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How is Heaven Like the New Year?

30 Dec

There is an idea going about that we can’t know what Heaven is like and will never know until we get there. Randy Alcorn, in his book aptly titled, Heaven, says this thinking comes from misunderstanding a particular verse…

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”– 1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV)

Many have quoted this verse through the years to illustrate that we will not know anything about the eternal state until we die or Jesus returns. And, at first glance, it sure seems true. But in fact, this verse is ripped out of context. If you combine it with what comes after, you get a different picture:

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”–  these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9, 10 (ESV)

So, we can know, you see, by the Spirit of God, and one of the many things we learn in Revelation 21 and 22, two chapters devoted to a description of our future life, is that everything there will be new…

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5 (ESV)

There is something hopeful about newness, isn’t there? It’s one of the reasons we look with a smile on the New Year. “Last year had its problems,” we admit, “but in 2016, I’ll get life right.” We have this sense, don’t we, that we will be able to fix things with a do-over. Relationships will be better, health will be improved, goals will be reached, and all will be different if I can only start writing new numbers on my checks.

January 1 sometimes does lead to new things for people, but for most of us, hoping for new things with a turn of the calendar, we are left a bit disappointed.

But it won’t be that way on the first day of Heaven. Everything will be new on the day we step across the threshold into eternity. Disagreeable relationship issues will be a thing of the past, health concerns will be over, sadness over missed opportunities will be only laughed at. All will spread before us in glorious hopeful newness, and each day will hold the same hopeful happy possibility.

For behold…He will make all things…new!

 

For Thursday, New Year’s Eve! – Revelation 22!

 
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4 responses to “How is Heaven Like the New Year?

  1. Tom Castillo

    December 30, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Randy Alcorn’s “Heaven” is a great book that biblically prepares us for our trip home. I would like to recommend reading “Imagine Heaven” by John Burke which takes the research on and the experiences of people to whom The Spirit has revealed Heaven via Near Death Experiences. Their experiences are not all identical but share many common elements, such as “The Being of Light” or “The Man of Light”, that it is impossible to deny that God has a wonderful plan “for those who love Him.”

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  2. Aggie Vande Zande

    December 30, 2015 at 8:25 am

    To me the New Jerusalem is a life spent living in the perfect peace I so long for; the peace that surpasses all understanding which my loving and merciful Father has promised in His unchanging Word. Praise God.

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  3. Roger Knowlton

    December 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks Aggie! Blessings on your New Year!

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