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The Best Thing About Heaven

In several of my prior posts I’ve described heaven as being better than the Garden of Eden and the seven things we will be doing in heaven.

Here’s the deal—I’ve saved the best one for last. We’ve looked at all kinds of interesting aspects and abilities in heaven, but the greatest thing about heaven is God himself—the great I AM, Creator of the universe, Redeemer of mankind, Savior of the world, Lover of our souls. Our God will be there to have tangible, intimate relationships with His beloved. He is the God of heaven (in fact anytime I mention heaven in this book that statement includes the God of heaven because we cannot separate Him from heaven). When we get to heaven our faith will truly become sight.

Remember, in Eden God walked and talked with Adam and Eve. Eden’s reality is earth’s hope and will one day be heaven’s ultimate reward. We will be face-to-face with God, forever. St. Augustine said,

God Himself, who is the Author of virtue, shall there be its reward; for, as there is nothing greater or better, He has promised Himself. What else was meant by His word through the prophet, “I will be your God, and ye shall be My people”? . . . He shall be the end of our desires who shall be seen without end, loved without cloy, praised without weariness.”[1]

Job, the oldest book of the Bible, records this profound statement:

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job 19:25–27, (emphasis mine).

Job knows God lives and that God will return and reign. He knows that after his earthly body dies, he will receive a new body and that he will personally see God.

God’s gift of himself to us in heaven could not be clearer. Revelation 21:3 says, “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.’”

God is communicating with a loud voice. He will be with us in heaven.

Revelation 22:3–4 says, “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads” (emphasis mine).

Remember in Exodus 33, Moses wanted to see God’s glory and God said, “You cannot see My face; for no man can see my face and live.” In heaven, what could not happen in our earthly mortality happens in our immortality! We see God’s face and He is with us.

Truly, that’s the best thing we can have in heaven—eternal fellowship in the presence of God.

 

For more about heaven read my latest book, Between Heaven and Earth, now available in paperback and electronic formats from Amazon and other fine booksellers.


[1] St. Augustine, The City of God, translated by Marcus Dods, D.D. (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2009), 779.

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