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Headed Home

homeGod’s people are described as aliens and strangers, looking for a country of their own (Hebrews 11:14). This world, under the curse, is not our home. In fact, our real home is a place we’ve never lived.

When I ride my bike through my old neighborhood (not far from where I now live), a fond familiarity washes over me. The hills, the houses, the fences and fields, the schoolyard where I played ball. When I gaze at the house I grew up in, it reverberates with memories of my father, mother, brother, friends, dogs, cats, frogs, and ...

Heaven: Chapter 32, What Will We Know and Learn?

It’s common to hear people say, “We don’t understand now, but in Heaven we’ll know everything.” One writer says that people in Heaven can “easily comprehend divine mysteries. Is this true? Will we really know everything in Heaven?

But we’re promised there won’t be crying or pain in heaven. How could we be aware of bad things on earth? Surely it couldn’t be heaven for us if we knew these things.

I believe this argument is invalid for the following reasons:

1. It’s Heaven for God and he knows exactly what’s happening on earth.

2. It’s Heaven for the angels and they know what’s happening on earth.

3. Angels in Heaven see the torment of hell, but it does not minimize Heaven (Rev. 14:10).

What will our relationship with God be like in Heaven?

Ancient theologians spoke of the “Beatific Vision,” which meant “a happy-making sight.”

What will we be like in Heaven?

Yes, the place called heaven—our home—will be wildly wonderful.

What will we do in heaven?

Rest from our labors on earth (Rev. 14:13). We will experience relaxation and leisure, freedom from the frustrations of tedious and burdensome labor.

In Light of Eternity: 59 Excerpts

The following excerpts are from IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY: Perspectives on Heaven, by Randy Alcorn.

Will there be marriage in Heaven?

In Heaven there will be one marriage, not many. That marriage will be what earthly marriage symbolized and pointed to, the marriage of Christ to his bride. So we will all be married—but to Christ.

Will there be privacy in heaven?

The existence of our own individual dwelling places implies privacy. We are also told Christ will give new names to the righteous, known only between him and them (Rev. 2:17).

Will there be private ownership in heaven?

So what is “ours” is ultimately God’s, including whatever he gives to us. But that is every bit as true here on earth as it is in Heaven. And the fact that God owns whatever is “mine” does not mean there is no distinction between what I own and what others own.

 

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