for the Faith
Preface: As Christians we must stand for absolute truth, no matter how politically incorrect it may be. Christians must stop apologizing for the truths of God’s word. The world has a hard time accepting that a loving God could send people, even seemingly “good” people, to a place of eternal torment. Nevertheless, the Bible is very clear on this issue. In fact, the Bible devotes more space to the subject of hell than it does to Heaven!
Part 1: Heaven is indeed a real place.
“Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence” (Hebrews 9:24).
only went before us, entering on our behalf, but
He is alive and has a present ministry
in heaven, serving as our high priest in the true tabernacle made
by God (Hebrews
Our belief in an eternal home in heaven is based on an explicit promise
of Jesus. Heaven is most definitely a real place. Heaven truly does
Paul addressed this issue in his letter to the Corinthians, encouraging them to cling to the hope of heaven so that they would not lose heart. Although we “groan and sigh” in our earthly state, we have the hope of heaven always before us and are eager to get there (2 Corinthians 5:1-4).
Paul urged the Corinthians to look forward to their eternal home in heaven, a perspective that would enable them to endure hardships and disappointments in this life. “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
"because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse." (Romans 1:19-20)
Just as God has put in men’s hearts the knowledge that He exists, so are we “programmed” to desire heaven. It is the theme of countless books, songs, and works of art.
Unfortunately, our sin has barred the way to heaven. Since heaven is the abode of a holy and perfect God, sin has no place there, nor can it be tolerated. Fortunately, God has provided for us the key to open the doors of heaven … Jesus Christ, the 2nd person of the Holy Trinity.
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'" (John 14:6).
All who believe in Him and seek forgiveness for sin will find the doors of heaven swung wide open for them.
May the future glory of our eternal home motivate us all to serve God faithfully and wholeheartedly.
“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22).
Part 2: Hell is Real. Hell is Eternal.
It is interesting that a much higher percentage of people believe in the existence of heaven than believe in the existence of hell. According to the Bible, though, hell is just as real as heaven.
The Bible clearly and explicitly teaches that hell is a real place to which the wicked/unbelieving are sent after death.
The punishment of the wicked dead in hell is described throughout Scripture as:
The punishment of the wicked in hell is as never ending as the bliss of the righteous in heaven.
Yes, hell is real. Yes, hell is a place of torment and punishment that lasts forever and ever, with no end.
Conclusion: Heaven is a place of “no mores.”
There will be no more tears, no more pain, and no more sorrow (Revelation 21:4).
There will be no more separation, because death will be conquered (Revelation 20:6).
The best thing about heaven is the presence of our Lord and Savior (1 John 3:2).
We will be face to face with the Lamb of God who loved us and sacrificed Himself so that we can enjoy His presence in heaven for eternity.
Source: Adapted from various articles in Questions about Heaven, Hell, and Eternity at www.gotquestions.org
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