Heaven: Our Eternal Home

By In Touch Ministries - In Touch Ministries On May 8, 2013

John 14:1-4

Jesus warned His disciples that He would soon be going away. However, the Lord also promised to return someday and take them to a home that He'd have prepared for them (John 14:3). This verse confirms to us that heaven is a real place.

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According to the Bible, Christians have citizenship in paradise (Phil. 3:20), our treasure is stored there (Matt. 6:20), and it will be our eternal home (1 Thess. 4:17). God is not describing a celestial dream world. Rather, all believers can confidently look forward to being gathered there, in a tangible dwelling place.

Every Christian's spirit enters God's presence immediately after physical death (2 Cor. 5:6). Once the Lord's timing is fulfilled for the world's tribulation and judgment, He will renew all things. First, our bodies will be resurrected as immortal, pain-free, and vigorous sheaths for our spirits (1 Cor. 15:42). Later, earth will be transformed into an uncorrupted paradise, and we will also have access to a heavenly city-the new Jerusalem (Rev. 21:10-27).

In these two spheres of heaven, God's children will spend eternity serving and worshipping Him. Despite misconceptions about reclining on clouds and playing harps, we won't be sitting around, doing nothing! We will rest, but this holy respite is from all the things that make life on earth so wearying- temptation, heartache, trials, and pain.

Paradise is beyond our imagination, but we do know that the believer's life goes on in heaven. As citizens of that realm, we will take up the work of serving and praising God. Moreover, we will enjoy unlimited energy and perfect harmony among the Lord, ourselves, and other saints.




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