The Glory of Heaven

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Over the years there have many ideas and beliefs concerning what heaven will be like. Sadly, many of these are based on someone’s experience, desire or some TV commercial. As a result of this, some of the descriptions have been bizarre and frankly unbiblical. Well, can we answer the question, what is Heaven like?

 

In order to answer this question our attention must be directed toward Scripture. It is only there where we can find a reliable and truthful portrait of this glorious place.

 

When it comes to this topic the Bible is not silent. In-fact, there are many passagesone could go to in order to discover what awaits the people of God. In this post I will restrict myself to a small passage in the book of Revelation –
(). In these verses John gives a big picture overview of what heaven will be like:

 

A PLACE OF COMMUNION WITH GOD
Firstly, heaven is a place of communion with God. When John saw this glorious place he heard the following words, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God‘    (). In the OT the Lord dwelt with His people in a special way in the holy of holies. In the incarnation God dwelt among men (). However, in heaven it will be a complete and unveiled dwelling. There will be perfect fellowship with the Lord! This was the longing of Asaph and ought to be ours too: “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you” ().

 

A PLACE OF CHANGED CONDITIONS
Secondly, unlike this corrupt and cursed world, Heaven will be marked by radically changed conditions. “God will wipe away every tear” and there will be no: death, sorrow, crying, or pain () – all things will be new

 

()! We cannot begin to imagine a place that is without sin, but heaven will be a place in which righteousness abounds. Of course, much more could be said about the activities God’s people will partake in and what the appearance of Heaven’s capital will be like, but that is for another occasion.

 

A PLACE OF CONVERTED CITIZENS
A final amazing feature of heaven is concerning its citizens. The Lord says, “The one who conquers will have this heritage” ( a). The “one who conquers” (or “overcomes”) is a reference to those who are genuine believers in Christ (cf. ). They are the ones who by God’s grace found forgiveness of sins by means of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The outcasts of heaven are those who rejected the gospel of Christ (). Heaven will be a place where God’s people will fellowship with one another and enjoy the blessings of their eternal home.

 

What will Heaven be like? This brief passage gives us a glimpse of what awaits us. May we benefit greatly from what God has revealed to us in His word concerning heaven, and may we long for it as it will be the eternal home for the believer in Christ ()!

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

Revelation 21:5

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.