Our Heavenly Home
Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.Revelation 21:1
We all seek to know more about our heavenly home. We know Jesus our Lord and the Father will be with us in heaven, but what will our new lives be like? We will worship the Lord, but will we live in houses? Will we do some kind of work? Will we gather with others? Will our new lives resemble our earthly lives, but without sin and with perfect love and peace in the presence of God?
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3) Jesus made this statement, but what is his definition of the term, to know? For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:12) From this verse we can conclude that we will know fully the Father and the Son.
Our God is a God of restoration. The existing earth will be destroyed, but it will be restored, and a new and perfect earth will exist according to God’s original design, the Garden of Eden. We will live in our imperishable bodies in a perfect world, and neither the new world, nor our new bodies will be subject to decay. The Father and the Son will be living in our presence, and sin will not exist, not even the possibility of a sinful thought, because temptation will not exist.
When God created Adam, he “took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). We will live in a world like the Garden of Eden, a world not subject to decay, but a world that is beautiful beyond our imagination. We will have the joy of living our eternal lives in a perfect world in the presence of the Father and the Son. The work we will be doing will bring joy, and it won’t be like work on earth where we struggle everyday for a paycheck. This work will be delightful and fulfilling. We will have perfect friends in heaven, connected by perfect love, the same love the Father and Son have for us. Life in heaven will be all-fulfilling and will never have a moment of boredom or dissatisfaction. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)
We will be content beyond our ability to imagine it, living in a world with the Father and the Son, living the way God originally intended for us to live in the world he originally created. The fall into sin destroyed life in the Garden, and our lives are now in a fallen world where Satan is the ruler of the air. In heaven Satan and his demons don’t exist.
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. (John 14:2-4) The Lord is preparing a place for you to live in heaven, an eternal home. You know the way to heaven, only through Christ.
Today think about your heavenly, eternal home. Imagine the beauty of a perfect world living with the Father and Son filled with their perfect love, peace, and joy. Picture a life better than anything you can imagine, a life that is always fulfilling, without any complaining, one that is never boring or tiring. Live this present life in view of your eternal life.
Let’s Pray: Lord, thank you for the heavenly home that you are preparing for me. Help me to live this life with my heart in the heavenly life. Help me to see this life as temporary, and to live this life for Christ, telling lost souls of the heavenly home that is available to them. Let the Spirit light up in me whenever I minister to others, as the promise of eternal life motivates my thoughts, words, and actions. In Jesus name, Amen