When you think about heaven, what comes to mind? Most people tend to imagine their favorite things. They envision a perfect earthly life, full of their favorite past times. How often have you heard of someone speaking of the recently departed in such a way as this: “Uncle Hank is up there catching the big one!”
You see, most people have a man-centered or worldly view of spiritual things. They see the Bible as being about themselves, when the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to men. They see heaven as being about themselves as well. But heaven isn’t about us. The central focus of heaven is God’s glory and His receiving of worship. Heaven is the reality of Christ’s triumph over sin and its consequences.
We have glimpses of heaven in the book of Revelation, and in each of those glimpses we see the redeemed and the host of heaven worshiping God. That is the focus. Here is an example:
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” (7:9-12)
Because heaven is the dwelling place of God, and God is perfect, heaven will be perfect as well. And what makes heaven perfect? The presence of God of course, and the absence of sin.
Dr. John MacArthur has this to say about heaven:
I am in full agreement with Dr. MacArthur. I am so sick and tired of sin. My sin, others sin, the effects of sin. I cannot wait to be in heaven and to be free from sin. No longer will I sin against the Lord, or other people. The absence of sin will enable us to enjoy God perfectly. We will be able to worship Him perfectly; to love Him perfectly. We will be free to enjoy fellow believers to the utmost.
Another aspect that I look forward to in heaven is being of one mind. We will all know as we are fully known (1 Corinthians 13:12). We will no longer see as through a glass dimly, but we will know the truth in full. We will all be in agreement with the Lord and with each other. No longer will there be differences among the brethren regarding what the scriptures teach. We will know, and we will agree.
Because God is infinite, we will always have more to learn. I love to learn, especially about the Scriptures. What a day it will be when the Lord Himself can teach us the Scriptures, perfectly! His depth is never ending and He is boundless, so there will always be discovery and there will always be more to learn. GotQuestions has this to say regarding learning in heaven:
So what will we do? My favorite thing is to learn. “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?” (Romans 11:34), “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). God is the “the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity” (Isaiah 57:15). God is bigger than forever, and it will take eternity “to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18-19). In other words, we will never stop learning.
We will be in the literal presence of God; we will be where His glory resides! Can you imagine, truly imagine, seeing Jesus face to face? To think one will care about earthly past times like fishing or sports when in the presence of God Himself is silly. Jesus will be so captivating, so fulfilling, so awe-inspiring, that there will be no room in our minds for anything else. We will be free from sin, our joy will be complete, we will know perfect love and peace.
Fishing? Who needs fishing?
I hope these thoughts on heaven have brought joy and excitement to you, dear reader. It certainly has for me. I cannot wait to be home with the Lord. Each and every day I say to Him, “today would be a good day!” Given the choice, I would go to be with Him right now!
If this post has been taxing, confusing or troubling to you, I say this with all gentleness and sincere concern: Examine yourself. Perhaps you need to spend more time in the Scriptures to make sure the Jesus you claim, is the Jesus laid out for us in the Word. Or, perhaps you do not know the One True God. Paul writes in his second letter to the Church at Corinth “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (13:5)
If you do not enjoy Jesus in His Word here on earth, what makes you think you will enjoy Him in eternity? Heaven isn’t your best (earthly) life realized. Heaven is Truth realized; tangibly experienced.
Soli Deo Gloria!