Holy Spirit-Inspired Imaginations
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. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Studying heaven, a place where we hope to live forever, is worthwhile. Though, for every question answered, we’ll have another one to explore. Studying heaven can change the way we live.
We’ll get rid of misconceptions about heaven based on jokes or cartoons. We’ll probably be doing much the same as we’re doing here. For example, Jesus was trained as a carpenter. Imagine him at work building our mansions right now. “In my Father’s house are many mansions,” he told his disciples, “I go to prepare a place for you” (from John 14:2-3 KJV). Or maybe he and Noah are busy building the New Jerusalem described in Revelation 21:9-21.
We’ll ask the Holy Spirit to give us holy imaginations. Imagine fellow Christians with sinless, glorified bodies. Imagine the earth without decay, death, or destructive forces (Romans 8:18-23).
We’ll live by faith not by sight, as foreigners and strangers here. Hebrews 11 describes its heroes as “still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth … longing for a better country—a heavenly one … yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect” (from Hebrews 11:13, 39-40).
We’ll be diligent. If our hearts are really set on being prepared for the new heavens and new earth, we’ll make every effort to be found blameless when we face God. Blameless not because we’ve reached perfection, but because we’ve confessed our sins and received forgiveness based on Jesus’s death on the cross, taking our sins on himself.
And we’ll pray with John (Revelation 22:20), “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
Read 2 Peter 3:10-16. What does Peter say about living as persons looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth when the Lord returns?
Why should we feel eternally secure according to John 10:27-28?
What does Paul tell us in Philippians 1:3-11 about what we should do until the day of Christ Jesus?
Nancy J. Baker
This devotion is part of our series on Heaven.