Eternal Perspectives

We aren’t individual brides of Christ; we are collectively the bride of Christ. Christ is not a polygamist. He will be married to one bride, not millions. We belong to each other and need each other. We should guard not only our own purity, but each other’s. We are our brother’s keeper. . . . Because we will be part of a community of saints that constitutes the bride of Christ for eternity, and because we will worship and serve him together, to prepare properly for Heaven we must be part of a church now.

~ Randy Alcorn, [Heaven]

Eternal Perspectives

The one-flesh marital union is a signpost pointing to our relationship with Christ as our bridegroom. Once we reach the destination, however, the signpost becomes unnecessary. That one marriage—our marriage to Christ—will be so completely satisfying that even the most wonderful earthly marriage couldn’t be as fulfilling. Earthly marriage is a shadow, a copy, an echo, of the true and ultimate marriage. Once that ultimate marriage begins, at the Lamb’s wedding feast, all the human marriages that pointed to it will have served their noble purpose and will be assimilated into the one great marriage they foreshadowed. The purpose of marriage is not to replace Heaven, but to prepare us for it.

~ Randy Alcorn, 50 Days of Heaven

Eternal Perspectives

“As they increase in the knowledge of God and of the works of God, the more they will see of his excellency; and the more they see of his excellency . . . the more will they love him; and the more they love God, the more delight and happiness . . . will they have in him.


~ Jonathan Edwards, The Miscellanies


In Jesus’ day, the Jewish marriage custom required that the groom go to the bride’s father and establish the price for gaining his bride. The father and the future husband sealed the covenant with a cup shared between them. The groom would then leave for a lengthy period, returning to his father’s home where he prepared an apartment that would become their home.


Then, without announcement, when everything was finally ready and the wedding feast prepared, he would leave his father’s home and walk through the streets of the town to receive his bride and take her home.


Needless to say, there was no time to prepare herself for that great celebration if she waited to hear the shouts in the streets. Given that her hope was fixed on that day, she had already prepared herself in anticipation of his coming for her.

~ Joseph Stowell, Eternity

Eternal Perspectives

Samuel Rutherford compares our experience in heaven with a bride’s delight on her wedding day. What is it that thrills her most of all? Her dress? The flowers? The guests? None of these. “The bride taketh not, by a thousand degrees, so much delight in her wedding garment as she doth in her bridegroom; so we, in the life to come . . . shall not be so much affected with the glory that goeth about us, as with the bridegroom’s joyful face and presence.”

~ Edward Donnelly, [Biblical Teaching on the Doctrines of Heaven and Hell]

Eternal Perspectives

Do you find it odd to think of God as an enthralled lover? Do you feel awkward thinking of Jesus as a suitor intoxicated on love? If so, how else do you explain his actions? Did logic put God in a manger? Did common sense nail him to a cross? . . . 

He came as a prince with his eye on the maiden, ready to battle even the dragon itself if that’s what it took to win her hand. . . . 

You are spoken for. You are engaged, set apart, called out, a holy bride. Forbidden waters hold nothing for you. You have been chosen for his castle. Don’t settle for one-night stands in the arms of a stranger.

Be obsessed with your wedding date. Guard against forgetfulness. Be intolerant of memory lapses. Write yourself notes. Memorize verses. Do whatever you need to do to remember. Aim at what is in heaven. . . . Think only about the things in heaven (Colossians 3:1-2). You are engaged to royalty, and your Prince is coming to take you home.

~ Max Lucado, When Christ Comes

Eternal Perspectives

Satan need not convince us that Heaven doesn’t exist. He need convince us only that Heaven is a place of boring, unearthly existence. If we believe that lie, we’ll be robbed of our joy and anticipation, we’ll set our minds on this life and not the next, and we won’t be motivated to share our faith. Why should we share the “good news” that people can spend eternity in a boring, ghostly place even we’re not looking forward to?

~ Randy Alcorn, [TouchPoints: Heaven]

Eternal Perspectives

[The body] shall be of that size which it either had attained or should have attained in the flower of its youth, and shall enjoy the beauty that arises from preserving symmetry and proportion in all its members . . . overgrown and emaciated persons need not fear that they shall be in heaven of such a figure as they would not be even in this world if they could help it.

~ Augustine, [The City of God]

Eternal Perspectives

Beauty

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things the beauty, the memory of our own past are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have not visited.

~ C. S. Lewis, [Screwtape Proposes a Toast]