Heaven’s glory cannot be known fully until we arrive

05/10/2014 7:40 PM

05/10/2014 7:40 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: What is heaven like? Is it an actual place, or is it just a state of mind? How do we know what it’s like anyway? — J.H.

DEAR J.H.:

The Bible doesn’t answer all our questions about heaven because it is far more glorious than anything we can possibly imagine! But it does give us glimpses of heaven and what it will be like — and those are more than enough to make us want to go there!

One important truth about heaven is that it is real. It isn’t just something people dreamed up because they hoped there might be something beyond the grave. Nor is it just a state of mind (like a dream), with no reality behind it.

Heaven may include dimensions we can’t even imagine, but it is real, and we’ll even be given new bodies so we can enjoy its reality.

But equally important is another truth: Heaven is the place where God dwells. His glory and majesty will fill heaven, and we will see him as he truly is.

I can’t begin to imagine what that will be like, but it will be glorious! Centuries ago, Job declared, “I know that my redeemer lives. 

I myself will see him with my own eyes” (Job 19:25,27).

The greatest truth about heaven, however, is that we can go there! Sin cuts us off from heaven, and unless we’re cleansed of our sins, we have no hope of ever sharing in heaven’s glory. But Christ came to take away our sins, and he did this by his death for us on the cross.

Have you trusted him alone for your salvation? If not, or if you’re unsure, ask him to come into your life today. God’s promise is for you: “Whoever believes in the son has eternal life” (John 3:36).

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