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Discover the Book - July 17, 2013

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What Will and Will Not Be in Heaven

"But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, . . . but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life."-Revelation 21:27, emphasis added

What will be in heaven? Fellowship: visible, face-to-face communion with Christ for we "shall see His face, and His name shall be on [our] foreheads" (Revelation 22:4). That is what I long for! First Corinthians 13:12 says that "for now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face."

Now look at this great passage: "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! . . . It has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:1-2).

That is what we are waiting for. All that God has when we see Him face to face will then come into fruition. At that time, we will have full and complete knowledge: "Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known" (1 Corinthians 13:12b).          

We will have abundance without charge, restrictions, or restraint: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End" (Revelation 21:6). Christ said that He is the Initiator and the Satisfier. We will possess all that God has promised us, and no longer be limited by our frailties and flesh.

We will have meaningful service: "And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him" (Revelation 22:3). We'll be able to do what we have always wanted to do, with no restraints. We can totally serve God the way we long to!

We will have worship- the main activity in heaven: "The tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people" (Revelation 21:3). The redeemed will follow the Lamb wherever He goes (Revelation 14:4). We will experience the completion of our worship. In fact, our entire service for Him will be one of worship!

All of these possessions will be joyously treasured as we live together in the Celestial City-a place of unbelievable, shining, brilliant beauty (Revelation 21:10-21)!

What will not be in heaven? To begin with, there will be no time in the sense of yesterday, tomorrow, early, or late. But in Revelation 22:2, there seems to be an allusion to time: "each tree yielding its fruit every month." And now comes a great part! Look at all that God will be doing for us! There will be: no seas (21:1); no tears (21:4); no death (21:4); no crying (21:4); no pain (21:4); no temple or church building (21:22); no sun, moon, or night (21:23); no sin, unbelievers, or evil forces (21:27); no sickness (22:2); and no curse (22:3). Hallelujah! Praise God!

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