"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." - Psalm 18:30

What About Heaven?

By Roger Leonard

I have never personally heard anyone say they didn’t want to go to heaven. I’ve read about people who didn’t believe in it. Atheists usually don’t believe in any kind of afterlife. Believers in God invariably believe heaven to be real and most expect it to be their eternal home.

While there are many human ideas of what heaven will be like, what does the Bible say about it?

First, it is a place of absolute righteousness. We read in 2 Peter 3:13 that it is a place where righteousness dwells. And in Revelation 21:27 we read that nothing that defiles or causes an abomination or a lie, will enter.

Secondly, heaven is described as a place where there will be no more of the suffering we experience here. In Revelation 21:1-4 we read that there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All earthly evils will be removed.

Thirdly, heaven is a place of beauty. In Revelation 21 & 22, heaven is described a place with precious jewels, gold, a pure river, etc. This is not literal, but a figurative description of the church (the saved) in an eternal, glorified state.

Fourthly, it will be far better than any earthly experience we could ever have. In Philippians 1:23, the apostle Paul said it would be far better to depart from earth and be with Christ. We can have a "taste" of heaven on earth. In Hebrews 6:4, we read of those who had "tasted the heavenly gift and the powers of the age to come." Faithful Christians have peace with God and peace with fellow Christians. We have joy and contentment. While this is all imperfect on earth (no Christian, for example, has contentment all the time), in heaven all will be totally perfected.

Fifthly, heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. We don't just flippantly decide one day to go there like we decide to go to some exciting place here on earth. Now it's true we must decide that we want to go, but God ultimately decides who is going to heaven. In Matthew 7:21, we read that only those who do the will of God the Father will enter. When Jesus said in John 14:2, "I go and prepare a place for you," He was not talking to everyone in the world, but to His disciples only. So when Thomas asked Jesus where He was going and how to get there, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to Father except through Me" (Jn. 14:6). Going through Christ means doing what He has says. It is not by faith only, for we read in Hebrews 5:9 that Jesus is "the author of eternal salvation to those who obey Him."

Nothing on earth should prevent us from making personal preparations - right now - to go to heaven. Are you ready?