Bible Verses About Heaven: 15 Scripture Quotes

by Josh Wiley on May 31, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

What does the Bible say Heaven will be like? Is there only one way to get to heaven according to the Bible?  These are questions many have asked. This list of Bible verses about heaven is meant to inspire you. Heaven is truly where the citizenship of the Christian is! These verses excite me. Are you sure you are going to Heaven? Read these Bible verses closely along with the path to heaven! I also encourage you to use a study Bible to look up these Bible verses for context and commentary.

Bible Verses on HeavenBible Scriptures Describing Heaven

Matthew 18:10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

Revelation 5:9-13 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelation 22:1-5  Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

Heaven Our True and Eternal Home Bible Scriptures

1 Kings 8:30 And listen to the plea of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. And listen in heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive

1 Corinthians 2:7-9 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,”What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”

2 Corinthians 5:8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:21-23 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

Philippians 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Jesus Is the Only Way To Heaven Bible Verses

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 17:3 And this is eternal life,that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

How Do you Get To Heaven(Taken from Article- Signs of Second Coming of Jesus Christ)

Admit – that you are a sinner and in need of a Savior (Rom 6:23)

Abandon – self-effort and realize that you can not be saved by your works or your own efforts (Acts 16:31)

Accept freely Christ’s payment for your sins, required of the Father (John 3:16)

Acknowledge Jesus Christ as your personal lord and Savior (Acts 4:12)

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Jack Wellman June 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Once again my friend, you have excelled in the scriptures. These verses are so full of hope and allow us to truly be living with the end in mind and the day we will hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Well done to you.

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anonymous July 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I just want to add that you must be baptized to get to heaven. In a nutshell, Mark 16:16: ‘Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’ If you don’t believe, then obviously you’re not going to get baptized. There are also loads of other places in the new testament where the disciples and Paul are going around, preaching the word, and when they teach someone, you see it says they baptize them. For example acts 8:34-40. Philip and the ethiopian eunuch. Notice how Philip is teleported away by God as soon as the eunuch is baptized; he isn’t teleported away as soon as the eunuch merely hears the good word and decides in his head to start a new life.

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Clive January 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Hi just a comment regarding that you must be baptized to get to Heaven, so does that mean that the robber on the cross didnt make it to Heaven?. Jesus said to him in Luke 23:43, I tell you the truth today you will be with me in Paradise. He didnt get Baptised but was going to be with the Lord IN Paradise. Romans 10:9 says- That if you confess with your month “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. The Bible is clear that it is good to get Baptised but not a pre requisite to get to Heaven. Look forward to hearing from you God bless.

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Jack Wellman January 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Clive, you are spot on my friend. Jesus alone saved (Acts 4:12) and to include works, like baptism, robs God of His glory for all religions of the world are “do, do, did, did” but only Christianity is “done!”

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Tracy February 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

You don’t need to be baptized to get to heavan. This is shown on the cross when the thief says to Jesus. Remember me and jesus responds that “tonight you will be with me in paradise”. The thief was never baptized though Jesus assured him that he would be in heavan.

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Jack Wellman July 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I feel badly for the thief on the cross who had no chance for baptism then who could not come down off the cross to be baptized, yet Jesus assured this repentant man that “Today you will be with me in paradise.” Jesus alone saves. In fact there is no place in Scripture that actually says that salvation occurs at baptism. Of course, believers should be baptized but this is not the thing that saves. it is very clear that baptism doesn’t save you because baptism happens after the decision, which happens after the regeneration, which is when you get your new birth. It is an outward sign of an inward conversion. A public profession that is a picture of the believers death, burial, and resurrection.

First John 5 puts it a little differently. He says, “If you have the Son, you have eternal life. If you don’t have the son, you don’t have eternal life. I am writing these things to you who believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God in order that you may know that you have eternal life.”

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Baptizer July 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm

What if baptism delivers Jesus?
Baptism does save, 1 Peter 3:21. Plus, how do you know the “Theif” wasn’t baptized? You are making an argument from silence. Even if I agreed that the “Theif” wasn’t baptized, Jesus baptized him with his word. Jesus actually baptized everywhere he went, pouring his word out on people. He gives us water for our benefit. Are you saved…Yeah, I’m baptized into Christ. He washed me through baptism a regeneration in the Holy SPirit. It’s AWESOME!

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Irv May 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

‘I’ before ‘E’ except when used as ‘A’ or after a ‘C’. Hence ‘thief’. This won’t ‘save’ you but it may help you before it’s your time.

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JustAWord June 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm

In, Genesis 17:2-16 it talks about how they had to be circumcised as a covenant to the lord,to multipy his people and the uncircumcised has broken the covenant
-justtosay-
but i have been to Alot of bapist churches and they have been misleading.the churches that was most interesting who throws up good point to actually help people instead of themselves unlike baptist was a methodist and they truly dont judge unlike baptist who say they dont but honestly do.

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anonymous March 17, 2012 at 2:41 am

Why we need to have controversy on baptism,?As christian if we have to follow the footsteps of jesus,we have to contemplate on the necessity of baptism,because jesus himself took baptism when he was on this earth.Then it shows the importance of baptism ,rather than making assumption about the theif had baptism or not.

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Sergio July 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

Let us not forget that Jesus is God and He alone can judge, so if the thief was pardoned by God, it is a final say. However, not everyone was at the side of Jesus at a crucifixion, so we must abide by Acts 2:38 “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”

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july August 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I firmly believe that if the Thief was given a chance that moment He will choose to be baptized.Thats all

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Jack Wellman July 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I really appreciate your zeal for biblical knowledge and the truth. Thank you for your visits to this site and your comments.

I do not believe that the thief could not have come down from the cross to be baptized and on the way to Calvary, both thieves ridiculed Jesus Christ indicating that neither had been saved. Read what both thieves said to and about Christ. It was only on the cross that the one thief finally realized that he was wrong and Jesus was innocent. It was not humanly possible for him to be baptized once he was on the cross. No Roman Guard would ever allowed him to come down off the cross.

You said it was through His Word that he was saved and by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. To be saying that we are saved by baptism is to leave out Jesus’ work on Calvary. His life and death saved us and the Holy Spirit regenerated us. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward conversion. It pictures our death, burial, and resurrection. It does not picture or effectually save. Jesus alone saves (Acts 4:12, 16:30-31). For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Eph 2:8

I perceive you are a Christian. Let us not argue over semantics. Let this be said “in essentials, unity; in doubtful matters, liberty; in all things, charity.” As a pastor, I would say “the main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing” and that is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. As I Cor 2:2 says, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

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Jack Wellman July 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I consulted several Study Bible’s and Bible Knowledge Commentaries too and I am sorry, I should have examined this verse first….but after doing so, I Pet 3:21 is clear that”and this water “symbolizes” baptism that now saves you also—NOT the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you BY the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ.” We are not so much saved by His death but by His resurrection since if Christ is not resurrected, we are still in our sins and dead in our graves after we die.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 – If there is no resurrection of the dead, then our only reward for righteousness would have to come during this life. But if we believe Jesus died and rose again (v14), then we should also believe that, when He returns, the dead will be raised and we will be with Him forever.

1 Peter 1:3,4 – We are begotten to a living hope of an eternal inheritance by the resurrection of Jesus. If we die before Jesus comes again (as most men have), then to receive this reward, we must be raised. Jesus’ resurrection proves that God will keep His promise to raise and reward us.

To Christians, Jesus’ resurrection is important, not just because it proves to us who He is, but also because it is the basis for the hope of our own eternal reward.
[1 Corinthians 15:9]

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Cliffe September 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

There you are brother. The word ‘baptize’ means ‘to immerse’. When saved we are baptized into the body of Christ by the holy spirit. And vice-versa when baptized into the holy spirit. Water baptism is symbolic.

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chuck August 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

The thief on the cross was allowed into paradise by the Christ. He didnt need to be baptized because Christ’s law did no go into effect until AFTER he died. A will and testament does not go into effect until AFTER the testator dies. So the thief on the cross didnt need to be baptized to get into paradise. And once again the Christ said he would be there. If there is anyone who can pull a trump card on getting into heaven, wouldnt it be the Christ?

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Douglas Byers February 7, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I agree with your argument. Baptism is a death to our sins, only a baptism into Jesus’ death will save us from our sins. The apostles example of the Plan of Salvation proves to me that God wants us to be baptized into His son’s death to receive the remission of sins and to enter a home with Him in Heaven. We must look to the scriptures for guidance and accept that the first Christians served God the only way possible, that is the way He wanted.

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Jack August 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Abraham was saved by faith and it was accounted to him as righteousness. Romans 8:29-30 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

If you are saying that baptism in necessary for salvation then you are saying that the all sufficiency of Christ’s atonement in His sacrifice was not enough to save. We must add to it a work of baptism.

Paul is clear about what saves and this was certainly after Jesus work on the cross was already over:

Rom. 3:28 “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

Eph. 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, lest any man should boast.”

John 3:16 from Jesus’ own mouth “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Acts 16:30-31 answers “How do I get saved?”

He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Plus NOTHING!

Also read Acts 4:12

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chuck August 6, 2011 at 7:23 am

Allow me to clear this up. “I” am not saying anything. All I’m doing is trying my best to obey His word. His word does not contradict itself, it only compliments itself. So since there are multiple passages that mention how one is “saved” or “justified” (James 2:24 galatians 3:24 titus 3:7 ephesians 2:4-10), what we must do if we desire to be pleasing to Him, is to make sure we are putting ALL His word together and allow it to compliment itself.

James 2:14-26 talks about being justified by works. ALL conversion occurences in the New Testament are found in the book of Acts. And ALL of them include baptism. Baptism is only valid if its done through faith because it puts us in the likeness of Christ. He died, was buried, and resurrected, and so through baptism we die, are buried, and resurrected. (romans 6:3-11, galatians 3:27, colossians 2:12) Our faith must be a living faith that causes our actions. Thats what God wrote through James in the above passages. We are saved/justified by His grace that allows us the opportunity to be saved in the 1st place + our faith in Him that His words are true + our works of obeying His commands through faith. If we say we are justified by works only then Christ died in vain (galatians 2:21), which He did not. He died and was resurrected that we might have eternal life through obedience to His laws. Which include being baptized for the remission of sins.

Once again “I” am not saying this, its in His word. ALL of the great commision accounts include baptism as well. So if ALL of the conversions in Acts (the 3000 in ch2, eunuch ch8, saul ch9, simon and cornelieus ch10, the jailer ch16) include baptism and ALL of the great commision accounts (Matt 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:46-47) include baptism, HOW THEN CAN ANYONE DISCREDIT THOSE FACTS? We’ll the only way to discredit those facts are Matt 15:7-9 and Matt 7:21-23!!!

For the last time if we want to be pleasing to God we must accept His word for what it says. We can sit here all day and throw verses of scripture back and forth at each other and we wont get anywhere. Whenever God’s word seems to say different things about the same subject, we MUST take the scriptures and put them all TOGETHER to get the full picture. The evil one would love for people to think they are saved by on belief or faith only because that stops them, or at least slows them down in their process of understanding the truth.

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Jack Wellman August 6, 2011 at 9:39 am

I agree with you “We can sit here all day and throw verses of scripture back and forth at each other and we wont get anywhere.” but that is just what you are doing. Thank you for commenting and visiting the sites. In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity. I wish more Christians would live as such.

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Dayo August 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

We thank God for using you mightly. thank you for the word of God that encouraged us. Pls Pastor kindly send me some words of God and message that talks about oil of joy and joy of God.
Thank You

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Jack August 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Thank you so much Dayo for your comment. We have several articles on the sight about joy:

Pam, one of our writers has a fantastic one for joy:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-joy-20-uplifting-scripture-quotes/

I have read it and its all about the joy of the Lord. Please visit again and contact us if you want to know more about joy. The oil represents the Holy Spirit and I am working on an article about the work and Person of God the Holy Spirit. Please visit again, thank you and God bless Dayo.

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Asdf October 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Good stuff here, excellent and insightful read.

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Jack Wellman October 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Asdf, thank you so much for your kind words. Just imagine what heaven will be like in person….some sweet day we shall find out. God bless and thanks for the comment and visiting the website.

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Yvonne November 11, 2011 at 2:18 am

Thank you Pastor for your patience in answering questions and i like it when you say in essentials, unity; in non-essentials; liberty and in all things, charity. wonderful words and such an eye opener. God bless.

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Jack Wellman November 11, 2011 at 10:45 am

And thank you too Yvonne. I appreciate your remarks and for visiting us here at the website. You are most welcome at anytime. May God richly bless you my friend.

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Yvonne November 14, 2011 at 6:23 am

Thank you for the scriptures about heaven andmany otherteachings. God bless you. Indeed in the last days knowledge will increase and many anti christs will arise. thank you for the Word of Life. shalom!

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Douglas Byers February 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

The fact that remains is that Jesus is the Lord of Heaven and earth, God’s son, and in some aspects we understand they are one. If God himself says something it can not be disputed. Therefore the thief next to Jesus at the time of His crucifixion, would indeed be saved because Jesus said it Himself. Who are we to say the same to others when the only Bible authority given to us for the plan of salvation is
1. Hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 11:6)
2. Repent of your sins (Act 3:19)
3. Confess that Jesus is who He is ( Romans 10:9-21, see it also takes works not only faith. James 2:14-26)
4. Baptism ( Acts 22:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16 Not an after thought, Act 10: 47-48, Acts 2:38 we crucify Jesus every time we sin.)

I come with words of compassion only. I want all men and women to see that the “primitive” will of God can be seen in the entire Bible. God wants His word portrayed through the New Testament and we cannot add to nor take away from His literal teachings and His figurative language. “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all”!

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sheila October 30, 2013 at 6:21 am

Hello, was reading a comment you mad on the website, what every Christian wants to know. I have have some questions about the comments you made.. please contact or acknowledge here on this blog , so others including myself may benefit . Much blessings ,Sheila

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Jack Wellman October 30, 2013 at 11:41 am

Sheila, thank you for your question and comment and so what can we do for you to give you more help from the Holy Scriptures? Please let us know in what way we can serve you.

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Judson Pewther February 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

One thing I remain confused about is that some Bible verses suggest that Christians who die will go to heaven immediately, and others suggest that Christians have to wait for the 2nd coming of Jesus and the resurrection/rapture before they will live again. Do you have any observation which might clarify this?

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Jack February 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Thank you Judson for your comment and question. The church at Thessalonica were worried that Jesus would return and that those who had already died were going to be left behind in their graves. That is the reason that Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica. Paul reassures them by writing that “we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep“ (I Thess 4:15).

Paul said that to be absent from the body (dead) is to be present with the Lord. Those who are waiting for Jesus 2nd coming are those that are today alive, like you and me, and will have no delay in seeing Jesus when He comes back. If a person dies today or those Christians who have already died, they are already wit the Lord. The dead do not have to wait for Christ’s return because they are with Him today and those who are alive but die someday will see Jesus at the moment they die. They will not have to wait to live again and at that time, their death or at Jesus’ return, they will have eternal life at that time – immediately. I would suggest 2 Cor 5 as reading material for verse 8 says, “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” And 1 Thess 4 and 5.

Did this answer your question? I appreciate your question. Please come back again soon to visit us.

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Judson Pewther February 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm

To Jack Wellman:

Thanks for your answer to my question about going to heaven immediately vs. waiting for a resurrection. But although you point me to 1 Cor 15, and 1 Thess 4, you seem to be overlooking the specific verses which say Christians have to wait for Jesus to resurrect them at his second coming:

1 Cor 15: 51,52 NIV:
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

1 Thess 4: 16,17 NIV:
“16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

Because of such verses in the Bible, another Christian website teaches this:

“Even true Christians cannot enter the Kingdom until the return of Jesus Christ to earth, pictured in God’s plan by the Feast of Trumpets—one of His annual Holy Days. On the fulfillment of this day, when the last trumpet sounds, the dead in Christ will be resurrected and God will harvest His firstfruits in the fullest sense.”

That’s the 14th paragraph from the article I found at this site:

http://www.ucg.org/doctrinal-beliefs/resurrection-dead-what-does-bible-really-teach/

So far, I only see one way of eliminating the contradiction between the two conflicting ideas of going to heaven immediately vs. waiting for the resurrection: If you die, and are completely unconscious, but then wake up 10 years later, or 100 years later, or 1000 years later, or even a million years later, that long time period might seem like the blink of an eye to you. As far as you are concerned, you died… and the next thing you knew you were flying up to heaven to meet Jesus.

However, this explanation would still be somewhat problematic in regard to the believability of NDEs (near death experiences) such as that of Colton Burpo, the four year old boy who almost died, and said that while he was being operated on, he went to heaven and met Jesus and some of the apostles, met dead relatives, etc. That’s all described in the best-seller book “Heaven Is For Real” written by Colton’s father Todd Burpo. Traveling into the future by being unconscious and then waking up in the future is relatively easy to understand. But how can a person come back from the future to tell us about it?

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Jack February 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Tell me Judson, what do you believe about this? I know that there are many mysteries about the resurrection and some day we will know. Truly the essentials we do not divide over but the non-essential, we must have grace. In Essentials Unity, (Christ crucified, died, rose again, for forgiveness of sins) In Non-Essentials Liberty, (rapture, etc.) In All Things Charity. Amen?

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Judson Pewther February 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Hi Jack. I see you didn’t print my last answer. Probably because I expressed some doubts about Paul’s teachings being infallible, and other ideas that might not be in the Christian mainstream. And I wouldn’t expect you to print this one either, for the same reason. Anyway, while I still consider myself to be a Christian, I do not read the Bible regularly, because when I read it, I am usually bothered by all the contradictions or seeming contradictions I see in it. For example, here’s yet another Biblical view of what happens after we die:

Ecclesiates 9:2-10 (RSV)
“2 since one fate comes to all, to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good man, so is the sinner; and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath. 3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that one fate comes to all; also the hearts of men are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 4 But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward; but the memory of them is lost. 6 Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and they have no more for ever any share in all that is done under the sun. 7 Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already approved what you do. 8 Let your garments be always white; let not oil be lacking on your head. 9 Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life which he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”

You know how at a funeral, a preacher usually reads some relevant scripture about about what happens after death? Imagine a preacher reading this at a funeral. Hilarious, if you have a dark sense of humor like me.

It really makes me wonder how Christians often claim that the whole Bible is the infallible word of God? The words of Solomon shown above make him sound almost like the words of an atheist. He apparently does believe in God, but clearly believes that death is the final end for all people, so that life is rather pointless, in the end.

Anyway, in spite of all my doubts, most of which are because of internal contradictions in the Bible, plus contradictions with known facts, I still think of myself as a Christian, although I’m pretty sure that I have little or no faith, and don’t even know what the word “faith” really means, or why it is supposed to be desirable to have faith. Normally, when someone believes something without evidence, don’t we think of that negatively as “gullibility” and “jumping to conclusions”?

Anyway, I have managed to cling to a degree of belief in the message of Christianity in a rather unusual way. I think I have recognized the fulfillment of an important Biblical prophecy. The prophecy I am referring to is the one in Chapter 13 of the Revelation to John, which describes the rise of two beasts, and the construction of a graven image for the first beast. I believe this prophecy is all about the future rise of science and technology. Science is the first beast, the one that many men worship as an unbeatable hero, and technology is the 2nd beast, the one that exercises all the authority of the 1st beast in its presence, and which works great signs, which serve as demonstrations of the power and authority of the 1st beast. But science has not yet been given “a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies” as in Rev 13:5, and the talking image of science as described in Rev 13:15 has not yet been created. I await these events as the final, scientific proof of the existence of the Biblical God, who claims to be able to see the future, and reveal it to His ancient prophets.

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Jack February 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hello Judson. My apologies. Either it was never posted or it was never approved. In any event, I am sorry. I find your post very interesting. I certainly can not claim to know about the mysteries in Revelation. I believe that God has hidden some things from us, very likely for our own good. I know that without faith, it is impossible to please God. I have not found any contradictions in the Bible but you sound like you have spent considerable time and effort in studying it and for that I am thankful. This shows me that you truly are seeking out and searching for the truth. Please do keep in touch and thank you for your thought-provoking comment Judson.

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Judson Pewther February 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Hi Jack. I jumped to the conclusion that you were the moderator who decides whether messages get posted, I suppose because you are here answering most of the questions or comments posted. My last message posted above was mainly a message to you, assuming that you were the moderator who had rejected my earlier message. And that missing message was largely meant for you too. But if you didn’t already see it, I don’t think I saved it anywhere, so couldn’t send it to you again even if I had your regular e-mail address.

Jack February 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Hi Judson, thanks for such a graceful comment my friend. I do moderate some comments so I could have been responsible so I don’t want to blame anyone else. It is entirely possible that I was responsible. So if so, I do apologize. If you want to send it to me personally, please feel free to click the “Contact” link at the top of this webpage and the site owner will send it to my personal email and then I can reply to your own email privately and in confidentiality my friend and again, thank you Judson for your comment and for visiting us my friend. Please come back soon or “Contact” me personally. I am at your service sir.

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George February 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

I’m curious why Matthew 22:30 was not included in this list.

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Jack February 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Great point George. I have no excuse on this one friend…I admit I dropped the ball on this one. Thanks for adding it, which is “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven” (Matt 22:30). Thank you George, please come back again soon.

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Rev. Ty Clenney February 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

Southern Baptist Minister 54 years. As to Baptism that saves after conversion. It is IMPOSSIBLE to be SAVED until the Holy Spirit comes into a person and saves them through the salvation experience. John 14. Jesus said for them to wait until the Holy Spirit comes. They waited in the upper room till he came. The Holy Spirit convicts men of sin today and it is the ” ONLY ” power to convert. Even though I believe that a person should be baptized after conversion ( not before ) for no outward act can take the place of an inward ( soul ) transformation by the HOLY SPIRIT. To make it plain and simple which comes 1st? Conversion by the Holy Spirit and then Baptism as an outward sign of an inward experience or Baptism by itself? You see, We have a real problem of 1000′s who have been killed, died, after they have been saved by the Holy Spirit that never made it to their Baptismal service by tragedies that happened to them. One question: Would Judas have been saved if he had gone back to Jesus & asked forgiveness even though he betrayed him? I believe the answer would have been yes, because he forgave Simeon Peter who denied him 3 times plus all the apostles who didn’t believe he was resurrected. The Bible is very plain and all inclusive when it says ” ALL SHALL CONFESS HE IS LORD. ” All means all who have ever been born saved or unsaved.” ( At the Great White Judgement Seat of Christ) I think everyone shall agree that we shall all confess ” HE IS LORD ” The important? is WHEN? NOW OR THEN?

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Queen Esther November 23, 2012 at 4:37 am

God bless you Clenney. I wonder why we Christians do create non-existing problems for ourselves. We argue like infidels and make unbelievers feel we are also having problems with the WORD we preach. We should REASON together…there are some scriptures I am yet to fully understand and digest YET the WORD OF GOD does not contradict itself:I only rely on the Holy Spirit to teach me. The basic thing is 2 repent…n be baptized whether those that refused 2 be baptized will go to heaven or not it’s God’s business but baptism is important after conversion.

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Seth February 20, 2012 at 12:35 am

Repentance is important for salvation: “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

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matt March 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

we die and go to paradise with Jesus as spirit if He doesnt return first: if He returns while we r here we get “caught up” and transformed – the dead folk who r spirit get a new body like those being transformed – unless ur a part of the 144k jews for the 1000 year earth reign of Jesus – then whethr ur dead physically or not ur getting a new glorified body when Jesus returns- and the eccles book was written from an atheist perspective – isnt that obvious? thats what those without faith believe in their deepest wisdom

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Jack Wellman March 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Thank you Matt for your comment. I can not agree that Ecclesiastes is written for atheists or from their perspective. Can you show me where in the Word of God you get this please? I truly want to understand because I am still learning the Bible too and like all humans, will never come to a complete knowledge of all Scripture. Thank you sir.

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Vincent March 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

can somebody tell me, if christian people say there is no heaven or they dont believe in going to heaven. what is the best respond you can give without making them look like they are lost, spiritual? i dont want to be rude to them.

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Jack Wellman March 14, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Hello Vincent. Thank you sir for your question. Christians should know that there is a heaven just as there is a hell. I can recommend to you to have them read the entire chapter 21 of Revelation. This speaks of heaven coming down to earth. Instead of a place, heaven is in the presence of God. In other words, wherever Jesus is, and He is God, then that is heaven. It is not as much a place but a Person.

Also, Jesus spoke dozens of times about heaven. Read this article written by perhaps the best writer here, Josh Wiley and its called 15 Bible Verses about Heaven at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-heaven-15-scripture-quotes/

In closing, if a person is a Christian, I wonder if they are reading their Bible because the Bible is full of references to heaven, even in the Old Testament. You don’t have to be rude, just have then read Revelation 21 and the 15 Bible verses about heaven (truly there are many, many more). If there were no heaven, then Jesus was not telling the truth (which of course He IS the truth). Hope this helps Vincent. Thank you sir for your question and I apologize for not responding sooner to this very important question.

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ed March 16, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I wonder what the Catholics and Orthodox have to say about this since they have been talking about this for 2,000 years….

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Jack March 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Thank you Ed for your comment and your question. Do you mean what have they been talking about for the last 2,000 years over heaven? The Catholic church and the Orthodox church both agree that there is a heaven so I am not sure what you are asking sir? There is also the Eastern Orthodox church and the Western but even these two agree about a belief in heaven. Thank you for visiting the website. I wish I could be more precise in addressing your concern or question sir. Thank you Ed.

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wednesday morning bible study ladies May 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

Jack, we have been trying to find out everything we can about what the scriptures actually say about heaven and came across this blog. We really appreciate your Bible knowledge and very much agree with everything you have said in response to others on this site. We have one question we were wondering if you could address. We thought that when Jesus gave up his body on the cross He did not go to heaven immediately, yet He says to the thief “I’ll see you in heaven today” Where did He go for those 3 days?

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Jack May 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Awesome to have such godly women studying the Word of God and growing in grace and knowledge about God and thank you for visiting us and this question. We actually wrote an article on this at the link below in this comment box. Let me say that “today” was that same day when Jesus died that the thief on the cross did go to Paradise. The question about where Jesus was is in the article “Does The Bible Tell Us Where Jesus Was the Three Days Between His Death and Resurrection. The answer might surprise you. I relied on the Bible for answers, not my own opinion. Let me know what you think of the article and if it answered it sufficiently.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/does-the-bible-tell-us-where-jesus-was-the-three-days-between-his-death-and-resurrection/

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Comforter May 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Jesus said: no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven. John:3-13

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Eber June 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Thank you Pastor (Jack). Im new at being a Christian & Love to learn a lot about our Lord Jesus. I have learned a lot by reading your comments & have to say that I agree 100% with you.

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Jack Wellman June 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Thank you Eber. Oh that most Christians would not lose their first love at the beginning when they are saved, like you have such a passionate desire to learn. Josh Wiley wrote this fine article and I will pass on this compliment to him my friend. Please do come back and visit us again Eber.

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Jayla June 5, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Hi i’m Jayla and i just also wanted to know that do you have to know bible scriptures to go to heaven? cause i’m 11 yrs old and i need to know cause i don’t know alot of scriptures! And i have been baptized and i have spoken in tongues a little bit and i have the gift of prophecy! it’s just i dont know alot of the scriptures and i fall asleep at church sometimes! And im studying the scriptures but i just need to know do you HAVE to know the scriptures to make it to heaven (paradise)

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Jack Wellman June 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Jayla, its not a good thing to fall asleep in church. This shows you really don’t care. Read along with the pastor in the sermon and you will know the Scriptures. Anyone that is a Christian truly wants to know the Scriptures and they love to read the Bible. We have an article about what heaven will be like at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-heaven-is-like/

This article goes into great detail about what heaven will be like and gives you so much more that I can in one comment. Thanks Jayla.

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Jayla June 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Also Mr Wellman i do care it’s just i get tired! And i will check out your link on the website :) thank you

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Jack Wellman June 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I thank you Jayla. This link is not my website but another article from this website. I am sorry for I didn’t mean that you didn’t care, but I said that “it shows” or looks like you don’t care when people see you sleeping at church. I didn’t mean to insinuate you didn’t care about the Bible. I am truly sorry if you took it that way. I was wrong in putting it that way. I apologize.

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Jayla June 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

It’s ok i knew you did’nt mean it in a bad way and i forgive you and accept your apology

Memo July 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Great read!!
I would like to breifly share my testimony I have been a Christian for 2 years now.
Raised a Catholic, ( i am Hispanic), i never felt a connection with Christ, I never really beleived in him..
Felt like it was being shoved down my throat by my mom as a kid, so the more she pushed it on me, the more i pushed it away.
On the contrary, I was into reading about wicca, the craft, summoning spirits, even satanism, etc.
I use to consider my self an athiest bc i chose not to beleive in God becuase this was something
i did not fully understand, or never wanted to understand.. I felt that beleif in God was optional.
What opened up my eyes to God was Satan. I dont know if any of you readers, or you , Mr. Jack have ever
heard of the Illuminati, a government secret society consisting of Freemasons, and power hungry people exposed by ex-members, and
researchers for the truth. When I saw the plot of Satan for one world government unfold as i looked further
into my research, is when I realized, that if there is a high evil, there is a high good, so I came to God, and repented, and have been saved ever since.

According to the scriptures, what can you tell me about the Virgin Mary ? My grand father in-law passed away and his family is praying the rosary for him for 9 days strait. i was told that after he died, his spirit is still in a path, and Satan still has a chance to take him one last time. It sounds twisted to me. This may be something cultral from catholosism in Mexico.. but i dont beleive in any of this, and I dont know why anyone would if they really knew the Word of God. This is the reason why I came to this link “15 scripts about heaven” .. From my bible studies, I knew that when we die and are saved, we go strait to Heaven. I heard from Dr Robert Jeffress that there is a demon behind every religion. I think he may have a point if there are false doctrines ot there like that.

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Debra Torres August 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Love Revelation 22:1-5. Looking forward to that great and wonderful day!

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Mary Graham August 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

what can I say to a person that says to get to Heaven it is enough to just to believe that Christ died for his sins. You don’t have to do anything else.
I believe you must confess, repent, and than have a relationship with God by prayer, studying the bible and following his commanments.

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alexander phillips October 11, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Exactly you must follow the laws to get closer. You have to do a lot.

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alexander phillips October 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Nice I’m a Baha’i so I was studying more about precious manifestations, and yeah everything is 100% true. I live in heaven only like 50% of my day, but school is a challenge.

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Derrick October 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Jack – I don’t know you or anything but you really know your stuff that inspires me to learn more thanks for the great info keep preaching your word!

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Jack Wellman October 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Thank you Derrick for your comment. I actually didn’t write this article but I do make many of the comments on the site because I love to be of any service that I might be. God bless you my friend for your words of encouragement. I wish I had you in the church I am the under-shepherd of.

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trey December 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Adding baptism to salvation based upon that passage is failing to recognize the lone requirement for salvation stated throughout God’s Word. It’s by faith alone. The passage you used for your argument also states unbelief as the reason for condemnation. Look at John 3:16-18, 36, Eph. 2:8-9, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 16:31, and draw your conclusion from the what is clearly stated throughout scripture. “Faith Alone”

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Jack Wellman December 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Amen and amen Trey. You are so right. Adding baptism to our ascertaining salvation is to make the cross at Calvary and Jesus’ work on it not enough. God forbid. Jesus said “It is finished” or “paid in full.” The so called “Golden Chain” in Roman’s 8 never mentions one thing about baptism. Thank you so much.

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Brett December 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

This goes back to the original article about spending eternity in heaven. I didn’t see any scripture that stated that heaven is where believers spend eternity. Did I miss something?

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Jack Wellman December 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Thank you Brett. I see your point about where believers will spend eternity at (in heaven). I like Revelation 21 and 22 and these two chapters are very, very long and comprehensive regarding where believers will be. In the New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven and that is where we will all be after the Lord’s return and so we won’t actually go up to heaven, but heaven comes down as the New Jerusalem. Thanks Brett. Great point.

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Cat February 4, 2013 at 6:34 am

Pastor Jack…Revelations 21:4…”There will be no more mourning…crying…tears…pain…the former things have passed away”. I know this means that there will be no illness, or suffering as our bodies will be healed. However I have heard it said that we will not mourn, or miss our loved ones either because we will not be concerned with what we have left behind in this world. Some say that we won’t remember, others say that for those who have gone ahead of us, it will be as if no time has passed since they saw their loved ones. Therefore they will not miss them but when those we love arrive, we will rejoice at being with them again in God’s presence! I think I lean toward the latter explaination. I also have heard that we will not recognize family in the sense we know here…husbands, wifes, kids, etc…We will recognize loved ones in general but we will all be one family!

I am asking because that friend I was telling you about, lost a very close and dear friend two days ago. She had taken care of his ill father for years…Even after she retired, she still would stop by and check up on him and the family. My friend would go help her out around the house with repairs whenever he could. She was a Christian woman who had become family to them! I gather she got cancer approx. a yr ago and it was the families understanding that she was putting up a strong fight. Sadly and unexpectedly she died. My friends parents are taking it badly and my friend seems to feel a little guilty that he hadn’t been able to get over to see her recently…See her one last time. He was telling me last night that he knows she is in a better place and with the Lord. He says he keeps telling himself that when he starts to feel bad about not being able to see her recently.

I want to be able to say something to help him find peace on that issue…I remembered this scripture but not its location, so I of course came to WCWTK because I knew there would be a bible study and forum on death and loosing loved ones! Is my understanding of this scripture correct? If all former things have passed away, then the deceased will not miss their loved ones, or feel sorrow at not having a chance to say goodbye and see someone one last time. They will be so caught up in the glory of Gods’ presence that sorrow/sadness will find no room in their hearts. Even if you promised to do something which you were unable to do, your loved one will not care about that anymore…there are no regrets in heaven!

Any other scripture to pass on to my friend, or his family would be appreciated!

Thanks and God Bless…Cat

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Jack Wellman February 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

Hello Cat, my good friend in Christ. First of all I see from the Bible that we WILL know our departed ones when we meet them in heaven and we WILL recognize them. Please check out this article on this at:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/will-we-recognize-friends-and-family-in-heaven/

Tell your friend that do you think that they would want to come back to earth where there is suffering, pain, sorrow, and tears from where she is at now, in eternal bliss and the joy of the Lord? I am sure she is so happy now we can’t even describe it. By the way, there will be NO regret for things done or not done on the earth because the joy of the presence of Jesus overwhelms everything plus we get to be reunited with our beloved lost ones and what indescribable joy that will be my friend. Please have your friend check out this article called Will We Know Each Other in Heaven? article in the link in this comment.

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Rosemary February 7, 2013 at 1:03 am

Thank you for these scriptures. I just recently lost two dear friends that I truly loved, and have been searching for comfort, that only comes from The Lord. I happened on your website.

Rosemary

Looking for scriptures on heaven and the hope I want to see my believing friends again

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Jack Wellman February 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

Rosemary, I am so sorry for your great loss. Perhaps this will help give you some peace of mind. Its called “Will We Recognize Friends and Family in Heaven” and I think it will help you. Thank you for visiting us.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/will-we-recognize-friends-and-family-in-heaven/

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Mira March 4, 2013 at 8:34 pm

if the thief have a way to come down on the cross he probably would do get baptize in a heart beat.. that’s why God pardon him because there is no way.. really sick or dying people will be pardon… but not a healthy people that capable of doing it.. you will be in harsh judgement of God if you didn’t obey the baptism scripture…

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willow May 1, 2013 at 5:48 pm

That is correct most feverish and sick people do not get pardoned into paridise.

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Jim( Bob96211) March 20, 2013 at 7:17 am

Thanks for those great tips. Love your work. Keep up the good work and I hope that you touch more people’s lives like you did with me.
May God be with you all, Bob96211

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Kevin June 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

Cool

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peggy holley June 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm

the bible says we must be born of water, and spirit to enter into heaven, the water he is talking about, is our physical birth, and the spirit is accepting him into our heart, according to john 8 we not only have to accept him we also have to obey him the bible says Satan believes. but he will not be in heaven, water baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is only an ordinance of the church, and to testify to everyone we love the lord and want to follow his example. some things in the bible are only discerned if you have the full measure of gods spirit, as be filled with the holy spirit. The holy spirit is a helper and teacher and helps you to understand and discern the scriptures easier. Also it helps you to live a holy and clean life and also to be bold and a witness for Jesus.

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Nadia Pereira June 27, 2013 at 4:57 am

I’m so saddened to hear the debate on baptism. Satan wants us all to be confused about this, and our pride adds to it. It is very important not to take scriptures out of context and base our belief on just one of them. Here are a few things I’d like to address, and I’m very grateful to be a part of a church that humbly submits to the word of God and teaches the right doctrine.

Teaching: The thief on the cross was not baptized
Verses Cited: Luke 23:40-43
Explained: Jesus had not yet died so the thief could not be baptized into his death and resurrection life. While on earth, Jesus had the power to forgive sins (Matt. 9:2-6) so what we have here is an example of someone being saved under the Old Covenant.

Teaching: We are saved by faith alone without baptism
Verses Cited: John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8
Explained: John 3:16 absolutely demands faith in God’s Son and in his life, but verse 17 more fully explains that we are saved “through” or by entering into his life. Having faith in Jesus means that we have faith that by entering into his life through baptism we will be saved. Colossians 2:12 and Galatians 3:26-27 demonstrate that we are saved by God through our faith at baptism. You cannot remove any of those elements and still have the same result.

Teaching: Baptism does not save anyone
Verse Cited: Ephesians 2:8
Explained: 1 Peter 3:21 demonstrates that we are saved through baptism by entering into the life of Jesus Christ. We are saved through the resurrection of Christ (see Rom. 6:1-10). Entering into the life of Christ is the only way that we are saved and Romans 6:1-10, Galatians 3:26-27, and Colossians 3:1-3 all confirm that we enter into Christ when we are buried and raised with him through baptism. Only by being baptized into Christ are our sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Don Slaton July 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I would like to add to this conversation a scripture passage written by Peter the same person that preached on the day of Pentecost, “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ”. In first Peter 3:21 he says, “Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the pledge of a good conscience toward God) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

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glenn hoy July 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

christ.teaching came into being after he arose form the grave. appor.40 days. He live under the law of moses.christ could save orcondem who ever.in acts peter first preach christ.which appiles to us today

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GINA CIVICO July 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

BAPTISM CANNOT SAVE .. if you really want to recieve SALVATION you need to accept GOD as your personal savior and LORD .. first you need to accept GOD as your personal savior and LORD before you will be baptise ..

salvation is simple as ABC
Acknowledge your sins
Believe in LORD JESUS CHRIST
Confess GOD before men

thank you and GODBLESS!!!

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Jack Wellman July 19, 2013 at 11:40 am

Thank you Gina. You are exactly right. It is ABC and it is not ABC + B (Baptism). Great work. So true.

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browniejack October 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Where are the descriptions of Heaven in the bible? Not the here and now, but the descriptions of Heaven?

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Jack Wellman October 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Thank you very much for your comment and question. We have another article that is more descriptive of what heaven will be like at the following link:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-heaven-is-like/

I do hope it gives you more on what heaven will be like.

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Debra Torres October 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

Thanks so much for this. I’m writing a blog post on heaven and I found your scriptures to be very helpful!

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Norman October 15, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I like your article. I just think you need to add something about repentance and going to Heaven. The bible says unless a man repent he will not see the kingdom of Heaven. Acts 3:19 says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” In Luke 13:3 Jesus says, ”I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

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