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The Early Church Fathers on Heaven.


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  1. St. Cyprian of Carthage, (A.D. 200-258)
St. Cyprian of Carthage, (A.D. 200-258), North African; bishop; biblical scholar, martyr.

Oh, what and how great will that day be at its coming, beloved brethren, when the Lord shall begin to count up His people, and to recognize the deservings of each one by the inspection of His divine knowledge, to send the guilty to Gehenna, and to set on fire our persecutors with the perpetual burning of penal fire, but to pay to us the reward of our faith and devotion! What will be the glory and how great the joy to be admitted to see God, to be honored to receive with Christ, your Lord God, the joy of eternal salvation and light—to greet Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the patriarchs, and prophets, and apostles, and martyrs—to rejoice with the righteous and the friends of God in the kingdom of Heaven, with the pleasure of immorality given to us—to receive there what neither eye has seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man! For the apostle announces that we shall receive greater things than anything that we here either do or suffer, saying,

"The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come hereafter which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).

When that revelation shall come, when that glory of God shall shine upon us, we shall be as happy and joyful, honored with the condescension of God, as they will remain guilty and wretched, who, either as deserters from God or rebels against Him, have done the will of the devil, so that it is necessary for them to be tormented with the devil himself in unquenchable fire.

Letters (Exhortation to the People of Thibaris), 55:10




Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness. 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. (1 John 3:2; cf. 1 Corinthians 13:12; Revelation 22:4)

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." (Revelation 22:5; cf. Matthew 25:21, 23)


The Church's Scriptures on Heaven:

Jesus thanks His Father, Lord of Heaven and earth

25 At that time Jesus declared, "I thank thee, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; 26 yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.


Matthew 11:25-26

Jesus speaks of His Father in Heaven

17 And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in Heaven".


Matthew 16:17

The Commissioning of the Disciples

18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20

The existence of Heaven

Isaiah 65:17
"I am about to create new heavens and a new earth"
Matthew 5:18-19
"until Heaven and earth pass away ... least in the kingdom of Heaven."
Luke 15:7
[More joy in Heaven over one repentant sinner than 99 righteous.]
Luke 15:10
"rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents"
Luke 16:19-25
[Parable of the rich young man and Lazarus.]
John 3:5
"no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and spirit"
John 3:18-21
[Whoever believes will not be condemned.]
Hebrews 9:24
[Christ entered Heaven to appear on our behalf.]
1 Peter 1:3-4
"new birth to a living hope ... inheritance that is imperishable"
2 Peter 3:13
"we await new heavens and a new earth"
Revelation 21:1
"I saw a new Heaven... the former Heaven and the former earth had passed away"

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The Joys of Heaven

Psalms 16:11
"abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand"
Daniel 12:3
"wise shall shine brightly ... shall be like the stars forever"
Matthew 5:12
"your reward will be great in Heaven"
Matthew 13:43
"righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father."
John 12:26
"where I am, there also will my servant be"
John 14:3
[Jesus says he is going to prepare a place for us so we can be with him.]
John 17:24
[Jesus tells his Father that he wants us to be with him and see his glory.]
1 Corinthians 13:12
"see ... face to face ... then I shall know fully, as I am fully known"
Revelation 7:16
[No hunger or thirst in Heaven, no sun or heat shall touch the saved.]

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