What comes to mind when you think about heaven? White clouds, pearly gates, everyone clothed in white, angels? It's not hard to become obsessed with heaven - how we get there, what it looks like, who we'll meet there - and it's not hard to get it wrong when it comes to describing or defining it. Our perceptions and understanding of heaven can easily be skewed by how it is portrayed in the media, in literature and by our own personal desires of what we want it to be. These seven Bible verses detail some of the imagery of heaven, answer the burning question of how we get there and help put our thinking about heaven back on the right track.
Matthew 7:13-14 - 'Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only few find it.'
John 6:44 - 'No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.'
John 6:50-51 - 'But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live for ever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.'
John 14:2 - My father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
2 Corinthians 5:1 - For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.
Revelation 4:8 - Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: '"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty," who was, and is, and is to come.'
Revelation 21:1-2 - Then I saw 'a new heaven and a new earth,' for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.