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The Bible speaks of three heavens -- the atmosphere surrounding Earth; interstellar space; and the eternal abode of God (to which Paul referred in 2 Corinthians 12:2 as "the third heaven"). It was this third heaven to which Jesus ascended bodily following His resurrection, and of which Paul received a vision or revelation, as he described in 2 Corinthians 12:1-4. It was also this third heaven to which Jesus was referring in John 14:2-3 when He spoke of His Father's house as having many rooms or dwellings, and told the apostles (and, by extension, all His followers) that He was going there to prepare a place for them, and that He would therefore come again and take them to be with Him, so that they could be where He was. The process of progressive sanctification, which began for believers at the time that they were first indwelt by the Holy Spirit when they initially placed their faith in Christ for salvation and eternal life, will be brought to completion there, and their former sin natures will no longer exist. Consequently, sin and its consequence (death) will also no longer exist -- not by compulsion, but willingly. (As John said in 1 John 3:2-3, the redeemed shall be like Jesus, for they shall see Him as He is.) Heaven will be a place of continual joy, peace, and praise of God, with no sorrow, weeping, or pain. There will be no night or darkness there (Revelation 22:5). It will also be a place of knowledge -- not just of God, but of the answers to questions and mysteries that humans have had that could not be resolved on earth or in this present life (1 Corinthians 13:12).
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