Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Glory of Heaven

2 Corinthians 12:1-4 (New International Version)  I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to be gained, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—4was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell

I love this passage when Paul talks about being in Paradise aka Heaven. He says that he heard and saw things that he could not tell about. I have a pretty active imagination. Knowing that on my best day I could not even begin to imagine what Heaven is like excites me so much. I have heard that Paul couldn't tell what Paradise was like because if we knew how great it was we would loose focus of why we are left on the earth. I have also heard it preached that even if Paul wanted to tell what it was like he couldn't because in our human form we could not comprehend it. That is AMAZING to me. 

On Sunday, during the middle school service I volunteer at, the youth pastor talked about Heaven and how it is nothing like what we expect. It really got me thinking about it. When I picture heaven I picture our world that we live in and the people that I interact with on a daily basis. Sometimes I think about my grandparents that died so long ago or my grandmother that I never met. But stretching back to the 1960's (when my grandmother died) is not even close to encompassing all that we will meet. 

We will meet Jesus!!!!! And Paul, Peter, John, Abraham, Ruth, Ester, David, oh this list could go on and on. There will also be people from all periods of history. I know that when we get to Heaven we probably will not want to ask questions because we will be too busy worshiping, but it is cool to think of the possibilities. I am glad God gives us purpose on Earth, because without it I would be focused on getting to Heaven.   

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