Christian Pilgrim


34. Paradise

"Paradise" is equivalent to "Abraham's bosom" or "The Third Heaven."

This is the place where the souls of believers go after death, waiting for the resurrection of the body. It is the equivalent of "Sheol" or "Hades" for unbelievers.

There are 3 references:

Luke 23:43 - "And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise."

This is a reference to the souls of the repentant thief and Christ, as they were shortly to be leaving their bodies. Note that the entry into "Paradise" was "Today." In the original Greek the comma is (as in English) between "thee" and "today," so we have no warrant for believing in soul-sleep until the Judgment, which would require the comma after the "today" in order for that to be a possible meaning.

2 Corinthians 12:4 - "How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter."

Paul was caught up in his spirit into "Paradise" to hear unutterable things. Referred to as "The Third Heaven" in v.1.

Revelation 2:7 - "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."

Luke 16:22 - Here it is referred to as "Abraham's bosom."