John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
For the people who believe, there awaits “everlasting life.” This is a synonym
for heaven. God never intended hell to be our eternal abode — that was
“prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Heaven is our
home — the end of our journey in this life. Peter describes it as “an
inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved
in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:4).
The most complete description of heaven is found in Revelation 21-22.
Although the language is figurative, it does show the gloriousness of heaven.
It will be a place of no sorrow and disappointment (21:4). It will be a place
that is pure righteousness (21:8, 27). It will be a place of unparalleled
beauty (21:9-21). It will be a place where there will be no more curse for
mankind (22:3; cf. Genesis 3:14-19).
This truly is the “golden text” of the Bible as long as we are “rightly dividing
the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). This is a wonderful summary of God’s
plan of salvation, but we must remember that it is not all that God said on
the matter. If we say that this is the only verse we need to be saved, then
why did God use the rest of the Bible? If we go on this reasoning, then
immersing people is all we must do (Acts 22:16). However, we know that
there is more required for salvation. If you would like to study the subject
further, please contact us.