To Die Is Gain Even For 21st Century Humanity

Paul wrote the words “to die is gain” (the subject of yesterday’s post) in the 1st Century A.D.  He was speaking of the improvement in existence that occurred when one left this world for the one above. 

People today aren’t as clear about the improvement.  They often think of heaven as sitting around on clouds with not much to do.  This sort of vision has no appeal for a society steeped in the myriad pleasures of amusement parks, television, computer games, and more.  Indeed, for some of them, heaven could seem a disappointment…at least at first.

Heaven is not designed to be a pleasure palace.  Indeed, there are manifold pleasures for the righteous, but they are not of the same nature as the passing pleasures of sin we see on earth.

Heaven is a place where the will of God is done.  This means that love will be behind every thought, word, and deed.  That’s what makes it infinitely preferable to existence here.  Yes, it will be wonderful that we won’t ever get sick or die there.  Yes, it will be wonderful that no one will be missing there.  Yes, there will be innumerable wonders to discover just as there have been on earth.  Yet, the most important difference – and it undergirds all the other differences – is that the will of God is done there.  Our righteous souls will cease to be tormented (2 Peter 2:7-8) and there will be no need for repentance for no one will be sinning.

With that in mind, let us pray today and every day until we go to heaven, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  (See also Everyone Is Going to Heaven.)

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.

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