The Hope of Heavenly Light

The heaven to which Christ brings us to is one filled always with light. There the daylight never ends. This heaven to which we are called is above the heavens we see with our eyes. The heavens we see with our eyes are filled with darkness. Though there is light in them, the heavens themselves are darkness. And the earth we live upon passes between light and darkness. We spend half our days in darkness, blinded to the things of this world.

Because of this darkness we sleep. What little part of the dark we experience, we are unconscious to most of it. Our sleep makes us cease from our enjoyment and labors. We wake each day to renew what we had set aside the previous. There is a limit to what we can know and do. Our experiences are bound by darkness and sleep.

What a contrast to the never-ending light of the life we will enjoy. There, there will be no need of the sun or moon, for God’s very presence will continually give light to it always. As the heavens we see now are continually filled with darkness, so are the heavens we will one day live in be with light.

Because it is always light there will be no sleep. If it is always light then we shall always be awake, for we will never grow tired. And if we never grow tired, our strength will increase, moment by moment. Because of this, there will be an ever increasing knowledge of things and of God. Each day will not be a renewing of the past but an ever increasing moment of the last moment. There will no conception of days, for there will be no ends to things. A thing begun will be a thing continued into eternity. A joy experienced will be a joy perpetuated and expanded into eternity.

There will be no limit to what we will accomplish in terms of time. Such a notion will be irrelevant. Whatever abilities we have been endowed with will be multiplied for eternity. Here on earth our abilities are limited by weariness and darkness. There, the brightness of day will ever be shining, letting our abilities to mature unhindered for eternity.

This is what it means to live in the light. We will ever be with God and every moment will be better than the last. The joy we experienced the first moment we entered heaven will be surpassed by the next, and so into eternity. The pleasure and joy of contemplating and beholding Christ face to face will never diminish or be hindered by weariness or boredom with our object of adoration. He is infinitely deep in respect of his mystery, beauty and glory, so we shall never tire nor ever reach those depths. We will never grow bored, but will continually be more and more delighted.

What a blessed estate our God is saving us into. There will be no darkness, for “in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). There will be no weariness, for we will inherit immortal and imperishable bodies. Nothing will hinder us or weary us then from seeing and growing in “the light of the knowledge the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there.

Revelation 21:23-25

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison

2 Corinthians 4:16

What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body… Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 49


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