What Is Heaven?

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Image by Pero Kalimero. Adapted for Redemption of Humanity. Used under licence.

Last edited on 12/Mar/2021

Introduction

Heaven is God’s eternal domain where his will is always accomplished and where no sin, evil, or suffering exists (Matthew 6:9-10; Revelation 21:27). It is also known as the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3), the kingdom of God (Mark 10:15), and the kingdom of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13-14). On various occasions Jesus refers to Heaven as “Paradise” (Luke 23:43) and “eternal life” (John 5:24), which tells us that it will be an incredibly beautiful place that we will get to experience forever.

Christians Experience Conscious Bliss in Heaven

Every Christian who trusts in Jesus as their Saviour till death will go to Heaven, where they will spend eternity in God’s personal, loving presence. Jesus said:

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:40)

He also describes Heaven as a joyful banquet (Matthew 8:11) or a wedding feast (Matthew 25:10), where we will recline at table, celebrate, and rejoice with one another. Jesus also calls Heaven his Father’s house, in which he has prepared many rooms for all who believe in and belong to him (John 14:1–3).

All Christians Will Go to Heaven

For Christians, Heaven is our true home that our Lord will take us to one day. Paul said:

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. (Philippians 3:20–21)

All who genuinely believe in Jesus can rightfully say with confidence that God has already granted us full citizenship in Heaven, and that we will one day meet Jesus there face to face. Similarly, he wrote that God gave us the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of this reality (2 Corinthians 5:5).

Heaven Is Perfect and Eternal

Peter said that God keeps our imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance in Heaven for us while we are still waiting for it (1 Peter 1:3–5). This tells us that this inheritance is something that will never fail or disappoint us. In speaking against laying up treasures on Earth, Jesus told us to lay up treasures in Heaven, “where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19–20). Because God is with us in Heaven, we will always have eternal peace and security. The Bible says regarding John’s revelation of Heaven:

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:3–4)

Heaven will be completely different from life that we are used to now. All the “former” things that we still experience here, such as: anger, sadness, grief, frustration, loneliness, hopelessness, despair, boredom, etc., will pass away when God calls us home to his domain. Instead, because we will always be with God, in the domain where his will is always accomplished, we will always experience God’s qualities: love, joy, kindness, peace, happiness, creativity, contentment, hope, etc.

Conclusion

We will be able to enjoy having fellowship with God in his beautiful heavenly city, which contains his own glory, the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 21:10–11). Everyone who rejects Jesus as their Saviour till death will never enter Heaven, since they have sinned against an infinitely holy God and refused to accept God’s only means of redemption (John 3:16–18, 36).

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