What is Heaven?:
It's real and it can be yours!
The Lord Jesus said to the former thief who repented and found forgiveness, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in PARADISE" (Lk. 23:43).
What's It Like?
Everlasting joy and gladness -- sorrow and sighing will flee away (Isa. 35:10).
Singing, praising, and worshiping God (Rev. 5:9-14; 19:1-8).
No more death, mourning, crying, pain, curse, night or devil (Rev. 20:10; 21:4; 22:1-5). There will be no need for a hospital, police force, prison, cemetery or ambulance service.
Perfect peace in the animal kingdom during the millennium era (Isa. 11:6-9).
A new Heaven and a new earth (Isa. 65:17; 66:22; 2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1).
New Jerusalem is made of pure gold, is approximately 1,400 to 1,500 miles high, long and wide, has walls of jasper, streets of gold, and gates of pearls that are never shut (Rev. 21:15-27). The architect and builder of the Holy City is God Himself (Heb. 11:10). There is no need for the sun or moon to shine on it for "the Lamb is its lamp" (Rev. 21:23; 22:5). The river of the water of life, the tree of life, and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city (Rev. 22:1-5).
"Gain" and "better by far" compared to this life (Phil. 1:21,23).
Prepared for those who love God (Jam. 2:5) or the righteous (Mt. 25:34-40).
How Can YOU Get To Heaven When You Die?
Only by grace, not by works (Eph. 2:8,9).
Go sincerely and directly to Jesus, as the thief did who found forgiveness (Lk. 23:42,43 cf. Jn. 5:39,40). God knows your heart, so you must be sincere.
Love Jesus more than your parents, spouse, children, brothers, sisters and even your own life (Mt. 10:37; Lk. 14:26). Jesus said, "Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple" (Lk. 14:33).
Deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Him (Lk. 9:23).
Be willing to die physically for Jesus if necessary (Mt. 10:39; Lk. 17:33; Rev. 12:11).
Persist in doing good so God will give you eternal life (Rom. 2:7).
Sow to please the Spirit and reap eternal life (Gal. 6:8,9).
Obey Him because He is the source of eternal salvation for all who do (Heb. 5:9).
Live for Christ now (Phil. 1:21).
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life (1 Jn. 5:12).
How Important Is YOUR Salvation?
Eternal life is more important than money, a love relationship, friends, fame, popularity, power or gaining the whole world. Do not forfeit your soul for these things (Mk. 8:36). Your salvation is as IMPORTANT as ETERNITY is long! Your faithfulness to Christ now (or lack of it) will affect you one hundred years from now and throughout the rest of eternity. People have spent time in prison, lost their jobs, spouses, friends, family, material possessions, lives, etc. to get salvation or retain their salvation. You might have to pay the same price before your life, which is a "test," is over (Rev. 2:10,11)! You are battling for eternity -- for your eternal soul and the souls of others! Come to God on His terms and remain faithful to Him.
This is the most important thing you will ever do in this life. Jesus said, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will NOT be able to" (Lk. 13:24). Keep yourself pure (1 Tim. 5:22), from idols (1 Jn. 5:21), from being polluted by the world (Jam. 1:27), and avoid every kind of evil (1 Thess. 5:22). Hold loosely to the things of this life, for they are all temporary. Resist sinful temptations.
Be on your GUARD against FALSE TEACHERS (Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, ecumenical leaders, etc.). Also, do not just accept what you hear from Christian TV, radio, pulpits or Christian books! Much of what is taught through these channels is partly true and partly FALSE. Some of it is PURE POISON for your soul. Verify everything you hear or read with Scripture taken in context. If it isn't found in the Bible, reject it! Compare Scripture with Scripture and consider everything in the Bible on the subject. Get a good, reliable, and easy-to-read Bible translation. Study it for YOURSELF. Don't just trust another's interpretation.
Jesus said, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice" (Lk. 8:21). The Apostle Paul said, "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires" (Gal. 5:24). Those who actually enter the kingdom are described as "his called, chosen and FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS" (Rev. 17:14). Do not disown Christ or He will disown you (Mt. 10:33 cf. Lk. 12:4,5). See 2 Pet. 1:5-10. Read, meditate on, memorize and ACT UPON SCRIPTURE, especially the New Testament.