By Brian Pepper
A man was having a real struggle, he had
been sick and somehow or other things had become serious. You
know how it is. The rent has to be paid, the grocery bills have
to be met. Everything seems to mount up and there seems to be no
way around it. His wife did her best but she had the children to
care for and she couldn't help very much. The
children had only rags to wear, for long
before now the clothes had worn thin. Somehow the struggled on.
When the man was asked, "How did he do it? What spurred him on?"
He said the thing that kept him going was the thought of his
children. They must have food and shelter.
God is thinking of
his children. He thinks of them night and day for the Scripture
says that he that keepeth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
Yes he thinks of them and their interests in this world and
earnestly desires that they shall have a part in the world to come. This present world is like a fleeting shadow. We are here
for a few brief years and then we are gone. But life to come is
eternal, it is real and tangible.
Can Heaven be
Our heavenly home will
certainly be something worth while. But how can we describe the
glories of that better land? For we read in the Bible that ear hath not heard, nor eye seen, or the mind ever imagined
the wonderful things that God has prepared for those that love Him.
There is one thing that we can be very sure of and that is heaven will not be a spirit world or a spook country. There is
one thing of which we can be quite certain of and that is, we
definitely will not be seated on cotton wool clouds strumming on
Heaven will be one of the most
substantial places in the universe. We read in
"Our conversation is in Heaven: from whence also we look for
the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile
body that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body."
Real, tangible people in heaven
Our present bodies will be changed. They will be changed to
resemble Jesus' glorious body or resurrected body. Goodspeed
in his modern translation of this text renders it thus:
"He will make over our poor bodies to resemble his glorious
1 John 3:2 it says:
"When he shall appear, we shall be like him."
Jesus' glorified or resurrected body was real. It was not a
spirit body. When Jesus met with His disciples after His
resurrection, He made it very clear to His followers that He was
a real, material being.
He stated this fact positively in
"A spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have."
When Jesus first appeared to His disciples after His
resurrection, they were of the opinion that he was a spirit or a
ghost. But Jesus immediately set about to make it clear that
was a live, tangible being. He not only told them that He had flesh and bones, but He asked them to verify this fact by
handling Him. Thomas, who happened to be absent at the first
appearance of Jesus among the disciples, refused to believe that Jesus had appeared to the disciples in person. However
eight days afterward, when Jesus made His second appearance,
Thomas was present and Jesus was determined that Thomas also
should be persuaded that He was a real, material being. He said to him:
"Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach
thy hand and thrust it into my side; and be not faithless, but
believing." (John 20:27)
When Thomas reached out his hand, he found that the
was actually there in person. He felt the riven side and the
print of the nails in His hands. Then he exclaimed,
"My Lord and my God."
Doubting Thomas established for himself and for all other
doubters the certainly that Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily
and that it was Jesus himself that he met in the upper
chamber that day, not an immaterial spirit.
And just as Jesus Christ was a
real, tangible person who could be handled, so shall we be in
the resurrection morning, for we shall be like Him. When
we come forth from the grave, our vile body will be like unto
His glorious resurrected body. And those who are alive and
belong to Jesus at His coming will not see death, but
will be changed into immortal beings. When the voice of Christ sounds in that great day, the Christians who are
alive will immediately be changed from mortality to immortality. They will not die; they will be changed. And those who
are changed from mortality to immortality in the twinkling of an
eye will look the same as those who come up out of the
grave when they hear the Master's voice. There is no
difference between them. They will both be real, tangible,
material beings who will be as real as Jesus was after
His resurrection and as real as He is today. And just as
real as He will be when He returns in glory and is seen by every
Here is another thing, Christ ate food
in his resurrected body. We read in
"While they yet believed not for joy, and wonder,
He said unto
them, have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of
broiled fish, and of an honeycomb and he took it, and did eat
You will notice that Christ in His
resurrected body both ate and drank, thus we can readily assume
that we too in our resurrected bodies will do the same. Here is
further proof in the statement of Jesus in
"I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of
the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my
So you see, God's heaven will be a very real place with real
people in it. It is spoken of as a place where houses will be
built and crops harvested.
be busy in heaven
Isaiah 65:17,21 we read:
"Behold I create new heavens and a new Earth. ...They shall
build houses and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards,
and eat the fruit of them."
You and I will be busy people. We will be building homes of
our own and what homes they will be, with unlimited time at our
disposal, we can take our time and make something that is really
grand. I have tasted some lovely grapes in my time but the very
best will be as nothing in comparison to the luscious grapes of
the Earth made new.
know others in heaven?
There is one thing that is uppermost in
many peoples' minds when they think about heaven, and that is
whether in heaven we will recognize the relatives and friends
whom we have known in our life on Earth. There is a statement
made by the apostle Paul which indicates that we will know one
another in Heaven.
1 Corinthians 13:12 we are told:
"Now I know in part: but then shall I know even as also I am
Paul says "of course we will know each other".
about infants in heaven?
There is one question that mothers are
fond of asking, and that is:
"Will our children grow up in heaven, or will those that die
as infants always remain babies?"
We are assured that the babies will grow up.
Isaiah 65:20 says:
"There shall be no more thence an infant of days."
Malachi 4:2 says:
"Ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall."
So you can see that children will grow up. One of the
pleasures that await fathers and mothers in heaven is to see
the children grow up, whom with broken hearts and many tears they
had laid in the grave. The angels will place them in our arms in
the glorious resurrection morning and we shall see them grow up
in an atmosphere of glory. That thought itself should spur us on,
never to give up, but to struggle on to win the prize of
immortal life and to join the loved ones on the banks of the
river of life.
be tired in heaven?
A woman on one occasion said to me, "I am afraid I would get tired of life if I knew I had to
There is no such word as tired in the vocabulary of the
better land. The Bible says in
"They shall run, and not faint."
Their strength is continually renewed as
"they shall mount up with wings as eagles."
As Moffatt translates it,
"they run and never weary, they walk and never faint."
They resemble our heavenly Father, of whom it is said, "He never faints, never is weary." (Isaiah 40:28 Moffatt)
Neither will heaven ever grow tiresome or monotonous, for
every time you see Jesus there will be a new thrill of glory and
wonder. He truly shall be called "Wonderful". Heaven
will never become commonplace.
about missing loved ones?
But what about the ones that we hope to
find there who are missing? Can we possibly enjoy heaven without
them? Will our joys be dimmed when we become persuaded that they
failed to be saved? For a moment no doubt, there will be
great anguish when we look for them in vain. No doubt
there will be deep pangs of sorrow and heartbreak. But Jesus
will bind up the broken hearted and wipe the tears away.
For we read in
"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."
We will never remember them again
through all eternity:
"The former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind."
It would be impossible to enjoy heaven if we were constantly reminded of the lost.
eternity to chase your dreams
However heaven will not be a lazy man's
country. With a perfect mind in a perfect body, we
shall constantly be so full of energy that we will always be
eager to do something. We will not be content to sit on a cloud
and sing hallelujah all the time. All the things that we have
sighed to accomplish will be possible in that fullness of
strength and better light.
We will not be hurried, for we will have
an eternity in which to bring to fruition our fondest dreams and
our greatest ambitions. Why, here on Earth just when we have
begun to appreciate the wonders that God has prepared for man's
enjoyment, we come to the end of life.
You take the artist, just when he sees
the great and marvellous glories in his art, when he begins to
master his technique, his hands begin to tremble and he is
through with his life.
The astronomer sits up night after night
beholding the wonders of the starry heavens. He is so fascinated
by the depths of the heavens and the glories that constantly
beckon him on, that he forgets sleep and even food in his
eagerness to delve even deeper into the mysteries of worlds and
space. But his eyes grow dim; his frame shakes and trembles: and
all too soon he is forced to give up.
The businessman is all animation as he
sees his affairs growing more and more prosperous and
successful. The call of the office is so fascinating that he
hardly takes time to eat his meals. Then suddenly the break
comes and the journey's end is reached. It is astounding how
many businessmen go off between fifty and sixty. Truly this life
has many disappointments. We are just starting when the
finishing bell sounds.
But God is not unmindful of all the
disappointments and heartaches of this present life; He has
provided a way out. By paying an enormous price, He has
brought a complete solution to his apparently hopeless end of
life. He has provided the very thing man needs to give him a
happy outlook on life and to assure him of the fruition of his
ambitions and hopes.
If we were given an extension of an
hundred years of our present life it would be generous, and we
would be happy for the time and opportunities it would afford us
to finish many tasks that must of necessity left undone for lack
of time and strength. But God blesses us abundantly by giving
us, not a hundred years, or a thousand years, but a life that
measures with His own life.
Yes, we will have perfect minds in
perfect bodies with aches and pains all gone. Heaven will be a
place that death will never enter. No funerals, no farewell
partings with swollen eyes and tear stained cheeks, will ever be
seen in heaven. The aches that rock the body and the fears that
distress and perplex the mind will have no place there. Of
course it all sounds too good to be true, so consequently people
shrug their shoulders and say, "Well I would like to believe it but,". I tell you the Devil likes that little word 'but'. If he can
through doubt and fear get people to disbelieve the reality of
heaven, then he is content.
If people believed that there was an
insurance company that could forever perpetuate life in this
world, it would be so crowded that there would not be police
enough to keep people from breaking through the lines in their
endeavour to reach the office.
will be true
But God understands us perfectly. He is
never taken by surprise. When he reveals to John the beloved the
realities of heaven, He told him to assure people that it is
really true that heaven is all and more then has ever been
thought of it.
Revelation 21:5 after telling of the
glories of heaven, John adds:
"He that sat upon the throne said,
Behold, I make all things new. And
he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."
I am so glad that heaven is true. Thank God for such a
wonderful place. When Andrew Carnegie was eighty-two years of
age, he offered to give his doctor a million dollars for each
year he could prolong his life. But money cannot bribe the death
angel. Not withstanding all Carnegie's wealth, death could not
be stayed. This world holds out no hope when it is weighed up
and taken unto consideration.
How to obtain your passport to heaven
But God provides a place where men can
live forever with a perfect mind in a perfect body in a perfect
world. And remember this, that the entrance into this beautiful
country is not based on our financial standing, or our
intellectual endowments, or our political accomplishments, but
is free to all that really wish to become like the Master.
Revelation 21:27 we read of the class
that will not be admitted:
"There shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh
lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."
And just what is required to get one's name in the Lamb's book of life is indicated in
"Blessed are they that do his commandments that they may have
right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates
into the city."
If you feel the Spirit tugging at your heart, urging you to
make sure of entering through the gates into the city of God,
do not delay. Your passport into the heavenly country can be
obtained right now, at this very moment. Your name can be
registered upon the Book of Life just where you are. Ask the
Lord Jesus to have your name inscribed upon the pages of the
Book of Life. If you are willing to surrender your all to Him
and follow in His footsteps, your name will immediately be
written in letters of gold upon the white pages of the book of
Millions who have longed for heaven will
never be there. It is not enough to be anxious about going to
heaven. We must make a definite decision to have Jesus
for our king in God's country.
A man was lost in the mountains of Wales
in deep fog. For two nights and a day he wondered about
trying to find his way back home. Finally tired and exhausted he
gave up and sat down in despair in the gloom and darkness. Just
as he felt that all hope of being saved was gone, he suddenly
heard a voice saying: "I wonder if by any chance he could have come this way?" Help was near at hand, coming out of the unseen.
At first he could not see the man who had been searching for
him; he could only hear his voice. Soon however, the friend
himself came into view.
calling us home
So God out of the unseen is
calling us. To us He may seem to be far away off, but He is not
far away. We read in
"They should seek the Lord , if haply they might feel after
him, and find him, through he be not far from every one of us."
We may not know how to find the way home, but God comes
prepared to bring us safely home to heaven. Seated right where
we are, let us bow our heads and ask the King of Glory to come
into our hearts and make them His dwelling.