“Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither hath it entered the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (I Cor 2:9 KJV). The songwriter said, “I can only imagine!” He pondered: Shall I kneel before Him? Shall I sing Hallelujah? Or will I be able to do anything, surrounded by such glorious majesty?
We cannot stay here, for the sentence of death is universal (Job 14:1-2; 7:6; I Pet 1:24). Here we have no continuing city (Heb 13:14). Death is not an annihilation, but a transition to a glorious eternal home if by His grace we are found faithful to the end (He 9:27; Lk 20:37-38). We are to “set our minds on things above where Christ is at the right hand of God” (Col 3:1-2; Phil 3:20). Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people (Amos 4:12).
It is a mansion, our Father’s house (Jn 14:1-4). The streets are paved with pure gold (Heb 11:10). We shall be given a “crown of life” (2 Tim 4:7) as an inheritance in this land of fadeless day. For these rewards, many suffered reproaches and even martyrdom. Here we are but strangers (I Pet 2:11). We have a desire to depart so we can see Christ and the Father face to face forever (2 Cor 5:8; Rev 22:4; I Thes 4:17). Yes, we shall be re-united with loved ones, the saints of all the ages (Mt 8:11; 2 Sam 12:23).
The Bible is God’s brochure on heaven!