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Eternity with God
Bible study on eternity in heaven.

As children of God our top priority is to spend eternity in heaven. Though it's difficult to image the joyous grandeur of heaven, we want to consider the amazing life we'll have in our eternal abode.

Heaven: Better Than Imagined
God hasn't revealed the details of eternal life in heaven, perhaps because it's His will that we walk by faith and not by sight.

The things we know about heaven are revealed in God's word.

  • "But just as it is written, 'Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him'" (1 Cor. 2:9).

Since it was unlawful for inspired men to reveal the details of heaven, we know very little about eternal life with God. Paul, probably speaking of himself, knew a man who was "caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak" (2 Cor. 12:4).

Most of what we know about heaven is communicated in symbolic language.

In Revelation, John paints an unfathomable picture of heaven as a city that's two-thirds the size of the United States reaching 1,500 miles into the air, extending hundreds of miles further into space than the International Space Station.

Such a city is impossible for man to build and maintain, making heaven more amazing than anything we can imagine from a practical perspective.

God Will Be There
Can you imagine living in the presence of God for eternity?

For me, the best part of heaven will be seeing God and Jesus face to face, and worshiping them (Rev. 22:4).

Today, we can't be face to face with God because of sin. But the day we see God's face will be amazing, better than any experience on earth. Moses' face shone from being in the presence of God, and Isaiah could do nothing but prostrate himself when seeing God's throne in a vision. When we see God's face, it will be an experience indescribable in human terms because no human can experience such magnificent glory.

"If we miss heaven, we'll miss it all!" is certainly a true statement.

Eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord, is the worst thing that can happen to us.

But an eternal reward in God's presence is the best thing that can happen.

No Evil There
Wouldn't it be nice to be in a place where there's no evil, temptation, sin, or fear?

This place is heaven. Neither Satan, demons, nor evil men will be there. Only those who bring glory to God will be in heaven. There will be nothing unclean.

But while we are here on earth, we struggle against evil.

  • " For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12).

Satan is doing everything he can to turn us away from God, and make our lives as difficult as possible.

  • "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you" (1 Pet. 5:8-10).

In heaven we'll no longer struggle against evil.

Eternal Rest
Jesus calls us to come to Him for rest.

  • "'Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light'" (Matt. 11:28-30).

Though we find rest in Jesus while upon earth, we still struggle against Satan. But when we die, we rest from all our labors because our struggle is over.

  • "And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, 'Write, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!" Yes,' says the Spirit, 'so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them'" (Rev. 14:13).

Therefore, we should be diligent to enter that rest.

  • "For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience" (Heb. 4:10-11).

We can spend eternity with the devil or with God; the choice is ours.

If we obey God, we'll enter into an eternal rest with Him. But if we disobey, we'll never rest because our struggle with Satan will never end.

Let's be diligent to enter into an eternal rest with God. If we miss heaven, we'll miss it all!