One thing is certain... often is the case, when Jesus is describing the Kingdom of heaven and what it is like, there is a direct corolation between our works on earth and our experience in the afterlife. We do not earn our salvation, and therefore I am not speaking about salvation. We have salvation in Christ's work and Christ's work ALONE. However, God has so chosen to give us rewards in Heaven in trade for our good FAITHFUL works done on Earth.what does the God tell us about heaven.?
what does the God tell us about heaven.?
1023 Those who die in God's grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live for ever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they "see him as he is," face to face:598
1024 This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity—this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed—is called "heaven." Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness.
- By virtue of our apostolic authority, we define the following: According to the general disposition of God, the souls of all the saints . . . and other faithful who died after receiving Christ's holy Baptism (provided they were not in need of purification when they died, . . . or, if they then did need or will need some purification, when they have been purified after death, . . .) already before they take up their bodies again and before the general judgment—and this since the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into heaven—have been, are and will be in heaven, in the heavenly Kingdom and celestial paradise with Christ, joined to the company of the holy angels. Since the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, these souls have seen and do see the divine essence with an intuitive vision, and even face to face, without the mediation of any creature.599
1025 To live in heaven is "to be with Christ." The elect live "in Christ,"600 but they retain, or rather find, their true identity, their own name.601
1026 By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has "opened" heaven to us. The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the blessed community of all who are perfectly incorporated into Christ.
- For life is to be with Christ; where Christ is, there is life, there is the kingdom.602
1027 This mystery of blessed communion with God and all who are in Christ is beyond all understanding and description. Scripture speaks of it in images: life, light, peace, wedding feast, wine of the kingdom, the Father's house, the heavenly Jerusalem, paradise: "no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him."603
1028 Because of his transcendence, God cannot be seen as he is, unless he himself opens up his mystery to man's immediate contemplation and gives him the capacity for it. The Church calls this contemplation of God in his heavenly glory "the beatific vision":
1029 In the glory of heaven the blessed continue joyfully to fulfill God's will in relation to other men and to all creation. Already they reign with Christ; with him "they shall reign for ever and ever."605
- How great will your glory and happiness be, to be allowed to see God, to be honored with sharing the joy of salvation and eternal light with Christ your Lord and God, . . . to delight in the joy of immortality in the Kingdom of heaven with the righteous and God's friends.604
Amen! Just think one day we will Behold God as He is and will look upon his face for the first time and dwell with Him! Glory!You are right, "Remnant," there is even more proof in the verses about the New Jerusalem. Rev. 21:2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. After the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven, verse 3 says And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
then again in verse 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
Continuing the story on into Rev. 22, in verse 12 we see that this is all part of the reward He will bring with Him when He returns. Rev. 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
There is no end this kind of stuff in the bible. That is why it seems evident that the reward of the saved is the reward that Jesus will bring back with Him when He returns, and not "heaven."
Thanks for bringing that up, "Remnant."