About Heaven

All about Heaven. Answering the questions, ‘What is Heaven really like? Is there a Heaven?’  Death and the afterlife; life after life. None of us really know exactly what Heaven is really like. Except…

About Heaven – What is Heaven Really Like?

The strongest human drives are sex and hunger. Marketing campaigns seek to use either one or both in promoting their goods because they know sex and food sell. They also look for terms that describe the ultimate experience – like Heaven.

We often use the expression “It’s heaven!” when describing an ultimate experience, but none of us really know exactly what the afterlife and Heaven are really like.

Even though it is impossible for us to fully comprehend what Heaven is like, we can go to a trusted source who has experienced it.

Jesus Christ is a trustworthy spiritual authority. When you examine the evidences of Jesus’ resurrection, you’ll be convinced too that he can be trusted. If Jesus died and came back from the dead, then surely he could accurately tell us what death and the afterlife are like.

So let’s examine what Jesus and the Bible say about Heaven?

Jesus indicated that the after life in Heaven will be relational, enjoyable and eternal.

What does Jesus say about each of these characteristics of Heaven?

Jesus indicated that the afterlife in Heaven will be relational

Jesus defined life in Heaven when he said, “Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, the one you sent.” (John 17:3).

Eternal life involves getting to know God!

1. Jesus indicated that the afterlife in Heaven will be enjoyable

Eternal life with God will be a joy that defies description and exceeds our imagination.

John, Jesus’ disciple, wrote, “He (Godwill wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain(Revelation 21:4)

2. Jesus indicated that the afterlife in Heaven will be eternal

God said that he gave us eternal life and that this life comes to us from his Son. And so, if we have God‘s Son, we have this life. But if we don’t have the Son, we don’t have this life.

Eternal life is life that will never end. Image that? Death is not annihilation but a separation from the physical body – with our spirits living on forever.

What most of us are interested in is not “What happens to people when they die?” but “What will happen to me when I die?”

You can be sure of where you go when you die!

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrew 4:16)

This Bible verse tells us that we are to come to God’s throne boldly in time of need.

Do you have a need?

There are some internalised tendencies that cause people to be timid and fearful when approaching God.

Firstly, we tend to focus on our weaknesses, shame and sin, but God’s throne is where we find all the mercy and grace we need.

People are also timid in coming to God because they tend to think that God is a God of Karma and he’ll treat them with what they deserve. (Karma ensures that when you do good things, you’ll receive goodness in return, and if you do bad or sin, you’ll receive badness in return.)

While preparing this article a lady asked me, “What are you doing?” “I’m writing an article on Heaven,” I explained. “Oh”, she replied, “I’m not good enough to go to Heaven!”

None of us are good enough to go to Heaven. We go to Heaven because of God’s grace.

We read previously that God sits on a throne of grace! Grace means undeserved, unmerited blessing or favour.

God does not want to give you what you deserve. He wants to bless you with all that you need in this life and in the afterlife!

When you feel most sinful and unworthy and are sure you don’t deserve help, that’s the time to come boldly to God’s throne of grace – not the throne of Karma and futility.

My God will never treat you and me according to what we deserve, but only according to the richness of his wonderful grace. This resembles a doorway that invites us to go in.

Secondly, other people don’t come boldly to God because deep down, they feel that they don’t need God.

Some believe that if they live a ‘good’ life they will go to Heaven. Living the good life means different things to different people. Some people believe that the good life is attainable through the simple pleasures of life, the compassionate deeds you perform, the personal goals you achieve and the relationships you nurture.

I have asked others what they mean by a ‘good’ life and they indicate that living a ‘good’ life is following a set of morals.

The fact is, the Bible says we cannot earn our way into Heaven.

Humans, without the Spirit of God, would be like fish out of water, with no capacity to live in and enjoy Heaven.

John chapter 3, verse 5-6, is clear: “I tell you for certain that before you can get into God’s kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. Humans give life to their children. Yet only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God.”

God, in his love, has made provision through Jesus’ death on the cross for all to become his child and have eternal life.

You can be sure of eternal life and your place in Heaven today. This movie called, ‘Your Destiny Your Choice’ will help you find out how!

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All about Heaven. Answering the questions, ‘What is Heaven really like? Is there a Heaven?’  Death and the afterlife; life after life. None of us really know exactly what Heaven is really like. Except what we read in the Bible. Trust you learnt what Jesus and the Bible say about Heaven.

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