What does the Bible say about heaven has come to the forefront of my thinking this week with the memorial service of Levi Thomas. It had been 12 years since I had done a memorial service and so it was long past due for me to refresh my memory on what the Bible says about heaven. I hope that by writing this article, it will give both comfort to those that have lost loved ones, and encourage those still here on earth to call upon the Lord while there is still time to do so.
Listen to this song concerning what does the Bible say about heaven.
In the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus we find a very important lesson on what the Bible says about heaven..
The Bible says that there is no lack in heaven.
You will notice in that parable that Lazarus was in heaven and had everything that the rich man needed in hell. He even had the basic necessity of water, cool air, and most importantly a lack of torment. Remember that heaven is the place where God lives. Can you imagine God living in a place that has any lack? I can’t! So if you are wondering what the conditions are that you loved one is now experiencing, do not fret. All of their needs are met.
Jesus talked about Heaven in John 14:1-6 Here we will find another lesson on what the Bible teaches about heaven.
The Bible Teaches that Jesus has prepared a place in Heaven
Jesus said that if He left this earth that He would be preparing a place for us there. Now I find that extremely comforting and exciting. You see, it is the personal touch. Heaven is not some big commune where we all have to have some type of uniformity and all do the same thing. Jesus is preparing a room in His father’s mansion for each and every one of us. Not some sterile 8×10 cubicle, but a room especially prepared for us. Now I know that He was using symbolism to get across a spiritual reality, so I do not expect a literal mansion or a literal room, but I do know that Heaven is prepared especially for me as well as for you.
The Apostle Paul reveals in 2 Corinthians 5:1-6 some additional information on what we can expect in heaven.
The Bible says that we will have new bodies in Heaven.
Paul in his letter to the Corinthians said that when our earthly tent is destroyed, we will be given a heavenly home by God. Now I find his use of tent and home of particular interest. Notice the earthly body is looked upon as just a tent, but our heavenly body is looked upon as a home. When we get to heaven, our body will be much more than what we ever had on earth. It will not be plagued with sickness, aging, or the limitations our earthly body has here.
Paul further states that to be absent from our earthly body is to be present with Jesus. That when we are gone from this earth, we will be in the presence of Jesus Himself. Now for those of us that know and love Him, that is an awesome thought. I am waiting with bated breath for the day I get to meet the one who has given me so much just so I can personally express how much I have appreciated everything He has done. As the video by Mercy Me expresses so poignantly, I don’t know what my reaction will be.
So what does the Bible say about getting to heaven?
- Jesus said that He was the only way to heaven. Re read John 14. He said that no one comes to the Father except through Him.
- The bible says that it is appointed once for a man to die and then there is a judgement. (Heb. 9:27) Now this judgement is not about how good or bad you were. It is about whether or not you chose to take the path Jesus paid for, and the path God chose for people to be able to get to heaven.
- The most important thing concerning what the Bible says about heaven is that you need to know Jesus personally. It says that heaven is a RSVP event. That Jesus even today is knocking on the door of your heart and waiting for you to ask Him in and that when you do then your seat is reserved. (Rev. 3:20)
I would encourage you today, that if you have not reserved your seat, if you do not know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have experienced that personal relationship with Jesus, to go to my Meet Jesus page and do so. Your life on earth will be drastically changed for the better and you will have been obedient to what does the Bible say about heaven.