Heaven is our final place

Heaven is God’s abode and those who endure to the end will be with their Creator, Savior and Friend forever, continually basking in perfected glory. Those who, by faith, completely trust in the completed works of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins will be made whole. There will be no more need of the sun or stars or moon for Christ will illuminate each moment. Day and night will cease and all tears shall be gone, evil erased and punished and this present life forgotten.  Nothing will remain as it is for Christ will make all things new. (Revelation 21:5)  God’s elect sin no more and the Israel of God will sing songs of beauty and praise in harmony with angelic choruses.

The scene of heaven given to us from Scripture is both brilliant and vague as John’s visions at Patmos were recorded mostly as similes. We are told of the erasure of the old and the inauguration of the new; each symbol referencing capstone completions of Old Testament prophetic visions. These symbols in motion point us to the victory of the Lamb of God over sin and death and the final security of each member of the New Covenant.

Like most biblical truths, our heavenly estate is frequently misrepresented. More people seem to find their theology in jokes and bubble gum wrappers than they do from the Word of God. For example, no where in Scripture are angels ever described as anything but male yet buttons, medals, plagues and other supposed depictions present them constantly as female beings or chubby little babies.  The same type of fiction is true for heaven.

The truth of the matter is that there is much talk about heaven in the bible, but those discussions are described to us through intense symbolism.  One must first know the Old Testament well before they dare dip their sensibilities into John’s final bookend epistle lest they end up in a deep vat of fantasy and false presumption.  Another added dimension is the complete disconnect between this life and the next, the finite and the infinite, material to immaterial. Our entire earthly construct including our language and cognition is wrapped and forged through a sin-cursed veil.  We cannot understand this side of glory what awaits us in a perfected state.

As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “…EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 1Co 2:9

What we do know is that we will be in a “place of utter felicity that is filled with the radiant majesty and glory of God.[1] Justice will have been rendered and His people will have been vindicated. All blasphemy and mockery and deceit and danger is gone. There will be no more sickness, hatred or anxiety.  The curse of sin has been reversed. Isn’t that enough for us?


[1] R.C. Sproul, “Now, That’s a Good Question!”, p. 285

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About ostrakinos

Pastoral sojourner in the world. Raising up four daughters. Citizen of earth. Resident of heaven. Taking ten looks at Christ.

Posted on March 3, 2010, in Doctrine/Theology, Eschatology, Meditation/Reflections. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Dost thou intend to preach through Revelation?

    🙂

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