Eternal Perspectives

To enter heaven as we are, and for heaven to remain heaven in the process, is a moral impossibility. Nothing that defiles can enter heaven (Revelation 21:27) and so the idea that death marks a natural and inevitable transition to the bliss of heaven, a bliss which awaits us all, is a deep and deadly mistake. Heaven is made possible only by the work of Christ and by personal union with him through faith.

~ Paul Helm, [The Last Things]

Eternal Perspectives

When Scripture tells us that “we shall be changed,” we must not imagine that we shall be changed into angels, or into some other nature different from the human. The change means a supernatural elevation and perfection of our whole nature, and not its destruction. The transition of change of the child into the man, neither changes nor destroys the faculties of his mind nor the senses of his body; neither does it create new powers or faculties which he had not before. His gradual growth into manhood only develops and perfects what the hand of God had placed in his nature on the day of His creation.

~ Father J. Boudreau, [The Happiness of Heaven]

Eternal Perspectives

We can’t do life here over again. There’s no retaking the course once we’ve failed it. There’s no improving a D to an A. No rescheduling the final exams. Death is the deadline. There’s no extension. 

A basketball game is over at the final buzzer. Shots taken late don’t count. When the trumpet heralds Christ’s return, our eternal future begins and our present opportunity ends. If we have failed by then to use our money, possessions, time, and energy for eternity, then we have failed—period.

~ Randy Alcorn, [The Law of Rewards]

Eternal Perspectives

A financial counselor will say, “You can’t go back at age sixty-five and snap your fingers to compensate for forty years of poor planning.” But what’s far more important is that you can’t reach the end of your life, snap your fingers, and compensate for a lifetime of poor planning to meet God.

The door of eternity swings on the hinges of our present lives.

~ Randy Alcorn, [The Law of Rewards]

Eternal Perspectives

Choosing Between Heaven and Hell

Earth leads directly into heaven, just as it leads directly into hell. Life here is a running start into one or the other. Heaven and hell are both retroactive to earth. . . . Earth is the in-between world touched both by heaven and hell, affording a choice between the two.

~ Randy Alcorn,
In Light of Eternity

Eternal Perspectives

How, then, can you rest in such a predicament as you are in, and go about so carelessly from day to day, and so heedless and negligent of your precious, immortal souls? Consider seriously these things, and be wise for yourself, before it is too late; before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and you fall into the world of wrath and hatred, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, with spiteful malice and rage against God, and Christ, and one another, and with horror and anguish of spirit forever. Flee to the stronghold while you are prisoners of hope, before the door of hope is closed, and the agonies of the second death shall begin their work, and your eternal doom is sealed!

~ Jonathan Edwards, [Heaven: A World of Love]

Eternal Perspectives

A dying man once gathered his four children around him. To each of the first three he simply said, “Good night.” But then he turned to his fourth child and said, “Good-bye, Son.”

The young man said, “Dad, you told the others good night. Why did you tell me good-bye?”

The dying man answered, “Because they are Christians, and I’ll see them in the morning in heaven. But you have not come to Christ, and unless you do I’ll never see you again.”

~ Tony Evans, 
[Tony Evans Speaks Out on Heaven and Hell]