GodReflection: Faith Certainties
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. Hebrews 11: 24-26
I’ve changed my mind about heaven.
The best I can tell what I think about heaven’s details—even if I am dead wrong—won’t cause me or anyone else to be lost.
I cannot remember a time during my life when I didn’t believe in an eternal heaven even though my early concepts were rather blurred.
I wasn’t sure how we were all going to fit onto one street paved with gold, not to mention how we were to walk on it if we were floating spirits confined to an eternal chorus.
Truth is the details of the eternal city aren’t all that important to me. I suspect whatever God has prepared will make me laugh when I realize what I thought was a grand vision back on my old earth home was only puny speculation when compared to God’s new heaven and the new earth.
For now, it is enough to live with Jesus promise, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
By faith—confidence and assurance—I envision the future.
To trust that Jesus will fulfil his word to me and all who sign on to trust him as Lord is sufficient to believe he will have an eternal home ready as he promised. I take him at his word. It is enough to have a vision of my future by faith. By faith I see the future.
After a lifetime of Genesis to Revelation travel through Scripture and incalculable hours of thought let me describe the future I anticipate.
I anticipate a new earth under a new heaven. Both will be recreated and restored by perfect God to align with His perfection.
There will be no further degeneration and decay. God will return the creation to perfection where He can once again pronounce His blessing, “It is good.”
Since Satan will have received his own final judgement he will not have a presence on the face of the new earth. Thus, there will be a complete absence of sin, suffering and death. Evangelists, lawyers, physicians and undertakers will all need a new profession.
On the restored earth, I will inhabit a new eternal and perfect body. There will be no need for diets, Pepto-Bismol, or blood pressure cuffs.
Every relationship will find eternal fulfilment. No harsh words will ever again pass through my lips. I fully anticipate a rich friendship with every person in God’s family who I knew on my earth walk.
In addition, I look forward to dialogue and rapport will those from other centuries and from other nations. I suspect I will be surprised at the size and the make-up of God’s family.
I anticipate a new life in new city with blessings and amenities beyond what I could imagine in my wildest dreams.
And best of all I will live with and in the eternal presence, warmth and light that flows from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Just think, I will be able to see and to know more fully the Creator, the Christ and the Spirit. What an experience it will be to hear the sound of each Holy One call me by name as we live forever in perfect relationship.
Yes, one of the many ways I am blessed is the absolute fact that I am blessed to see the future.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on By Faith We See the Future