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On Heaven

 
Posted by Elaine August 07, 2015 at 12:00 AM AEST

What will heaven be like?

Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God’s curse.

All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay, for we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

And even we Christians, although we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, also groan to be released from pain and suffering. We, too, wait anxiously for that day when God will give us our full rights as his children, including the new bodies he has promised us. Romans 8:20-23

What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever.

But let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed.

It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown.

New Bodies:
For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die.
1 Corinthians 15:50-53

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down — when we die and leave these bodies — we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.

We grow weary in our present bodies and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will not be spirits without bodies, but we will put on new heavenly bodies.

Our dying bodies make us groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and have no bodies at all. We want to slip into our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by everlasting life.

God himself has prepared us for this and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit. So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.

That is why we live by believing and not by seeing. Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:1-8

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives and we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour.

He will take these weak mortal bodies of ours and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same mighty power that he will use to conquer everything, everywhere. Philippians 3:20-21

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In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Hovering around him were mighty seraphim, each with six wings.

With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet and with the remaining two they flew…

In a great chorus they sang, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Isaiah 6:1-3

… you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem and to thousands of angels in joyful assembly. Hebrews 12:22

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, "Look, the home of God is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will remove all of their sorrows and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.

For the old world and its evils are gone forever. Revelations 21:3-4

He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.

It was filled with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious gem, crystal clear like jasper.

Its walls were broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates.

There were three gates on each side — east, north, south, and west.

The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones and on them were written the names of the TWELVE APOSTLES OF THE LAMB. Revelation 21:10-14

The wall was made of JASPER and the city was PURE GOLD, AS CLEAR AS GLASS.

The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve gems: the first was JASPER, the second SAPPHIRE, the third AGATE, the fourth EMERALD, the fifth ONYX, the sixth CARNELIAN, the seventh CHRYSOLITE, the eighth BERYL, the ninth TOPAZ, the tenth CHRYSOPRASE, the eleventh JACINTH, the twelfth AMETHYST.

The twelve gates were made of PEARLS — each gate from a SINGLE PEARL! And the main street was PURE GOLD, as clear as glass. Revelation 21:18-21

In the Bible in John 3:16 says:
For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.

So what happens when we die?

The Bible verses above explain what is prepared for in heaven for those who accept Jesus as Lord of their lives:

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. Psalm 16:11

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life and I will live in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

…Our Father in heaven, may your name be honoured. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:9-10

Wisdom for the journey:
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves.

A life of God worship:
Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. Matthew 6:19-21

When the Son of Man Arrives:
One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, "The Kingdom of God isn’t ushered in with visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ’It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is among you. Luke 17:20-21

Jesus Comforts His Disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.

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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:1-4, 6

In the Bible God says we will all have to give an account of our lives and the choices we made – ‘to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.’ 1 Peter 4:5

Revelations 3:20
“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you.

John 3:16 says:
For God had such love for the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever has faith in him may not come to destruction but have eternal life.

God’s gift to us is life – what we do with it is our gift to Him.

When they arrive at the gates of death, God welcomes those who love him. Psalm 116:15

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