How Shall We Live with Heaven in View?

Holy Spirit-Inspired Imaginations What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 Studying heaven, a place where we …

What Will Our Heavenly Bodies Be Like?

Raised in Glory Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. 1 Corinthians 15:42–43 (NLT) Do you feel dissatisfied when you view your reflection …

What Will the New Heavens and New Earth Be Like?

“I Am Making Everything New!” But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:13 This present world will be transformed—destroyed with fire, not flooding as in the days of Noah. Sounds like a scene from Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark, doesn’t it? …

Will We Receive Crowns in Heaven?

Satisfaction Guaranteed Jesus said, “Your Father, who sees what is done is secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 Have you ever heard this expression: “The reward of a job well done is a job well done”?[1] One elementary schoolteacher used that adage when I completed a task or a project, then sent me back to my desk to start a …

Eternal Life or Eternal Punishment?

How Do We Get Accepted into Heaven? “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for …

What Does God Guarantee about Heaven?

“To depart and be with Christ … is better by far.” Philippians 1:23 When I entered the room, Dad was sitting in his recliner, studying his Bible. On many evenings after dinner, he and I discussed whatever Bible questions were on my adolescent mind. Sometimes the conversation drifted toward heaven. Dad read me passages in Revelation about God’s dazzling throne, …

Does God See Everything We Do?

God Will Judge Our Deeds So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. …

What Will Heaven Be Like?

The Sounds of Heaven Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Psalm 148:1–2 When you envision heaven, what do you see? In the apostle John’s vision, he saw a rainbow-encircled throne and a “sea of glass, clear as crystal” (Revelation 4:2–3, 6). You may …

Ready for the Greatest Banquet Ever?

The Wedding Garment Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:6-7   …

What Did Jesus Say about Heaven?

A Heavenly Perspective Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. … For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:20–21 One of my high-school friends fastened a small plaque to the dashboard of her car, which read: “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good.” The words, she said, reminded her to be God’s …