Suggested further reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-11
Heaven is `a Father's house', the house of that God of whom
Jesus says, `I go to my Father, and your Father.' It is, in a word,
home, the home of Christ and Christians. This is a sweet and
touching expression. Home, as we all know, is the place where we
are generally loved for our own sakes, and not for our gifts
or possessions, the place where we are loved to the end, never
forgotten and always welcome. This is one idea of heaven. Believers are in
a strange land and at school in this life. In the life to come they
will be at home.
Heaven is a place of `mansions', of lasting, permanent and
eternal dwellings. Here in the body we are in lodgings, tents and
tabernacles, and must submit to many changes. In heaven we shall
be settled at last and go out no more. `Here we have no
continuing city' (Heb. 13:14). Our house not made with hands shall never
be taken down.
Heaven is a place of `many mansions'. There will be room
for all believers and room for all sorts, for little saints as well as
great ones, for the weakest believer as well as for the strongest.
The feeblest child of God need not fear there will be no place for
him. None will be shut out but impenitent sinners and
Heaven is a place where Christ himself shall be present. He
will not be content to dwell without his people: `Where I am, there
ye shall be also.' We need not think that we shall be alone and
neglected. Our Saviour, our elder Brother, our Redeemer, who
loved us and gave himself for us, shall be in the midst of us for
ever. What we shall see and whom we shall see in heaven, we
cannot fully conceive yet, while we are in the body. But one thing is
certain: we shall see Christ.
For meditation: When the Christian leaves his body in the
grave he is at home with the Lord (2 Cor.