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Don’t Minimize Heaven’s Majesty

When we’re contemplating the glorious hope of heaven, we dare not minimize its majesty or glory.

Robert Hall, a pastor and author from the 1700s, understood this and wrote, “In the contemplation of God, we are in no danger of going beyond our Subject; we are conversing about an infinite being. In the depths of Whose essence and purposes we are forever lost.”[1]

He’s pointing out that when we talk about God and the things of God, our finite minds can’t have thoughts that are greater than God really is. What awaits us in heaven is actually beyond description. There’s no danger that we will think too grand a thought about eternity.

As you contemplate heaven, don’t minimize it. Let God and His Spirit guide you to think with a sanctified imagination within the confines of biblical truth.

Our glorious hope starts with what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:12. He said, “Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”

Right now, living on this earth, we see God dimly, but we are going to see God face-to-face. The dim vision of God we have now, as exhilarating as it can be at times, is just a small drop in the ocean compared to seeing God face-to-face in the glory of heaven.

I love what Bishop Patrick wrote in the 1600’s about seeing God:

Seeing God in His glory when we are strengthened to bear it will be a perpetual source of bliss. Then all the attributes of God will shine forth and we shall see the beauty of His holiness, the splendor and brightness of His understanding; the largeness of His love; His uncorrupted justice; His unexhausted goodness; His immovable truth; His uncontrollable power; His vast dominions, which yet He fills with His presence and administers their affairs with ease, and is magnified and praised in them by the throng of all of His creatures.[2]

In heaven we are going to see God face-to-face and it is going to be mind-blowing.

Paul goes on to say that we’re going to know things even as we’re known. Here’s a question for you, how well are you known? It’s probably safe to say that God knows you completely. Consequently, if we are going to know things even as we are known, that means to me that I’m going to know things completely—just as God knows me completely. Can you imagine what that is going to be like?

These are just two facets of the jewel that is heaven. There are others that are just as mind-blowing.

Let’s not minimize the radically incredible place God has prepared for us. Let’s let our eyes open wide and not let our experience or imagination box in the God of the universe.

 

If you’d like to know more about heaven, we have two resources that are available. Between Heaven and Earth and Have Heart are two books that focus on the majesty and glory of heaven and how we need to live on this earth with heaven deeply rooted in our hearts.

 



[1] Robert Hall, John Foster, The Works of Rev. John Hall, A.M. (New York: J. & J. Harper, 1833), 328.

[2] Jonathan Edmondson, Scripture Views of the heavenly World (New York: G. Lane & C.B. Tippett, 1846), E-book edition.

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