Our Heavenly Home
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.Revelation 21:4
Can we imagine what heaven is like, how will we feel, what we will be doing, will we look the same, will we remember our loved ones from earthly life? We will look at scripture and try to answer some of these questions.
To determine how we will feel in heaven we will look at 1 Corinthians 2:9-10: However, as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him – these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. If we look at this verse in terms of our heavenly life, then let’s see what is revealed by the Spirit. So let’s look at the Spirit; But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Living in the flesh in this fallen world, we cannot experience the fruit of the Spirit in full. 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) When we step into eternity and see God face to face, we shall know fully. The fruit of the Spirit we will know in full, meaning it should be infinite since we are now in the presence of God. Therefore in heaven we will experience perfect love, peace, joy, and boredom will not exist because we will be Christ-like and Christ is never bored. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. (John 3:2)
Heaven should be like the Garden of Eden and God told Adam to work it a take care of it. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Genesis 2:15) Any work in heaven will be a joy and fulfilling. My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working. (John 5:17)
While we live on earth we live in a temporary body that came from dust and will return to dust. When we take our last breath our soul and our consciousness leave our flesh. When Christ returns we will live in our eternal body. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. (1 Corinthians 15:42-44) Christ was the first to be raised from the dead, and he walked, talked, and ate with his apostles after his resurrection. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20) We will have an eternal body, a perfect body with no aches or pain.
Will our new eternal body resemble our old physical body? Moses and Elijah were recognized at the transfiguration, Luke 9:28-36. Many people recognized Jesus after his resurrection as revealed in John 20:16, John 20:21, and 1 Corinthians 15:4-7. If Jesus was recognized in his eternal body, then we should also be recognizable. Our appearance is part of how people identify us and why would God make us look totally different?
We are created in the image of God, to be with God forever, and heaven is our reward. We know with certainty that heaven will be perfect, beyond our imagination.
Today remind yourself that heaven is your home and this life is temporary. Be filled with joy, praising the Lord, knowing you have eternal life, a perfect life forever. Become eternally minded because it helps to cope with this life and to walk closer to the Lord.
Prayer: Thank you for my eternal life through Christ. Help me to always be thankful for your grace and love, for saving me and bringing me into your kingdom. Let your joy be seen in me, taking away fear from Satan. In Jesus name, Amen