Dec 12, 2010

The best is yet to come – 14 reasons to think more about heaven

The best is yet to come said John Wesley of heaven.

Here are 14 quotes from Packer, Paul, Edwards, Lewis and others to help think great thoughts of our future.

just sitting on clouds?

Hearts on earth say in the course of a joyful experience, “I don’t want this to ever end.” But it invariably does. The hearts of those in heaven say, “I want this to go on for ever.” And it will. There is no better news than this.

JI Packer (b. 1926)

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Apostle Paul, Philippians 3:20,21

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Apostle Paul, Colossians 3:2

The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean.

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

Apostle Paul, 2 Timothy 2:8

My knowledge of that life is small, The eye of faith is dim;

But ‘tis enough that Christ knows all, And I shall be with him

Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

My heaven is to please God and glorify him, and to give all to him, and to be wholly devoted to his glory; that is the heaven I long for.

David Brainerd (1718-1747)

They who will have Heaven must run for it because the devil, the law, sin, death, and hell are following them. So I say to you, take heed. Do not delay any longer, lest the devil, hell, death, or the fearful curses of the law overtake you and throw you down in the midst of your sins, I would say they would have Heaven must run for it.

John Bunyan (1628-88)

A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is

a better perspective

meant to do.

CS Lewis (1898-1963)

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

CS Lewis (1898-1963)

When I get to heaven, I shall see three wonders there. The first wonder will be to see many there whom I did not expect to see; the second wonder will be to miss many people who I did expect to see; the third and greatest of all will be to find myself there.

John Newton (1725-1807)

The glory of heaven consists in the full manifestation of divine wisdom, goodness, grace, holiness – of all the properties of the nature of God in Christ. In the clear perception and constant contemplation hereof consists no small part of eternal blessedness. What, then, are our present thoughts of these things? What joy, what satisfaction have we in the sight of them?

The present satisfaction we receive in them by faith, is the best evidence we have of an indefeasible interest in them. How foolish is it to lose the first-fruit of these things in our own souls, – those entrances into blessedness which the contemplation of them through faith would open unto us, – and hazard our everlasting enjoyment of them by an eager pursuit of an interest in perishing things here below! This, this is that which ruins the souls of most, and keeps the faith of many at so low an ebb, that it it hard to discover any genuine working of it.

John Owen (1616-1683)

For the saints in the world to come, there can be no change in the object of their faith and hope and love. They have Christ, they have God, and they are satisfied. There can be no monotony in the contemplation and worship of the Infinite. There great possession is unchangeable, but also inexhaustible; no change is possible where all is love and truth.

Henry Barclay Swete (1835-1917)

a new creation

The Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have begun thinking less of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you get neither.

W.R. Inge (1860-1954)

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