June 07, 2020
A Heavenly Portrait
John 5:25 (KJB) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
This verse paints a lovely picture of the resurrection of saints. Those who believe in their heart that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do concerning eternal life.
There is an illustration frequently posted on social media, which portrays the moment of entry of believers into heaven and the hugging of their loved ones who came there before them. This portrait can bring peace to hurting souls, but is what it represents a reality of this coming moment?
No, it is not biblical based artwork; it is based on the reasoning of humanity rather than founded in the truths of God. What do I mean? Indeed you know that going to heaven, first and foremost, is all about an eternal personal relationship with God. The Bible promises to us as believers that we will forever be with the Lord. You see, the presence of The Lord will largely overshadow all other things in our new spiritual existence in eternity.
Because we will fall at His feet the very moment, we find ourselves in His magnificent presence. Just like the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, we will be prostrate before Him, overwhelmed with His presence.
Yes, we will be amazed at meeting God.
Yes, it is all about Him.
No doubt, God’s Word does teach us that we will recognize others in eternity. However, a new spiritual eternal kindred with others will not be like the relationships we are familiar with on this earth and that we can agree that God’s presence will overshadow all other things.
No artist can paint a candid portrait showcasing the moment a spiritually renewed soul reaches eternity. Why? Because this special moment is way beyond anything any human can think or imagine. This future moment is reserved for all regenerated souls and for honoring and glorifying God foremost. Other interactions will likely pale in comparison.
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The Gordons have authored several devotional books: Looking Through the Glass Darkly, Some Trust in Chariots, Growing in Grace and Knowledge, Woman of Grace and their latest, Walk Worthy. There is a free study guide companion for Walk Worthy available on their website.