8/4 Heaven will be a Place of Fulfilment in ‘Work’ and Worship

A.  The whole concept of the nature and character of Creator God has been warped by the sin-sick world we live in.

All nations will come and worship the Almighty Creator and Father of us all, Revelations 15:4-21:5.  When Isaiah speaks for the Lord of the new heavens and earth, he prophesies that “all flesh shall come to worship before me“, Isaiah 66:22-23.

We will have a clearer insight into the wisdom and the marvellous purposes of His plan for human life. The apostle Paul says that “though now we see through a glass darkly”, then we shall “see face to face” and “shall know fully, as we are known”, 1 Corinthians 13:12. Heaven will so greatly expand our understanding of His glory and the awesomeness of His creative work.

B.  Heaven will be a place of productive fulfilment

Heaven is a physical place, populated with people, God, and His angels.

People have the impression that heaven will consist of people sitting around on clouds, playing harps. However, the Bible does not describe clouds, although some of the angels and the 24 elders and some of the saints are described as having harps in heaven.32

1.  In addition to engaging in united worship of God, we will also serve with Jesus Christ, Revelations 20:6. 22:5, 22:3.  The domain we will reign and rule together with no doubt contain all of creation.

The Psychologist Sigmund Freud said that everyone needs two things to make life worth living: love and work. The two are really one, for love is a work and work is a love.

Our concept of work has also been coloured by Adam’s rebellion.  He was ‘cursed’ tow work by ‘….the sweat of his brow…’.  Work has become something we have to do in order to survive.

In heaven, any ‘work’ we do will be a great job and very pleasant endeavour.

2.  Have every wondered why the Creator made the unimaginable expanse of the universe. 

Scientist haven’t found the edge of the galaxies.  If you’re a Star Trek fan, neither did they.  The whole creation and the universe beyond our tiny grasp of knowledge is waiting for the new chapter in God’s plans!

Just think of this – what if He assigned you with a group of others to re-generate and redesign the furtherest out planet into the Garden of Eden?  Since God’s presence will be everywhere, you will still be in His presence.  We will have direct access to the Creator of the universe.

3.  One of our first acts in heaven will be to help judge the Lord judge the world – specifically the angels.33  Besides acting as judges in heaven, the Bible says that we will reign with God in heaven.40 Exactly what this reigning entails is not defined. However, we will also be serving God directly.41

Finally, there is every reason to believe that there will be opportunity for growth in Heaven . . . not growth toward perfection, but growth in perfection. As a man, Jesus was indeed perfect. Yet Scripture tells us that He “grew in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and man.”

Scripture also tells us that one of the three virtues that will abide forever is hope, 1 Corinthians 13:13.  What is hope but the expectation of better and better things yet to come . . . the prospect of all for whom Heaven is our eternal home!

C.  We will have different, deeper relationships with others.

One result of this transformation will be the perfecting of our relationships with one another. On earth, even among the most mature of us, our relationships are hindered by barriers created by fear, pride, jealousy, and shame.  When we fully apprehend the perfect love which God has for us, and are cleansed from the sin that presently indwells us, our relationships with one another will finally be what God intended them to be.

1.  Sex and unhappy marriages will not be an issue. 

Although there will be no marriage in heaven Matthew 22:30.  Relationships will be much deeper than anything on earth. Remember that we’ll be free from sin. Relationships will be pure and free of doubt, jealousy and gossip.

There will be no marriage or sexual differences among those in heaven, since reproduction is unnecessary. This concept is supported by other biblical verses that indicate that males and females are spiritually equal.27The same concept applies to the races.28

2.  Imagine the reunion that we will experience as we are rejoined with those who have gone before us.  …..Or…when we get to meet the Old and New Testament heroes.  Who would you like to meet?

3.   There will be no more pain and hurt between us and others

Isaiah describes it as a place of joy where there will be no tears nor the sound of crying.

Therefore, all the problems we have by being mean to each other will be gone. We will be able to enjoy each other’s company without the fear of being hurt by anyone. It will be great to be physically and morally perfect and to have fellowship with others who have been likewise transformed.

4.  We will live together in life and love forever and ever.

We will know each other when we get there.  Just as Jesus on Earth loved each person differently and specially—he did not love John as he loved Peter, because John was not Peter—so we are designed to love people specially.

There is no reason why this specialness should be removed, rather than added to, in eternity. Our family and special friends will always be our family and special friends. In this life a child begins to learn to love by loving mother, then father, then siblings, then pets.

The concentric circles of love are then gradually expanded, but the beginning lessons are never abandoned. There is no reason to think God rips up this plan after death.

D.   The new creation will be a place of awesome beauty and is described in terms of precious jewels and metals.

1.  Heaven will be a place of restoration and incredible beauty. 

Best of all, heaven will be a place of love. God in tender love will wipe away all our tears (Revelation 21:4) and we will understand as we are understood.

2.  Heaven will have a beauty beyond our imagination.

The best John could do to describe heaven was to say it was like an entire city of transparent gold. He says: The walls of the new city are precious jewels. The gates are twelve single pearls. The city itself and its streets are pure gold, yet like transparent glass, Revelation 21:18, 19, 21.

3. The leaves of the tree of life will guarantee our health.

 The crystal pure water of the river of life will flow from the throne of God to the tree of eternal life. For the first time since the Garden of Eden, God’s children may eat out of this tree in His paradise, Genesis 3:22 and Revelation 2:7.

4.  Not only will the sufferings of this present life fade in comparison to the glory of this new world order but even the most wonderful of life’s experiences will be so overshadowed by our new life that they will barely survive in our memory!  Romans 8:18

E. We will have new imperishable bodies, 1 Corinthians, chapter 15,

1.  First, once God’s purposes for life on earth are through, our physical bodies will be resurrected to a new order of life.

Philippians 3:20-21 tells us that the Lord Jesus himself will “transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory”.  When our bodies are transformed, they will be able to do things we could only dream about now.  Not only will our bodies be freed from illness and aging, but our capacities will be immensely expanded and transformed!

2.  Our heavenly body will be different.

Paul talks about the resurrection and the resurrected body. He states that our heavenly bodies will be different from our natural bodies, with some stark contrasts.

Rather, it’s more likely that just as a natural body is fitted for this present life in our physical universe, the spiritual body will be that which will best suits us for the eternal existence we are destined for in our eternal abode. Jesus’ resurrected body was capable of entering locked rooms at will (John 20:19). Our earthly body limits us in ways (and/or dimensions) that our spiritual body will not.

Geneticists say that the aging process is not inevitable. A live organism could theoretically be immortal, never age, never die. Cancer cells do not die unless they are killed or their host dies. The aging and dying process began at a certain time in our history, after the Fall.

In Heaven no one will be old. Yet in a sense everyone will be both old and young, as a reflection of the God who is the Alpha and Omega, oldest and youngest, “beauty ancient yet ever new.”

3.  The sin nature will be completely destroyed.

More importantly, the sin nature, inherited from Adam (Romans 5:12) will no longer be with us.  We will be made after the holiness of Christ (1 John 3:2).

To summarize, we are not told exactly what we will look like in the next life, what age we will appear to be, or if we will look thin or fat. Many believe we will bear some resemblance to what we looked like while on earth.  However, we do know the many ways our appearance or health has been altered as a result of sin.  They may have been because of overeating or not eating right, hereditary malformations, injuries, aging, etc.  These traits will not be carried over into our appearance in the next life.

Join us in our next post on Heave to see that we will even have a totally new perspective on the awesomeness and unimaginable qualities that God posses – as will share with us.  Join us then,

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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