Eternal Perspectives

The kingdom must not be understood as merely the salvation of certain individuals or even as the reign of God in the hearts of his people; it means nothing less than the reign of God over his entire created universe. . . . The kingdom is not man’s upward climb to perfection but God’s breaking into human history to establish his reign and to advance his purposes.

Anthony Hoekema, [The Bible and the Future]

Eternal Perspectives

The glorified see God’s face more clearly because there are no idols to stand between him and them. Our idolatrous love of worldly things is a chief cause of our knowing so little of spiritual things. One cannot fill his life cup from the pools of Earth and yet have room in it for the crystal streams of Heaven. But they have no idols there in Heaven—nothing to occupy the heart, no rival for the Lord Jesus. He reigns supreme within their spirits, and therefore they see his face.

~ Charles Spurgeon, [“The Heaven of Heaven,” Sermon 824]

Eternal Perspectives

[The follower of Jesus] desires to be nearer perfection, and more like those who are in heaven. And this is one reason why he longs to be in heaven, that he may be perfectly holy. And the great principle which leads him thus to struggle, is love. It is not only fear; but it is love to God, and love to Christ, and love to holiness. Love is a holy fire within him, and, like any other flame which is in a degree pent up, it will and does struggle for liberty; and this its struggling is the struggle for holiness.

~ Jonathan Edwards, [Heaven: A World of Love]

Eternal Perspectives

God himself is the great good which they are brought to the possession and enjoyment of by redemption. He is the highest good, and the sum of all that good which Christ purchased. . . . The redeemed will indeed enjoy other things . . . but that which they shall enjoy in the angels, or each other, or in anything else whatsoever, that will yield them delight and happiness, will be what will be seen of God in them.

Jonathan Edwards, [The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards]

Eternal Perspectives

To regain her lost power, the church must see Heaven opened and have a transforming vision of God. . . . Not the utilitarian God who is having a run of popularity today, whose chief claim to men’s attention is His ability to bring them success in their various undertakings. . . . The God we must learn to know is the Majesty in the heavens.

~ A. W. Tozer, [The Knowledge of the Holy]