Is there an afterlife? This article is about death and the afterlife; life after life.
We often use the expression “It’s heaven!” when describing an ultimate experience, but none of us really know exactly what the afterlife and Heaven are really like.
Even though it is impossible for us to fully comprehend what Heaven is like, we can go to a trusted source who has experienced it.
Jesus Christ is a trustworthy spiritual authority. When you examine the evidences of Jesus’ resurrection, you’ll be convinced too that He can be trusted. If Jesus died and came back from the dead, then surely He could accurately tell us what death and the afterlife are like.
So let’s examine what Jesus and the Bible say about Heaven?
Jesus indicated that:
1. The afterlife in Heaven will be relational, enjoyable and eternal.
What does Jesus say about each of these characteristics of Heaven? Jesus defined life in Heaven when He said, “Eternal life is to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, the one you sent.” (John 17:3). This is eternal life, to know God!
2. Heaven will be enjoyable
Eternal life with God will be a joy that defies description and exceeds our imagination. John, Jesus’ disciple, wrote, “He (God) will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. (Revelation 21:4)
3. The afterlife in Heaven will be eternal
Eternal life is life that will never end. Image that? Death is not annihilation but a separation from the physical body – with our spirits living on forever.
What most of us are interested in is not “What happens to people when they die?” but “What will happen to me when I die?”
God said that He gave us eternal life and that this life comes to us from His Son. (1 John 5:11) And so, if we have God‘s Son, we have this life. But if we don’t have the Son, we don’t have this life.
While preparing this article a lady asked me, “What are you doing?” “I’m writing an article on Heaven,” I explained. “Oh”, she replied, “I’m not good enough to go to Heaven!” None of us are good enough to go to Heaven. We go to Heaven because of God’s grace. I have asked others what they mean by a ‘good’ life and they indicate that living a ‘good’ life is following a set of morals. The fact is, the Bible says we cannot earn our way into Heaven.
Humans, without the Spirit of God, would be like fish out of water, with no capacity to live in and enjoy Heaven.
John chapter 3, verse 5-6, is clear: “I tell you for certain that before you can get into God’s kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. Humans give life to their children. Yet only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God.”
God, in his love, has made provision through Jesus’ death on the cross for all to become his child and have eternal life.
You can be sure of eternal life and your place in Heaven today.
You can be sure of where you go when you die! You can be sure of eternal life and your place in Heaven today. Watch this video and discover how you can be sure you will go to Heaven.