With the new movie coming out “Heaven Is For Real,” following the book of the same name, there is a lot of talk right now about Heaven. Heaven is an authentic place where all believers will forever abide with Christ. Most people wonder what believers are going to do in Heaven. It’s a real question and we are told some about it in Scripture. But have you ever considered what God will be doing during all the ceaseless ages of eternity?
Look with me at what Paul says in Ephesians 2:7. God made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with Him “so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” If you have ever wondered what God’s going to do in heaven, there it is!
The paramount motivation in God’s heart for saving lost souls was so that they might become, throughout all eternity, trophies on show for all to see the majesty and the exceeding riches of God’s grace in kindness in Christ!
He uses the plural “ages” to make the point that like waves constantly crashing on the shore, one upon another, so the ages of eternity future will, in endless time, show forth the celebration of sinners saved by grace, all to the glory of God. There will not be in Heaven a one-time short-lived display of God’s goodness, but an everlasting, ever-increasing saturation and imparting of divine kindness that grows with every passing moment.
God is going to put on a continuing and ongoing public display of his “grace” toward us! Heaven is not going to be one huge flash of excitement followed by an eternity of boredom. Heaven is not going to be a forever series of earthly re-runs! There will be a new episode of divine grace every day! A new revelation every moment of some unseen aspect of the unfathomable quality of divine compassion. There will be a new and fresh declaration of God’s mercy, every day. A new and remarkable explanation of the meaning of what God has done for us, without end.
In Heaven our experience of God’s grace won’t be a little bit here and a little bit there. Paul says there will be a display of the “immeasurable riches” of His grace. His grace cannot limited. His grace exceeds all calculations. God isn’t simply gracious: His grace is deep, wide, high, plentiful, forever replenishing.
There will never be an end to God’s grace and kindness to us in Jesus. Never! Not for all eternity! The point of Paul’s gushy language is to emphasize that the grace of God in Christ is endlessly infinite, endlessly complex, endlessly deep, endlessly new, endlessly fresh, endlessly profound. God is infinite. Therefore, so too are his attributes. Throughout the ages to come, forever and ever, we will be the recipients each second of an ever increasing and more remarkable, more fascinating, and so inescapably more enjoyable display of God’s grace than before.
With that unending and ever-increasing display will come an unending and ever-increasing discovery on our part of more of the depths and greatness of God’s grace. We will learn and finally grasp and understand more of the height and depth and width and breadth of His saving love. We will see new and always fresh displays and manifestations of His kindness. The knowledge we receive when we enter into Heaven will for all eternity grow and deepen and expand and intensify and multiply.
We will forever be more amazed with God, more in love with God, and therefore ever more delighting in His presence and our relationship with Him. Our experience of God will never come to an end. We will never finally arrive, as if after finally reaching a mountain peak we will discover that there is nothing on the other side. Our experience of God will never become stale. It will deepen and develop, intensify and expand, unfold and increase, broaden and balloon.
Our delighting and rejoicing in God will focus and spread and extend and progress and mature and flower and blossom and widen and stretch and swell and snowball and inflate and lengthen and increase and advance and multiply and accumulate and increase and multiply and heighten and reach a zenith that will even then be only the beginning of an eternity of new and fresh insights into the majesty of who God is!
What a future we have as believers. I can’t wait!!!!