Life Theology

Heaven: God’s Unpacking of His Glory for Eternity

While worshiping the Lord this morning, I was reflecting on the idea of being like God.  It was one of the factors of Adam and Eve’s first sin.  “You will be like God,” the serpent said.  The fact is, though, that we already were like God.  He made us in his image.  Now, we seek to make ourselves our own God.  However, if you are born again and have a new spirit, a new heart, a new mind, and a new will, you want to become more like Christ and less like yourself.  We call this sanctification.

So, I thought about my asking God to give me grace to “be like Jesus.”  Then, I thought about meeting Jesus face to face for the first time.  He will look at me and say, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev. 21:5).  And on that day, I will begin the final process of becoming like him.

But, I began to think about the size of God.  People say, “We serve a huge God!”  No we don’t.  We don’t even serve a big God.  Galaxies are huge.  Planets are big.  God is unsizeable. He holds the galaxies in the tip of his finger.  First Kings 8:27 says, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!”  God is not bound by time or space.  He is holy and his holiness is manifested in his glory.  That glory will be unpacked for eternity in heaven.  We will never see the end of it.  And for us, those who are being “transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another,” it will take an eternity to become like the greatest manifestation of his glory, namely Jesus.  In other words, it will never, ever, ever happen.

Let the weight of that sink into your heart.  God is altogether infinitely higher and loftier then we are.  It will take forever for us to become like him.  In other words, it will never, ever, ever happen.