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Scriptures and Quotes on Heaven, Our Glorious, Eternal Home

Updated on May 30, 2018
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Lori Colbo is an online media writer who's passion is writing on her Christian faith. Her other passion is being Nana to 12 grandchildren.

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The Hope of Heaven for Believers in Jesus Christ

Heaven is number one on my bucket list. I know I won't get there until I kick the bucket or if the rapture comes. I believe, and with Scripture I'll confirm this, that every human being has a yearning for heaven, whether they realize it or not. Many people when pondering the brevity of life wonder, as the songstress Peggy Lee sang, "Is that all there is?" I think about heaven a lot. Strangely I've not written about it much. Today heaven is on my mind so I offer you today some Scriptures and thoughts and quotes from others about heaven.

The Bible teaches that all who put their faith in Christ for salvation and follow Him will spend eternity with God. The hope of heaven is all that holds me together when life gets brutal and dark. The hope of heaven also makes me glad when life is going good. The hope of heaven is something I try to share with those who do not believe, that they might turn to God.

"He has made every thing beautiful in its time: also he has put eternity in men's hearts..." Ecclesiastese 3:10

What is Heaven?

"What is heaven?

It is the place which His love suggested,

which His genius invented,

which His bounty provided,

which His royalty has adorned,

which His wisdom has prepared,

which He himself glorifies;

in that heaven you are to be with Him for ever."

~ Charles H. Spurgeon

And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43

"You are going now," said they, "to the Paradise of God; wherein you shall see the tree of life, and eat of the never fading fruits thereof. And when you come there, you shall have white robes given you; and your walk and talk shall be every day with the King, even all the days of eternity. ~ John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress

“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place? Isaiah 66:1

Heaven is a paradise.
Heaven is a paradise. | Source

What Will Heaven Be Like?

"Heaven will display far more variety than hell." ~ C.C. Lewis

"Surely it is not wrong for us to think and talk about Heaven. I like to find out all I can about it. I expect to live there through all eternity. If I were going to dwell in any place in this country, if I were going to make it my home, I would inquire about its climate, about the neighbors I would have — about everything, in fact, that I could learn concerning it. If soon you were going to emigrate, that is the way you would feel. Well, we are all going to emigrate in a very little while. We are going to spend eternity in another world. … Is it not natural that we should look and listen and try to find out who is already there and what is the route to take?" ~ D.L. Moody

O the novelty, the beauty, the grandeur of the heaven of heavens, the house not made with hands, the city that hath foundations infinitely surpassing the temple of Solomon, and the city of David! Beautiful was the earthly paradise, and beautiful the earthly Canaan; yea, beautiful is this habitable earth, where many of the enemies of God reside. What then must be the heavenly paradise, the heavenly Canaan, which God hath prepared for them that love him!" ~ William McEwen

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light shall the nations walk; and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it, and its gates shall never be shut by day—and there shall be no night there" Revelation 21:21-25

There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him. Revelation 22:3

There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him Rev. 22:3
There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him Rev. 22:3 | Source

God's Throne and Christ at His Right Hand

But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God... Acts 7:55

"For the Christian, heaven is where Jesus is. We do not need to speculate on what heaven will be like. It is enough to know that we will be forever with Him. ~ William Barclay
“The most thrilling thing about heaven is that Jesus Christ will be there. I will see Him face to face. Jesus Christ will meet us at the end of life’s journey.” ~ Billy Graham

The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD'S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. Psalm 11:4

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens (Hebrews 8:1).

Christ at the right hand of the throne of God.
Christ at the right hand of the throne of God.

Longing for Heaven

“Nothing is more often misdiagnosed than our homesickness for Heaven. We think that what we want is sex, drugs, alcohol, a new job, a raise, a doctorate, a spouse, a large-screen television, a new car, a cabin in the woods, a condo in Hawaii. What we really want is the person we were made for, Jesus, and the place we were made for, Heaven. Nothing less can satisfy us.” ~ Randy Alcorn, Heaven

"The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can't supply is proof that heaven must be our home." ~ C. S. Lewis

"The rougher the voyage the more the mariners long for port, and heaven becomes more and more “a desired haven,” as our trials multiply." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

“Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." (Colossians 3:1) This is a direct command to set our hearts on Heaven. And to make sure we don't miss the importance of a heaven-centered life, the next verse says, "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." God commands us to set our hearts and minds on Heaven.”
~ Randy Alcorn, Heaven

"We need to be homesick for heaven. Though we have never been there, we still have something God has built within us that gives us a certain homesickness, a desire to be there." ~ Greg Laurie

"Heaven will be the perfection we've always longed for. All the things that made Earth unlovely and tragic will be absent in heaven." ~ Billy Graham

Longing for heaven.
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We are Made for Heaven, and Heaven is Prepared for Us.

"Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it -- made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand." C. S.. Lewis

A holy and useful life does not purchase heaven for a Christian, but prepares him for heaven. ~ John Thornton

"Heaven...It is a prepared place for a prepared people." ~ David Jeremiah

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. Hebrews.11:16

We'll See Angels in Heaven

"...and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus." 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8

And He said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." John 1:51

But you have come to Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering..." Hebrews 12:22

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven..." Luke 2:13-14

We will see angels in heaven.
We will see angels in heaven.

Joy In Heaven

In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11

"Joy is the serious business of heaven." ~ C. S. Lewis

"How sweet is rest after fatigue! How sweet will heaven be when our journey is ended." ~ George Whitefield

"If your ability to enjoy God and his gifts are always expanding, your perception of heaven will always be fuller, deeper, and richer. You will never look upon the same reality twice without some new way in which to enjoy it. You will look at each day through some new lens, where you see more clearly, understand more fully, and feel more deeply the truest joy — ever-increasing, ever-full joy for all eternity."

~ Dave Radford

There will be joy in heaven.
There will be joy in heaven.

My Poem on the Joy of Heaven

I wrote this poem when a dear friend, a great saint of God, left this world to his eternal destination. I read it at his memorial service. I wrote it in his voice.

Pleasures Forevermore

I am in the land

Where His glory dwells,

Where His presence and pleasures

Are forevermore.

O’ the fullness of joy

That transcends thoughts and words;

The inexplicable bliss of His love

No human imagination can touch.

In my earthly tent,

eternity was in my heart;

Now it is my reality.

I am vibrantly alive…

in paradise...

with Him.

Christ and I await you

beloved ones,

To share in this rapturous glory forever.

Hold fast until He comes,

Which is soon.

Spread the thrill of this hope

To the hopeless

To the brokenhearted,

To the lost and the forsaken,

And to your enemies,

whom He loves,

For the time is near.


He tarries yet for a while more,

For He loves and died for every one.

Be faithful to the end.

Your crowns await you

And one day we will lay them

At His feet together,

And we will worship our king.

We send our love -

And let me tell you,

His love is so amazing,

Really so amazing.

© 2016 Lori Colbo

Our Citizenship in Heaven

“The Bible says that as long as we are here on earth, we are strangers in a foreign land. There are enemies to be conquered before we return home. This world is not our home; our citizenship is in heaven.” ~ Billy Graham

"Heaven is a permanent residence, a place where we unpack our bags and stay forever. What a glorious thought to wake up in Heaven and realize it is home!"

~ C.L. Allen

“If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world. ” ~ Vance Havner

"Christians have a dual citizenship - on earth and in heaven - and our citizenship in heaven ought to make us better people here on earth." ~ Warren Wiersby

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20

Old Songs and Hymns About Heaven

I'll Fly Away - Albert E. Brumley

Mansion on a Hilltop - Ira Stanphil

This World Is Not My Home - Albert E. Brumley

When the Roll is Called Up Yonder - James M. Black

The Sweet By and By - S. Fillmore Bennett and Joseph P. Webster.

Going Home - Bill and Gloria Gaither

What a Day - Phil Keaggy

When We All Get to Heaven - Eliza E. Hewitt and Emily D. Wilson

Bluegrass Minstrels - Mansion Over the Hilltop

Contemporary Songs on Heaven

All My Tears - Julie Miller (Selah does it best)

Heaven's Song - Phil Wickham

I Can Only Imagine - Bart Millard (MercyMe)

There Will Be a Day - Jeremy Camp

Majesty of Heaven - Chris Tomlin

Revelation Song - Kari Jobe

You Hold Me Now - Hillsong

All the Heavens - Thrid Day

New Jerusalem, New Heaven, New Earth

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:2

“For behold, I create a new heaven and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. Isaiah 65:17

"God, as we saw in Isaiah, will create a new heaven and a new earth that’s so splendorous that nobody will ever remember the old one. All remembrance of the first one will vanish." ~ John MacArthur

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

What Heaven is Not

"This place [heaven] is not an ethereal realm of disembodied spirits, because human beings are not suited for such a realm." ~ Randy Alcorn, Heaven.

"Heaven is not a figment of imagination. It is not a feeling or an emotion. It is not the "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."" ~ Dr. David Jeremiah

"When there’s fulfillment, when there’s beauty, when we see God as He truly is, boredom becomes an impossibility." ~ Randy Alcorn

"We are so taken up with what God wants us to be here, that we have forgotten heaven."

— Oswald Chambers

Glimpses of Heaven

"When you see that sunset or that panoramic view of God's finest expressed in nature, and the beauty just takes your breath away, remember it is just a glimpse of the real thing that awaits you in heaven." ~ Greg Laurie

"Because Jesus defeated death, we don’t have to fear or fight it. Because He took the pain and the penalty we deserve, we can look forward to life eternal with Him. The Bible gives us hints about what Heaven will be like, but there isn’t a ton of detail. Perhaps that’s why it’s so exciting to catch a glimpse of what awaits us from another person, even while we’re still here on earth." ~ Jim Daly

But Stephen was filled with the Holy Spirit. He looked toward heaven, where he saw our glorious God and Jesus standing at his right side. Then Stephen said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right side of God!” Acts 7:55


Earth is only a pale version of heaven, not the other way around."

— Greg Laurie

Crowns In Heaven

"There are no crown-wearers in heaven who were not cross-bearers here below."

~ Charles Spurgeon

"There is a crown in heaven that nobody’s head can wear but mine, a harp that nobody’s hand can play but mine, and a mansion that no man may enter but myself alone. I believe the same of each of you, my brothers and sisters, who are in Christ Jesus." ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

"For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." James 1:12

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Treasures In Heaven

"The way you store up treasure in heaven is by investing in getting people there." ~ Rick Warren

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. ~ Matthew 6:20

"Many Christians dread the thought of leaving this world. Why? Because so many have stored up their treasures on earth, not in heaven. Each day brings us closer to death. If your treasures are on earth, that means each day brings you closer to losing your treasures." ~ Randy Alcorn

"The kingdom of heaven is worth infinitely more than the cost of discipleship, and those who know where the treasure lies joyfully abandon everything else to secure." ~ D. A. Carson

End of Pain and Suffering

"The whole point of Heaven is to relieve us of the suffering, pain, death and tears brought into the world by the evil of humanity. That is why God says that in Heaven there will be no more sorrow, pain, death or crying." ~ David Brandt Berg

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; ~ 2 Corinthians 4:17

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. ~ Revelation 21:4


Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal."

— ~Thomas Moore

More Than We Can Imagine

The descriptions and information on heaven here are only a speck of insight on what the glories of heaven will truly be like. We will see God's throne, Christ the Lamb of God and the Lion of Judah. We will see legions of angels, we'll see an Eden paradise restored. We can imagine away based on what we do read in the Scriptures, but there are glorious mysteries of heaven that will make us gasp, thrill, and worship. I don't pout about not being able to take a trip to the Bahama's or the rain forests in various places because I will see far and away more glorious things in heaven and it will be for eternity. Cool.

Some people have going to a tropical island as number one on their bucket list. Heaven is number one on my bucket list. What paradise on Earth can compare to the paradise of heaven?

— Lori Colbo

© 2018 Lori Colbo

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    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Jackie, heaven is the greatest reward for the Christian. We must spread the good news.

      Marlene, that's one of the greatest songs about heaven ever. God bless you sister.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 months ago from USA

      This is a beautiful article about what it might be like in heaven. It reminds me of that song, "I Can Only Imagine." We sang "I'll Fly Away" for the first time in our little church a couple of Sundays ago. I love that song. Many blessings to you Lori.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Lori, God has told us it is better than we can ever imagine and I take His word for that and certainly look forward to that day. The older we get the easier it is to trade this world for the perfect one even if it takes death to get there. Who knows, maybe a few lucky ones of us at the end will not even know that but in the twinkling of an eye, pass right over!

      Thanks for one of my favorite subjects, loved your quotes and poetry!

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      William Kovacic 

      3 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well, Lori, I think you covered all of the bases on this one (at least most, if not all), Excellent job with much encouragement. I'm doing a series on Bible prophecy at my church. we just finished the rapture - bring it on!

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      All great quotes, Lori, on a very important topic. The question in the Moody quote stays with me.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Eric, I'm glad you're having a good time. I always admire your free spirit and lavish love for life and family. I believe you are preparing for heaven with that zeal for God, family, and life itself. The Father has a mansion prepared for our arrival some day. It will be bliss for all eternity.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks Manatita. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I don't just think about heaven, I yearn for it. Until my time comes to fly there I'll try to tell others as often as I can the hope of heaven through Christ.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      An inspirational piece, Lori.

      I'm so glad that you are thinking of Heaven! A beautiful piece!

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      God bless you Eric

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is refreshing. I am having such a blast right here that I don't think about heaven much."Now I lay me down to sleep, if I die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to keep" is about the extent of it. I also do not cry at funerals.I basically celebrate.Which I keep to myself as others do not get it.

      Thank you for this as it reminds me to keep my eye on the prize.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      TSAD,, I'm so happy it blessed you.

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      The most uplifting and hopeful Hub Page I have ever encountered.

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