HEAVEN’S INCREASE

Rev. 4:9-11 – Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

Have you ever wrapped your head around eternity. I remember my first glimpse of it came when I was a little child. My mom was reading a story to me about Abraham and how he counted the stars. The book had a picture of Abraham outside looking up at the infinite number of stars. In that moment I remembering asking my mom about eternity, specifically eternity past. “Where did God come from?” I asked. I don’t remember my mom’s answer but what can you say? He has always been and will always be.

Have you ever wondered about eternal heaven and what that will be like? Jonathan Edwards says that it will be a place of ever increasing and ever intensifying joy. The longer we are there the greater the happiness will be because we will be living in a state of the constant unveiling of the magnificence of God. Her is how John Piper describes it.

“Heaven will be a never-ending, ever-increasing discovery of more and more of God’s glory with greater and ever-greater joy in him. If God’s glory and our joy in him are one, and yet we are not infinite as he is, then our union with him in the all-satisfying experience of his glory can never be complete, but must be increasing with intimacy and intensity forever and ever. The perfection of heaven is not static. Nor do we see at once all there is to see—for that would be a limit on God’s glorious self-revelation, and therefore, his love. Yet we do not become God. Therefore, there will always be more, and the end of increased pleasure in God will never come.”

There will always be more. Unthinkable!!! It will be impossible to be bored and want to move on to what’s next. His glory that we glimpse in His creation will be unveiled right in front of us. We taste just the edge of it now, eternity will be greater than we can imagine.

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