What is Heaven? It is Paradise, or a garden. Walk amid your fragrant flowers and think of Heaven’s bed of spices. Heaven is a kingdom: thrones, crowns, and palms are the earthly emblems of the heavenlies. Heaven is a city, and there again, you fetch your metaphor from the dwelling place of men. It is a place of “many mansions” (John 14:2, KJV)—the homes of the glorified. Houses are of Earth, yet is God our dwelling place. The tables are spread here as well as there, and it is our privilege to go forth and bring in the vagabonds and the highwaymen, that the banqueting hall may be filled.
-Charles Spurgeon, “A Heavenly Pattern for Our Earthly Life”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892 AD) was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers”. He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition.