Lasting Lines from “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn

From Chapter 22

¤ “Inventions and discoveries, the sciences and the arts, refinement and ennobling, in short, the advance of the human mind, are throughout the will of God.”

¤ “Notice that the Master rewards his faithful servants not by taking away responsibilities but by giving them greater ones. Service is a reward, not a punishment.”

¤ “The more we serve Christ now, the greater our capacity will be to serve him in Heaven.”

¤ Jesus said in Matthew 5:12, “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”

Straight Outta chapter 23

¥ “Just like the Garden of Eden, the New Earth will be a place of sensory delight, breathtaking beauty, satisfying relationships, and personal joy.”

¥ “The New Earth . . . includes a carryover of culture and nations. History won’t start over . . .”

¥ “We’ve never seen men and women as they were intended to be. We’ve never seen animals the way they were before the Fall. We see only marred remnants of what once was.”

¥ “On the New Earth we will see the real Earth, which includes the good things not only of God’s natural creation but also of mankind’s creative expression to God’s glory.” 

Chapter 24 Insight

£ “There’s no elitism in Heaven; everyone will have access because of Christ’s blood.” Cool, huh?

Chapter 25 Knowledge

¶ “The capital city of the New Earth” is “the New Jerusalem,” which will be “a place of extravagant beauty and natural wonders.”

¶ Adam & Eve sinning consequently led to their “spiritual death” which resulted in their “physical death” . . . “But on the New Earth, our access to the tree of life is forever restored.” (“. . . the same tree that nourished Adam and Eve”)

¶ “Nations will not be eliminated but healed.” (Revelation 21-22)

 Chapter 26 STARTS HERE with Chapter Twenty-six’s Abundance of Statements:

V “The promise of Heaven is not that we will become infinite – that would be to become inhuman. It’s that we’ll be far better finite humans than we have ever been.”

V “People imagine they’re making Heaven sound wondrous when they say there’s no space and time there. (If it doesn’t have space, it’s not even a “there.”)

V “Scripture contains many other evidences of time in Heaven:

– Heaven’s inhabitants track with events happening in time, right down to rejoicing the moment a sinner on Earth repents (Luke 15:7).

– God’s people in Heaven “serve him day and night in his temple” (Revelation 7:15).”

***Many More Examples are given, although I just recorded 2.

V “To say we’ll exist outside of time is like saying we’ll know everything. It confuses eternity with infinity. We’ll live for eternity as finite beings.”

V “Time was not a mark of the world’s fallen state. . . But time isn’t the problem, the Curse is. Time isn’t the enemy, death is (1 Corinthians 15:26). Time predated sin and the Curse. . . We’ll live with time, no longer under its pressure.”

V “Without the Curse, time will never work against us. Time “will bring new adventures without a sense of loss for what must end.”

V “For too long we’ve allowed an unbiblical assumption (“there will be no time in Heaven”) to obscure overwhelming biblical revelation to the contrary. This has served Satan’s purposes of dehumanizing Heaven and divorcing it from the existence we know.”

Chapter 27 Knowledge

± When the Bible says there will no longer be any seas, the “core meaning” is to the ancient people because to them, “the sea was frightful and fearsome, an awesome monster, a watery grave”. . . “Hence, the prospect of “no more sea” was very positive for the passage’s original readers.”

± It’s also suggested, just suggested here in this book, that “On the new earth, it appears there will be no sea because the earth will be restored to its original splendor.” However, author of this book Randy Alcorn predicts “the New Earth will include large bodies of water . . .”

± “The upgrade from the old Earth to the New Earth will be vastly superior to that from economy to first class” on an airplane flight.

Substance of Chapter 28

± “In addition to our earthly names, we’ll receive new names in Heaven (Isaiah 62:2; 65:15; Revelation 2:17; 3:12).”

± “Your deceitfulness, laziness, lust, deafness, disability, and disease are not the real you. They are temporary perversions that will be eliminated. . . When you’re on the New Earth, for the first time you’ll be the person God created you to be.”

± People do not become angels in Heaven. “Angels are beings with their own histories and memories, with distinct identities . . . Under God’s direction, they serve us on Earth (Hebrews 1:14).”

± “In Heaven human beings will govern angels (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).”

± “To be like God means to have and express emotions. Hence, we should expect that in Heaven emotions will exist for God’s glory and our good.”

± As far as if there will be crying in Heaven, tears will not come any more from “sorrow and injustice” but “we might shed tears of joy in Heaven.”

± “We’ll participate in God’s holiness yet fully retain our God-crafted individuality.”

Chapter 29 Wisdom

◊ “Our current sufferings” prepare “us to participate in God’s glory (Romans 8:17-18; 1 Peter 5:1-4).”

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (2 Corinthians 4:17).

◊ In Heaven “It appears we’ll wear clothes . . . perhaps because they will enhance our appearance and comfort.”

◊ There is only speculation, nothing concrete, about the age of people in Heaven.

Chapter 30 Information including: God Supports Coffee Lovers!

⇑ To all the coffee lovers wondering if there will be coffee in Heaven, it looks promising! “. . . Consider the facts. God made coffee. Coffee grows on Earth, which God made for mankind, put under our management, and filled with resources for our use. . . God tells us that he “richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17).” After all, “God made the physical and spiritual realms not to oppose earth other but to be united in bringing glory to him.”

⇑ “. . . There’s simply no biblical basis for believing drinking coffee is sinful. Those who shouldn’t consume alcohol or caffeine now will be freed from addiction on the New Earth” where we’ll drink, among probably other things, water and “wine” (Isaiah 25:6).

⇑ Several passages (Luke 24:40-43; Acts 10:40-41; & John 21:10-15) “emphatically link eating and drinking to the resurrected state.”

⇑ “Scripture goes out of its way to prevent us from embracing the very misconceptions so many of us have: that life in Heaven will be “spiritual,” not physical, and that we will not partake of any of the basic pleasures of this life.”

⇑ “God created hunger and thirst, and he intends for them to be satisfied, not obliterated.”

⇑ “Naturally, if we’re not embodied in the intermediate Heaven, we won’t have stomachs or eat food there. But Paul isn’t saying that our resurrected bodies won’t have stomachs and that we won’t eat food on the New Earth (1 Corinthians 6:13, NLT).”

⇑ God “created our taste buds . . . Our resurrected bodies will have resurrected taste buds.”

⇑ “. . . God made us to enjoy” meals “and to glorify him as we eat and drink (1 Corinthians 10:31).”

 ⇑ It appears that neither people nor animals ate meat until after the Flood, when God said, “Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything (Genesis 9:3).”

⇑ On the New Earth, which is the eternal Heaven, people & also animals will “live in peace and harmony: “The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox . . . They will neither harm nor destroy” (Isaiah 65:25). We’re told animals’ eating habits will change – why not ours?”

Author Randy Alcorn believes that “. . . People may become vegetarians on the New Earth, as they apparently were in Eden and during the time before the Flood.” Author Randy Alcorn draws this suggestion from Romans 8:21.

⇑ “So, on the New Earth, we may consume a wonderful array of fruits and vegetables, perhaps supplemented by “meat” that doesn’t require death – something that tastes better but isn’t animal flesh. If the product of the Curse and death can taste good to fallen taste buds, how much better will God’s specially designed foods smell and taste to resurrected senses?”

⇑ This is the part I’m most excited about: “Adverse health effects simply won’t exist.” (Woo-hoo for me! No cane, no imbalance, no uncomfortably dry eyes & mouth, no immense lack of energy, no speech difficulty, no painful weakened knees, no drop foot, no damaged ankle, no facial paralysis, no injured left wrist, no failure to close my eyes all the way, no pills or supplements to swallow, no doctor appointments, no blood draws, no infection, no risk of cancer recurrence!)

⇑ “If it seems trivial or unspiritual to anticipate such things” – like the better-than-we’ve-ever-tasted-before food we’ll enjoy in Heaven – “remember that it’s God who promises that on the New Earth we will sit at tables, at banquets and feasts, and enjoy the finest foods and drinks. And to top it off, our Father promises that he himself will prepare for us the finest foods (Isaiah 25:6). Don’t you think he wants us to look forward to eating at his table?”

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