The ancient, and sadly still orthodox, view of Heaven.
The ancient, and still orthodox, view of Heaven.
Somewhere in the skies above us lies a place where God dwells.
It is place of unending delight and love and peace.
It is place illuminated by the glory of God
from where He sits on a glorious throne
with Jesus seated at his right hand.
If we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour,
we can be forgiven for our inevitable sins,
(our failures to follow the right path)
and join the eternal heavenly throng
gathered around the throne.
To summarise a priestly view gathered from the Internet:
1. Heaven is a real place.
On the night before he was crucified Jesus said:
" In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.
I am going there to prepare a place for you." (Jn 14:1-3).
Heaven is just as real as the place you call home.
2. Heaven is the dwelling place of God.
His throne is there, the angels are there, and the Lord Jesus Christ is there.
Philippians 3:20 says our citizenship is in heaven and we await the Savior there.
Jesus told the thief on the Cross, "Today you will be with me in paradise" (Lk 23:43).
3. The Bible hints that heaven is not far away.
Because heaven is a real place,
we sometimes think it must be outside our present universe
However, the early Christians understood
that they would pass immediately from this life into heaven.
How can that be possible if heaven is beyond the farthest galaxy?
4. Not everyone goes to heaven.
The Bible speaks of the saved and the lost.
The saved are those who trust Jesus Christ as their eternal Savior.
The lost are those who do not trust Christ as Savior.
This is the great dividing line of humanity.
There is no middle category.
In this view,
you will either spend eternity in heaven or eternity in hell.
But no one will go to heaven except by the grace of God and
through the merits of the spilt blood of Jesus Christ.
If a man rejects Jesus, he has no hope of heaven.