Q. What will heaven be like?
A. Heaven is more wonderful than anything we can experience or imagine in this life. About heaven the Scripture says, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him (I Cor.2:9). However, we are enabled to partially understand these things because God has revealed them to us by His Spirit (I Cor.2:10). The Psalmist gives us another description of heaven, saying, You will show me the path of life: In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore (Psa. 16:11). Pleasures quickly fade in this world, but they are forever in heaven.
Q. What are the saints in heaven doing now?
A. The Bible says, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord (Rev. 14:13). It then promises that these will rest from their labors. Many will have labored long for Christ and now in heaven they are in the midst of a well-deserved rest.
Q. How many people are in heaven today?
A. The Scripture says, After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands (Rev. 7:9). Enoch also prophesied saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints (Jude 14). Therefore we can plan on an inestimable number of people being in heaven. Charles Spurgeon thought that there would be more people in heaven than in hell, and this because of infant mortality alone. Modern abortionists are attempting to cause that statement to be true. They have a great surprise ahead.
Q. Since I was saved, I have not lived a perfect life. Am I still saved?
A. There are, strictly speaking, two ways of salvation. Those are salvation by perfection and salvation by grace. No one, save Jesus Christ, has lived a perfect life, before or after salvation. Therefore, the doctrine of salvation by grace alone is our only hope. The preaching of salvation by works (tragically, this is very common in our day) is a despair producer. We are not saved by the lives we live, but we are saved by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, shed at Calvary.
Q. My brother gave his life for his country. He will be in heaven, wont he?
A. If your brother knew Christ and was saved by faith in the finished work of Calvarys cross, he will be in heaven. If not, though he could give a thousand lives for his country, he will not be saved. We need to learn anew that the only possible way of salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing. Many Christians believe we are saved by grace plus something. They will never have the assurance of salvation.
Q. How can I be happy when there is so much sadness and there are so many problems in the world?
A. The Bible does not teach that the happiness of our lives is created by our circumstances. Rather, the Scripture says, Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice (Phil. 4:4). Remember that happiness does not come from benign or cooperating circumstances. Rather, it comes from the Lord. Happiness should be remembered as a product of responsibilities met, duties fulfilled, tasks completed. We should not wait to just be overtaken by happiness, but rather, ask What is my duty? It is in doing ones duty that we have the joy for which we seek.
Q. How can I improve and stabilize my mental atitude?
A. The answer of the Bible is, Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Phil.4:8). Mental slippage can be avoided by thinking on the things of Christ and of eternity.
Q. Can you give me one never-failing rule that I should follow in life?
A. Yes, certainly. Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him (Col. 3:17).