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Heaven

Scripture clearly presents heaven as a place. Christ ascended to heaven, which can only mean that he went from one place to another. It is described as the house of our Father with many mansions, John 14:1, and this description would hardly fit a condition. Moreover, believers are said to be within, while unbelievers are without, Matt. 22:12–13; 25:10–12. Scripture gives us reason to believe that the righteous will not only inherit heaven, but the entire new creation, Matt. 5:5; Rev. 21:1–3. The fullness of this life is enjoyed in communion with God, which is really the essence of eternal life, Rev. 21:3. They will see God in Jesus Christ face to face, will find full satisfaction in him, will rejoice in him, and will glorify him. We should not think of the joys of heaven, however, as exclusively spiritual. There will be something corresponding to the body. There will be recognition and social intercourse on an elevated plane. (Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, p. 737)

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