Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a
new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness (II Peter 3:13).
There is no doubt that we live in a stressful world today. Tune in to a local newscast, and virtually every day the top news story will bring us awful news: a fire, a robbery, a murder, perhaps a political scandal.
Such headlines can cause despair if we’re not careful to stay focused on our salvation and what lies ahead for us as believers!
I have a friend who occasionally wore a T-shirt which said something like this: “Christian work: the pay ain’t much, but the retirement program is out of this world!”
So what will we enjoy when we get to heaven?
Certain things will NOT be there: no temple, no sun, no moon, no shut gates, no liars or any sin, no curse, no night, no tears, no death, no sorrow, no pain (all these are listed in Revelation 21 and 22)!
The Word tells us “the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4)!
There will be sights that will be wonderful: a pure river of water, foundations made of precious stones, the tree of life, pearly gates, renewal of relationships with those who have gone on before us, and—most of all—we “shall see His face” (Revelation 22:4; see also I John 3:2)!
These great truths are often pointed out to us, but (as modern advertising often emphasizes) wait, THERE’S MORE!
Consider these factors:
- We will be able to explore the “new heaven.” Think of the power and creativity of God in creating the earth we presently live in; now try to ponder how magnificent an entirely new universe will be! No doubt every star and planet will be beautiful, and be sure that none of them will be exactly alike!
- It is clear to many that God likes to surprise His children, much like a spouse likes to surprise a mate or a parent likes to surprise a child.
Because God is so creative, so powerful, and so loving, try to imagine what lies ahead!
In I Corinthians 13:13 we are told: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Because love is the greatest and eternally enduring virtue,
I am convinced that God will want to surprise us every hundred million years (hey, heaven is forever!) with a new revelation, a mind-boggling surprise, which reminds us just how much He loves us!
And the surprises will never end!
These thoughts were presented by John Rataczak, Ph.D.
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