Heaven

Daniel 2:44

The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed.

Revelation 12:10

John wrote: Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah.”

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Heaven is a glorious place, filled with wonder and praise. We will all together see our Savior’s face, and delight in eternal joy when we’re there. The bible pictures heaven as a city with gold-paved streets, a grand palace with many rooms, a garden of beauty and peace, or a grand gala celebration. Heaven is also a place where there will be no more tears, pain, sickness, or death.

There will be no need for bars or gates. The walls will be beautiful and symbolic of those through whom God revealed his will, word, promises, and call to repent and believe. It is eternal and yet to be fully experienced until the Great Last Day. Then we will delight together with all the redeemed in the glory of God and his gift of salvation.

Next time you pray the Lord’s Prayer, consider this: We ask God to have his will done on earth – just as it is done in heaven. We seek God’s favor here and now as it will be fully experienced in heaven. We ask for a foretaste of the life of the world to come when we call on God to act in our behalf.

One day we’ll be there, stunned by God’s grace and majestic glory. Until then we embrace the rule and reign of God over all things by faith. That is a rule of grace and love for which we can thank and praise God even as we look forward to heaven.

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