Tonight we were discussing the prophetic promise of the new Jerusalem.
Not specifically the verse below, but this verse came up tonight and it sure does give me hope and peace for the future.
“There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelations 21:4
No, specifically we talked about the subject of identity in Heaven. We will be new creations, that is promised to us. Will we have desires though? For it is our desires that lead us and push us in life, at least partly. That is the discussion that we ran with for the night.
Are desires even a possibility when you’re inconceivably full of worship for a God that you now have perfect union with? Isn’t wanting something just a selfish act? A craving for something more?
Surely you can’t crave something if you’re, by definition, in a situation and environment that is both physical and spiritually perfect.
These were the kind of questions being discussed tonight; wonderfully complex, deep and inspiring. However, also amazingly irrelevant too, for you’re not going to be saved based on your ideas of Heaven, but we all knew that tonight.
To put it into a language I’m more comfortable with, it was more of a thought experiment than anything else. Our salvation won’t be based on how accurately we predicted the characteristics of Heaven, but entirely on where we put our faith while we’re here on Earth.
If you do want to know more about it though, I can recommend a good book I think we can all rely on the fact that whatever its like, whatever we want and whatever we receive, it’ll be nicer than Swindon on a cold November night.