Rev. 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
The Apostle John was caught up into heaven and experienced things that other mortals can’t even imagine. He saw the multitudes of angels, myriads of the redeemed from every nation and every generation, he saw the seraphim, and he saw the beautiful city of God. Several times he was overwhelmed with the images of heaven, words could not capture all John was taking in. Jonathan Edwards wrote a powerful sermon called “Heaven is a World of Love”. This message is to heaven what “Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God” is to hell. I have read this sermon many times, each time I come away with a taste of heaven and a hunger for our eternal home. Enjoy this excerpt of Edwards’ sermon on heaven.
‘There dwells God the Father, and so the Son, who are united in infinitely dear and incomprehensible mutual love. There dwells God the Father, who is the Father of mercies, and so the Father of love, who so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. There dwells Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the Prince of peace and love, who so loved the world that he shed his blood, and poured out his soul unto death for it. There dwells the Mediator, by whom all God’s love is expressed to the saints, by whom the fruits of it have been purchased, and through whom they are communicated, and through whom love is imparted to the hearts of all the church. There Christ dwells in both his natures, his human and divine, sitting with the Father in the same throne. There is the Holy Spirit, the spirit of divine love, in whom the very essence of God, as it were, all flows out or is breathed forth in love, and by whose immediate influence all holy love is shed abroad in the hearts of all the church. There in heaven this fountain of love, this eternal three in one, is set open without any obstacle to hinder access to it. There this glorious God is manifested and shines forth in full glory, in beams of love; there the fountain overflows in streams and rivers of love and delight, enough for all to drink at, and to swim in, yea, so as to overflow the world as it were with a deluge of love.’
The Apostle Paul said that the Holy Spirit is a foretaste of the world to come. That is just one of the ministries of the Holy Spirit. He makes the things that our natural mind can’t begin to comprehend real to us. Edwards views heaven as an eternal unveiling of the Glory of God. He pictures heaven as a place of infinite, unspeakable joy that will increase in intensity throughout eternity. After tasting the presence of God I have to agree, in His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures evermore.