What Is Heaven Like?


What Is Heaven Like?

James C. Guy
 Recently, we talked about hell and what it was. We said that it is the place where the lost will go, it will be a place of punishment for all INCLUDING the devil, and that it is a way of life we live. Today, let’s look at heaven and see that essentially, it is just the opposite of hell.

First, heaven is the place where the saved will go. It is a place of reward. Jesus said in Matthew 5:12 “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” The suffering and problems of this world will not be in heaven (Revelation 7:16-17). In fact, the earth will no longer exist after the day of judgment (II Peter 3:10).

Second, heaven is eternal life with God. We noted that hell is called the second death because death is a separation. James 2:26 shows us that death is the separation of the body and spirit. In the same way, heaven is LIFE because it is unity with God for eternity. Therefore, it is called “eternal life.” I Thessalonians 4:17 says when the Lord comes again we will go up with Christ and “thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (see also Revelation 21:3 & 22:3-5).

Finally, heaven, like hell, is a way of life. THE BIBLE SAY in I Corinthians 15:48 “and as is the heavenly Man [Christ], so also are those who are heavenly [those who follow Christ].” Romans 6:16 says, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?”
So, in the Bible, heaven and hell are opposite places and opposite ways of life. Jesus said that in the day of judgement there will be two groups of people. In Matthew 25:31-34 & 46, Jesus said, “He will separate them one from another as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” Then in verse 34 and 46 we see that one will go to everlasting punishment and the other to eternal life.

Which way are you living? Which place are you headed?

This article originally appeared in THE BIBLE SAYS series produced in the Magee Courier, the Simpson County News, and the Simpson Shopper.

©Copyright: James C. Guy – All rights reserved.
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