Not hope or wish but KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt!
Since we can be assured of heaven, we need not fear death and dying. Physical death is for the believer a
triumphant gateway to the glory and splendors of heaven.
WHAT IS HEAVEN LIKE?
We can’t help but wonder what heaven is like. The only place we can go to find out what heaven is like is God’s Word. As a result of the limitations of our minds, Scripture is limited in its revelation.
Heaven is unfathomable to the human mind. Heaven is a place that defies our imagination. In 1 Corinthians 2:9 God tells us that “…NO EYE HAS SEEN, NO EAR HAS HEARD, NO MIND HAS CONCEIVED WHAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” Hence, whatever we can imagine heaven to be like, it isn’t! It is vastly superior to anything our minds can conjure up.
Nevertheless, there are some things about heaven that we do know. God has revealed to us some very important truths about heaven.
NO HEARTACHE, TEARS, PAIN OR DEATH
One thing we do know about heaven is that it will be a place where there will be no heartache, tears, pain or death. Revelation 21:4 tells us that in heaven God “WILL WIPE AWAY EVERY TEAR FROM THEIR EYES. THERE WILL BE NO MORE DEATH OR MOURNING OR CRYING OR PAIN, FOR THE OLD ORDER OF THINGS HAS PASSED AWAY.”
In heaven there will be no sickness, sorrow, suffering or sin. Heaven will be a place of complete peace and happiness. The Psalmist exulted in this wonderful fact when he declared,“..YOU WILL FILL ME WITH JOY IN YOUR
PRESENCE, WITH ETERNAL PLEASURES AT YOUR RIGHT HAND.”
Heaven is our ultimate dwelling place or home.
Joni Eareckson who became a quadriplegic as a result of a diving accident nearly 30 years ago has experienced more than her share of pain and heartache.
She says that “heaven has become my heart’s home, the place where I will finally belong.The place where I will get a brand new body.” Heaven is the place where there will be no more tears, pain or sorrow. She goes on to say, “In the world’s finale something so glorious is going to happen that it will atone for every single tear we’ve ever cried. God is going to give us the key that will make sense out of what now seems to be such senseless suffering. Heaven is going to be a place of no more disappointment, no more grief but joy. Heaven’s joy.” (P.T. #157)
We also know that heaven is a place where we will enjoy
unhindered fellowship with God. Our present fellowship with God is limited, hindered and distorted by sin. Consequently, at times God seems distant and far removed.. We don’t always sense His presence. That will never be the case in heaven.
Heaven is where God is and in His presence we will have
complete and unhindered fellowship with Him. We will know Him like we have never before known Him. “What makes heaven heaven is God.” (L.Anderson)
2 Corinthians 5:8 says “TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD.”
When we leave this life and enter heaven we will be in the presence of the Lord. In this earthly life we are able, to a small degree, to know God and have fellowship with Him. It is, however, limited. But the time is coming when on a far deeper level we shall know the Lord and be with Him. Our fellowship with Him will be unhindered. We will know God in a far more intimate way. We will relate to Him in a way that we cannot now even imagine.