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Resources: life in heaven

A Theology of Heaven: 2003 Inductive Study

Scriptures Relevant to the Doctrines of Death, the Afterlife, Heaven, Hell, Resurrection and Eternal Rewards.

Enjoying God and Enjoying Heaven: Why They are Inseparable

What is the essence of heaven?...[It is the] beatific vision, love, and enjoyment of the triune God. For the three divine persons have an infinitely perfect vision and love and enjoyment of the divine essence and of one another. And in this infinite knowing, loving and enjoying lies the very life of the triune God, the very essence of their endless and infinite happiness. If the blessed are to be endlessly and supremely happy, then, they must share in the very life of the triune God, in the divine life that makes them endlessly and infinitely happy. — E. J ...

Heaven: Home of Laughter

Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. — Luke 6:21

And as I knelt beside the brook
To drink eternal life, I took
A glance across the golden grass,
And saw my dog, old Blackie, fast
As she could come. She leaped the stream—
Almost—and what a happy gleam
Was in her eye. I knelt to drink,
And knew that I was on the brink
Of endless joy. And everywhere
I turned I saw a wonder there.  — John Piper

How can we be aware of bad things on Earth when we’re promised there won’t be crying or pain?

Happiness in Heaven is based not on ignorance, but on perspective. We will be with Christ, see accurately, and live in a sinless environment. Heavenly happiness cannot be based on a fundamental ignorance of what is happening on Earth or even in Hell.

Do people now in Heaven remember what happened on Earth?

In Heaven, we will recall some—likely most or all—of our lives on earth. 

This is among the most controversial beliefs I’ve presented in my books, yet there’s clear scriptural evidence for it.

Does a person experience emotional healing immediately upon entering God’s presence, or is it a process?

I believe that as finite human beings who will live in space and time, we will go through a never-ending process of learning in Heaven, in that we will learn MORE as time goes on (Eph. 2:7). However, 1 Cor. 13:12 seems to suggest there will be immediate clarity of vision in God’s presence.

Don’t you think doing the same things we did on Earth will seem rather boring and mundane in the light of being redeemed?

Question from a reader:

I’m reading your book on Heaven but still struggle with Heaven “being the same, only without sin” because I somehow believe we won’t enjoy many of the same things on the New Earth as we do on this Earth. Don’t you think they will seem rather boring and mundane in the light of being redeemed?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

I think redemption is first and foremost return to a prior state. That’s why I emphasize all the re-words. Now, resurrection, also a re- word, is an improvement on original state, but the ...

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