In Heaven…

There are a great many conceptions and misconceptions of what Heaven will be like.

One aspect of Heaven that is often overlooked is the eternal unfolding of God’s plan of redemption to the redeemed:

“and [He] raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Eph 2:6–7; NASB, my emphasis)

So Paul affirms that part of the glory of Heaven is that God will be forever extolling and revealing the magnitude of His grace that produced our salvation through Christ’s efficacious work on the cross. Whatever our understanding of our salvation is, it must be miniscule in comparison to the reality that God will forever speak to us of that salvation and never run out of new revelation to expose to us.  Even if He revealed only one truth of His grace towards us each day in Heaven, He would never finish telling the story of His kindness.

John Bunyan captures the sense of this eternal revelation in his four-part poem, “One Thing Is Needful,” in his mediation on Heaven.  Here is a small portion of that poem that relates particularly to the explanation of God’s grace in working the salvation of God’s people:

The presence of this God will be
Eternal life in all,
And health and gladness, while we see
Thy face, O immortal!

Here will the Lord make clear and plain
How sweetly did agree
His attributes, when Christ was slain
Our Saviour to be.

How wisdom did find out the way,
How strength did make him stand,
How holiness did bear the sway,
And answer just demand.

How all these attributes did bend
Themselves to work our life,
Through the Christ whom God did send
To save us by his might.

All this will sparkle in our eye
Within the holy place,
And greatly raise our melody,
And flow our hearts with grace.

The largest thought that can arise
Within the widest heart
Shall then be filled with surprize,
And pleas’d in every part.

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