THREE THINGS NOT FOUND IN HEAVEN"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." - Revelation 21:4
Pastor Don Fortner
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road
Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
I cannot begin to describe the bliss and glory of the believer's heavenly inheritance. Much that awaits God's elect is yet unknown. And that which is revealed is seen here "through a glass darkly." But here are three things, with which all who live upon the earth are very familiar, which shall not be found in heaven.
There will be no tears in heaven -- "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Rev. 21:4).
Here we see much death, experience much sorrow, and feel much pain. These things cause our eyes to swell and our cheeks to burn. But our God shall soon dry our eyes. In heaven, all that causes us to weep now, shall cease to be. Once we have left this world of sorrow, we shall never weep again!
There will be no sin in heaven. -- "There shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie" (Rev. 21:27).
Here we are yet defiled by much sin. Here we, because of the infirmity of the flesh, yet work much abomination and deceit. But soon we shall drop this robe of flesh, and with it the nature of sin, and we shall never do evil again. O happy, glorious day! We shall be done with sin forever! And there will be no possibility of God's elect ever being defiled again.
And there shall be no curse in heaven. -- "There shall be no more curse" (Rev. 22:3). Where there is no sin, there is no curse. Where there is no possibility of sin, there is no possibility of curse. We will suffer no curse from God for sin, because Christ suffered the curse of the law for us (Gal. 3:13).
Can you grasp this blessed truth by faith? God will see to it that none of his elect suffer any loss, sorrow, or pain because of their sin. Indeed, he will so thoroughly rout and overrule this enemy of our souls that, through the redemptive work of Christ, even our sin shall be turned into a blessing. What greater blessing could there be than full redemption from and complete forgiveness of all our sins?