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Most of us don’t like to think about death. In fact, most of us avoid the thought entirely until we are confronted with it. The fear, uncertainty, and grief that come with death prevent us from facing about what it means for us or for our loved ones.
But the Bible has a lot to say about death, and specifically about what happens to us after we die. In these Bible verses about Heaven, we see that Heaven is a real place and that it’s the ultimate destination for all who have put their faith in Jesus Christ.
What wonderful news! By simply believing in our Savior, we are promised eternal life after death in Heaven with Him. So if you’re feeling burdened by the thought of death, or if you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, take comfort in knowing that they are now in Heaven and that one day you will be reunited with them there. Find solace in these 21 comforting Bible verses about Heaven and the afterlife.
In 1 Corinthians 15:51-55, Paul describes our earthly bodies being shed upon death, and new, immortal and imperishable bodies being given to us.
Paula Gooder, prominent New Testament writer and scholar believes that "it is impossible to state categorically what the Bible as a whole says about heaven… Biblical beliefs about heaven are varied, complex and fluid."
What we do know for certain, however, is that the very first line in the Bible states that the Heavens and the earth are created together. So right from the get-go, we see that God's intends for there to be a relationship between the two.
We eventually learn that Heaven is where God resides - a world in which everything operates according to His will. It is a wonderful place of perfect peace, love, harmony, and joy. It is the place where His children will one day live with Him for eternity.
We all need the hope of Heaven. It is described as thoroughly joyful - a place where all tears will be wiped, and there is no mourning, pain, or death. There will be forgiveness and rejoicing in Heaven!
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
2 Timothy 4:18
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth—the Lord is his name.
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
To him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Corinthians 5:1-10
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
In many ways, how we feel about Heaven determines how we live our lives. These Bible verses about Heaven show us that the afterlife with our heavenly Father is an amazing gift.
To share the glory of Heaven with others, we must live our lives in such a way that we are a beacon of light to follow. Others should see us, our faith, and want to join us in Heaven! We should not let another day, hour, or minute pass without sharing God’s love, His promises, and our beautiful destiny in Heaven!
Let's share the Good News far and wide! Let us be challenged to live for eternity rather than for today. Let us align our souls with what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8). Praise the Lord our God in Heaven for creating a wonderful place where everyone who loves and serves Him can spend eternal life together.
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