WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT HEAVEN
No theme in the Bible is more comforting and assuring than that of Heaven. The Word of God clearly shows that the destiny of the believer is to be “Present with the Lord”(Phil. ; II Cor. 5:8).
Jesus ascended into Heaven, and promised to prepare us a place up there (Acts -11; Jn. 14:1-3).
We, therefore, believe that the eternal home of the believer will be Heaven.
No one can completely describe nor fully comprehend the glories of Heaven.
We simply accept by faith what the Word of God says about Heaven.
WHAT KIND OF PLACE IS HEAVEN?
I. HEAVEN IS A PREPARED PLACE
A. Jesus prepared it (Jn. 14:1-3).
- He is the Architect, Builder, and the Furnisher.
B. Heaven is prepared for ALL the redeemed.
“…I go to prepare a place for you”(vv. 2-3).
1. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.
Heaven is prepared for all that have received Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior by faith.
2. Jesus not only prepared Heaven for us, but He is now preparing us for Heaven.
Many times the Lord uses the chisel of trial and adversity to chip away the rough edges of pride, selfishness, self-righteousness, etc.
II. HEAVEN IS
A. It is a perfect place because our Savior prepared it.
B. In Heaven, there shall be perfect peace, rest, harmony, knowledge, and a perfect environment.
C. Nothing imperfect shall enter Heaven.
1. Those who live only to fulfill the lusts of the flesh will not be in Heaven (Gal. ).
2. Only those who have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be in heaven (Rev. 21:27).
3. The only ones who will be in heaven are those who love the Lord and obey His commandments (Rev. 22:12-15).
D. In order for us to get to Heaven, Christ must become our righteousness (II Cor. ).
III. HEAVEN IS A POPULATED PLACE
A. All of the Redeemed of the Lord shall be in Heaven (Jn. 14:1-3).
B. The twenty-four elders represent the Saints in Heaven (Rev. 4:1-4).
C. The tribulation martyrs shall be in Heaven (Rev. 7:9-17).
D. We will know one another in Heaven.
1. Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah in their heavenly bodies (Mt. 17:1-3).
2. Jesus said we would sit down with Abraham (Mt. ).
If we are able to recognize Moses, Elijah and Abraham whom we have never seen, surely we will be able to recognize our loved ones who we have seen.
A. It was built by God (Heb. ).
B. It has foundations (Heb. ; Rev. 21:14).
C. It is a continuing city (Heb. ).
D. It is a pure place (Rev. 21:1-2, 27).
E. It is a precious place (Rev. 22:1-5).
The most precious thing about Heaven will be the eternal presence of our Lord.
Only those who serve Him here will be with Him there (Rev. 22:14).