What Is Heaven Like?

What is heaven like?

Dr. Jim Denison

When Ronald Reagan was running for Governor of California, a woman confronted him by his car one day and berated him severely. Finally she said, “I wouldn’t vote for you if you were St. Peter.” He smiled and replied, “No problem. If I were St. Peter, you wouldn’t be living in my district.”

What do we know about “St. Peter’s district”? We’re all fascinated with the subject. Last week we looked at hell, the place everyone wants to avoid; today let’s discuss the place everyone wants to see. Each of us has loved ones there; I assume we all would like to spend eternity there ourselves. So let’s ask the word of God to tell us about heaven. Then let’s ask why our topic matters, why heaven is important for us on earth. I don’t believe we can study a more motivating subject than this.

What is heaven?

What does God tell us about our eternal home? First, he tells us that heaven is real. It is certain–no figment of religious imagination, no superstition, no “opiate of the people” (to quote Karl Marx). He revealed it here to John: “I saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1). According to God himself, heaven is real.