Imagine that you would be leaving your country soon and would spend the next thirty years of your life in a remote new country you knew nothing about. Then imagine that a book was supplied to you with reliable information about your new home that contained a great deal of specific information about life in that new place, including precise details on how to get there. Would you read the book? Most of us would answer “Yes.” Though most people hope to spend eternity in Heaven, very few have studied the exciting details contained in the most reliable travel guide ever written, the Bible, the Word of God. In this study we will examine in detail what the scriptures say about Heaven. However, as we venture into this subject, we need to realize that human words cannot really express the magnificent descriptions of the heavenly state.
Your personal mental image of Heaven can serve as part of your motivation and your attitude concerning your spiritual life here on earth. Once you have studied and learned all the principles found in the doctrine of Heaven, you will be motivated to live for eternal rewards. The Living Bible translation says in COL 3:1, “Set your sights on the rich treasures and joys of Heaven where He [Jesus] sits beside God in the place of honor and power.” In the midst of our worldly pursuits and interests, it is sometimes very difficult to remember that this life is only a testing ground, a place of training that prepares us for the wonders of our eternal home.
MAT 25:34Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
The subject of death and eternity is the last real conversation in our modern culture; even many Christians do not want to talk about the subject of death. If you doubt this statement, try a small experiment. At a party you attend, or in a conversation with others, talk about the death of someone with whom you are all familiar, and watch their reaction. Usually, a gloomy quietness takes over the conversation. Or a morbid “I’m sorry to hear that” will follow! While the subject of death was a great conversation piece for the early Christians, in our modern, “liberated” society, it is avoided like the plague by most people. Another reason why a lot of believers do not know much about Heaven is that those whose job it is to prepare them for death and Heaven, such as pastors and parents, are not doing their job. In fact, they are not even prepared to do their job. Christians who attend church seldom hear a sermon of any depth about Heaven. This lack of clear Biblical teaching about Heaven and “the last days” has produced a vacuum concerning eternity in the minds of many believers.
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