A Firm Grip on Heaven

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20-21).

“Nothing can be compared with the home going of a believer who says goodbye here to all of the suffering, difficulties and the problems in this life, and then is surrounded immediately by angels and carried by them to a glorious welcome in Heaven. That is the reason I believe that death can be beautiful. I have known people to die with expressions of triumph on their faces. No wonder the Bible says, ‘Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His godly ones.’ (Psalm 116:15). No wonder David said, ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me’ (Psalm 23:4). Many who read this may be fearing and dreading death. You may be in a hospital room or in a room at home, and soon God will be calling you to Himself. At the moment you are suffering, but because of Christ in another moment you will be transformed. The glories, beauties, splendor and grandeur of Heaven will soon be yours. If you know Christ, you can put your trust and confidence in Him because He died for you — and in that last moment, the greatest crisis of all, God will have His angels there to carry you gloriously, wonderfully into Heaven!”

“Heaven is where the angels are and where the redeemed will ultimately be. Our Lord descended from heaven, ascended into heaven and currently makes intercession for His own there. Some day He shall return to earth from heaven. Heaven awaits every believer. ‘If it were not so,’ said Jesus, ‘I would have told you’ (John 14:2). Believing in heaven makes all the difference in our daily living” (Wm. J. McRae).