Do you ever wonder what Heaven must be like? I know we like to think about streets of gold, gates of pearl, and great mansions, but do we consider anything beyond that? We do get glimpses of this place called Heaven scattered throughout the Bible. Let’s look at 5 aspects of Heaven according to Scripture.
(1) ETERNAL RESIDENCE
1 For we know that if our earthly house of [this] tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in [this] tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
– 2Co 5:1-4 KJV
The Bible is very adamant about realizing this world is not our home. We are pilgrims in this earth. Heaven is a place of everlasting life! That’s the great promise of salvation through Jesus Christ! We are on this earth for a limited period of time. Our life is only a vapor that appears for a short time then vanishes away.
(2) ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
– 1Co 1:30 KJV
21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
– 2Co 5:21 KJV
Here we have a great deal standing in the way of becoming righteous. Most everything around us leads us in a path of unrighteousness! But there, all is righteousness because everything exists in Christ.
The verses above show us that Jesus is our righteousness. In Heaven, we will enter into unhindered fellowship with God Himself and He is that righteousness!
(3) ETERNAL REWARD
10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
– Mat 5:10-12 KJV
We are an instant gratification society. If it doesn’t happen now, we tend to move on to something else. It can get discouraging to see so little return for your labor. But always remember, your true reward as a Christian comes when you see Him face to face!
The real reward is there not here! It’s also not the material things of life! God Himself is our greatest reward! Hear what God said to Abraham:
1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.
– Gen 15:1 KJV
(4) ETERNAL REST
In Heaven, we are going to find rest from the struggle of sin and satan.
28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
– Mat 11:28-29 KJV
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
– Rev 14:13 KJV
1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard [it]. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh [day] on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5 And in this [place] again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
– Heb 4:1-11 KJV
Rest! Doesn’t that sound wonderful? We enjoy very little rest in this life. There’s always something running us to near exhaustion! I can’t wait to enter into that eternal rest!
(5) ETERNAL REVERENCE
One of the key characteristics of Heaven is the full attention that is placed upon Jesus Christ. He’s not a good man, a good prophet, or a son of God. He’s God, Lord, Savior, The Almighty, and He’s the only name under which you can enter His heaven!
23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
– Isa 45:23 KJV
11 For it is written, [As] I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
– Rom 14:11 KJV
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
– Phl 2:10 KJV
Are you ready for Heaven? The ONLY way you can be is to serve Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior. Surrender to Him today!
If you are living for Christ, be encouraged! One day (could be very soon) we’re going discover that it has been worth it all to be with Him forever!
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