We learn from Scripture that the only route to heaven is via Jesus Christ. There is no other route to heaven but through the Son of God. While the Bible gives us everything we need to know about heaven, many believers are unaware of or have reservations about certain aspects of it, specifically how we will get there. The greatest place to receive a response is to look to scripture.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus reminds us that not everyone will get to paradise. “It is written,” Jesus said “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who fulfill my heavenly Father’s will. Many will say to me on that day, “God, God, have we not prophesied in your name, driven out demons in your name, and done many marvelous deeds in your name?” Then I’ll tell them, ‘I’ve never met you; leave me alone, you lawless men.'” (Matthew 7:21-23; Mark 6:21-23). According to the Bible, certain men will attempt to enter Heaven in heaven, only to be rejected and sent into hell. Most devout individuals die with the assumption that God would admit them to heaven, but this is not the case. You will enter Heaven by God’s Way, which is via Jesus Christ.
The Bible distinguishes three heavens: the natural world, outer space, and God’s dwelling place. The earth-covering firmament, sometimes known as the sky, is the first heaven. This is the universe of birds and clouds that surrounds the entire planet. The sun, stars, and moon all live in the second heaven. It is a vacuum that extends beyond the Earth and includes the whole cosmos. The third heaven is unseen and is where God, including Jesus Christ, resides. Today’s fallen martyrs and saints are buried here. This is where God’s throne is concealed, and where the holy angels that surround His throne sing, holy, holy, holy is the Lord our Father, day and night. We can deduce that a location known as the Third Heaven exists. It is always referred to as being higher than the second and first heavens. In addition, because the first two heavens are genuine locations, we might assume that the third heaven is as well. We have no reason to believe it’s symbolic, especially when the previous two heavens deal with known things.
The truth about heaven is that God is preparing a place for us. “If I go and prepare a place for you, then I will return and take you to be with Me, so you may be where I am also,” the Bible says (John 14:3). “And I shall live for eternity in the Lord’s home,” King David declares, implying that God has prepared a position in heaven for him. Indeed, Jesus promised that He would leave the world to provide a home for those who would eventually carry Him to heaven. On this matter, the Bible is obviously consistent. As Christians, we have every right to take solace in that promise.
It is also a location where there will be work to be done. Many people are unfamiliar with the concept of working in heaven. That is plainly stated in the Bible. God “took the man, and put him in the garden of Eden to do it, and to do it” when He created Adam (Genesis 2:15). The study was carried out as part of the Eden project. It was an inextricable aspect of human life. God is a laborer in his own right. He didn’t stop working on the universe after that. “To this very day, my Father is still at His job, and I, too, am at a work,” Jesus remarked (John 5:17). Heaven, too, will be a place where we serve and prepare. The way we shall worship God is described multiple times in Revelation. As a result, God has assigned us tasks in the garden.
God is stated to enjoy, love, smile, pleasure, and rejoice in the bible, as well as be enraged, pleased, jealous, and content. Being like God entails being able to feel and communicate emotions. As a result, we should expect emotions to exist in heaven for God’s glory and our benefit. We know that celestial beings experience a wide range of emotions, all of which are positive. Banquets, feasts, and singing have all been mentioned. Their men will make jokes (Luke 6:21). “Each tear shall he wipe away from their eyes,” the Bible says, “and there shall be no more death; there shall be no more grief, sorrow, or suffering” (Revelation 21:4). These are the tears of the oppressed, the destitute, the widow, the orphaned, the unborn, and the persecuted, the tears of sin and death. We shall no longer cry, albeit we may weep happy tears. Consider the joy that will well up in your eyes when you embrace Christ and reconnect with your loved ones.
One of the most exciting things we have to look forward to is the end of the fight with sin. We all struggle with sin on a daily basis. “No unclean item shall ever enter it in the kingdom of heaven, nor those who do what is repulsive or evil, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life,” we know (Revelation 21:27). It is only because of Christ that it is possible. We don’t fear being punished for our sin since Christ has already paid the penalty for it and taken it away at the cross. We will have heavenly bodies that are sinless. We won’t have to deal with the obstacles and constraints that we do now.
Sure, nice people get to paradise, but it takes more than that to get there. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” according to John 3:16. Sinners who have been born again and placed their whole confidence in Jesus Christ as their Savior should have no fear.
I hope that God will give us all the strength we need to carry out his purpose, that we will grow in unity in Christ, and that we shall all be with him in paradise. Let me see you from Amen if you think you will be in God’s Kingdom after death.
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