of Greek intellectuals, dating back at least to Socrates’ time, have advocated for the notion of the immortality of the soul.
Following the example of gentile Christians, later Christians who emerged from these groups embraced this viewpoint for themselves, reasoning that since souls are made to survive forever, their final destinies will do the same.
As a result of this innovation, an unsatisfactory combination of Jesus’ Jewish beliefs with those found in elements of the Greek intellectual tradition has resulted.
Nonetheless, in a fascinating and comforting sense, Jesus’ own beliefs on either eternal recompense or full destruction are similar to Greek notions that were taught more than four centuries before Jesus.
His “Apology” (that is, “Legal Defense”), which was recorded by his most renowned pupil, Plato, is still available for reading today.
He is, on the contrary, energised by the prospect of going from this world to the next.
On the one hand, it may result in the deepest, most uninterrupted sleep that anyone could possibly imagine.
It may, on the other hand, imply the presence of a conscious being.
It would mean continuing on with life and all of its joys while avoiding all of its suffering.
As a result, there are no poor options in the afterlife, just good ones.
Two thousand and four hundred years later, with all of our improvements in our knowledge of our world and human existence within it, certainly we can conclude that both Jesus and Socrates were correct about a great many things.
We should pay attention to what he has to say.
Of course, none of us can predict what will happen to us once we leave this realm of transience behind.
On the one hand, we may lose our consciousness since we will no longer be concerned about anything in this world.
Both scenarios result in the cessation of all suffering.
To that end, the greatest teacher of the Greeks and the father of Christianity agreed on the following: when we finally go from this earthly sphere, we may have something to look forward to, but we have absolutely nothing to be afraid of.
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What Did Jesus Say About Heaven?
Have you ever pondered the answer to that question? Was it simple to come up with an answer? While the theology of heaven may be thoroughly proven by utilizing the entirety of God’s revealed will, it is surprising to me how little Jesus himself speaks about heaven–at least in terms of its future characteristics. When Jesus speaks about heaven, he is not primarily concerned with what it will be like, but rather with (1) how you will get yourself ‘in,’ and (2) the fact that it has already begun – and that we are obligated to live in light of that truth.
‘Don’t conceive of heaven as some ethereal future hope–ask yourself whether or not you have reason to believe that it is your hope,’ he would say.
- Heaven is a physical location. In the Sermon on the Mount (particularly Matthew 6), as well as in the Gospel of John, heaven is a real location, not a collection of bodiless creatures floating through clouds. Heaven is the location where God resides and where his presence is made known to bless
- It is a treasure trove of riches. Again, we learn from Matthew 6 that the riches and benefits we store up in heaven now will never be taken away from us, and they will never stop to bring us joy
- Paradise is a place that has been prepared just for us. In Matthew 25, Jesus refers to heaven as the kingdom that has been prepared for us since the beginning of the world’s existence. Once again, we see that Heaven is a physical location where God is keen on benefiting us
- It is a place of joy and recompense for those who enter. In the same chapter of Matthew 25, Jesus relates a story in which individuals who have been faithful with what they have been given are praised by their boss. It is these beautiful words that are spoken: “Well done, good and loyal servant.” You have shown loyalty over a little amount of time
- I will put you in charge of much more. Take part in the happiness of your lord. ‘
- Heaven is a place where justice is served. In Luke 16, despite teaching a completely unrelated subject, Jesus narrates the account of two individuals who experience a right reversal of fortune on the other side of judgment
- Heaven is a place of one united society, according to Jesus. Humans will not be married or given in marriage in paradise, according to the teachings of Luke 20 (also found in Matthew 22). However, we are not isolated individuals
- Rather, we are in fellowship with one another and ultimately with God, much like the angels. We are not isolated individuals.
Consider whether you can think of any other places where Jesus mentions heaven. Might you think of any more details that can be gathered from numerous sources?
What Is Heaven Like According to the Bible?
In attempts to visualize paradise, people often conjure up dreamy pictures such as angels lounging on clouds or chubby cherubs plucking on harps. It is critical to keep a biblical perspective on eternal reality in order to be inspired to live for the ideals of heaven. The problem is that we are constantly inundated with countless fallacies about paradise in popular culture, making it difficult to keep this viewpoint. Here are three of the most widely held beliefs about heaven, as well as what the Bible has to say about them.
Common Misconceptions about Heaven
1. Heaven is the place where decent people will spend the rest of their lives. The scriptures make it quite plain that no one is good enough to enter the kingdom of heaven (Romans 3:11-12;Psalm 14:3). When measured against the standard of God’s unparalleled holiness, any righteousness we imagine we possess is as a “filthy rag,” as Isaiah 64:6 describes it. They are deluded by their own conceit, and their arrogance divides them from God, who “opposes the haughty but offers grace to the humble” (Proverbs 16:11).
- It is indeed true that Jesus stated that the road to paradise is “small and narrow,” with “just a few finding it” (Matthew 7:14).
- They will believe that they are following Christ, and many of them will even perform miracles in his name, yet they will be denied admission to paradise because of their beliefs.
- Rather than living for God and his will, they had been living for themselves and their own selfish goals rather than for God and his purpose (Matthew 7:21-23).
- It’s possible that the Bible doesn’t make this point as clearly as people believe.
- Alan Gomes, in his book 40 Questions About Heaven and Hell, for example, believes that the Bible suggests that we shall spend eternally on a new world that God will construct after the end of time.
- Gomes adds, “What could possibly be the rationale for our being in heaven?” It couldn’t possibly be to have a more intense experience of God’s presence, for God will have built his home among us on earth.
- “The New Jerusalem is a physical metropolis that God will build on the new world,” says theologian John Piper.
- The afterlife will be monotonous.
People who love God long for the company of others. The experience of being in His presence will be diametrically opposed to boredom.”
Biblical Description of Heaven
According to 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, “the things God has prepared for those who love him” are “shown to us by the Spirit of his presence.” Studying and meditating on “words given by the Spirit” is essential in order to combat incorrect and unbiblical beliefs (1 Corinthians 2:13). According to John 14:1-3, our eternal home is a genuine location where we shall stay in actual, physical bodies (1 Corinthians 15) and where we will enjoy everlasting delights, rewards, and treasures (Matthew 5:12;Matthew 6:19-20;Luke 6:23).
- (Revelation 22:5).
- We will have a “face-to-face” encounter with the Lord (1 Corinthians 13:12).
- However, the Bible provides us with numerous other glimpses of what this place will be like.
- Complete annihilation of evil.
- Take a mental picture of your favorite area on the planet.
- Perfection in righteousness and fairness is the rule of law.
- According to Revelation 21:4, there will be “no more illness, no more crying, no more agony” in the eternal state.
Health, happiness, and pleasure in plenty.
Those who are devoted to God will discover that the delights of paradise much exceed their greatest expectations (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Friendships that are perfect.
Abraham, Moses, Hannah, the Apostle Paul, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Jim Elliot, and Corrie Ten Boom are just a few of the characters in this story.
There will be no trace of pride, insecurity, envy, prejudice, or competitiveness left in the world – nothing that would stand in the way of the most delicious Christian fellowship.
Take a moment to envision that love and respect being absolutely untarnished by any speck of guilt on either their or your behalf.
There is no reason to believe that we shall become all-knowing in the eternal state, even if our knowledge will substantially expand in the eternal state (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Only the Infinite Mind has the ability to comprehend the infinitude of things.” Alcorncommentson Paul writes in Ephesians 2:6-7: “‘To unveil’ is the meaning of the wordhow.
Work that is meaningful.
God is constantly at work (John 5:17), and Jesus stated that his goal was to complete the task of accomplishing the Father’s will (John 4:34) in order to bring God honor.
In the words of Reagan Rose, “Imagine all of the things you love about work — the satisfaction, the sense of progress, the knowledge that you have brought something that was in a state of disorder into a more order — but imagine all of that without the confusion, sweat, or annoyance that is currently a part and parcel of our work!
This everlasting perspective on the rewarding features of labor can have an influence on our perception of our worldly occupations.
Tom Nelson adds his thoughts. The following statement is true: “If our everyday labor, done for God’s glory and the common welfare of people, in some way crosses over to the new heavens and new earth, then our current work is brimming with immense worth and everlasting importance.”
Living for Eternity
“The things God has prepared for those who love him,” according to 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, are “shown to us through his Spirit.” Studying and meditating on “words taught by the Spirit” can help us combat false and unbiblical beliefs (1 Corinthians 2:13). According to John 14:1-3, our eternal home is a genuine location where we shall live in actual, physical bodies (1 Corinthians 15), and where we will enjoy everlasting delights, rewards, and treasures (Matthew 5:12;Matthew 6:19-20;Luke 6:23). Revelation 21:3 says that God resides there, and the light of Jesus will shine brightly in every corner of that realm (Revelation 22:5).
- We will have a “face-to-face” encounter with the Savior (1 Corinthians 13:12).
- However, the Bible provides us with numerous other glimpses of what this place will look like.
- “When I come back, I will send forth my angels to remove out of his realm everything that causes sin and everyone who does evil,” Jesus stated, and “then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:41-43).
- Now picture that environment as being absolutely devoid of any of the unpleasantries that cause you to feel sad, uncomfortable, or nervous in the first place!
- There is not a trace of evil left in the world, and instead, everything that causes dissatisfaction will be the polar opposite of it.
- In what way are these diametrically opposed to one another?
- God’s lovers will discover that the delights of paradise far exceed their greatest dreams (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Consider all of the saints and Christians from the Old Testament and throughout history who you would like to get to know better.
Those people are described as “just men made perfect” in the Bible, which means we shall be alongside them (Hebrews 12:22-23).
Consider a period when you had a great sense of love and respect for your fellow believers and how that experience influenced you.
Imagining God’s love multiplied to the infinitesimal degree and including everyone “from every tribe, people group, and language” (Revelation 7:9; Daniel 7:14), all of whom are fully unified in the one goal of loving God and pursuing his glory alone 3.
There is no reason to believe that we shall become all-knowing in the eternal state, despite the fact that our knowledge will significantly expand (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Infinite Mind is the only one who has the ability to comprehend everything.” Alcorncommentson In Ephesians 2:6-7, the apostle Paul writes, ” “‘To unveil’ is the meaning of the wordhow.” We can plainly see from the words “in the future centuries” that this will be a progressive and continuing revelation, in which we will continually learn more and more about God’s grace.” A job with a purpose Prior to the fall, work was a part of God’s original design for people (Genesis 2:15).
Throughout history, God has been at work (John 5:17), and Jesus declared his mission was to complete the task of carrying out the Father’s will (John 4:34), in order to bring God honor (John 17:4).
In his opinion, Tom Nelson The following statement is true: “If our everyday labor, done for God’s glory and the common welfare of others, in some way continues over into the new heavens and new earth, then our current work is brimming with immense worth and everlasting importance.”
Heaven – What Is it Like and Where Is it?
In the same way that New York or Chicago are places, heaven is a location as well. A ball shaped like Charles Ferguson’s face. Everyone is interested in learning more about paradise, and everyone wishes to visit it. The results of recent polls indicate that over 80 percent of all Americans believe in the existence of a place called heaven. Despite the fact that we live in a skeptical era, I find that number reassuring because it indicates that there is something deep inside the human heart that calls out: “There has to be something more than this.
- Something like 70 or 80 years on our planet is a long time.
- A “heaven-shaped void,” in my opinion, is the feeling that we were created for something more than this existence.
- In a genuine sense, we were designed for a life in paradise.
- Not only do the vast majority of Americans believe in heaven, but they also expect to be resurrected after they die.
- There aren’t many individuals who would state they don’t believe in the hereafter.
- When you talk about living somewhere for the rest of your life, it would be helpful to know exactly where you are going.
- With that as a backdrop, I’d like to turn my attention to some of the most often asked questions concerning the hereafter.
- The only things we can be confident of concerning heaven are the things that have been revealed in the Scriptures.
- In my opinion, the Bible contains all of the information we require, and I believe it also contains all of the information we can possibly know about paradise.
Where is heaven?
In response to your inquiry, there are three things I can tell you about myself. First and foremost, heaven exists as an actual location in the universe. Listen to what Jesus said the night before he was crucified: “It is finished.” “Allow yourself to not be disturbed by your emotions. Have faith in God, and have faith in me as well. There are numerous rooms in my Father’s house; if this were not the case, I would have told you. I’m heading over there to set up a meeting space for you. And if I go ahead and build a home for you, I will return and bring you along with me so that you might experience what I am experiencing ” (John 14:1-3).
- He is implying that heaven (also known as “my Father’s home”) is a genuine location, just as real as New York City, London, or Chicago is to him.
- As a result, the Bible sometimes compares heaven to a house with numerous chambers (John 14:1-3), and other times to an immense city swarming with people (Matthew 6:19-20).
- His throne is in heaven, as are the angels, and the Lord Jesus Christ is there in the presence of everyone.
- And we joyfully anticipate the arrival of a Savior from that place, the Lord Jesus Christ.” “Today you will be with me in paradise,” Jesus said to the thief on the Cross, as a result of his sacrifice (Luke 23:43).
- Third, and this is something I find intriguing, the Bible gives us the impression that paradise is not as far away as we may imagine.
- Although it is difficult to prove, it seems apparent that the early Christians were aware that they would pass directly from this life into the presence of Christ in heaven when they died.
- The gospel of Jesus Christ has accomplished something very miraculous for us, as recorded in Hebrews 12:22-24: “You, on the other hand, have arrived at Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.
- Come before God, the judge of all mankind, the souls of virtuous men made complete, Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled blood, which speaks a better message than Abel’s blood.” The writer is making a comparison between Mt.
Zion. Unless they followed extremely rigorous guidelines, no one could approach close to God under the ancient covenant. That’s why the mountain trembled as thunder and lightning struck it. However, we have now been brought closer to divine reality via Christ. Consider what he is attempting to say:
- In response to your query, there are three things I can tell you: First and foremost, heaven exists as a physical location in the universe. On the night before he was crucified, Jesus spoke these words: “It is finished.” “Allow yourself to be free of anxiety. Have faith in God, and have faith in me, as well! There are numerous rooms in my Father’s house
- If this were not the case, I would have informed you. The reason I’m coming is to set up a meeting space for you. And if I go ahead and build a home for you, I will return and bring you along with me so that you might experience what I am experiencing ” (John 14:1-3). The phrase “heaven” appears twice in three passages, both times by Jesus. To him, the term “heaven” (also known as “my Father’s house”) refers to a physical location on the same level as New York, London, or Chicago. In the same way that the location you name home is real, the place called heaven is real. It’s a real location with actual people, which is why the Bible sometimes compares heaven to a palace with many chambers (John 14:1-3) and sometimes to a large city swarming with people (Revelation 21:4). (Revelation 21). Second, according to the Bible, heaven is God’s permanent residence. Jesus Christ is present in heaven, where his throne is located, as well as the angels that surround him. It is stated quite clearly in Philippians 3:20, that “God has given us a heavenly citizenship. There is a Savior there, and we anxiously anticipate his arrival: Jesus Christ.” “Today you will be with me in paradise,” Jesus said to the thief on the cross, and he meant it (Luke 23:43). (3) And last (and this is something I find intriguing), the Bible suggests that heaven is not quite as far away as we would believe. Given that heaven is a real location, we sometimes believe that it must be located outside of our current universe – which would imply that it is millions of light years distant. Although it is difficult to prove, it is apparent that the early Christians were aware that they would move directly from this life into the presence of Christ in heaven after their death. Assuming heaven is located beyond the outermost galaxy, how is this possible? Something wonderful about what the gospel has done for us is revealed in Hebrews 12:22-24. “The fact is, you have arrived at Mount Zion, to the celestial City and City of the Living God. You have arrived at the church of the firstborn, where the names of thousands upon thousands of angels are inscribed in heaven, in a state of happy gathering. This is where you have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of virtuous men who have been made complete, to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks a more powerful word than the blood of Abel.” Mt. Sinai and Mt. Zion are being compared by the author in this passage. Unless they followed extremely rigorous guidelines, no one could approach close to God under the ancient covenant. As a result of the thunder and lightning, the mountain rocked violently. But, thanks to Christ, we have been brought closer to heavenly reality than we ever were before. Consider what he is attempting to convey.
What is heaven like?
As a response, I would point out that the Bible does not provide us with a great deal of information. What we have are visions and photographs of heaven, as well as analogies between heaven and life on earth. What is it like in heaven? Here are seven interesting biblical truths regarding heaven. It is true. -The place where God resides (Psalms 33:13). -Where Christ is right now (Acts 1:11). -The place where Christians go once they die (Philippians 1:21-23). -The abode of the Father (John 14:2).
- -A more prosperous nation (Hebrews 11:16).
- For the most part, we’ve heard that paradise is a magical destination where the streets are paved with gold, the gates are crafted from pearl, and the walls are adorned with priceless gems.
- In response to your question about whether or not I believe those things are literally true, the answer is both yes and no.
- It will be significantly greater.
- God’s response was that this was an extremely rare request, but because this guy had demonstrated great faithfulness, permission was granted to bring only one bag with him on his journey.
- “Sorry, you know the rules—you won’t be able to take it with you,” St.
- However, the guy protested, saying, “God said I may.
- “You brought PAVEMENT?” he said.
- He does nothing more than narrate what he observed in his vision.
- They are also intended to convey the message that the things that we hold dear in this life will be utilized to pave the roads in the hereafter.
Who is in heaven right now?
I’d respond by stating that the Bible does not provide us with a great deal of detail. Images and pictures of paradise, as well as analogies between heaven and life on earth, are all we have at our disposal right now. In what ways does heaven differ from this world? Seven biblical facts about the afterlife are presented here. 1. Is that what you’re thinking? the location of God’s residence (Psalms 33:13). In today’s world, where Christ is (Acts 1:11). Christians are buried in the tombs of the dead (Philippians 1:21-23).
- -A city that was created and built by the Almighty (Hebrews 11:10).
- In Paradise, as they say (Luke 23:43).
- Those images are taken from the book of Revelation, which provides the most detailed depiction of heaven in the whole of Scripture.
- The statements are literally correct, but heaven will be nothing like we imagine it to be.
- Consider the following amusing legend, which perfectly illustrates the point.
- God’s response was that this was an extremely unusual request, but because this man had demonstrated exceptional faithfulness, permission was granted to bring only one suitcase with him on his journey to the city.
- “Sorry, you know the rules—you won’t be able to take it with you,” St.
- Despite his protests, the man insisted that “God said I could.
Basically, he’s just reporting what he saw in his dream. As a result, his statements are literally correct. Additionally, they are meant to convey the message that the things that we hold dear in this life will be used to pave the roads in the afterlife.
Will we know each other in heaven?
This is one of the most often asked questions regarding the afterlife and the afterlife after death. Let me offer a response given by a Bible teacher from another century – a guy named William Pettingill – who I believe you will find interesting. According to him, “We may be certain that we will not know any less in paradise than we do here.” As evidence, he cites 1 Corinthians 13:12 and “Now we only see a poor reflection, as if we were looking into a mirror; afterwards, we will see each other face to face.
- Answer: He knows us entirely, intimately, thoroughly, inside and out, with nothing hidden and everything revealed for what it truly is.
- As a result of the removal of all the faults of this life, we shall be able to recognize one other as God recognizes us when we reach paradise.
- However, when sin is fully removed from our lives, we are free to be ourselves, free of guilt, suffering, humiliation, or the need to cover up our mistakes.
- Pettingill concluded that we will know every individual in paradise and that they will all be friends and loved ones to us.
- Criswell, in his extremely informative book about heaven, offers the additional point that an individual’s individuality continues into eternal existence.
- This is a lovely thought: that the essence of who we are will stay for eternity, yet it will be much enhanced as a result of God’s mercy and forgiveness.
- I once heard a pastor suggest that we will all be 33 years old when we die since that was about the age Jesus was when he was crucified.
The fact is that there will be no such thing as a “age” in heaven in the way that we think of it here on earth.
I do not think that babies who die in infancy will continue to be babies in forever, nor do I believe that individuals who die of cancer would seem emaciated in paradise, as some people believe.
In paradise, we shall be acquainted on a personal level.
I don’t believe they were wearing nametags.
As a result, a lady whose spouse died while she was young will be able to recognize her husband in a throng of billions of people, despite the fact that she hasn’t seen him in 50 years since he died on Earth.
“Sweetheart! I knew it was you,” she will exclaim when she arrives in paradise. And he will recognize her. I’m not sure how this is possible, but I believe it to be true anyway. There will be no foreigners in the kingdom of heaven.
What will we do in heaven?
Again, the Bible does not reveal all we would like to know, but we can be certain of one thing: Heaven will not be dull, and it will be more enjoyable than the finest party you have ever attended. So, what are we going to do for the rest of our lives? The explanation is that we will be assisting God in the administration of the universe. Do you remember the parable Jesus told about the guy of noble birth who gave his servants money to invest? Do you remember the narrative Jesus told about the man of noble birth who gave his servants money to invest?
- The narrative serves as a representation of what paradise would be like.
- Bakers will continue to bake, teachers will continue to educate, singers will continue to sing, and preachers, I assume, will continue to preach.
- Consider the flowers that the botanists will be studying.
- I can assure you that no one will be lazing about on a cloud munching grapes and polishing his halo at the conclusion of this book.
- Here are five things that will keep us occupied in the hereafter.
- Worship without being distracted
- Serve without being exhausted
- Fearlessly interact with others
- Learn without being exhausted
- And relax without becoming bored.
The most exciting element of paradise will be seeing Jesus face to face for the first time. We shall praise the Son of God and rejoice in his magnificent victory over sin as the boundless eras of eternity continue to roll on and on in front of us. The finest music you’ve ever heard will seem like a snooze in comparison to the music of the hereafter. The most awe-inspiring worship you’ve ever witnessed on this planet is simply a shadow of the adoration we shall offer around the throne of God in eternity.
How can I be sure I am going to heaven?
This is without a doubt the most crucial issue of them all. Here’s a fantastic truth: God has made it very simple for you to enter the kingdom of heaven. He took care of the difficult part by sending his Son to die on the Cross in your place. He bore the penalty for your crimes so that you may one day appear before God in the presence of the Almighty. ‘Jesus said,’ he said “I am the only way, the only truth, and the only life. No one else can bring you to the Father but through me ” (John 14:6).
In other words, Jesus is not only the path to heaven, but he is also the entrance that leads to heaven.
Consider the following scenario: you are about to die and find yourself standing at the gateway of paradise.
Consider the following scenario.
More gorgeous than you could have ever imagined was possible.
This is where you belong, after all.
You take a deep breath, knowing that your response will determine the course of all eternity.
Allow me to take this one on a personal level.
What if you died tomorrow?
Unless you’re completely incorrect, you’re going to be wrong for a very, very long time.
In the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have found our salvation.
One of our most beloved hymns expresses it in the following way: My hope is founded on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I am not willing to put my faith in the most beautiful frame, but am willing to put my faith entirely in Jesus’ name.
That sums it up well.
Are you on the Rock this morning?
Are you completely reliant on the name of Jesus?
Heaven is God’s planned abode for those who are ready to enter.
I’ve previously said that the majority of people believe in heaven and that the majority of people believe they are going to paradise.
Are they constructing their lives on Jesus Christ, the rock of firm foundation?
What is your expectation of heaven?
I’ve put all I have on the line for him.
What are your thoughts?
If you are familiar with Jesus, you have nothing to be afraid of.
Run as fast as you can to the Cross.
Hopefully, God will assist you in placing your faith in Jesus Christ and in him alone for your salvation.
You’re safe at home.
I’ll be there, as well.
Credit for the image goes to Unsplash/Davide Cantelli. Related: What is it like in heaven, and where is it located? What is the best way to go to Heaven? When babies die, do they go to Heaven or Hell? Do dogs travel to the afterlife? Is Hell a real place? Is There a Different Level of Hell?