Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Heaven's Location

The location of heaven doesn’t concern me. Just because I couldn’t tell you the exact location of the country of Mauritania doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. All we can say for certain is that it is “up” (see Deut. 30:12; Amos 9:2; John 3:13). 

Most people don’t realize the Bible teaches that heaven is coming down to earth. We are waiting for a new heavens and a new earth in which God will make all things new (see Isa. 65:17; 2 Pet. 3:13). Completely. When God sets up His kingdom on this earth, He is going to remove the Genesis curse; that means there will be no more floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, earthquakes, disease, weeds, pain, suffering, or death. It is then that “the wolf and the lamb shall feed together” (Isa. 65:25), and creation will stop devouring itself (see Rom. 8:18–25). Those who trust in Jesus Christ will be given brand new bodies that will be like the resurrected body of Jesus—bodies that can eat, touch, feel, etc., but will never age or feel pain or sorrow. All this all sounds too good to be true, but it can be a proven reality for those who obey the gospel.

Think of it—eternal life, on this wonderful earth restored to when it was like the Garden of Eden. A place where there are no rapists, no murderers, no pedophiles, no hypocrites, liars, blasphemers, or thieves. A place of perfect fruit, incredible animals, unimaginable color, massive waterfalls, amazing plants, more beautiful birds, bigger fish, grander canyons. We are also told that God will remove the sea (Rev. 21:1), which will give us a little more room.

But best of all, the Creator of the universe, Almighty God, will be there. Scripture tells us a number of times that “God is light.” So there will no longer be a need for the sun, because He Himself will radiate in all of His unspeakable glory (see Rev. 21:23). Two thousand years ago He was manifest in human form to save us from death. However, Jesus of Nazareth is no longer the Man who was limited to time and space. He has ascended into heaven and is “glorified”—in the state He was in before He came to this earth. He dwells in “unapproachable light” and shines “brighter than the sun” (1 Tim. 6:16; Acts 26:13).

Mere words could never express my infinite gratitude to Him for giving me life, and then for saving me from being justly damned in hell for my sins. But I will have eternity to love and worship Him at whose right hand are “pleasures forevermore” (Psa. 16:11). No enjoyment on this sad, old earth has come even close to the unending pleasures that God has prepared “for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9). What a tragedy for people to miss out, simply because they refuse to repent and trust the Savior.