Pick your subject.Matthew 22 Jesus( YAHushua) 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.



A Soul Brought to Heaven, William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Mystery of Godliness

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John 14:1-12 “"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. "And where I go you know, and the way you know." Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

Question: "Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?"

"I'm basically a good person, so I'll go to heaven." "OK, so I do some bad things, but I do more good things, so I'll go to heaven." "God won't send me to hell just because I don't live by the Bible. Times have changed!" "Only really bad people like child molesters and murderers go to hell."

These are all common rationalizations, but the truth is that they are all lies. Satan, the ruler of the world, plants these thoughts in our heads. He, and anyone who follows his ways, is an enemy of God (1Peter 5:8). Satan is a deceiver and often disguises himself as someone good (2 Corinthians 11:14), but he has control over all the minds that do not belong to God. "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4).

It is a lie to believe that God doesn't care about small sins or that hell is reserved for "bad people." All sin separates us from God, even a “little white lie.” Everyone has sinned, and no one is good enough to get to heaven on their own (Romans 3:23). Getting into heaven is not based on whether our good outweighs our bad; we will all lose out if that is the case. "And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace" (Romans 11:6). We can do nothing good to earn our way to heaven (Titus 3:5).

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it" (Matthew 7:13). Even if everyone else is living a life of sin in a culture where trusting in God is not popular, God will not excuse it. "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient" (Ephesians 2:1-2).

When God created the world, it was perfect and good. Then he made Adam and Eve and gave them their own free will, so they would have a choice whether to follow and obey God. But they were tempted by Satan to disobey God, and they sinned. This separated them (and everyone that came after them, including us) from being able to have a close relationship with God. He is perfect and holy and must judge sin. As sinners, we couldn't reconcile ourselves to God on our own. So God made a way that we could be united with Him in heaven. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). Jesus was born to die for our sins so that we would not have to. Three days after His death, He rose from the grave (Romans 4:25), proving Himself victorious over death. He bridged the gap between God and man so that we may have a personal relationship with Him if we only believe.

"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3). Most people believe in God, even Satan does. But to receive salvation, we must turn to God, form a personal relationship, turn away from our sins, and follow Him. We must trust in Jesus with everything we have and everything we do. "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference" (Romans 3:22). The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Christ. Jesus says in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Jesus is the only way of salvation because He is the only One who can pay our sin penalty (Romans 6:23). No other religion teaches the depth or seriousness of sin and its consequences. No other religion offers the infinite payment of sin that only Jesus Christ could provide. No other “religious founder” was God become man (John 1:1,14) – the only way an infinite debt could be paid. Jesus had to be God so that He could pay our debt. Jesus had to be man so He could die. Salvation is available only through faith in Jesus Christ! “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).









This summary of my understanding of the scriptural teaching on heaven constituted the guidelines around which I exercised my imagination to portray scenes in heaven:

1. Heaven is the dwelling place of God (Deut. 26:15; Matt. 6:9).

2. Heaven is the dwelling place of God's angels (Luke 2:15; Matt. 28:2; Heb. 12:22).

3. Heaven is the dwelling place of God's saints from earth who have died and now live there in his presence (Rev. 4-5; Luke 16:22, 25; Heb. 12:23).

4. At death, the human spirit leaves the body (Ec. 12:2) and goes either to heaven or hell (Luke 16:22ff).

5. There is immediate conscious existence after death, both in heaven and hell (Luke 16:22ff.; Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Rev. 6:9-11; Phil. 1:23). There is no "soul sleep" or period of unawareness preceding heaven. ("Fallen asleep" in 1 Thes. 4:13 is a euphemism for death, describing the spirit's departure from the body, ending our conscious existence on earth.)

6. Heaven is an actual place, to and from which Christ (John 1:32; 6:33; Acts 1:2), angels (Matt. 28:2; Rev. 10:1) and in rare circumstances people, even prior to their deaths, have traveled (2 Kings 2:11; 2 Cor. 12:2; Rev. 11:12).

7. Heaven is consistently referred to as "up" in location (Mark 6:41; Luke 9:51). We do not know whether it is a place "in the heavens" (the universe beyond the earth) or entirely outside the space/time continuum. We do know heaven is someplace, and presently that place isn't earth.

8. Heaven is where Christ came from (John 6:42), where he returned after his resurrection (Acts 1:11), where he now is and from which he will physically return to earth again (Acts 1:11; Rev. 19:1-16).

9. Heaven is described as a city (Heb. 11:16; 12:22; 13:14; Rev. 21:12). The normal understanding of a "city" is a place of many residences in near proximity, the inhabitants of which are subject to a common government. "City" may also connote varied and bustling activity.

10. Heaven contains for believers a permanent inheritance, an unperishing estate specifically reserved for us.(1 Pet. 1:4).

11. Heaven is the Christian's country of citizenship (Heb. 11:16; Phil. 3:20). Christ is our King. We are his ambassadors, representing his agenda on earth (2 Cor. 5:20). While on our brief stay here, we are aliens, strangers and pilgrims (Heb. 11:3). Ambassadors, aliens and pilgrims identify themselves and plan their lives with a focus on their home country. Should they become too engrossed in the alien country where they temporarily reside, they can easily compromise their allegiances to their true King and true country.

12. God's people should long for heaven. This pleases our Lord, who has prepared a place there for us (Heb. 11:13-16; 2 Cor. 5:2). We should be ever-motivated by the anticipation of heaven (Phil. 3:14; 2 Tim. 4:8).

13. Heaven and all that it represents should be a central object of our attention in this life. Our hearts or minds are to be continuously set on these "things above" where Christ is in heaven, not on "earthly things" (Col. 3:1-4).

Note: The popular notion of Christians being "so heavenly minded they're of no earthly good" is a myth. On the contrary, most of us are so earthly minded we are of no heavenly or earthly good. C. S. Lewis said, "It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this one." God commands us to be heavenly minded, and doing so will give us the perspective and motivation to live on earth as he has commanded us (Heb. 11:26-27).

14. There is a sense in which believers are currently in heaven with Christ (Eph. 2:6; Col. 3:3). Our intimate link with Christ in his redemptive work somehow makes us inseparable from him. As we walk with him and commune with him in this world, this reality makes it sometimes possible to experience a faint foretaste of heaven's delights and wonders.

15. Heaven will provide us delivery from the present conditions of material decay and corruption (Matt. 6:20).

16. Heaven will provide us delivery from the current sinful human condition (Rom. 7:24).

17. The redeemed in heaven are described as "shining" and wearing "white robes," indicating their moral purity and righteousness (Dan. 12:3; Matt. 13:43; Rev. 3:4; 6:11).

18. Heaven is a place of great joy and pleasures for the redeemed (Psalm 16:11).

19. The names of Christ's redeemed are written in heaven (Luke 10:20; Heb. 12:23; Rev. 20:15).

20. When in his presence, Christ will give new names to the righteous, known only between him and them(Rev. 2:17). This implies some level of privacy.

21. The wicked, those whose sins remain uncleansed by the blood of Christ, will be excluded from heaven (Gal. 5:21; Eph. 5:5; Rev. 22:15).

22. Heaven's central draw is our anticipation of being with Christ (Phil. 1:23).

23. Another draw of heaven is our anticipation of continued and unhindered life, and ultimate reunion with Christian loved ones who've gone before us and will come after us (1 Thes. 4:14-18).

24. Heaven has not remained the same since its creation, but has undergone several phases, and will experience future change as well. At least five distinct phases of heaven seem identifiable. There was the pre-sin heaven, before Satan fell (Is. 14:12-15), apparently taking a third of the angels with him (Rev. 12:4). There was the Old Testament heaven of Paradise or "Abraham's bosom" ( Luke 16:22), which was then one of two compartments of Hades, "the place of the dead," the other compartment being Hell. Then came the current post-resurrection-of-Christ heaven, where Paradise seems to have been relocated from Hades, and where believers now come directly into his presence at death (Eph. 4:8-10; 2 Cor. 5:8). The millennial kingdom, where Christ rules over the earth with his redeemed seems to be a phase of Heaven (Rev. 20:14). Then there is the Heaven still to come after the final judgment, the New Jerusalem in the new heavens and new earth (Rev. 21-22).

Similarly, what we now refer to as Hell (the only compartment of Hades left since the relocation of Paradise to Heaven) will, after the Great White Throne judgment, itself be relocated in the eternal lake of fire, the ultimate hell (Rev. 20:14-15).

Note: Heaven is not yet as it one day will be. There is still sin and suffering in the universe which will not be relieved until after the present heaven and earth pass away, and the heavenly city is established (Rev. 21:4). There are said to presently still be "spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Eph. 6:12). This may explain the apparent incongruity of the already-fallen Satan's coming before the presence of God (Job 1:6) and the future "war in heaven" (Rev. 12:7) in which Satan is cast down in some further or final sense. He is not finally defeated until a thousand years after he is bound in the pit and then after one last rage of evil, thrown forever into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:2,7,10).

The resurrection of believers has not yet occurred, and will not until just prior to the new heavens and earth (Rev. 20:12-15). Hence, though the present heaven we enter at death is a wonderful place, it is not yet complete, not in its most glorious form.

25. Heaven contains an actual sanctuary which served as the pattern for the earthly tabernacle (Heb. 8:5; 9:11,23-24). Jesus currently "serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the LORD, not man" (Heb. 8:2). In heaven there is a temple that contains the prototype ark of the covenant (Rev. 11:19, 15:5). (This violates the popular notion of a "spiritual" heaven with no physical form, suggesting heaven is a more tangible reality than we often imagine.)

26. Christ promised his followers they would live with him in heaven (John 12:26; 13:36; 14:2-3).

27. Jesus described heaven as having many rooms or dwellings, and promised that he himself would go there and prepare a place there for us (John 14:2-3).

28. When we are in heaven, it may be possible for us to welcome others into our dwelling places. After speaking of the shrewd servant's desire to use earthly resources so that "people will welcome me into their houses," Jesus tells his followers to use "worldly wealth" (earthly resources) to "gain friends" (by making a difference in their lives on earth), "so that when it is gone [when life on earth is over] you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings" (Luke 16:9).

Note: Our "friends" in heaven appear to be to those whose lives we've touched in a significant way on earth. They will apparently have their own "eternal dwellings." This fits the Bible's portrayal of heaven as a city. In a nonparabolic context, Christ promised to prepare for us dwelling places in heaven (John 14:2-3). Luke 16:9, then, may literally mean these eternal dwelling places of friends could be places to fellowship and/or reside in as we move about the heavenly kingdom.

29. Some believers will receive a "rich welcome" when they enter heaven (2 Peter 1:11). It seems possible, and in keeping with Luke 16:1-9, those who on earth have impacted and/or been impacted by the arriving believer (perhaps including family members), and who have gone to heaven before him, may participate in the welcoming committee at his "rich welcome" into heaven.

30. Christ's resurrection body appears to be the prototype for our own heavenly bodies (1 Cor. 15:20, 48-49; Phil. 3:21; 1 John 3:2). After his resurrection, Jesus emphasized he was not a "ghost," a disembodied spirit, but had a physical body (Luke 24:37-39.)

31. In our resurrected state we will have real "spiritual" bodies with physical substance (1 Cor. 15:42-44). We will be capable of talking, walking, touching and being touched (Luke 24; John 20-21). Christ's resurrection body had an ability to appear suddenly, apparently coming through a locked door to the apostles (John 20:19), and "disappearing" from the sight of the two at Emmaus (Luke 24:31). If our resurrection bodies have the same properties as his, this suggests an ability to transcend the present laws of physics and/or to move and travel in some way we are now incapable of.

32. Christ ate food in his resurrection body, and he and we will eat and drink in heaven (Luke 14:15; 22:18). Yet there will be no hunger or thirst in heaven (Rev. 7:16). It would seem the resurrection body does not need what is now essential--food, drink, oxygen, covering, etc.--but that it is nonetheless fully capable of enjoying some or all of these things (and no doubt many more).

33. Between our entrance to heaven and our resurrection, we may have temporary pre-resurrection bodies(e.g. Luke 16:19ff.; Rev. 6:11). This fits the notion that unlike God and the angels, who are in essence spirits though capable of inhabiting bodies (John 4:24; Heb. 1:14), man is in essence both spiritual and physical (Gen. 2:7). Hence, between our earthly life and our resurrection, a temporary body would allow us to retain the qualities of full humanity.

Note: Some Christians seem strangely repulsed at the biblical teachings of the tangible nature of our heavenly bodies and the heavenly state. But this teaching should not surprise us, since humans have both a spiritual and a physical dimension. We do not become inhuman in heaven, we become everything humans are capable of being by virtue of both creation and redemption. Matthew 22:30, for instance, does not teach we will be genderless (gender is a God-created aspect of humanity) or otherwise non-human, but simply that there will be no marriage in heaven.

Much misunderstanding stems from the Greek/Platonic belief that the body is evil and the spirit's highest destiny is to be free from the body. This is in stark contrast to the biblical belief that God is the Creator of both body and spirit, both of which were marred by sin, but both of which are redeemed by Christ. True, I need to be delivered from my earthly body, which is subject to sin and decay (Rom. 7:24). But the promise of the heavenly state is not the absence of body, but the attainment of a new and sinless body and spirit. In 1 Cor. 15, Paul regards the new body--not simply the new spirit--as essential to our redemption. If the body is not redeemed, then man is not redeemed, since man is by nature body as well as spirit. A spirit without a body, like a body without a spirit, is not the highest human destiny, but would be a state of incompleteness, an aberration from the full meaning of humanness.

34. At death the believer is ushered into heaven by angels (Luke 16:22). We may be accompanied in death's relocation by ministering angel(s) who have served us while we were on earth (Heb. 1:14). Some angels are assigned to children, and they have special continuous access to God (Matt. 18:10). This suggests that ministering or guardian angels could be assigned to people even prior to their conversion to Christ, though this is uncertain.

Note: Angels are individual beings who have their own names, and are capable of reasoning, speech and interaction (Dan. 8:16-26; Luke 1:26-38; Dan. 10:13, 31; Rev. 12:1). Angels active on earth are normally invisible to human eyes (2 Kings 6:17). They are sent out by God in response to prayer, and wage war on behalf of God and men (Dan. 9:21, 23; 10:12-13; Rev. 12:7). Angels can take on physical form and appear as humans (Gen. 18-19). We can respond to or interact with angels, unaware of their identity (Heb. 13:2).

35. In heaven, we will worship God along with the angels and redeemed people from every race and background (Rev. 4:9-11; 5:11-13; 7:9-12).

36. In heaven, we will sing praise songs along with all the rest of God's creation (Rev. 5:13).

37. Communication, dialogue, corporate worship and other relationship-building interactions all take place heaven (Rev. 1-22). Apparently saints and angels and God will all interact together, building and deepening their relationships.

38. In heaven, we will exercise not only intellect but emotions (Rev. 6:10; 7:10). Angels too seem capable of responding with emotion (Rev. 7:11-12; Rev. 18). Heaven is described as a place where there is great rejoicing (an emotional response) over what God is accomplishing on earth (Luke 15:7,10).

Note: Some suggest there will be no emotions in heaven. But emotions are part of God-created humanity, not some sinful baggage we are to be cleansed of. We should not expect the absence of emotion there, but pure and accurately informed emotions, emotions guided by reality, not easily misled and subjective feelings. The tears that will be wiped away are the tears of suffering over sin and death (Rev. 21:4). Since we are capable of now shedding tears stemming from joy, there is no reason to believe there could be no tears of joy in heaven. (For instance, at meeting Christ or at reunion with loved ones.)

And since the loving acts of God for his people, including his death on the cross, naturally prompt the spiritually sensitive to tears (and we will be more, not less, spiritually sensitive in heaven), it seems possible that there could be tears of sobriety and gratitude over the redemptive price Jesus paid for us. This could be true throughout eternity, but certainly could apply prior to the New Heaven and New Earth where the "no more tears" promise first appears.

39. Heaven is a place from which God is said to exercise his wrath against godlessness on earth (Rom. 1:18), and even to send down his judgment of fire (Rev. 13:13; 20:9). In heaven, saints gain an increased sense of holiness and long for God's wrath and vengeance to be poured out against injustice (Rev. 6:9-11). Angels in heaven too long for God's judgment to be exercised against the ungodly (Rev. 16:4-7).

40. In heaven, we will have eternal rewards, permanent possessions and positions which vary from believer to believer (Matt. 6:19-25; 25:20-21; Luke 19:17-19; 1 Cor. 3:12-15; 2 Cor. 5:9,10). Rewards will be granted in light of our faithfulness and motives (1 Cor. 4:2,5). In dispensing rewards, Christ will not overlook the smallest act of kindness done in his name (Mark 9:41).

Note: Heavenly rewards are promised to those who endure difficult circumstances out of their trust in God (Heb. 10:34-36), and to those who persevere under persecution for their faith (Luke 6:22, 23). A life of godliness (2 Peter 3:11-14) and compassionate obedience (Matthew 25:20, 21) will be richly rewarded by our Lord. When we extend hospitality and give a meal to those too poor or incapacitated to pay us back Christ promises us "although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous" (Luke 14:14).

Salvation and rewards are completely different. Salvation is God's work for man given as a free gift, to which man can contribute absolutely nothing (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). Rewards, however, are man's work for God. Salvation is dependent on God's faithfulness and mercy, while rewards are conditional, contingent as well on man's faithfulness (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 2:26-28; 3:21).

41. At least five different crowns are given as heavenly rewards: the crown of life (James 1:12; Rev. 2:10), the incorruptible crown (1 Cor. 9:24, 25), crown of rejoicing (1 Thes. 2:19; Phil. 4:1), crown of glory (1 Pet. 5:1-4), and crown of righteousness (2 Tim. 4:6-8).

The crowns may relate to positions of ruling in heaven (Luke 19:17; Rev. 2:26-28), but in any case they are lasting reminders of our work on earth, and Christ's faithfulness in enabling us to do that work. Ultimately these crowns put at Christ's feet, to recognize him (Rev. 4:10). Our rewards are given not merely for our recognition, but for God's eternal glory. However, Scripture sees no contradiction whatsoever between God's eternal glory and our eternal good.

Note: While heaven will be wonderful for all its inhabitants, not every believer's position and experience in heaven will be the same. As hell has different punishments (Matt .11:20-24; Luke 20:45-47), so heaven has different rewards. Perhaps it will be a matter of differing capacity. Two jars can both be full, but the one with greater capacity contains more. Likewise, all of us will be full of joy in heaven, but some may have more joy because their capacity for joy will be larger, having been stretched through their trust in and obedience to God in this life.

42. Heaven should be looked to by the believer as the time when all righteous acts--many of which will have been disregarded and some punished on earth--will be finally rewarded. There is a "proper time" for the harvest, a time that normally follows our life on earth--"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).

The Christian's works done for God's glory will have eternal significance--of those who die in Christ, God says "their deeds will follow them" (Rev. 14:13). Our rewards in heaven will link us eternally to our service for Christ while on earth. There is a radical change in our location, but no essential discontinuity between our lives here and there.

Note: As Scripture gives no opportunity for the unbeliever to go back to earth and live his life again and this time to put faith in Christ, so there is no opportunity for the believer to go back and relieve his life, this time for Christ. There is no indication that rewards missed by virtue of lack of service on earth (1 Cor. 3: 13-15) will be later achieved in some other way. In heaven, how we have lived on earth will have eternal effects.

43. In heaven, we will serve God (Rev. 7:15). Service implies responsibilities, duties, effort, and creativity to do work well. (Work with lasting accomplishment, unhindered by decay and fatigue, and enhanced by unlimited resources.)

44. In heaven, we will be given rest from our labors on earth (Rev. 14:13). The rest granted us when by Christ on earth (Matt. 11:28-29), paradoxically, is a rest we now must "make every effort to enter" (Heb. 4:11). Heaven's labor will be refreshing, productive and unthwarted, without futility and frustration. Perhaps it will be like the Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15), before sin brought the curse on the ground, with its thorns (Gen. 3:17-19).

45. In accord with our service for Christ while on earth, we will reign with Him in heaven (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 3:21; 22:5). This implies specific delegated responsibilities for those under our leadership (Luke 19:17-19). We judge or rule over the world and we judge and rule over angels (1 Cor. 6:2-3).

46. At the center of the future heaven will be the city of the New Jerusalem. The exact dimensions of the heavenly city are measured by an angel and reported as a 12,000 stadia (1500 mile) cube (Rev. 22:15-17). This base of over two million square miles would stretch from the west coast to the Mississippi river, and from the borders of Canada to Mexico, covering two thirds the entire land mass of the United States. More astounding is its 1500 mile height. By present standards, that would be 780,000 stories. It is apparently within this vast city that we will have personal dwelling places, which Jesus has prepared for us (John 14:2; Luke 16:9; Rev. 21:2).

Note: While the dimensions and proportions may have symbolic importance (e.g. the Holy of Holies, God's dwelling place, was a cube), this does not mean the dimensions are not literal. In fact, Rev. 22 goes to great lengths to express these exact dimensions and to emphasize they are in "man's measurement"--if the city really were these dimensions (and there is no reason it couldn't be), what more could we expect God to say to convince us of this?

47. Heaven's New Jerusalem is filled with magnificent beauty, including streets of gold and buildings of pearls, emeralds and precious stones (Rev. 21:19-21).

48. Heaven has light, water, trees and fruit (Rev. 22:1-2).

49. The heavenly city's gates are always open, and people will travel in and out, some bringing wonderful things into the city (Rev. 21:24-25; 22:14). Travel outside the city suggests the city is not the whole of heaven, but merely its center.

50. Heaven contains some animals (including wolves, lambs, and lions), at least in its millennial phase (Isaiah 65:25). Even before the millennium, there are horses in heaven (Rev. 6:2-8; 19:11), enough for the armies of heaven to ride (Rev. 19:11; 2 Kings 6:17).

51. In heaven, we'll eat and drink at a table with Christ and the redeemed saints from earth, communicating and fellowshipping and rejoicing with them (Matt. 8:11; Luke 22:29, 30; Rev. 19:9).






I.  Heaven is God's dwelling place.

Deut. 26:15

Deuteronomy 26:15 (New King James Version)

15 Look down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel and the land which You have given us, just as You swore to our fathers, “a land flowing with milk and honey.”’[a]


Zech. 2:13

Zechariah 2:13 (New International Version)

13 Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling."

1 Kin. 8:30,

1 Kings 8:30 (King James Version)


30And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive.


1 Kings 8:39

39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),

1 Kings 8:43

43 hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, that all peoples of the earth may know Your name and fear You, as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by Your name.

1 Kings 8:49

49 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause,

1 Chronicles 16:31 (King James Version)


31Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.


1 Chr. 21:26

1 Chronicles 21:26 (New International Version)

26 David built an altar to the LORD there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. [a] He called on the LORD, and the LORD answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering.


2 Chr. 2:6

2 Chronicles 2:6 (New King James Version)

6 But who is able to build Him a temple, since heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Him? Who am I then, that I should build Him a temple, except to burn sacrifice before Him?


2 Chr. 6:18,


2 Chronicles 6:18 (New King James Version)

18 “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple[a] which I have built!21,

2 Chronicles 6:21 (New King James Version)

21 And may You hear the supplications of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.



2 Chronicles 6:27 (New King James Version)

27 then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance.



2 Chronicles 6:33 (King James Version)


33Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for; that all people of the earth may know thy name, and fear thee, as doth thy people Israel, and may know that this house which I have built is called by thy name.



2 Chronicles 6:35 (King James Version)


35Then hear thou from the heavens their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause.



2 Chronicles 6:39 (King James Version)


39Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy dwelling place, their prayer and their supplications, and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.


2 Chr. 7:14

2 Chronicles 7:14 (King James Version)


14If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.



2 Chr. 30:27


2 Chronicles 30:27 (King James Version)


27Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven.


Job 22:12,

Job 22:12 (King James Version)


12Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!



Job 22:14 (King James Version)


14Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.


Neh. 9:27

Nehemiah 9:27 (King James Version)


27Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.


Psa. 2:4


Psalm 2:4 (King James Version)


4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.


Psa. 11:4

Psalm 11:4 (King James Version)


4The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.


Psa. 16:11

Psalm 16:11 (King James Version)


11Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.


Psa. 20:6

Psalm 20:6 (King James Version)


6Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand

.Psa. 33:13

Psalm 33:13 (King James Version)


13The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.


Psa. 102:19

Psalm 102:19 (New King James Version)

19 For He looked down from the height of His sanctuary;
From heaven the LORD viewed the earth,


Psa. 103:19

Psalm 103:19 (King James Version)


19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.


Psa. 135:6;

Psalm 135:6 (King James Version)


6Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.


Psa. 113:5

Psalm 113:5 (King James Version)


5Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,


Psa. 123:1

Psalm 123

1Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.


Eccl. 5:2


Ecclesiastes 5:2 (King James Version)


2Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.


Isa. 57:15

Isaiah 57:15 (King James Version)


15For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.


Isa. 63:15

Isaiah 63:15 (King James Version)


15Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?


Isa. 66:1

Isaiah 66:1 (King James Version)


Isaiah 66

1Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

Lam. 3:41

Lamentations 3:41 (King James Version)


41Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.



Lamentations 3:50 (King James Version)


50Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.


Dan. 5:23

Daniel 5:23 (King James Version)


23But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:


Dan. 4:35

Daniel 4:35 (King James Version)


35And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?


Matt. 5:34,

Matthew 5:34 (King James Version)


34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:


Matthew 5:45 (King James Version)


45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.



Matthew 6:9 (King James Version)


9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.


Matthew 18:10 (King James Version)


10Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.


Matthew 18:14 (King James Version)


14Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.


Matthew 10:32 (King James Version)


32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.


Matthew 10:33 (King James Version)


33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.


Matthew 11:25 (King James Version)


25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.


Matthew 12:50 (King James Version)


50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.


Mark 11:25 (New International Version)

25And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."[a]


Mark 16:19 (King James Version)


19So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.


Acts 7:49 (King James Version)


49Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?


Rom. 1:18

Romans 1:18 (King James Version)


18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;


Hebrews 8:1 (King James Version)


Hebrews 8

1Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;


Revelation 8:1 (King James Version)


Revelation 8

1And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.


Revelation 12:7-9 (King James Version)


7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Rev. 21:22-27

Revelation 21:22-27 (King James Version)


22And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

23And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

27And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Revelation 22:1-5 (King James Version)


Revelation 22

1And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.


II.  Only the righteous will be in heaven. The wicked will not be allowed to enter.

Matt. 5:20

Matthew 5:3 (King James Version)


3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Matt. 25:34

Matthew 25:34 (King James Version)


34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:


Gal. 5:21


Galatians 5:21 (King James Version)


21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.


Eph. 5:5


Ephesians 5:5 (King James Version)


5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.


Rev. 22:15


Revelation 22:15 (King James Version)


15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.



III.  What will heaven be like?

A.  There will be continual praise and worship.

Neh. 9:6

Nehemiah 9:6 (King James Version)


6Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.Job 38:7