Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 9, 2006

Heaven

A few days ago we received a comment from a fellow blogger who asserted that there was no biblical basis for believing in heaven.  Apparently, there is some other bible (Jehovah’s Witness maybe) out there that does not support the belief in heaven.  Of course, this comment could have been made in ignorance, since it is possible that this person has not completely read the Bible.  We should be gracious and give this person the benefit of the doubt.  Thus, we’ll conclude that the only logical reason why such an outlandish claim has been made is due to ignorance.  Coincidently, today we are completing our examination of the Apostles Creed with the topic of everlasting life (synonymous with heaven). 

Question 58 of the Heidelberg Catechism considers this final portion of the Apostles Creed in the following:

Q. How does the article concerning "life everlasting" comfort you? 

A. Even as I already now experience in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, 1 so after his life I will have perfect blessedness such as no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no human heart has ever imagined: a blessedness in which to praise God eternally. 2 

1 Romans 14:17: …for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
 2 John 17:3:  This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  1 Corinthians 2:9: …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.”
 

The Apostle Paul assures believers that they possess a heavenly citizenship (Phil 3:20).  Some day we will realize this citizenship and be with the Lord for eternity.  Heaven is described by the Apostle John in Revelation as a place of beauty and splendor.  It is not certain if we should take these descriptions literally, however we can be assured that it will be a paradise beyond our wildest dreams.  One of the primary tasks that will be performed in heaven is the worship of our God and Savior.  We will never grow weary of praising our God who deserves to be praised forever.

A few weeks ago we discussed the ascension of our Lord.  Ever since this event Christ entered heaven taking the seat of honor in the entire universe, at the right hand of the Father.  Certainly, based on the ascension recorded in Matthew, Luke and Acts and the items noted above there is a biblical basis for the belief in heaven. Scripture assures us of its existence, which is a source of great hope and comfort. 

Thanks to the sacrifice of our Savior, we will enter into everlasting life in paradise.  Although, it is difficult to know that the road ahead may not be easy, eventually we will make it to our Sabbath rest that will not end. 

Hopefully, this overview of the Apostles Creed has been helpful.  Next, we will consider the doctrine of the Trinity with the help of the Nicene Creed, which accurately summarizes the teaching of Scripture on this topic.   

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