ever wonder what eternal life will be like? Or have you thought about what
Christians will receive in Heaven?
on my new book Heaven & Hell: Are they Real?, I built a list of 10 things
that will greet Christians as they step through death and into the door of
will get our first glimpse of our Savior.
was being stoned to death when he caught his first glimpse. Despite his dire
earthly circumstances, he exclaimed with wonder and awe, “Look! I see the
heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (Acts
7:56) That same sense of wonder and awe awaits us.
will be escorted to our heavenly destination by angels.
middle of his story about an encounter between a rich man and a beggar named
Lazarus, Jesus offers this tantalizing description: “So it was that the beggar
died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom” (Luke 16:32). When
Jesus’ followers go to heaven, they go in style.
will enjoy a private reception with Jesus.
Stephen felt his life slipping away, he made one simple yet profound request:
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (Acts 7:59). Is it a stretch to suggest that
Jesus honored his request – or that the Lord personally welcomesallof his faithful servants into eternity?
will break free of the curse once and for all.
22:3 reveals that the curse that God placed on his creation as a result of Adam
and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden will be lifted in heaven. For the first
time, we will be able to experience God’s creation as he intended.
will discover what it is like not to suffer.
promise of Revelation 21:4 is enough to bring tears to the eyes of anyone who
has endured pain, suffering, depression, hardship, loss or grief. “And God will
wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow,
nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed
will experience the joy of the Lord.
the faithful servant heard in Matthew 25:21 will be the same words we hear when
we are welcomed into heaven: “Welldone,good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I
will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
will be welcomed into the presence of God.
Old Testament, God’s presence was accessible only to a select few, at very
specific times and under extremely restrictive conditions. That will not be the
case in heaven.“Behold, the tabernacle of Godiswith men,
and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be
with themand betheir God”(Revelation 21:3).
will serve him.
servants shall serve him” (Revelation 22:3). If that prospect seems less than
appealing, consider this: we werecreatedto serve him. In heaven, we will know what it is like to find true
fulfillment and soul-deep satisfaction in our work.
will become like Christ.
apostle John explains it this way: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it
has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is
revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”(1 John
will spend eternity with our Creator and our Savior.
heart of the most-quoted verse in all of Scripture is the guarantee that our
fellowship will never end: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life” (John 3:16).
that is wrong in this world will be made right in heaven. Rather than dread the
end of our time in this world, we can eagerly anticipate a place where the
will be theonlythings