Fact a Day: July 15th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: July 15th

The Facts on Life After Death (Harvest House, 1992), p. 41

 

What is the biblical view of the afterlife?

 

It is God’s nature to give, and we can only guess at what God will give those He loves throughout eternity. Jesus simply said, “Great is our reward in heaven,” and the Apostle Paul, who was surrounded with sufferings, assured us that “the sufferings of this present time are not even worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).

Perhaps the most awesome fact of heaven is not only that we will be in the presence of Jesus, but also that we shall be “like Him” (1 John 3:2). We are reminded of the statement by C. S. Lewis that if any person on earth could now see one of the redeemed, they would be tempted to worship them as a god. Each of us shall be completely sinless, joyful, and powerful. We shall not only know the personalities of the Bible, but also our own saved friends and relatives who have joined us for eternity, and even our “guardian angels” as we think of them. We will be content, with no wants. We will be with, talk with, and constantly commune with the God who loves us and has redeemed us forever. Time and space will no longer exist as we know them, but we will continue in fellowship with the Maker of time and space.

We will have every question answered, and yet because God is infinite there will be throughout eternity new things to learn about Him. But whatever we learn, we shall forever be mindful of the infinite love of God for us expressed in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.

In essence, to inherit heaven is to inherit all that God is (1 Corinthians 3:21-23) and all that exists in His universe as He originally intended it.

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