Scripture used is
from the NASB (not KJV)
What will heaven be
is a place more wonderful than we can ever begin to imagine. It is a place of
joy and beauty, of peace and happiness that will never end.
Because heaven is also a place where there will be no sin or suffering, no sorrow
or pain. It’s a place where there will be no quarrels or disagreements, no
disappointments or weeping--because there will be nothing there to make us sad.
And in heaven we will never do anything to displease God.
will then know perfect joy. Psalm says, "In Thy presence is
fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever."
Everything that now makes us groan will finally be done away with, and we will
find ourselves in the very presence of God, where the purest and truest kind of
joy is possible.
heaven we will also have perfect knowledge. The Bible says, "Then shall I
know even as also I am known" (1 Corinthians ). We will have no more unanswered
questions, no confusion, no ignorance, and no more need to walk by faith rather
than by sight.
will live in perfect comfort. We will love God perfectly and will be loved
perfectly by Him. His love will engulf us forever.
simply, heaven is a place of perfect joy forever.
of it! We will be perfectly free from evil forever. We will be set free from
captivity to sin, and finally able to do that which is absolutely righteous,
holy, and perfect before God. With sin and its effects erased forever, the
promise of heaven is an everlasting life of unimaginable blessing!
How good do I have to be
to go to heaven?
people understand that doing evil can keep us out of heaven. But few realize
the Bible also teaches that doing good cannot get us in.
of us could ever gain enough merit to deserve heaven. We are sinful, and God’s standard
is utter perfection. Jesus said, "Unless your righteousness surpasses that
of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven"
(Matthew ). He added, "You are to be perfect, as your
heavenly Father is perfect" (v. 48).
Who then can go to
heaven? Who can be saved?
disciples asked Him this same question (Matthew ). His answer?
"With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible"
(v. 26). In other words, being saved so that we can go to heaven is not something
we can accomplish. It is something God must do for us.
What if I stopped
sinning now and never sinned again?
matter how hard we try, we could never stop sinning because we are hopelessly
in bondage to sin. The Bible tells us even our hearts are deceitful and
desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). In other words, we are sinful to the core.
Furthermore, even a single sin would be enough to destroy us forever:
"Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become
guilty of all" (James ). But even if we never sinned from now
on, we would still be guilty of our past sins. And as the Bible says, "The
wages of sin is death" (Romans ).
the good news is that God has provided a way to free us from the guilt of sin!
What has God done for me
to take away my sin so I can go to heaven?
God forgives, He cannot merely overlook sin. Full payment (atonement) must be
made for our sin. Christ’s death made full atonement for those who trust Him.
If we believe in Him, His dying counts in our stead, paying for our sins in
full. The Bible says, "The blood of Jesus... cleanses us from all
sin" (1 John 1:7). It is only through the blood of Christ that we can ever
be cleansed from the terrible guilt of sin.
that only erases the guilt of our sin; we still need perfect righteousness in
order to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew ).
Where do we get that
If you truly believe in Him, the full merit of Jesus’ own
righteousness is credited (imputed) to you--to all those who trust Him alone
Bible teaches that God "justifies the ungodly" by reckoning (or
crediting) Christ’s righteousness to them (Romans 4:5). Believers are clothed
in His righteousness, and God accepts them solely and exclusively on that
basis. That’s why the Apostle Paul was willing to discard all his own efforts
to earn God’s favor, preferring instead to stand before God robed in a
righteousness that was not his own (Philippians 3:8-9).
you are not a Christian, you need to lay hold of this truth by faith: the sin
that will keep you out of heaven has no cure but the blood of Christ. If you
are weary of your sin and exhausted from the load of your guilt, He tenderly
holds forth the offer of life and forgiveness and eternal rest to you:
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest" (Matthew ).
How can I be sure Christ
will save me?
Bible promises that no one who believes in Christ will be turned away:
"Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John ). In the closing words of the Bible,
Christ invites all to come to Him and receive the promise of heaven: "...
Let him that heareth... come. And let him that is
athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely"
you would like to know Jesus Christ as your Savior and have the promise of
heaven, we would encourage you to receive Him right now wherever you are.
Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I know that You
died for me to pay for my sins. Please forgive me and make me one of Your own, that I may live in Heaven with You for all
adapted from the book The Glory of Heaven
by John F. MacArthur ©1996 Crossway Books.
Package of 25 tracts