I think one reason why heaven makes such a small impression upon so many believers is that they really haven't spent much time contemplating the reality of it. To many christians, heaven is thought of as some foggy, misty, dream like state of which we don't really understand. Now it is true we will never fully comprehend the magnitude of it all until we get there, but we can know something about it now. I believe we can, without going beyond what is written, fasten our hearts and our minds on it's beauty and it's wonder, and wander those streets of transparent gold and flowery fields, even if it is only in our minds. So let's try and imagine ourselves there for a moment.
This is heaven, where the body of Jesus is. Where the bodies of Enoch, and Elijah, and those who arose with Christ are, and where the bodies of all the saints will be after the resurrection. Bodies that are material, bodies that will occupy space, bodies more real than the bodies which we now possess. Heaven is without a doubt a real material place. Not some dream like state. The idea that we will just float around in the air like in some hollywood movie is not biblical. The city has foundations. It is a real country. It is without a doubt the most beautiful of all the worlds that God has made. disembodied spirits could not be capable of enjoying heaven. So we know that heaven is a place more real than earth, and more beautiful than anything our human eyes have ever seen, or our hands have ever touched.
We know that it contains the most delightful society. We will be forever delivered from the interruptions of the wicked, from the pollution of their ungodliness, and the disgusting coarseness of their conversation. We will have the most intimate friendship with the holy angels, and with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, including our most beloved friends we knew on earth. Parents will meet their children, husbands will meet their wives, Brothers and sisters will rush into eachother's arms and say, hey! I remember you from your Youtube channel! Okay I had to throw that in there.
This is a far cry from when we had to close a loved ones eyes. Or visited their graves, and wept over their dust. We will enjoy the most perfect friendship, with every distrust and rival conflict of interest or conflict over doctrine banished, as a thing of the past. I won't have to mention I was pretrib and you were not. (like, hey! I told you so!) All of that will have disappeared. Each of us loving the other as his own soul, and not a thought or a joy except that which we have in common. Our conversation will be high and satisfying, turning on the history of God's love and the wonders of his works and the expressions of love to each other in our looks, and our words, will be most tender and convincing.
And then theres the matter of our employment there. We will be delivered from all the cares and toils of this life. We will have nothing to do but to serve and praise God, to go on his errands to different worlds, and study the mysteries of his nature and the wonders of his works, and to talk with one another about it all. Our conversation will center around the hearts that we had, and do have in loving Him. The blessedness of His choosing us. With eyes constantly beholding his glory. Our hearts will burst forth his praise in ways we never knew before. And if you think like me that you can't carry a tune now...I assure you that we shall be able to then.
There will no longer be any hindrance to meditation, devotion, or service, that comes about now as a result of a weak or disfigured body; from all the passions and the prejudices which warped our judgement here; from all those indiscretions by which we feared that we might injure one another. Imagine being freed forever from all the wanderings of an earthly mind that was carried off into the wastelands of which our human minds drifted.
Imagine being released from all the sufferings of this present life; from sickness and pain and from want, having attained to the perfect gratification of every taste and desire,-to the possession of all things. As the Word says, "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun light on them nor any heat; for the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." As heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, we will own the very sun, moon, and stars that we are watching now as signs, because we know God. And are co heirs with Christ.
Imagine having escaped from all the degradation and scorn and slander which our testimony drew upon us here. Imagine being crowned and having cast those crowns at Jesus feet.
Imagine having escaped from all the "vanity" that was found in us, and the narcissism and self love, and self desire, which left us unsatisfied, uneasy, and disappointed; the vanity which consisted in the nature of earthly things. That Oh wretched man I am will have come to an end.
Imagine being perfectly delivered from sin, that body of death under which we now grown for deliverance. O how we look forward to it ,and long for this deliverance. For then we will have found it. Knowing we will never offend or sin against our God again. The attainment of perfect, positive holiness.
Imagine being forever delivered from the accusations and temptations of Satan, since the enemy that annoyed us for so long is shut up in prison and can never approach us again. No longer can those temptations torment us which made us weary of life and pursued us all through our lives, and for some of us, all the way into the grave.
Every wall of separation between us and God will be taken down, every cloud which hid his face, fled away. Admitted to the perfect vision and sweet enjoyment of God and the Lamb, where God will not reproach us for our past, because he loves us with the most intense affection, surpassing that of anyone, anywhere in the expansive universe of eternity- Where we enjoy him to a degree of which we now have no conception. Imagine such wonder, and love. Throughout endless ages, we will look back and see from what he delivered us, and forever give Him praise.
And all of this will be eternal. But friends, here is what we need to understand. We have eternal life now. Eternal life is not something we shall know SOMEDAY. We are are but a heartbeat away from opening our eyes in a place to find that we have entered into a blessedness which is sure and eternal, where we know we are forever safe, where that no changes can cast us down, where we will breathe the air of paradise and inhale the delights of heaven for a thousand years, without losing the freshness of our youth or approaching any nearer to an end. Not a million years. Not even millions of ages, but AGES WITHOUT END. Ages as numerable as there are atoms in the universe, and yet still we will have only begun. And from some distant point of eternity, when we look back to the few moments we sojourned as the pilgrim we are on this earth, how pitifully small will this little space we now occupy appear; how trifling its joys and sorrows; and how amazing will it seem that we could have ever clung so tightly to it all.
The more God is seen, the more he will be loved and delighted in. The time will come when the least soul in heaven will contain more love and gratitude than the whole bunch of us here put together. So stand firm in the faith. Continue to feed and nourish the hope that we all share. And most of all, love one another. Love one another.
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