Heaven – Part 4 of 5: “We Shall See His Face!”

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The Bible is not silent about the doctrine of Heaven -- mentioning it 492 times (275 times in the New Testament, including 82 times in the Gospel of Matthew and 52 times in the Book of Revelation!). This amazing place is much more than just the assured eternal destination of all who confess and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. 

It is also the unique realm of unbroken fellowship with the Living Triune God and His blessed people (Psalm 110:3; Matthew 1:21). The following poem will remind you, as it did me, that those who enter eternal glory will enter it by the sovereign grace of God alone. It is entitled “Surprises”: “When you get to Heaven you will likely view, Many folk whose presence there will be a shock to you; But keep it very quiet and do not even stare, Doubtless there’ll be many surprised to see you there” Probably, we will all surprise someone who thought we would never make it to glory. And yet, as awesome as Heaven will be, and as great as this fellowship will be with God’s “chosen” people (which includes our special fellowship with all of those “surprise” people), there is nothing there that will compare with our being able to behold continuously the face of God Himself! In fact, the great American Puritan, Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), said that this “Beautific Vision” will be “the Heaven of Heaven!” Note the numerous times God’s Word informs us about this glorious vision that awaits the children of God: Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” Hebrews 12:14, “Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.” 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” Revelation 22:3-4, “There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.” However, God calls us to live joyfully now, when we are without this awesome vision, “and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:8-9). Therefore, being certain about this coming vision, King David’s prayer (through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) comforts us now as we recite with him: “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.” What a day that is going to be when we see our King’s beautiful face! O may this hope affect the way we worship our God tomorrow! ... Next week: Part five.

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