Enjoying Heaven Less?

(Enjoying Heaven Less?) Bible Question.

Question:

“Please explain to me if there will be some people in heaven that have not been as good as others and will not enjoy heaven as much as others do who have been more righteous? Our teacher said it would be like this.”

Answer:

The simplest answer to your first question is that there will be only one kind of person in heaven. That is a person declared righteous by the blood of Christ. . .

and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith” (Philippians 3:9, New American Standard Bible)

Since we gain His righteousness by becoming a child of God, we will all be as good as Jesus is on the day we enter heaven. Therefore, none will be better or worse than others. Some may have lived worse lives and been forgiven more. Others may have served more and accomplished more good for the kingdom of God. But, all who are saved will be saved by being made righteous by the blood of Jesus, not by how much work they have done.

As to how much each will enjoy heaven, I can only speculate. It is difficult to imagine a person who hates singing, praising or worship finding much in heaven to enjoy. But I believe when we are changed to enter eternity, many things will change. Perhaps our joy at being in God’s presence and gathered around His throne will dispel any sense of loss or lack of enjoyment. My opinion is that heaven will be wonderful and thrilling to all the redeemed.

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Can We Sin When We Get To Heaven?

(Can We Sin When We Get To Heaven?) Bible Question.

Question:

“We were discussing, from Jude 6 and 2 Peter 2:4, how angels sinned and were cast out of heaven. If they sinned and were cast out, will it be possible for us to sin and be cast out?”

Answer:

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;” – 2 Peter 2:4 (New American Standard Bible)

And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day,” – Jude 6 (New American Standard Bible)

Jesus stated that hell was prepared for “the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). As to where these angels were when they sinned, and when hell was prepared for them, we are not told.

The devil is tempting us to sin . . .

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” – 1 Peter 5:8

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:31, 32

The apostle Paul exhort wives and husbands to fulfill their marital duties to one another, so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control” (1 Corinthians 7:5b). The devil is constantly busy, so the apostle exhorts us to be diligent, that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11).

What does all the above mean? It means that the devil will not be in heaven (Revelation 21:27). Thus, there will be no temptation to do wrong. No one who serves the devil will enter into heaven, and no one in heaven will be tempted by the devil. So, there will be no sin there. That is the reason for the promise . . .

Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world . . . These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” – Matthew 25:34, 46

Instead of being tempted by the devil, we will “reign with Christ for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:5). No, there is no way we will be cast out of heaven.

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Will We Know Each Other In Heaven?

(Will We Know Each Other In Heaven?) Bible Question

Question:

“Some friends and I were discussing knowing one another in heaven. But we will have a new body, and the Bible says there will be no reuniting of spouses, nor giving in marriage. So, will we know each other in heaven, or not?”

Answer:

This is a question that has long plagued those who are Christians. There is a not a “clear-cut” passage of Scripture that answers it. However, there are many passages that relate to it. The rich man in the story Jesus told in Luke 16 knew Lazarus after his death. And he knew Abraham – even though he had never met him in this life. Maybe that is the key to understanding this matter. I just cannot conceive of people in heaven going around introducing themselves to each other. We will obviously know Jesus, and it seems to me we will also know Moses and Peter and Paul.

Jesus was asked a question by those who did not believe in a resurrection. They proposed the supposed case of a woman whose husband died. She married his next oldest brother, and he died. And so on to seven. They asked,

at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?” Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”

– Matthew 22:28 – 30 (New International Version)

Notice that this passage does not say there will be marriage in heaven – it says they will not marry nor be given in marriage. Frankly, based on this passage and others, I have no idea what the relationship of a husband and wife on earth will be when they get to heaven. That is God’s business.

We will not have physical bodies in heaven. . .

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.”

– 1 Corinthians 15:42 – 46

It is clear that the “natural body” in this passage is talking about the physical body. But if we don’t have physical bodies, then how will we recognize one another? I don’t know the answer to that. But I am convinced that we will recognize each other, including people whom we never knew in this life.

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