“And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Gen. 2:15). The garden of Eden was a paradise on earth before the Fall, but Scripture refers to a celestial paradise. Jesus said to the repentant thief, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43b). The apostle Paul referred to himself when he said, “I knew such a man . . . how that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (II Cor. 12:3–4). John wrote, “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” (Rev. 2:7).Golden Thought He was caught up into paradise. Taken from Stewart Custer, Wonderful Words (© 2006 BJU Press). Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.